On Friday, senior Amy Letourneau joined the esteemed “Roof Club” against Michigan State. Her 3-run home run landed on the roof of McGaw Hall beyond the left field fence and was the 10th Northwestern bomb ever to reach the roof. Letourneau became the seventh Wildcat in school history to hit a roof shot and first since Olivia Duehr last season.
NU won the game 8-0 in five innings, run-ruling the Spartans.
It’s been a season to remember thus far for Northwestern’s men’s tennis squad. With a 23-2 record, tied for their winningest season ever, the Wildcats are poised to make history with a win this weekend over either Ohio State or Penn State. Additionally, with every spring sport playing, this weekend is full of action. Below is a roundup of what you need to know…
In case you missed it, Maggie Lyon signed with Chicago’s WNBA team last night.
Benjy Apelbaum previews a potentially historic weekend for men’s tennis.
Dan Waldman writes about lacrosse’s quest for vengeance.
Max Gelman discusses how pitching will be extra-important for the baseball team.
Cole Paxton describes a softball team that’s feeling a bit of pressure.
Khadrice Rollins opined about why it’s important to appreciate Northwestern sports.
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.
Northwestern’s all-time leading 3-point shooter has found a home with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky. Lyon went unselected in last week’s WNBA Draft, even though the Sky had one of the last overall picks in the draft (34th out of 36). Instead, Chicago decided to take a flier on the New Trier graduate as a free agent.