Feb. 6, 2014
IWLCA Preseason Poll
EVANSTON, Ill. -- An eager and motivated Northwestern Lacrosse program will take the field for the 2014 season-opener on Sunday afternoon, with the fourth-ranked Wildcats set to face No. 8 Virginia at Noon CT in Atlanta. The out-of-conference affair will be played at Kennesaw State University's Fifth Third Bank Stadium, the first-ever trip to the state of Georgia for the seven-time national champion Wildcats.
Tickets to the game are still available and may be purchased online or at the gate for $10 per person. Live in-game updates will be available on Twitter (@NULax and @NU_SportsLIVE).
Secure Your Seats to Watch the Seven-Time Champions in 2014
The combination of a great regular-season schedule, a special primetime game at historic Wrigley Field in Chicago and the last-ever American Lacrosse Conference Tournament, there is plenty of great women's lacrosse action coming to Evanston and Chicagoland this spring. Fans wishing to join the Wildcats on their quest for an eighth NCAA championship since 2005 may do so with the purchase of a 2014 season ticket package, which includes a reduced price off the cost of a single-game ticket as well as an exclusive season ticket holder gift. Tickets to NU's April 26 game against USC at Wrigley Field also are on sale now!
The Last Meeting
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April 7, 2013
Amonte Hiller Locked In With Contract Extension
In the same week she prepared to kick off her 13th season as head coach of the program she built from scratch, decorated Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller and Northwestern Athletics announced Tuesday a lengthy contract extension to keep Amonte Hiller on the sidelines in Evanston through at least the 2021 season. Amonte Hiller, who was hired by Northwestern in 2000 and coached her first varsity season in 2002, will have completed 20 seasons as head coach of the Wildcats upon serving out the duration of her current contract.
"Without question, Northwestern is thrilled that one of the most outstanding head coaches -- in any sport, at any university -- will remain a Wildcat well into the future," said Northwestern Vice President for Athletics and Recreation Jim Phillips. "Since reinstating our women's lacrosse team 12 years ago, Kelly and her program have represented the best of what Northwestern Athletics strives to be, on and off the field. She is a pioneer for her sport and for women's athletics in general, and we can't overstate the impact her players' achievements have had on Evanston and the surrounding communities. Looking ahead, we are excited to have Kelly leading Northwestern into the new era of the Big Ten Women's Lacrosse Conference beginning in 2015."
No Place Like Home
One of six members of a stellar Northwestern freshman class in 2014, Lydia Cassada will feel right at home in her collegiate debut with the Wildcats. The first official road trip of the rookie's career will bring her back to her home area of Atlanta, where Cassada starred as a high school All-American for powerhouse Milton High School. Cassada, who was a longtime club teammate of her fellow Wildcat freshman Jasmine Docal (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), is the first Georgia product to play for Kelly Amonte Hiller.
Alyssa Leonard wowed spectators throughout her junior season as she set a Northwestern record and approached the NCAA single-season mark with 125 draw controls. Leonard begins her senior campaign with 306, leaving her fourth all-time and just 47 behind the Division I career record of 353, currently held by Vermont's Kristen Millar (2006-09). The next rung on Leonard's climb to the top is her former assistant coach Hillary Fratzke, now the head women's lacrosse coach at William & Mary College. Last year, Leonard helped Northwestern win a shade under 60 percent of all draw controls on the season.
Back In ACC-tion
Many of Northwestern's most hard-fought battles and memorable victories have come against the top teams of the ACC, including the Virginia Cavaliers. Kelly Amonte Hiller is 35-10 in her career against ACC opponents, despite last season when eventual national champion North Carolina became only the second team in the Amonte Hiller era to defeat Northwestern twice in the same season.
@NULax Gameday At-A-Glance
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