September 16, 2012
CAPTURING THE CLASSIC
Northwestern wins tournament with win over UW-M
EVANSTON, Ill. – Sophomore defender Nikko Boxall and senior forward Nick Gendron each scored in the second half as Northwestern defeated Milwaukee 2-0 for its second shutout of the weekend and for the 2012 Lakeside Classic title.
“These Sunday games in Friday/Sunday weekends are always tough to find the energy that you need,” Northwestern head coach Tim Lenahan said. “I thought in the first half we kind of waltzed through and UWM played very well. They’re a good team, they’re really well-coached, Kris (Keiderman) has come in and done a great job with them. For us to get a 2-0 result and grind one out was good because I thought we played much better in the second half. We’ll get a day off and get ready for Big Ten play with Michigan coming in next week.”
After posting a 2-0 record on the weekend (2-0 win vs. Iona Friday), Northwestern claimed the Lakeside Classic title. Milwaukee (1-1, head-to-head win over NIU) finished second, Northern Illinois (1-1) took third and Iona came in fourth (0-2).
Boxall found the back of the net in the 58th minute. Henry Herrill had the first attempt, which was blocked out to Boxall who scored off a rebound shot just inside the six-yard box.
Herrill then had a hand in NU’s second goal, which came just over five minutes after the first. Herrill sent a pass over to Wilson who was on the far right side of the field. Wilson then found Gendron one-on-one with a UWM defender on the far post and he headed in his first goal of the season, just past goalkeeper John Shakon’s left side, to give NU the 2-0 lead.
Wildcats goalkeeper Tyler Miller made three saves as NU held a 9-8 shots advantage. Shakon finished with three saves.
Unbeaten Northwestern begins its Big Ten regular season title defense next Sunday when they host Michigan at 3 p.m.
2012 Lakeside Classic All-Tournament Team
Lakeside Classic MVP - Nikko Boxall (Northwestern)
Joey Calistri - Northwestern
Tyler Miller - Northwestern
Grant Wilson - Northwestern
Declan Rodriguez - Milwaukee
Aaron Horvat - Milwaukee
James Ashcroft - Milwaukee
Charlie Oliver - Northern Illinois
Pat Sloan - Northern Illinois
Franklin Castellanos - Iona
Alvaro Torrecilla - Iona