The Wisconsin women's hockey team, for the first time in school history, is No. 1 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll. Wisconsin shares the top spot with St. Lawrence in the preseason poll, which was released Monday. The Badgers finished 28-9-1 last season, ending with a loss to Dartmouth in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Wisconsin, which returns 17 players, opens its season against No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth Saturday and Sunday at the Kohl Center. Western Collegiate Hockey Association foe Minnesota is ranked No. 3 after winning the national championship last season.
In the women's hockey Cardinal-White scrimmage Tuesday night, the Cardinal team defeated the White team 4-2. Senior forward Nikki Burish, freshman forward Tia Hanson, junior forward Heidi Kletzien and Grace Hutchins all scored for the Cardinal, while sophomore forward Jinelle Zaugg and freshman forward Angie Keseley put points on the board for the White team.
In the scrimmage, Wisconsin penalized players with penalty shots instead of with time in the penalty box. Of the five penalty shots taken, only Zaugg registered a goal. In the net, senior Meghan Horras notched 18 saves and junior Christine Dufour had 21.
Another development on the blue line was the reallocation of juniors Vicki Davis and Meaghan Mikkelson. Both have typically played forward, but are being tried on defense, where the Badgers must replace stalwarts Carla MacLeod, Molly Engstrom and Nicole Uliasz.
Men's hockey: Wisconsin starts off at No. 10
The Wisconsin men's hockey team is ranked No. 10 in the USCHO.com and the USA Today/USA Hockey preseason polls, which were released Monday. The Badgers have also been tabbed to finish second in the WCHA behind Minnesota, according to the Grand Forks Herald Coaches' Poll, which was released Tuesday.
In the USCHO.com poll, defending NCAA champion Denver was ranked No. 1, with Minnesota, Boston College, Cornell and Ohio State rounding out the top five. In the USA Today/USA Hockey poll, Minnesota found itself on top, followed by Denver, Ohio State, Cornell and Boston College.
The Badgers host St. Lawrence at 7 p.m. Friday to open their season.
Men's cross country: Solinsky nets conference honor
For the first time in his career, junior runner Chris Solinsky was named the Big Ten Runner of the Week. The award came after he won the Notre Dame Invitational last weekend with a time of 23 minutes, 21 seconds. Solinsky helped the Badgers to a fifth-place finish at that race. Teammate Simon Bairu earned Big Ten honors last week after winning the Roy Griak Invitational.
Men's golf: Badgers place third at Memphis Intercollegiate
The Wisconsin men's golf team jumped from seventh to third to finish the Memphis Intercollegiate Tuesday in Memphis, Tenn. The Badgers as a team shot a 2-under 286 in the third round Tuesday to finish with an 883 (302-295-286). The University of Memphis won the event with an 876 (291-288-297).
Junior Garrett Jones and sophomore Jeff Kaiser led the Badgers, tying for 14th place with scores of 220. Kaiser shot a 3-under 69 in the final round. Freshman Tyler Obermueller shot a 221 (76-73-72) to finish in a tie for 16th, a personal best for 54 holes. Freshman Ben Herrera also posted a personal-best with his 222 (75-75-72), which tied him for 22nd. Keven Fortin-Simard, of Memphis, claimed medalist honors with an 8-under 208.
Men's soccer: Badgers fall to Panthers
After a 2-1 loss to Ohio State in Madison Sunday, the Wisconsin men's soccer team (4-7-0 overall, 0-1-0 Big Ten) was shut out by UW-Milwaukee in Milwaukee Tuesday afternoon. The Badgers out-shot the Panthers 18-12 and took six corner kicks to UWM's four, but could not get one past Grant Fernstrum, who had five saves. Junior midfielder/defender Aaron Hohlbein had seven shots, including two on goal, and a penalty kick, to lead the Badgers, but could not find the net.
"Overall we played a very solid game," said head coach Jeff Rohrman. "We got beat on two good breaks, with a penalty kick and a fast break off one of our corner kicks. They only had two shots and they made them both, so we played well, they just got us on those two shots."
UW-Milwaukee senior midfielder Neil Dombrowski hit a penalty kick to score the Panthers' first goal and sophomore forward Andre Francois added an insurance goal on a breakaway. Badger netminder Jake Settle had two goals allowed and no saves.
In the polls…
The Wisconsin volleyball team remained at No. 8 in the CSTV/AVCA poll, which was released Monday. Penn State is at No. 4 and Ohio State is No. 18. The Badgers will face both those teams over the weekend.
In the RichKern.com/AVCA Division I Regional Computer Index rankings, which are designed to mimic those used by the NCAA when it selects tournament teams, the Badgers are ranked No. 2 in the Mideast Region (behind Penn State) and No. 6 overall.
The Wisconsin women's cross country team is No. 27 in the FinishLynx/Women's Cross Country Poll, which was released Monday. The Badgers most recently finished eighth at the Notre Dame Invitational last Friday. Duke is ranked first in that poll, with Michigan at No. 2.