#1 Northwestern Edges #3 Duke, 11-10 in Overtime

The 'Cats proved once why they are the nation's top team (and top scoring team) by reeling off three straight goals by Josephs, Bowen and Kjellman to reclaim a 9-8 lead with 15:50 left. Duke came right back three minutes later when they again scored two quick goals in the span of eight seconds to go back up 10-9 before Kjellman's last goal tied it back up at 10-10 to force overtime.

Game Notes:

Northwestern advances to the NCAA championship game for the second straight season.

Northwestern is now 8-1 in the NCAA tournament under head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller.

Northwestern is 54-3 in its last 57 games. Northwestern's first six shots of the game were all goals.

With four goals, Kristen Kjellman had her 17th game this season with a hat trick or better. With 72 goals now on the season, she is just the second Wildcat in program history to score 70 or more goals in a season and the first in the modern era.

Northwestern set single-season team records with 163 assists, 326 goals and 489 total points.

Lindsey Munday recorded her 49th and 50th assists of the season, four away from both the NU single-season record (54, held by Munday in 2005) and Kelly Amonte Hiller's career total of 132 at Maryland. Munday enters the championship game with 50 on the season and 128 for her career.

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Boston, Mass. - Top-seeded Duke missed their first NCAA Championship game by inches as a shot by Caroline Cryer went just wide with 18 seconds to play in regulation. Northwestern, the defending national champions, went on to score a goal in the first period of overtime to claim an 11-10 victory over the Blue Devils.

Cryer, a sophomore from Centennial, Colo., missed by inches on a behind-the-back shot with 18 seconds left in the contest that would have put Duke ahead. However, the shot went just wide and the game went into overtime with the score tied at 10-10. In the first three minutes of the extra period, Northwestern's Sarah Albrecht tallied her only goal of the game to give the Wildcats the 11-10 lead. In the second three minutes of overtime, Northwestern held Duke scoreless to advance to their second straight national championship game.

The two teams traded goals over the first eight minutes of the game before the Wildcats took the lead on a goal by Kristen Kjellman. The Blue Devils answered with two straight goals to regain the lead at 4-3. Kristen Waagbo converted a free position attempt and Kim Pastrana scored her second of the season off a pass from Megan Del Monte. Northwestern went on a 3-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 6-4 lead. They had a chance to stretch the lead to three goals when Meredith Frank had a point-blank opportunity but Megan Huether stopped the shot and Duke transitioned down the field where Leigh Jester found Cryer at the other end for a goal. Carolyn Davis won the draw for the Blue Devils and Katie Chrest scored 11 seconds later to even the score heading into halftime.

Duke came out of the gates strong in the second half, as Rachel Sanford scored a goal just 23 seconds into the second period. Six minutes into the period, Jester tallied an unassisted goal to put the Blue Devils up by two. The Wildcats would not go away, scoring the next three goals, capped off when Lindsey Munday found Kjellman for the second time in the game to put Northwestern ahead 9-8. At the 17:33 mark, Jester recorded her third assist of the contest when she found Davis to tie the game. Just eight seconds later, Sanford won the draw and passed the ball over the top to a wide open Chrest who beat the Wildcat's goalie Morgan Lathrop to put Duke up by a goal. Just over six minutes later, Kjellman tallied her game-high fourth goal of the game to make the score 10-10, which would stand until the end of regulation.

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