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The Huskies finished the regular season against Buffalo, winning the affair 5-2
. The team clinched the regular season championship with the victory, giving the Huskies the first seed in the MAC Championship Tournament. The tournament will be held at Ball State on April 25 and 26.
Track & Field:
NIU took second at the Blue Demon Invitational
out of five teams. Claudette Day set a new NIU record in the high jump, going up to 1.78 meters. Next up for the team is one of largest track & field competitions in collegiate athletics, the Penn Relays.
NIU played a three game series at Bowling Green over the weekend, winning one of the games. The win was a 9-0 final on Friday
. On Saturday, the team played a doubleheader, losing both games, 4-1 and 7-3
. The Huskies currently hold a 4-19-1 record in 2014.
Track & Field:
The Huskies competed at the Raleigh Relays
, Bobcat Invitational
, and Texas Relays
over the week, finding some level of success at each. They'll next compete at the EIU Big Blue Invitational on Saturday, April 5.
The Huskies split two MAC matches over the weekend. On Friday, they beat Akron 4-3
. On Saturday, NIU fell to Buffalo, 6-1
. NIU is now 1-3 in conference play this season.
NIU sent two players to the NCAA Championships
recently, Rob Jillard and Nick Smith. Both lost in the second round of their weight classes. The two combined to give NIU 53rd place at the event.
The Huskies split two games at Iowa State
, seeing their record move to 10-12. Both games were played on Sunday. NIU took the first, 15-6. The team lost the second, 6-5. Neither game went the standard seven innings, as the first ended after five and the second was forced to an eighth inning.
The Huskies went 3-0 last weekend after defeating Detroit, UW-Whitewater
, and Southern Illinois
. They outscored opponents 20-1 on the weekend. The three wins extended the team's winning streak to five matches. NIU has a home match on Friday, February 7 against SIU-Edwardsville and a road match on Sunday, February 9 at Indiana.
NIU suffered its first defeat of the season on Sunday, February 2 in a road match at Wisconsin. The Huskies lost the match, 5-2
. NIU is 1-1 on the young season. On Friday, February 7, the Huskies play SIU-Edardsville at home. On the following Saturday, they'll remain at home to take on Cleveland State.
Northern Illinois saw its record drop to 6-9 with a 23-12 loss at Old Dominion
on Friday, January 31. The Huskies are set to take on Kent State at home on Saturday, February 8.
NIU's gymnastics team improved its record to 2-1 (2-0 MAC) with a 192.450-191.600 win against Western Michigan
on Saturday, February 1. The Huskies are on the road for a meet at Kent State on Friday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m.
The Huskies took on No. 30 Drake on Friday, losing 4-3
. The Huskies started off strong in this one, claiming the doubles point for an early 1-0 edge. The rest of the match was back-and-forth battle, resulting in NIU falling just short. The Huskies will host a doubleheader on Friday against IPFW and Chicago State.
Northern Illinois has played three games over the last week, dropping them all. On Wednesday, January 15, the Huskies took on Kent State. The game went to overtime, the first of its kind of the 2013-14 season, but NIU fell 73-64
. On Saturday, January 18, NIU faced Ohio. This one ended 65-46 in favor of Ohio
. On Wednesday, January 22, The Huskies travelled to Toledo, dropping the affair 70-68
. NIU is now 7-10 on the season.
Track & Field
: NIU travelled to its first event of the new year, the Illini Classic. The Huskies finished third at the event
overall out of 10 teams. Next up for the Huskies is the Wisconsin Elite Invitational, held in Madison, Wis. on Saturday, January 25.
Football: NIU improved to 3-0 after a tight 43-39 victory
against the Eastern Illinois Panthers. The Huskies were down 20-0 mid-way
through the first quarter, but a 30-0 run by the team propelled them to the 22nd
straight home victory for NIU.
Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois played two games last
weekend in the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. The first was a 2-1 loss against
Farleigh Dickinson on Friday. In the second game against Saint Mary's on
Sunday, NIU was able to reverse the result from Friday and claim its own 2-1
Women's Soccer: The Huskies closed out non-conference play
when they traveled to Chicago for a match against the Loyola Chicago Ramblers.
The game ended in a 1-0 loss for NIU, making it five straight games in which
the Huskies have failed to record a win. NIU is now 2-5-1 on the season.
Men's Tennis: Northern Illinois competed in the Drake
Invitational with seven other teams. The team was able to take one of the four
flights in the event. The Huskies also went undefeated in consolation matches.
On the first day, one doubles team was able to make it to the final round of
the flight before falling.
Men's Golf: NIU played in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, held
in Zionsville, Ind. The team finished 14th overall after three
rounds of play. Pierrick Fillon had the best performance for the Huskies,
producing a three-round total of 236. His best round was the third, in which he
scored a 75.
Volleyball: The Huskies went unbeaten in the Huskie
Invitational volleyball tournament held over the weekend. The team went 3-0 to
improve to 8-6 overall. On Friday, NIU beat George Washington 3-0 and IPFW 3-1.
On Saturday, the Huskies swept Oakland, 3-0.
Volleyball - The Huskies played four matches over the last
week, going 1-3 in those affairs. Their record now stands at 5-6 on the season.
The win came against Southern Utah in the New Mexico State tournament. NIU
featured a balanced offensive attack in that one, with Jenna Radtke, Sarah
Angelos, and Mackenzie Roddy each having more than 10 kills in all.
Men's Soccer - Northern Illinois split two games in the NIU
Adidas Invitational, falling 1-0 against Butler on Friday, but winning 2-1
against Green Bay on Sunday. Sean Totsch and Jayson LeSeth each had goals in
the win against the Green Bay Phoenix. The Huskies are now 2-4-0 on the season.
Women's Soccer - NIU went 0-1-1 on the weekend, dropping the
first game at Green Bay 1-0 and tying Western Illinois in a home game, 1-1.
Cori Frankenberg scored her second goal of the season in the game against WIU.
NIU is now 2-4-1.
Men's Tennis - Northern Illinois pulled down the best team
score in the River Forest Invitational. Jovan Zeljkovic won both flights he
took part in; the #4 Singles and #3 Doubles. In that doubles bracket, he teamed
up with Matt Lynch. The Huskies also had several players finish third in their
Women's Tennis - Arantza de la Torre and Cristina Alvarez
both won flights in the Chicago State Invitational. The team also had other
players and doubles teams who finished third or better in their flights. The Huskies don't
have another event until the first weekend of October.
Cross Country - The Huskies finished fourth in the Illinois
State Invitational on Friday, held at the Weibring Golf Course in Normal, Ill.
Ali Olson produced the best finish for NIU, taking 16h place in the event. She
had a time of 18:19.24 as she crossed the finish line.
Women's Golf - NIU competed in the Cougar Classic, hosted by
Chicago State at Harborside International Golf Center. Play ran on Monday and
Tuesday earlier this week. Samantha Coyne faired best for the Huskies, finishing
eighth among individual players. As a team, the Huskies placed seventh overall.
Track & Field: Northern Illinois closed out their regular season over the weekend with a busy three meet schedule. At the Penn Relays, the Huskies got a MAC auto bid from Sidra Sherrill in the shot put, while Janay Mitchell solidified her spot in the 100 meters. Meanwhile, NIU got strong showings at West Chester and UW-Whitewater. Men's Tennis: Northern Illinois saw their season come to an end as they hosted the 2013 MAC tournament. The Huskies advanced to their first title match since 2004 when they upset No. 1 Ball State, 4-2, Friday. Their run ended Saturday, though, when they fell to Western Michigan, 4-3.
