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UW men's cross country coach Mick Byrne was paying Ryan Collins a compliment when he put the Virginia transfer in context with one of his former distance runners, Landon Peacock.

A year ago, Peacock won his first individual Big Ten championship while sparking the Badgers to their 12th-consecutive league crown -- which they will be defending Sunday at the University of Illinois Arboretum in Champaign.

"He's not an artist like Landon,'' Byrne said of Collins. "He's not as far out there as Landon was.''

Byrne later clarified his use of the word "artist.''

"I wasn't referring to him being an artist in the sport,'' he said, "as much as I was referring to him in general terms. Landon was a little eccentric. He was a dreamer. He'd get into his own little world.

"He wouldn't mean to. He was trying to focus on the race and he'd be off drawing some landscape in his mind. Maybe that's why he was such a good athlete. It didn't faze him.''

Meanwhile, Byrne said Collins brings a "certain amount of calmness to the team'' in addition to bringing "this amazing passion for what he does'' which has led to a seamless transition as a teammate.

"Ryan is very much in tune with what's going on,'' Byrne said, "and in a very positive way he also has a great perspective on what we do. He kind of has that sense about him.

"Like, 'This is cross country, this is what we do' but we're playing a football game Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio, and what they're doing is a huge deal.

"So let's go watch the game and let's not talk about cross country.''

Byrne endorses that attitude in his athletes.

"From a coach's perspective, they have a great team and school spirit,'' he said. "They're not going to spend Saturday night in a hotel room worrying about what they have to do on Sunday.

"They know what they have to do. They know what Indiana is going to throw at them. They're excited about it. At the same time, for two or three hours Saturday night they're going to be Badgers.''

So they'll be watching Wisconsin-Ohio State from their team hotel, he said.

You can tell Bryne likes this team a lot -- his No. 2-ranked cross country team. Mostly, he likes how his runners compete and take care of their business and "get after it'' every day.

"They do the work, and they're real serious about it,'' he said. "They're real motivated, real determined and real focused on not just this Sunday but what's coming down the pipeline.''

That would be the NCAA championship on Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. Byrne said Collins has "kind of meshed'' with that vision and his new teammates and "they're all on the same page.''

The Badgers are returning four scorers from last season's Big Ten meet: Mohammed Ahmed (fourth), Elliot Krause (fifth), Maverick Darling (sixth) and Reed Connor (12th). Collins replaces Peacock.

"I believe we've got five guys who have a really good shot at winning the individual title,'' Byrne said. "They're all leaders. Every one of those guys knows what's at stake here and down the road.

"Over the last two meets the most important thing was that we came out of them not banged up. We came out of these meets able to continue with our training plan.

"It's a process as you head from that early part of the season into the championship part.''

Wisconsin has won each of its last three meetings: the Orange and Blue Preview (Champaign, Ill.), the Bill Dellinger Invitational (Springfield, Ore.) and its own Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Zimmer Championship Course).

While the Badgers were competing in Oregon on Oct. 1, there was mini-reunion with a handful of former UW distance greats like Chris Solinsky, Matt Tegenkamp, Simon Bairu and Evan Jager, who joined Byrne's current athletes to take in the football Badgers' win over Nebraska.

"They came down from Portland where they're training,'' Byrne said. "And it's always a positive when our young guys get to see those guys and be around them.''

Success, after all, breeds success.

Lucas at Large: Young Landisch making the most of his opportunities

FB_111028_Landisch_Derek.jpgWisconsin coach Bret Bielema will likely be listening to Kid Rock when the Badgers arrive at Ohio Stadium early Saturday afternoon for their walk-through. That's a game day staple.

Less than three hours before kickoff when the chartered buses depart from the team hotel and return to the 102,000-seat Horseshoe, he will be tuned into U2. That's also part of his routine.

Neither Bob Ritchie, nor Bono will show up on Derek Landisch's play list. The UW freshman linebacker favors Five Finger Death Punch and Disturbed, a couple of heavy metal bands.

That's how he gets charged up for a game.

"It's the same stuff that I've been listening to since my junior and senior year of high school,'' said Landisch, a four-time letter winner at Hartland Arrowhead.

"You find a song that you like and it gets you going -- it gets the heart racing and the blood pressure boiling. It gets me in an angry mood.''

The conflict is that the soft-spoken, polite Landisch could be mistaken for an Eagle Scout.

"He's got a little Eddie Haskell in him,'' Bielema kiddingly suggested.

The reference was to the TV character in the old "Leave it to Beaver'' series.

Landisch does seem to play with a little bit of an edge. During a recent practice, he tackled a scout team tailback and flung him to the turf so hard that the runner threw the football at him.

Landisch ran back to his position and got ready for the next snap. "He does remind me a little bit of Chris Borland,'' Bielema said. "He's not as big as Chris but he's real slippery and real feisty.''

As a prep, Landisch wore No. 44, which is Borland's number with the Badgers.

"I get that question a lot,'' Landisch said about being compared to Borland. "Chris has proven himself on the college level. That's something I haven't done yet.''

Borland, a third-year sophomore, and Landisch room together on the road. They'll have plenty to talk about Friday night since Borland is an Ohioan; a native of Kettering, 80 miles from Columbus.

"We talk about everything, life and football -- he's a good role model,'' Landisch said. "If I can, I pick his brain a little bit. He's a great guy to look up to and he has definitely helped me out a lot.''

Whereas Borland has bulked up to 245 pounds, Landisch has dropped down to 220 from the grind of his first season in college football. But it's fair to say that he has been playing "bigger.''

Bielema had so much confidence in Landisch that he put him on the field in the Big Ten opener against Nebraska in passing situations to help contain quarterbacks Taylor Martinez, a sprinter.

Borland rushed off one edge, and Landisch off the other.

Despite giving up anywhere from 80 to 100-plus pounds to offensive tackles, Landisch is starting to understand and learn the nuances of being an undersized pass rusher.

When he got his first look at the UW offensive line in training camp, Landisch admitted, "They were the biggest people that I've ever seen in my life. But I'm used to it now, I'm used to the size.''

A number of his teammates, including Borland and senior defensive tackle Patrick Butrym, have passed along some pointers. "That really means a lot to me,'' Landisch said.

What he has going for him is what Borland has going for him: leverage. "You have to play with your hands and stay low,'' he said. "I try using my height and lower center of gravity to my advantage.''

Landisch has been particularly grateful for Borland's input.

"If I get blocked on a play, Chris will tell come up to me and tell me what I did wrong,'' he said. "Or if I do well, he will tell me what I did right, so he has definitely helped me.''

