Lacrosse: Northwestern set to play at Wrigley Field in 2014 season

Steven Montero, Sports Editor

The lacrosse team will be the next Wildcats squad to call Wrigley Field home.

Northwestern will battle against Southern California in the historic ballpark during the Cats’ final regular season match 7 p.m. April 26. The game will air during prime time on the Big Ten Network.

NU announced the matchup Monday.

Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller will pit her Cats against the leadership of one of her former NU All-Americans, Lindsey Munday. Munday graduated in 2006 and became one of Amonte Hiller’s assistant coaches. Now at the helm of the Trojans, she will return to tackle her former coach and alma mater.

“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,” Hiller said Monday at a news conference. “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 game day 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.”

The team has been a powerhouse in the lacrosse world over the last decade, with NU claiming seven of the past nine NCAA Championship titles.

The Cats tasted sweet revenge in 2013 as they took down the Florida Gators — one of the only teams in the nation to consistently challenge NU’s dominance — to win their sixth American Lacrosse Conference title in seven years. Fueled by Amonte Hiller and a disheartening ending in 2013, when the Cats fell through in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament, NU will seek to close out its next season with a conquest of the Trojans and defend its stake as Chicago’s Big Ten Team.

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