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Drohan's balanced attack leads Northwestern

Northwestern's senior class took a leap of faith when coach Kate Drohan came knocking. The Wildcats' gamble is paying off, as they prepare for the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments.

Updated: May 11, 2006, 3:39 PM ET
By Graham Hays | ESPN.com

It takes a certain hardiness of spirit to heed the alarm clock's wail on a January morning and trudge through the bitter cold, a wicked wind whipping snow with more action on it than anything Cat Osterman throws, just to lift weights and take hacks in a batting cage. That's before the day really picks up steam, with lectures on exciting topics like America's meat-packing industry in the early 20th century.

It takes an even hardier spirit to do all of that when you could be waking up somewhere ...

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