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Big Ten CommunicationsPublished: 5/28/2023, Last updated: 9/27/2023
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Northwestern Wins 2023 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship

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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Northwestern used a 5-0 spurt spanning the second and third quarters to pull away from No. 3 seed Boston College, as the Wildcats scored an 18-6 victory in the 2023 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament Championship at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The top seeded Wildcats’ claimed their eighth NCAA championship, and first since 2012, with each coming under head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. Northwestern closed its season with a 21-1 overall record, including 21 consecutive wins.
Graduate Izzy Scane was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Player after totaling six points on four goals and two assists to go with two ground balls and a caused turnover.
Scane was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Erin Coykendall, Madison Taylor, Samantha White and Molly Laliberty.
Taylor put the Wildcats ahead with the game’s first two goals, as Northwestern led 3-0 after the first quarter. BC responded with two goals in a 47-second span early in the second quarter, but Hailey Rhatigan and Scane combined for three markers late in the quarter to give Northwestern a 6-2 lead at the half.
The Wildcats’ scoring run continued after the break, as goals by Taylor and Emerson Bohlig in the opening minutes of the stanza pushed the advantage to 8-2. The Eagles briefly stopped the Northwestern scoring run before Taylor, Elle Hanson and Scane marked the scoring column, pushing the lead to 11-3.
Taylor matched Scane with four goals, while Coykendall and Rhatigan tallied three goals each. Samantha Smith notched eight draw controls, a goal and an assist, while White paired seven draw controls, six ground balls and a goal.
Laliberty needed jus three saves to earn the victory.
The Wildcats outshot Boston College 42-19 on the day, including 25-9 in shots on goals, and controlled 17 of the game’s 25 draws.
Kayla Martello led the Eagles (19-4) with three goals.