Football Ends Season on High Note; Winter Sports Start Strong
Courtesy of Jack McLaughlin The women's basketball team huddles during a game.

Football Ends Season on High Note; Winter Sports Start Strong

Football Shuts out UW-River Falls

Recording a shutout for the first time since 2008, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point football team defeated UW-River Falls 44-0. The Pointers scored 24 points in the first quarter and during their first five possessions of the game.

On senior day, seniors Matt Sosinsky, Aaron Karlen, Dan Brown and Jesse Vervelde left their mark in their final game. Sosinsky caught three passes for 120 yards and three touchdowns, setting a career-high 12 touchdown receptions for the season. Vervelde made three field goals from 41, 26, and 26 yards to finish second in career points with 79 in school history.

On defense, the team recorded a season-high of nine sacks. Brown had a career-high of three sacks, while Karlen had two. Karlen finished the season tying the school’s single-season sack record of 11.

Running back DeJuan Wright ran 17 times for 109 yards, and UWSP totaled over 500 yards of offense with 267 in the air and 270 on the ground.

Men’s Basketball Opens with Win

Coming in as the reigning national champion, the UWSP men’s basketball team defeated former conference foe UW-Superior, 69-61.

Seniors Stephen Pelkofer and Sean McGann led the Pointers to the win. Pelkofer recorded his first career double-double. Pelkofer also scored 20 points with 10 rebounds and five assists, while McGann scored 18 points and tallied five rebounds.

UWSP dominated down low in the game outscoring the Yellowjackets 36-16 in the paint. For the game, UWSP shot a field goal percentage of 51.9, while UW-Superior shot 45.7 percent.

UWSP next plays St. Olaf at home on Nov. 18.

Women’s Basketball Routs Finlandia

Junior guard Autumn Hennes scored a career-high of 22 points to lead UWSP to a 92-45 win over Finlandia.

After missing all of last season, Hennes shot 9-for-10 and 3-for-4 from the three-point line leading a hot Pointers offense. Junior guard Sarah Gamillo scored nine points in the first quarter and finished with 15 points for the night, while junior guard Lauren Anklam added 11 points.

UWSP shot 53.1 percent from the field and held Finlandia to 33.3 percent. The Pointers led by at least 25 points throughout the second half.

UWSP next plays in Chicago against Washington University of St. Louis on Nov. 20.

Men’s Hockey Remains Undefeated

Over the weekend, UWSP men’s hockey crossed the border into Minnesota and came out with wins against Concordia-Moorhead and Saint John’s University.

UWSP shut out Concordia-Moorhead 5-0 as the team scored two power-play goals, and sophomore goaltender Max Milosek recorded his first career shutout. In net, Milosek made 23 saves, including 11 in the second period. Senior forward Joe Kalisz scored two goals in the game, while junior forwards Eliot Grauer and Kyle Sharkey each added a goal.

The next night, UWSP defeated Saint John’s 3-2 courtesy of two goals scored by Grauer, including the game-winner with 8:02 left in the third period. Down 1-0, UWSP scored twice in 44 seconds from a power-play goal by Grauer and the first career goal from sophomore forward Zach Badalamenti. In net, freshman goaltender Jesse Gordichuck made 28 saves for the win.

UWSP next plays against Marian University at home on Nov. 20.

Women’s Hockey Splits Series with UW-River Falls

In an early season series against conference rival UW-River Falls, UWSP women’s hockey won the first game 2-1 and lost the next game 5-1.

In the win, UWSP took advantage of its power-play opportunities, scoring courtesy of senior forward Rachel Reynard. Senior forward Emily Lester added a goal, while senior forward Shauna Bollinger added two assists, and sophomore goaltender Lisa Fowle made 24 saves for the win.

In the 5-1 loss, senior forward Hailey Rock scored the lone goal, while Fowle made 30 saves.

UWSP next plays against UW-Superior at home on Nov. 20.

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