Lacrosse: Northwestern looks to return to Big Ten contention after 2020 season’s early end


Daily file photo by Alison Albelda

Izzy Scane celebrates a goal. The junior attacker is one of Northwestern’s strongest scorers.

Gabriela Carroll, Reporter


Lacrosse is consistently one of Northwestern’s strongest athletic teams, with seven national championships to their name. Their most recent Final Four appearance came in 2019, the last full lacrosse season after this spring’s early end.

Led by head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, the Wildcats were an offensive force in the few games of the 2020 season. In their opening game, NU scored 30 goals against Detroit Mercy, the most they’d ever scored since Amonte Hiller started coaching the team.

After the loss of program great, attacker Selena Lasota, after the 2019 campaign, a big concern for the Cats was finding another player with her scoring and playmaking ability. But star junior attacker Izzy Scane rose to that challenge. Scane scored a career-high eight goals in their final game of 2020 against North Carolina, and won Big Ten Freshman of the Year in her first season. With her skills, she has the potential to be a Player of the Year contender next season.

With Amonte Hiller at the helm, NU has the ability to contend for Big Ten and national titles every season. The Big Ten’s other major powerhouse is Maryland, the 2019 NCAA National Champions. Michigan has also improved significantly in recent years.

Lacrosse is one of the most popular sports on NU’s campus, with multiple sell-outs in the brief 2019 season. The team plays many of the top teams in the country every season in addition to their conference slate, ensuring almost every matchup is a good one.

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