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2014 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse National Championship Tournament Final Four Features #1 Maryland Vs #5 Northwestern And #2 Syracuse Vs #6 Virginia At Towson University On May 23


 Top-seeded University of Maryland will face No. 5 Northwestern in the second semifinal of the 2014 NCAA® Women’s Lacrosse National Championship Weekend hosted by Towson University on Friday, May 23. That game is scheduled for a first draw at 7:30 p.m. No. 2 Syracuse University will meet No. 6 University of Virginia in the first semifinal on Friday at 5 p.m.

Top-seeded University of Maryland will face No. 5 Northwestern in the second semifinal of the 2014 NCAA® Women’s Lacrosse National Championship Weekend hosted by Towson University on Friday, May 23. That game is scheduled for a first draw at 7:30 p.m. No. 2 Syracuse University will meet No. 6 University of Virginia in the first semifinal on Friday at 5 p.m.

Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Towson’s campus will host the women’s lacrosse national semifinals and championship game for the fourth time since 2008. The national championship will take place on Sunday, May 25 at 8:30 p.m. Both NCAA semifinal games will be broadcast on ESPN3, while ESPNU will carry the national championship game.

The Terrapins will make their sixth straight appearance in the national semifinals after a 15-6 win over Duke in the quarterfinals. Maryland captured the 2010 NCAA® national championship, the last played in Unitas® Stadium.

Northwestern earned its 10th consecutive trip to the semifinals with a 12-11 overtime win over No. 4 Florida. The Wildcats captured the national championship in Towson in 2008 and 2009.

No. 6 Virginia will be making its first appearance in the national semifinals since 2007 after upsetting the defending national champion North Carolina, 10-9, in the quarterfinals.

Syracuse will be making its third straight appearance in the national semifinals after an 11-9 win over Boston College in the quarterfinals.

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#5 Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Falls 12-11 To #13 Johns Hopkins In Double Overtime On April 13


  In a game that was as even statistically as it was on the scoreboard, No. 5 Northwestern fell 12-11 in double overtime to the resilient Johns Hopkins Blue Jays Sunday at Lakeside Field in Evanston. The loss marks the first for the Wildcats at their home stadium in nearly two years as well as the first ever road win for the Blue Jays (11-2, 2-2) in the series.  Northwestern (9-4, 3-2) had not played in a game decided in double overtime since a 13-12 victory over Penn in the 2009 NCAA semifinals.  The Wildcats were paced at the offensive end for a fourth straight game by senior Kat DeRonda, who matched career highs for both goals (4) and assists (3) to finish with seven points, two better than her previous single game high for points. It's also the highest single-game points total for a Wildcat since Erin Fitzgerald also recorded seven against Harvard on March 16, 2013. DeRonda has racked up 19 points in her last four outings after registering 15 through Northwestern's first nine games of the season.  Junior goalkeeper Bridget Bianco posted 11 saves between the pipes, her highest total since notching 14 in the 2014 season-opener.  Northwestern was ahead or tied for the first 42 minutes of the game before the visitors took their first lead, 9-8, with 17:37 remaining. The 'Cats scored the next two goals to regain the upper hand with 7:23 on the clock and were nearly able to ride the 10-9 edge to victory, but Hopkins standout Taylor D'Amore slipped free and scored with just 49 seconds remaining to send the game to extra time.  The skies in Evanston opened up as overtime began, but it didn't dampen the level of competition at Lakeside Field. JHU scored first in the extra session before Northwestern pulled level at 11 on a quickstick Kelly Rich tally off DeRonda's third assist of the day.  That goal advanced the game to sudden victory, where the Blue Jays held the lion's share of possession and eventually earned the game-winner on an aggressive right-handed dodge by Dene' DiMartino, who ended the match with just 20 seconds left in the OT period with her fifth goal of the day.  JHU, who came into the game fresh off of back-to-back one-goal ALC losses, managed to reverse course in close games and hand the Wildcats their third one-goal defeat this season.  Both sides fired off 28 shots in the game, while Northwestern battled its way to a 15-13 advantage in draw controls -- led by Alyssa Leonard's nine -- and 16-12 edge in ground balls. Johns Hopkins committed 12 turnovers in the game, just one more than NU.  Northwestern got off to a promising 3-0 lead, with DeRonda contributing to the first two goals for the 'Cats before junior Jess Carroll scored on an aggressive move at the 23:32 mark of the opening half. DiMartino and Jen Cook scored in short order for the Blue Jays before Kaleigh Craig netted her first of the day and 26th of the year to give Northwestern a 4-2 advantage.  After the Jays came back to tie things at four, scores by DeRonda and Macdonald provided Northwestern a two-goal lead that the Wildcats hoped to carry into halftime. But Hopkins had other ideas, scoring twice in the final minute of the half -- and nearly netting a third on an 8-meter attempt awarded with 1 second showing on the scoreboard that was thwarted by Bianco -- to send the game to the break knotted at six.