Track & Field: Northern Illinois dominated the competition at the Huskie Open with nine event titles. Megan Gregory (100 hurdles, 200 meters), Janay Mitchell (100 meters), Ida Burbulla (high jump), Sidra Sherrill (shot put), Alex Schad (long jump) all earned wins, along with the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Out west at the Beach Invitational, Meghan Heuer earned an automatic bid to MACs in the 800 meters. Men's Tennis: Northern Illinois closed out their regular season Sunday with a big 4-3 win over Buffalo. The win helped secure NIU a spot in next weekend's MAC Championships, which the Huskies host.
Track & Field: Northern Illinois took third place at the Chicagoland Championships in Romeoville, Ill. Natalie Tarter, Sidra Sherrill and Megan Gregory each claimed event titles for the Huskies, while Tarter's 4,206 points in the heptathlon set a new school record.
Baseball: The Huskies moved to 4-2 in MAC play this weekend with a three-game sweep of Akron in Avon, Ohio. The series began Friday with a tight 4-3 win courtesy of two runs in the top of the ninth. NIU got another one-run win Saturday with a 2-1 win behind Eli Anderson's complete game performance. Northern got the sweep on Sunday by crushing the Zips, 14-4. Track & Field: Northern Illinois had several strong performances over the weekend at the Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays. Megan Gregory and Meghan Heuer each clinched MAC automatic qualifying marks to highlight the split-squad weekend.
Northern Illinois' 2012-13 season came to a close Monday night with a tight 45-44 loss at Eastern Michigan
. Aksel Bolin and J.J. Cravatta each scored nine points to pace the Huskies.
Track & Field: The Huskies kicked off their outdoor season Friday in Tampa, Fla., with several quality performances. Meghan Heuer won the 1500 meters, while 10 different individuals combined for 14 top 10 finishes.
Northern Illinois dominated their Senior Night showdown with Eastern Michigan, winning 194.775-192.550
. Megan Melendez, Jaelyn Olson, Kim Gotlund and Natalie Sutter all won individual honors on the night.
Baseball: Northern Illinois went 1-2 at Minnesota's Dairy Queen Classic with all three contests coming down to the last inning. In Friday's tournament lid-lifter, the Huskies fell to Utah, 6-1. On Saturday afternoon, NIU and Dartmouth were locked in a pitchers' duel, but it was the Big Green who came away with a 1-0 win. In the tournament finale, Alex Klonowski's complete game two-hitter lifted the Huskies to a 2-1 win over the host Golden Gophers. Softball: NIU split their Sunday doubleheader in Carbondale, Ill., as part of Southern Illinois' Coach B Classic. In the first game, the Huskies squeaked out a 3-2 win against Butler, but lost in extras to Saint Louis in the second game.
NIU split a pair of Saturday contests
at home. In the first match, the Huskies swept Western Illinois, 7-0, before falling to the Green Bay Phoenix, 4-1.
The Huskies took second place Saturday
at the 36-hole Forest Hills Collegiate. Bryce Emory paced NIU with a fifth place showing.
Wrestling: The Huskies capped their MAC slate on a positive note, defeating Buffalo, 20-18. Nick Smith, Rob Jillard, Andrew Morse and Matt Mougin got wins for NIU early before Jared Torrence won the meet with an overtime decision at heavyweight. Gymnastics:
Northern Illinois recorded a season-best score for the second consecutive meet, but it was not enough in a 195.175-194.375 loss at Iowa State
. Kim Gotlund posted career-best scores on the balance beam and uneven bars.
NIU opened their spring season Monday and Tuesday with a fourth place finish at the MAC Match Play
in Dade City, Fla. After upsetting second-seeded Akron in the first round, the Huskies lost to eventual champion Bowling Green to close out Monday. On Tuesday, Northern dropped a tight contest against Eastern Michigan in the third-place match.
The Huskies got their first two MAC wins of the year, both coming on the road. NIU shot 59.2 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from three-point range Wednesday to down Ohio, 73-52
. Sunday at Kent State, the Huskies topped the Golden Flashes, 52-47
Northern Illinois was involved in two tight contests over the past week with different results. On Wednesday, Abdel Nader's jumper with 2.2 seconds left helped the Huskies beat Kent State, 67-65
. Three days later, Toledo came in to the Convocation Center and emerged with a 69-64 win
The Huskies dropped two games during the week. Despite trailing at the half, NIU surged back from an 18-point deficit to take a lead against Eastern Michigan, but ultimately lost in a 67-62 decision
. On Super Bowl Sunday against MAC East leader Miami (Ohio), the Huskies pushed the RedHawks, but lost, 65-51
Northern Illinois suffered their first loss of the season Saturday, falling in a 6-1 decision
to Southern Illinois.
NIU couldn't snap their losing streak Saturday, as they fell to #7 Missouri and Eastern Michigan
. In the first half of the doubleheader, the Huskies dropped a close 22-17 decision to EMU. They followed that up with a 39-3 loss to the nationally-ranked Tigers.
Northern Illinois suffered their first loss of the season Friday night, as they were ousted by Ball State, 192.475-192.075
. NIU outscored BSU in three events and Megan Melendez won the balance beam, but it was not enough against the Cardinals.
The Huskies are still looking for their first conference win after losing two last week. NIU led at halftime against Akron on Wednesday, but an 18-2 Zip run to start the second sent the Huskies to a 63-52 loss
. It was a similar story on Saturday afternoon in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. where Northern dropped an 83-56 contest against Central Michigan
NIU pushed #12 Central Michigan, but could not pull off the upset Friday in a 23-12 loss to the Chippewas
. Wins by Nick Smith, Kevin Fanta and Andrew Morse put the Huskies up 9-7 at halftime, but it was not enough against CMU's strong upper weight wrestlers.
The Huskies opened their season Sunday with a 6-1 loss to #35 Minnesota
. Frederic Cadieux notched the lone point for NIU with a win in third singles.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Football: Northern Illinois captured a huge victory on their home turf Saturday with a 30-23 win against Kansas. Trailing 23-13 early in the fourth quarter, Jordan Lynch led a 17-point comeback in the final stanza to give NIU their second comeback win in as many weeks. Lynch combined for 369 yards offensively, while the defense tallied four sacks of KU's Dayne Crist.Men's Soccer:
NIU lost both of their matches at New Mexico's Lobo Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. Friday, the Huskies went into their fourth overtime game of the year against Denver. However, the Pioneers found the back of the net in the 109th minute for a 3-2 win
. Northern ended their weekend with a 3-0 loss to the No. 5 and host Lobos
Northern Illinois went 2-3 during the week, but grabbed a critical series victory during the weekend against Eastern Michigan. After a 13-2 loss to UW-Milwaukee
and a 4-3 defeat at Bradley
, the Huskies rebounded with a tight 1-0 victory
in the series opener against the Eagles of EMU. The home-standing Eagles would even the series
with a 7-5 win on Saturday, but NIU took the three-game set
with a 3-1 win.
The Huskies struggled in the diamond, but gained a big victory in MAC action. NIU began their week with a 12-3 loss against Northwestern
. Yet, Northern grabbed a big 4-3 win
against league-leading Bowling Green before losing the second game, 15-2. The Huskies would finish their weekend with two losses
in a Sunday doubleheader at Toledo by 10-0 and 4-3 margins.Track & Field:
Northern Illinois capped its regular season off on a high note over the weekend at the Drake Relays and UW-Whitewater Alternative Meet. In Des Moines, the Huskies posted two top-five finishes, including a third-place finish in the 4x100 relay, and broke five school records. At UW-Whitewater, NIU brought home six event titles, while seven different athletes set new personal records.Women's Golf:
NIU concluded its
with an eighth-place finish at the 2012 Mid-American
Conference Women's Golf Championships at Hawthorns Golf & Country
Club in Fishers, Ind. Sunday. Senior Kelsie Passolt finished her NIU career on high note, turning
in her lowest score of the season for a three-round event carding a 223
(78-80-75) to tie for eighth place, a career-best finish at the MAC
With a 3-2 lead late in the contest, the Huskies fell to Western Michigan
in the Mid-American Conference Tournament
semifinals, 4-3. The Huskies end their impressive 2012 season 21-7.
