When the No. 1 Northwestern women hit the road this weekend for games at North Carolina on Friday and Vanderbilt on Sunday, the Wildcats won’t just be aiming to hold onto the No. 1 ranking. They could give coach Kelly Amonte Hiller her 200th career win.
Amonte Hiller, in just her 12thseason, is 198-30.
Her seven-time national champion Wildcats have averaged 18 wins since she took over the rejuvenated program in 2002. They were 5-10 their first season, 8-8 the following year and 15-3 in 2004. Since then, the Wildcats have won at least 20 games every season and have never lost more than two.
Amonte Hiller would become the ninth Division I coach to reach the 200-win milestone. All of the others have been coaching for at least 17 years. Navy coach Cindy Timchal, who coached Amonte Hiller at Maryland, has won more games than any other college lacrosse coach. She is 414-108 in her 31stseason.