October 2012 Archives


Monty.jpgWith just four days until the Huskies host Aurora University in an exhibition contest, Ross Jacobson of the Daily Chronicle writes about the increased comfort level for Mark Montgomery and the Huskies heading into the season. As Jacobson notes, expect the Huskies to play with a higher tempo and more pressure defense in year two.


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Football: The Huskies extended their winning streak to eight games Saturday with a 48-34 victory at Western Michigan. After trailing 21-17 at halftime, the NIU offense exploded for 31 points in the second half to put away the Broncos. Jordan Lynch threw for 274 yards and rushed for 136 in the win.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois notched two huge wins during the past week to improve their standing heading into the final week of the regular season. On Wednesday, the Huskies scored a 1-0 overtime win at Northwestern following Charlie Oliver's goal in the 91st minute. Their Saturday match against West Virginia followed a similar script, with Isaac Kannah scoring in the 84th minute for a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers.

Volleyball: NIU split two conference matches to close out October. On Friday, the Huskies dropped a close 3-1 decision against Eastern Michigan despite winning the first set. Northern rebounded the next night behind a commanding 3-0 sweep of Central Michigan for Ray Gooden's 200th career win.

Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois' season came to an end over the week after returning to the MAC Tournament. The Huskies punched their ticket to the conference tournament Thursday with a 2-1 victory at Toledo, their first against the Rockets since 2003. Yet, the Huskies' postseason run came to an end Sunday when they fell 2-0 at second-seeded Central Michigan.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois finished 11th in the MAC Championships in Grand Island, N.Y. Courtney Oldenburg led the way for NIU with a 20th place finish for the Huskies.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois capped off their fall season with a ninth place finish at the Pinetree Intercollegiate in Kennesaw, Ga. Nick Huggins paced the Huskies with a top 25 finish individually.


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Now that the matchups are set for Friday night's Wrestle-Offs (which you can find here), check out the results from Tuesday and Wednesday's bouts in the NIU Wrestling Room, along with some intriguing exhibition matches.

125 Prelims
Braun Marquez over Nick Harrison
Nick Harrison over Derek Elmore

141 Prelims
Ethan Davis over Gabe Morse
Tyler Argue over Gabe Morse

157 Prelims
Andrew Morse over Josh Smith
Josh Smith over Matt Smith

165 Prelims
Trace Engelkes over Dan Burk
Sam Bennett over Dan Burk

184 Prelim
Bryan Loughlin over Adrian Dickinson

197 Prelims
Arber Bebo over Austin Pickering
Shawn Scott over Parker Settecase
Parker Settecase over Austin Pickering

Thorian Twyner over Nick Harrison
Derek Elmore over Jason Montemayor
Shawn Fayette over Tyler Argue
Rob Jillard over Gabe Morse
Caleb Busson over Trace Engelkes
Matt Mougin over Shane Roseberry

Coach Spotlight: Coach Bob Cole

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Our coach's spotlight caught up with NIU quarterbacks coach Bob Cole.  An experienced offensive coach, Cole has served as offensive coordinator at six different universities and is currently in his second season with NIU.  After working with the wide recievers last year, Cole returns to leading the quarterbacks this season, a position he has worked at the most over the years.  Get to know coach Cole:


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Football: The Huskies won their 16th game in the last 17 and improved to 7-1 in 2012 with a convincing 37-7 victory at Akron. Along with Jordan Lynch's 131 rushing yards, the NIU defense held the Zips to 199 yards of total offense, including only 42 rushing yards on 37 carries.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois' offense continued to struggle this week as they completed a 0-1-1 week. On Wednesday, the Huskies could not complete the comeback on the road as they fell to Valparaiso, 2-1. Three days later, NIU and Bowling Green battled to a 0-0 tie in DeKalb.

Volleyball: The Huskies dropped two close road matches over the weekend. NIU lost to Ohio on Friday, 3-1, after taking the first set in a battle of last year's two division winners. Northern faced a similar result the next night with a 3-1 loss at Kent State.

Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois kept its MAC Tournament hopes alive over the weekend by splitting their two road matches. The Huskies grabbed a huge win Friday with a 1-0 win against Kent State when Kate Wirthlin scored in the 71st minute. Two days later, the tables were turned when NIU lost to Ohio, 1-0.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois put two golfers in the top 10 of the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational. Nick Huggins led the team with a tie for fifth, while Matt Gorman tied for seventh.

Men's Tennis: Dor Amir led the way for the Huskies by advancing to the round of 16 at the ITA Midwest Regional in East Lansing, Mich. Maksym Bartiuk also made it to the main draw, while Max Phillips fell just short after blazing through the qualifying draw.

Women's Golf: Northern Illinois took 10th place as a team at the The Preview at Longaberger Golf Club. Allie Parthie paced the Huskies with a fifth place finish, while Connie Ellett and Taylor Ellett took second and third in the Huskie contingent.

Women's Tennis: Northern Illinois placed three in the top three of their respective brackets over the weekend at the ITA Regional in Rockford, Ill. Mary Malkin, Cristina Alvarez and Haley Dekkinga each took top three finishes in singles, while 

Newcomer Spotlights - Dustin Adams & Conner Gavin

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This weeks newcomer spotlight focuses on offensive lineman Dustin Adams, as well as safety Conner Gavin.  Both players explain why they chose to play at NIU and why they enjoy being on the football team.  Offensive line coach Rod Carey and defensive coordinator and safeties coach Jay Neimann explain what they like about Adams and Gavin and what they expect out of them for the future.

Moore Awarded MAC West Player of the Week

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One of the reasons why NIU won this years homecoming was because of Corner back Marlon Moore.

As a freshman in his first college game, Moore had eight tackles and accumulated two interceptions.

Check out what he had to say about his performance on Saturday.


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Football: The Huskies became bowl eligible Saturday with a dominant 45-3 Homecoming victory over Buffalo. Jordan Lynch combined for 361 yards of total offense, while the Huskie defense forced three turnovers on the day. The win marks the fifth straight season that NIU reached the six-win mark.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois battled two of the nation's top five programs this week, but could not pull out a win in either match. The Huskies battled No. 4 Marquette on Tuesday, but lost 1-0 after the Golden Eagles scored in the 80th minute. NIU returned to MAC play on Saturday when they fell to No. 3 Akron, 2-0.

Volleyball: NIU improved their MAC record to 6-2 over the weekend with two wins in interdivisional play. On Friday, the Huskies easily defeated Buffalo in a 3-0 sweep. Things got much more difficult on Saturday night, though, as Akron took a two sets to one lead midway through the match. However, NIU rallied and capped off the weekend with a 3-2 win over the Zips.

Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois dropped two close conference matches over the weekend in their final homestand of the year. NIU rallied from a 2-0 deficit against MAC leader Miami (Ohio) Friday, but a last second goal by the Redhawks resulted in a 3-2 defeat. Two days later, the Huskies took on Ball State on Senior Day. Following a 71-minute lightning delay in the 25th minute, the Cardinals emerged with a 1-0 victory.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois placed three runners in the top 60 at the Bradley Classic Friday in Peoria, let by Courtney Oldenburg's NIU 6K record time of 21:29. However, the team finished 14th in the final team standings.

2012 NIU Homecoming Post Game Celebration

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After a homecoming victory against the Buffalo Bulls, the NIU Huskies celebrate with President Peters while Coach Doeren honors him with the game ball.

Check it out!

Player of the Week: Jordan Lynch

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The NIU football team is halfway through their 2012 season and it sure has been impressive so far.

Many of the players have performed well, but one sticks out among the rest. NIU Quarterback Jordan Lynch has proved that he is capable of leading his team into the post-season and more.

Lynch has increased his stats and rank in the MAC West.

