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From a release by the Red Stars ...

The Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer announced Monday that Charlie Naimo has been brought in as Technical Advisor and that Marcia McDermott takes on the title of President and General Manager.
Naimo previously was the Los Angeles Sol General Manager and helped organize a club that posted the best regular-season record (12-3-5, 41 points) in 2009 and a place in the WPS title match against eventual champion Sky Blue FC. In the near-term, Naimo will assist McDermott primarily with player personnel recommendations and negotiations, and assistance with the Red Stars coaching search. Naimo will continue in his current role as Pali Blues Soccer Club President of Operations and Head Coach.
"I am very excited to join the Red Stars family," Naimo said. "I have always had a great working relationship with Marcia and the ownership there, and it will be an easy transition. I believe the staff has put together a great roster, and it will be an honor to contribute in any way I can to help them become a playoff team in 2010 and beyond."
McDermott has been named Red Stars President in addition to her general manager duties. She becomes the organization's second president, a role previously held by current Milwaukee Wave President/CEO Peter Wilt.
"Marcia is invaluable to us. She has been running our team and operating in the role of President and General Manager for months," said Arnim Whisler, Governor of the Red Stars. "We wanted to formally recognize her many contributions."
McDermott still is serving as temporary Red Stars coach as she conducts the team's head coaching search. She previously was an associate head coach for the University of Illinois women's soccer team in 2006 and 2007 and launched Northwestern's women's soccer program in 1994 leading the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament in 1996 and 1998. As a player, McDermott won three NCAA titles at North Carolina and was named an All-American in 1986.
The Red Stars host the Atlanta Beat Sunday at 5 p.m. at Toyota Park (TV: Fox Soccer Channel).

Michele Savage takes the helm at Davidson

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As a high school junior at Immaculate Heart of Mary, Michele Savage, won a state championship and was named the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year in girls basketball.

Savage, a Northwestern graduate and All-Big Ten standout was recently named the head coach at Davidson after nine years as an assistant coach at Tulane.

Savage also served as an assistant at Cornell University, Toldeo and Chicago State.

Savage, who was recruited by Don Perrelli to Northwestern,  graduated from NU in 1993 and left the program as a three-time All-Big Ten selection and she helped lead NU to the 1990 Big Ten title.



NU lacrosse finish, not 2 bad

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Northwestern's five-year reign as NCAA women's lacrosse champion came to an end with Sunday evening's 13-11 title-game loss to top-rated Maryland  at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.
The crowd of 9,782 was the largest crowd ever to watch a women's lacrosse game in the United States.
"I'm extremely proud of the way that my players played," NU coach Kelly Amonte Hiller said in a release. "I think they showed a lot of heart. I think they represented our university extremely well. Maryland is a tremendous team. They're not going to let down and they really fought back."
Sophomore Shannon Smith led the Wildcats with three goals, while senior Danielle Spencer  and freshman Erin Fitzgerald had two goals each.
Katrina Dowd, who spend part of the second half on the sideline with a leg injury, had one assist.
The No. 2 Wildcats (20-2) jumped out to a 6-0 lead. But Maryland rallied and the teams went to the break tied at 8.
With one of Amonte Hiller's youngest teams and sophomore goalkeeper Brianne LoManto (159 saves) returning, the Cats figure to be in the hunt for a sixth NCAA title next year

Asllani goal, Loyden shutout lift Red Star

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    Kosovare Asllani netted her first goal and the Red Stars knocked off first-place FC Gold Pride, 1-0 last night in Women's Professional Soccer before 3,845 at Toyota Park.
    The Red Stars (2-4-1) got on the board in the 55th minute when Asllani converted a Marian Dalmy pass that gave the Red Stars their first lead at home this season, put an end to a five-half scoreless drought. And the defense was able to hold off Gold Pride stars Marta and Christine Sinclair. Gold Pride fell to 5-2.
    Red Stars goalkeeper Jillian Loyden made two saves en route to her second shutout of the season.
In a release, Red Stars General Manager Marcia McDermott said, "I just think the team really came out tonight and competed well together, and that was one of the primary goals they had. And you can look at the great goal Kosa [Kosovare Asllani] scored coming through with excellent timing created by Marian Dalmy. I think it was just a really good, comprehensive team effort tonight.
Added Asllani, "I was proud of the team and how we worked with each other, and the only word I can come up with in my head is 'teamwork.' I'm so proud tonight and I feel like it wasn't just my goal, it was the team's goal. Everybody had a real big part in this."
Next up for the Red Stars is a 5 p.m. match next Sunday against the Atlanta Beat at Toyota Park. That game will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel.

