This Week In Northwestern Athletics - Week of Oct. 28-Nov. 4, 2014
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Notable: Fresh off its second and final bye week of 2014, Northwestern begins its five-week sprint to the end of the regular season as it travels to Iowa's Kinnick Stadium this Saturday (11 a.m. CT, BTN). Northwestern is heading to Iowa City for the fifth time in seven seasons and will be looking to secure its seventh win against the Hawkeyes in their last 10 meetings. The game will be carried live to a national audience on the Big Ten Network, and fans can also choose to watch the game online or on their mobile devices via BTN2Go. On the radio, the game can be found on WGN720 or 87.7 FM The Game in Chicago or TheGameChicago.com, with the veteran tandem of Dave Eanet and Ted Albrecht being joined for the first time by 2013 Northwestern All-American Jeff Budzien on sideline duty.
Women's Cross Country
Notable: Championship season has arrived for the Wildcats, who make their second trip of the season to Iowa City, Iowa to compete in the 2014 Big Ten Championships. The new-look conference meet features 14 teams (with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers) racing on a 6K course to determine the league's individual and team champions. Northwestern's trip to Iowa City earlier this season saw sophomore Andrea Ostenso lead the squad with a 6K time of 21:35, and she'll look to again lead the charge alongside classmate Jena Pianin. Visit HawkeyeSports.com
Sunday, Nov. 2 8 a.m. NU Duals Henry Crown Sports Pavilion Evanston, Ill.
Notable: A month or so of individual action, the Wildcats dive into the dual portion of their schedule this weekend by hosting the NU Duals at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion. At last year's club duals, the 'Cats clobbered the competition by defeating all 10 opponents it faced by a combined score of 256-14.
Friday, Oct. 31 2:30 p.m. CT at Penn State University Park, Pa.
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Sunday, Nov. 2 Noon vs. Kent State Lakeside Field Evanston, Ill.
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Notable: No. 8 Northwestern (12-5, 6-1 B1G) closes out its regular season this week with a shot at a second consecutive Big Ten regular season title. The Wildcats enter the week tied for first place in the conference with Maryland. No. 5 Penn State stands in NU's way as the `Cats travel to University Park on Friday in a contest that is being televised live by Big Ten Network. Northwestern wraps up the regular season with a Senior Day matchup against Kent State at Lakeside Field on Sunday. Maddy Carpenter, Kristin Wirtz and Kelsey Thompson will be honored in pregame ceremonies.
Promotion: It's Senior Day at Lakeside Field! The `Cats host Kent State at noon for their final home regular season match. Get there early for a special pregame ceremony recognizing the graduating seniors.
Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 3-5 Gifford Intercollegiate San Martin, Calif. (CordeValle)
Notable: Northwestern concludes its fall season at the Gifford Intercollegiate hosted by UCLA at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif. The Wildcats are repeat visitors to the tournament, which is held in the same 6-count-5 style as the Pac-12 championships; whereas the vast majority of collegiate tournaments including the NCAA Championships feature five-player lineups with four counting scores in each round, the 6-count-5 format expands each team's lineup by one. The depth-testing Gifford will be a test for Northwestern, which has sought to find depth this year. Junior Josh Jamieson has been NU's consistent leader while freshman Dylan Wu has shown great promise and freshman Charles Wang has been alternately brilliant and volatile in his scoring.
Wednesday, Oct. 29 7 p.m. CT at Loyola Chicago, Ill.
Sunday, Nov. 2 1 p.m. CT vs. Penn State Lakeside Field Evanston, Ill.
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Notable: Head coach Tim Lenahan's Wildcats (7-2-5 overall, 3-1-2 Big Ten) have three games remaining in the 2014 regular-season, all of which will be played close to home. Taking a break from Big Ten play, they head a few miles south to Rogers Park in Chicago to take on the Loyola Ramblers at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. The `Cats hold a 21-5-6 series record against the Ramblers (5-4-5 overall, 1-1-2 Missouri Valley), winning 4-1 in 2013.
