I was a little surprised because Lacrosse in general, and Women's Lacrosse in particular is pretty much dominated by teams on the east coast.
Take a look at the polls, Ivy League, Big East and even a couple of ACC teams dominate. The Big 10 is represented by Penn State and Ohio State and Notre Dame also plays at a nationally ranked level.
So here comes upstart Northwestern, led by a couple of players who are getting national recognition
Junior Goalkeeper Ashley Gersuk [NU Photo left] was the Inside LaCrosse player of the week for her 12 saves, and her first half shutout of the Bucks.The team itself is also getting some national notice:
RS Soph Attacker Sarah Albrecht [right] was recognized by InsideLacrosse.com as their Div 1 player of the week for scoring 3 goals against then ranked #14 Ohio State. Sarah is coming back from a season-ending injury last year.,
The rankings put them up there among the Spring sports that have achieved national rank - most notably the Tennis teams, but you've got to admire the determination that brought Lacrosse back to NU after 10+ years in 2002.
- IWLCA - #15
- Inside LaCrosse Power Poll - #14
- WomensLacrosse.com - #17
The Cats have a few games at home, including one this Saturday against Colgate. There's another home game scheduled on March 28th against Virginia Tech, and a long home stand where they face lacrosse powers #13 Notre Dame, #17 Johns Hopkins, and #11 Vanderbilt starting April 20th.
They've also got road trips to Delaware [3/24], Connecticut [4/4], The west coast to play #18 Stanford and Cal Berkeley, and #12 Penn State on 4/17.
Using the One game at at time philosophy, NU Coach Amonte Hiller continues to grow the program. Not bad for a game originally played by the Iriquois Indian tribes in upstate New York.
Lacrosse making National moves
When Northwestern announced that they were adding a Women's Lacrosse team a few years back...
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