Northwestern, William and Mary to Play at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas
from press release
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller today announced the Wildcats 2011 women's lacrosse schedule, which gets underway in February. The challenging 17-game slate features 10 games against teams that qualified for last season's NCAA tournament, 10 match-ups with teams that finished among the nation's top-20 in 2010 and a neutral site game at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
"I could not be more excited about the 2011 schedule," said Amonte Hiller. "We have another young team this season and the challenges presented in this schedule should provide a great opportunity for this team to mature, and do so quickly. Our conference should again prove to be one of the strongest conferences nationally and the combination of our ALC and non-conference opponents gives us an extremely dynamic schedule. Our student-athletes are very excited about this challenge."
Northwestern will be tested from the opening draw of the year as the Wildcats' first five games will be on the road against 2010 NCAA tournament qualifiers. NU begins the season with an NCAA first round rematch at rival Notre Dame on Feb. 19 before a trip to the southeast, taking on North Carolina in Chapel Hill in a semifinal rematch and opening up American Lacrosse Conference play at Vanderbilt in Nashville the last weekend in February.
March will open up with what should prove to be a memorable game for Amonte Hiller as her Wildcats will travel to Annapolis, Md., on March 3rd to face the Naval Academy. The Midshipmen are coached by Cindy Timchal, Amonte Hiller's head coach during her playing career at Maryland and the first head coach in Northwestern lacrosse history. Northwestern then wraps up its season-opening five-game road trip at Georgetown March 5th.
Northwestern will take to the turf at Lakeside Field for the first time on March 11 when it hosts California. Then comes the spring break trip to Dallas when the Wildcats will take on William and Mary at the brand new billion-dollar Cowboy Stadium before a showdown against national semifinalist Syracuse in Evanston on March 23.
After a trip to Massachusetts to take on the Minutewomen, Northwestern returns home for three key home games to open up the month of April.
Duke returns to Lakeside Field in a rematch of last season's NCAA quarterfinal, followed by games against ALC opponent Penn State and rival Penn. The Wildcats then make their first trip to Gainesville, Fla., taking on the Gators April 14 before facing Johns Hopkins in Baltimore two days later.
The final two home games of the regular season pit Northwestern against Ohio State in its conference finale before the Wildcats take on Stanford in the home finale on April 24. The regular season finale takes Northwestern to Charlottesville, Va., and a meeting with Virginia on April 30.
The 2011 American Lacrosse Conference Championship will take place in Nashville with Vanderbilt serving as the host from May 5th through 7th.
The 2011 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship gets underway the following weekend, with this year's semifinals and final being held at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, N.Y.
This year's home schedule should be another exciting one for Northwestern lacrosse fans, as four of the seven games will feature NCAA tournament teams. Season ticket information for the 2011 Wildcat lacrosse home slate will be announced after the new year.
2011 NORTHWESTERN WOMEN'S LACROSSE SCHEDULE
Feb. 19 at Notre Dame
Feb. 25 at North Carolina
Feb. 27 at Vanderbilt *
March 3 at Navy
March 5 at Georgetown
March 11 vs. California
March 19 vs. William & Mary ^
March 23 vs. Syracuse
March 26 at UMass
April 2 vs. Duke
April 8 vs. Penn State
April 10 vs. Penn
April 14 at Florida *
April 16 at Johns Hopkins *
April 22 vs. Ohio State *
April 24 vs. Stanford
April 30 at Virginia
May 5-7 ALC Championship %
* American Lacrosse Conference game
^ at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas
% in Nashville, Tenn.
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