Badger Sports Roundup, March 23

Eaves, MacLeod, Engstrom earn hockey honors; cross country runners perform well internationally; women's tennis prevails; men's tennis falls; women's rowing opens season; volleyball adds recruit

Eaves named USOC Coach of the Year

Wisconsin men's hockey head coach Mike Eaves was named the 2004 United States Olympic Committee's Ice Hockey National Coach of the Year.

The United States Olympic Committee has a coach of the year recognition program, in which each Olympic or Pan American sport's national governing body recognizes a national, developmental and volunteer coach of the year. Eaves was chosen by USA Hockey to receive the National Coach of the Year award, which covers the 2004 calendar year.

Eaves coached the 2004 U.S. National Junior Team to a gold medal at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships, held in Finland Dec. 26, 2003-Jan. 5, 2004. Badgers forward Jake Dowell and defenseman Jeff Likens, as well as then-UW defenseman Ryan Suter, were all part of that team.

Eaves was also named the U.S. College Hockey Online coach of the Year for the 2003-04 season and he earned the 2004 USA Hockey Distinguished Achievement Award.

Women's hockey: honors two Badgers

Carla MacLeod, a senior on the Wisconsin women's hockey team, was named the national Defensive Player of the Year by U.S. College Hockey Online. She also earned USCHO first-team honors. MacLeod led a defense that gave up just 55 goals this season, third in the nation in scoring defense. MacLeod, the team captain as a junior and senior, has a +29 on-ice rating and had six goals and 20 assists.

Teammate and linemate senior Molly Engstrom was named to the All-USCHO second team. Engstrom led all defenders with 32 points on 13 goals and 19 assists; 19 of those points were on the power play. She was also named Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Year and earned first-team all-conference honors.

The Badgers finished 28-9-1, a school record, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history.

MacLeod will skate for Team Canada in the 2005 World Championships in April, while Engstrom will compete with Team USA.

Two Badgers compete at World Cross Country Championships

Wisconsin men's track freshmen Matt Withrow and Stuart Eagon, who are each redshirting this season, competed at the 2005 IAAF World Cross Country Championships Sunday in St. Etienne, France.

Withrow, who competed with the United States men's senior team, finished 60th in the 12,000-meter race in 38 minutes, 41 seconds. He was the top American finisher, with former Stanford All-American Ian Dobson placing 61st in 38:45. The United States senior team finished 13th with 262 points. Withrow competed with the men's senior team because he was born Dec. 26, 1985, six days before the junior team cutoff date of Jan. 1, 1986.

"I competed as hard as I could today. I just didn't have it," said Withrow after the race. "They fly you over here, you can't give up, you got to keep competing."

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele won the event in 35:06, while Ethiopia won the team competition with 24 points.

Eagon competed with the junior team, finishing 38th in 25:57 on the 8.1-kilometer course. He was the second American finisher, behind Galen Rupp, who took 20th in 25:05. The U.S. junior team placed seventh with 154 points, while Kenya won the event with a perfect 10 points behind Augustine Kiprono Choge, who placed first in 23:59.

Women's rowing opens 2005 racing season in Texas

The Wisconsin women's openweight and lightweight rowing teams opened the 2005 racing season at the Longhorn Invitational on Town Lake in Austin, Texas, Sunday.

The openweight varsity eight team competed against the University of Victoria in British Columbia and finished second in 6:43.6. Victoria won the 2,000-meter race in 6:39.2. The second varsity eight team won in 6:49.5, while Victoria placed second in 6:56.6.

The Wisconsin lightweight varsity squad defeated Tulsa's second varsity openweight eight squad, finishing in 6:58.5 for first place. Tulsa placed second in 7:28.2.

Women's tennis sweeps Miners 7-0

The No. 39 Wisconsin women's tennis team (7-4 overall) easily downed the University of Texas-El Paso (5-7) Monday afternoon in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Badgers won all three of their doubles matches and proceeded to win every set in singles competition.

Playing at the No. 1 spot, senior and No. 77 Katie McGaffigan defeated UTEP's Tea Spirta 6-0, 6-1. Freshman Chelsea Nusslock, the current Big Ten Player of the Week, defeated Samantha Attard 7-5, 6-4 at the No. 5, earning her seventh straight win.

"For our first match outdoors, it was good to get a win and for everyone to experience the differences from playing inside," head coach Patti Henderson said. "Everybody had to make adjustments on the slower courts, and hopefully this match will prepare us for future ones that are outdoors."

Men's tennis: Badgers drop to No. 67 Miami

The Wisconsin men's tennis team fell 5-2 to No. 67 Miami Wednesday in Coral Gables, Fla. The Hurricanes (9-6 overall) swept the Badgers (5-8) in the doubles competition and won singles competitions at the Nos. 1-3 spots to win the contest. Freshman Brian Ko took down Luis Manrique 6-4, 6-2 at the No. 5 spot and freshman Felipe Bellido defeated John Hoyes 6-4, 7-5 at the No. 4 spot. Junior Mark Weinig nearly made it 4-3 by winning his first set to Vivek Subramanian 7-6 (6). Weinig, though, dropped the second and third sets 7-5 and 10-3.

"We're starting to get comfortable playing outdoors, and we're getting closer to solidifying our lineup," Klingelhoets said. "I'm pleased with the team's progress, and we look forward to our final match on Friday."

Volleyball adds 2005 signee

Wisconsin volleyball head coach Pete Waite announced Wednesday that Faye McCormack will suit up for the volleyball team in the fall of 2005, in addition to Katherine Dykstra and Morgan Salow, who signed with the Badgers last fall.

McCormack, a 5-foot-5 libero from Downers Grove, Ill., competed on the Downers Grove South High School team that won West Suburban Gold Conference titles in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and a state championship in 2002. McCormack was an AAU All-American in 2003, while competing with the Sports Performance Volleyball Club.

"Faye brings some great quickness and experience to our team," Waite said. "She will help us raise the level of our defense and make us a stronger team next season.

"Faye plays for club and high school programs that have winning traditions at the state and national level."

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