Northwestern's women's lacrosse team will spend 10 days in Italy in September, where they will mix sightseeing with several training sessions and three exhibition games against European women's lacrosse all-stars.


The journey is the team's first overseas trip in 14 years under Head Coach Kelly Amonte Hiller. Northwestern has won seven NCAA championships during her tenure.


"This is an unbelievable opportunity for our student-athletes and one that they will remember forever," said Amonte Hiller, a five-time National Coach of the Year. "We are extremely grateful for the support of (Vice President for Athletics and Recreation) Jim Phillips, (Deputy Director of Athletics) Janna Blais and everyone else who had a hand in making this a reality for our program. A shared experience like this among our returners and our 14 true freshmen will give us an incredible foundation for the 2014-15 year and the journey we'll be on together once our season begins next spring."


After landing in Milan on the morning of September 7, the Wildcats will travel to the scenic coastal city of Vorno, where they will stay at a private villa. While in the region, the team will enjoy sightseeing opportunities in La Spezia, Cinque Terrre, and Florence. The team will then travel to Siena before heading to Rome.

The Wildcats will visit several of Rome's highlights, but they will also play three exhibition games there against a European all-star team, with one game each day from Friday, September 12, through Sunday, September 14.


Northwestern will return to the US on September 15, one week before the start of fall classes.


Fans of the Wildcats should check the team's official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts for real-time updates and images from the trip.


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