Northwestern wins NCAA women’s lacrosse title originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
It’s been more than a decade since Northwestern won a national women’s lacrosse championship, but the Wildcats are back on top of the mountain after a thunderous win over Boston College on Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats, who won seven championships in eight years between 2005 and 2012, hadn’t returned to the championship game since that last title, but they made up for their absence in an 18-6 victory, providing the biggest margin. of victory seen in the game in nearly 15 years.
Madison Taylor and Izzy Scane each scored four goals for the Wildcats, and Erin Coykendall and Hailey Rhatigan each scored three times in the blowout victory.
The Wildcats took a 3-0 lead after the first period, but Boston College quickly rebounded as Kayla Martello and Belle Smith scored to cut the deficit to 3-2 in the second.
Unfazed, Northwestern notched three unanswered goals to end the second period, Scane scoring two and Rhatigan adding his own tally to give them a 6-2 lead.
The Wildcats really started to battle it out in the third period with goals from Taylor, Elle Hansen and Scane in under 90 seconds, increasing the lead to 11-3.
From there, Northwestern largely put things on cruise control, with Coykendall scoring his 58th goal of the season and Rhatigan scoring his 62 to end things.
The win gives Kelly Amonte Hiller eight national championships during her time at Evanston, making the program one of the most decorated in sports history.
For Boston College, this is the sixth consecutive season that they have reached the championship game, but they have now only won once in those six appearances, after losing to North Carolina last season .