Gould, Martin heroics lift Rush

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    A field goal by Chris Gould and a 57-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Chris Martin lifted the Rush to a 52-49 win over the Cleveland Gladiators in the Arena Football League Saturday night.
    It was the second consecutive road win for the 6-2 Rush, which rallied from a 14-point deficit to take a one-point lead over the Cleveland Gladiators early in the fourth quarter.
    First a Gould field goal snapped a tie at 42. After Cleveland scored the go-ahead touchdown with just seconds to play, Martin stunned Cleveland with a kickoff return for a game-winning touchdown.
    The Rush edged Cleveland last month on a Gould field goal in its home opener at Allstate Arena.
    The Rush returns home Friday night and will host the Jacksonville Sharks, who took a 6-1 record into its game against Spokane late Saturday night.


Illini women add Michael Peck to coaching staff

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 Illinois women's basketball coach Jolette Law announced Friday the hiring of Michael Peck as an assistant coach. Peck comes to Illinois after previously serving assistant coaching stints at Florida, Penn State and with the WNBA's Orlando Miracle. He joins returning assistant coaches Lisa Cermignano and Patrick Klein.

"I'm very excited about coming to Illinois and working with Jolette Law and the great staff she has assembled," Peck said in a statement released by the school.. "I've known Jolette for a long time and think she's one of the brightest young coaches in NCAA basketball. There is a lot of excitement within the program, and with all the young talent there, the potential is unlimited. When I saw this opportunity at Illinois I jumped at the chance, and I feel honored to join the Illini family."

Peck spent six years as an assistant coach for the Florida women's basketball program. He was the first staff hire for his older sister Carolyn Peck after she became the head coach at Florida.

 The Chicago Slaughter (6-5) defeated the West Michigan ThunderHawks (5-6) 83-49 at the Sears Centre Friday evening, gaining sole possession of the final wild card playoff spot in the IFL United Conference.   
The 83 points for the Slaughter was the highest total score in the IFL this season. Quarterback Randy Hutchison and receiver Reggie Gray connected on five touchdown passes.  Hutchison finished the day going 23-for-33 for 281 yards and five touchdowns, while Gray finished with eight catches for 123 yards while former Riverside-Brookfield standout receiver Shatone Powers caught five passes for 63 yards scoring three times.
"This was an important game for us because it gave us the confidence that we can go out and score," said Hutchison, who was quoted in a release.  "The offense played really well, and the defense too.  During the first quarter, we shot ourselves in the foot offensively, but by the second quarter, we got back on track and went from there."


NU lacrosse back in NCAA title game

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     Northwestern's five-time reigning NCAA women's lacrosse champions dominated in the second half and advanced to the title game for the sixth year in a row with a 15-10 semifinal win against North Carolina  led by seniors Katrina Dowd, who had a hat trick,  and Danielle Spencer, who was superb on draw controls.
    NU (20-1)  will face Maryland, the alma mater of Wildcats coach Kelly Amonte Hiller in Sunday's title game. Maryland beat Syracuse 14-5 in its semifinal.
    The game was tied at 4 at halftime before the the Cats took control.
    Sophomore goalie Brianne LoManto was also superb for NU, which lost to the Tar Heels 18-16 in Evanston on April 18.
    The largest crowd to ever attend a women's lacrosse game in the United States packed into Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Maryland

