Badger Sports Roundup

Bauer a top three finalist for Kazmaier Award; men's hockey moves up in poll; women's tennis loses

Sara Bauer, a junior forward on the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team, has been named a top three finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award, which is presented to the top player in NCAA Division I women's hockey.

Bauer has already been named Western College Hockey Association Player of the Year and conference tournament most valuable player. She is second in the nation in assists (34) and fourth in points (56).

Bauer has led the Badgers to a 33-4-1 record and the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Wisconsin will host seventh-seeded Mercyhurst (23-7-6) at 7 p.m. Saturday at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton, Wis.

The other two finalists for the Kazmaier Award are St. Lawrence sophomore forward Sabrina Harbec and Minnesota-Duluth junior goaltender Riita Schaublin.

Harbec leads the nation with 36 assists and is second in the nation with 60 points.

Schaublin is second in save percentage (.941) and eighth in goals-against average (1.59).

No. 3 seed St. Lawrence (30-4-2) will host No. 6 seed Duluth (22-8-3) in another NCAA quarterfinal Saturday.

Men's hockey moves up in poll

The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team moved up one spot to No. 3 in this week's poll. The Badgers (25-9-3 overall, 17-8-3 WCHA) received one of 40 No. 1 votes, with top-ranked Minnesota collecting the other 39.

The Badgers remained No. 4 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

The Badgers are No. 2 in the all-important PairWise Rankings, which determine seeding for the NCAA Tournament.

Other WCHA teams in the top 15 in the PairWise include No. 1 Minnesota, No. 7 (tie) North Dakota, No. 13 (tie) Colorado College, and No. 15 (tie) Denver.

The Badgers face North Dakota in a WCHA tournament semifinal Friday afternoon in St. Paul, Minn.

Women's tennis: Badgers fall to San Diego State

The Wisconsin women's tennis team lost its fifth straight, falling to No. 40 San Diego State (9-4 overall) 6-1 Monday night in San Diego.

With junior Caitlin Burke out and sophomore Nicole Beck playing a limited role in doubles, junior Kaylan Caiati played at the top singles spot, defeating Dita Hauerlandova 4-6, 6-4, 10-3. That was the lone win for the Badgers (3-9), who next face No. 62 San Diego March 17.

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