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    'Cats Face Nittany Lions in First Round of 2011 Big Ten Tournament

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Nikki Parsley and the Wildcats are looking for good things to happen in Happy Valley this weekend.
    Nikki Parsley and the Wildcats are looking for good things to happen in Happy Valley this weekend.

    Oct. 30, 2011

    Northwestern (12-8) at Penn State (13-5)
    Thursday, Nov. 3
    Penn State Field Hockey Complex
    University Park, Pa. • Approx. 1:30 CT
    Gametracker: Penn State Website
    In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE

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    PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Northwestern battles third seed and host Penn State in the opening round of the 2011 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament Thursday, Nov. 3. The match-up is the third and final contest of the day and is slated to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. CT from University Park, Pa. For complete tournament coverage, as well as resources to follow the 'Cats, click HERE.

    "I think this is going to be a great tournament," head coach Tracey Fuchs said. "Penn State has a lot of different weapons, so we need to come out and play our best field hockey. If we execute our game plan, it'll be a good match. We need everyone to step up and play their game."

    The Wildcats earned the sixth seed in the event after wrapping-up the regular season with a 12-8 overall record. In PSU and Northwestern's only regular-season meeting of the season, it took an extra session for the Nittany Lions to escape with a 4-3 victory over NU on their own turf. Junior standout Chelsea Armstrong recorded a pair of goals in that game, while Maria Kovalchuk tapped in the third.

    The winner of the Northwestern/Penn State game would face the victor of second-seeded Ohio State and seventh-seeded Michigan State, which will be determined earlier in the day Thursday, Nov. 3.

    The tournament championship game will be held at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 6. The semifinals and final will be televised live by the Big Ten Network. Tickets for the Big Ten Tournament can be purchased by contacting the Bryce Jordan Center ticket office at 814-865-5555. All session passes are $18 for adults and $12 for students/senior citizens. Single session tickets will run at $8 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens. Groups of 15 people or more may also purchase tickets at $12 for all session passes and $5 for a single session.

    Northwestern Season Highlights/Notes
    • Junior Chelsea Armstrong broke two NU program records this season in back-to-back weeks, becoming the Wildcats' leader in points and in goal s scored. Through 59 games in her career, Armstrong owns 171 career points and 70 career goals.

    • With a 5-0 win over Pacific in week eight, Northwestern secured a winning record for the third-straight year a feat that hasn't been accomplished since the 1995-95 campaign.

    • In week five of the NFHCA National Coaches Poll, the 'Cats earned the No. 14 spot, the highest an NU team has been ranked since 1996.

    Chelsea Armstrong and Regan Mooney have been among the Big Ten statistical leaders all season. Armstrong leads the League in goals (23), points (53) and game-winning goals (6) while Mooney tops the Conference's assists category with 19 on the season.

    • Head coach Tracey Fuchs helped the USA Field Hockey team knock-off the number one team in the world on Oct. 28 and earn an automatic berth in the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Fuchs, an assistant coach for the national team, helped the squad to a 4-2 win over reigning power Argentina and the USA's first-ever Pan American gold medal.


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