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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.

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.

Morning Roundup: May 4, 2016

Morning Roundup: May 4, 2016
(Source: Gary Prior)

The Northwestern softball team is entering its final road stretch in dire need of a few wins to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Melissa Haniff previewed the Cats’ upcoming slate.

In other news…

  • Tyler VanderMolen dove into the professional career of former NU golf star Matt Fitzpatrick, who participated in the Masters last month.
  • Garrett Jochnau wrote about Northwestern men’s tennis retaining its top-16 rank and earning the right to host the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
  • Ben Pope previewed the baseball team’s final opportunity to secure a win over cross-town rival UIC.
  • Lacrosse star Selena Lasota earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors after a career-high 8 goals.
  • The Women’s tennis team also earned themselves an NCAA Tournament bid and will face Ole Miss in their first round matchup.

And here’s a look at Wednesday’s back page:

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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.