Freshman midfielder/forward Elise Weber scored the lone goal at 70:50, with assists from senior midfielder/forward Amy Vermeulen and junior forward/midfielder Allison Preiss.
"It was a game-breaking play," Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst said. "Elise was playing like a veteran out there. She had a tremendous game."
Badger sophomore goaltender Lynn Murray finished with nine saves while Northwestern's Whitney Jones corralled five shots. Northwestern (9-9-1 overall, 2-7-1 Big Ten) and Wisconsin each recorded 16 shots.
Wisconsin (9-8-2, 3-6-1) hosts Colorado College Sunday in Madison for its final regular-season game of the year.
Volleyball: Wisconsin drops match to Penn State
The No. 11 Wisconsin volleyball game won its first game at No. 3 Penn State Friday but struggled in the remaining three and lost the match 3-1.
Wisconsin (16-4 overall, 8-3 Big Ten) won game one 30-27, marking the first time the Nittany Lions had lost a game in their past eight matches. But Penn State (20-2, 11-0) dominated the rest of the way, taking the final three games 30-16, 30-22 and 30-21.
Wisconsin struggled offensively, recording 49 kills and hitting .115 in the match. Redshirt freshman Audra Jeffers, who was moved to the left side in place of outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto, led the team with 14 kills. Meierotto, who is recovering from pneumonia, saw some court time and recorded four kills. Sophomore setter Jackie Simpson had 43 assists.
Wisconsin's defense allowed the Nittany Lions to put down 73 kills and hit .247 as a team. Nittany Lion freshman Nicole Fawcett led the way with 20 kills. Sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack had a team-high 18 digs while junior Amanda Berkley added a career-high 16 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Reineke led the Badgers with nine blocks and Simpson added six. Penn State's Kaleena Walters recorded a game-high 26 digs.
"We came out and fought hard but (Penn State) played some great ball the entire match," UW head coach Pete Waite said.
Women's hockey: Freshmen come up big in win
Wisconsin freshmen forwards Erika Lawler and Angie Keseley, and freshman defender Alycia Matthews each recorded a goal and an assist as the Badger women's hockey team downed North Dakota 3-2 Friday at the Kohl Center. Juniors forward Sara Bauer and defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar added assists on Matthews' power-play goal late in the third period, which kept the game from going into overtime.
No. 3 Wisconsin earned its 100th Western Collegiate Hockey Association win against UND, just seven games into its seventh season. Wisconsin improved to 5-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in the conference, while UND dropped to 2-3-0, 0-3-0.
Wisconsin senior netminder Meghan Horras collected 21 saves and allowed goals from UND's Samantha Bowers and Cara Wooster. UND goalie Amber Hasbargen made 43 saves in the loss.
Men's golf: Badgers bring in a pro
Professional golfer and Madison native Jerry Kelly is joining the Wisconsin men's golf team as a volunteer assistant coach, head coach Jim Schuman announced.
Kelly has 50 Top 10 finishes on the PGA tour and represented the United States at the Presidents Cup in 2003. He has two PGA tour wins, both in 2002.
"For the guys that play on our team," Schuman said, "playing on the PGA Tour would be their ultimate dream job.
"I don't think there could be a better guy for them to spend time with and share ideas with than Jerry. He can show them what it takes to play at the next level."
Kelly played golf for the University of Hartford before turning professional in 1989. He attended Madison East High School, where he played hockey and golf and was an all-city selection in hockey. His wife, Carol, is Schuman's sister.
Women's swimming: Badgers defeat Penn State, fall to Arizona
The Wisconsin women's swimming and diving team defeated Penn State 157-111 but lost 138.5-123.5 to No. 5 Arizona Friday in Tucson, Ariz.
Wisconsin junior Susan Johnson won the 200-yard backstroke in 2 minutes, 1.30 seconds, while Anna Trinidad and Andrea Wiesner placed second and third, respectively, in the same event.
Freshman Yi Ting Siow, the current Big Ten swimmer of the week, won the 200 breaststroke in 2:13.68 to pick up UW's only other first-place finish. Two Wisconsin relay teams and several individual swimmers placed second in their respective events.
Senior diver Amanda Witte took second on the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.
"This was the first time we had a dual meet against Penn State in my seven years, and we swam well," Wisconsin head swimming coach Eric Hansen said. "We got off to a slow start against Arizona and dropped a close one. All-in-all, I am happy with our performance. For the women to do what they did was pretty good. We got a lot out of the meet."
Men's swimming: Arizona swims past Wisconsin
Arizona handed the Wisconsin men's swimming and diving team a 176-85 loss Friday in Tucson, Ariz.
Wisconsin junior Tom Molzahn placed first in all three of his individual events: the 200 freestyle (1:41.31); the 200 butterfly (1:52.75); and the 500 freestyle (4:35.56).
"Tom swam really well for us today," Hansen said. "He had good stuff out there. All-in-all, I was happy with the way we competed. We got a lot out of it."
Badgers who placed second include: Kyle Sorensen (50 free in 21.45); Mike Hopkins (200 backstroke in 1:54.24); Brett Koerten (400 individual medley in 4:07.82); and the 200 freestyle relay team of Sorensen, Michael Desautels, Molzahn and Scott Rice (1:24.85.)
Sophomore diver Josh Bonner finished fourth on the 1-meter board to lead the Wisconsin divers.