Eight years. Seven national championships. It’s been an incredible, historic — you name the adjective — run for the Northwestern women’s lacrosse program, which claimed national crown No. 7 in May to highlight the 2011-12 Northwestern athletic year. The seven championships rank second all-time behind perennial power Maryland’s 10, won from 1986-2010. Even more impressive, the one year during the streak that Northwestern didn’t win it all, it lost in the 2010 title game to Maryland.
Catch Northwestern Day on BTN all day Thursday. View our programming schedule for the list of shows, games and features to be shown on each Northwestern Day. Future Northwestern Days: July 9 and July 31.
Other Northwestern highlights from the 2011-12 athletic year:
- Football upset then-No. 9 Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., marking its first win over a top-10 team in two seasons.
- Men’s basketball took down then-No. 6 Michigan State, snapping the Spartans’ 15-game winning streak.
- Men’s soccer won the Big Ten title and the Big Ten tournament crown; coach Tim Lenahan was a unanimous selection for Big Ten Coach of the Year.
- Lacrosse stars Taylor Thornton and Shannon Smith were first-team All-America selections.
- Women’s tennis won a share of its 14th Big Ten crown and advanced to the Sweet 16.
- Men’s senior golfer Sam Chien placed second at the Big Ten Championships.
Shows/games to be featured on Northwestern Day:
Big Ten Icons: Otto Graham
BTN Football Game of the Week: Northwestern at Nebraska
Big Ten Men’s Basketball ’11-12: Michigan State at Northwestern
The Big Ten’s Greatest Games – Football: Northwestern at Wisconsin – 2000
The Big Ten’s Greatest Games – Football: Michigan State at Northwestern – 2001
The Big Ten’s Greatest Games – Basketball: Ohio State at Northwestern – 2/18/09
2011 Big Ten Men’s Soccer Championship: Penn State vs. Northwestern