Another memorable Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse season came to a close Friday in Philadelphia as the second-ranked Wildcats fell to No. 3 North Carolina, 11-4, in the NCAA Championship semifinals. Northwestern, which was appearing in the round of four for the ninth consecutive season, concludes the 2013 campaign with a 19-3 record and an American Lacrosse Conference championship under its belt.
The loss snapped a run of eight consecutive wins in national semifinal games dating to the 2005 season, while head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller’s career mark in NCAA Tournament play moves to 34-3.
Northwestern’s class of seven seniors departs the program after amassing a career record of 81-9, earning four straight trips to championship weekend and a pair of NCAA titles.
One of those seniors, Gabriella Flibotte, led the ‘Cats Friday evening with her three caused turnovers, two ground balls and two draw controls. Flibotte in 2013 established a new Northwestern single-season record with 60 ground balls and also concluded her career ranked fourth in program history with 90 caused turnovers.
Flibotte’s running mate in the midfield, Taylor Thornton, completed her incredible Northwestern career having started all 90 games the Wildcats played during her tenure, finishing up ranked No. 2 in program history with 178 ground balls, third with 101 caused turnovers and tied for sixth in draw controls with 198.