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The Huskies had a rough go of things at the Fuddruckers Lobo Invite. On Friday, February 21, they nearly beat Missouri State after being down 8-0, but NIU came up just short and lost 9-8
. Later that day, against New Mexico, the team fell in a 12-0 defeat
. On Saturday, February 22, the Huskies lost once more to Missouri State
, 11-0 being the final this time. On Sunday, February 23, NIU and New Mexico tied 3-3
after 10 innings of play.
NIU ended the regular season on a high note at Buffalo. Against the Bulls, the Huskies were able to come back from being down 11-0 in the match to win 20-14
. The Huskies ended the regular season with a 7-11 record and a 2-6 conference record. They will next play at the MAC Championships on Saturday, March 8.
NIU golfers performed well as they took sixth in the Islander Classic
on on Tuesday, February 25. The team shot a 299 on the final day of the tournament, the third lowest team total in the history of the program.
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.
Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois began MAC play over the
weekend with the team touring Michigan. First up was Eastern Michigan on Friday,
a 4-1 loss for the Huskies. On Sunday, NIU took on Western Michigan, which also
ended in a loss for the Huskies, this one being a 4-2 final.
Men's Soccer: The Huskies played just a single game, which
was on Saturday against Michigan State. They lost 2-0 to the opposing Spartans,
falling to 3-6-0 on the season. NIU has just two more non-conference games left
in the season, and the team will begin conference play this upcoming weekend
against West Virginia.
Football: Northern Illinois traveled to Purdue for its third
away game this season. The Huskies came home victorious in a 55-24 final. The
game was close after the first quarter, but after 38 points combined in the
second and third quarters, the Huskies were comfortably ahead to the point
where they brought in backups to finish the game.
Volleyball: NIU played two games over the week. The first
was at Western Michigan on Thursday, in which the Huskies came back from down
two sets to one to win 3-2. The second was at Bowling Green, where the team
lost in straight sets, 3-0.
Cross Country: NIU attended the Roger Griak Invitional in
Minnesota on Saturday. The Huskies finished 27th overall. Ali Olson
had the best finish on the team, ending her race in 151st place out
of 300 competitors.
Men's Golf: Northern Illinois competed in the Badger Invitational, held at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis. The team finished 13th overall, and they were lead by Nick Huggins, who tied for 33rd overall. Huggins had a three-round total of 226, his best round coming to open the invitational when he shot a 73.
Women's Golf: The Huskies competed in the Kangaroo Invitational, held at the Shoal Creek Golf Club in Kansas City, Mo. They finished fourth out of the nine competing teams, being just five strokes behind third place UKMC. Casey LaBarbera lead NIU with a three-round total of 232, her best round being the second when she shot a 74.
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.
Volleyball: NIU played three matches over the week, going 2-1 to improve its record to 4-3 on the season. On Wednesday, the Huskies played a back-and-forth match against Western Illinois and won in five sets. On Saturday, NIU faced No. 3 USC and dropped the match in four sets. Later that day, the Huskies took on Belmont and won in four sets. Also of note is that Sarah Angelos became the 20th member of the Huskie 1000-kill club with her performances in those matches.
Women's Soccer: NIU traveled to Brookings S.D. for two games
at the Jackrabbit Invitational. They ended up losing both. On Friday, it was a
3-1 loss against South Dakota in which Nicole Gobbo scored her second goal of the season. On Sunday,
a late header from opposing South Dakota State sealed a 2-1 defeat for the Huskies.
Men's Soccer: The Huskies faced stiff competition in Bearcat Soccer Classic held in Cincinnati, Ohio over the weekend. Both games ended in overtime losses. The first was a 3-2 loss against Evansville on Friday. On Sunday, they took on No. 14 Saint Louis and lost 1-0. An interesting bit here is that in the second game, the Huskies played man down for more than half of the game and were able to hold the opposition scoreless until a second overtime period.
Cross Country: The Huskies took first their first cross country meet in dominating fashion, taking six of the first seven finish spots. Held at the NIU North 40 on Friday, NIU had all but two runners place in the top 14. Leah Laffety had the best time, crossing the finish line at 19:29.85.
Men's Golf: NIU finished 15th in the first golf
tournament of the year, held at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. Nick
Huggins had the best single round of Huskie golfers, posting a 74 (+2) in the
second round on Saturday.