Last Saturday, Landisch had a chance to make a play on special teams when he came close to blocking a punt off the foot of Michigan State's Mike Sadler. But he failed to execute his technique.

"It's kind of disappointing because it was a fundamental error,'' Landisch said. "I had my hands too high. Coach Bielema is always talking about shooting our hands out, instead of up.

"I thought I had it blocked. That's what coach always talks about, 'Expect to come free.' I will live and learn from and it will make me stronger.''

It has been well documented on how quarterback Russell Wilson is a strong proponent of visualization. That also holds true for Landisch.

"I'll visualize the stadium and what it's going to be like,'' he said, "even though I have no idea since I've never played in Ohio Stadium. But it's something I picture and think about a lot.

"We expect to do well. But we talk about going into games expecting adversity and overcoming adversity, so it's definitely important to visualize, 'If this happens, I'm going to do this.'''

That's another characteristic that has endeared Landisch to Bielema. "He's very very smart,'' Bielema said, "He knows what he's going to do out there, and he has a great memory.''

Not so much this week; not after the heartbreaking loss at Michigan State.

"Coach B talks about moving on,'' Landisch said. "That game can either make you stronger or weaker. If you learn from it, you can be a stronger and a better football player.''

"Believe'' is not only the second studio album for Disturbed, but it might be the word of the week for the Badgers. Believe in yourself. Believe in your teammates. Believe in the plan.

Big Ten Media Day in Tweets

The 2011-12 basketball season is only a couple weeks away, but things got underway on Thursday afternoon with the annual Big Ten Media Day in Chicago.

The official Twitter accounts of @BadgerMBB and @BadgerWBBall provided coverage throughout the day, but in case you missed it, we've compiled a recap of the day's events

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Wednesday was a great day for hockey. It was also a great day to recognize former Wisconsin men's coach Jeff Sauer and current UW women's coach Mark Johnson for their impact on the sport.

Sauer and Johnson were among four recipients of the 2011 Lester Patrick Award that honors special individuals for their contributions to hockey in the United States.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was on hand for the event at the River Centre in St. Paul, Minn., where Bob Pulford and Tony Rossi joined Sauer and Johnson as Patrick Award honorees.

Johnson said that after he received a phone call from Bettman notifying him that he was a winner, "You step back and say, 'Wow!' It puts a smile on your face.''

Sauer got the same phone call and said, "I looked at my phone and saw it was a call from Gary Bettman and I thought it was someone playing a trick on me.''

It was no joke. Sauer and Johnson were most deserving. Plus, it was most timely that they were honored in the same class given that their history together dates back to when Jeff babysat for Mark.

Badger Bob Johnson -- Mark's dad -- was a common denominator. Keeping it all in the family, Jeff Sauer was a former Bob Johnson assistant and Mark Johnson was a former Jeff Sauer assistant.

There have been numerous intersections on their career timelines.

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Before the UW Athletic Board could get around to confirming his appointment as the new hockey coach, it had to clean its desk of some old business and tend to other bureaucratic matters.

Colorado College's 39-year-old coach, Jeff Sauer, was told to take a seat and wait.

Not a problem. The job was his. And since the former Badger assistant had waited a long time for this day -- July 8, 1982 -- he was prepared to wait a little longer, however long it would take.

It took nearly two hours.

Sauer wound up in the UW basketball office, where he visited with an assistant coach who was helping hold the program together in the midst of a transition from Bill Cofield to Steve Yoder.

Neither Sauer nor Bo Ryan had any inkling what the future would hold for their respective careers. (Or that their paths would cross again in 2001 when Ryan moved from Platteville to Madtown.)

Shortly after the athletic board gave its official blessing to Sauer, a press conference was held at Camp Randall Stadium to formally introduce Bob Johnson's successor to the Madison media.

Sauer not only skated for Johnson at Colorado College, but he was a volunteer assistant under Johnson while completing his degree. Later, he was Johnson's first full-time assistant at Wisconsin.

He and his wife Jamie even babysat for the Johnson boys, Peter and Mark.

But he wanted to make it perfectly clear, "I'm not Bob Johnson, I'm Jeff Sauer. And I hope everyone realizes that we're going to do some things a little bit differently.

"Once you get to know me, I think you'll get to find that emotionally -- as far as wins and losses -- I try not to peak and valley. You have to keep your sanity somehow in this game.''

Sauer managed to do so longer than anyone -- for 31 years as a head coach in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association; 11 at Colorado College and 20 at Wisconsin.

Sauer won 655 games overall, including two national championships with the Badgers.

That Sauer was able to escape the long shadow of Bob Johnson and establish his own identity, separate from that of his lionized predecessor, speaks volumes for his system and perseverance.

"When I was a young coach in the league, I'd sit in those meetings and listen to everything the older coaches had to say,'' Sauer said after his 556th win moved him past the legendary John MacInnes.

"I don't know if I ever talked to any of them about coaching. You just didn't discuss those things back then. It's not like calling Sertie (Mike Sertich) on a Monday morning and talking about the series.''

Sertich was the longtime coach at Minnesota-Duluth and one of Sauer's closest friends.

"You just didn't do that back then,'' Sauer went on. "Everyone was so much more guarded. But you could still learn something from all of them.

"Denver's Murray Armstrong was businesslike in the way he approached the game. Michigan State's Amo Bessone was a true coach. Minnesota's John Mariucci was a good old guy.

"I'd have to say Bob Johnson did have the biggest influence on me,'' Sauer said. "I played for him, I coached with him and I coached against him. I went through a lot of things with Bob.''

Bob Johnson received the Lester Patrick Award in 1988.

Mark Johnson recalled, "When my dad received the recognition for what he did -- whether it was at Wisconsin, USA Hockey, Calgary or Pittsburgh -- it was a special evening for him and our family.''

To also receive the Patrick Award now makes it even more special.

Mark Johnson, the celebrated 1980 Olympian, cut his teeth as a head coach at Verona High School and with the minor league Madison Monsters before joining Sauer's staff at Wisconsin.

More recently, he has been collecting rings; NCAA championship rings. Johnson has guided the UW women to four national titles in the last six years.

The most recent of which was last season when Wisconsin defeated Boston University, 4-1, in the finals.  Fittingly, the Badgers will face the BU Terriers on Friday and Saturday at the Kohl Center.

Faceoff both days will take place at 2 p.m.

"Having defeated them last year in Erie (Pa.) you know they're going to be excited to play us again,'' Johnson said. "They're going to be coming into the building looking for revenge.''

