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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...

Sidebar: Big plays bombard Cats in fourth quarter

Danny Daly
October 31, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

Even though starting quarterback Mike Kafka left the game with an apparent hamstring injury in the middle of the second quarter, Northwestern had a chance to win with 15 minutes to go. The score was tied at 13, and the Wildcats' defense was playing about as well as it has all season against one of th...

Regan: Muffed kick returns take wind out of NU’s sails

Brian Regan
October 31, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

Apparently the only way Northwestern knows how to play is either to grab an early lead and watch it disappear or to get in a deep hole in the first half and rally for the win. Scratch up another one for the former result.This time, a 10-3 advantage against the No. 12 team in the country vanished thanks to...

Treat start turns trick without Kafka

Robbie Levin
October 31, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

Northwestern gave No. 12 Penn State a scare for 45 minutes on Saturday, but Daryll Clark and the Nittany Lions' offense rose from the dead in the fourth quarter to doom the Wildcats. NU surrendered 21 fourth-quarter points on three consecutive plays, and Penn State ran away with a 34-13 win."We lost our ...

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...

Chappatta: Don’t blame the player, blame the team

Brian Chappatta
October 31, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

Pat Fitzgerald always says it's scary this Northwestern team hasn't played four quarters of three-phase football, yet it still manages to compete and win.But here's a scarier thought this Halloween: What if this team can't play a full 60-minute game?The Wildcats once again came out of the gates firing...

In Focus: An inside look at Northwestern vs. Penn State

October 31, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

First Quarter: Northwestern received the opening kickoff and fumbled on its second play of the game. The Wildcats' defense held strong, holding the Nittany Lions to a 32-yard field goal. On NU's second drive, it drove 65 yards in 17 play to set up a 34-yard boot by junior kicker Stefan Demos, tying th...

Volleyball: NU gains confidence from narrow wins

Katherine Driessen
October 31, 2009
Filed under Sports, Volleyball

For the Wildcats, there is nothing more familiar than winning a frantic, unpredictable five-set match.Of its four Big Ten wins this season, Northwestern has won them all in five-set nailbiters."We like to win in a dramatic fashion I guess," junior middle blocker Sabel Moffet said. "We will get behind ...

Field Hockey: Cats’ early lead ends in familiar one-goal defeat

Bill Carey
October 31, 2009
Filed under Field Hockey, Sports

Once is chance. Twice is coincidence. Third time is a pattern.For the third consecutive weekend, No. 20 Northwestern engaged in a back-and-forth battle with a Big Ten opponent, only to fall a goal short.The Wildcats jumped out quickly against No. 13 Ohio State, but were unable to hold their lead for l...

Men’s soccer: Last-second lapse leads to loss

Rodger Sherman
October 31, 2009
Filed under Soccer, Sports

In the finals seconds of play, Northwestern kept its chances of a solo Big Ten title alive not once, not twice, but three times. But the Wildcats couldn't manage a fourth.No. 12 NU (9-3-4, 2-2-1 Big Ten) held Michigan (10-5-1, 2-3 Big Ten) scoreless for 103 minutes of Sunday's match, but when the ball ...