Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Boston Here We Come...

Louis Wertz here, Howard Tilman’s broadcast partner for the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four. I’m wicked stoked to be headed to Boston for the tournament this weekend. And I’ll be checking in with you all weekend to keep you up to date on the goings on in our nation’s birthplace.

To start things off, a basic rundown of NU’s itinerary: The team’s leaving at 7:30 am Wednesday morning from Patten Gymnasium in Evanston, bussing to O’Hare, and flying to Logan. Come to Patten and cheer on the ‘Cats before they head out (and say hello to Howard and I as we get on the bus quietly).

We’ll have all day Thursday to get ready for NU’s rematch with the team that handed them their lone loss in the last 40 games. The Duke Blue Devils head up the East Coast from Durham, NC, finally escaping the legal and media furor surrounding their men’s team to present NU’s toughest challenge of the season so far. The game is already being billed as the “real” national championship, thanks to NU’s inexplicable #4 seed.

The venue, Nickerson Field on the campus of Boston University, is a storied facility. It was host to the first game in American Football League (AFL) history, between the Boston Patriots and Denver Broncos in 1960, and the home of the Boston Braves until BU bought the field in 1953. You can see in this photo that the field was very multipurpose.

Plus, the complex is beautiful and modern, home to the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse, and the press box, seen here, is beautiful. I’m ready to go. Come along.

Keep checking back here for more updates and news from inside the Wildcat Women’s Lacrosse team’s most important road trip of the season. The ‘Cats defend their National Title, and its all on WNUR Sports, sports.wnur.org, and wnursports.blogspot.com!

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