Over the last six games, the Badgers have tested themselves against North Dakota, Minnesota and Duluth. "It's been three weekends of playoff hockey,'' said Johnson. "And it elevates your play.''

Wisconsin has gone 5-1 over this challenging stretch.

"It's only October,'' he said, "but we've become better as a team playing each opponent.''

Not only were the Badgers able to walk out of Duluth with a sweep, but Johnson saw something that he had never seen before in all of his years in hockey as a player or a coach.

On a delayed penalty, the Bulldogs pulled their goaltender for a sixth attacker. But, in attempting to set up a teammate, a Duluth player inadvertently shot the puck into her own empty net.

The goal was credited to Wisconsin's Saige Pacholok, who took the initial penalty.

"The fans that were at the game,'' Johnson said, "and certainly the referees and both coaching staffs were a little stunned at what happened.

"Saige went into the penalty box and they announced her penalty first and then they announced her goal in the next sentence. I haven't seen that before going back to my playing days.

"But again, we found a way to win.''

Another common denominator between Johnson and Sauer, the Patrick Award winners.

Sauer, Johnson recognized

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Both Jeff Sauer and Mark Johnson are known for their hockey accomplishments, and will be recognized today in St. Paul, Minn., for their great contributions to hockey in the United States with the Lester Patrick Trophy. The story of Lester Patrick dates to the early 1900s and is worth a read.

Their hockey contributions are great, both with national and international championships on their resumes, but you'd be hard pressed to find better people. The two surely go hand-in-hand.

NHL.com: Lester Patrick Award a family affair for the Johnsons
NHL.com: Sauer has seen everything in his 40 years of coaching

Badger Newcomers: Hietpas, Hochstaetter and Medbery

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The Wisconsin wrestling team is full of young talent, featuring eight true freshmen wrestlers.

UWBadgers.com sat down with three newcomers, Austin Hietpas, Brett Hochstaetter and Connor Medbery, to discuss what they have been working on in the wrestling room and how their freshmen years are going at UW.


Austin Hietpas

How have you liked Wisconsin so far and how is school going?

"The atmosphere is awesome and the coaches are awesome.

Is there any wrestler in particular that you have been practicing a lot with leading up to the Intra-Squad Scrimmage?

"I've been wrestling a lot with Matt Kelliher. He's been pushing me. He has a little different style than me so it's always challenging."

What have you taken away from practicing the last couple of weeks that you have added to your wrestling?

"I think college wrestling brings intensity. It's a step up from high school because the time commitment."


Brett Hochstaetter

How are your first couple weeks of practice going so far?

"It's been tough with really long days. You have to really devote yourself to being there every day."

What pushes you to keep going?

"The one-on-one competition keeps me going. You want to show that you're better than the other person. It shows how good of a wrestler you are."

What have you learned from the coaches this year that you will apply to your wrestling going forward?

"Mental toughness is a big thing. Getting that one extra rep in or making sure your technique is good even when you're tired - always pushing forward."

Is there any particular wrestler that is helping you perform at a higher level?

"When I wrestle with Ben Jordan he usually beats me up pretty good but I learn a lot from him."

How are you enjoying your first year at UW?

"It's a great atmosphere and a really good college town. Everything is focused on Badger pride and classes are good too."

 

Connor Medbery

How are you liking your freshman year at Wisconsin?

"I love it. It's a great town and great place to be. I'm really enjoying wrestling and everything about it. I like it a lot."

How has wrestling added to your college experience?

"There are definitely a lot of resources available to you. Being able to study at the Fetzer Center and everything else at your disposal has really added to my college experience."

Is there anyone in particular in the wrestling room that is pushing you to the next level?

"Coaches (Eric) Bugenhagen and (Trevor) Brandvold are really helping me move forward in my wrestling."

What have you taken away from Wisconsin wrestling that you are going to add to your game that you didn't have before?

"I think some of the hand fighting stuff that I've picked up. Also being aggressive and pushing the pace every time is going to help my wrestling a lot.

How has the transition been from Colorado to Wisconsin?

"All the guys are really great so it's been an easy transition."

WCHA Women's notebook (Oct. 26, 2011)

Welcome to the This Week in Women's WCHA. Each week Ross LaDue from the UW Athletic Communications office breaks down the past weekend of action in the women's side of the WCHA and look ahead to the coming weekend. 


There was a lot of goal scoring this past weekend in the WCHA. The winning teams from each series scored a total of 51 goals and each series resulted in a sweep. Wisconsin was the only road team to win, as Minnesota, North Dakota and Bemidji State all swept on home ice this past weekend. 


Weekend Recap

Minnesota State at No. 2 Minnesota
The result of this series was of little surprise. With the Minnesota homecoming football game against Nebraska on Saturday, the Mavericks and Golden Gophers played in a Thursday-Friday matchup. The Gophers won by a modest margin of 3-0 on Thursday before routing the Mavericks 7-0 on Friday. The double shutouts marked the second time this season the Gophers have kept their opponents scoreless, previously against St. Cloud State on Oct. 7-8.

Minnesota players of note: Sophomore Sarah Davis scored twice on Thursday and tallied two helpers on Friday. In the 7-0 win on Friday, Sarah Erickson was the only Gopher to record more than one goal. Megan Bozek and Amanda Kessel were the only two players in the Friday game to record a goal and an assist, Kessel had one goal and two assists. A total of 12 skaters recorded points for the Gophers over the weekend. Freshman Shyler Sletta made her first start in net on Thursday and went on to make 20 saves in her first collegiate start, win and shutout. Junior Noora Räty played on Friday making 19 saves for her third shutout of the season

Minnesota State players of note: Senior goaltender Alli Altmann played in both games for the Mavericks and made an impressive 49 saves off of 52 shots in Thursday's loss. Altmann definitely gave her team a chance to win, but while goaltending may win championships, it doesn't put goals on the board. On Friday, Altmann didn't fare as well, but to her credit, four of the seven goals came on a Gopher power play. 

St. Cloud State at Bemidji State
Before the season started, with the loss of the graduation of BSU's top offensive producers, I would have guessed a bit closer matchup. However, the 7-0 stomping over Maine the week prior must have given Bemidji State some offensive confidence. The Beavers lit the lamp a total of 13 times over the weekend while only conceding three goals to the Huskies, two coming off a man-advantage. 

Bemidji State players of note: Defenseman Montana Vichorek recorded a six point night netting two goals on Friday, while her D-partner, Marlee Wheelhouse, scored a goal and had three assists. The No. 1 forward line of Tess Dusik, Sadie Lundquist and Emily Erickson had a tremendous weekend netting five goals and recording 11 assists on the weekend. Star goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova turned away 21 of 22 shots on Friday, while Alana McElhinney recorded 23 saves in her second appearance this season.

