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    Ali Cassera
    Ali Cassera


    Fairfield, N.J.

    High School:
    West Essex




    Spring Academic All-Big Ten Honorees Announced

    Wildcats total over 200 Academic All-B1G awards for the third straight academic year


    Surging Wildcats Ready for Rematch With Heels in NCAA Semifinals

    Northwestern seeks third straight championship, eighth overall under Amonte Hiller


    'Cats Pound Penn State, Punch Ticket to Philadelphia

    Northwestern set for ninth consecutive trip to championship weekend


    Conference Rivals Fight For Semifinal Berth Saturday on BTN

    Northwestern, Penn State meet for third time this season at 7 p.m. in Evanston


    'Cats Feel Right at Home in NCAA Tournament, Defeat Stanford, 15-8

    Northwestern advances to face conference foe Penn State in NCAA quarterfinals

    2013: Finished her career as a four-year starter for NU, starting 20 of 22 games in 2013 ... Scored 24 goals in her senior season ... Named second-team All-ALC and to the ALC All-Tournament Team ... One goal and one assist in two preseason games at Champion Challenge ... Scored two goals against both UMass and USC on season-opening road trip ... One unassisted goal at North Carolina ... Notched one goal and one assist at Vanderbilt ... Scored once at Johns Hopkins ... Recorded two draw controls at Navy ... Season-best three goals against Harvard ... Against Ohio State, had one assist and the game-clinching caused turnover after the Buckeyes regained possession with NU protecting a one-goal lead and 1:07 to play ... Led NU to a 13-12 win over Syracuse in a rematch of the 2012 national title game, scoring a career-best five goals ... Earned her first career ALC Offensive Player of the Week and Co-Player of the Week honors on April 1 ... Netted two goals against Stanford ... Matched her career high with six ground balls at Notre Dame ... Scored one goal vs. Penn and in ALC semifinals vs. Penn State ... Tallied three goals in NCAA Tournament vs. Stanford ... Scored a goal (one on a free position) in NCAA quarterfinal win over Penn State ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2012: Steady midfielder who contributes on both ends of the field ... Tallied 11 goals with 23 ground balls in junior campaign ... Scored two first-half goals in season-opening win at Stanford ... Season-high four ground balls vs. No. 5 Duke ... One free position goal vs. Oregon ... Two ground balls at Louisville ... Scored one goal vs. William & Mary ... Pair of ground balls vs. UMass ... Two caused turnovers and two ground balls vs. Vanderbilt ... Notched four ground balls for the second time this season vs. Navy, also adding one 8-meter goal ... Two draw control wins vs. Ohio State ... Scored two goals at Penn State ... One goal and three ground balls at Penn ... One free-position goal against both Johns Hopkins and Virginia ... Scored once in ALC semifinal win vs. Johns Hopkins ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2011: Moved into a starting midfield role as a sophomore and finished with 16 goals and three assists ... Recorded a hat trick in a 14-10 home win over Penn (4/10) ... Set single-game career bests at North Carolina with six ground balls and three caused turnovers (2/25) ... Scored one goal in the national semifinal win over the Tar Heels on May 27 ... Surpassed her freshman-year totals in ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers ... Scooped up four ground balls and won three draws vs. Georgetown (3/5) ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2010: Key reserve for the Wildcats appearing in all 22 games ... Recorded 20 goals on the year, ranking seventh on the team ... Scored four goals at Ohio State (3/24), en route to being named the ALC's Rookie of the Week on March 29 ... Racked up three goals in both of Northwestern's victories against Vanderbilt (4/24 and 5/8) ... Had a pair of goals against Florida (5/2) and in the NCAA first round victory over Notre Dame (5/15) ... Notched the first assist of her career against Duquesne (3/12) ... Finished her freshman campaign with 12 ground balls, including three each against the Dukes and at Penn (4/9) ... Won a pair of draw controls against the Gators and against Duke (5/22) in the NCAA quarterfinals, finishing with seven on the year.

    High School: Four-year letterwinner at West Essex High School ... Under Armour All-American as a senior ... Earned first team All-American honors as a junior and was honorable mention as a sophmomore ... Named first team all-state as a senior and junior and second team all-state as a sophomore ... First team All-Iron Hills Conference and All-Essex County selection all four years ... Two-time team captain and three-time team MVP ... Helped lead the Knights to four Essex County championships and the 2009 state championship ... Competed for STEPS Lacrosse Club for five seasons ... Also was a four-year letterwinner in both field hockey and basketball, giving her 12 varsity letters in her prep career ... Won four state championships in field hockey and was a first team all-state selection ... Holds school basketball record in points, rebounds and steals ... Named Essex County Scholar Athlete of the Year ... Honor roll student since seventh grade ... National Junior Honors Society member in eighth and ninth grade.

    Personal: Born Alison Lynne Cassera ... Daughter of Al and Julie Cassera ... Majoring in sociology with a minor in business institutions.


    Cassera's Career Highs

    Goals 5, vs. Syracuse (3/30/13)
    Assists 2, at Georgetown (3/5/11)
    Points 5, vs. Syracuse (3/30/13)
    Ground Balls 6, two times, most recent at Notre Dame (4/24/13)
    Draw Controls 3, at Georgetown (3/5/11)
    Caused Turnovers 3, at North Carolina (2/25/11)