Overall, Lynch has passed for a total of 1255 yards with a 60.8 completion percentage. Lynch has rushed for a net total of 789 yards with an average of 6.9 yards per carry! For individual offense, Lynch averages about 340.67 yards per game. He is ranked first in the MAC and seventh in the NCAA. All together, Lynch has a totaled 2055 yards of total offense.

Still not impressed? He is ranked second in the MAC and eighth in the nation for rushing yards! Lynch rushes about 131.5 yards per game.

 Lynch has lead his team to be one of the best offensively. The team is ranked 35th in the NCAA and third in the MAC for an average total of 454.83 yards per game. Lynch's rushing offense is ranked 11th in the NCAA and first in the MAC.

In addition, he has been awarded player of the week for three consecutive weeks.

Check out at Jordan Lynch and see why he deserves player of the week.


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Northern Illinois Athletics extends its sincere condolences to the family, and the Tribune family, of Bill Jauss, a Chicago sportswriting giant, who covered the Huskies for many, many years up until the time he retired from the Chicago Tribune, after 50 years, in 2005. 

While most of us currently working at Northern Illinois - especially in the external areas - unfortunately did not have the pleasure of interacting with "Jaussie" on a regular basis, the smiles that his name brings to those Huskies that knew him is universal.

I know that Huskie fans enjoyed reading his many, many stories on Northern Illinois.  He and his wife, Kenmar, who passed away in 2010, were fixtures in the Huskie Stadium press box.

For more about Bill Jauss and the legacy he left on Chicago sportswriting, read today's stories by Fred Mitchell (NIU's current Tribune beat writer and a worthy successor to Jauss) and Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Telander. 



NIU head coach Dave Doeren held his weekly press conference yesterday at the McCareins Auditorium to preview the Huskies' upcoming game with Buffalo. Joining Doeren were running back Akeem Daniels, cornerback Marckie Hayes and linebacker Victor Jacques. Two topics that came up were Northern Illinois' impressive winning streak at Huskie Stadium, which the Chicago Tribune's Fred Mitchell discusses in his story in today's paper, while Steve Nitz writes about NIU's propensity for fourth-quarter comebacks in today's edition of the Daily Chronicle.


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Football: Northern Illinois extended their winning streak to five games with a 35-23 win at Ball State to keep the Bronze Stalk. After trailing the Cardinals 23-21 late in the fourth quarter, Jordan Lynch found Akeem Daniels for a 54-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score. About one and a half minutes later, Lynch outran the BSU defense for a 71-yard scoring run to put the game away. The junior QB combined for 402 yards of total offense in the win.

Men's Soccer: NIU improved to 2-0 in MAC play with a 1-0 win against the Hartwick Hawks Saturday in DeKalb. The match's lone tally came in the 68th minute when Gael Rivera beat Hartwick's goaltender with a hard header.

Volleyball: The Huskies split their two weekend matches as they near the midway point of the conference season. Thursday saw the Huskies drop a 3-0 loss to Western Michigan at Victor E. Court in a match that was closer than the score indicated. NIU rebounded with a 3-0 sweep of Miami (Ohio) in which they notched a season-high .412 hitting percentage.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies had two hard-fought matches over the weekend with two different results. NIU rallied in Friday's duel with Bowling Green for a 2-1 win after Courtney Ksiazek scored in the 89th minute. However, Northern found themselves on the other side of a close loss Sunday when they dropped a 2-1 double overtime decision against Central Michigan.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois finished seventh at the John Dallio Invitational in Lemont, Ill. Griifin Bauman led the Huskies with a second place showing, while Shawn Foley claimed a tie for fifth place.

Men's Tennis: The Huskies posted a solid showing at the Tom Fallon Invitational, finishing with a 3-3 singles record and 5-2 doubles mark. Axel Lagerlof led the way with a 2-1 singles record and 1-1 in doubles to earn All-Tournament team recognition.

