From time to time we will go through the sports that can be overshadowed by the behemoth that is college football. Some of these teams are doing considerably better than the football team, however.
Field Hockey—1st in the Big Ten (10-2 overall)
Northwestern sits atop the Big Ten with a conference record of 4-0, and remains sixth in this week’s NFHCA pool.
The Wildcats are 2-0 since our last update after picking up wins over Rutgers and Drexel on a trip to the east coast.
Against Rutgers, Northwestern jumped out to a 4-0 lead, thanks in large part to Dominique Masters and Isabel Flens, who both scored a pair of goals to bring their scoring tallies to nine each on the season. NU withstood a late Rutgers rally to win 5-3. Just two days later, the team dominated Drexel 7-2, leading 7-0 at one point in the second half. Flens continued her strong week with a hat trick, and Saar de Breij added two goals. The ‘Cats are outscoring opponents 52-18 this season.
The team’s next game is tomorrow at Indiana (6-6, 1-2).
Women’s soccer—Tied for 3rd in the Big Ten (10-1-1 overall)
In its first game in six days, Northwestern played to a scoreless draw against Ohio State in Columbus. The Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats 28-9 through two overtimes, but goalkeeper Lauren Clem came up huge with a career-high nine saves.
The ‘Cats return home to play Michigan State tonight, before a huge game Sunday afternoon at home against conference-leading Michigan. Northwestern is 6-0-0 at home this season, outscoring opponents 10-0 in Evanston.
The team finished seventh out of 14 teams at the 2016 Windy City Collegiate Championship, and reigning two-time Big Ten Player of the year Hannah Kim turned in another top-10 performance. Kim finished tied for seventh, and junior Sarah Cho and senior Kacie Komoto finished tied for 20th and tied for 22nd, respectively. Kim shot a 66 in the opening round, posting the second-lowest score in program history.
The team should see some nice weather too when it travels to Palo Alto to play in the Stanford Intercollegiate Oct. 14-16.
Led by Big Ten Golfer of the Week Ryan Lumsden, the Wildcats won the Marquette Intercollegiate for the team’s first tournament win since 2013. Lumsden shot a three-under 207, and his Wildcats fired a four-under 836 as a whole, cruising to the title by five strokes over Mississippi. Here’s the scoring breakdown; teams take the best the four scores every day.
Men’s soccer—7th in the Big Ten (2-8-1 overall)
The Men’s soccer team fell 4-0 to No. 1 Maryland in its only game since last week’s update. The Wildcats allowed three second half goals and were outshot 17-4 on the night by the undefeated Terrapins.
Five days later, the team fell 1-0 after allowing a 73rd minute goal to Central Florida in Orlando.
Second halves have been the Wildcats’ Achilles heel this season; the team’s scoring margin is even in first halves but minus 11 in second halves.
Women’s Volleyball—13th in the Big Ten (7-10 overall)
After a promising 4-0 start to the season, the Women’s Volleyball has struggled of late. The Wildcats are 0-5 in Big Ten play, dropping 3-0 decisions to Ohio State, Iowa and Illinois this past week.
Women’s cross country
The team most recently finished fifth out of six teams in the Iowa Regional preview. Five Wildcats placed in the top 25, including 13th and 14th place finishes from sophomore Isabel Seidel and freshman Kelly O’Brien, respectively. After defeating Iowa and Illinois in the Griak Invitational Sep. 24, Northwestern fell to both in the Regional Preview this week.
The next race for the team is the NCAA Pre-National Invitational hosted by Indiana State Oct. 15.