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Business: On-the-field success drawing big crowds

Ed Demaria
October 13, 2009
Filed under Sports

Northwestern athletic events have seen an increase in attendance across the board in 2009, due to a combination of recent success, locally active student athletes and a strong marketing strategy.In almost every fall sport, attendance is up and fans have been cheering on the Wildcats in greater numbers t...

Men’s soccer: Despite good numbers, down to a nailbiter

Rodger Sherman
October 13, 2009
Filed under Soccer, Sports

The statistics showed Northwestern dominated. Yet once again the Wildcats found themselves in a nailbiter.No. 16 NU (7-1-4, 1-0-1 Big Ten) did the right things against Western Illinois (3-8-0), controlling possession for most of the game and shooting 20 shots, eight on goal, compared to only seven ove...

Football notebook: NU offense looking for lost long ball

Danny Daly
October 13, 2009
Filed under Sports

Early in the fourth quarter of Northwestern's loss to Syracuse, senior quarterback Mike Kafka hit wide receiver Zeke Markshausen on a crossing route, gaining 30 yards. The completion put the Wildcats inside the 10-yard line, eventually leading to their final touchdown.Not one of Kafka's 130 passes si...

Field Hockey: NU notches 1st win over Penn State since 1997

Bill Carey
October 11, 2009
Filed under Field Hockey, Sports

Throughout its 2009 campaign, No. 18 Northwestern has not had a problem getting started.During the team's first two Big Ten games, though, the Wildcats struggled to respond once their opponent overcame that strong start and took away the momentum.Against Penn State on Friday, NU once again got off to...

Volleyball: Winning lets Chan ‘Party in the USA’

Sarah Kuta and Sarah Kuta
October 11, 2009
Filed under Golf, Sports

Though there's nothing more coach Keylor Chan loves than Big Ten wins, Miley Cyrus is a close second.Last weekend marked several milestones for the Wildcats, including the team's first Big Ten wins of the season and the 11th-year coach's 150th career win. Chan has the second-most wins in Northwestern coaching ...

Volleyball: Chan collects 150th career W, Cats win Big Ten pair

Katherine Driessen
October 11, 2009
Filed under Sports, Volleyball

Both of the Wildcats' first two Big Ten wins were five-set nail biters at Welsh-Ryan Arena this weekend. What Northwestern's wins really had in common was a whole lot of Sabel Moffett."Sabel Moffett was really the turning point for us," said coach Keylor Chan of the junior middle blocker. "Everyone really fu...

Men’s soccer: Late handball call yields Buckeye tie

Rodger Sherman
October 11, 2009
Filed under Soccer, Sports

When Eamon O'Neill opened the scoring by finding the back of the net in the 85th minute against Penn State on Sunday, he thought he had a game-winner."At that point, it's just pure joy," O'Neill said. "When you score a goal on the road with only five minutes to go, it's a pretty big relief."It looked like No. ...

Men’s soccer: Love of game propels Euro athlete to NU

Rodger Sherman and Rodger Sherman
October 11, 2009
Filed under Soccer, Sports

Oliver Kupe could've been in last year's Final Four.Instead, he came to Northwestern, and joined a soccer team that ended up a game away from finishing among college soccer's final four teams.Kupe is a natural fit for basketball: he's 6'3", quick and athletic, and performed well enough in high school t...

Women’s soccer: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Wildcat weekend nets two losses

Jonah Rosenblum
October 11, 2009
Filed under Soccer, Sports

Coming off one of its worst performances of the season against Penn State, Northwestern played one of its best versus No. 25 Ohio State, but were ultimately unsuccessful, falling 1-0 to the Buckeyes.The weekend started dismally with Penn State putting up two goals in the first 10:50 of Friday's game. Pen...

Levin: Wildcats enjoy sack lunch, take down Dysert eight times

Robbie Levin
October 10, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

Northwestern's defense came out hungry on Saturday. The Wildcats satisfied their appetite with a sack lunch that included a big helping of Dysert.After giving up 10 sacks last week to Cincinnati, Miami (OH) entered the game allowing the second most quarterback takedowns in the country, 4.2 per game....

Salute to Schapiro a Snooze

Brian Chappatta
October 8, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

John Legend sang the chorus of his hit song "Ordinary People" on Friday night: "We're just ordinary people, we don't know which way to go, ‘cause we're ordinary people, maybe we should take it slow."He might as well have been talking about Northwestern's football team.NU's game against Miami (O...

RedHawks thwarted by Cats’ ball hawks, NU wins 16-6

Danny Daly
October 8, 2009
Filed under Football, Sports

For the second straight week, an opportunistic defense sparked the Wildcats to victory. This time around, it just wasn't the usual suspects making the big plays.Even though senior defensive end Corey Wootton's sprained ankle limited him to a few snaps and senior safety Brendan Smith left Saturday's game earl...