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As Wildcat lacrosse and softball head into incredibly important weekends, you can find all you need to follow each team below.

@NUSBcats and @NULax on Twitter

This weekend, beginning Friday afternoon, Northwestern lacrosse will go for their eighth national championship while Northwestern softball attempts to reach the WCWS. To keep you as up-to-date as possible before and during this hectic three-day span, we’ve put all the content you need in one place. Whether you want to read up on the teams, figure out how to watch the games, or discuss them with fellow Northwestern fans, you’ve come to the right place.

Softball (#16 Northwestern @ #1 Oklahoma, Super Regionals)

UPDATES:

Northwestern has been eliminated from the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The Sooners came out swinging on Saturday, delivering five homers in an 8-0 win to advance to the WCWS. NU was unable to score in the 14 innings they played against Oklahoma thanks to a dominant opposing pitching performance.

The Wildcats fell 3-0 in Friday’s Game 1. G Juarez delivered a two-hit, three-walk shutout for Oklahoma, with Rachel Lewis’s double the only extra-base knock. Northwestern left three runners in scoring position. Danielle Williams threw five innings, allowing just three hits, three runs (two earned), and four walks. She struck out six, settling down impressively after letting four runners reach in the first inning. Kenna Wilkey came on for a shutout frame in the sixth.

Schedule:

2 p.m. CT Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday (if nec.)

Content:

Don’t miss our preview of the best-of three series!

Also, read about how the Wildcats got to this point, surviving a scare thanks to a frenetic comeback in the Regional round.

Finally, Eli Karp profiled Northwestern’s impressive first years, who have served as the engine that keeps this team running.

Bracket (as of Friday morning):

(Full bracket linked here)

Broadcast Information:

Location: Marita Hynes Field (Norman, OK)

TV: ESPN2 for Game 1, ESPN for Game 2, ESPN for a potential Game 3

Radio: WNUR Sports (89.3 FM and online if not on-air)

Online/Streaming: WatchESPN and ESPN3

Betting Line: The Wildcats are +430 to win Game 1 and +850 to advance, according to the not-at-all-shady sportbet.com


Lacrosse (#4 Northwestern vs #1 Maryland, National Semifinals)

UPDATE:

The Wildcats fell 25-13 at the hands of the archival Terrapins, knocking them out at the semifinal round and ending an incredible season.

Schedule:

6:30 p.m. CT Friday (or approximately thirty minutes after the 4:00 semifinal ends), potential championship game 11:00 a.m. CT Sunday.

Content:

Check out our preview of Round III of what has been a heavyweight fight this year between the Wildcats and Terps!

The Wildcats reached the semifinals thanks to an impressively diversified offensive performance in their quarterfinal win over Syracuse.

Lets’ not forget what happened the last time Northwestern and Maryland clashed! (Hint: it worked out well for the team in purple)

Bracket (as of Friday morning):

(Link if this is too hard to read)

Broadcast Information:

Location: Homewood Field (Baltimore, MD)

TV: ESPNNews for the matchup with Maryland, ESPNU for the potential national championship game

Radio: WNUR Sports (89.3 FM and online if not on-air)

Online/Streaming: WatchESPN and ESPN3


Join us in the comments below all weekend long to discuss either or both teams! Also, remember to keep checking this page for updates as the respective tournaments progress.