Northern Illinois dropped its quarterfinal
of the Mid-American Conference Tournament against the No.
2-seeded Akron Zips (22-3, 7-1 MAC) on Friday, 4-0. The loss marked the
end of the Huskies' season as the team finished with an 11-12 overall
record and a 2-6 mark in MAC play.
Three NIU teams will compete in the last week before final exams. Men's golf hosts the MAC Championships at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., starting Friday. Meanwhile, baseball takes on Northwestern at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva, Ill., and travels to UIC before hosting Central Michigan in a three-game weekend series, while softball caps off their regular season with games at Notre Dame and Western Michigan.
Quarterback Jordan Lynch
showed that he plans a seamless transition into the starting role as he
threw for 402 yards on 29-of-44 passing with four touchdowns Saturday
at Huskie Stadium in Northern Illinois' Red-White Spring Football Game
Lynch led the Red team, composed of the Huskie starting units on
offense and defense, to a 31-6 victory over the White team in the final
spring football practice of 2012.
Despite strong pitching, the Huskies were swept at home over the weekend by the Toledo Rockets. The series opened with a 7-3 win by UT
despite the Huskies holding the lead through seven innings. The Huskie offense struggled again on Saturday with a 5-1 loss
, then dropped the finale in extras by a 4-3 margin
It was a rough week for Northern Illinois as they lost all five games during the week. The week began with a 6-1 loss at UIC
before hitting the road for two MAC series. Things did not improve at Ohio, though, as NIU dropped both games of a doubleheader
, 4-1 and 9-3. The Huskies fell Saturday at Akron, 8-6
, then closed out the week with a 12-6 defeat
against the Zips.Track & Field:
The Huskies had a big week at two major meets during the weekend, breaking five school records between the Kansas Relays and Mt. SAC Relays. On Thursday, Courtney Oldenburg broke her own NIU mark in the 1500 meters with a 4:27.64 run, while Juliane Totzke toppled the 10,000 meters record with a 36:23.93 clip. Friday saw Chanel Kellyman set a new record in the 100 meters and Roneisha Frye (100 hurdles) and Rebecca Cronin (800 meters) added their names to the record books on Saturday.Men's Golf:
The Northern Illinois men's golf team wrapped up the regular season
portion of its schedule with a seventh-place finish at the Boilermaker
at the Kampen Course on the Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex.
Freshman Thomas Dunne was the top-finishing Huskie, taking 13th with a final round 75.
Men's Tennis: The Northern Illinois men's tennis team surpassed the 20-win plateau for
the first time since 1989 Friday with wins over Chicago State,
7-0, and Illinois-Chicago, 5-0. The Huskies close the regular season
with a regular season record of 21-6 and MAC record of 4-1.
The Huskies dropped their final two regular season games at home this weekend. NIU was swept by Akron, 7-0
, on Saturday, then dropped their Senior Day showdow
n with Buffalo, 5-2. The squad finishes their regular season at 11-11 overall and 2-6 in the MAC.
Huskie teams will compete this week. Three programs (men's tennis, women's tennis and women's golf) will head to their respective MAC Championships, including women's tennis hosting the conference tournament in DeKalb. In addition, softball hosts their final home game of the year Wednesday against Northwestern and baseball welcomes Milwaukee on Tuesday.
The Huskies' week got off to a rough start Tuesday when they were dealt a 22-3 loss
from Illinois State. The team rebounded quite well on Friday, as NIU took an 8-7 victory
against the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks. Following Saturday's washout, the Huskies claimed the series behind a 7-5 victory
in Sunday's first game, then got the sweep in the night cap
with a wild 13-11 win against MU.
Northern Illinois went 2-3 during their week-long homestand at Mary M. Bell Field. On Tuesday, the Huskies' bats were silenced in a 6-1 decision
against DePaul. Things would not improve on Friday, as NIU got swept in a doubleheader
against Buffalo, 7-3 and 8-3. The team got back on the winning track Saturday with a 7-3 win against Kent State
, then completed the two-game sweep with a 9-4 win on Senior Day
.Track & Field:
The Northern Illinois track & field team closed out their weekend at
the Lee Calhoun Memorial Invitational on a high note, taking four event
titles Saturday in Macomb, Ill.
Despite holding several of
their top performers out of the meet, the Huskies took third place in
the 13-team field with 126 points. Marquette won the meet with 202
points, while host Western Illinois was runner-up with 165.5 points.Men's Golf:
Junior Kurtis Luedtke recorded his best collegiate tournament finish,
tying for eighth, helping lead Northern Illinois to a
tie for fourth place
at the COG Mizzou Intercollegiate. The Huskies
posted a final round score of 298 to finish the 54-hole event with a
total of 887, tied with IUPUI. Host Missouri won the team title
for the second consecutive season with a total score of 856, the Tigers'
Ryan Zech took individual medalist honors with an eight-under score of
208. Women's Golf:
The Huskies finished seventh at the Falcon
hosted by Bowling Green Friday and Saturday. Allie Parthie moved up seven spots after trimming two
strokes off her first round score of 80 to card a 158 and finish in
ninth. Senior Kelsie Passolt made the biggest jump, climbing 15
spots to 22nd after posting a second round 80 to finish with a 163.
Men's Tennis: NIU went 1-1 over the weekend in their final home matches of the season. The Huskies stopped Toledo Saturday, 5-2, to move to 3-0 in MAC play. However, the team's unbeaten streak came to an end Sunday when Buffalo topped Northern, 5-2, in Rockford.
The Huskies split their two MAC matches for the second straight week. On Friday, NIU was bested by conference-leading Miami (Ohio), 6-1
, in Oxford. The team ended their road trip on a positive note, though, with a tight 4-3 win against Ball State
Six Huskie teams are in action during the upcoming week. The big event in DeKalb this weekend in SpringFest, which takes place Saturday with the Spring Football Game, baseball playing Toledo and women's tennis battling Akron.
Northern Illinois came close to grabbing a win over the weekend, but Ohio emerged with a three-game sweep over the Huskies in DeKalb. The NIU bullpen lost control of the game Friday in a 13-2 Bobcat victory
. The two schools were locked in a pitcher's dual on Saturday - including NIU's Jake Hermsen throwing 138 pitches and getting seven strikeouts. Yet, Ohio got timely hitting for a 3-1 win
. The series concluded with a back-and-forth affair that saw both teams combine for 29 runs and 31 hits, but the Bobcats got the sweep in a 19-10 marathon
Northern Illinois rebounded from a tough first week of April to grab thee conference wins over the weekend. NIU would split a Friday doubleheader
with Eastern Michigan, dropping the first game, 2-0, before grabbing the second in a 4-0 win. Playing at Central Michigan on Saturday, the Huskies dominated the Chippewas in a 5-1 win
. The next day, NIU got a go-ahead two-run home run from Dani Parrish in the top of the seventh for a 4-2 win against CMU
.Track & Field:
The Northern Illinois track & field team won the Chicagoland
Friday in Chicago behind six event titles
and several top five finishes. NIU scored 174 team points on the
blustery day to take first in the 18-team field, followed by DePaul in
second place with 136 and UIC in third with 85.Women's Golf:
The Northern Illinois University women's golf team finished ninth at
the Marsh Landing Invitational
hosted by the University of Cincinnati
Tuesday. The Huskies were unable to move up the leaderboard after shooting
a final round 332 for a total of 697. Stetson won the event, carding
an 894, with SU's Alex Buelow winning the individual championship
posting a 217.