St. Cloud State players of note: All three goals were scored by different skaters and the only player to record more than one point on the weekend was Haylea Schmid, who had an assist in the first game and scored the Huskies final goal on Saturday. Taylor VanDenakker made her fifth start in net on Friday and concede seven goals on 35 shots. Freshman Julie Friend made her third start of season on Saturday and made 34 stops in the 5-2 loss.

Ohio State at No. 7 North Dakota
This series was the biggest surprise of the weekend. Ohio State has a great offense, but a suspect defense, and North Dakota has a fiery offense. High scores were half expected, but not lopsided scores. After the first 40 minutes of the weekend, the score inside Ralph Engelstad Arena already read Ohio State 1, North Dakota 11. A third period full of penalties would stifle any more scoring as the game would end 11-1. Saturday's game wasn't much better for the Buckeyes as the Sioux walked away with a 7-1 victory. Ohio State's special teams were abysmal as they failed to score a single goal on 13 power-play chances and conceded five goals on 12 Sioux power plays.

North Dakota players of note: After seeing who did the goal production for the Sioux, I was wondering if the conference should scrap Offensive Player of the Week for a more appropriate "Offensive Line of the Week". The No. 1 UND forward line of Monique Lamoreux-Kolls, Jocelyne Lamoureux and Michelle Karvinen put up a combined 25 points in the two games. In Saturday's 7-1 win, the three accounted for all seven goals. Karvinen had a hat trick on Friday and Lamoureux-Kolls had one on Saturday. Stephanie Ney made both starts in net recording a total of 37 saves. In the final 10 minutes of Friday's game, a span that saw seven penalties called, the Sioux put freshman Michelle Bonapace-Potvin in net.

Ohio State players of note: Laura McIntosh was the only goal scorer of the weekend for the Buckeyes. She actually opened the scoring on Saturday, only to be followed by seven UND goals. Natalie Spooner was kept to a -4 plus/minus on the weekend and wasn't able to record a single point. The Ohio State goaltending was a nightmare in net. Lisa Steffes started Friday's game and after letting in four goals on 13 shots within the first 12 minutes, was replaced by Chelsea Knapp, who let in one goal on two shots before the first period was over. Knapp started in the second and after letting in six goals on 11 shots, Steffes went back in for the remainder of the game. Knapp then played all 60 minutes on Saturday making 27 saves. 

No. 1 Wisconsin at No. 5/6 Minnesota Duluth
It was another big matchup for the Badgers as they continued along their four-week stretch of playing the nation's top teams. Entering the weekend, the Bulldogs had not been swept on their home ice by the Badgers in eight years. There were points during the weekend when that streak looked as if it was going to continue. In Friday night's game, the Bulldogs held a 2-1 lead after the first period, but a strong second period and a great shorthanded breakaway goal gave the Badgers a 4-3 win. Even on Saturday after Wisconsin jumped out to a 3-0 lead, Minnesota Duluth was drastically out-shooting the Badgers and it was looking like it was just a matter of time until UMD tied things up. Luckily for UW, goaltender Alex Rigsby had one of her best nights in net and turned away 46 of UMD's 49 shots to give Wisconsin the 6-3 win and the weekend sweep. 

Wisconsin players of note: Forwards Hilary Knight and Carolyne Prévost both had two goal games, with Knight getting three on the weekend. Knight had the biggest goal of the weekend, scoring the game-winner off a breakaway with fewer than two minutes remaining while shorthanded. Jordan Brickner set her up with the pass and Knight skated down and popped the puck over the blocker of UMD's Jenny Harss. Carolyne Prévost scored twice on Saturday, including the game-winner and an empty netter to secure the win. Brianna Decker also had two goals and one assist on the weekend. In net for the Badgers, Alex Rigsby had one of the best weekends in her career making a total of 80 saves and a career single-game high 46 saves on Saturday. However spectacular Rigsby's play was in net, the highlight of the weekend goes to the goal "scored" by Saige Pacholok. One of the rarest goals in hockey, it came as a result of a UMD gaffe in the second period. With a delayed penalty upcoming, the Bulldogs pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. With the Bulldogs cycling the puck in the UW zone, they misplayed a pass to the point and the puck slid all the way down the ice into the empty net for a Badger goal. It was credited to the last player who touched it, which happened to be the same player the penalty was called on, Saige Pacholok.

Minnesota Duluth players of note: Freshman Jenna McParland scored two goals in the first game of the series. Haley Irwin, member of the Olympic gold-medal winning Canadian team in 2010, tallied two assists in both games. Wong had a relatively quiet weekend as she was kept pointless on Friday and had two assists on Saturday. Irwin, Wong and McParland were the only Bulldogs to record more than one point in either game. Jenny Harss had a fairly solid night in net on Friday making 39 saves, but looked a bit rattled on Saturday only making 13 saves before UMD opted to go with senior Lana Steck for the third period. Steck made 12 saves without conceding a goal.


Possible WCHA Player of the Week winners:

The WCHA players of the week were announced early this week, but it wasn't too hard to predict who was going to win. Monique Lamoureux-Kolls was a shoe-in for Offensive Player of the Week after collecting 10 points, which included a hat trick, over the weekend. Alex Rigsby was also a standout for Defensive Player of the Week with 80 saves and a sweep over a nationally-ranked team. The Rookie of the Week award was also bound to go back to Michelle Karvinen after she posted a seven-point weekend, which, like her linemate Lamoureux-Kolls, included a hat trick.


Looking Forward

No. 2 Minnesota at Bemidji State
While Bemidji State's offense has been rolling strong, they haven't faced a defense as stingy as Minnesota's yet. The Beavers play well at home and if they bring their A-game I wouldn't be surprise to see an upset Friday night. BSU will need great goaltending and solid defense to pull it off, because they're not going to win a high scoring game against the Gophers. On Saturday I don't see Minnesota losing, they're one of the fastest teams in the nation, if not the fastest, and they always seem to play better as the weekend progresses. With this being one of the best Gopher squads in a while, if the Beavers don't play near perfect hockey, the Gophers will be headed back to Minneapolis with two wins.

