Thursday, May 25, 2006

The 25th Anniversary Celebration, plus bonus audio!

BOSTON - The Final Four weekend officially kicked off tonight (at least in the eyes of the NCAA, Howard and I kicked it off last night at Game On) with the 25th Anniversary celebration of Women's Championships in the NCAA. They honored the 25th Anniversary team, which included Northwestern head coach Kelly Amonte-Hiller. Howard snapped some photos of the evening, held inside Agannis Arena, home of the Boston University Terrier hockey teams. Check them out by clicking here.

We also had a chance to chat with former NU coach (during womens' lacrosses' first incarnation at NU) and 25th Anniversary team head coach Cindy Timchal about her feelings for the weekend. Three of the four head coaches involved in this weekend played under coach Timchal at Maryland, where Timchal has won 8 national titles.

Take a listen here, but here's a hint... She's pulling for NU.

Two of Northwestern's stars took a little time away from signing autographs for local youth lacrosse players and their parents to chat with Howard and I. Senior Laura Glassanos reflected on coming home to Boston for the Final Four and about the festivities of the night, which included a rendition of Hollaback Girl, rewritten as L-A-X Girl. "My stick, oh my stick... N-C-A-A-L-A-X!" Sorry, no audio from that performance. Here's the interview with Glassanos.

But my favorite moment of the evening was chatting with freshman Hilary Bowen. Bowen is new to this whole NCAA tournament thing, unlike most of the Wildcats, who did it with applomb last year in Annapolis, MD. But the real treat was hearing Bowen describe the Wildcat's rivalry with Duke, who somehow managed to supply the 'Cats with more motivation tonight. Bad idea. Listen to Bowen here.

Keep checking back for more audio-visual updates.

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