Northwestern Edges Syracuse to Claim Seventh Championship

Shannon Smith netted the first goal of the second half to give the Wildcats their largest lead of the game at 6-4 with 19:04 remaining. Sophomore Alyssa Murray (West Babylon, N.Y.) converted a free position attempt before junior Michelle Tumolo (Mullica Hill, N.J.) found the back of the net after coming from behind the left side of the goal to tie the score at 6-6 with 11:08 to play. Taylor Thornton broke the tie with her only goal of the game at the 9:55 mark, and Fitzgerald scored with 5:41 left to put the Wildcats' back up by two with 5:41 on the clock.

The Orange won the ensuing draw, but junior Bridget Daley's (Schenectady, N.Y.) shot went wide. Northwestern picked up the ground ball, but turned it over after a successful clear. Syracuse took the ball into its offensive zone, but infractions by both squads led to a throw, which was won by Northwestern. Syracuse was down two players following a pair of yellow cards, and the Wildcats ran the clock down to 38 seconds before turning it over, giving the Orange possession. Syracuse worked the ball into its offensive end, but couldn't get a shot off as Northwestern won its second consecutive national championship and its seven in the last eight years.

The Wildcats outshot Syracuse 21-16, while the Orange had nine ground balls compared to seven for Northwestern. The Wildcats won 12 of 16 draw controls. Sophomore Alyssa Costantino (West Islip, N.Y.) made eight saves for Syracuse, while Brianne LoManto had four saves for Northwestern.

Three members of the Orange were named to the All-Tournament Team, including Holden, Tumolo and junior Becca Block (Stratham, N.H.). SU posted 52 goals in the NCAA Championship, which is the 10th-highest total in tournament history.

Syracuse won a school-record 15 consecutive games in 2012 on its way to a single-season school record 19 wins. The Orange defeated No. 1 Florida in the semifinals, marking SU's first win against the top-ranked team in the nation in 16 tries. Syracuse won the Big East regular-season title, going undefeated for the second time in school history.

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