Gymnastics: Northern Illinois gymnasts Kim Gotlund and Tanya Rachan had mixed results in representing the
Huskies in the 2012 NCAA Gymnastics Champaign Regional on Saturday at
the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall. Representing NIU with two competitors in the NCAAs for the first time
since 2009, Gotlund had one of her best all-around scores of the season
while Rachan slipped up for the first time all season in the floor
Northern Illinois stayed unbeaten in MAC action with a 6-1 win against Ball State. After dropping the doubles point, the Huskies rattled off six singles wins to defeat the 2011 MAC champions. On Sunday, NIU lost 4-3 to Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Huskies split two conference matches in DeKalb over the weekend. NIU dropped a 5-2 match
to Eastern Michigan on Friday, but rebounded to knock off Toledo, 4-3
, on Saturday.
Seven Huskie teams are in action during the upcoming week. Softball hosts DePaul Tuesday, Buffalo Friday and Kent State Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, baseball hosts Illinois State on Tuesday and men's tennis welcomes Toledo (Saturday) and Buffalo (Sunday) to Rockford.
The Huskies posted a 3-1 record during the week with a quartet of home games. On Tuesday, NIU withstood a late Milwaukee rally to defeat the Panthers, 5-4
.In their Mid-American Conference home opener Friday, the Huskies defeated Akron, 10-5
. The Zips, though, evened the series with an 8-1 victory on Saturday
. Northern's offense awoke on Sunday with 11 hits in an 8-2 win in the rubber match
The Huskies opened their home slate Tuesday against in-state foe Illinois State. However, Northern Illinois was dealt a 5-0 loss by the Redbirds
. The next day, NIU dropped both games of a doubleheader
with Loyola, 10-3 and 9-1. In their conference opening doubleheader on Friday, the Huskies suffered two narrow defeats to Miami (Ohio)
with an 8-5 loss in game one and a 7-6 extra innings heartbreaker in the nightcap. NIU grabbed their first MAC win of the season Saturday with a 12-5 throttling of Ball State
before falling 11-10 in eight innings
on Sunday to the Cardinals.Track & Field:
Northern Illinois broke three school records
over the weekend with athletes competing at both the Texas Relays and the adidas Raleigh Relays. In Austin, Texas, the 4x400 relay team of Chanel Kellyman, Rebecca Cronin, Julianne Cronin and Rasheta Butler set the new NIU standard with a 3:46.21 run. In the sprint medley relay later that day, Kellyman, Janay Mitchell, Butler and Rebecca Cronin added their names into the record books at a 3:57.72 clip. Meanwhile, Juliane Totzke broke the 5000 meters record in North Carolina with a 16:57.17 run.Men's Golf:
The Northern Illinois men's golf team concluded play at the Irish Creek
Collegiate on Sunday, closing the tournament with a 10th place finish
Junior Kurtis Luedtke was the highest-finishing individual for NIU, tying for 26th with a 54-hole total of 217.Women's Golf:
The Northern Illinois University women's golf team struggled in its
final round, but still finished in the top 10, placing seventh at the
18th Annual Saluki Invitational
at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Monday. The Huskies shot a second round 325 to finish the tournament with
a 642. The host Salukis of Southern Illinois won the event with a 608.
SIU's Cassie Rushing took the individual championship with a 146.Men's Tennis:
Northern Illinois took two non-conference matches over the weekend to improve their record to 17-5. The Huskies earned a solid 5-2 win against Saint Louis
on Saturday and edged Bradley, 4-3
, to close out the weekend.
The Huskies moved back above the .500 mark over the weekend with wins in their final two non-conference matches of the year. NIU handled Valparaiso, 6-1
, on Friday and followed that up with a 7-0 sweep of Western Illinois
Six Huskie teams will compete during the upcoming week. Among the events in DeKalb include baseball hosting Ohio for a three-game set, women's tennis welcoming Toledo and Eastern Michigan, and men's tennis hosting Ball State.
Northern Illinois earned its highest team scores of the season on
both floor exercise and vault en route to a fourth-place finish at the
2012 Mid-American Conference Gymnastics Championships
Saturday at the
NIU Convocation Center. The result reflected a marked improvement from
the Huskies' seventh place finish of a year ago as five different NIU
gymnasts in six events earned spots on the awards stand at the
conclusion of the meet.
Northern Illinois won their home opener Tuesday with an 8-6 victory against the UIC Flames
to give sophomore Eli Anderson his first career win. The team opened MAC play at Kent State, but were swept in the three game series. Alex Klonowski notched four hits against the Golden Flashes in a 12-6 Friday loss
. Saturday turned into a pitchers' duel, but KSU emerged with a 6-1 win
. The Huskies could not prevent the sweep Sunday with a 5-3 loss
The Huskies earned a pair of top four finishes in Florida during the week to complete their mid-March Florida trip. at UCF's Rio Pinar Invitational, NIU was led by Blake Emory's final-round 67 to earn fourth place in the 15-team field. Later in the week at the FAU Spring Break Championship, Northern took third place
, trailing only Florida State and Ohio State in the team standings.Women's Golf:
The Northern Illinois University women's golf team sits in third
place after posting a strong first round
at the 18th Annual Saluki
Invitational at Hickory Ridge Golf Course Sunday.The Huskies shot a season-low 317 with junior Allie Parthie leading the way with a four-over-par 76.
Parthie is in the top 10 placing sixth after one round of play.
Facing the preseason Mid-American Conference favorite Western Michigan, the Northern Illinois men's tennis squad entered unafraid and defeated the Broncos, 5-2
. It was the
Huskies 11th win all-time versus the Broncos and the first win in at
least a decade against WMU.
The Huskies dropped their first two Mid-American Conference matches of the season. On Friday, NIU was swept by Western Michigan, 7-0
, in Kalamazoo. They returned to the courts Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio, but were ousted by the Falcons, 7-0
Seven NIU teams are in action during the week. Among the highlights are softball's home opener Tuesday against Illinois State and ensuing four-game weekend slate, the start of baseball's eight-game homestand and men's and women's tennis' DeKalb openers.
Huskies Kevin Fanta and Brad Dieckhaus
were eliminated Thursday at the NCAA Championships at Scottrade Center
in St. Louis, Mo. to end the Northern Illinois wrestling team's 2011-12
. Fanta lost to #9 Nick Dardanes of Minnesota, 12-4, then was
eliminated by pin against Iowa State's Luke Goettl. For Dieckhaus, he
lost an 8-4 decision to Nathan Schiedel of Binghamton before being
forced to forfeit his wrestleback match due to injury.
Senior Tanya Rachan
scored a 9.900 on floor exercise
, the top score by a Northern Illinois
gymnast on floor since 2005 and the first 9.9 by a Huskie on any event
since 2009, to lead NIU at the State of Illinois Classic Saturday in Champaign, Ill. With the score, Rachan tied for first on
floor exercise and was named to the 2012 All-State team. Rachan's score led the Huskies to a season-best 49.000 team total
on floor exercise, the team's top score on any event all season and a
mark the floor squad had targeted since the first meet of the season. Natalie Sutter scored a 9.825 on floor exercise to tie for fifth and freshman Peyton Taylor added a career-high 9.800 to take seventh place.Baseball:
The Huskies went 2-4 during the week. After dropping 7-2
decisions to Saint Louis in midweek play, NIU headed to Carbondale, Ill., to take on Illinois and Southern Illinois. After a 6-4 Friday loss
to the Salukis, the Huskies were defeated by the Fighting Illini, 7-2
. Northern rebounded with two wins to finish the week. Saturday afternoon, NIU topped SIU, 9-4
, then followed that up with a 3-0 shutout of UI
Northern Illinois went 5-4 in a busy week in Florida. NIU began the week with a Tuesday sweep against Canisius and Florida Gulf Coast
, then split their Wednesday pair of games
against Iona and Central Florida. At the USF Tournament, the Huskies got off to a quick start by defeating Towson, 7-0, and Bryant, 7-6
. The remaining games, though, did not go NIU's way. On Saturday, the Huskies lost 4-1 to North Florida and 5-1 to South Florida
. Their week was completed with a 2-0 loss against Boston
The Huskies competed in two tournaments during the Spring Break week. On Monday and Tuesday, NIU finished 12th at the Don Benbow Invitational
, with Allie Parthie leading the Huskies with a tie for 15th. At the NIU Snowbird, Northern held on to seventh place
, while Parthie paced NIU with a fifth place showing.
