December 22, 2009

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'09 Rewind:
Katrina Dowd, Female Performance of the Year

Katrina Dowd broke records and hearts in an NCAA semifinal against Penn May 22 in Towson, Md.

Katrina Dowd's commanding presence around the cage paid off big time in Northwestern's NCAA semifinal victory over Penn.

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Dowd, a junior attacker, scored four goals, including an unbelievable no-look shot at the end of the first three-minute overtime period, to help Northwestern to a 13-12 double-overtime victory.

Dowd’s dazzler gave her 18 goals in this year’s NCAA tournament, edging teammate Hilary Bowen’s NCAA record of 17 tournament goals set last season.

Dowd’s equalizer set the crowd abuzz. In the last 10 seconds of the first three-minute overtime period with Northwestern down 12-11, Dowd took a last-chance shot that was saved by Quaker goalkeeper Emily Szelest. But Szelest couldn’t contain the rebound and it dribbled to Frank, who tipped it to Dowd near the left corner of the arc.

In a crowd of people, Dowd took a dive toward the ball and, from her knees, whipped it over her shoulder into the high right corner of the goal to tie the game at 12 with one second left.

“It was kinda like a hockey goal to me,” said Dowd.

Dowd’s third goal of the night, a businesslike unassisted tally at 14:07, gave the Wildcats their 381st goal of the season, breaking another record set in 2008 by the Syracuse Orange.


Brie Moran, Colgate
The junior exploded for an NCAA season-high 10 goals (and assisted two others) in a 19-9 win over Holy Cross on March 14, equaling a Colgate scoring record.

Jillian Byers, Notre Dame
The Notre Dame senior left her fans wanting more, setting a school record with 12 points (7g, 5a) in her final regular-season game, a 20-5 win over Connecticut at home April 18.

Caroline Cryer, Team USA
Cryer scored three goals to help the Americans hold off Australia, 8-7, in the World Cup championship game.

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