It's  not that the Northwestern women's lacrosse team has had much experience with second chances after a loss, but it is how the five-time reigning NCAA champion Wildcats have responded that impressed coach Kelly Amonte Hiller.
"This team took nothing for granted," Amonte Hiller said. "This group has taken the last month, after the [April 18th] loss to get better."
The No. 2 Wildcats return to Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towsend, Md. tonight and will face North Carolina in the second national semifinal (7 p.m., CBS College Sports).
NU (19-1) face the No. 3 Tar Heels (17-2) after Maryland  (20-1) meets Syracuse  (15-6). The Cats, who set a record with its 22nd consecutive NCAA tournament victory last week, are playing in the second semifinal for the first time. And the players are ecstatic about not having to battle the sun.
Leading the way for the Cats are seniors Katrina Dowd, the American Lacrosse Conference player of the year, and the ALC tournament MVP, standout attacker Danielle Spencer and sophomore goalie Brianne LoManto, who had a career-best 12 saves in the quarterfinals.
"We hoped this would happen," Spencer said. "Everyone who loses hopes to see that team again. [North Carolina] is an incredible team. But it wasn't what they did, but what we didn't do the last time. Since then, some things have changed. I think it will be a matter of what we put forth.
"I think our team is peaking at the right time. We had a great game against Duke [an 18-8 quarterfinal win on Saturday]. But it wasn't the best we could play We just want to play our best and do what we love."
In a brilliant career, Dowd, last season's NCAA tournament MVP, has kicked it up a notch at tournament time.
"This is the last month of the season and the one time you have to give it all you've got," Dowd said. "When this is over, all the players are off for months.
"There is no more pressure on us than the other three teams. But this is definitely not just another game. It's a second chance to prove ourselves to ourselves and the rest of the country."
NU has shaken up the lineup since the loss and many of the younger players are becoming more of a factor. Amanda Macaluso had a hat trick against Duke, Taylor Thornton has become a force and Erin Fitzgerald. "has blossomed every single moment of the last month," Amonte Hiller said.
"The young kids have shown that they can compete at this level," Amonte Hiller said. "Since we lost, it has been about us getting better. It's not a one-night thing. It's about the last stretch.
"When you get to a Final Four, the championship seems so close and it really is so far away. The freshmen don't get the whole aspect of the Final Four, UNC is a tremendous team and they have improved the last month as well. Our focus is on winning small battles."
And a sixth consecutive championship.

WNBA's Sky feeling good in its new Rosemont home

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     Sky owner Michael Alter and team president/CEO Margaret Stender were both singing the praises of the new home for Chicago's WNBA team, Allstate Arena in Rosemont, which played its first four seasons at the UIC Pavilion.
    "Everything about this place has been great," Alter said. "We lost some ticket holders from Hyde Park, but playing here gives us a bigger fan base."
    "We're very happy here," Stender said.
    As expected, there was a smallish crowd Thursday, a week night with most area schools just winding down.
    The Sky, which started the season 0-4 set a franchise home attendance record of 6.477 for its home opener Saturday against the Indiana Fever. On Thursday, the Sky hosted the unbeaten Seattle Storm (3-0), a squad with as many stars as you'd see on a clear night at Adler Planetarium.
    Seattle's loaded starting five includes Lauren Jackson, from Australia, arguably the best female basketball player in the world and former UConn stars and USA Olympians Sue Bird, and Swin Cash and another former UConn star and Russian Olympian Svetlana Abrosimova.
    Another familiar face on hand was Seattle assistant coach Nancy Darsch, who once coached Ohio State.
    In the series between the teams, Seattle came in up 6-2, but the Sky won both games between the teams  in 2009.

Red Stars to host girls summer camps

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The Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer  are hosting summer camps are for girls, ages 7-16, that will include appearances by Red Stars professional players.
The half-day camp costs $130 and a full-day camp is $200 for the four-day session and include a T-shirt, written player evaluation or certificate for the Little Stars, and a ticket to a Red Stars home game. The Red Stars also offer camp group discounts, season ticket holder discounts and family discounts.
For questions or more information, contact Kate Westfall, Director of Camps, at (708) 496-9511, or e-mail kwestfall@chicagoredstars.com.

NU lacrosse --- back to Towsend

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With five NCAA titles in a row, the Northwestern women's lacrosse team is back in Towsend, Maryland and will attempt to make is six straight.

The Cats semifinal opponent is North Carolina, which beat the Cats 18-16 in Evanston on April 18.

Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller's team is led by seniors Katrina Dowd and Danielle Spencer.
Look for sophomore goalie Brianne LoManto to be a difference makers.

NU has won 22 straight NCAA tournament games and with its last win 18-8 against Duke Saturday, broke the old record of 21 set by Maryland, where the then Kelly Amonte played.
The NU coach is 23-1 in the NCAA as a coach (.958).