Track & Field:
The Northern Illinois track & field team got their outdoor season
off to a quick start in Saturday
with two event titles and two
records at the UCF Black & Gold Challenge. As a team, the Huskies
combined for 15 top five finishes and nine personal records in the
The Huskies went a perfect 4-0 in Florida. On Monday, NIU defeated North Carolina Central and Quinnipiac
by identical 6-1 scores. They followed that up on Tuesday with a pair of 6-1 wins against Youngstown State and Bucknell
NIU split their two games in Florida during the week. The Huskies defeated Bethune-Cookman, 5-2
, to end the Wildcats' 10-match winning streak. The next day, Northern dropped a 6-1 decision to Embry-Riddle
Huskie teams will be in action this upcoming week. Baseball opens their
home schedule Tuesday with a game against UIC at 3 p.m., then begin MAC
play during the weekend at Kent State. Additionally, men's golf has two
tournaments in Florida, while men's and women's tennis open conference
play on the road. Women's golf is also in action, as they head to
Southern Illinois for the SIU Invitational.
The Huskies' season came to an end this week with a big upset and a near miss the second time. NIU traveled to Ypsilanti, Mich., Monday to take on fifth-seeded Eastern Michigan. Led by Tony Nixon's 14 points, Northern knocked off the Eagles, 48-45
. The Huskies nearly found that magic again Wednesday night in Cleveland, but Western Michigan pulled away late for a 71-54 win
Northern Illinois defied the odds and made a deep run in the MAC Tournament all the way to the quarterfinals. The Huskies were stuck in a nail-biter Wednesday afternoon against Akron. Trailing 60-59 with under ten seconds to go, Kim Davis grabbed an offensive rebound and laid it in with six seconds remaining to give NIU a 61-60 victory over the Zips
. Their season came to an end Thursday afternoon, though, when third-seeded Toledo earned a 72-62 win
Northern Illinois struggled on its first event, the
uneven parallel bars, and went on to a disappointing third-place finish
and an overall score of 192.075
Saturday night at the EMU Eagle
Invitational. The Huskies finished behind host Eastern Michigan, who totaled a
193.850, and runner-up Air Force (192.250), while picking up a win over
Temple (190.725), to put their season record at 5-7 overall. NIU
finishes its MAC regular season slate 2-4.
The Huskies took two of three over the weekend at the Riverview Inn Challenge in Clarksville, Tenn. They began the weekend with a 5-1 win over host Austin Peay
when Jordan Rishavy drove in the winning run in the top of the 10th inning. NIU repeated that performance Saturday with a 6-5 win against Arkansas State
. Their weekend ended with a 13-9 loss to Dayton
Northern Illinois split their four games at the DeMarini Invitational in Columbia, Mo.
Saturday saw the Huskies throttle Alcorn State, 11-3, in five innings
and top Boise State, 5-1. The next day, NIU dropped a 4-3 decision to Boise State
and a 8-0 loss to host Missouri.Men's Tennis:
With two singles matches left to play, Northern Illinois was at the
heels of No. 68 Brown, 3-2. However, the Huskies were unable to overcome
of the deficit and fell to Bears, 5-2
. The loss drops NIU to 10-5 on the season.
Spring break week will have many teams competing in warmer climes, as five of the seven teams in action (women's golf, men's tennis, softball, women's tennis, track & field) will be in Florida. Meanwhile, baseball has a two game set in St. Louis before a weekend round-robin at Southern Illinois, while wrestling caps off their season at the NCAA Championships in the Gateway City.
The Huskies closed out their regular season by splitting two hard-fought games. On Wednesday's Senior Night, NIU came from behind to defeat Toledo, 65-61
, behind double figures from Abdel Nader and Aksel Bolin. That momentum partially carried into Saturday, where the visiting Huskies grabbed an early lead on Ball State. However, the Cardinals emerged with a 62-51 win
in Muncie.Women's Basketball:
Northern Illinois faced Western Michigan twice in DeKalb this week with far different results. On Tuesday, the Broncos spoiled Senior Night with a 66-64 overtime victory in the Convo
, despite Satavia Taylor's 20 points. The Huskies, though, exacted revenge on their MAC West rivals in the first round of the conference tournament, handing the Broncos a 68-51 defeat
Senior Brad Dieckhaus and sophomore Kevin Fanta
both secured bids in the NCAA Championships
for Northern Illinois Sunday at the MAC Championships. As
a team, the Huskies finished fifth with 41 points, falling just a
half-point behind Ohio for fourth. Central Michigan won the tournament
title with 89 points, followed by Kent State, Eastern Michigan and the
host Bobcats. Buffalo took sixth place on the day.Gymnastics:
The Huskies recorded the second-highest team score in school history en route to a
195.100-194.350 dual meet victory over Illinois State
Sunday in Normal. NIU posted its best team totals of the year on uneven parallel
bars, balance beam and floor exercise with six scores of 9.800 or higher
in three different events. The Huskies did not count a score lower than
9.650 on the day while raising their record to 4-5 overall. Northern
Illinois' total topped its previous season best of 194.775, set Feb. 11
at Bowling Green. The 195.100 matches the mark posted on Feb. 1, 2004 at
Kent State which ranks behind only the 195.650 school record set March
23, 2003 at the State of Illinois Championships.
Northern Illinois came close again, but failed to notch their first win of the season. Following Monday's 3-2 heartbreaker at No. 24 Texas Tech
, the Huskies headed to Surprise, Ariz., for the Coca-Cola Classic. On Thursday, the team collected 10 hits, but lost 14-7 to Winthrop
. The next day, NIU took No. 11 Arizona State to extras, but lost on a walk-off single, 4-3
. NIU rounded out the tournament with a 10-5 loss to Iona
and a 11-3 defeat from Oregon State
The Huskies went 2-2 over the weekend at the Coach B Classic in Carbondale, Ill. On Saturday, NIU defeated Wright State, 5-1,
before falling later to SIU-Edwardsville, 4-3, in eight innings. Northern would go 1-1 again on Sunday
, shutting out Western Illinois, 5-0, and losing to the host Salukis, 15-7.Men's Tennis:
The Huskies returned to their winning ways at home Saturday with two 7-0 wins against Southern Illinois and Eastern Illinois
. In both matches, NIU lost just one doubles match each to earn their ninth and 10th wins in 2012. However, the winning streak came to an abrupt end Sunday when Northern was handed a 6-1 decision
at Wisconsin.Women's Tennis:
Northern Illinois took down the Milwaukee
on Sunday by a score of 4-3 for its sixth win of the season. It
was the second time this year the Huskies found themselves on the
winning end while at the Boylan Tennis Center. With the victory, NIU sits at
6-4 on the season.
NIU's upcoming week will be dominated by MAC Tournament action. The women's team heads to Cleveland Wednesday to take on Akron at 1:30 p.m., while the men open their tournament Monday night at Eastern Michigan. Additionally, men's tennis hosts Brown in Rockford Friday; gymnastics goes to Ypsilanti, Mich.; baseball is in Clarksville, Tenn., and softball plays in Columbia, Mo.
Seven NIU teams were in action during the past week, including track & field excelling at the MAC Indoor Championships and men's tennis winning eight-straight on their home court.
