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Men’s Soccer: Season establishes ‘standout’ Cats

Rodger Sherman
November 4, 2009
Filed under Soccer, Sports

When Northwestern's current senior class arrived in Evanston, winning wasn't the norm. Times have changed."We're used to winning at this point," goalie Misha Rosenthal said. "When we have a loss, it's like it's the end of the world. That's usually a sign of a really good team."When this year's class of ...

Game Preview: NU looks to win third straight against Iowa

Danny Daly
November 4, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

At first glance, nothing sticks out about this Iowa team. Its quarterback, Ricky Stanzi, has thrown 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Injuries have forced the Hawkeyes to start true freshman running back Brandon Wegher, who was not listed on the two-deep depth chart in the spring. The offense is in...

Atkins: Colorful A-Rod still leaves shades of gray

Hunter Atkins
November 4, 2009
Filed under Sports

From the Goodyear Blimp overhead, the New York Yankees looked like a cluster of shooting stars Wednesday night, darting from all corners of the field to converge in a burst of pinstripes at the pitcher's mound. But for Alex Rodriguez it was more like a jailbreak. The Yankees' World Series win was a lib...

Gameday: Follow the leaders

Robbie Levin
November 4, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

Corbin Bryant doesn't play fantasy football. But he knows how to make the most of a draft.The junior defensive lineman arrived at coach Pat Fitzgerald's house in February with a clear plan in mind for the evening's festivities. It was draft night, and each invitee was a member of Northwestern's Leadershi...

Opponent Feature: Senior linebackers stifle opponents

Danny Daly
November 4, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

While Iowa has historically boasted a successful football program, it does not normally attract the type of recruits that most top teams do. That's not to say the Hawkeyes never bring in highly-touted players, they're just not usually five-star prospects.As a result, how much Iowa achieves is impact...

Women’s Soccer: Herczeg keeps improving, saves best year for last

November 4, 2009
Filed under Soccer, Sports

Alicia Herczeg has been a big-time player from the moment she set foot on Northwestern's campus. From her first goal, a double-overtime game-winner versus Ohio State, to her most recent one, a game-tying goal this Monday against Wisconsin, Herczeg has been a key part of the Wildcat offense. Tonight, sh...

Men’s Basketball: Slam-dunk exhibition opener for NU

Rodger Sherman
November 3, 2009
Filed under Basketball, Sports

Northwestern didn't forget they lost to an NAIA opponent in last year's exhibition opener.After falling 69-62 to the Eagles in last year's exhibition game, the Cats pulled away from Robert Morris early and never let them back in, winning 78-49."The difference was us," senior forward Kevin Coble said...

Football: Iowa’s running backs benefit from Bulaga’s blocking

Danny Daly
November 3, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

All week long, coach Pat Fitzgerald stressed the similarities his team shares with Iowa - the parallels between what he and coach Kirk Ferentz say in press conferences, how both squads have overcome injuries, their struggles to put together 60 minutes of solid football, and so on.The key difference has been ...

Football: Persa’s toughness earns admiration

Dave Uberti
November 3, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

It took Dan Persa one play to show what type of quarterback he is. Senior starter Mike Kafka left Saturday's game against then No. 12-Penn State midway through the second quarter with a leg injury, handing Persa a 10-3 lead.On third-and-four, the sophomore quarterback lined up in the shotgun. Persa r...

Field Hockey: Cats look to reverse result against Hoosiers

Bill Carey
November 3, 2009
Filed under Field Hockey, Sports

In Northwestern's 2-1 loss to Indiana earlier this season, its defense struggled to keep pace with the Hoosiers' fast-paced offense.But since that game, the Wildcats' defense has stepped up. NU pitched a shutout Iowa through regulation before allowing a goal in overtime. Against Ohio State on Saturd...

Men’s Basketball: Sophomores score big inside paint

Danny Daly
November 3, 2009
Filed under Basketball, Sports

Last year, Northwestern had to lean heavily on its freshmen to provide a strong post presence. The Wildcats brought five new players into the program, four of whom were 6-foot-8 or taller, to aid a team in desperate need of height.Now sophomores, they are demonstrating the vast effect of that first yea...

Football: NU hopes Kafka’s injury not as serious as 2006’s

Robbie Levin
November 2, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

In a year full of injuries, the one source of stability for Northwestern was quarterback Mike Kafka. The senior gunslinger had played almost every meaningful snap of every game, accounting for more than 70 percent of the team's total offense.Last weekend that all changed.On a quarterback draw in the midd...