In a game that was as even statistically as it was on the scoreboard, No. 5 Northwestern fell 12-11 in double overtime to the resilient Johns Hopkins Blue Jays Sunday at Lakeside Field in Evanston. The loss marks the first for the Wildcats at their home stadium in nearly two years as well as the first ever road win for the Blue Jays (11-2, 2-2) in the series.
Northwestern (9-4, 3-2) had not played in a game decided in double overtime since a 13-12 victory over Penn in the 2009 NCAA semifinals.
The Wildcats were paced at the offensive end for a fourth straight game by senior Kat DeRonda, who matched career highs for both goals (4) and assists (3) to finish with seven points, two better than her previous single game high for points. It’s also the highest single-game points total for a Wildcat since Erin Fitzgerald also recorded seven against Harvard on March 16, 2013. DeRonda has racked up 19 points in her last four outings after registering 15 through Northwestern’s first nine games of the season.
Junior goalkeeper Bridget Bianco posted 11 saves between the pipes, her highest total since notching 14 in the 2014 season-opener.
Northwestern was ahead or tied for the first 42 minutes of the game before the visitors took their first lead, 9-8, with 17:37 remaining. The ‘Cats scored the next two goals to regain the upper hand with 7:23 on the clock and were nearly able to ride the 10-9 edge to victory, but Hopkins standout Taylor D’Amore slipped free and scored with just 49 seconds remaining to send the game to extra time.
The skies in Evanston opened up as overtime began, but it didn’t dampen the level of competition at Lakeside Field. JHU scored first in the extra session before Northwestern pulled level at 11 on a quickstick Kelly Rich tally off DeRonda’s third assist of the day.
That goal advanced the game to sudden victory, where the Blue Jays held the lion’s share of possession and eventually earned the game-winner on an aggressive right-handed dodge by Dene’ DiMartino, who ended the match with just 20 seconds left in the OT period with her fifth goal of the day.
JHU, who came into the game fresh off of back-to-back one-goal ALC losses, managed to reverse course in close games and hand the Wildcats their third one-goal defeat this season.
Both sides fired off 28 shots in the game, while Northwestern battled its way to a 15-13 advantage in draw controls — led by Alyssa Leonard’s nine — and 16-12 edge in ground balls. Johns Hopkins committed 12 turnovers in the game, just one more than NU.
Northwestern got off to a promising 3-0 lead, with DeRonda contributing to the first two goals for the ‘Cats before junior Jess Carroll scored on an aggressive move at the 23:32 mark of the opening half. DiMartino and Jen Cook scored in short order for the Blue Jays before Kaleigh Craig netted her first of the day and 26th of the year to give Northwestern a 4-2 advantage.
After the Jays came back to tie things at four, scores by DeRonda and Macdonald provided Northwestern a two-goal lead that the Wildcats hoped to carry into halftime. But Hopkins had other ideas, scoring twice in the final minute of the half — and nearly netting a third on an 8-meter attempt awarded with 1 second showing on the scoreboard that was thwarted by Bianco — to send the game to the break knotted at six.

NCAA Lacrosse: #4 Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Season Preview By Lacrosse Magazine


Best Case: Northwestern generates momentum behind a fairly benign early schedule, then picks up consecutive Sunday wins against Syracuse and North Carolina, eventually coasting into Wrigley Field for its regular season finale with a perfect record and No. 1 seed. Kara Mupo and Christina Esposito explode in their return from injuries, Bridget Bianco shows progress in her second full season as the Wildcats' goalkeeper and Kate Ivory adds experience to an already deep defense. Meanwhile, freshmen and fellow first-team All-Americans Catie Ingrilli, straight out of perennial Long Island contender Wantagh, and Lydia Cassada, who scored 280 career goals in leading Milton to four straight state championships, contribute to a diversified attack and eighth national championship.