Northern Illinois dropped two MAC West road games during the week, but hung close in both instances. On Wednesday, the Huskies led division-leading Eastern Michigan by 13 half way through the second half, but the Eagles stormed back to take a 48-45 victory in Ypsilanti
. NIU returned to Michigan Sunday to face Central Michigan, where they lost 74-64
despite Abdel Nader's 24 points.Women's Basketball:
The Huskies struggled in two road games during the week, falling at Central Michigan and Toledo. NIU headed to Mt. Pleasant Wednesday, but cold shooting doomed NIU in a 73-50 loss to the Chippewas
. Northern followed that up with another offensive setback in a 49-39 defeat to the Rockets
Northern Illinois seniors Shonda Clore, Ashley Guerra and Tanya Rachan provided eight great routines on
Senior Day to lead the Huskie gymnastics team to its second-highest
overall score of 2012, but it was not enough to overcome Central
Michigan as NIU dropped a dual meet to the Chippewas, 194.950-193.925
Sunday at the NIU Convocation Center.Track & Field:
Chanel Kellyman and Megan Gregory each won conference titles Saturday at the Mid-American Conference
Indoor Championships, helping the Northern Illinois track & field
team to their best indoor conference finish as a member of the MAC
Huskies' 48 team points earned them a seventh place finish in the final
standings, topping host Akron by ten points. Additionally, Kellyman (60
meters) and Gregory (60 hurdles) - who earned all-MAC first team honors
for their performances - became the first individual indoor MAC
champions in NIU track & field history, while NIU broke school
records in six different events at the meet.Baseball:
The Huskies' offense improved, but NIU dropped their first three games at the Brooks Wallace Memorial Classic in Lubbock, Texas. Northern fell behind early against No. 18 St. John's, but came back to force extras before the Red Storm belted a walk-off home run to win, 11-9
. Later on Saturday, NIU took an early lead against host Texas Tech, but fell 8-5 to the Red Raiders
. The Huskies got out to a 3-0 lead Sunday night against TTU, but lost again, 10-4
The Huskies extended their home winning streak to eight matches Saturday with a pair of 7-0 sweeps
against Dayton and Western Illinois. However, that streak came to an end Sunday afternoon when Cleveland State upended NIU, 5-2
Northern Illinois dropped two matches in Carbondale, Ill., during the weekend. The Huskies were swept Saturday by Arkansas State, 7-0
. On Sunday, they were upended by Southern Illinois, 5-2
Northern Illinois closes out February and kicks off March this week with eight teams in action. Among the games are women's basketball Senior Day Tuesday vs. Western Michigan, men's basketball Senior Day vs. Toledo, men's tennis hosting Southern Illinois and Eastern Illinois Saturday in Rockford and women's tennis welcoming Milwaukee to the Boylan Tennis Center.
It was another chock full week of Huskie action, with nine teams in action both in DeKalb and on the road.
The Huskies returned to MAC West play and stepped out for a non-conference matchup this week, but suffered a pair of losses. Playing in the Convo Wednesday night, NIU dropped a 78-63 decision to Western Michigan
as Tony Nixon scored a season-high 12 points for Northern. The Huskies stepped out of conference play Saturday for a BracketBuster game at SIU-Edwardsville. Despite 12 points each from Abdel Nader and Nixon, the Cougars drilled a last-second shot to defeat NIU, 64-62
Northern Illinois split a pair of MAC West games at home during the week to start on the regular season home stretch. NIU evened their record to 12-12 overall and 6-6 in the MAC with a 58-44 win against Ball State
, with Claire Jakubicek leading the way with 17 points. That momentum did not last for the Huskies, though, as they dropped a 77-57 game to Eastern Michigan
. Kim Davis led the way with 26 points.Wrestling:
The Huskies closed out their 2011-12 regular season Saturday with a 23-14 loss to Buffalo
. Shawn Fayette (149), Brad Dieckhaus (184), Mike Lukowski (197) and Jared Torrence (285) each won matches on Senior Day, but Buffalo's six wins - including a pin and two major decisions - were too much to overcome.Gymnastics:
Northern Illinois came up with its second-highest score of the 2012
season but it was not enough to overcome a strong performance by
Mid-American Conference powerhouse Kent State Sunday as the Huskies fell
.Track & Field:
The Northern Illinois track & field team ended their 2011-12 indoor
regular season with an impressive showing at the Ball State
Quadrangular, as they captured three event titles and broke two school
records en route to a second-place finish
. Janay Mitchell Broke the school's 60 meters record for the third time this season with a time of 7.54, while Roneisha Frye eclipsed the 60 hurdles record with a run of 8.59.Baseball:
Northern Illinois opened their 2012 season at Tennessee, but were swept by the Volunteers in the three-game set. The Huskie bats went silent in the first game, only scoring one run in a 7-1 defeat
. They would get more run support in a Saturday doubleheader, but dropped both games to the Vols, 10-5 and 7-2
The Huskies dropped all three games in a rain-soaked weekend in North Texas to fall to 3-5 on the season. NIU lost their tournament opener
to Creighton, 5-4, in eight innings Friday morning, then were bested, 8-3, by the host Mean Green. After Saturday's action was rained out, NIU could not get timely hitting in a 5-1 loss to Creighton
The Huskies improved to 6-0 at home this year with a pair of wins against Valparaiso and IUPUI
. NIU began the day with a 6-1 win over the Crusaders, then folloowed that up with a 5-2 defeat of the Jaguars.Men's Golf:
Northern Illinois opened their 2012 spring season in Dade City, Fla., where they took third place at the MAC Match Play
tournament. After a convincing 4-2 win over Ohio in the opening round, the Huskies nearly knocked off top-seeded Ball State in the semifinals, but fell 3.5-2.5. NIU would rally in the third place match, though, with a 4.5-1.5 win against Miami (Ohio).
Another busy week awaits the Huskies with seven teams in action. Among them, only men's tennis and gymnastics are at home. the men's tennis squad looks keep their perfect home record intact Saturday against Dayton and Western Illinois, then Sunday versus Cleveland State. Meanwhile, gymnastics hosts Central Michigan Sunday in DeKalb.
Eight Huskie teams were in action during the week, including softball kicking off their 2012 season in Louisiana.
Northern Illinois wrapped up divisional crossover play with a split of their two games. The Huskies used Tyler Storm's career-best 17 points and a strong defensive effort on the boards Wednesday to knock off Miami (Ohio), 62-59
, inside the Convocation Center. On Saturday, though, Northern was unable to hang with MAC leader Akron in a 75-51 defeat
. Keith Gray paced NIU with 13 points.Women's Basketball:
The Huskies had a light week on the hardwood with only one game on the schedule. However, they grabbed a huge win on the road with a 70-58 win against Miami (Ohio)
. Courtney Shelton led NIU with 13 points, 13 assists and seven rebounds.Wrestling:
Northern Illinois returned to the .500 mark Sunday with a pair of dominating wins against Tiffin and SIU-Edwardsville
. The Huskies began the day with a 42-0 shutout of the Dragons to earn their second shutout of the year. NIU would nearly repeat that performance in the last dual of the day with a 34-8 victory against the in-state rival Cougars.Gymnastics:
Northern Illinois hit all 24 of its routines en
route to its seventh-best team score ever and a 194.775-193.975 victory
over Bowling Green
Saturday at Anderson Arena.
The victory lifted NIU's record to 3-3 overall, 2-1 in the Mid-American Conference, while Bowling Green fell to 1-8, 0-3.
