Pointers Football Falls Short in Plattevile
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point football team failed to hold a four-point lead in the fourth quarter and No. 12 UW-Platteville defeated the Pointers 30-27 on Oct. 10.
The Pioneers scored the game-winning touchdown on a fourth-down on a 11-play 75-yard drive pass play with 6:04 left in regulation.
After the UW-Platteville touchdown, the Pointers had a chance to come back but fell short after junior quarterback Kyle Larson threw an interception, allowing the Pioneers to run out the clock. Larson threw 19 of 34 for 219 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Leading UWSP in receiving was senior wide receiver Matt Sosinsky with five catches for 57 yards and a touchdown that gave the Pointers a fourth-quarter lead. Junior Logan Taylor also caught five passes for 33 yards and a touchdown.
In rushing, the Pointers were led by senior running back DeJuan Wright who ran for 61 yards on 14 carries, including a touchdown. Junior running back Britton Vernon also added a touchdown.
Defensively, UWSP again gave up over 400 yards as the Pioneers gained 451. Yet, the defense created turnovers, including two interceptions by defensive backs Michael Longmeyer and Jamonte Robinson, while defensive lineman Tanner Beaman recovered a fumble forced by linebacker John Kontowicz.
Sophmore defensive back Blake Lehman led the team with 11 tackles, while Kontowicz added another 10. Senior defensive end Aaron Karlen totaled three sacks.
UWSP next plays UW-Oshkosh on Oct. 17.
Volleyball Loses Late In Comeback Attempt
UWSP volleyball suffered through its second Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game as the Pointers lost 3-2 at UW-Lacrosse.
Down 2-0, UWSP came roaring back to tie the match 2-2 but fell in the fifth set, 15-13. This brought the record to 4-3 in five set matches.
Sophomore outside hitter Bella Nelson tallied a career and match-high of 18 kills, while junior outside hitter Gabby Thomas had 13 kills. Junior outside hitter Kelly Cefalu hit 11.
Freshman setter Brittany Laffin recorded 48 assists, and senior Hannah Picel had a match-high of 21 digs defensively.
UWSP plays next in a weekend tournament at UW-Oshkosh Oct. 16-17.
Soccer Wins First Conference Game
Pointers soccer earned its first WIAC victory of the season on the road, defeating UW-Platteville 3-1 on Oct. 10.
After 21 shots, three different players scored for UWSP. Freshmen Elise Thuot and Olivia Bohnert scored their first goals of the year, while senior forward Jillian Ross added her second of the season.
In net, senior goaltender Kristin Churkey made five saves.
UWSP is now 3-12 and 1-3 in conference play. They will host UW-Eau Claire on Oct. 17.
Men’s Cross Country Places First, Women Place Fourth at Gene Davis Invitational
The UWSP men’s cross country team finished first among NCAA Division III teams at the Gene Davis Invitational in Appleton on Oct. 10.
Sophomore Alex Richardson led the Pointers with a second-place finish of 26:02, while junior Calvin VanRyzin placed 11th at 26:50. Freshman Eric Zengler placed 17th at 27:11, and sophomore Benjamin Jurenec placed 20th at 27:19.
On the women’s side, UWSP placed fourth. Senior Brittany Richard finished 21st at 25:45. Junior Maria McQuillan placed 23rd with a time of 25.59, and senior Aryn DeGrave finished 28th at 26:52.
The Pointers’ next race is at UW-Oshkosh for the AAE Invitational on Oct. 17.
Women’s Golf Competes at WIAC Tournament
UWSP golf concluded its fall season finishing sixth at the WIAC meet over the weekend.
Shooting a three-day total of 253, junior Tiffany Boak finished seventh at the meet, leading UWSP. Freshman Jackie Halverson had a three-day score of 295 with a three-round average of 98 placing 31st. Sophomore Jalyn LaBine had a three-day score of 310, finishing 37th, and freshman Zoe Jones placed 39th with a three-day total of 321.