The first semifinal pits Maryland against Syracuse.
The Rush is looking for its second consecutive road win when it faces the Cleveland Gladiators Saturday night at Quicken Loans Arena (6 p.m.)
  In the teams' first meeting, the Rush pulled out a 59-56 victory at Allstate Arena April 9.
The Rush (5-2) snapped a two-game losing streak on Saturday in Dallas, while Cleveland (3-4) had its three-game winning streak snapped last week with a 46-44 loss at Jacksonville.
 Rush quarterback Russ Michna was been named the Arena Football League's Russell Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the team's 63-56 win over Dallas.
Michna completed 28-of-35 passes for 339 yards and four touchdowns, without throwing an interception.  He also rushed for seven yards and a TD.
"I am proud of the way Russ bounced back and played last week," Rush coach Mike Hohensee said in a statement. "I think he might have taken too much of the blame for our two-game losing streak, so I am glad he is receiving a good deal of the credit for this week's win.  He truly made some great throws and decisions that were key factors in each of our scoring drives."
The Rush returns to Allstate Arena June 4, and will host Southern Division leading Jacksonville Sharks. 

WNBA's Sky feels right at home with record crowd

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Playing its first regular-season game at the Rosemont Horizon against the Indiana Fever, the Chicago Sky must be feeling like there is no place like (its new)  home.

The Sky set a franchise attendance record of 6,477.

In a battle of teams that started the season 0-2, the Sky got off to a great start in its home opener and led 28-21 after one quarter as Catherine Kraayeveld scored 10 points.

The crowd was load and enthusiastic.

The Sky, which is 4-11 all-time against the Fever, led by as many as 10.

The game was a homecoming of sorts for two members of the Fever -- Tamika Catchings played at Stevenson her first two years of high school and she won a state championship in 1995 before moving to Duncanville, Texas.

Allie Quigley, a standout at DePaul, was a three-sport Sun-Times All-Area pick (basketball, volleyball and softball) at Joliet Catholic. She was also a state champion in volleyball.

The Fever, which was missing four starters, all honoring overseas commitments,  during the preseason, was in the WNBA Finals last year against Phoenix after a similar slow start.

The Sky's only Chicago native, veteran guard Dominique Canty, was an All-American at Whitney Young and a standout for Alabama.


Total domination.

Northwestern scored early and often and coasted to the women's lacrosse Final Four for the sixth year in a row with a 18-8 victory over Duke in an NCAA quarterfinal Saturday at Lakefront Stadium in Evanston. in an NCAA quarterfinal Saturday.

Three early goals from Danielle Spencer, who scored four in the first half, lifted five-time reigning NCAA women's lacrosse champion Northwestern (19-1) to a 10-0 lead.

Erin Fitzgerald scored four for NU and Katrina Dowd, three to give her 74 this season. Dowd's second goal was her 41st career tournament making her the most prolific goal scorer  in NCAA tournament history. She finished the afternoon with her 92nd career NCAA goal, breaking the record of 40 established by former NU All-America Hilary Bowen last spring.
Sophomore Shannon Smith and freshman Amanda Macaluso  also had three goals each for the Cats.

NU sophomore goalie Brianne LoManto was magnificent early and finished with a career-high 12 saves

NU also set an NCAA record with its 22nd consecutive NCAA tournament win. Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller was part of the old record of 21 that was set by Maryland in the mid-1990s and matched by NU last week in its opening-round victory over Notre Dame.

Sophomore Alexandra Frank (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) also had a goal for NU, which built a 13-2 halftime lead.

"Our game plan was to set the tone early, and it played out just the way we wanted it to," Amonte Hiller said. "Our girls werereally looking forward to this game, and it was probably the best half of lacrosse we've played all season. We're so excited to be heading back to the Final Four this weekend. It's an incredible time of year."

More than 1,200 came out to a watch the quarterfinal, giving NU an average attendance of just under 950, which led the nation.

Up next for NU is a  rematch with third-ranked North Carolina at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md. The Tar Heels are the only team to best the Wildcats this season, winning 18-16 in Evanston on April 18. That game will be the second semifinal game Friday, May 28 and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be televised live on CBS College Sports Network.
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The other semifinal will pit Maryland against Syracuse.



