No. 2 Northwestern Edges No. 13 Boston College

Smith's seven points on the day increase her career total to 253, seventh-best all-time at NU, while her five goals against the Eagles moved her past former Wildcat great Hannah Nielsen for eighth on the all-time list with 175.

With the win, NU advances to the NCAA Championship quarterfinals where it will meet either seventh-seeded and undefeated Albany or Dartmouth. That second-round game will be played at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, in Evanston and will be televised live by the Big Ten Network.

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Evanston, IL- The historic season for Boston College came to an end Saturday, at the hands of No. 2 Northwestern, 11-8 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

In the first half, Boston College had several opportunities to score, with seven free position shot opportunities, for a total of 14 shots for the half. Northwestern got on the board first, jumping out to a quick 4-0 lead with 17:13 remaining in the half.

After several chances, Boston College scored with 10:10 in the half on a Kristin Igoe goal. Despite several scoring opportunities, the Eagles were only able to score once off their free position opportunities and went into the half down 6-3.

Northwestern again struck first after the break, but BC responded ten seconds later, with Igoe taking the draw and scoring, followed by a Wilton goal with 23:15 remaining to cut the Wildcat lead to two. Despite the momentum, Northwester scored twice to extend the lead to four.

Boston College was able to cut the Wildcat lead to two on a Wilton goal, her third goal of the game, with 8:28 to go. However, that was as close as the Eagles would get as Northwester was able to score again and the Wildcats were able to run out the clock, winning by the final, 11-8.

Boston College was hampered by turnovers, committing 21 in total, in which the Wildcats were able to take advantage. The Eagles struggled on 8m shots, going 3-10 for the game. Despite the difficulties, the Eagles played Northwestern strong, winning 14 of the 21 draws and got off 24 shots to Northwestern's 25.

The Eagles were led by Wilton who finished with three goals, senior Kristin Igoe (2 goals, 1 assit) and senior goalie Sheila Serafino (6 saves).

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