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    Northwestern Takes on Boston U., Miami (Ohio) to Open Home Slate

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    Lena Phillips and the Wildcats open their home season by taking on a pair of teams picked to win their respective conferences in 2013.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Lena Phillips and the Wildcats open their home season by taking on a pair of teams picked to win their respective conferences in 2013.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Sep 5, 2013

    vs. #16 Boston University
     Date  Saturday, Sept. 7 | Noon
     Location  Lakeside Field  | Evanston, Ill.
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    vs. Miami (Ohio)
     Date  Monday, Sept. 9 | Noon
     Location  Lakeside Field  | Evanston, Ill.
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    The Last Meeting
    Boston University1  
    Northwestern2(OT)
    August 28, 2009
    Evanston, Ill.
    'Cats Start 2009 with Sudden-Victory Win Over Terriers
    Tracey Fuchs knew it would not be easy to get a win in her debut as Northwestern head coach facing a scrappy Boston University team. But her Wildcat team fought just a little bit harder, coming from behind in regulation before claiming a 2-1 overtime win on the strength of two goals by another newcomer to the team, Chelsea Armstrong.

    The Last Meeting
    Miami (Ohio)0
    Northwestern3
    August 25, 2012
    Louisville, Ky.
    NU Blanks Miami (Ohio), 3-0, for Season-Opening Victory
    Three Wildcats registered unassisted goals to lift No. 20 Northwestern to a 3-0 victory over Miami (Ohio) in the season-opener at the Cardinal Classic in Louisville Saturday.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern starts up the home portion of its 2013 season as it squares off with Boston University on Saturday and Miami (Ohio) on Monday at Lakeside Field. Both matches get underway at noon.

    The Terries and Red Hawks also will play a neutral site contest at noon Sunday at Lakeside Field.

    Fans who show their ticket to Saturday night's football contest between Northwestern and Syracuse will be admitted to Saturday's field hockey matchup for a discounted rate of $3.

    NU, ranked No. 11 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA preseason poll, got its season underway last weekend on the East Coast as it won two of three matches. The 'Cats controlled the majority of its season-opening contest at Providence last Friday but struggled to capitalize on its scoring opportunities, falling 2-1 in overtime.

    Northwestern bounced back to defeat No. 15 Northeastern on Sunday as it scored three second-half goals en route to a 4-2 victory. Nikki Parsley, Dominique Masters, Caroline Troncelliti and Tara Puffenberger each recorded goals for the Wildcats.

    The Wildcats wrapped up their road trip by posting a 3-0 shutout win at Division I newcomer UMass Lowell as Troncelliti accounted for all of NU's scoring.

    Troncelliti scored a Big Ten-leading four goals over the weekend, including the hat trick against the River Hawks, en route to being named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week. It was the first such honor of her career. Her four goals came on just five shot attempts.

    Northwestern accumulated 35 penalty corner attempts in the three contests to 13 for its opponents.

    Scouting Boston University
    The Terriers (2-0) were ranked No. 16 in the Penn Monto/NFHCA preseason poll and earned a 5-1 win victory over Ohio last Saturday before nipping Delaware 2-1 in overtime on Monday. Freshman Amanda Cassera was named the Patriot League Player of the Week, senior Ysi Schieb received Defensive Player of the Week honors and junior Valentina Cerda Eimbcke was tabbed Goalkeeper of the Week. BU is the preseason pick to win the Patriot League this season after going 12-6 a year ago.

    Scouting Miami (Ohio)
    The RedHawks (2-1) fell 3-2 at Wake Forest in their season-opener last Friday before defeating Radford 6-1 and Longwood 4-1 in Farmville, Va., on Sunday and Monday, respectively. Junior Ali Froede was tabbed the MAC Defensive Player of teh Week for her efforts. Gabby Goldach leads the team with three goals, while Emily Gruesser has three assists. Goalkeeper Sarah Mueller sports a 2.14 goals-against average. Miami is the preseason pick to win the MAC.

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