Newcomer Spotlight - Ron Brown

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From Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan, welcome freshman offensive lineman Ron Brown.  In this weeks Newcomer Spotlight, Brown talks about why he chose to play for NIU and also what offensive line coach Rod Carey has to say about him. 

Nabal Jefferson - Scholar Athlete

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Northern Illinois senior tackle Nabal Jefferson is one of 147 candidates across college football for the 2012 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, as well as being named a semifinalist for the 2012 William V. Campbell Trophy.  Only one senior can be nominated by each university for the awards, which represent college football student-athletes who excel on the field and in the classroom.  Here is what Jefferson has to say about his honors:

Matt Sims - MAC West Specialist of the Week

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Junior kicker Matt Sims extended the MAC West Conference Player of the Week to five weeks for a Huskie player, after being chosen as the MAC West Specialist of the Week.  Sims recorded a career high 17 points in the Huskies 55-24 victory over Central Michigan, including a seven yard rushing touchdown off a fake field goal.  We caught up with Sims to discuss his award and the victory over Central Michigan:


Dorm Room Cribs

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Take a look at the "New Residence Hall Complex", the newest dorm on campus!

Just north of Lincoln Hall, the 1,000-bed residence provides shelter for a large student body. This new site has two residential buildings where students can live in groups of 12.

Some of the new features allow the students to engage and feel comfortable in their new environment. It offers enhanced privacy (single bedrooms); semi-private bathrooms that will be shared with one other student; a kitchenette; and a spacious commons area!

The community center is located in between both housing buildings where students can eat, work out, play video games and study.

Follow Ron Brown through the new dorm. See it for yourself.


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Football: Northern Illinois opened MAC play on a positive note Saturday with a 55-24 dismantling of Central Michigan at Huskie Stadium. Leighton Settle ran for 152 yards and Jordan Lynch gained 144 yards on the ground as a part of NIU's 407 total rushing yards. In addition, a fake punt by Ryan Neir and fake field goal touchdown by Mathew Sims sparked NIU to victory.

Men's Soccer: NIU started conference play with a 2-0 win on the road against the Florida Atlantic Owls. After struggling offensively in the non-conference slate, the Huskies got goals from Isaac Kannah and James Stevenson. Jordan Godsey shut out FAU for his third shutout of the year and 29th of his career.

Volleyball: The Huskies returned home after a month on the road with two resounding wins in conference play. On Friday, NIU toppled Ball State, 3-1, while holding the advantage in most statistical categories. That advantage carried over into Saturday night when they swept Toledo, 3-0.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies went 1-0-1 during their weekend on the road. NIU grabbed their first MAC win of the year Friday with a 1-0 win against Akron, as Frances Boukidis found the back of the net in the 14th minute for the lone goal of the game. Two days later, the Huskies nearly got their second conference win, but were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie at Buffalo.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois finished 11th out of 51 teams at the Sean Earl Lakefront Invitational in Chicago. Courtney Oldenburg paced the Huskies with a 20th place finish at 18:09, which was her second-best 5K time in her four seasons at NIU.

Women's Tennis: The Huskies claimed five titles at the DePaul Invitational in Chicago. Arantza De La Torre/Nelle Youel and Haley Dekkinga/Cristina Alvarez each took home titles in doubles Flight A, while Maria Rozo/Stephanie McDonald won in Flight B. In singles, Youel and Dekkinga tied for the Flight B singles title and Mary Malkin won the consolation title in Flight C.



After appearing in two regular season games and two playoff games last season, former Huskie Xavier Silas will rejoin the Philadelphia 76ers for training camp. Silas was one of four free agents signed by the Sixers ahead of the opening of training camp on Tuesday. Silas averaged 5.5 points and 2.0 rebounds during his regular season stint last season with the Sixers, he also averaged 9.8 points during his 39 games with the Maine Red Claws in the NBA Developmental League.


Silas and the Sixers begin the preseason next Thursday, Oct. 11, when they travel to Orlando.

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