Aug. 4, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern Women's Lacrosse has been showcased on big stages in dozens of far-flung American cities during its decade-long dominance under head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, but the 'Cats are destined for a new frontier next month.
Amonte Hiller announced Monday (Aug. 4) plans to bring her seven-time NCAA championship-winning program on an Italian Tour this fall, the first overseas trip for the program in Amonte Hiller's 14-year tenure at Northwestern. During their 10-day excursion (Sept. 6-15), the Wildcats are scheduled for a number of training sessions as well as three competitive friendlies against a collection of European women's lacrosse All-Stars.
"This is an unbelievable opportunity for our student-athletes and one that they will remember forever," said the five-time National Coach of the Year Amonte Hiller, who last year led Northwestern to the NCAA semifinals for a remarkable 10th consecutive season. "We are extremely grateful for the support of (Vice President for Athletics and Recreation) Jim Phillips, (Deputy Director of Athletics) Janna Blais and everyone else who had a hand in making this a reality for our program. A shared experience like this among our returners and our 14 true freshmen will give us an incredible foundation for the 2014-15 year and the journey we'll be on together once our season begins next spring."
After landing in Milan on the morning of Sept. 7, the Wildcats will initiate their trip with a drive to the scenic coastal city of Vorno, near Lucca, where they will be hosted at a private Italian villa. While in the region, the team will enjoy site-seeing opportunities in La Spezia, Cinque Terrre and eventually beautiful Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance.
On the morning of Sept. 11, Northwestern will move on to the authentic and medieval city of Siena. From there, the Wildcats will head to Rome and the Vatican to visit some of the world's great cultural treasures, including the Sistine Chapel and the homes of many other Renaissance masterpieces.
Rome also will be the site of the 'Cats' three friendlies against a European All-Star team, with one game each day from Friday, Sept. 12 through Sunday, Sept. 14.
Northwestern will return to the U.S. on Monday, Sept. 15, with a week to spare before the official start of NU's fall quarter classes.
If you wish to make a donation to support the Wildcats during their Italian expedition, please mail your check made out to Northwestern University (memo: NU Lax Italy) to the following address:
C/O Christian Williams
1201 Davis St.
Evanston IL 60208
Fans of the Wildcats should remain tuned into the team's official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts for real-time updates and images from NU's 2014 Italian Tour.
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