EVANSTON, Ill. -- With a host of schools still in contention to win the last-ever American Lacrosse Conference regular-season championship, No. 5 Northwestern and No. 13 Johns Hopkins clash Sunday looking to improve their chances at earning the No. 1 seed at this year's ALC Tournament in Evanston. NU's quest for a sixth consecutive victory will begin at noon CT at Lakeside Field.
Single-game tickets for all Northwestern Lacrosse home games are available for purchase at the entrance to Lakeside Field for $7 (adults), $4 (youth/senior citizens) or $3 (groups of 15 or more). All Northwestern students are admitted free of charge with presentation of a valid WildCard.
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Take Me Out to the Ballgame...
The countdown to watch Northwestern Lacrosse make history at iconic Wrigley Field is inside of three weeks. The Wildcats will host USC under the lights at the Friendly Confines on Saturday, April 26, in one of the marquee sporting events of the spring on the Chicago sports scene. Tickets are on sale now for just $10 and are available by calling 888-GO-PURPLE or by visiting Tickets.com.
Last Time Out
Fifth-ranked Northwestern began a critical four-game homestand with flair Thursday evening, giving visiting Vanderbilt fits defensively en route to a 15-9 win in American Lacrosse Conference action. Seniors Alyssa Leonard (3g, 2a) and Kat DeRonda (4g, 1a) each established single-game career highs with five points apiece while sophomore Kaleigh Craig added to her team-leading goals total with three against the Commodores. Leonard also notched eight draw controls and sophomore Nancy Dunbar doubled her previous career best with four ground balls in the win.
Northwestern enters Sunday's action riding a five-game winning streak thanks largely to the air-tight defense it has displayed in recent outings. The Wildcats recently limited four straight top-15 opponents to goal outputs of six, five, four and two, respectively, moving Northwestern up to No. 8 nationally in scoring defense for the year (7.45 at the week's outset). Bolstered by the play of her backline unit, goalkeeper Bridget Bianco has earned the last two Defensive Player of the Week awards handed out by the American Lacrosse Conference and currently has a season save percentage of .491, sixth-best among all NCAA GKs.
Finding Her Stride
Senior attacker Kat DeRonda has carried the load offensively for the Wildcats over the last three games, scoring nine goals and 12 points in that stretch. DeRonda first netted a hat trick in a narrow 5-4 victory at No. 10 Penn State before posting four points on two goals and two assists in NU's 7-2 defeat of No. 12 Penn. Her game-high and career-best four goals Thursday vs. Vanderbilt then increased her career goals total to 53.
The Last Meeting
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March 9, 2013
No. 4 Northwestern Dominates No. 12 Hopkins, 18-8
Playing on the same field where it will vie for an ALC championship come May, No. 4 Northwestern put together a complete team effort to defeat No. 12 Johns Hopkins, 18-8, Saturday at Homewood Field.
The Blue Jays In Brief
The Blue Jays arrive at Northwestern well-rested and hungry for a victory after suffering back-to-back one-goal defeats in conference play at the hands of the Vanderbilt (12-11) and Florida (10-9). JHU began the year with a school-record 10 straight victories, though of the three top-15 opponents Hopkins defeated during that stretch (Loyola, Towson and Georgetown), only No. 14 Loyola remains in the top 20 at this point in the season.
Senior Taylor D'Amore continues to make the Blue Jays hum on attack, with her 67 points (36g, 31a) leading JHU by a wide margin. She also recently became the program's all-time leader in draw controls and now boasts 216 in her career, ranking sixth in the ALC this season with 3.25 draws per game.
NU leads the all-time series against JHU 12-3 and today will try to keep the Jays from winning in Evanston for the first time ever. Today's head coaches--Janine Tucker of Johns Hopkins (21st year) and NU's Kelly Amonte Hiller (13th year)--have won 230 and 224 career games, respectively, in their head coaching careers.
On The Horizon
After Sunday, the Wildcats will have one final American Lacrosse Conference matchup on the schedule, and it comes next Saturday (April 19) when NU welcomes fourth-ranked Florida to Lakeside Field. Northwestern and Florida, the only two teams since 2004 to win an ALC regular-season or tournament title, will square off at 1 p.m. CT in a game that will be televised live by Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
Check out the latest edition of Gameday At-A-Glance below for facts, figures and more to help you get ready for Northwestern's Sunday afternoon showdown with Johns Hopkins...
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