The Wisconsin women's hockey team outscored the University of North Dakota 10-1 over the weekend, easily advancing to the semifinals of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association tournament, which will be held next weekend in Minneapolis, Minn. The top-seeded Badgers will face St. Cloud State March 11.
On Friday, Badger freshman forward Angie Keseley notched her first career hat trick, scoring Wisconsin's first three goals, as the No. 3 Badgers (31-4-1) defeated North Dakota 4-1.
Junior forward Sara Bauer scored Wisconsin's fourth goal and second power play goal of the game with 7:04 left. The Badgers (31-4-1 overall) finished 2 of 5 on the power play. Freshman forward Erika Lawler provided assists on two of Keseley's three goals.
Keseley even "helped" on UND's lone goal midway through third period. The Fighting Sioux (7-26-2) peppered Badger redshirt freshman netminder Jessie Vetter with shots, forcing her out of position. Keseley was attempting to clear the puck from the open net and instead accidentally nudged it across the line. UND senior defender Devon Fingland was credited with the goal.
Vetter finished with 21 saves on Friday while UND senior goalie Amber Hasbargen stopped 24 shots in her 19th loss of the season.
On Saturday, Lawler notched two goals and an assist to lead the Badgers to a 6-0 win, while Bauer provided two assists and senior forward Nikki Burish added a goal and an assist. Wisconsin's freshmen combined for 11 points over the weekend, including five from Lawler and four from Keseley, who had an assist Saturday.
Incidentally, Lawler scored a goal Saturday in the same manner in which Fingland scored hers Friday: Lawler was the last UW player to touch the puck before a UND skater unintentionally put it in her own net.
Badger senior goaltender Meghan Horras stopped all 18 shots she saw Saturday, setting a school record with 17 career shutouts. Hasbargen had eight saves and two goals allowed before UND pulled her in favor of freshman Kari Gabrielson. In her first college appearance, Gabrielson let in four goals and made 13 saves.
Men's track: Badgers qualify one for NCAAs
The Wisconsin men's track team, competing at Notre Dame's Alex Wilson Invitational Friday, automatically qualified its distance medley relay team for the NCAA Championships.
Senior Ben Gregory (1,200 meters), freshman Joe Pierre (800), junior Chad Melotte (400) and junior Chris Solinsky (1,600) won the distance medley race in 9 minutes, 32.76 seconds, the fastest time in the country this season and the second fastest time in school history.
Several other Badgers competed at the meet but only the distance medley relay team earned an automatic qualifying time.
Women's track: two provisionally qualify for NCAAs
The Wisconsin women's track team recorded two NCAA provisional qualifying marks while competing at the Washington Last Chance Qualifier in Seattle Saturday.
Senior Maggie Grabow earned a provisional qualifying mark of 16:29.71 seconds, winning the 5,000 meters.
Senior Erica Schoeller picked up UW's other provisional qualifying mark, finishing sixth in the 800 meters in a personal-best time of 2:08.48.
The NCAA Indoor National Championship for both the men and women is next weekend in Fayetteville, Ark.
Men's tennis: Badgers shut out Butler
The No. 62 Wisconsin men's tennis team took down Butler (6-8 overall) 7-0 Saturday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium, the Badgers' sixth shutout win of the season.
Wisconsin (6-4) swept the doubles point and took all six singles matches. Playing at the top spot, sophomores Nolan Polley and Jeremy Sonkin defeated Brandon Gill and Parker Ross 8-4.
Five of the six Badgers won in straight sets, including Sonkin, who defeated Gill 6-2, 6-0. Playing at the four spot, Badger junior Lachezar Kasarov defeated Butler's Andy Bartish 6-1, 7-6 (8-6), 10-7.
Women's tennis: Badgers fall to DePaul
The Wisconsin women's tennis team (3-8 overall) dropped a 5-2 decision to DePaul (10-3) Friday in Madison. The Badgers, playing without top singles player junior Caitlin Burke, claimed the doubles point but lost five of six singles matches. Sophomore Nicole Beck played in doubles only, making this the third straight match the Badgers have played without a complete lineup.
Sophomore Morgan Tuttle grabbed Wisconsin's lone singles point, defeating Brenda Leung 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 6 spot.
Women's golf: Elliott named conference golfer of the week
Katie Elliott, a sophomore on the Wisconsin women's golf team, earned Big Ten Golfer of the Week honors after tying for sixth place at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic over the weekend.
Elliott shot rounds of 75, 72 and 74 for a total score of 221, her best career finish, to earn her first conference honor. Elliott played in her 50th career round in the last round of the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. She has not missed a round since arriving on campus as a freshman.