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    Wildcats Host Pair of Nationally Ranked Opponents in Georgetown, Vanderbilt

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Junior Meredith Frank has recorded seven goals and five assists since returning from injury.
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    Junior Meredith Frank has recorded seven goals and five assists since returning from injury.
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    March 26, 2008

    NU Weekly Release - March 26, 2008 (PDF)

    "Friends of Jaclyn" Release (PDF)

    Opening Draw
    Top-ranked Northwestern (8-0) begins the second half of the regular season with a pair of home games. The Wildcats host ninth-ranked Georgetown at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the inaugural lacrosse night game at Lakeside Field. The game also marks the second annual "Friends of Jaclyn" Pediatric Brain Tumor Awareness College Lax Challenge. NU then returns to American Lacrosse Conference play hosting 18th-ranked Vanderbilt at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 30.

    Scouting Georgetown
    Ninth-ranked Georgetown is off to a 7-1 start and is 2-0 in Big East Conference play coming off an 11-5 victory of Rutgers on March 22. A pair of sophomores have stepped up big for the Hoyas as Ashby Kaestner (32 goals) and Molly Ford (22) lead the team in scoring while freshman Jordy Kirr has added eight goals and 20 assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Caitlin Formby has been solid in net for Georgetown, recording 64 saves and posting a .500 save percentage and an 8.25 goals against average. Head coach Ricky Fried is in his fourth season at the helm of the Hoyas, posting an overall record of 43-18 in leading Georgetown to three-straight Big East regular season titles.

    Scouting Vanderbilt
    18th-ranked Vanderbilt is 7-3 on the year and 1-0 in American Lacrosse Conference play after its 10-7 victory over Penn State on March 23. The Commodores have four players with double-digit goal totals so far, led by All-American Margie Curran's 30. Sophomore Sarah Downing has netted 23 goals for VU, with sophomore Carter Foote adding 17 and junior Cara Giordano with 15. Vanderbilt has an experienced defense, led by ALC Player of the Week Sasha Cielak and senior goalkeeper Brooke Shinaberry, who has already recorded 68 saves on the year. Cathy Swezey is in her 11th year as the Commodore head coach with an 87-84 record since arriving in Nashville.

    Series Information
    Northwestern and Georgetown have met just one time previously with the Wildcats recording a 12-1 victory in Washington, D.C., in 1989. NU is 3-3 all-time against Vanderbilt and has won the last three meetings, including last season's 20-2 win in Nashville. Vandy is 2-1 against the 'Cats in Evanston and was the last team to beat Northwestern on its home field, earning a 10-9 overtime victory in 2005.

     

     

    Wildcats on the Web
    Live streaming video of Northwestern's showdown with Georgetown will be available by registering online at NUsports.com. The link to the feed is available here. Live stats of both games at Lakeside Field this weekend will also be provided.

    Second Annual "Friends of Jaclyn" Challenge
    Friday's game against Georgetown is much more than just a pair of nationally ranked teams fighting towards a national championship. The game marks the second annual "Friends of Jaclyn" Pediatric Brain Tumor Awareness College Lax Challenge. Both the Wildcats and Hoyas have "adopted" children diagnosed with brain tumors (NU with 13-year old Jaclyn and Georgetown with 16-year old Alli) and have founded the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation to raise public awareness regarding pediatric brain tumors. Fans interested in attending the game Friday are urged to pre-purchase tickets for $10, as 100 percent of the proceeds from pre-purchase ticket sales will go towards the foundation. To purchase tickets or for more information about the Friends of Jaclyn, visit WomensLax.com.

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