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    Visit to No. 5 Duke Presents Second Top-10 Test for Wildcats

    Sophomore Kaleigh Craig set personal bests for goals (2) and points (3) in NU's season-opening win vs. Virginia.

    Sophomore Kaleigh Craig set personal bests for goals (2) and points (3) in NU's season-opening win vs. Virginia.

    Feb. 19, 2014

    2014 Northwestern Lacrosse -- Game Two
    No. 4 Northwestern (1-0, 0-0 ALC) vs. No. 5 Duke (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
     Date Saturday, Feb. 22 | 11 a.m. CT
     Location Koskinen Stadium | Durham, N.C.
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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 4 Northwestern goes for a second straight win over a top-10 opponent to open the season on Saturday, traveling back to ACC country to face No. 5 Duke in Durham. The Wildcats will be looking to extend their current 10-game winning streak against the Blue Devils, a stretch which dates to 2006 and includes three straight victories at Duke's Koskinen Stadium for Northwestern.

    Opening draw in Durham is set for 11 a.m. CT and fans can watch the action live online courtesy of Lacrosse fans can also receive in-game updates and notes by following @NU_SportsLIVE on Twitter or tracking live stats on

    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 means 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!

    Wildcats Win Wild Opener Over Cavaliers
    Northwestern's 2014 season-opener will be hard to top in terms of excitement the rest of the year. After trailing No. 8 Virginia at halftime and trading goals for most of the second half, Northwestern broke a 12-12 tie with 17 seconds left when senior Kate Macdonald converted an 8-meter goal to lift the fourth-ranked Wildcats to a 13-12 victory Feb. 9 at Fifth Third Bank Stadium in Atlanta. A crowd of 1,876 enthusiastic lacrosse fans turned out to the campus of Kennesaw State University to witness the early-season top-10 matchup, which featured five ties and four lead changes over the course of the game.

    The Last Meeting
    No. 9 Duke4
    April 12, 2013
    Evanston, Ill.
    'Cats Leave Blue Devils Seeing Red in 12-4 Victory
    Rare is the occasion when it seems a team can do no wrong against a challenging opponent, but No. 4 Northwestern enjoyed just that kind of evening in coasting past ninth-ranked Duke, 12-4, Friday night.

    Bianco Starts Off With a Bang
    Northwestern junior goalkeeper Bridget Bianco (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) received the first American Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Week award of the year after her stellar outing in NU's season-opening win. Bianco racked up 14 saves to help the Wildcats hold off No. 8 Virginia, 13-12, with her 14 saves ranking as a career high and one shy of the Northwestern single-game record. The last NU goalie to record at least 14 saves in a game was Morgan Lathrop on April 16, 2007, in a win over Maryland.

    Bianco especially shined in the second half, registering seven saves compared to four goals allowed and making a key save with 54 seconds remaining to preserve a 12-12 tie and set up Northwestern's game-winning score.

    Close Calls
    Kelly Amonte Hiller's Northwestern squads have always thrived in close contests, and it was no different in their 2014 opener. The Wildcats are now 16-3 in games decided by one or two goals since the start of 2011 and are 3-0 in their last three one-goal games.

    Record Watch
    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. She then got off to an excellent start to her senior campaign, recording her fourth career game of 10 or more draw controls -- and just the sixth in NU lacrosse history -- in helping the 'Cats double up Virginia on the draw circle (18-9) on Feb. 9. Leonard now stands at 316 career draw controls, leaving her fourth all-time and just 37 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
    Northwestern's season-opener against Virginia was indicative of many of the hard-fought battles Northwestern has had against ACC opponents over the last decade. Kelly Amonte Hiller is now 36-10 in her career against ACC opponents, despite a 2013 season in which eventual national champion North Carolina became only the second team in the Amonte Hiller era to defeat Northwestern twice in the same season.

    An Instant Impact by Ivory
    Kelly Amonte Hiller and the Wildcats made an important addition to their roster during the offseason when they gained the services of graduate student defender Kate Ivory. A Philadelphia native, Ivory completed her undergrad playing career at Cornell University where she was the 2013 Ivy League Defender of the Year and a team captain as a senior. Ivory, who redshirted her junior season because of a knee injury, arrived in Evanston with one year of eligibility remaining and earned a starting role on low defense for the season-opener. She debuted with two ground balls and two caused turnovers against the Cavaliers last week.

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