Ohio State at Minnesota State
After Ohio State's train wreck of a weekend against North Dakota anything can happen this weekend against Minnesota State. Both teams are going to be hungry for goals as the Buckeyes only scored twice and the Mavericks didn't score at all last weekend. On paper the series looks like it should be a sweep for the Buckeyes, but both teams are plagued by inconsistency in net. Ohio State has the better offense, but that didn't matter much against North Dakota. If MSU goalie Ali Altmann has a great weekend and the Maverick offense shows up, I wouldn't be surprised to see a split, or the Buckeyes getting a win and a tie. 

No. 6 North Dakota at No. 7 Minnesota Duluth
This will be a great series to see firsthand. Both teams are very aggressive on the forecheck so special teams will be a major factor in this game, as a lot of penalties can be expected. I wouldn't want to be a goaltender in this series as UND's offense is on fire and Minnesota Duluth's head coach Shannon Miller will have her team ready to bounce back after getting swept by Wisconsin. A weekend split sounds reasonable if the Lamoureux's limit their penalties. Though, if the Lamouruex's are stuck in the box, UMD's power-play will run over the North Dakota defense and goaltending. 

Robert Morris at St. Cloud State
Robert Morris split earlier with Minnesota State, but this may be a decent chance for St. Cloud State to get a win. I wouldn't be surprised to see freshman goaltender Julie Friend to get the start in the first game. She played well enough against Bemidji State last weekend and has the only win for SCSU this year. If the Huskies get good goaltending, I could see St. Cloud State getting their second win on the season, but I feel like Robert Morris will most likely get two wins.

No. 4/5 Boston University at No. 1 Wisconsin
While this is a rematch of last year's title game, the Boston University squad entering Madison is far from the same that played against the Badgers in Erie, Pa., last March. The Terriers will be without star forward Marie-Philip Poulin, who got hurt in the opening-weekend series against North Dakota. BU also lost some key seniors to graduation, so the roster won't be quite as deep as it was in March. The Badgers will need to rely on their strong defensive play this weekend and possibly look to convert more chances on their struggling power-play unit. 

The Voice: Right call? Depends on whether it works

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The_Voice_Matt_Lepay_200.jpg"I always want to be the aggressor."

That is a quote from Bret Bielema, spoken a few months before he worked his first game as the Badgers' head coach.  

We have seen his aggressive nature on multiple occasions, from fake punts, fake field goals and, more recently, a tailback throwing a touchdown pass to a quarterback. The man loves to push the envelope, and that is part of what makes him intriguing. Not everyone loves it, but his outside-the-box thinking forces you to pay attention because you'd hate to miss something.

Last Saturday night's Hail Mary places Kirk Cousins in a time capsule along with Boston College's Doug Flutie and Colorado's Kordell Stewart. I am guessing that last sentence is difficult to read and, trust me, I cannot say I enjoy writing it. The fact is TV networks will show that play forever.

A sidebar story to that final pass is Bielema's decision to use two timeouts to stop clock in the final minute. He called the first after a Brendan Kelly sack and forced fumble made it second-and-20 from the Spartans' 24-yard line. There were 42 seconds to play.

A 12-yard connection to wide receiver B.J. Cunningham made it third-and-8 from the MSU 36. Bielema used his second timeout with 30 seconds remaining. In our radio booth, Mike Lucas and I were talking about the trust Bielema was showing in his defense. I also suggested that if it works, great, but if not... "It's a second guesser's delight."

Was I surprised Bielema called that second T.O.? Yeah, maybe a little. Should I have been surprised? No, not really, because that is how he rolls. When it works, it is a gutsy decision. If it doesn't, well, you know what happens next. It is fresh material for talk shows, message boards and bloggers. Coaches understand that is how it works in big time sports.

A friend of mine who used to work with the Wisconsin basketball program had some tongue-in-cheek advice for the coaches. "Hey, just run the plays that work, OK?" If a team is hitting a bunch of 3-point shots, it must be running a great offense, right? If they're tossing up bricks all day, we say the offense looks flat.

This is Bielema's sixth season as the Badgers' head man. In that time, I thought the nuttiest call he made was the fake punt in the Rose Bowl. It was in the second quarter, with TCU leading 14-10.

Unlike the Iowa game when he had clear sailing, punter Brad Nortman had to break through some traffic to make the first down. If the Horned Frogs would have stopped Nortman, take a guess on how observers would have reacted.

You know how many people told me that call was crazy? None. Zero. Nada. Why? Because it worked -- therefore it was a good call.

It was that incomplete pass on the two-point try that had fans upset. Jacob Pedersen was wide open, but Tank Carder made a big-time play by knocking down the throw. Therefore, it was a bad call.

With that off my chest, it is on to Ohio State, where the Badgers likely will face an even more hostile atmosphere than they dealt with in East Lansing. It is Homecoming in Columbus. OSU is honoring Hall of Famer Eddie George. The Buckeyes are wearing special uniforms.

One more thing. Given what happened last year to OSU's top-ranked football and basketball teams, it is safe to say  those folks do not like the Badgers very much.

What an opportunity for Wisconsin to bounce off the deck after last week's disappointment.  

There is one more thing. If you were not a fan of divisional play before, maybe this will help change your mind. Granted, there is a long way to go, but perhaps the Badgers will get back on track and win the Leaders Division. Perhaps Michigan State will continue its winning ways and capture the Legends.

That would set up a rematch in Indianapolis, with a Rose Bowl berth on the line.  

I know, I know -- first things first, but it never hurts to dream a little, does it?

Lucas at Large: Freshman Uthoff reminds Ryan of Gasser

Bo Ryan is not prone to hyperbole when discussing freshmen. So his words tend to carry more weight when the UW basketball coach does single out a first-year player as a potential contributor.

That was the case during last season's media day when Ryan volunteered a thumbnail sketch on the strengths of guard Josh Gasser, which clearly indicated that he had a chance to play right away.

Uthoff_practice_2.jpg"His knowledge of the game and court sense are really good; he's ahead of a lot of freshmen," he said at the time. "Josh can play. Josh is smart. Nothing seems to rattle him. That's what I like about him."

As it turned out, there was plenty to like about Gasser who scored 21 points in the season opener, started 30 of 34 games and produced the first triple-double in school history.

During Monday's media day, Ryan was asked about freshman Jarrod Uthoff, a 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward from Cedar Rapids, who was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Iowa.

"He'll play at the University of Wisconsin and he'll play early," Ryan said. "He's a player; better than expected. But don't tell him I said that. I think the other guys (freshmen) have a chance to play.

"I'm just saying that he's right now, kind of picking up things like Josh (Gasser) did last year. Coaches like good listeners and fast learners and I've never seen a more conscientious guy."

