continued Early in the second half, WG cringed again as it dominated the time of possession, but saw three consecutive shots bang off the pipes - two posts, plus a crossbar.
Finally, Donahue took over, as her perfect feed set up Osterdale's second goal with 17:58 left, and then she scored on back-to-back goals in the ensuing three minutes to double the Wildcats' margin to 7-3.
Donahue said the key to the team's victory was its ability to work better on rides and clears than it did in the playoff loss to C-NS. Indeed, the Wildcats' defense constantly forced the Northstars into turnovers, which stifled the visitors' attempts to catch up. Goalie Katherine Widrick was solid, too, earning six saves.
Even when Duffy and Courtney Kenny hit on goals to cut WG's lead to 7-5, the Wildcats would answer. Elmer's third goal made it 8-5, with Marissa Hudgins and Cailyn Negus adding late tallies to create a 10-5 cushion.
C-NS battled to the end, as Duffy and Samantha Tortora scored in the game's final two minutes, but WG would stay out in front, knowing that there was a good possibility the Wildcats and Northstars could get together late in May, where full payback - or further heartbreak - could await.