The Northwestern women’s lacrosse team extended one of the greatest dynasties in the history of college athletics, defeating No. 4 Syracuse, 8-6, Sunday night to capture its seventh national crown in the last eight years.
Tewaaraton Award finalist Taylor Thornton broke a 6-6 tie with 9:55 remaining and the Wildcats (21-2) held Syracuse scoreless the rest of the way. Northwestern’s seven NCAA championships rank second all-time behind only the 10 won by Maryland between 1986 and 2010.
“To have such a great weekend and have executed our game plan and done so well all over the field, I’m just really proud of what these girls have done,” Northwestern coach Kelly Amonte Hiller said. “As a coach, you can try to encourage and inspire, but it’s the girls that do it on the field, and they were determined and they were really on a mission.”