No. 2 Northwestern Beats UMass 18-4 In Friends of Jaclyn Benefit Game
March 23, 2007
YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Playing before a UMass women's lacrosse record crowd 3,075, two-time defending national champion No. 2 Northwestern topped the Minutewomen, 18-4 on Friday night. The game was the First Annual Friends of Jaclyn Murphy Foundation Benefit Game as the Brain Tumor Awareness College Lax Challenge played at Yorktown High School in New York. Kathleen Typadis had two goals for UMass in the loss.
UMass (4-4 overall) and Northwestern (4-1) played the benefit game which was inspired by 12-year old Jaclyn Murphy, who was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor, in March 2004.
UMass head coach Alexis Venechanos coached against her former team in the Wildcats, led by head coach Kelly Amonte-Hiller and a roster featuring many players she recruited during her three seasons in Evanston. While with the Wildcats, Venechanos built a relationship with Murphy making the game extra special to her.
The two schools gathered to raise awareness of pediatric brain tumors and to support the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, a charitable organization created to raise funds and offset the costs of medical treatment for children who are suffering from pediatric brain tumors, according to the charity's Web site, www.friendsofjaclyn.org.
The teams participated in a banquet to raise money on Thursday followed by the game on Friday night before the record crowd.
UMass jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a Typadis goal just 2:17 into the game. But the Wildcats scored the next 15 goals in a row to lead 15-1 midway through the second half. Typadis ended the run with a score with 16:35 left in the game making it 15-2.
UMass scored the final two goals on tallies by Holly Drown and Claire Mancini. Northwestern had three players with hat tricks led by Hilary Bowen and Meredith Frank, who each added three assists for six point games. Aly Josephs also had three goals.
2006 Tewaaraton Trophy Award Winner as the top college women's lacrosse player Kristen Kjellman had two goals.
Northwestern outshot UMass, 35-10 and had a 15-9 advantage on draw controls.
With her two goals, Typadis moved to fifth in career goals at UMass with 105 and ninth in career points with 117.
The Minutewomen travel to Boston College on Sunday for a Noon game at the Newton Campus.
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