April 22, 2007
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#1 Northwestern (12-1) vs. #18 Rutgers (12-3)
Thomas Athletic Complex
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern (12-1) seeks to extend its win streak to 13 games when it takes on No. 18 Rutgers (12-3) at 3 p.m. Monday at the Thomas Athletic Complex in Evanston. Northwestern picked up two big wins last week over No. 2 Maryland and at No. 13 Johns Hopkins while the Scarlet Knights enter the game winners in six of their last seven, including an 8-7 win at No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday.
'Cats Clinch Share of ALC Title
With the 12-5 win over Johns Hopkins Friday night in Baltimore, Northwestern clinched at least a share of its fourth-straight ALC title with a 3-0 record -- Vanderbilt sits in second place with a 3-1 mark. The Wildcats can win the conference outright with a win over Ohio State Friday in Evanston.
ALC Win Streak
Northwestern has not lost an ALC match since its regular-season finale in 2004 to Vanderbilt. They enter Friday's game with Ohio State with 14-straight conference wins and are 19-1 since 2004.
Trio Among Tewaaraton Finalists
The Tewaaraton Award Foundation last Friday narrowed its preseason list to 17 finalists for this year's Tewaaraton Trophy and among them are sophomores Hannah Nielsen (32g, 37a) and Meredith Frank (35g, 11a) and last year's winner, Kristen Kjellman (37g, 17a). Of these players, five finalists will be selected and the winner will be announced at the Tewaaraton Awards Banquet on May 30th, 2007 in Washington, D.C.
Much like Northwestern, Rutgers (12-3, 3-2 Big East) poses a threat for any team with its balanced offensive attack. They feature five players with 19 or more goals, led by Katie Batiuk's 40 goals and 38 from Nina Frankoski. As mentioned, they have won six of their last seven and are coming off an 8-7 at Notre Dame where Batiuk's three goals led they way. Erika Page (69 saves) and Sandra Abel (64) share time in goal.
On a Roll
Since its one-point, double-overtime setback at then-No. 4 North Carolina back on Feb. 17, the Wildcats have played like a team on a mission. They have won 12-straight games -- nine against ranked teams -- and have outscored their opponents 200-69 over that stretch, an average score of 16.6 to 5.7.
The Wildcats are one tough cookie at home, winning 27-straight games in Evanston dating to 2004. Northwestern went unbeaten at home the past two seasons and is 7-0 in Evanston so far this year. The NCAA record is 41 home wins in a row set by Maryland from 1997-2001.
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