 

 

Soccer royalty A.C. Milan coming to Toyota Park

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The Chicago Fire Soccer Club, the Chicago Red Stars and A.C. Milan announced today that A.C. Milan will open their training to the general public at Toyota Park on May 29 at 5 p.m.
The Italian club will train prior to the Red Stars' Women's Professional Soccer League match with FC Gold Pride, which kicks off at 7.
The A.C. Milan practice is open to fans who purchase a ticket to the Red Stars match and for all Chicago Fire season ticket holders.  
Fire ticket holders have until Thursday at noon to respond to (fanrelations@chicago-fire.com) for complimentary tickets for this event. For tickets, visit www.Ticketmaster.com or www.ChicagoRedStars.com, or call the Red Stars office at (708) 496-9500.
The Fire will face A.C. Milan in an international friendly May 30 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the match are included in the season ticket and 10-game packages as Bonus Game 1. Groups of 15 or more are available for all price sections and include a savings off the regular price. Call 1-888-MLS-FIRE (657-3473), or in the Webm go to www.Ticketmaster.com or visit the club's website www.Chicago-Fire.com.
A number of players including play-making midfielder Ronaldinho. The gifted Brazilian and former FIFA World Player of the Year (2004, 2005), will train before four-time FIFA Women's Player of the Year Marta steps on the field representing FC Gold Pride. The Rossoneri will also feature Dutch midfielder Clarence Seedorf, Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato and current World Cup Champion Filippo Inzaghi.
May 30 will be the second time the Fire and A.C. Milan have met in Chicago. They previously met in 2005 when the Rossoneri edged the Fire 3-1 at Soldier Field.
Northwestern, with a 21-game winning streak in NCAA women's lacrosse tournament play is hosting Duke Saturday at 1 p.m. in  the NCAA quarterfinals at Lakeside Field.

Second-ranked NU (18-1), in its seventh consecutive quarterfinal will face No. 5 Duke (14-5) for the second time this season.

A live broadcast can be heard on WNUR-FM (89.3) and a free, live stream of the  game will be broadcast at NUsports.com, with a delayed telecast on the Big Ten Network televising the game 8:30 p.m.

NU standout Katrina Dowd has earned the moniker "Miss May." With her five goals in a 19-7 first-round victory over Notre Dame in last week's NCAA first round, the 2009 NCAA tournament MVP has 39 career goals in the NCAA tournament play, which ties former teammate Kristen Kjellman for second-place all-time. She enters the weekend needing one goal to tie and two to surpass another former teammate, 2009 graduate Hilary Bowen, for the top-spot.

NU defeated Duke 19-14 April 3 in Durham N.C, behind a career-best five goals from Brooke Matthews. The Wildcats are 3-0 all-time against the Blue Devils in Evanston and 1-0 in the NCAA tournament winning 11-10 in overtime in 2006.
 The Cats lead the all-time series 6-2. NU won the last five in the series under the guidance of coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, who was part of the Maryland dynasty that set the record of 21 consecutive NCAA tournament wins that NU tied last week.

Illinois tops DePaul in softball regional

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Illinois came from behind to knock off DePaul 4-2 in the first game of the NCAA softball regional Friday in Columbia, Missouri.
The Blue Demons took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third on former Oak Park outfielder's Alex Morocco's  two-run single.
But the Illini came back with two out in the bottom of the fourth when former Sandburg star Ashley Conrad hit a triple down the right-field line to drive in two runs and scored on a throwing error.
Illinois added an insurance run in the fifth  on Hollie Pinchback's sacrifice fly .
The Blue Demons threatened and had runners on second and third with two out in the top of the seventh when Tara Voss fouled out.
Illinois will face the Missouri-Creighton winner on Saturday and DePaul will face the loser as the double-elimination regional continues.




WNBA's Sky in new Rosemont home

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The Chicago Sky's home opener is set for Saturday night at 7 on its new home court, Allstate Arena in Rosemont, against the Indiana Fever.
Both teams started 0-2, but the reigning Eastern Conference champion Fever had four starters miss training camp while playing overseas. After an 0-2 start last year, the Fever won 11 in a row.
This is a home-and-home weekend for the teams, which will play again Sunday at 5 p.m. in Indianapolis.
The game will be the first regular-season home game for Sky rookies, and draft picks, Epiphanny Prince (Rutgers) and Abi Olajuwonn (Oklahoma). Also new are forwards Cathrine Kraayeveld and Shameka Christon, who came to the Sky as part of a three-team trade that saw former Marshall  and Rutgers star Cappie Pondexter land in New York, and former Sky All-Star Candice Dupree to Phoenix.
The Fever has a Chicago-area presence on its roster that includes former Stevenson High and Tennessee All-America Tamika Catchings and former Joliet Catholic and DePaul star Allie Quigley.
Before the game, the Sky will host a House Warming Party to commemorate the team's move to Allstate Arena. The party includes a rock climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course, face painters and balloon makers.