Best Case: Northwestern generates momentum behind a fairly benign early schedule, then picks up consecutive Sunday wins against Syracuse and North Carolina, eventually coasting into Wrigley Field for its regular season finale with a perfect record and No. 1 seed. Kara Mupo and Christina Esposito explode in their return from injuries, Bridget Bianco shows progress in her second full season as the Wildcats’ goalkeeper and Kate Ivory adds experience to an already deep defense. Meanwhile, freshmen and fellow first-team All-Americans Catie Ingrilli, straight out of perennial Long Island contender Wantagh, and Lydia Cassada, who scored 280 career goals in leading Milton to four straight state championships, contribute to a diversified attack and eighth national championship.

Vitals

2013 Record: 19-3 (6-1 ALC) Coach: Kelly Amonte Hiller (13th year) Record at Northwestern: 215-33

Power Ratings

Offense: 3 Defense: 4 Goalkeeping: 4 Draw Control: 5

Top Returner

Kara Mupo (Jr.) Kara Mupo, if she’s healthy, is going to get chances to score. Take free-position opportunities. Erin Fitzgerald, Amanda Macaluso and Taylor Thornton took 79 of Northwestern’s 150 free-position shots (52.7 percent) in 2013. All three graduated. Expect Mupo, who made 6 of 10 her sophomore season, to help pick up the slack.

X-Factor

A Alyssa Leonard (Sr.) The senior attacker and draw control threat out of Bay Shore, N.Y., emerged as a scoring option in 2013. After she took a mere 15 shots her sophomore season, tied for 13th on the Wildcats, Leonard multiplied her total by five (76) in her junior season. She finished behind only Erin Fitzgerald in shots – and she capitalized, placing second on the team with 37 goals and 49 points. Her .487 shooting percentage and .737 shots on goal clip prove that Leonard is far more than a draw control specialist.

NCAA Tournament Trend

2009 – Champion 2010 – Runner-Up 2011 – Champion 2012 – Champion 2013 – Semifinals

What’s New?

Kelly Amonte Hiller continues to reach beyond the traditional lacrosse hotbeds of New York, Maryland and Massachusetts, with incoming freshmen from Florida and Georgia. When she picks up a more local recruit, say from Land of Lincoln powers Loyola and New Trier, remains to be seen.

Telling Number

59 The percentage of Northwestern’s scoring from 2013 lost to graduation.

Enemy Lines

Opposing coaches thoughts on the Wildcats

“Pivotal year for Amonte to show that Northwestern can regain their form.”

“After last year’s devastating loss to North Carolina, Kelly will have this team back and motivated to fight for a national championship.”

“Consistent powerhouse in both the ALC and NCAA. Need to replace Fitzgerald and Thornton, but Leonard and company still powerful for the Cats.”

“Can you ever really count them out? Even when they don’t look great on paper, they find a way to win games. Adding [Cornell transfer and 2013 Ivy League Defender of the Year] Kate Ivory only helps bolster their talent and leadership. A lot of coaches would like to see them drop out of the top 10, but I don’t see that happening this year.”

“For a team that is used to being No. 1, Northwestern wants the spot back. This squad is stacked with point scorers in their current senior class and won’t let anyone notice Thornton’s absence.”

“This will be an interesting year for Northwestern to see if they can get back on top.”

“No longer invincible but it’s hard to bet against a team with all those titles.”

“You can never count out Kelly’s team, no matter who she loses to graduation.”

“Anytime Kelly loses you feel bad for their next opponent. I’m not sure they have the leaders or depth to sustain it all season.”

“Physical and willing to do anything to win.”

“After the somewhat disappointing performance in the final four, I think Kelly is going to have her team gunning to get back and show they can dominate.”

“A perennial power. Having Mupo back will help.”

“Northwestern is always just a solid team. They come in with a team atmosphere so people are looking at preseason players of the year and Northwestern doesn’t come up with any players, but then they go and beat everybody. I think they have mastered the team concept, and this year won’t be any different. I’m sure they are coming back fired up about not getting to the finals last year because the expectations for them were so high, so I’m sure they will come in ready to kick some butt real quick.”