Track & Field:
It was a record-setting weekend for the Huskies, as two school records fell and a third was tied
at the Iowa State Classic. NIU's 4x400 relay of Chanel Kellyman, Jenelle McCalla, Julianne Cronin and Rebecca Cronin demolished the school mark with a time of 3:47.74 - breaking the former record by nearly two seconds. In addition, Jenner Sio surpassed the triple jump record with a 39-01.00 leap, while Kellyman tied the NIU 200 meter record with a run of 24.52.Softball:
Northern Illinois opened their season with a 3-2 performance over the weekend at Southeastern Louisiana. The Huskies won both of their rain-soaked Friday games
with an 8-4 win over Southern and a 9-8 triumph against Nicholls State. NIU split their Saturday slate
, falling 10-2 to Troy and defeating UT-Martin, 7-5. The team would fall in their tournament finale to the host Lions, 10-2
NIU went 2-1 during the weekend to improve to 4-2 on the year. On Friday, the Huskies defeated SIU-Edwardsville and IPFW
by identical 6-1 scores inside the Boylan Tennis Center. Northern hit the road Sunday to face No. 70 Drake, where they lost, 7-0
, in Des Moines, Iowa.Women's Tennis:
The Huskies continued its fantastic start
to the season Sunday by defeating Eastern Illinois, 6-1
, at the Boylan
Tennis Center. The 5-2 mark by the Huskies is the best start for the
team in nearly a decade.
NIU's busy month continues this week when men's golf and baseball both tee off on their respective seasons. Men's golf is in Dade City, Fla., for the MAC Match Play tournament, while baseball has a three-game weekend series at Tennessee. Additionally, men's basketball host Western Michigan Wednesday and women's basketball hosts Ball State Thursday and Eastern Michigan Saturday, along with wrestling taking on Buffalo Saturday in Victor E. Court and men's tennis battling Valparaiso and IUPUI Friday in Rockford.
Northern Illinois kicked off a busy month of February with sex teams in action, as the transition between the winter and spring seasons gets into full force.
The Huskies continued to struggle in division crossover play during the week, as they fell to Ohio and Bowling Green. Despite only trailing by one at the half Wednesday, NIU failed to pull off a major upset against the Bobcats, falling 67-58 in DeKalb
, despite Antoine Christian's season-high 15 points. In Bowling Green Saturday, Northern was doomed by a slow start offensively, falling behind by 25 at the half en route to a 65-40 loss to the Falcons
NIU split their games during the week and have now won four of their last six games. Facing conference leader Bowling Green on Wednesday, the Huskies hung close to the Falcons, but couldn't get over the hump in a 57-47 defeat
. Claire Jakubicek paced the NIU offense with 17 points in the loss. Northern rebounded Saturday against Ohio with a 50-46 win in DeKalb
. Jakubicek led NIU with 16 points to help the Huskies avenge last season's MAC Tournament loss.Wrestling:
Northern Illinois dropped its fourth-straight dual match Friday, losing 24-18 at No. 19 Northwestern
. Trailing 24-3 last in the match, the Huskies rallied with three straight wins - including pins by Brad Dieckhaus and Jared Torrence - in the final three matches. However, that comeback was a case of too little, too late for the NIU.Gymnastics:
Northern Illinois posted its top scores of the season on vault,
balance beam and floor exercise and overcame a 1.225 point deficit in
the final half of the meet to defeat Ball State, 192.925-191.125
Saturday in Victor E. Court. NIU claimed its first Mid-American Conference victory and first
home win of the season to improve to 2-3 overall, 1-1 in the MAC. Ball
State fell to 1-4, 0-3.
The Huskies traveled to Bloomington, Ind., Sunday for a matchup with No. 27 Indiana, but were defeated, 7-0, by the Hoosiers
. Despite strong play from several Huskies, NIU failed to win a match on the day.Women's Tennis:
NIU went 2-1 for the second-straight weekend as they defeated North Dakota and Bradley to improve to 4-2 on the season. After falling to Northern Iowa, 6-1
, on Friday, The Huskies rebounded with a 6-1 victory over North Dakota
in Waterloo, Iowa. The team capped off their weekend in Peoria, Ill., where they swept in-state rival Bradley, 7-0
The Huskies continue into February with a week chock full of competition both in DeKalb and on the road. Softball opens their 2012 season on the road at the Southeastern Louisiana Tournament, while men's basketball (Wednesday vs. Miami [OH]), men's tennis (Friday vs. IPFW and SIU-Edwardsville), wrestling (Sunday vs. SIU-Edwardsville and Tiffin) and women's tennis (Sunday vs. Eastern Illinois) are all at home.
Six Huskie teams were in action over the past week with several big performances brought in by a variety of NIU athletes.
Northern Illinois lost both of their games during the week to drop to 2-17 on the year. On the road at Kent State Wednesday, the Huskies dropped a 90-56 game to the Golden Flashes
. Keith Gray led Northern with 15 points on the night. On Saturday, NIU lost to Buffalo, 74-59
, as Adbel Nader paced the Huskies with 11 points.Women's Basketball:
The Huskies won both of their games over the week and have now won three of their last four games. Wednesday saw NIU defeat Akron, 72-66
, marking the first time since 2006 that they had won at UA. Claire Jakubicek led Northern with 18 points in the game. The cardinal & Black followed that up with a 66-55 win against the Kent State Golden Flashes
, as Courtney Shelton tallied 23 points in the winning effort.Track & Field:
The Northern Illinois track & field team blasted the competition on a record-setting Saturday
at the IWU Invitational. The
Huskies won 11 event titles on the day, including taking the top spot
in every running event in which an NIU athlete competed. Northern also
broke six meet, five track and two school records in the process.Gymnastics:
Northern Illinois gymnasts Ashley Guerra and Megan Melendez
recorded first and second place finishes on uneven parallel bars and
balance beam, respectively, but the Huskie gymnastics team dropped a
dual meet to visiting New Hampshire
, 193.200-191.875 Saturday night at
the NIU Convocation Center. Northern Illinois fell to 1-3 on the season while New Hampshire improved to 3-1.
The Northern Illinois men's tennis team opened its season flawlessly
pair of wins over Division III power Wisconsin-Whitewater, 7-0, and
Butler, 5-2. It is the first time the Huskies have opened the season 2-0
since at least 2004.Women's Tennis:
NIU went 2-1 on their season-opening weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, defeating South Dakota and SIU-Edwardsville to open their season. After falling to Drake in their first match Saturday, the Huskies came back and topped the Coyotes, 6-1
. On Sunday, the team capped their weekend with a 4-3 win against SIUE
NIU opens the month of February with six teams in action. Men's basketball hosts Ohio at the Convocation Center Wednesday night, while women's basketball welcomes the Bobcats to DeKalb on Saturday afternoon. Gymnastics wraps up their three-meet homestand Saturday in Victor E. Court against Ball State.
The middle week of October was a successful one for NIU Athletics. The hallmark moment was off the field, though, as the Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Practice Center Campaign kicked off Saturday before the Huskie football team took on Western Michigan for Homecoming. The 83,500 square foot facility will house a full-size, 120-yard
artificial surface football practice field with buffer space surrounding
the field on all sides, in addition to a four-lane track, batting cages, and storage cages, among other amenities.
It was a very successful Homecoming for the Huskies, as NIU throttled West Division rival Western Michigan, 51-22
. Northern accumulated 697 yards of total offense against the Broncos, including 494 on the ground. In addition, Chandler Harnish became the 11th quarterback in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision history to gain 200 yards rushing and passing in the same game.Volleyball:
Northern Illinois earned their second consecutive 2-0 weekend with two key wins over MAC East foes Akron and Buffalo. On Friday, the Huskies were pushed to five sets against the Zips, but used a commanding fifth set to propel them to a 3-2 win over UA
. NIU returned to the court Saturday night against Buffalo, defeating the Bulls in a 3-0 sweep
. Sophomore Lauren Wicinski led the Huskie attack with a career-high seven aces.
