September 30, 2014

Badger men’s hockey ranked No. 10 and No. 12 in polls

Badger coach Mike Eaves

Badger coach Mike Eaves

The Wisconsin Badger men’s hockey team will open the 2014-15 season ranked No. 10 in the Preseason Poll and No. 12 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Preseason Poll.

The Badgers finished the 2013-14 season ranked No. 7 in the nation in both polls.  This years rankings mark the 11th consecutive time the Badgers open a season ranked in the Preseason Poll, including the fifth time during that stretch ranked in the top 10.

Wisconsin is one of three Big Ten teams ranked among the top-10 schools in the Poll with No. 1 Minnesota and No. 8 Michigan also highly thought of as the season approaches.

Wisconsin holds its first official practice of the season on Saturday in De Pere at Cornerstone Community Center.  The 1 p.m. practice concludes with the Badgers’ Red-White scrimmage.

Wisconsin welcomes 11 freshmen to the team and will have 13 of their 26 players on the roster who have yet to play in a collegiate game for UW.  They do return senior Hobey Baker Memorial Award finalist Joel Rumpel in goal, along with double-digit goal scorer in senior forward Joseph LaBate.  Both were on the Big Ten preseason Players to Watch list.

Wisconsin volleyball team wins first Big Ten match

The 5th-ranked Wisconsin women’s volleyball team earned its first Big Ten Conference victory of the season on Sunday as the Badgers (10-2, 1-1) swept Ohio State 25-19, 25-19, 25-17 in the UW Field House.

The Badgers return to the court Wednesday in their first Big Ten road trip as they travel to Northwestern at the Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston, Illinois.


Badger women’s hockey earns weekend sweep in Missouri

Six different Wisconsin Badgers scored yesterday and goaltender Jorie Walters earned her first career win and shutout as the second-ranked Wisconsin Badger women’s hockey team blanked Lindenwood 6-0 to sweep the two game series in Wentzville, Missouri.

Walters stopped all 19 shots she faced to pick up the victory for the Badgers (2-0-0).

Katy Josephs, Mikayla Johnson, Karley Sylvester, Erika Sowchuk, Sydney McKibbon and Jenny Ryan all scored goals for the Badgers, who outshot Lindenwood 48-19 for the game and a 102-29 advantage for the weekend.

Next up for the Badgers is a trip to Duluth to face No. 10 Minnesota-Duluth next Friday and Saturday at AMSOIL Arena.


Badgers pick up lackluster win over South Florida

Gary Andersen

Gary Andersen

The 17/19 ranked Wisconsin Badgers pulled away in the second half to knock off the South Florida Bulls 27-10 in the final non-conference game at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.

The game was ugly early and the Bulls managed to take a 3-3 tie into the lockerroom at halftime against the Badgers.  Wisconsin managed just 139 yards of total offense in the first half.

Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon and Rob Havenstein both felt the need to address the team at halftime.  “We were walking in and we said we’ve got to talk to these guys,” Gordon said.  “I was having flashbacks of Week 2, and we went in that game and I didn’t say anything and big Rob didn’t say anything.

“This time we felt like we needed to rally our offense together and speak up.  We motivated those guys and obviously we were a different team.” [Read more...]

Volleyball Badgers drop rematch against Penn State

In a rematch of the 2013 NCAA Championship, the 5th ranked Wisconsin women’s volleyball team fell to 3rd ranked Penn State in the Big Ten opener before a sold out crowd (6,012) at the UW-Field House.

Penn State downed the Badgers 25-17, 25-21, 25-22.  Wisconsin fell to 9-2 overall on the season, 0-1 in the Big Ten.  The Badgers failed to score a service ace for the first time this season.

“We have to improve whether this was a win or a loss.  We’re trying to win all of them, make no mistake,” Wisconsin head coach Kelly Sheffield added.  “We’re trying to win all of them but we’re also trying to get better.”

Wisconsin returns home for another Big Ten match-up on Sunday, taking on Ohio State at the UW-Field House (1pm).