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May 25, 2008|By KATHERINE DUNN

Division I women's final

Northwestern (20-1) vs. Pennsylvania (17-1)

TIME -- 7

SITE -- Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson University

Seeds -- Northwestern No. 1; Pennsylvania No. 2

Outlook -- The style difference between the nation's top two teams showed in their semifinal victories. Northwestern, known for its attack, rolled over Syracuse, 16-8, and Penn, known for its defense, held off Duke for a 9-8 double-overtime victory. The main difference between three-time defending champion Northwestern and first-time finalist Penn is in the number of goals they average. Northwestern scores about six more a game, but that meant nothing when they met earlier this year, because Penn's defense did the job en route to an 11-7 victory. The Quakers' defensive unit of Katie Mazer, Kaitlin Farmer, Tarah Kirnan, Hilary Renna and goalie Sarah Waxman gives up just 6.08 goals a game. Northwestern's defense is good, too, allowing 7.05 goals a game, but the attack is potent. Its top three scorers - Hannah Nielsen (48 goals, 60 assists), Hilary Bowen (78, 19) and Danielle Spencer (59, six) - have combined for 270 points while the entire Penn team has 290 points. Rachel Manson leads the Quakers with 34 goals and 20 assists.

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