The Daily Northwestern

Day: Northwestern gets ready to reload once again

Andy Day

April 6, 2010


Filed under Sports

Skeptics thought Northwestern's future was bleak when virtually untested quarterback Mike Kafka was taking over the helm of the Wildcats' offense. Despite proving his skills on the ground against Minnesota the season before, no one thought he would offer an air threat in the 2009 season. Boy were th...

Feature: Ryan Field’s greens grounded

Ed Demaria

April 6, 2010


Filed under Football, Sports

The spring football game is two weeks away and football is on the minds of Northwestern fans once again. But what has been happening at Ryan Field since a wave of purple engulfed the playing surface after the 33-31 upset victory over No. 16 Wisconsin in November? The short answer: nothing.Since Nov. 21, ...

Fishbain: If NCAA ain’t broke, don’t expand it

Kevin Fishbain

April 5, 2010


Filed under Sports

If the NCAA can be selfish, so can I. So if the NCAA wants to be selfish and implement a 96-team NCAA Tournament, a March Madness that no college basketball analyst or fan wants to see, I can direct my frustration on the pending decision solely to the team I root for-Northwestern. I don't care how it is...

Baseball: Northwestern newcomers fill in rotating bullpen

Christine Todd

April 5, 2010


Filed under Baseball, Sports

After six Northwestern pitchers combined to allow 10 earned runs on 13 hits Sunday against Ohio State, coach Paul Stevens said he is looking to solidify the back end of his bullpen."A multitude of individuals running to the hill" will have the chance to make their case at 3 p.m. on Wednesday when NU (...

Softball: Iowa provides tough test for struggling Northwestern

David Uberti

April 5, 2010


Filed under Softball, Sports

After being swept by No. 18 Illinois last weekend in a series that included a 12-run blowout loss, Northwestern will look to stop the bleeding Wednesday at Iowa."(Last weekend) we lost sight of our goal, which was to work together and play every pitch the way we play," junior designated player Michelle ...

Lacrosse: Brooke Matthews steps up as top scorers struggle, Northwestern downs No. 5 Duke

Brian Chappatta

April 4, 2010


Filed under Lacrosse, Sports

Duke had the same strategy as other teams No. 1 Northwestern has faced this season-take away the Wildcats' typical attackers.NU's midfielders made No. 5 Duke pay.Brooke Matthews had a career-high five goals, and sophomores Alexandra Frank and Jessica Russo contributed three and two scores, respectively, to...

Softball: Northwestern swept by Illinois

Colin Becht

April 4, 2010


Filed under Softball, Sports

In reflecting on Northwestern's two walk-off losses to Illinois last year, coach Kate Drohan said definitively last week that her team would be "ready to play this weekend." While the Wildcats may have been mentally prepared to take on the No. 18 Fighting Illini, they were outmatched on the field.NU (16-13, 2...

Men’s Tennis: Mixed weekend in Michigan; Cats top Spartans, fall to Wolverines

Sarah Kuta

April 4, 2010


Filed under Men's Tennis, Sports

At a time when most Big Ten teams are finding their place in the conference rankings, Northwestern is still searching. While the 48th-ranked Wildcats grabbed a dominating 6-1 victory at Michigan State, they were unable to carry that momentum into Saturday's match against Michigan, falling to the Wolverines 6-...

Grayhack: The agony of a Cubs fan-Is this The Year?

Pat Grayhack

April 4, 2010


Filed under Sports

As that magical time of year rolls around again, I ask myself, ‘Could this be The Year?' That's right, I'm a Cubs fan. I bleed red and blue. The Cubs are without a doubt my favorite team and the only team I need to see win a championship before I die. But this year has a different feel to it th...

Women’s Golf: Record round propels Northwestern to 10th place finish at Bryan National

Minjae Park

April 4, 2010


Filed under Sports

The final day of the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, N.C., was one to remember.The strong field of 18 teams-13 ranked higher than No. 39 Northwestern-didn't intimidate the Wildcats, as they hit an even-par round Sunday. The 288 score was the lowest of the day and tied for the second-lowest round in ...

Baseball Sidebar: Southpaw Eric Jokisch stellar, returns to old form in win over Buckeyes

Christine Todd

April 3, 2010


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Coach Paul Stevens left the dugout to greet southpaw Eric Jokisch on the mound with two outs in the eighth inning. The junior had allowed only two runs on seven hits to that point, but his pitch count was up to 117, and the bases were loaded. Before Stevens could get a word out, Jokisch said, "Give me...

Women’s Tennis: Wolverines snap Cats’ conference streak, NU rebounds Sunday

Katherine Driessen

April 3, 2010


Filed under Sports, Women's Tennis

It won't be so lonely at the top anymore for Big Ten powerhouse Northwestern. No. 8 Michigan beat No. 4 NU for the first time since 1997 on Saturday, snapping the Wildcats' 81-game conference winning streak."(Michigan) played perfect tennis," coach Claire Pollard said. "But I was actually very pleased w...