In their last conference game, the seven seniors celebrated their send-off as #11 Northwestern (13-6, 5-3 B1G) easily won 6-0 against bottom-feeders Indiana (5-12, 1-7 B1G). With Northwestern finishing third in the Big Ten conference and Indiana being second-to-last, the shutout wasn’t unexpected.
Seniors Erica Hootstein, Saar de Breij, Lily Gandhi, Kirsten Mansfield, Lily Katzman, Katie Esselman and Caroline Hughes were honored before the game started.
The game started off extremely slowly as first-year Ana Medina Garcia scored the first goal of the game over 21 minutes in. First-year Bente Baekers and Gandhi then scored back-to-back goals just a few minutes later — Gandhi’s goal being her first of the season. De Breij kept up the energy and scored a goal right before Baekers made her second of the game. With just six minutes left, Northwestern’s successful senior game ended on a triumphant note with Mansfield scoring a goal, her fourth of the season.
Indiana had a tough day offensively as they only attempted six shots, whereas Northwestern attempted 30. The Hoosiers made 13 saves, but the ‘Cats didn’t need much goal-tending as Indiana rarely advanced close to the net. Indiana played a relatively strong defensive game, but their offense was severely lacking as they struggled with communication and keeping the ball.
The Wildcats, with their win and given the other results from Big Ten play, move to 3rd overall in the conference behind Maryland and Iowa. The ‘Cats will take on #6 Rutgers at 5 p.m. on Nov. 7 at College Station, PA, in the opening quarterfinal matchup.
Correction: A former version of this article stated that Northwestern finished second in the Big Ten conference. The field hockey team actually finished third. NBN regrets the error.