UCLA uses hat trick to edge UI

LOS ANGELES – Laura Knutson and Emily Zurrer each scored, but seventh-ranked UCLA defeated Illinois 4-2 on Friday in the first match of the 2007 UCLA Women's Cup at Drake Stadium.

The Bruins received a hat trick from senior Danesha Adams, who gave UCLA a 1-0 lead in the 25th minute on a breakaway.

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Opening defeat pains Masar, UI

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois senior forward Ella Masar played through the pain.

What hurt worse was the Illini's 3-1 loss against Missouri after Masar staked her team to an early lead Friday night.

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Hilbrands steps up after Masar injury

CHAMPAIGN – Jordan Hilbrands had some big shoes to fill Sunday in Illinois' exhibition finale against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Consider those shoes splitting at the seams.

The freshman out of Bexley, Ohio, entered the match as a substitute for 2006 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Ella Masar after Masar sustained an injury, and found the back of the net in the 19th minute to help the 20th-ranked Illini to a 1-0 victory.

'Madness' begins basketball season

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois Madness, the Illini basketball team's first practice of the season, will be at 9 p.m. Oct. 12.

This year's event, which will serve as a fundraiser for Coaches vs. Cancer, features the first men's basketball scrimmage, a shooting contest involving the men's and women's teams and a dunk contest.

She's learning from the best

CHAMPAIGN – When Leisha Alcia joined the Illinois women's soccer staff in February, there never was a doubt the former Illini great would be assigned to coach the goalkeepers.

Look through the team's media guide and you'll see Alcia's name atop virtually every goalkeeping school rec-ord.

Illini tabbed for second

PARK RIDGE – The Illinois women's soccer team is picked to finish second in the Big Ten race in voting by conference coaches, the league announced Friday.

The Illini finished second in the Big Ten last season at 8-2 en route to a 16-8 overall record. Illinois returns nine starters from the team that reached the third round of the 2006 NCAA tournament.

Illinois receives recognition

Coach Janet Rayfield's Illinois soccer team earned Top 20 rankings in two national polls released Tuesday.

Supercomputer at UI looks like lock

A more than $200 million supercomputer capable of breaking the "petascale" barrier – 1,000 trillion calculations per second – now appears almost certain to land at the University of Illinois.

The National Science Foundation Board on Wednesday recommended that the system be built at the UI under the direction of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. A release from the science foundation put the price tag at $208 million over the next five years. The system would go on line in 2011.