Badger Sports Roundup, Dec. 17

In this edition - Men's soccer players earn regional honors; a hockey first; Engstrom headed to National Team Camp

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Three Badgers earn postseason honors


Three members of the men's soccer team made NSCAA/adidas All-Great Lakes Region teams. Juniors goaltender Eric Hanson and forward Jed Hohlbein made the third team while freshman defender Aaron Hohlbein appeared on the all-freshman second team.


Hanson, who had 88 saves for UW this season, also made the Big Ten's second team and all-academic rosters. Hanson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week twice, Oct. 6 and Nov. 3. Hanson made the All-Big Ten Tournament team for his play against Ohio State and Indiana—the eventual tournament champion.


Jed Hohlbein transferred from Southwest Missouri State and suited up for the first time as a Badger, racking up a team-high 24 points with nine goals and six assists. He made two all-tournament teams at the adidas/Brown Classic and the Dayton Classic, where he scored three goals each weekend. Like Hanson, he made the All-Big Ten Academic Team.


Aaron Hohlbein, Jed's younger brother, also has plenty of accolades, including the conference's All-Freshman Team and College Soccer News' All-Freshman Second Team as well as the All-Big Ten Second Team and the Big Ten All-Tournament Team.


Hockey teams both crack top five


The men's and women's hockey teams received a hard-earned early Christmas present. Both teams, for the first time in school history, are ranked among the top five in the country.


The men's hockey program, currently on a 14-game unbeaten streak, is No. 4 in both the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll and the U.S. College Hockey Online poll. The Badgers (6-2-4 Western Collegiate Hockey Association, 11-3-4 overall) are in second place in the WCHA, behind only St. Cloud State. The women's team, which began in 1999, is ranked No. 4 in the USA Today/American Hockey Magazine poll and No. 5 in the poll. The women (8-4-0, 12-4-0) sit behind undefeated Minnesota in the WCHA.


Badger icer to participate in National Team Camp


Junior defender Molly Engstrom will join former Badger defender Kerry Weiland at the 2004 U.S. Women's National Team Training Camp. The camp will help identify players to play on the national team, which will play in the International Ice Hockey Federation's Women's World Championships in Nova Scotia March 30-April 6.


Engstrom has racked up 11 points this season (three goals, eight assists), second on the team. Over the summer, Engstrom participated on the Team USA Under-22 Select Team, which defeated Team Canada twice after tying the first game of the series.

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