NIU traveled to Northwestern in their lone match of the week Wednesday. Despite solid defense in the first half and some chances on offense, the Wildcats dropped the Huskies at Lakeside Field, 2-0
. The loss was the first for NIU against a Big Ten opponent in over two years.Women's Soccer:
It was a heartbreaking two matches for the Huskies, as they were dealt two one-goal losses at home. On Friday, NIU lost to Eastern Michigan, 1-0
, on a windy day at the NIU Soccer Complex. The Huskies returned to action Sunday afternoon with a match against defending MAC champion Central Michigan. Despite limiting the Chippewas' offense to only seven shots on goal, Northern still dropped the match, 1-0
The Huskies wrapped up their 2011 regular season with a 14th place out of 21 teams showing at the Bradley Classic
in Peoria, Ill. Courtney Oldenburg led the way for NIU with a time of 22:42.09, which ranks as the 12th best 6K time in NIU history.Men's Tennis:
NIU headed east to Columbus, Ohio
, for the ITA Midwest Regionals. In the main draws, Axel Lagerlof advanced to the Round of 32 before falling to 15th-seeded Stephen Hoh of Illinois in straight sets. In doubles, Maksym Bartiuk and Roman Turtygin also advanced to the Round of 32, but fell to Ohio State's 12th-ranked duo of Kevin Metka and Steven Williams, 8-1.Women's Golf:
Northern Illinois could not solve the Hawthornes Golf and Country Club course Monday and Tuesday in Fishers, Ind., as they placed 14th at the MAC Preview
. Allie Parthie led NIU tied for 72nd place with a 171-shot performance.
Six Huskie teams will be in action during the upcoming week, including a pair of men's soccer matches at the NIU Soccer Complex Wednesday and Sunday and volleyball hosting Kent State and MAC-leading Ohio at Victor E. Court.
Six Huskie teams were in action during the last full week of September, including volleyball opening MAC action at home and football closing up their non-conference slate against Cal Poly.
Northern Illinois got back on track Saturday with a convincing 47-30 victory over Cal Poly
. The Huskie offense set season-highs in first downs (33), rushing yards (355) and total yards (542), while the defense only allowed seven points in the first half to help NIU to a 34-7 halftime advantage. During the game, quarterback Chandler Harnish broke George Bork's 48-year record of touchdowns accounted for when he hit Perez Ashford on a three-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.Volleyball:
The Huskies split their conference-opening matches over the weekend at Victor E. Court. NIU won only their second conference opener in 10 years on Friday with a 3-0 sweep of Central Michigan
, extending their win streak to four and stopping CMU's win streak at four. That Huskie win streak, though, was snapped on Saturday night, as Eastern Michigan left DeKalb with a 3-1 victory over NIU
Northern Illinois improved to 7-1 on the season Saturday with a 1-0 win over the Drake Bulldogs. The lone goal of the game came from the foot of James Stevenson, who pushed a shot past Drake goalkeeper Jordan Kadlec in the 26th minute. Jordan Godsey was again stellar in net with seven saves on the day.Women's Soccer:
NIU fought long and hard on Friday and Sunday, but lost both matches on their MAC opening weekend. The Huskies welcomed conference favorite Toledo to DeKalb on Friday and took them to overtime before falling 1-0 on an overtime goal by the Rockets
. Their struggles continued on Sunday, as they dropped a 3-0 decision to Ball State
. Men's Golf:
Northern Illinois men's golf team headed to southern California for the Saint Mary's Invitational on Monday and Tuesday, where they finished tied for 13th
with Pacific. Bryce Emory led NIU with a +10, 226 to finish tied for 31st overall, while Nick Schiavi was tied for 33rd with a +11, 227 performance.
The Huskies headed to Des Moines, Iowa, for the Drake Invitational over the weekend
. Axel Lagerlof highlighted NIU's weekend by advancing to the A Bracket finals before falling to Drake's Anis Ghorbel 6-2, 6-2. The Swede also won the doubles consolation bracket, teaming up with Max Phillips to go 2-1 in the doubles side.
The Huskies will wrap up September and begin October this week with a host of competitions. Both soccer team's will be in action Friday through Sunday, while the women's golf team hosts the NIU Huskie Classic Sunday and Monday.
It was an eventful week in Huskie athletics, as six teams were in action during the past week. The main event, of course, was the Soldier Field Showdown II between NIU and No. 7 Wisconsin, where 41,068 people watched the Huskies and Badgers play inside the historic Chicago stadium.
Keyed by 384 yards of total offense from QB Russell Wilson, Wisconsin defeated Northern Illinois, 49-7, at Soldier Field
. The Huskie offense, meanwhile, could only manage 237 yards of total offense against the stout UW defense. During the game, Dr. Kenneth and Ellen Chessick made
a $3 million gift to Northern Illinois Athletics that will name the
Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Indoor Facility. The gift is the largest
ever made to NIU Athletics and the second largest ever made to the
Northern Illinois won their second and third straight matches over the weekend, as they returned to Victor E. Court to face UIC and South Florida. On Friday night, the Huskies doused the in-state rival Flames in a 3-0 sweep
, as they outhit UIC .371-.103. On Sunday afternoon, NIU moved to 3-0 against Big East teams with a 3-0 win over the USF Bulls
. On the season, eight of NIU's 11 wins have come by sweeps.
The No. 13 Huskies went down to the wire twice over the weekend at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic, encountering different results both times. On Friday, NIU was shocked in overtime by Xavier, who used an overtime marker to defeat the Huskies, 2-1
. Northern got back on track Sunday afternoon, though, as Gael Rivera's overtime goal sent the Huskies home with a 2-1 win over Cal-Davis
The Huskies turned up the defense in two home matches over the weekend at the NIU Soccer Complex. On Tuesday, NIU outshot Eastern Illinois, 24-7, but was unable to reach the back of the net in a 0-0 tie with the Panthers
. NIU would redeem themselves for Sunday's Senior Day festivities with a dominating 2-0 shutout of Loyola
to earn their first win of the season.Women's Golf:
Northern Illinois women's golf team teed off on their 2011 fall season with two tournaments in neighboring states. On Monday and Tuesday, the Huskies took fourth place at the Green Bay Invitational
in Green Bay, Wis., with Katie Kuhn leading all Huskies with a total of 149. The squad returned to action over the weekend at the Cardinal Classic in Munice, Ind. with an eighth place finish
Northern Illinois began their fall schedule
over the weekend in River Forest, Ill., at the River Forest Collegiate Invitational. Leading NIU on the courts were Maksym Bartiuk and Axel Lagerlof, who both emerged from singles competition undefeated.
With the men's golf team currently in action in sunny California, six teams will be in action over the next week, including football hosting Cal Poly Saturday afternoon and women's soccer and volley each hosting a pair of matches in DeKalb.
After driving 2,100 miles,
covering six Western states in a 53 hour span, I bring to you my first entry in
Huskie Happenings. My name is Matt Scheerer and I'm the newest Assistant Media
Relations Director for NIU, covering women's soccer, men's tennis and baseball.
I come to DeKalb from
Portland State University and am a native of Vancouver, Wash. There I covered
women's soccer, track and tennis, along with producing the department's video
content for their website and Facebook fan page. Before PSU, I was an intern in
Harvard University's Athletic Communications Office. I'm looking forward to bringing
my experience in new media platforms to promote and publicize Huskie Athletics.
While I could
probably write a book about all the driving I've done the last two weeks, a North
Dakota wedding included, and my experience in Sidney, Neb., the birthplace of
Cabelas - The World's Foremost Outfitter - I'm keeping the entry short and
simply using this as an introduction. So if you see me at a game, say hello and
Until next time, Go
Despite the steamy temperatures that have been in the DeKalb area this week, summer sports camps are continuing all across the NIU campus. NIU tennis coaches Ryun Ferrell and Patrick Fisher are among those currently running camps on campus, as you can see the tennis campers are full of smiles at the beginning of another day on the courts. There are still a few camps left this summer at NIU, information on the remaining camps can be found here