March 4, 2014
UPDATE: Technical difficulties have prevented us from providing a video feed of tonight's game. Live audio is available at this link.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 4 Northwestern returns to its home away from home, the Lake Barrington Field House indoor turf facility, Wednesday night to renew acquaintances with one of its long-standing opponents, No. 13 Notre Dame. The Wildcats and Irish will kick things off at 8:30 p.m. CT, with Northwestern in search of a 15th consecutive win over its regular rival to the east.
The Lake Barrington Field House -- which also staged Northwestern's Feb. 25 victory over Marquette -- is located at 28156 Northpointe Pkwy, Lake Barrington, IL, and provides the Wildcats an indoor home venue while NU awaits the arrival of spring in the Midwest.
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 Wednesday'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.
On The Web
For those Wildcats fans not in attendance, Wednesday night's contest will be available to watch on a free live video stream from the Lake Barrington Field House on Wildcats All-Access. In-game updates also will be available on Twitter at @NU_SportsLIVE and @NULax.
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!
The Last Meeting
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April 24, 2013
South Bend, Ind.
The Fighting Irish in Brief
Now in its first season as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Notre Dame is off to a 3-2 start with both losses coming in conference action, first to Boston College (15-10) and then to the defending NCAA champion North Carolina Tar Heels (19-9).
Head coach Christine Halfpenny, now in her third season, has relied heavily on the scoring of freshman standout Cortney Fortunato, a Long Island native whose 14 goals and 18 points both are team-bests for the Irish. Junior Caitlin Gargan -- a high school teammate of Northwestern's Kara Mupo at Rocky Point High School on Long Island -- has supported Fortunato on attack with 17 points.
It's another junior who makes the Irish tick on the defensive end -- returning first-team IWLCA All-American Barbara Sullivan. The Garden City native set a Notre Dame school record with 67 draw controls a year ago and paces her squad with 19 draws again this season.
Kelly Amonte Hiller's Northwestern squads have always thrived in close contests, and 2014 has been no different. Going on the road to face two difficult ACC opponents out of the gates, the Wildcats 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.
Senior Alyssa Leonard is poised to make history in the near future as she approaches the career draw controls record in NCAA Division I women's lacrosse. With a remarkable 32 draw controls through three games, the 2014 Tewaaraton Award candidate stands at 338 career draw controls, just 15 behind the Division I career record of 353 currently held by Vermont's Kristen Millar (2006-09). Leonard, whose owns a single-game best of 15 draw controls, can join NU great Hannah Nielsen as Wildcats with NCAA career records to their names; Nielsen dished out an NCAA-record 224 assists in her 86 games at Northwestern, 46 more than second-place Jen Adams (Maryland, 1998-01).
NCAA Women's Lacrosse Record Book (PDF)
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, another of which NU faces Wednesday evening. NU'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.
Finding Her Groove
After missing nearly all of last season due to injury, Kara Mupo took a big step in rediscovering her play-making prowess in Tuesday's win over Marquette, tying a career high with five points on three goals and two assists. The game marked Mupo's first hat trick since March 15, 2012. The dynamic attacker also tied for the team lead with three ground balls in the game, also a personal career high.
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.
Northwestern will return to the road following Wednesday night's game, departing Saturday for a pair of American Lacrosse Conference matchups. The Wildcats take on Ohio State at 11 a.m. Sunday in Columbus and then head north for their first-ever meeting with future Big Ten Conference opponent Michigan, which is off and running in its inaugural season as a varsity program. The `Cats and Wolverines will square off at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday in the renowned Michigan Stadium. Follow @NULax on Twitter to stay current on updates and how to watch the Wildcats online as they meet the Buckeyes and Wolverines.
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