And for the first time in over a month, the `Cats come home to Lakeside Field as they host No. 12 Penn State (11-3-1 overall, 5-2-0 Big Ten) on Sunday, Nov. 2. Both teams played tough Big Ten games on Sunday, Oct. 26, taking their respective opponents into double overtime. Penn State secured a 2-1 win against Wisconsin in University Park, Pa. while the Wildcats earned a 1-1 draw with No. 10 Michigan State in East Lansing. Sophomore Mike Roberge scored his second marker of the season and the third of his career. The `Cats wrap up their regular season at home on Nov. 5 against Wisconsin.
Promotion: The Wildcats are back at Lakeside Field after nearly a month on the road. The `Cats wrap up the weekend in Evanston when they host the Penn State Nittany Lions at 1 p.m. The first 100 fans in attendance will receive a Northwestern Soccer scarf. Be sure to arrive early to recognize the seniors in a special pregame ceremony.
Friday, Oct. 31 7 p.m. vs. Minnesota Lakeside Field Evanston, Ill.
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Notable: The women's soccer team continues its own version of Octoberfest, defeating Michigan State, 2-0 on Sunday afternoon while preserving a 1-1 double overtime tie against Michigan two days earlier, both played at Lakeside Field. The `Cats improve to 3-1-2 in their last six matches dating back to October 5th when they dismissed No. 19 Illinois, 2-0 and No. 14 Rutgers, 1-0 on Oct. 19. In defeating Michigan State, sophomore Maria Grygleski and junior Nandi Mehta both found the back of the net for the Wildcats and freshman goalkeeper Lauren Clem made three saves to record her seventh shutout of the season to hold the Spartans to just six total shots in the game. The clean sheet was the third in the last four games for the Wildcats rookie.
Promotion: Join us at Lakeside Field on Friday for Senior Day! The `Cats are hosting the Minnesota Golden Gophers at 7 p.m. and there will be a special pregame ceremony recognizing the seniors. Kids of all ages are invited to join the `Cats for a Halloween event prior to kickoff. The event includes a costume parade, trick or treating with NU student athletes and prizes! Willie's Kids' Club members can RSVP in advance to guarantee themselves a Willie trick or treat bucket. Tickets are available at the entrance to Lakeside Field or by calling 888-GO-PURPLE.
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 All Day Big Ten Indoor Championships Minneapolis, Minn.
Notable: Northwestern winds down its fall invitational season this weekend as it heads to Minneapolis, Minn., to participate in the Big Ten Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Minnesota. Freshman Logan Staggs leads the Wildcats with seven victories this fall.
Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 30-Nov. 2 All Day USTA Collegiate Clay Court Invitational Orlando, Fla.
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Friday-Sunday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 All Day Roberta Alison Fall Classic Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Notable: Northwestern will send contingents to both Orlando, Fla., and Tuscaloosa, Ala., this week. Lok Sze Leung, Manon Peri, Brooke Rischbieth and Jillian Rooney will compete in the USTA Collegiate Clay Court Inviational at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Disney World beginning on Thursday. Thursday's opening round and Sunday's finals are being broadcast on ESPN3. The rest of the Wildcats' squad will travel to the Roberta Alison Fall Classic hosted by the University of Alabama starting Friday.
Friday, Oct. 31 6 p.m. CT at Michigan Cliff Keen Arena Ann Arbor, Mich.
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Saturday, Nov. 1 5:30 p.m. CT vs. Michigan State Jenison Field House East Lansing, Mich.
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Notable: Northwestern implemented a modified 6-2 system for the first time all season last weekend, and though the team lost two close five-set matches, the new approach helped produce several career-best performances for some Wildcats. Against No. 13 Purdue on Oct. 24, Caroline Niedospial became the first player in the Big Ten this season to eclipse 30 digs in a match with a career-best 34 against the Boilermakers. Kayla Morin posted a career-best 22 kills that night and freshman Taylor Tashima added a career-best 20 digs before notching a personal-best 14 kills the following night against Indiana.
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