It's fitting that Maggie Bremer, a 2006 graduate of Upper Arlington High School, is majoring in radio/television/film at Northwestern.

It's fitting that Maggie Bremer, a 2006 graduate of Upper Arlington High School, is majoring in radio/television/film at Northwestern.

In order to improve her play for the women's lacrosse team, she spent a lot of time in film study of a different kind. She went over game film after game film in efforts to become a better player. And it paid off. After playing in 10 games as a freshman, she got in all 22 games as a sophomore and was a defensive force for the Wildcats during their national championship run.

"As a freshman you know what's expected but you don't know what you need to do to get there," Bremer said. "I worked so hard over (last summer) because I knew what I needed to do keep up.

"I went to the office every day and watched films. I watched what I was doing and what other teams were doing. By the end of the summer, I scouted teams very well and I was much more confident out on the field. My whole game improved. You can see that on the films."

The Wildcats finished 21-1 after beating Pennsylvania 10-6 on May 27 for the national championship -- their fourth in a row. Columbus Academy graduate Jenny Bush and UA graduates Lynda McCandlish and Kristin McCandlish and Bremer have played roles in all four championships. Bush and Lynda McCandlish graduated from Northwestern in 2006 and Kristin is a senior.

Bremer, who was named academic all-Big Ten, was the first central Ohio player to be named to the all-tournament team, something she credited to her performance against Syracuse's Katie Rowan during a 16-8 win in a national semifinal. Rowan, who set the NCAA record for points in a season with 142 (73 goals, 69 assists) was held scoreless and had just three shots in two meetings with the Wildcats, including Northwestern's 19-7 win March 29.

"Katie is a great player. She sees her teammates so well, and even if they're barely open, she can feed the ball into them," Bremer said.

"Technically, I was the one who face-guarded her, but really, the credit goes to the entire defense. They let you know if a pick is coming or what else is going on around you."

To help get the Wildcats back to the championship, Kristin McCandlish had to change roles.

McCandlish, who holds the career points (313), season points (111) and season assists (50) records as a midfielder at UA, was moved to defense this season.

"Kristin is just awesome," Bremer said. "She stepped it up big for us. She's one of these players who would do anything for the team. She'd do whatever the coaches tell her to do. They told her to go play defense and she did an amazing job with it."

"It's been sort of a slow transition," said Kristin, who earned her first career start in an 18-11 win over Princeton in an NCAA quarterfinal. "When I was playing as a midfielder I was more of a defensive midfielder, so it was a natural progression to becoming a defender. You have to communicate a lot more as a defender, but it was a lot of fun playing back there with Maggie and (Hudson graduate Christy Finch)."

Northwestern lost to Pennsylvania 11-7 in Philadelphia in its regular-season finale April 27. That ended a 35-game winning streak.

"Usually, at that time of the year, we have a lot of momentum going our way," Kristin McCandlish said. "After the Penn loss, it was just very quiet. We were all looking at each other. It didn't need to be said. We all knew we had a lot of work ahead."

"Before the championship game, I was thinking about how bad I wanted to win it," Bremer said. "We were all really nervous because they beat us before in the regular season, but I kept saying, 'We're not going to lose this game.'"