Friday, February 20, 2009
Weekend tidbits: Lacrosse, swimming, hockey
There's plenty on the plate this weekend in college sports. ESPN's Statistics and Analysis team compiled quick notes about some of this weekend's action from various schools' sports information departments.
Hannah Nielsen is coming off a record-setting performance.
Northwestern begins a four-game road trip against ranked opponents Friday with a contest against No. 11 Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. This follows a win over Duquesne on Tuesday in which Hannah Nielsen became the first player in NCAA history to tally double-digit assists with 10. The new NCAA single-game record beat out the nine from Mercyhurst's Amy Perry in 1999.
Northwestern senior Hilary Bowen looks to continue her run of at least one goal in 42 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in NCAA history. Bowen has scored at least two goals in 37 of those 42 games, including a career-best six goals three times. Both Bowen and Nielsen have each tallied at least one point in 46 straight games.
Summit League Championships -- Feb. 19-21
The South Dakota State University women's swimming and diving team set school records in four of the five events that took place Thursday during the opening day of competition at the Summit League Championships.
Senior Mallory Onisk had a hand in three of the records. The Bear, Del., native eclipsed her own standard in the 200-yard individual medley in Thursday night's finals, clocking a runner-up time of 2 minutes, 6.62 seconds -- more than two seconds faster than the mark she previously set at the league championships in 2006. Three other Jackrabbits swam in the consolation final: Katie Budahl, 11th, 2:09.91; Kayleigh Boucher, 14th, 2:12.52; and Rachel Musser, 15th, 2:13.57.
Onisk also was a part of a pair of record-setting relays. She swam the anchor leg on the Jackrabbits' 200 freestyle relay, teaming with Ashley Valdez, Sara Olenich and Jessica Ferley for a fourth-place time of 1:38.29 in the first event of the evening session. The previous record of 1:39.61 was set at last year's league meet. The 400 medley relay quartet of Ferley, Budahl, Onisk and Christina Gerometta closed the night with a third-place finish, setting a new Jackrabbit record with a time of 3:54.40. That also broke a record of 3:57.67 set the previous year.
Gerometta put up a new record in the 500 freestyle in preliminary competition Thursday morning, shaving more than six seconds off her previous mark with a time of 5:06.39. She nearly matched that in the evening session with a time of 5:06.60, good for a fourth-place finish.
No. 2 Northeastern at No. 1 Boston University -- 7 p.m.
Brad Thiessen continues to move up in Northeastern's record books.
Northeastern goalie Brad Thiessen's 30 saves and two assists last Friday against UMass made him just the second Husky to win 20 games in a season, behind only Marc Robitaille (21-15-3 record in 1997-98). The win against the Minutemen marked the 47th of Thiessen's career, pushing him into second on Northeastern's all-time wins list. (Bruce Racine leads with 57 from 1984 to 1988.)
Saturday also marked the 100th career game for Thiessen, who is now the third-ever Husky to hit 100 games. The Hobey Baker Award candidate is already Northeastern's career leader in goals-against average (2.47) and save percentage (.921). Thiessen (20-8-2) ranks second nationally with 889 saves and seventh in save percentage (.929).