Volleyball Falls in WIAC Championship
After making a run as a fifth seed, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point volleyball team lost to UW-Whitewater in a 3-0 sweep during the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship. It was the fifth straight WIAC championship game for UWSP and third straight game against UW-Whitewater.
The Pointers’ offense was stifled, and they recorded a season-low attack percentage of .019. Senior middle blocker Emma Brunkhorst led UWSP with eight kills, freshman setter Brittany Laffin had 23 assists and senior defensive specialist Hannah Picel added 23 digs.
Football Loses Late Again
After coming back from a 17-point deficit to a four-point lead, the UWSP football team gave up a late touchdown and fell to UW-Stout 34-31.
Down 27-10 in the second half, the Pointers had three straight scoring drives to go ahead 31-27. Junior quarterback Kyle Larson threw a six-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Matt Sosinsky. Freshman quarterback Cooper Kerner followed that drive with a three-yard touchdown to junior wide receiver Jared Pankow, and running back De’Juan Wright scored with a nine-yard touchdown run.
With 2:17 left on the clock, UWSP was in the lead. The Blue Devils responded with an 80-yard drive in five plays to score the game-winning touchdown with 25 seconds remaining.
UWSP was led by Larson in passing. He threw 21 of 36 for 253 yards with one touchdown and interception. Pankow led in receiving with a career-high of 10 receptions for 84 yards. Wright led the ground game with 119 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns. UWSP ran for 223 yards total.
The Pointers next play at home against UW-River Falls in the season finale on Nov. 14.
Men’s Hockey Remains Unbeaten
Playing its first two home games of the season, the UWSP men’s hockey team remained unbeaten defeating Gustavus Adolphus 5-1 and Bethel 4-3 in overtime.
Against Gustavus Adolphus, UWSP registered five goals from four different players, and the team maintains a balanced scoring attack. Junior forward Kyle Sharkey scored two goals, while juniors Jacob Barber, Nathan Harris and senior Joe Kalisz each scored a goal. Sophomore goaltender Max Milosek won his second game of the year making 15 saves.
The next night, UWSP needed overtime to defeat Bethel, and senior forward Logan Lemirande scored on the power play with 42 seconds remaining. UWSP jumped out early with a 2-0 lead with goals from senior forwards Nick D’Avolio and Alex Kromm. In net, sophomore Jesse Gordichuk made 19 saves for his second win of the season.
UWSP next plays at Cocordia-Moorhead on Nov. 13.
Women’s Hockey Sweeps Concordia-Moorhead
In a weekend series against Concordia-Moorhead, UWSP women’s hockey team swept the Cobbers with two 5-4 wins.
In the first game, the Pointers trailed 3-2 but scored three goals in the third period for the win. Forwards Ali Biagini and Shauna Bollinger each scored two goals, while sophomore forward Maddie Schlossmacher scored her first goal of the season to tie the game at three. In net, sophomore goaltender Lisa Fowle won her second game of the season making 23 saves.
In the next game, freshman forward Cara Lemirande’s first career goal in overtime propelled UWSP to another 5-4 win. UWSP received scoring from senior forwards Rachel Reynard, Emily Lester, who had two goals, and senior defenseman Betsy Anderson, who also recorded an assist. Frehsman goaltender Sydney Conley won her second game of the year with 31 saves.
UWSP next plays WIAC rival UW-River Falls in a weekend series starting Nov. 13.