Northwestern Wildcats women's lacrosse

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Northwestern Wildcats
Northwestern Wildcats logo.svg
Founded 1982; relaunched in 2002
University Northwestern University
Head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller (since 2001 season)
Stadium Lakeside Field
(capacity: 2,000)
Location Evanston, Illinois
Conference Big Ten Conference
(previously ALC)
Nickname Wildcats
Colors Purple and White[1]
         
NCAA Tournament championships
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
NCAA Tournament Runner-Up
2010
NCAA Tournament Final Fours
2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals
1984, 1985, 1986, 2004, 2015, 2018
NCAA Tournament appearances
1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Conference regular season championships
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013

The Northwestern Wildcats women's lacrosse team is a NCAA Division I college lacrosse team representing Northwestern University as part of the Big Ten Conference. It was a member of the American Lacrosse Conference until the 2013-14 season, when the conference was dissolved as the Big Ten was sponsoring women's lacrosse from the 2014-15 season. The team began competition at the varsity level in 1982, operated as a club sport from 1993 to 2001, and resumed play at the varsity level in 2002. They play their home games at Lakeside Field in Evanston, IL. From 2005 to 2009, the team won the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship five consecutive times and recorded two undefeated seasons.[2] After losing in the finals in 2010, the Wildcats added their sixth and seventh championships in 2011 and 2012. The midwestern team's success is a rarity in a sport that enjoys most of its popularity on the East Coast - the Wildcats are the only team from outside the Eastern Time Zone to win the national title.[3]

History[edit]

The Wildcats began playing in 1982 and enjoyed success early, appearing in the NCAA tournament five times before budget cuts forced the team to disband in 1993. Northwestern hired former Maryland player Kelly Amonte Hiller to be the head coach when the university revived the team in 2002. Hiller had to think outside the box in forming her squad; she recruited two freshmen who had never played the game before after seeing them jog around campus[4] (they went on to be named All-Americans). Her methods proved successful, however, and the team improved its record every year from its inception until 2005, when the Wildcats went undefeated and won their first national title. Two years and two more championships later in 2007, they joined Maryland as the only teams to win three consecutive national titles. The Wildcats would take home championship trophies again in 2008 and after a second undefeated season in 2009. The streak ended in 2010 when the team lost to Maryland in a championship game that set the attendance record for a women's lacrosse match in the United States.[5] During their five-year championship run, the Wildcats had a record of 106-3 and were undefeated at home. The Wildcats started a new streak the following year when they won their sixth championship, and then a seventh in 2012. Their streak of finals appearances would end in 2013 following a Final Four loss to the North Carolina Tar Heels.

When the team visited the White House after winning their first championship, they created a minor fashion scandal when some members wore flip-flops. The publicity inspired the team to auction off their sandals with the proceeds going to the Friends of Jaclyn charity.[6] The team first met Jaclyn Murphy in 2005 when she was recovering from a brain tumor and their support prompted her father to start a charity that matches other college teams with pediatric brain tumor patients.[7]

Historical Statistics[edit]

Overall
Years of Lacrosse 27
1st Season 1982
Head Coaches 4
All-Time Record 344-125
ALC Games
ALC W-L record 53-16
ALC Titles 8
Big Ten Games
Big Ten W-L record 10-6
Big Ten Titles 0
NCAA Tournament
NCAA Appearances 19
NCAA W-L record 41-12
Final Fours 10
National Championships 7

*Statistics thru 2017 season

Individual career records[edit]

Reference:[8]

Record Amount Player Years
Goals 254 Shannon Smith 2009-12
Assists 224 Hannah Nielsen 2006-09
Points 398 Hannah Nielsen 2006-09
Ground balls 183 Christy Finch 2005-08
Saves 553 Morgan Lathrop 2006-09

Individual single-season records[edit]

Record Amount Player Year
Goals 86 Shannon Smith 2011
Assists 83 Hannah Nielsen 2009
Points 142 Hannah Nielsen 2009