Women's Golf: NIU placed 13th as a team in the Redbird
Invitational, hosted by Illinois State University at the Weibring Golf Club. Sydney Brickey had the best scores
for the huskies (76, 82, 79), scoring 237 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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
Football: Northern Illinois hit the road for the first time in 2012 and escaped West Point, N.Y., with a 41-40 victory over the Army Black Knights. Jordan Lynch combined for 467 yards of total offense - the third-highest single game total in NIU history - and the defense came up with a huge stop inside of two minutes to cap off the rally. The win was also NIU's first road opener win since 2007.Men's Soccer:
NIU split its two matches over the weekend at the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. They opened the tournament with a tough 1-0 loss in the annual LeWang Cup match
against Milwaukee. However, they rebounded Sunday with a 2-0 victory over Iona
The Huskies had a dominant effort Sunday at home with a 4-1 win against South Dakota
. Courtney Ksiazek, Cori Frankenberg, Allie McBride and Kate Wirthlin all found the back of the net in the win.
Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre each won their singles flight over the weekend
at the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa. Combined, NIU went 14-7 in singles and 5-4 in doubles play.
Incoming freshman golfer Connie Ellett took first place in the 33rd Illinois Junior Golf Championship after shooting a two-under par 74 at the University of Illinois Orange Course in Savoy earlier this week.
Ellett, who will join her sister Taylor on the Northern Illinois University women's golf team latter this month, is a second-generation Huskie. Taylor and Connie's mother, Sue, was a member of former head coach Pam Tyska's first women's golf team in 1986.
Connie was a four-year letterwinner at Hampshire High School and was named team most valuable player all four years. A three-time 2A state qualifier, she placed 25th as a sophomore, 23rd as a junior and runner-up as a senior.She is a two-time Big Northern Conference Champion and a Fox Valley Conference Co-Champion.
Long-time NIU women's golf head coach Pam Tyska announced her retirement earlier this year after serving post for an incredible 26 years. As the farewells and congratulatory notes keep surfacing, here's one from Education School Chronicles
. Coach Tyska will be missed!
NIU women's golf Hall of Famer Nicole Jeray is still swinging the sticks at a highly-competitive level at the age of 41, and is shaping up to be a fan-favorite at this weekend's Symetra Tour event in Decatur. Why is she a fan favorite? Here's why
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.
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.
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 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.
Five Huskie teams were in action during the past week. Among the highlights were Saturday's football win over Kent State and volleyball's two wins in conference play.
Northern Illinois returned to Huskie Stadium Saturday to post a dominating 40-10 victory
over Kent State. The Huskie defense only allowed seven rushing yards and 70 yards of total offense on the day, while recording 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks in the rout. Chandler Harnish found the endzone twice and Matthew Sims was a perfect four-for-four on field goals.Volleyball:
The Huskies won both of their matches during the week to improve to 4-2 in MAC play. On Thursday, NIU swept Western Michigan, 3-0
, while sophomore Lauren Wicinski became the fastest Huskie to join the 1,000 kill club. Northern doubled Thursday's performance Saturday night by topping Miami (Ohio), 3-0
, on NIU Volleyball Alumni Night.
The Huskies kicked off a three-game road trip Tuesday when they headed north to face Marquette. After going scoreless in regulation and in the first overtime, Jayson LeSeth launched a shot into the right corner of the MU net to win it for the Huskies, 1-0
. NIU then traveled east to face defending NCAA champion Akron, where they fell to the No. 3 Zips, 2-0
Northern Illinois tallied their first MAC win of the season Friday night, when they defeated Buffalo, 1-0
. Lauren Eberts scored the lone goal with a marker in the 67th minute. On Sunday, NIU and Kent State combined for five goals in the match. However, KSU's two scores in the final four minutes of play edged them ahead of NIU, 3-2
Huskies closed out their home tournament on Monday by placing seventh in the 12-team field
. Allie Parthie paced NIU with a tie for ninth place, while Kelsie Passolt and Katie Kuhn both posted top 30 finishes at the Kishwaukee Country Club.
Northern Illinois' homecoming week will feature seven teams in action, including Saturday's crucial football game against Western Michigan and two home women's soccer matches.
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.
Former Northern Illinois University women's golfer Kim Hunley will be competing in the 17th Phil Kosin Illinois Women's Open at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville this weekend. There's a nice story
on Hunley and the event in the Aurora Beacon News
Alexandra Wulbecker is having a solid season for the Northern Illinois University softball team. She is batting .344 with 31 hits, including three home runs and six doubles. Wulbecker is third on the team RBIs with 18 and has scored 13runs for the Mid-American Conference West Division leading Huskies (18-19, 8-3). John Leusch of the Daily Herald filed this feature story
on the sophomore in yesterday's paper.
Also included in the story, at the bottom of the page is a recap of Michelle Caporusso's performance at the Loyola Invitational last week.
Congratulations to senior women's golfer Kim Bailey, who shot the lowest round of her career, Tuesday at the Ball State Cardinal Classic. Bailey fired a 74, just two-over par and finished the tournament tied for 32nd.