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.
Football: NIU improved to 3-0 after a tight 43-39 victory
against the Eastern Illinois Panthers. The Huskies were down 20-0 mid-way
through the first quarter, but a 30-0 run by the team propelled them to the 22nd
straight home victory for NIU.
Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois played two games last
weekend in the Northwestern Lakeside Classic. The first was a 2-1 loss against
Farleigh Dickinson on Friday. In the second game against Saint Mary's on
Sunday, NIU was able to reverse the result from Friday and claim its own 2-1
Women's Soccer: The Huskies closed out non-conference play
when they traveled to Chicago for a match against the Loyola Chicago Ramblers.
The game ended in a 1-0 loss for NIU, making it five straight games in which
the Huskies have failed to record a win. NIU is now 2-5-1 on the season.
Men's Tennis: Northern Illinois competed in the Drake
Invitational with seven other teams. The team was able to take one of the four
flights in the event. The Huskies also went undefeated in consolation matches.
On the first day, one doubles team was able to make it to the final round of
the flight before falling.
Men's Golf: NIU played in the Wolf Run Intercollegiate, held
in Zionsville, Ind. The team finished 14th overall after three
rounds of play. Pierrick Fillon had the best performance for the Huskies,
producing a three-round total of 236. His best round was the third, in which he
scored a 75.
Volleyball: The Huskies went unbeaten in the Huskie
Invitational volleyball tournament held over the weekend. The team went 3-0 to
improve to 8-6 overall. On Friday, NIU beat George Washington 3-0 and IPFW 3-1.
On Saturday, the Huskies swept Oakland, 3-0.
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 dominated the competition at the Huskie Open with nine event titles. Megan Gregory (100 hurdles, 200 meters), Janay Mitchell (100 meters), Ida Burbulla (high jump), Sidra Sherrill (shot put), Alex Schad (long jump) all earned wins, along with the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Out west at the Beach Invitational, Meghan Heuer earned an automatic bid to MACs in the 800 meters. Men's Tennis: Northern Illinois closed out their regular season Sunday with a big 4-3 win over Buffalo. The win helped secure NIU a spot in next weekend's MAC Championships, which the Huskies host.
Baseball: The Huskies moved to 4-2 in MAC play this weekend with a three-game sweep of Akron in Avon, Ohio. The series began Friday with a tight 4-3 win courtesy of two runs in the top of the ninth. NIU got another one-run win Saturday with a 2-1 win behind Eli Anderson's complete game performance. Northern got the sweep on Sunday by crushing the Zips, 14-4. Track & Field: Northern Illinois had several strong performances over the weekend at the Texas Relays and Raleigh Relays. Megan Gregory and Meghan Heuer each clinched MAC automatic qualifying marks to highlight the split-squad weekend.
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.
Wrestling: The Huskies capped their MAC slate on a positive note, defeating Buffalo, 20-18. Nick Smith, Rob Jillard, Andrew Morse and Matt Mougin got wins for NIU early before Jared Torrence won the meet with an overtime decision at heavyweight. Gymnastics:
Northern Illinois recorded a season-best score for the second consecutive meet, but it was not enough in a 195.175-194.375 loss at Iowa State
. Kim Gotlund posted career-best scores on the balance beam and uneven bars.
NIU opened their spring season Monday and Tuesday with a fourth place finish at the MAC Match Play
in Dade City, Fla. After upsetting second-seeded Akron in the first round, the Huskies lost to eventual champion Bowling Green to close out Monday. On Tuesday, Northern dropped a tight contest against Eastern Michigan in the third-place match.
The Huskies extended their winning streak to eight games Saturday with a 48-34 victory at Western Michigan
. After trailing 21-17 at halftime, the NIU offense exploded for 31 points in the second half to put away the Broncos. Jordan Lynch threw for 274 yards and rushed for 136 in the win.Men's Soccer:
Northern Illinois notched two huge wins during the past week to improve their standing heading into the final week of the regular season. On Wednesday, the Huskies scored a 1-0 overtime win at Northwestern
following Charlie Oliver's goal in the 91st minute. Their Saturday match against West Virginia followed a similar script, with Isaac Kannah scoring in the 84th minute for a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers
Northern Illinois' season came to an end over the week after returning to the MAC Tournament. The Huskies punched their ticket to the conference tournament Thursday with a 2-1 victory at Toledo
, their first against the Rockets since 2003. Yet, the Huskies' postseason run came to an end Sunday when they fell 2-0 at second-seeded Central Michigan
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 extended their winning streak to five games with a 35-23 win at Ball State to keep the Bronze Stalk. After trailing the Cardinals 23-21 late in the fourth quarter, Jordan Lynch found Akeem Daniels for a 54-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score. About one and a half minutes later, Lynch outran the BSU defense for a 71-yard scoring run to put the game away. The junior QB combined for 402 yards of total offense in the win.Men's Soccer:
NIU improved to 2-0 in MAC play with a 1-0 win against the Hartwick Hawks
Saturday in DeKalb. The match's lone tally came in the 68th minute when Gael Rivera beat Hartwick's goaltender with a hard header.
The Huskies split their two weekend matches as they near the midway point of the conference season. Thursday saw the Huskies drop a 3-0 loss to Western Michigan
at Victor E. Court in a match that was closer than the score indicated. NIU rebounded with a 3-0 sweep of Miami (Ohio)
in which they notched a season-high .412 hitting percentage.
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.
Northern Illinois men's golf assistant coach Andrew Frame was recently inducted
into the Manteno High School Wall of Fame. Frame, a 2005 Manteno graduate, was a four-time team MVP at Manteno, a four-time conference player of the Year and a two-time IHSA Class A State Runner-Up. Frame is also the Manteno school record holder for career scoring average (73.0). During his four-year career as a Huskie, Frame had the fifth-lowest career scoring average (75.3).