The Wildcats came up heart-breakingly close to the match play round of the NCAA Championship, finishing the fourth round of stroke play tied for ninth place. Northwestern finished at 15-over par, one stroke behind eighth place Oregon.
In order to advance to match play, teams must finish in the top-8.
The tied-for-ninth place finish is the highest in program history, one place better than last year’s tenth place finish when the Cats finished four strokes outside the top-8.
Freshman Stephanie Lau and junior Kacie Komoto led NU on the final day, both shooting 1-under par, but Big Ten Player of the Year Hannah Kim closed with a 4-over 76, including a tough bogey on her final hole of the day.
Northwestern couldn’t shake Stanford on Sunday, losing in the NCAA Regionals 4-3 as it’s historic season came to a close.
All eyes at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center turned to junior Konrad Zieba’s match with Tom Fawcett as the deciding match. Zieba came back from a 5-1 deficit in the first set, winning 7-5, but was shutout in the second set. An intense third set ensued, as Zieba saved multiple match points, but unfortunately for the Wildcats Fawcett prevailed as Stanford advanced.
The match began with NU capturing a dramatic doubles point. After the Cats won at No. 2 doubles and lost at No. 3, it all was up to the team of senior Fedor Baev and junior Strong Kirchheimer. Kirchheimer was broken serving for the set, but the duo managed to break back after winning a marathon point to win the set 7-5. NU had only lost once after winning the doubles point going into the match.
Singles play began poorly for the Cats as the fell behind in a number of matches as Baev and freshman Ben Vandixhorn lost in straight sets to put the team behind 2-1.
The match drew even when junior Strong Kirchheimer continued his domination of No. 3 singles with a 6-0, 6-4 win.
After junior Sam Shropshire won his match, junior Alp Horoz gave up a lead in the second set to fall 6-4, 6-4 and leave the match at 3 points apiece.
Zieba’s singles match was the last to conclude. NU ended arguably their best season ever with a 26-5 record.
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.
The grandson of the founder of Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Tino Malnati, has joined the Northwestern men’s basketball team as a walk-on, according to a report from the Chicago Tribune.
Tino Malnati is a former point guard at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. He reportedly considered Division II and Division III schools before deciding to join the Wildcats. Malnati’s father, Rick, coached New Trier basketball from 1999-2008.
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria opened its first location in 1971 in Lincolnwood, Illinois and now has over 40 locations.
Northwestern fans can begin making Homecoming plans, as the Wildcats announced Wednesday the date and time of next season’s Homecoming game.
NU will take on Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 22, with the Homecoming game’s kickoff set for 11 a.m . It’ll be the first time the Cats have faced the Hoosiers since 2012.
Other Big Ten teams have announced their Homecoming game dates and times as well, bringing more clarity to NU’s schedule next season. The Cats are slated to face Iowa on Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. and Michigan State on Oct. 15 at 2:30 p.m. for both schools’ respective Homecomings.
NU supporters will hope for a better outcome than last season’s Homecoming game. That day, the Cats were run over by then-No. 17 Iowa, 40-10.