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    No. 2 Northwestern, No. 5 Duke Meet in NCAA Quarterfinals Saturday

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Junior Brooke Matthews had a career-best five goals in the 19-14 victory at Duke on April 3.
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    Junior Brooke Matthews had a career-best five goals in the 19-14 victory at Duke on April 3.
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    May 19, 2010

    No. 2 Northwestern (18-1) vs. No. 5 Duke (14-5)
    2010 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship Quarterfinal
    Saturday, May 22 • 1 p.m.
    Lakeside Field
    Evanston, Ill.
    TV: Big Ten Network (tape delayed at 8:30 p.m. CT Saturday)
    Streaming Video: Wildcats All Access
    Audio: WNUR 89.3 FM
    Gametracker: NUsports.com
    In-game Twitter updates: @NU_SportsLIVE
    Northwestern Game Notes (PDF)
    2010 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Tournament Central

    Opening Draw
    Northwestern advances to the NCAA quarterfinals for the seventh-straight season where it will meet up with fifth-ranked Duke. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 22 at Lakeside Field, with the winner advancing to the national semifinals at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.

    Wildcats on the Web
    Fans unable to make it to Evanston for this weekend's NCAA quarterfinal showdown can still follow every Wildcat goal. A free, live stream of the game will be broadcast at NUsports.com, with the Big Ten Network airing the contest at 8:30 p.m. CT Saturday night. WNUR will call the game live at 89.3 FM in the Evanston area and online at Sports.WNUR.org. Gametracker live stats will be available at NUsports.com while Twitter followers can receive in-game updates @NU_SportsLIVE.

     

     

    Rocking Saturday on the Lakefront
    With temperatures expected to be in the mid-70s and the forecast calling for mostly sunny skies Saturday, it should be a great day for fans to watch two of the nation's top lacrosse teams. With a large crowd expected, as well as a Recreation Expo going on next door at the Sports and Aquatic Center, Wildcat fans are encouraged to arrive early to Lakeside Field.

    Scouting the Blue Devils
    Fifth-ranked Duke heads to Evanston boasting a 14-5 record after notching a last-second 16-15 victory over Vanderbilt in the NCAA first round Sunday. Senior Lindsay Gilbride notched the game-winner for the Blue Devils with one second remaining for her 45th of the year, which ranks second on the squad along with both assists (23) and points (68). Junior Sarah Bullard's 48 goals leads Duke, complimented by 11 assists, 32 ground balls and a team-best 27 caused turnovers. Sophomore Kat Thomas is the third Blue Devil to reach 40 goals on the year and is Duke's top draw control threat, winning 63 thus far. Junior Christie Kaestner notched five points against Vanderbilt and leads the Blue Devils in points (72) and assists (39). Sophomore Kim Wenger leads the squad with 40 ground balls and ranks second with 25 caused turnovers while adding nine goals. Duke ranks fourth nationally in caused turnovers per game at 11.74 with five players recording at least 20 on the year, including 23 from senior Danielle Kachulis and 22 from senior Sara Geidgowd. Freshman goalkeeper Kaitlin Gaiss has posted an 8-4 mark on the year after assuming the starting role with 63 saves, a .344 save percentage and a 10.13 goals against average. Head coach Kerstin Kimel is in her 15th year in Durham with a record of 189-99 (.656).

    Series Information
    Northwestern and Duke get together for the ninth time Saturday with the Wildcats holding a 6-2 mark in the all-time series, including a five-game winning streak. The two last met on April 3 in Durham with Northwestern taking a 19-14 decision behind a career-best five goals from Brooke Matthews. The Wildcats are 3-0 all-time against the Blue Devils in Evanston and 1-0 against Duke in the NCAA tournament as the teams staged a classic in the 2006 NCAA semifinal in Boston with Northwestern prevailing 11-10 in overtime.

    Northwestern Ties Maryland With 21st Consecutive NCAA Victory
    With the 19-7 victory over Notre Dame in the first round Sunday, Northwestern continued to etch its place in history. The win was the 21st-consecutive in the NCAA tournament, which ties Maryland's record set from 1995 through 2002. Head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, who played at Maryland from 1993-96, is 22-1 in her career in the postseason as her .957 winning percentage is tops in the sport's history.

    Dowd Closing In On All-Time NCAA Tournament Scoring Record
    Katrina Dowd has earned the reputation as "Miss May," and with good reason. With her five goals against Notre Dame in the first round victory, the 2009 NCAA Championship MVP has now registered 39 career goals in the NCAA tournament, which ties former teammate Kristen Kjellman for second-place all-time. She enters the weekend needing just one goal to tie and two to surpass another former teammate, Hilary Bowen, for the top-spot all time in NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship history. Dowd's eight point performance also upped her NCAA career point total to 45, which is tied for eighth all-time with former Syracuse All-American Katie Rowan.

    Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament
    May has proven to be the month where Northwestern feels the most at home as the Wildcats have thrived in the NCAA tournament under head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. Since the program was reinstated in 2002, Northwestern has posted a 22-1 record under Amonte Hiller in the tournament, and are currently riding a 21-game NCAA winning streak, which is tied for the longest in NCAA history. Including the early days of Northwestern lacrosse, the Wildcats are making their 12th postseason appearance with an overall record of 23-6, as their .793 tournament winning percentage is tops all-time.

    Wildcats Top the Nation in Attendance
    Northwestern's home field advantage extends beyond simply the turf at Lakeside Field. The Wildcats have averaged over 900 fans for their nine home dates in 2010, which leads the nation in attendance for women's lacrosse. Northwestern had over 1,000 fans at the lakefront for three of its home dates, including a lacrosse-record 1,705 for the 2009 NCAA Championship game rematch against North Carolina on April 18. The Wildcats also drew just over 1,000 for their home games against Vanderbilt and Virginia.

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