Senior Amy Vermeulen scored two goals and classmate Marisa Brown had two assists as the Badgers upset host Michigan 3-1 to claim their first Big Ten tournament title since 1994. With the win, seventh-seeded Wisconsin (13-8-2 overall) earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament and will find out its opponent Monday when the bracket is announced.
Vermeulen, a senior midfielder/forward who was named the tournament's Offensive MVP, scored her first goal at 31:17 with assists from senior midfielder Brown and junior midfielder Kara Kabellis. Michigan tied the game two minutes before the end of the period on a header from Michigan junior defender Whitney Kjar.
Badger senior midfielder/forward Katy Lindenmuth scored the game-winner at 47:44 with assists from Vermeulen and Brown; Lindenmuth returned the favor by adding an assist on Vermeulen's second goal, at 61:34.
Senior defender Jessica Ring was named the team's Defensive MVP after notching the game-winner against Michigan State Friday and anchoring a defense that gave up only two goals in three tournament matches. Brown was also named to the all-tournament team after recording four assists.
Michigan junior goalkeeper Megan Tuura collected seven saves while Wisconsin sophomore goaltender Lynn Murray had three. Wisconsin outshot Michigan 25-6, including 18-2 in the second half.
Football: Badgers at No. 19 in polls
The Wisconsin football team, after falling 35-14 to Penn State Saturday, tumbled five spots in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll, from No. 14 to No. 19. The Badgers (8-2 overall, 5-2 Big Ten) also fell to No. 19 in the Associated Press poll and the Harris Interactive poll. Penn State (9-1, 6-1) rose to No. 6 in all three polls, and Ohio State (7-2, 5-1) sits at No. 10 in all three polls. Michigan (6-3, 4-2) is ranked 21 in the AP and Harris polls and 22 in the Coaches poll, and Northwestern (6-3, 4-2) is at No. 25 in the AP poll.
Women's hockey: Badgers sweep Huskies with 3-1 win
The third-ranked Wisconsin women's hockey team defeated St. Cloud State 3-1 Saturday at the Kohl Center. Badger junior forward Sara Bauer scored a goal and an assist, helping Wisconsin to improve to 8-1-0 overall and 6-1-0 in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
After Bauer's goal in the first period, sophomore forward Jinelle Zaugg put Wisconsin up by two on a power-play goal and freshman forward Angie Keseley scored with help from fellow freshmen forwards Erika Lawler and forward Tia Hanson.
St. Cloud State (2-6-0, 2-6-0) scored its lone goal from junior center Hailey Clarkson on a power play seven minutes into the third period.
St. Cloud State sophomore netminder Kendall Newell collected 34 saves while Wisconsin junior goaltender Christine Dufour stopped 21 shots. UW outshot SCSU 37-22.
Wisconsin travels to Winona, Minn., Nov. 9 to face Minnesota State, making up a game that was canceled after a water main broke near the Mavericks' arena.
Men's soccer: Badgers defeat Northwestern
The Wisconsin men's soccer team ended its regular season Sunday with a 2-1 win over Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. The Badgers finished tied for fifth with Michigan, which defeated Wisconsin 4-2 Oct. 23. The Badgers will compete as a six-seed in the Big Ten tournament and face reigning NCAA champions Indiana Thursday in Evanston.
Sophomore midfielder Nick Caronna and redshirt freshman forward Victor Diaz notched Wisconsin's goals, both of which were unassisted.
Down by one, Caronna beat Northwestern sophomore goaltender Will Briley to tie the game at 1-1 with less than two minutes left in the half. Diaz scored his goal with just 45 seconds left in the game.
Badger junior goaltender Jake Settle finished with six saves and Briley had nine. UW outshot NU 19-17.
"We played as close to a complete game as we could have," head coach Jeff Rohrman said. "After giving up a goal in the first half, we bounced back, scored quickly and then played very well to keep control of the game the rest of the way."
Volleyball: Badgers fall to No. 15 Purdue
The Wisconsin volleyball team fell to Purdue at home Saturday for the first time since 1992. No. 15 Purdue defeated No. 10 Wisconsin 30-23, 26-30, 30-28 and 30-23, as the Badgers hit only .160.
In the intense defensive match, Wisconsin (18-5 overall, 10-4 Big Ten) and Purdue tallied 91 digs each, with Wisconsin sophomore libero Jocelyn Wack collecting 21 digs. Wack is now fourth on the NCAA all-time list with her 54 consecutive matches with double-figure digs. Purdue freshman Kelli Miller recorded a team-high 26 digs and sophomore Anne Mastandrea contributed 23.
"We know (defense) is Purdue's forte," head coach Pete Waite said. "They are a great defensive team. That's the thing they've become most solid at."
Wisconsin out-blocked Purdue (21-4, 10-4) 16-14, including eight from sophomore middle blocker Taylor Reineke. But Purdue 6-foot-4 freshman Danita Merlau and 6-3 freshman Stephanie Lynch had a combined 13 blocks.
"They've increased the size of their block this year with getting Merlau and Lynch in the front row," said Waite. "It really makes it tough to attack them at the net and then they're picking up a lot of balls in the back row. They made a lot of really solid plays."
Offensively, Wisconsin was out-killed 74-62. Redshirt freshman opposite hitter Audra Jeffers had a team-high 15 kills on .270 hitting, in addition to five blocks. Sophomore setter Jackie Simpson had 38 assists and senior setter Katie Lorenzen, who started, added 14.
Wisconsin is in a three-way tie in the conference race with Purdue and No. 17 Minnesota (20-5, 10-4).
Men's rowing: Race canceled
The Wisconsin men's rowing team did not compete in its races after the American Heritage Regatta was canceled due to bad weather conditions. The race, which was scheduled to take place Sunday morning in Wyandotte, Mich., was suspended because of the unsafe racing.