The Daily Northwestern

Eliason nets ninth score in Cats’ victory

Sarah Kuta

October 6, 2009


Filed under Soccer, Sports

On the bus back from DeKalb to Evanston, Northwestern voted unanimously: It was all Eli.Junior forward Matt Eliason began to describe the efforts of his teammates against Northern Illinois, but the Wildcats wouldn't let him finish. To them, the answer was simple - Eli turned in the team's best performan...

Fitzgerald looking for his Fave 5

Danny Daly

October 6, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

Following Northwestern's third consecutive game with an ineffective running attack, coach Pat Fitzgerald was clearly unhappy with the play of his offensive line. He has been mixing and matching linemen all week in practice, seeing which group would perform well enough to take the field against Miami (O...

Men’s soccer: Blades’ tough play helps NU stay sharp

Rodger Sherman

October 5, 2009


Filed under Soccer, Sports

For a player considered to be among the top defenders in the country, Mark Blades doesn't exactly have an intimidating physical presence.But that has not stopped the 5'6" senior from starting at Northwestern for four years."I let the other guys underestimate me," Blades said. "I like playing against bi...

Field Hockey: Crushing the California dream

Bill Carey

October 5, 2009


Filed under Field Hockey, Sports

After No. 17 Northwestern's 3-1 loss to Michigan on Friday, coach Tracey Fuchs was disappointed her team became complacent with a one-goal lead and allowed Michigan to take control of the game.With the Wildcats' 3-0 victory over California on Tuesday, the team made an important step by refusing to ta...

Football: Demos dominates Big Ten with his foot

Robbie Levin

October 5, 2009


Filed under Football, Sports

Northwestern's victory on Saturday was in no small part due to its special teams play. In addition to recovering one fumble on a kickoff and one on a punt, the Wildcats held one of the conference's most dangerous return men to 39 yards on four returns."We played our best game of the year in the kicking ga...

Cross Country: Without Mayer, Cats finish 12th at Roy Griak Invitational

Bill Carey and Bill Carey

September 27, 2009


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

Competing in a field featuring some of the nation's top teams, Northwestern knew the pace would be fast and the packs would be deep.When the front group went out hard early in the Gold Division 6K race at the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minn., the young NU team got drawn out too quickly and wound...

Field Hockey: NU loses conference opener, tops Maine on road

Bill Carey and Bill Carey

September 27, 2009


Filed under Field Hockey, Sports

Playing against No. 8 Michigan State on the road Friday, No. 18 Northwestern knew it would need an all-hands-on-deck effort to pick up the win in its Big Ten opener.Yet, with two of their top players out with an illness, the Wildcats (9-3, 0-1 Big Ten) were actually short-handed as they took on the Sp...

Volleyball: Chan’s crew swept in pair of weekend matches

Katherine Driessen and Katherine Driessen

September 27, 2009


Filed under Sports, Volleyball

Resiliency was in short order as Northwestern dropped every set en route to a pair of losses to Penn State and Ohio State in its conference opener this weekend."It was a matter of execution," coach Keylor Chan said. "We scouted and we knew what they were going to do, and that was in our control, but we di...

Men’s soccer: Hillgard’s header helps NU capture win

Rodger Sherman and Rodger Sherman

September 27, 2009


Filed under Soccer, Sports

Drew Kotler and Jonathan Harris don't get many opportunities to play, so being forced to make stops unexpectedly in overtime games would seem like a daunting task.It wasn't. The two kept their composure and didn't let butterflies get the better of them."There's always jitters for any goalkeeper steppin...

Women’s soccer: Cats open Big Ten with win

Jonah Rosenblum and Jonah Rosenblum

September 27, 2009


Filed under Soccer, Sports

Northwestern has made a habit of knocking off a ranked opponent to kick off the Big Ten season, no matter the circumstances. A year after topping then-No. 17 Illinois in the opening weekend, the Wildcats notched a 1-0 win over No. 19 Indiana on Friday.The unseasonably cold weather, blustering winds a...

Heartbreaker: Mizzou 30, NU 23

Jake Simpson

December 28, 2008


Filed under Sports

SAN ANTONIO - In many ways, Northwestern played the perfect game in the Alamo Bowl.Pat Fitzgerald's squad outgained Missouri by almost 100 total yards, forced three critical turnovers, and held the ball for more than 35 minutes. The Wildcats overcome injuries to key players and special teams miscues t...

Gentilviso: Nothing’s ever planned for NU

Chris Gentilviso

December 28, 2008


Filed under Sports

SAN ANTONIO - This wasn't the plan.When the 2008 season began, few people in college football planned to see Northwestern win nine games and reach the Alamo Bowl.Check.When the bowls were announced, few Missouri Tigers planned to see their season end with NU on the other sideline.Check.When the Cats were announced as a 14-point...