Underlying Northwestern's success is an "unwavering will to win" and belief in each other that will be hard to take down. In addition to scoring over 20 goals per game, Northwestern fights for every ball and knows how to do all of the little things right to put themselves in a position to win. Northwestern's relentless ride all over the field puts constant pressure on their opponents and breaks them down. Syracuse will be the strongest opponent Northwestern has faced all year, but the Wildcats are up for the challenge.
The Orange exemplify a great team who has overcome adversity with injuries to key players over the course of the 2021 season. Emily Hawryschuk suffered a season ending ACL tear during practice one game into the season and Megan Carney suffered the same injury later in the season. Without Hawryschuk and Carney, many thought the Syracuse attack might not have the firepower needed to navigate a tough ACC schedule. But the Orange took the injuries in stride and exemplified how Gary Gait creates winning teams not just superstars.