EVANSTON, Ill. – No. 9 Northwestern suffered a 4-3 overtime defeat to No. 24 Boston University Sunday afternoon at Lakeside Field.
First year Maren Seidel, junior Kirsten Mansfield and senior Puck Pentenga each scored for the Wildcats in the back-and-forth affair. Saar de Breij, Christen Conley and Mansfield picked up assists.
Pentenga improved her impressive points haul this season to 16, coming on six goals and four assists. Mansfield added her team-high seventh assist and recorded her third goal of the season. Seidel scored her second goal of the season as well.
Northwestern moved to 4-3 this season with a 1-1 record this weekend at Lakeside Field.
The #B1GCats outshot the Terriers 17-12 with seven shots on goal compared to four for BU. Northwestern also earned ten penalty corners while the Terriers only had three.
Sophomore Florien Marcussen started in goal for the Wildcats for her fourth start of the season.
Boston scored first 28 minutes into a cagey first half off a penalty corner. The Wildcats responded three minutes later when de Breij passed through a defender’s legs to Seidel, who found the back of the net from within five yards to tie it up at 1-1.
The Terriers retook the lead 12 minutes into the second half with a goal from Ailsa Connolly. Northwestern took control of the game with a dominant spell. In the 57th minute Pentenga had a shot that the keper spilled to her right. Mansfield lept on the rebound with good instincts and poked it home to tie it once more at 2-2.
The Wildcats then grabbed a go-ahead goal with under 10 minutes to play on the team’s most effective penalty corner routine. Mansfield served to Conley’s stick and Pentenga steered her effort towards the bottom left corner. The Terrier keeper got a stick to it but could only deflect it into the top of the net.
Boston University responded with a timely finish with five minutes left in the second half on a backhanded shot. In the decisive overtime, where the ‘Cats were previously 2-0 this season, Connolly made an incisive baseline dribble to feed an open Kiley Gallagher, who scored the winning goal.
Chicago’s Big Ten team is back in action next weekend on the road with the Big Ten opener against Indiana on Friday and a matchup against Louisville on Sunday.
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