Seasons[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
NCAA Division I (Independent) (1982–1992)
1982 Cindy Timchal 8-3
1983 Cindy Timchal 11-3 NCAA First Round
1984 Cindy Timchal 10-4 NCAA Quarterfinal
1985 Cindy Timchal 7-4
1986 Cindy Timchal 10-4 NCAA Quarterfinal
1987 Cindy Timchal 10-4 NCAA Quarterfinal
1988 Cindy Timchal 10-5 NCAA Quarterfinal
1989 Cindy Timchal 6-5
1990 Cindy Timchal 4-8
1991 Robin Cummings 1-10
1992 Patti Bossio 2-8
No team (1993–2001)
NCAA Division I (American Lacrosse Conference) (2002–2014)
2002 Kelly Amonte Hiller 5-10 2-4
2003 Kelly Amonte Hiller 8-8 2-4
2004 Kelly Amonte Hiller 15-3 5-1 T-1st NCAA Quarterfinal
2005 Kelly Amonte Hiller 21-0 6-0 1st NCAA Champions
2006 Kelly Amonte Hiller 20-1 5-0 1st NCAA Champions
2007 Kelly Amonte Hiller 21-1 4-0 1st NCAA Champions
2008 Kelly Amonte Hiller 21-1 4-0 1st NCAA Champions
2009 Kelly Amonte Hiller 23-0 6-0 1st NCAA Champions
2010 Kelly Amonte Hiller 20-2 5-0 1st NCAA Runner-up
2011 Kelly Amonte Hiller 21-2 3-2 T-2nd NCAA Champions
2012 Kelly Amonte Hiller 21-2 4-1 2nd NCAA Champions
2013 Kelly Amonte Hiller 19-3 4-1 T-1st NCAA Semifinal
2014 Kelly Amonte Hiller 14-7 3-3 T-3rd NCAA Semifinal
NCAA Division I (Big Ten Conference) (2015–present)
2015 Kelly Amonte Hiller 14-7 3-2 3rd NCAA Quarterfinal
2016 Kelly Amonte Hiller 11-10 3-2 T-2nd NCAA Second Round
2017 Kelly Amonte Hiller 11-10 4-2 3rd NCAA Second Round
Total: 344-125 (.733)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Postseason Results[edit]

The Wildcats have appeared in 19 NCAA tournaments. Their postseason record is 41-12.[9]

Year Round Opponent Score
1983 First Round Harvard L, 4-9
1984 First Round
Quarterfinal
New Hampshire
Temple
W, 6-2
L, 8-16
1986 Quarterfinal Maryland L, 7-11
1987 Quarterfinal New Hampshire L, 9-11
1988 Quarterfinal Penn State L, 6-12
2004 First Round
Quarterfinal
Notre Dame
Virginia
W, 10-8
L, 11-15
2005 First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Mount St. Mary's
Princeton
Dartmouth
Virginia
W, 16-3
W, 8-6
W, 8-4
W, 13-10
2006 First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Stanford
North Carolina
Duke
Dartmouth
W, 17-9
W, 17-6
W, 11-10 (ot)
W, 7-4
2007 First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Holy Cross
Syracuse
Penn
Virginia
W, 19-7
W, 14-9
W, 12-2
W, 15-13
2008 First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Notre Dame
Princeton
Syracuse
Penn
W, 15-7
W, 18-11
W, 16-8
W, 10-6
2009 First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Massachusetts
Princeton
Penn
North Carolina
W, 23-6
W, 16-9
W, 13-12 (2ot)
W, 21-7
2010 First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Notre Dame
Duke
North Carolina
Maryland
W, 19-7
W, 18-8
W, 15-10
L, 11-13
2011 First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Boston College
Albany
North Carolina
Maryland
W, 11-8
W, 18-4
W, 11-10
W, 8-7
2012 First Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Final
Notre Dame
Duke
Maryland
Syracuse
W, 12-7
W, 12-7
W, 9-7
W, 8-6
2013 Second Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Stanford
Penn State
North Carolina
W, 15-8
W, 15-7
L, 4-11
2014 Second Round
Quarterfinal
Semifinal
Louisville
Florida
Maryland
W, 11-8
W, 12-11 (ot)
L, 6-9
2015 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinal
Louisville
Notre Dame
Maryland
W, 10-7
W, 16-11
L, 5-17
2016 First Round
Second Round
Louisville
Notre Dame
W, 15-5
L, 3-15
2017 First Round
Second Round
Albany
Stony Brook
W, 15-7
L, 9-13

Awards and Records[edit]

Kristen Kjellman – 2006, 2007
Hannah Nielsen – 2008, 2009
Shannon Smith – 2011
Kristen Kjellman – 2005, 2006, 2007
Hannah Nielsen – 2008, 2009
Shannon Smith – 2011
Taylor Thornton – 2012
Hannah Nielsen – 2008
Shannon Smith – 2011
  • Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division I National Coach of the Year
Kelly Amonte Hiller – 2005, 2008, 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guide to Using Marks, Colors, Trademarks, and Logos" (PDF). Northwestern University Trademark Licensing. September 21, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20090528045136/http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/chi-25-nu-lax-chicago,0,7199998.story. Archived from the original on May 28, 2009. Retrieved May 28, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ [1] Archived September 25, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Chicago - Chicago : News : Politics : Things To Do : Sports". Suntimes.com. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  5. ^ "Northwestern loses bid for 6th straight NCAA women's lacrosse championship". Tribunedigital-chicagotribune. 2010-05-30. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  6. ^ "USATODAY.com - NU's lacrosse team sparks flip-flop flap at White House". Usatoday.com. 2005-07-19. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  7. ^ Pete Thamel (2009-05-15). "Four-Time Champions, and All Jaclyn's Big Sisters". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-05-17. 
  8. ^ "2017-18 Big Ten Records Book" (PDF). Big Ten. Retrieved October 19, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Division I Women's Lacrosse Championships Records Book" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved October 19, 2017. 

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