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    Top-Ranked Wildcats Face Ohio in Home Opener; Travel to Penn Tuesday

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Aly Josephs and the 'Cats battle Ohio Saturday at 1 p.m.
    Aly Josephs and the 'Cats battle Ohio Saturday at 1 p.m.

    March 3, 2006

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    March 4, 2006 - 1 p.m.
    No. 1 Northwestern (3-0)
    vs. Ohio (1-3)
    Field Turf Practice Facility
    Evanston, Ill.

    March 7, 2006 - 2/3 p.m. ET
    No. 1 Northwestern (3-0)
    at Penn (2-0) as of March 3
    Franklin Field
    Philadelphia, Pa.

    EVANSTON, Ill. - No. 1 Northwestern will take on the Ohio Bobcats at 1 p.m. Saturday in its 2006 home opener. The game is being played at Northwestern's field turf practice facility-immediately adjacent to Sharon J. Drysdale Field and just northeast of Ryan Field. While the game will be open and free to the public and NU students, please note that seating and standing room for spectators is extremely limited and will only be available on the northwest and southwest sideline.

    The Wildcats enter the game with a 24-game winning streak, the longest in the nation. They went 2-0 last weekend, handing No. 16 Hofstra a 16-9 defeat before cruising past Rutgers 18-3-a game in which Northwestern scored the game's first 17 goals. Ohio is 1-3 on the year and is coming off an 18-6 loss at Notre Dame on Thursday. The Wildcats then travel back east to face Pennsylvania at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Philadelphia, Pa.

    'Cats Down No. 16 Hofstra, Rutgers
    The 'Cats picked up two convincing wins last weekend with a 16-9 triumph at No. 16 Hofstra on Friday before crushing Rutgers 18-3. In the win over the Pride Laura Glassanos scored five goals, Aly Josephs scored four and Kristen Kjellman added three goals and three assists. Freshman Morgan Lathrop recorded 16 saves in goal. Then last Sunday the Scarlet Knights had no match for Northwestern's firepower. The 'Cats dominated from the outset, leading 11-0 at halftime and scored the first 17 goals of the game before Rutgers finally got on the board with eight minutes remaining. Sarah Albrecht and Kjellman each had four goals for the 'Cats.

    24 and Counting
    The Wildcats have the nation's longest current win streak among Division I programs at 24 games dating to the start of the 2005 season. The record for consecutive wins is 50, held by Maryland (March 9, 1995 to April 20, 1997). NU also has won 12 straight home games dating to the end of the 2004 season. That record also is held by Maryland who won 22 home matches in a row.

    Scouting Ohio
    The Bobcats are 1-3 on the year with losses to Maryland, Duquesne and Notre Dame with their lone win coming against Howard on Feb. 27 in Athens, Ohio. Freshman Kiersten McLouth leads the Bobcats with five goals followed by sophomore Shannon Hadaway and red-shirt freshman Devon Dow with four each. Sophomore Jen Heup has started all four games in goal with 49 saves. The Bobcats are coached by first year head coach Allison Valentino who was previously an assistant coach at Maryland.

    Scouting Penn
    The Quakers are 2-0 on the season and are currently just outside the IWLCA Top 20 poll with wins over Monmouth and No. 20 Temple. Melissa Lehman, Allison Ambrozy and Rachel Manson all have five goals each on the season. Sarah Waxman Karrie Moore have split time in goal.

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