No. 8 Northwestern Bolts to 10-0 Lead and Sails by Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan could not overcome an early 10-0 run by No. 8 Northwestern, eventually falling to the Wildcats, 20-6, on Tuesday, March 11, inside Oosterbaan Field House.

Northwestern came out of the gates strong, tallying the first goal of the game just 50 seconds in and quickly generated a 10-0 lead by the 12:18 mark of the first half. Freshman Lauren Oberlander (Westfield, N.J./Kent Place School) ended the drought with a drive down the left side of the field, where she split two defenders and put the ball in the in the back of the net with 9:39 to play in the first stanza.

Oberlander's goal sparked a 3-0 Michigan run, with goals from freshman Anna Schueler (Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy) and freshman Sophie duPhily (Chadds Ford, Pa./Kennett). Schueler drove through the middle of the eight meter and whipped the ball in the top right corner for the Wolverines' second goal to cut NU's lead to eight, 10-2, with 4:46 left in the half.

U-M's third goal of the half came with 2:14 remaining. duPhily fired a shot from the left just outside the crease after receiving a feed from freshman Tess Korten (Glen Head, N.Y./North Shore). The Wildcats ended the Michigan run with a goal of their own with just 42 ticks remaining to put them up 11-3 going into halftime.

Out of the break, Northwestern poured in three straight scores in the first 7:50, before Schueler notched her second goal of the night to slow the Wildcats' momentum. She drove right, beat her defender and fired a hard shot into the top corner with 20:12 left in the game. The Wolverines remained scoreless for the next 13:26, giving up an additional four goals and falling behind 18-4. duPhily ended the Wildcat run with the help of freshman Jess Angerman (Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River). Angerman beat a double team near the top-right hash of the eight meter and hit DuPhily who was set up at the top of the crease.

duPhily's second goal on the night was quickly followed by freshman Kim Coughlan's (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) second goal of the season. Michigan's sixth and final goal went unassisted as Coughlan won the draw and went straight for the net with 5:38 left to play.

In goal, freshman Allison Silber (Phoenix, Md./McDonogh School) recorded seven saves, two of which were off of free position opportunities.

The Maize and Blue will hit the road again on Sunday (March 16) to take on No. 14 Johns Hopkins (7-0, 0-0 ALC) at 1:00 p.m. at historic Homewood Field in Baltimore, Md.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The first of many meetings in between Northwestern and newcomer Michigan was a fairly one-sided affair, with the eighth-ranked Wildcats (4-2, 1-1 ALC) scoring the first 10 goals and ultimately posting a 20-6 win at UM's Oosterbaan Field House in Ann Arbor Tuesday evening.

But the game also provided a chance to mark a milestone in the career of one Wildcat who has performed at the top of her craft for nearly the entirety of her Northwestern career.

At the 13:47 mark of the first half, senior draw specialist and Tewaaraton Award candidate Alyssa Leonard etched her named in the NCAA women's lacrosse record books, becoming the all-time Division I leader in career draw controls. Leonard, who in her first three seasons at NU recorded 91, 90 and a school-record 125 draw controls, respectively, posted nine on Tuesday to reach 359 for her career -- bettering the previous mark of 353 set by Vermont's Kristen Millar (2006-09).

Leonard, a native of Bay Shore, N.Y., joins former Northwestern great Hannah Nielsen (2006-09) as Wildcats to own an NCAA career record; Nielsen dished out an NCAA-best 224 assists in her NU career, 46 more than her closest competitor.

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