2013 Recap

In a Nutshell: The Northwestern dynasty has been encountering increased resistance for a while. Five straight seasons of one loss or fewer from 2005-2009 were followed my multiple losses and upsets in 2010 (North Carolina, Maryland), 2011 (Florida, Johns Hopkins) and 2012 (Florida twice). But 2013 brought about new difficulties for the Wildcats, who were denied entry to the championship game for the first time since 2004.

High Point: After Northwestern fell 22-3 to Florida during the regular season, it was tempting to say there was a new top dog in the American Lacrosse Conference. Not so. The Wildcats clawed back with an 8-3 victory in the ALC title game. Northwestern dominated draw controls, 10-3, and shots, 24-9, in holding Florida to a program-low three goals. Equally refreshing, less known players like Kat DeRonda, Kelly Rich, Alyssa Leonard and Kate Macdonald, all due to return in 2014, provided all of the scoring.

Low Point: Florida has long been a challenging nemesis for Northwestern – the Gators have defeated the Wildcats three years running – but a 22-3 loss in Gainesville was unlike anything seen from the purple and white in a long time. Five different Florida players (Kitty Cullen, Shannon Gilroy, Ashley Bruns, Brittany Dashiell and Gabi Wiegand) tallied hat tricks, while no one aside from Erin Fitzgerald and Taylor Thornton scored for Northwestern.

2013 Preview

Best Case: Northwestern generates momentum behind a fairly benign early schedule, then picks up consecutive Sunday wins against Syracuse and North Carolina, eventually coasting into Wrigley Field for its regular season finale with a perfect record and No. 1 seed. Kara Mupo and Christina Esposito explode in their return from injuries, Bridget Bianco shows progress in her second full season as the Wildcats’ goalkeeper and Kate Ivory adds experience to an already deep defense. Meanwhile, freshmen and fellow first-team All-Americans Catie Ingrilli, straight out of perennial Long Island contender Wantagh, and Lydia Cassada, who scored 280 career goals in leading Milton to four straight state championships, contribute to a diversified attack and eighth national championship.

Worst Case: An offense that was held to 12 goals or fewer on 11 separate occasions in 2013 takes another step back with elite scorers Erin Fitzgerald and Taylor Thornton gone. The Wildcats suffer to find alternative options as touted scorers Kara Mupo and Christina Esposito struggle in their return from injuries. Opponents mimic Syracuse and figure out a way to keep Alyssa Leonard from popping the ball into the air on draw controls, and Northwestern, always talented enough to pull in a top seed, falls to Syracuse, Florida, North Carolina, Maryland or some other top tier team before the final four.

NCAA Lacrosse: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Features Virginia, Duke, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Syracuse, UMass, North Carolina, Johns Hopkins, Florida And USC


Northwestern Women's Lacrosse 2014 Schedule Poster

Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller unveiled her program’s 2014 schedule today (Monday), a slate that features the first-ever lacrosse game at Wrigley Field on Saturday, April 26, against USC. Just one week later, the Wildcats will be back in Evanston to host the 2014 American Lacrosse Conference Championship, the league’s final tournament before the institution of Big Ten women’s lacrosse in 2015.

Northwestern Women's Lacrosse 2014 Schedule

NCAA Lacrosse: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Announces 2014 Season Game With USC At Wrigley Field On April 26; Marketing Partnership Event With Chicago Cubs Will Be Televised By Big Ten Network


Northwestern Women's Lacrosse hosts USC at Wrigley Field

Northwestern Athletics and the Chicago Cubs announced today (Nov. 4) that the Wildcats’ seven-time NCAA champion women’s lacrosse program will face Southern California at iconic Wrigley Field on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The game — part of the event and reciprocal marketing partnership announced by Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs earlier this year — will be played in primetime at 7 p.m. CT and be televised by the Big Ten Network.

The matchup pits ultra-successful Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller against one of her most successful former players and assistant coaches, 2006 Northwestern alum, USC head coach and current captain of the U.S. Senior National Team Lindsey Munday. Last spring, Northwestern and USC met in the first-ever lacrosse game at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and in 2014 will share the honor of introducing America’s fastest growing sport to Wrigley Field.