Slaughter to host Green Bay Saturday

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The Chicago Slaughter will host division rival Green Bay Blizzard Saturday evening at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.  

Hoffman Estates Mayor William D. McLeod and Green Bay Mayor James J. Schmitt of Green Bay have a bet on the game. If the Slaughter wins, McLeod will receive Green Bay-related items, including steaks and a Green Bay-opoly game. If the Blizzard wins, Schmitt will receive a Craftsman tool set from Hoffman Estates-based Sears, a men's grooming kit from Mary Kay cosmetics and memorabilia from the Village of Hoffman Estates.

A pregame event with Slaughter coach and 1985 Super Bowl Champion Bears great, Steve McMichael.  A pregame rally will be held at 6:15 p.m. in the tailgate section of the Sears Centre (SW parking lot) where a large dump truck will be available for every Slaughter fan to shed, shred and trash their Green Bay paraphernalia.  Slaughter fans who bring any green & yellow item displaying the words "Green Bay" to be tossed into the garbage truck and crushed will receive a free ticket to the May 28 Slaughter home game.


Rush heads to Texas for Saturday night tilt

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Hoping to snap a two-game losing streak in the Arena Football League after starting the season 4-0, the Rush (4-2) is headed to Texas to take on the Dallas Vigilantes Saturday night at American Airlines Center.
Fans can follow the action with Les Grobstein's webcast at www.arenarush.com, starting at 7:30 p.m.
The last two-game losing streak for the Rush was in June, 2008, and ended with a 75-63 victory against the Dallas Desperados. In the current two-game skid, the Rush has 10 turnovers. And after taking advantage of 13 turnovers the first four games, the Rush has only three take aways in the last two games.
Rush coach Mike Hohensee said after last week's home loss to Iowa, he wouod "do whatever he needed to do," to right the ship.
  Quarterback Russ Michna averaged seven touchdown passes and less than one interception per game in the first four games, but he has thrown five interceptions in the last two contests. Michna completed 115-of-182 passes for 1,718 yards and 33 touchdowns, with eight interceptions.  
Nichiren Flowers continues to be the big surprise of the receiving corps this season.  Flowers is the Rush's second-leading receiver, with 33 receptions for 546 yards and a team-leading 11 touchdowns.
 Newcomer Samie Parker leads the team with 40 catches for 614 yards and eight touchdowns.  A fourth-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004, where in four seasons he had 110 receptions for 1,529 yards and seven TDs.

College softball's "Big Dance" gets underway for No. 17 Illinois and DePaul, which is making its15th NCAA tournament appearance, and 13th in the last 14 years, in three hours.
The Blue Demons (38-16), who have won 17 of their last 19, open against the Illini (43-6) at 4 p.m. today. The winner and loser face the winner and loser of  No. 9-seeded Missouri (46-11) and Creighton (37-21) on Saturday in the double-elimination regional.

 DePaul edged Illinois 3-2 May 6 in Lincoln Park. The Illini have won 16 of their last 17 games and are led by Danielle Zymkowitz (.421, 35 steals in 36 attempts) and Meredith Hackett (.418, 15 homers, 55 RBI).
On Thursday, DePaul learned that pitchers Becca Heteniak and Bree Brown, and former Oak Park outfielder Alex Morocco were named to the All-Great Lakes Region Second Team.
Morocco leads the Blue Demons in hits with 50 and is second on the team in batting average (.331), doubles (nine) and tied for second in runs scored (31). Freshman Brown, who is 16-5 with a 2.43 earned-run average, is 9-1 since April 17.
Heteniak, a four-time All-American, is 20-9 with a 1.77 ERA and is 12-1 since March 30.
The Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer and United Soccer Leagues W-League affiliate Chicago Red Eleven are gearing up for an exhibition match at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Schwaben Athletic Club, 301 Weiland Ave., in Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Admission is $10, and ages 6 and under are free.

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