May 12, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern recently completed its spring season going 5-1-3 record, which included winning its third consecutive College Cup Championship in the annual inner-city competition.
The ‘Cats defeated DePaul 1-0 in the finals to win the championship with a goal by Connor Holloway. NU advanced to the final after defeating Loyola on penalty kicks in a game where senior Tyler Miller stopped three penalties while converting one of his own.
Junior Joey Calistri led the ‘Cats in the spring with six goals as he continued his goal scoring pace that made him the Big Ten’s leading scorer in 2013. Calistri’s late game penalty also netted Northwestern a 2-1 win over ACC rival Clemson in their annual trip to ACC Country. Northwestern ended the spring with a shutout streak of over 340 minutes.
“I was really pleased by the development of some of the players this spring,” head coach Tim Lenahan
said. “Both goalkeepers, Tyler Miller
and Zak Allen
, were exceptional. Having Layth Masri
back in the lineup after missing last season really stabilized the team and Jeff Hopson really took a big step forward in the central midfield role. What can you say about Joey Calistri
as he continues to just work hard and score goals? The two dates we put the most emphasis on are the College Cup and our trip to Clemson – both which were very successful. With a great recruiting class coming it, hopefully we can develop more consistency as a group moving into next year”
Masri, Holloway and Weberman named captains for the 2014 season.
Lenahan announced that fifth year seniors Layth Masri and Connor Holloway and senior Eric Weberman were selected as captains for the upcoming season.
For Masri and Holloway, this will be their second year as captains. It will be Weberman’s first year wearing the arm-band.
“Each player has earned their captaincy and brings something different to the table in terms of leadership,” Lenahan said. “For Connor and Layth it will be their second go round at this. I think they learned last year that being the captain is more than just calling heads and tails to start the game. For Webby, his dynamic personality and ability to step up in big games made him a natural fit for the role and I’m looking forward to watching this group lead the team next year.”
Northwestern enters next season having been to seven NCAA Tournaments in the past eight years - a mark topped by only six programs in the country. The Wildcats three B1G Championships in the last three years are more than any B1G program during that time.
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