Badger Sports Roundup: Weekend Wrap

In this edition: Volleyball moves into first-place tie; crew squads fare well in world-class event; men's cross country, women's hockey enjoy strong showings; Men's hockey, soccer teams struggle

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Rowers enjoy success at Head of the Charles

For collegiate rowers, the Head of the Charles is the granddaddy of them all. The race draws competition from all over the world to Boston, including the UW men's rowing team and the women's openweight and lightweight crew teams.

The women's lightweight was the top finisher of all UW teams, as the women's lightweight eight finished third overall in a time of 17:11.441. The Riverside Boat Club finished first overall, followed by Radcliffe in the 15-boat event. The women's lightweight four finished seventh with a time of 19:23:127, the top-place finisher among American collegiate boats.


The women's openweight boats also saw success, as they placed sixth of the college teams in the championship four and eighth among college boats in the championship eight. In the 40-boat race, UW finished 12th overall, completing the three-mile course in 16:38.497, their best finish in the race since 2000, when they took eighth. The London Training Center took first with a time of 15:31.082.  In the championship four, the Badgers took ninth overall, finishing in 18:44.879. The London Training Center had another first-place finish with a time of 17:27.356.


The men's crew team also visited Boston in its season opener. Despite losing much of the team to graduation, the squad finished in ninth place in the championship four and 10th in the championship eight, fourth among collegiate teams. Wisconsin finished the 41-boat championship eight in 14:41.436, with Princeton Training Center leading the way in 14:03.401.  In the championship four, the Badgers took fifth among the college boats, finishing in 16:31.318, just less than a minute behind first-place Victoria City Rowing Club.


Volleyball moves into first-place tie with win


It took five games for the Badgers to down Indiana, Saturday, but with the win, the Badgers entered a first-place tie in the Big Ten.


Wisconsin (6-2 Big Ten, 14-5 overall) defeated Indiana 29-31, 31-29, 30-19, 27-30 and 15-2 in a huge road win for the team.


Stepping up for the Badgers was sophomore outside hitter Aubrey Meierotto, who had a career and team-high 25 kills. Behind her was senior outside hitter Lisa Zukowski with 16 and sophomore middle blocker Sheila Shaw with 15.


For Indiana, junior outside hitter Christina Archibald and senior middle blocker Melissa Brewer led the way with 19 and 18 kills respectively. Senior setter Morgan Shields had 67 assists.


Wisconsin out blocked Indiana 9-7, as Meierotto added four and Shaw contributed five blocks and four service aces. On defense, senior defensive specialist/libero Jill Maier racked up a team-leading 21 digs.


Wisconsin is tied for the conference lead with Minnesota, Illinois and Penn State. The Gophers defeated the Nittany Lions 3-0 Saturday. The Badgers next host Penn State Oct. 24, and Ohio State Oct. 25.


Women's hockey remains undefeated


Wisconsin's women's hockey team skated past Maine Sunday afternoon, winning 5-4. The Badgers (3-0-0) received two points apiece from Jackie Friesen and Steph Millar. Freshman goaltender Christine Dufour, who had previously played one period of collegiate hockey, received her first career start and tallied eight saves in the win.


Friesen and sophomore forward Nikki Burish notched goals just more than a minute apart to give Wisconsin a 2-0 lead just 6:20 into the game


Maine drew within 2-1 at 19:34 in the first period, but senior forward Karen Richard again gave the Badgers a two-goal lead with just six seconds left in the period. Millar had an assist on the play.


Friesen's second goal of the day, and Millar's first of the season, gave Wisconsin a seemingly insurmountable 5-1 cushion less than five minutes into the second period. Maine, however, scored three uncontested goals, including two in the second period from Meagan Arts to draw within 5-4 with 7:51 remaining in the third period.


The Badgers, though, held on for the win. Wisconsin out shot the Black Bears 46-12.


The two teams face off again at 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.


Men's cross country dominates at LaCrosse invite


The men's cross country team took five of the six places at the Jim Drews Invitational in LaCrosse, earning a first-place finish Saturday. The Badgers finished with 19 points, 69 points ahead of second-place LaCrosse.


Junior Josh Spiker clocked in first with a time of 24:41 while freshman Tim Nelson finished third in 24:46 in his inaugural race with the Badgers. Three tenths of a second separated the Wisconsin runners finishing in fourth through sixth. Sophomore Simon Bairu, freshman Chris Solinski and sophomore Bobby Lockhart finished in 25:01.0, 25:01.1 and 25:01.3, respectively.


Badger men's hockey is swept in WCHA opener


Wisconsin's offense was moribund in its first weekend of conference play. For the second consecutive night the Badgers were held to one goal, falling Saturday by a count of 3-1 to host St. Cloud State. Wisconsin fell to 1-3-0 (0-2-0 WCHA) with the loss. The weekend set marked the first two games of the season for the Huskies.


St. Cloud State notched the game's first three tallies, two from Peter Szabo and one from Ryan LaMere. Andrew Joudrey put the Badgers on the scoreboard for the first time at 12:47 in the third period, but it was too little, too late.


Bernd Bruckler finished with 23 saves for the Badgers, while Huskie goaltender Adam Coole recorded 28 stops.


Men's soccer falls at Michigan


Wisconsin cracked the scoreboard first, but Michigan lit it up, handing the Badgers a 4-1 conference loss. Wisconsin is 1-3-0 in the Big Ten, 8-8-0 overall.


The Badgers' Phil Doeh began the game's scoring just six minutes into the contest. Michigan, though, tied the game less than four minutes later and turned it on from there, adding three more uncontested goals by game's end.


Women's soccer suffers shutout


Penn State's women's soccer team proved to be too much for the Badgers. The Nittany Lions scored five goals Sunday, blanking Wisconsin 5-0.


The loss dropped the Badgers to 3-6-0 in the Big Ten, 7-8-1 overall. Penn State is ranked No. 11 in the country and stands at 8-1-0, 14-2-2.

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