EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller entered this weekend with a 19-0 career coaching record in NCAA tournament home games, but one would be hard-pressed to find a more difficult opening faced by the Wildcats during their championship dynasty than the one they vanquished Sunday.
Louisville, champion of the Big East regular season and tournament, entered Sunday's game having not lost a game since March 8 and fresh off a resilient victory against Ohio State on Friday night. But the Wildcats weathered the Cardinals' early efforts and went on a 4-0 run midway through the second half to pull away and post a hard-earned 11-8 victory at Lakeside Field in Evanston.
The win moves Northwestern into the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, where they will face the winner of Sunday's matchup between No. 4 Florida and Denver.
Leading the way for the Wildcats on attack was junior Kara Mupo, who scored four goals -- her fifth game with at least three goals in her past six outings -- to improve her season total to 37.
Junior Jess Carroll scored two of Northwestern's first three goals to match her career high, while senior Alyssa Leonard notched two goals to go along with her dominance in the draw circle. Facing Louisville's Kaylin Morissette, who ranks alongside Leonard as one of the nation's top draw-takers, Leonard controlled nine draws compared to Morissette's three, allowing the Wildcats to build a 14-7 edge on draws for the day.