Earlier in the press conference, Ryan fielded a question on his expectations for UW's freshman class - Uthoff, George Marshall, Traevon Jackson, Frank Kaminsky and Jordan Smith - based on what he had seen already.
    
"Well, if you asked me last Tuesday, I could have given you an answer," Ryan said. "If you asked me yesterday, I could have given you an answer.

"You know what? After eight practices I could have given you eight different answers which is not unusual. But here's what I do like.

"They don't like to lose in the drills. If you come in second, you come in last. There are three teams of four or five guys and you go against each other; red, white and black jerseys.

"There are two teams that have to run, because only one team wins. It's pretty competitive. That's a good sign. If we don't have guys who are competing we're not going to get better."

The faces may change from class to class; the message never does to his freshmen.

"For the 40th time, since this is my 40th year of coaching," Ryan said. "You tell them on the first day that if you don't go hard against me, you are disrespectful to me.

"If I don't go hard at you every possession then I'm being disrespectful of you. We just tell guys, 'If you really want to accomplish something each and every day, try to beat the guy across you.

"Try to make sure you're making him work as hard as he can to get to the rim and to get a good shot and make him move his feet to stop you when you're on offense.'

"If you have those kinds of (competitive) drills, guys will develop."

The mere mention of player development struck a chord with Ryan, who was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame last weekend along with former Princeton coach Pete Carrill.
    
"I got goose bumps when Petey told me Saturday night that he doesn't watch a lot of teams on television but he watches us play," related Ryan.

"I said, 'Why, because we're slow?' He goes, 'No, because you move the ball and you play the way the game is supposed to be played.'

"I thought that was pretty nice. Here's a guy who's 81 years old and still working in the NBA and he actually had something nice say about our guys."

Ryan has always had the utmost respect for Carrill because "he was such a good teacher getting guys to understand their roles and how to play off each other."

Who does that sound like? Exactly.

After that brief detour, Ryan got back on point and concluded, "If these freshmen are competing, we have a chance to get better."

Butch and Stiemsma make Team USA roster for Pan Am Games

The official 12-man USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team was announced this week and former Badgers Brian Butch and Greg Stiemsma both made the cut.

Butch_USA-300x400.jpgThe U.S. squad, comprised for the first time in Pan American Games history of NBA Development League players who are under contract to play in the NBA D-League in 2011-12, will continue training in Tulsa through Oct. 22 and will compete Oct. 26-30 in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Butch will be playing in his first competition since suffering a brutal knee injury 15 months ago. USA Basketball chronicled his comeback story here.

Since playing at UW, Stiemsma has spent time playing professionally in both the NBA-Development League and overseas.

The USA men were drawn into Group B for the Pan American Games and are joined by national teams from Brazil, Dominican Republic and Uruguay. Competing in Group A are Argentina, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The U.S. men open preliminary round play Oct. 26 facing Dominican Republic (5:30 p.m. CDT), then face defending Pan American Games champion Brazil on Oct. 27 (8 p.m. CDT), and conclude preliminary play versus Uruguay (5:30 p.m. CDT) on Oct. 28. Semifinals action will be played Oct. 29, and the finals will be contested on Oct. 30.

Training camp for the 2011 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team will held Oct. 14-22 at the Tulsa Convention Center. The 12-member USA Men's Pan American Games Team will be announced before the team departs for the Pan American Games competition in Mexico on Oct. 23.

Lucas at Large: Specialists prepared to play role Saturday

FB_111021_Nortman_Brad.jpgFor someone who had been little more than an afterthought through the first five games, UW punter Brad Nortman was now hearing tongue-in-cheek comments about being "overworked.''

Against Indiana, Nortman had six punting opportunities -- or two more than he had in the three previous games combined. Prior to last Saturday, he had punted only 10 times overall.

Nortman definitely made each punt count against the Hoosiers. Besides averaging 43.8 yards per kick -- including a long of 52 -- he had four punts downed inside Indiana's 20-yard line (at the 14, 8, 18 and 1).

"I had some good hang time and pooch punts,'' said Nortman, a senior from Brookfield Central.  "I was proud of that. Even though it was a windy day, I worried about what I can control, not the wind.''

Indiana's Nick Stoner had a 10-yard punt return; marking only the second time this season that Nortman had a punt returned. Nebraska's Tim Marlowe had an 11-yard return in the Big Ten opener.

Nortman has turned his kicks into non-returnable items. That's huge, especially in the context of the Badgers' 2010 loss at Michigan State, when Keshawn Martin returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown.

You don't have to remind Nortman of the consequences; how a single play on special teams can impact the outcome. He has often confided that the Martin return has been "seared in my mind.''

In retrospect, Nortman outkicked his coverage; an old school cliché that still rings true. Could the specialists -- kickers or returners -- factor into Saturday night's rematch in East Lansing?

Martin is still around; still dangerous.

Meanwhile, the UW's Jared Abbrederis leads the nation in punt return average (22.75). That includes a score against Indiana and one that was called back because of a penalty against South Dakota.

"Coach (Bielema) always says it's one-third of the game, along with offense and defense,'' Nortman said. "Special teams are kind of an X-factor, a momentum swing, for the good or the bad.

"It's my job to make sure it's for the good. And there will be a time in this game, if not another game, where special teams, whether it's punt or kick return, will be called upon to make a big play.

"Even though I personally haven't gotten a lot of opportunities to make my presence felt in a game, inevitably I will be thrown into a situation that will require me to have a good punt.''

Nortman was quick to add, "I expect every punt to be a good punt.''

While Nortman has been in big games and pressure situations before, Michigan State's Mike Sadler has not been. Sadler, a redshirt freshman, has replaced Aaron Bates, a second-team All-American.

Bates was a four-year fixture.

Sadler has 23 career punts; 136 fewer than Nortman.

Spartan Stadium can be unforgiving to kickers; experienced or inexperienced.

"Besides the chilly Midwest weather,'' Nortman pointed out, "it's a challenge because of the way the stadium is shaped; the openings and such -- allowing wind drafts to come in and swirl.''

It can be particularly tricky for placekickers, whether it's Michigan State's Dan Conroy, who's 6-of-9 on the season, or Wisconsin's Philip Welch, who's just rounding into form after being injured.

As such, Nortman is hoping the Badgers have an edge since each member of the "field goal operation'' is a senior: the snapper (Kyle Wojta), the holder (Nortman) and the kicker (Welch).

"We've just been around for a long time,'' Nortman conceded.

Welch is just happy to be kicking again after dealing with a frustrating quad injury. Last Saturday, he converted on his first field goal attempt of the season; a 38-yarder against Indiana.

