Northwestern lacrosse (7-3) earned a key win over No. 11 Syracuse (6-4) on Monday, taking down the Orange with a comfortable 14-10 win. Sheila Nesselbush scored five goals as the Wildcats imposed their will over Syracuse in Martin Stadium.
The game did not start well for Northwestern, though. Syracuse started the game with three unanswered goals. Northwestern responded with two goals but was still down 4-2 with 9:34 left in the first half. Then, Nesselbush scored her first of the game and sixteenth of the season, starting a 3-0 run before halftime that saw her add a second with 9 seconds left in the half.
With the Wildcats taking all the momentum into the second half, Syracuse’s defense crumbled. Selena Lasota notched a hat trick within 6 minutes. Holly Korn and Nesselbush also added goals to make it a 5-0 Northwestern run and a 10-5 lead with 15 minutes left. Syracuse was unable to stop the Wildcats for any period of time in the second half. Although the Orange managed to score another five goals, allowing Northwestern to score 9 in the second half doomed the visiting team to a convincing 14-10 loss.
Northwestern is now riding high with back-to-back wins. The offense has been exemplary in its last two outings. Nesselbush alone has a staggering eight goals over her last two matches. The win moved Northwestern past Syracuse in the polls to No. 11. The Wildcats will now travel to Baltimore to face No. 23 Johns Hopkins on March 30. Technically, this is a Big Ten matchup, as Johns Hopkins is now in the Big Ten for lacrosse. Northwestern could make it back-to-back ranked wins with a win on Friday.