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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...

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: 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...

Men’s Golf: Chun makes splash in overseas tournament

Sarah Kuta
November 2, 2009
Filed under Golf, Sports

Chang Keun Chun enjoyed being his son Eric's caddy in the Asian Amateur Championship. But after a 2-over 74 in round one, he decided to just be Dad. As Eric's coach before college, Chang Keun couldn't help correcting and teaching his 19-year-old son. Once he stepped away from caddying, it was much easi...

Men’s Soccer: Senior goalie keeps Cats winning

Rodger Sherman
November 2, 2009
Filed under Soccer, Sports

It takes a special mentality to be a goalie."You have to know that your mistakes are always amplified," goalkeeper Misha Rosenthal said. "A goal comes from your mistake. That drives me. It makes me work harder. I like that about being a goalkeeper."Luckily for Northwestern, Rosenthal has been showing...

Women’s Basketball: No sign of sophomore slump for Orban

Sarah Kuta
November 1, 2009
Filed under Basketball, Sports

Coach Joe McKeown is worried about another team recruiting one of his best forwards.But it's not another basketball team stealing sophomore Brittany Orban that he's concerned about - it's coach Pat Fitzgerald.Orban led Northwestern with 25 points and seven rebounds on Sunday in a 119-66 victory over Rob...

Women’s Basketball: Bigger lineup helps Cats win big in exhibition

Robbie Levin
November 1, 2009
Filed under Basketball, Sports

For coach Joe McKeown and the Wildcats, bigger is better in 2009-2010.On Saturday Northwestern boasted a starting lineup with all but one player taller than 5'10". On the other hand, Robert Morris started only one player taller than 5'9".The Wildcats used their new size to dominate the Eagles 119-66 in...

Women’s Soccer: Last-second goals plague Wildcats

Jonah L. Rosenblum
November 1, 2009
Filed under Soccer, Sports

With barely a minute to go, Wisconsin midfielder Lindsey Johnson took the throw-in. She accelerated, flipped over and then with all her resulting momentum flung the ball toward the goalie's box. Northwestern tried to clear it, but Wisconsin's Erin Jacobsen took control of the ball outside the box an...

Cross Country: Cats finish last in Big Ten Championships

Bill Carey
October 31, 2009
Filed under Cross Country, Sports

Heading into the Big Ten Championships, Northwestern knew it would need its best race of the season to grab a top-nine finish.Though some NU runners set personal bests, it was not enough for the Wildcats to avoid finishing at the bottom of the conference standings."The hope going in was ninth or ten...