"It helped a lot to get that first one out of the way,'' said Welch. "I'd say that I'm about 90 percent (physically) but with the adrenaline on game day I'll be 100 percent.''

In some ways, the injury might have been a blessing.

"I've learned to appreciate what I had -- coming back now is actually more fun,'' Welch said. "It helped me appreciate the football can be taken away from you at any moment.''

Asked whether he felt any degree of urgency to return as soon as possible from the injury to enhance his NFL marketability, Welch said, "The main thing is helping the team.''

Nortman believes that Welch can be a big help in potentially a close game. "Kyle French stepped in and did a great job; he has a bright future,'' he said. "But having him (Welch) back is an asset.''

Badger Blog: Accountability, Ownership, Innovation

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In today's blog entry, head coach Yvette Healy writes about how to get ready for the upcoming season.

This week is a time of transition for the Badger softball team. We are wrapping up our fall practice schedule and preparing for our off-season. Since school started, we have been practicing 5-6 days a week for 3-4 hours a day. The team has worked extremely hard in the weight room and on the field. Now that our non-traditional season has ended, our team will lift and condition six hours a week and the coaches will run individual skill work-outs two hours a week. We'll breakdown swings, use a lot of video and game film and make any major adjustments that we need to now. This is also a great time for our team to bear-down academically, spending extra time with tutors and TA's preparing for midterms and finals. 

Our team chalk-talk yesterday focused on three words, "Accountability, Ownership and Innovation." Below are the coaches' notes from our talk. 

The past does not predict the future, yet creating inertia is one of the greatest challenges in life. I'm sure you've all heard the saying in physics, "objects in motion stay in motion, an object at rest stays at rest." If a pendulum is swinging, it will continue to swing. A penny sitting on the counter will continue to sit there, unless some source of energy appears and a force is applied to that object. If you've never done anything, it's easiest and most likely that you will continue not to do something. If you create a habit of getting up, working hard and accomplishing things, you will continue to do that. That's the reality. That's the science.

I think the greatest life lesson learned through sports is that as individuals we have the ability to break the cycles of the past and create a new, successful future. Think for a minute about your past, about your family, about your heritage. What was life like for your parents, grandparents and great grand-parents? Maybe things have been easy. Perhaps it's been a comfortable progression of well-educated, comfortable ancestors who all have college degrees, who all have houses, large bank accounts, retirement funds and college accounts to support each child. Maybe every marriage has been happy and prosperous, lasting 50+ years, and your siblings are all stand-up members of society with great jobs who make your parents' lives easier. Maybe you come from a long line of happy, successful family members.

I would guess that reality is a bit different. Just picture what the holidays will feel like with the crazy cousins, and dysfunctional aunts and uncles.  Many of us have ancestors who didn't speak English, who had no money, no education and no support. Many families struggle now and have struggled over the years. I am sure there have been a lot of failed marriages, lost jobs and hard times that have fallen on our families. 

Who is the first person on each side of your family to go to college? Certainly a college degree doesn't guarantee you job or make you a better, more successful person, but it does stack the odds in your favor. It does put you in a better position to succeed, providing you with more options and opportunities.

Just as the past does not have to predict the future in life, the same is true in sports.

Can you create something new, forge a legacy that never existed before and build something substantial that will serve as the groundwork, as the solid foundation upon which all great future accomplishments are built?

The true challenge here at Wisconsin is creating a dominant winning legacy in softball when it has never existed before. When you don't have a culture of winning to work in, it is the responsibility of each coach and student-athlete to create that environment; to search out, dream and create that culture which breeds success. How do you know how the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year or Big Ten Player of the Year trains, acts and leads if she's not on our team? You have to study it, look for it and seek it out. Look at other programs here at Wisconsin and see how national champions train.

As we transition from our fall season, into our individual winter works, the key ingredient is you! Ownership and accountability happen when you take full responsibility for your success or failure. Whether or not you are a hall-of-fame athlete, or team at Wisconsin, comes down to you. Sure I think coaches have a huge impact on your success. I believe that I have hired two of the smartest and most caring softball coaches in the country in Randy Schneider and Tracie Adix. They love the game, they are competitive, they have a wealth of knowledge and they can teach. The fact is, I think they have said most of the things that need to be said already. I think they have pointed out your deficiencies, they have shown you film on what you need to work on and they have met with you about your weaknesses. You have the knowledge, you have the drills and what you do next is on you. One of my favorite quotes is, "All know the way; few actually walk it." Are you passionately driven to achieve your dreams? Do you have dreams for what you want your personal experience and your team experience to be like here at Wisconsin? Do you have goals? What will your legacy be? What will your classes' and your team's legacy be?

I want to be very clear as we head into our fall meetings, that you will manage your own destiny. No excuses, no explanations. You are the most important person regarding your success. Every team is filled with special student-athletes that over-achieve, that break the mold and forge new paths. Every great program has a few special kids that changed the course of the program, changed the culture, set the team on a path of dominance and consistent high performance and achievement. We are looking for those leaders that are game-changers and history makers to emerge.

 

Breaking down the Big Ten standings

MADISON, Wis. - With just three games left for each team, the Big Ten women's soccer regular season is nearing its conclusion. The conference tournament returns in 2011 after a two-year hiatus, and with Northwestern earning an automatic bid as the host school, seven spots are available for the remaining 11 schools.

Wisconsin is right in the thick of the race, sitting in fifth place with 12 points and a 3-2-3 Big Ten mark. But as you can see below, the standings are very tight down the homestretch.

Team Record  Pct. Pts. Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Opp. Pts.
Penn St. 7-1-0 .875 21 at Michigan St. at Michigan PURDUE 38
Illinois 5-2-1 .688 16 at Northwestern at Nebraska MICHIGAN 26
Michigan St. 5-3-0 .625 15 PENN ST. OHIO ST. at Northwestern 35
Michigan 4-3-1 .562 13 OHIO ST. PENN ST. at Illinois 47
Wisconsin 3-2-3 .562 12 PURDUE INDIANA IOWA 27
Iowa 3-3-2 .500 11 at Nebraska NORTHWESTERN at Wisconsin 25
Minnesota 3-3-2 .500 11 INDIANA PURDUE NEBRASKA 25
Ohio St. 3-4-1 .438 10 at Michigan at Michigan St. INDIANA 34
Purdue 3-4-1 .438 10 at Wisconsin at Minnesota at Penn State 44
Nebraska 3-5-0 .375 9 IOWA ILLINOIS at Minnesota 38
Indiana 2-6-0 .250 6 at Minnesota at Wisconsin at Ohio State 33
Northwestern 1-6-1 .188 4 ILLINOIS at Iowa MICHIGAN ST. 42


Penn State is in first place with 21 points and enjoys a five-point lead over Illinois. However, the No. 2-10 teams in the conference are separated by just seven points. Three points are awarded for a victory, so there is still a lot of movement possible left.

