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Kaleigh Craig earns third-team All-American recognition

Kaleigh Craig earns third-team All-American recognition
(Daily file photo by Keshia Johnson)

Senior attacker Kaleigh Craig was named a third-team IWLCA All-American on Wednesday. Craig will join 47 other players, who together comprise three Division I All-American teams. The senior receives the honor after being named to the All-West/Midwest First Team last week.

Craig led Northwestern’s offense this year, despite facing one of the toughest schedules in the history of the program. But even with the reputability of the Wildcats’ opponents, she still set career highs with 53 goals, 14 assists, 67  points and 4 game-winning goals. The senior also reached new career highs on defense winning 35 ground balls and forcing 16 caused turnovers.

NU’s standout attacker was also named to the All-Big Ten team by the conference earlier this year. Craig finished fifth in the Big Ten in scoring, averaging 2.58 goals per game. The senior finished her Cats’ career with 134 goals, falling just short of the top 10 scorers in NU history.

Northwestern lacrosse season ends in bitter defeat to Notre Dame

Northwestern lacrosse season ends in bitter defeat to Notre Dame
(Daily file photo by Maddy Fisher)

The Wildcats’ lacrosse team suffered a 15-3 defeat at the hands of Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The loss eliminated Northwestern and ended its season in South Bend, Indiana.

Notre Dame got out to an early 4-goal lead in just over 10 minutes of game time, which would ultimately prove too big of a lead for NU to overcome. Fighting Irish attackers Cortney Fortunato and Grace Muller led the way with 4 goals apiece.

For the Cats, Selena Lasota, Christina Esposito and Kaleigh Craig each scored one goal. Freshman goalie Mallory Weisse made 10 saves.

NU ends the season at 11-10.

Northwestern rolls Louisville in first round of NCAA Tournament

Northwestern rolls Louisville in first round of NCAA Tournament
(Daily file photo by Maddy Fisher)

Northwestern cruised to an easy 15-5 win over Louisville in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night. With the win, NU advances to the second round of the tournament and will play Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, on Sunday.

Louisville beat the Wildcats 10-4 in the regular season, but the Cats flipped the tables in Friday night’s game. Senior midfielder Kaleigh Craig, freshman attacker Leighton Yenor and junior attacker Danita Stroup all recorded hat tricks. Sophomore midfielder Selena Lasota netted a career-tying 3 assists and also tallied 2 goals.

Mallory Weisse stone-walled the Louisville offense, recording 12 saves.

Sunday’s match against Notre Dame will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Northwestern draws Louisville in first round of NCAA Lacrosse Tournament

After securing the .500 record it needed to be eligible for the NCAA Tournament with a first-round victory in the Big Ten Tournament, Northwestern’s lacrosse team received an at-large bid to the NCAAs after falling to Maryland in today’s Big Tens title game. The Wildcats will take on Louisville in a rematch of a 10-4 defeat on the road earlier this season.

Northwestern lacrosse falls in Big Ten Championship game to Maryland

Northwestern lacrosse falls in Big Ten Championship game to Maryland
(Daily file photo by Sean Su)

No. 3 seed Northwestern fell to No. 1 seed Maryland 12-9 in the Big Ten Championship on Sunday at Martin Stadium. The Terrapins are undefeated thus far.

Despite several lead changes and ties, a 5-0 second-half run by the Terrapins proved to be too much for the Wildcats. Junior attacker Christina Esposito led the Wildcats with 3 goals while sophomore midfielder Selena Lasota and senior midfielder Kaleigh Craig each added 2.

However, the Cats stay above .500 and are eligible for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

Craig, Lasota named to All-Big Ten Team

Craig, Lasota named to All-Big Ten Team
(Daily file photo by Keshia Johnson)

Senior attacker Kaleigh Craig and sophomore midfielder Selena Lasota were named to the All-Big Ten Team on Wednesday morning. Craig was a unanimous selection by the conference after the senior averaged 3 goals per conference game — tied for fourth in the Big Ten — and nearly two ground balls per conference game.

The Northwestern attacker was also one of six players honored with the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The award is given to athletes for a combination of their ethical behavior, academic standing and outstanding citizenship off of the lacrosse field.

Meanwhile, Lasota led the Big Ten in scoring in conference games with 18 goals and received an at-large selection from the conference. The sophomore is tied with Craig for the most goals on the team, scoring 41 this season. She also tallied 42 draw controls.

The Wildcats return to action Thursday, when they take on Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

Lasota named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week

Northwestern sophomore midfielder Selena Lasota was dubbed the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week by the conference Tuesday after she scored a career-high 8 goals in her last game against Ohio State.

The sophomore recorded a hat trick in the first half of the team’s game against the Buckeyes and proceeded to add another 5 goals in the second half. Lasota’s performance marked the most goals scored by a player in the Big Ten this season.

This is the third time Lasota has been named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, earning it once already this season.

The Wildcats face Michigan on Thursday in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament in Evanston. The team must win to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

WATCH: Lasota notches hat trick against Ohio State

During Northwestern’s regular-season finale against Ohio State, sophomore Selena Lasota scored three goals in the first half. The Wildcats are trying to remain eligible for the NCAA Tournament by returning to .500. If NU loses, it would have to win the Big Ten Tournament in order to qualify for NCAAs.

Lasota’s goal gave the Cats a 9-7 lead over the Buckeyes.

Lacrosse Roundtable: Writers discuss Northwestern’s postseason chances

Lacrosse Roundtable: Writers discuss Northwestern’s postseason chances
(Daily file photo by Maddy Fisher)

As the regular season heads into the final stretch, Northwestern finds itself at 7-7 with two regular season games remaining. The Daily’s lacrosse reporters convened to discuss the team as it prepares for the postseason and looks to win its 8th NCAA Tournament since 2005. This story was originally published on April 20, 2016.

1. What needs to be the team’s main focus heading into postseason play?

Dan Waldman: If this team wants to a make a run in the postseason, then its defense has to improve. In the Cats’ 14-11 loss to USC last week, the Trojans scored 11 of their 14 goals off of assists, and a majority came from dumping the ball to an open shooter right on top of the crease. NU’s defense struggled to rotate to open attackers, especially in transition. The Cats’ slow rotations have been a recurring problem throughout the season, and NU needs to shore up its defensive slides to eliminate goals coming from one-on-one opportunities with the goalie.The team can improve on this by either winning even more draw controls or limiting turnovers that result in fastbreaks.

Claire Hansen: You’ll hear Kelly Amonte Hiller and the players say it all the time: They just need to play their game. There’s no question that the Cats have some of the best talent in the country. Their major losses this year have come from a kind of sloppiness that is uncharacteristic of NU. If the Cats can tighten up their fundamentals — limiting turnovers, sharpening their passes, taking care of the ball — they’re going to have no problem finding success in both the Big Ten and, if they make it, the NCAA.

To find out what else our writers had to say, click here for the full analysis.