“Our program could not be more excited for the opportunity to bring women’s lacrosse to Wrigley Field, one of the most iconic sports venues in the world,” Amonte Hiller said. “We’ve been fortunate to play in some neat settings in recent seasons, including the Coliseum last year, but to take the field in our hometown and with the unique gameday atmosphere that Wrigleyville provides will be an unforgettable experience. The fact that we’re able to welcome Lindsey and her up-and-coming program into the fold only makes it that much more special.”

Northwestern, which last season finished 19-3 and appeared in the NCAA semifinals for a ninth consecutive season, also has participated in the debut of women’s lacrosse at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas (2011) and Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. (2012).

Northwestern baseball kicked off the Wildcats’ innovative event partnership with the Cubs on April 20, 2013, when it blanked Michigan, 6-0, at the Friendly Confines. In 2010, Northwestern staged the first college football game at Clark and Addison since 1938 when it hosted the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic.

Chicagoland lacrosse fans have plenty to look forward to in 2014. Less than a week after Northwestern and USC do battle at Wrigley Field, the Wildcats will host the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament in Evanston (May 1-4), the final ALC Tournament before the formation of a Big Ten women’s lacrosse conference in 2015. The complete 2014 Northwestern women’s lacrosse schedule and information related to season ticket packages will be released in the coming weeks.

NCAA Lacrosse: Florida Women’s Lacrosse Releases 2014 Schedule Featuring North Carolina, Loyola, Michigan, Syracuse, Dartmouth, Ohio State, Penn State, Johns Hopkins And Northwestern


Florida Women's Lacrosse

The University of Florida lacrosse team and head coach Amanda O’Leary announced its 2014 season schedule, which features 17 regular-season contests, including nine at Donald R. Dizney Stadium, where the Gators went undefeated in 2013.
Florida kicks off the season at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the fourth straight year on Feb. 8. The defending national champion Tar Heels own a 3-1 lead in the series, but the Gators won the last matchup, 5-3.
The 2014 ALC Tournament will be hosted by Northwestern from May 1-4 in Evanston, Ill. The NCAA Tournament will begin on May 9 and conclude in Towson, Md., with the semifinals and championship games on May 23 and 25, respectively.

Florida Women's Lacrosse 2014 Schedule

NCAA Lacrosse: Northwestern Women’s Lacrosse Releases Fall Ball Schedule Featuring Ohio State, Notre Dame, Marquette, Navy, And North Carolina


Northwestern Women's Lacrosse Banner

With the Wildcats set to officially report to campus on Wednesday (Sept. 11), Northwestern women’s lacrosse and five-time national coach of the year Kelly Amonte Hiller have announced their slate of competitions for the 2013 fall ball season.
2013 Northwestern Fall Ball Schedule
Sunday, Sept. 29: vs. Ohio State, Notre Dame (Indianapolis, Ind.) — Times TBA
Friday, Oct. 4: vs. Notre Dame (Evanston) — 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct. 8: vs. Marquette (Evanston) — 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 12: Navy Playday — All Day
Sunday, Oct. 13: vs. North Carolina — Time TBA
TBA: Northwestern Alumni Game (Evanston)
Fans of the seven-time national champions have multiple opportunities to see the ‘Cats live at Lakeside Field in Evanston this fall, beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, when Northwestern hosts a familiar foe in the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. The following week, Northwestern will welcome second-year Division I program Marquette to Lakeside at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8. Both games are free and open to the general public.
Northwestern’s first outside competition of the fall season comes in the form of a double-header in Indianapolis on Sunday, Sept. 29. Hosted at Park Tudor School in Indy, the day-long women’s lacrosse event begins at 11 a.m. and features Northwestern, Notre Dame and NU’s fellow American Lacrosse Conference member Ohio State. (Check back to NUsports.com in the near future for an exact schedule of the day’s games.)
NU’s second road trip this fall will take the Wildcats to the campus of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where on Saturday, Oct. 12, the ‘Cats will match up with several opponents at the all-day Navy Playday event. On Sunday (Oct. 13), Northwestern will stay in Annapolis to take on defending NCAA champion North Carolina (Time TBA).