No. 2 Northwestern Tops Duke to Reach 8th Straight Final Four

Down by two, Northwestern's offense came to life over the final 13 minutes of the opening period scoring four unanswered goals to close out the stanza.

The Wildcats extended their lead to three to begin the second period before Trimble cut the advantage to 7-5 with her second goal of the day. Duke would not come any closer, however, as Northwestern outscored the Blue Devils 5-2 to close out the game.

Both Duke and Northwestern fired 18 shots each for the game, while the Wildcats led in draw controls 12-9, including a 7-3 margin in the second half.

In goal, Mollie Mackler had five saves on 18 shots and Northwestern's Brianne LoManto posted eight saves.

Duke concludes the season with a 12-7 overall record after making the program's eighth consecutive quarterfinal appearance. The Blue Devils are now 16-15 all-time in NCAA Tournament games and hold a 6-6 record in national quarterfinal contests. Northwestern moves to 19-2 and will face Maryland in the NCAA semifinals.

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2012-05-20



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