Nov. 10, 2009
2010 Northwestern Lacrosse Schedule
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern and head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller have announced its 2010 schedule, laying out a challenging road for the five-time defending national champions. The 16-game slate includes nine teams which qualified for last year's NCAA tournament and seven squads that finished the year ranked in the top-10.
"We're really excited about our 2010 schedule and feel it will provide us with some great opportunities," Amonte Hiller said. "We face a lot of familiar opponents, but also have a handful of new faces that we are looking forward to playing. It definitely will provide us with some unique challenges, and I know the girls are eager to get on the field."
For the second-straight year, the Wildcats get the opportunity to escape the cold and snow of a Chicago February, making their first two road trips to sunny California. Northwestern will once again open up its campaign in San Diego, facing Massachusetts in a rematch of last year's NCAA first round contest on Feb. 6. NU returns to the Golden State at the end of February, taking on Stanford and California on Feb. 26 and 28.
The Wildcats' first game at Lakeside Field takes place on March 6 when the 'Cats welcome Georgetown to Evanston. Duquesne will also make the trip to the lakefront, facing Northwestern on March 12.
NU then embarks on perhaps the toughest stretch of its schedule, playing five of its next six away from Evanston, including a pair of American Lacrosse Conference opponents and four teams that finished 2008 among the top-10. The Wildcats head to Syracuse to face the Orange on March 21, followed by a trip to Columbus, Ohio, for their ALC opener against Ohio State on March 24.
The annual clash with Notre Dame will take place at Lakeside Field on March 30 before a crucial three-game road trip. Northwestern travels to Durham, N.C., for an April 3 meeting with Duke, followed by the highly anticipated trip to Philadelphia on April 9 for the showdown with Penn in what is quickly becoming one of the sport's top rivalries. The 'Cats then return to University Park, Pa., the site of last year's ALC Championship, to face conference opponent Penn State on April 11.
Five consecutive home games close out the regular season schedule for coach Amonte Hiller's squad, beginning with conference opponent Johns Hopkins on April 16. Two days later marks the rematch of last season's national championship game as the Tar Heels of North Carolina visit Evanston on April 18 in a game televised live by the Big Ten Network.
A pair of night games on the lakefront are then in store for Wildcat fans, beginning with conference opponent Vanderbilt on April 23. Virginia then makes its first-ever trip to Evanston on April 30 in another Big Ten Network showdown before the 'Cats close out the regular season with the first meeting with ALC newcomer Florida on May 2.
Northwestern will then make a return trip to Columbus for the 2010 American Lacrosse Conference Championships May 6-8. But ultimately the final goal for the Wildcats is a third-straight trip to Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md., as Towson will once again serve as the host of the NCAA Division I Women's Final Four on Labor Day weekend.