It was an exciting weekend to be a Wildcat. The football team moved to 3-0 and is on the cusp of being ranked, the men's soccer team remained unbeaten at 5-0-2 heading into B1G play next weekend in their quest to defend their title, women's volleyball is now 11-0 and the 10th ranked field hockey team maintained their winning ways.
All that said, the biggest news for Northwestern occurred off the field with the approval of the new facilities plan that will surely enhance recruiting and the prospect of us taking another step up in the world of NCAA athletics. The future looks great and the present isn't too shabby either.
All of this success breeds competition. With every team doing well, it's not easy to make the list. See who makes my Big Man On Campus power rankings for this past weekend after the jump.
10. Henry Herrill (Men's Soccer) - The freshman Herrill became the first ginger to record a start for NU Men's Soccer since 2005 (Matt Eliason's beard notwithstanding) in place of an injured Kyle Schickel. Herrill plays with a ton of heart despite not having a soul and came up big with two assists in a 2-0 win against UW-Milwaukee. Herrill pulled a Wally Pipp on Schickel's spot on these BMOC rankings, but the four year starter is firmly entrenched in Tim Lenahan's actual line-up when healthy playing inspiring soccer this season, while Herrill inspired gingers everywhere with his performance.
9. Tara Puffenberger & Chelsea Armstrong (Field Hockey) - The duo put on an impressive scoring performance in their last two games. Armstrong scored four goals against #13 Wake Forest and then Puffenberger matched the feat a few days later against Ball State for the 10th ranked 'Cats (8-1).
8. Joey Calistri (Men's Soccer) - The freshman added his fourth goal and an all-tournament nod this weekend and already has people talking about whether he may break Eliason's all-time goal record of 33.
7. Nikko Boxall (Men's Soccer) - The New Zealand native centerback, Boxall, led a Northwestern defense to two shut-outs and scored the game-winner Sunday being named MVP of the Lakeside Classic en-route to becoming 5-0-2 and seemingly having all the ingredients to repeat as B1G champions.
5. Mike Trumpy (Football) - A white running back coming off of a torn ACL is not ideal, but Trumpy looked to be back to the form he showed last season before the injury topping off a solid game with a TD to ice it.
Stefan Demos Jeff Budzien (Football) - A kicker this high? Yes. Budzien outscored Boston College on his own on Saturday going 5-5 on field goals and remaining perfect on the season. I almost put Steve Flaherty on here because of his ability to consistently bounce a lemon shaped ball on the ground and into his hands on the sideline which was one of the more impressive things I saw sitting in the parent section at Ryan Field Saturday compliments of former CB/Seat Belt aficionado Mike Bolden. Budzien can kick the ball accurately, but Flaherty, who has a hula hoop championship on his resume, has cooler weird talents.
1. Dr. James J. Phillips (Athletic Director) - The man who shows up to nearly all the games in his nicely pressed shirts with an NU pin and purple tie wearing his pants just a bit awkwardly too high on his waist near his belly button has made the biggest wave of the weekend with confirmation of the new facilities plan. His dedication and love for the program has already paid dividends with a dominating overall record this fall and more nation-wide respect for Northwestern University athletics as a whole without sacrificing the integrity of its academics (*cough* Harvard *cough*). Phillips turned down Stanford earlier this year and continues to take Northwestern to new heights earning BMOC status.