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Kaleigh Craig earns third-team All-American recognition

Kaleigh Craig earns third-team All-American recognition
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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 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.

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.