Feb. 24, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- With two top-10 wins under its belt to start the season, No. 4 Northwestern is set to debut in front of its Chicagoland fan base at 4 p.m. Tuesday when the 'Cats stage their first matchup with second-year program Marquette. The game will be played indoors at the Lake Barrington Field House (28156 Northpointe Pkwy, Lake Barrington, IL) to avoid inclement wintry conditions at Lakeside Field in Evanston.
Tickets to the game will be sold (cash only) at the entrance to the Field House for the regular single-game price of $7 for adults and $4 for students/senior citizens. Northwestern season ticket holders will be admitted with their previously printed ticket for Tuesday's game. Season ticket holders unable to attend the game at Lake Barrington Field House may retain their printed ticket and exchange it at a later date for a ticket to an American Lacrosse Conference Tournament game (May 1-4) at Lakeside Field.
Fans not in attendance can tune into a free online radio broadcast of tomorrow's game courtesy of NUsports.com and WNUR Sports.
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!
'Cats Set for Inaugural Meeting with Golden Eagles
Now in its second year as a varsity program, Marquette arrives in Lake Barrington with an 0-1 record following a lopsided loss to Northwestern's fellow American Lacrosse Conference brethren, Johns Hopkins. The Golden Eagles picked up two wins in their debut season in 2013 and are looking to take the next step under head coach Meredith Black, a 2004 alum of Notre Dame.
At least one member of the Northwestern roster will be familiar with NU's first-time opponent Tuesday; junior goalkeeper Bridget Bianco will be facing off with her younger sister, Marquette freshman defender Megan Bianco.
Kelly Amonte Hiller's Northwestern squads have always thrived in close contests, and 2014 has been no different. The Wildcats have trailed at halftime in both of their first two games, and against Duke used a 4-0 run midway through the second half to turn a 9-7 deficit into an 11-9 advantage. The Wildcats are now 17-3 in games decided by one or two goals since the start of 2011 and are 4-0 in their last four one-goal games.
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 has since gotten off to an excellent start to her senior campaign, 10 draw controls against Virginia before going for a remarkable 13 against No. 5 Duke -- a game in which no Blue Devil player managed to record more than two draw controls. Along with her NCAA record-tying 15 against USC in 2013, Leonard now claims two of the six highest single-game draw control totals in NCAA history. She stands at 329 career draw controls, leaving her third all-time and just 24 behind the Division I career record of 353, currently held by Vermont's Kristen Millar (2006-09). Leonard can move into second place with a strong outing against Marquette, entering the contest just five behind Maryland's Dana Dobbie (2005-08).
Back In ACC-tion
Northwestern's hard-fought wins over No. 8 Virginia and No. 5 Duke to open the year are indicative of the types of battles Kelly Amonte Hiller's squads have often found themselves in against ACC opponents. Saturday's win over Duke improved Amonte Hiller's career record against ACC foes to 37-10, 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. With both Notre Dame and Syracuse now in their first years as official members of the ACC, Northwestern still has three remaining games against the conference (Notre Dame, Syracuse, North Carolina).
Get to Know Her
After contributing as a reserve in 2013, sophomore Kaleigh Craig has shown she is ready for a central role in the early going this season. The midfielder led the Wildcats with three points (2g, 1a) against Virginia before breaking out for a career-best and team-high four goals in the win over Duke (with a fifth goal disallowed on a stick check). Three of Craig's scores were unassisted with the fourth coming on a free position attempt, and her final tally with 8:14 remaining proved to be the eventual game-winner for the Wildcats.
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 Virginia on Feb. 9.
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