“From the start we all came together,” said Jenna Lewey, who plays for NIU after graduating from Sycamore. “From our first few practices and our first game we clicked really well. Everybody was on the same page. It helps that a lot of us have played together at some point in our careers but also the new people have come in and stepped it up.”

“They were hungrier than we were. There’s no secret about that,” Gecan said. “They wanted to win more. [Reyes], you could see it in his eyes. He was going to get some goals. We didn’t have a guy that wanted it that much today unfortunately. Hopefully that will change going forward.”