Next to the team's point totals are their remaining three games. The number figure on the far right is the point total of the three opponents. As you can see, Michigan has the toughest finishing stretch as the Wolverines' final opponents have 47 points between them, though they do get two of those games at home.

Conversely, Iowa and Minnesota could have an advantage as their foes combine for only 25 points each. In addition, the Gophers are aided by the fact that they don't have to leave Minneapolis for the rest of the season.

Wisconsin is also in a favorable position. All three of the Badgers' remaining games are at home, and they have the fourth-easiest schedule as Purdue (10), Indiana (6) and Iowa (11) combine for just 27 points.

The final stretch begins Friday night at McClimon Soccer Complex as the Badgers host Purdue at 7 p.m.

ESPN's Depth Chart offers true inside access

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Now that it is over, I'm glad we were able to participate. If you had asked my thoughts in the middle of August, I may have been singing a different tune. And especially after I saw an advance copy of the show yesterday, I think it's one of the coolest things I've been a part of in my 13 years at UW.

Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT, Depth Chart: Wisconsin debuts on ESPN. It offers fans an inside look at the Badgers' Fall Camp, focusing on the QB position. With the focus on the QBs, obviously a lot of the show revolves around Russell Wilson.

It offers a great look at Wilson's progress at learning the offense and fitting in with his new teammates. It also touches on the injury to Jon Budmayr and how that impacts the No. 2 QB, in this case, redshirt freshman Joe Brennan.

ESPN has released a number of trailers for the show, which we have below. If you can't catch it tonight on ESPN, it will re-air tonight at 10 p.m. CT on ESPNU, Thursday at 5 a.m. CT on ESPNU and Friday at 9 a.m. on ESPNU. So set your DVRs!




More videos after the jump

The Voice: Taking show on road offers chance to impress

The_Voice_Matt_Lepay_200.jpgWith the release of the first BCS rankings, the college football season officially shifts into high gear. The annual debate about the system itself picks up steam. Fans yell that their favorite teams are not rated high enough.

Of course, there is what is becoming the annual "Boise State question," regarding whether the Broncos can crack the top 2 and play for the national championship.

Last but not least, columnists and sports yakkers across the country campaign for a playoff.

I am not going there -- at least not today.

The Badgers find themselves ranked sixth in this week's BCS standings, which seems about right to this observer. Given the strength of schedule to date, the computers will not love the Badgers as much as the human voters.

Try not to worry about it. Every year we speculate, watch ESPN's "BCS Countdown" show, and we either hear something favorable from one of the commentators or we fight the urge to throw a brick at the TV.

Speculation is part of the fun, but most of the time this BCS stuff works itself out. I say most of the time because the 2004 Auburn Tigers, which finished 13-0 but third in the final BCS rankings, would beg to differ.

While it appears the Badgers will need a few things to happen to move into the Top 2, I still would suggest that No. 6 is not a bad place to be in mid-October.  

As the late, great Al Davis always said "Just win, baby." (And in college football, if you can win by a lot, all the better).

For the Badgers beginning this Saturday night in East Lansing, I would tweak Mr. Davis' saying -- "Just win on the road, baby."  

Similar to college basketball, the pollsters tend to judge whether a team is elite by watching how it performs away from home. Last year, I thought the Badgers made their greatest statement outside of Madison.

While last October's victory against No. 1 Ohio State will always be memorable, I believe the game that truly defined the Badgers season came in the following game at Iowa. In a hostile environment against a rival, in a stadium that some folks on the sidelines told me was every bit as loud as Camp Randall at its raucous best, Wisconsin found a way to beat the Hawkeyes.

A fake punt, some clutch work from quarterback Scott Tolzien as well as tailback Montee Ball, and a team that overcame several injuries to put together a late-game scoring drive went a long way in the Badgers' championship run.

To beat a top notch team at home is great theatre. To defeat a team when 75,000 fans are against you is even more impressive.

This week the Badgers have their first true road game, and it happens to be against a Michigan State outfit that leads the Big Ten in most of the major defensive statistical categories, including total defense, where the Spartans also rank second in the nation.

Wisconsin is rolling, and so is Sparty. It also seems safe to say that this week's opponent is eager to see Russell Wilson and company. After MSU beat Michigan last Saturday, ESPN.com quoted Spartans safety Isaiah Lewis as saying "Wisconsin should know we're coming."

He later added "And just like any other team, if they're throwing the ball up, our DBs are going to go get it, our linebackers are going to go get it and our linemen are getting after the quarterback. And they're going to hurt him."

There is nothing like a juicy quote to get the fans and the pundits talking all week.

Let the road show begin.

WCHA Women's Notebook (Oct. 18, 2011)

Welcome to the WCHA Women's Notebook. Each week Ross LaDue from the UW Athletic Communications office breaks down the past weekend of action in the women's side of the WCHA and look ahead to the coming weekend.

This past weekend saw mostly nonconference matchups take place, with the marquee event being right here in Madison, between the No. 1 Wisconsin Badgers and No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers. The only other WCHA contest was between St. Cloud State and Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.  The rest of the conference was busy playing eastern teams as Bemidji State, Minnesota State and Minnesota Duluth traveled to Maine, Robert Morris and UConn, respectively. North Dakota stayed in Grand Forks to host Vermont.


Weekend Recap

Bemidji State at Maine
This series had one of the most surprising games of the weekend as the Beavers swept the Black Bears, winning the first game 3-2 in overtime and routing them 7-0 in the finale. The weekend was riddled with penalties as both teams totaled 30 minutes of penalties. Maine scored on a penalty shot on Friday and three of the other five goals in the game came on the power play.

The biggest surprise came in Saturday's game. After BSU scored its third goal of the third period, Maine pulled goaltender Kylie Smith at the 8:43 mark, but instead of putting in Brittany Ott, who played the day before, the Black Bears opted for a sixth skater and an empty net with 12 minutes left in the game. Needless to say the Beavers later scored on the empty net, which prompted the opening to be filled by Ott. However, the Black Bears continued to swap back-and-forth between an empty net and one with Ott. Bemidji State scored a final empty netter, as Maine's strategy of playing without a goalie for a more than 6 minutes failed to produce any goals.

Bemidji State players of notes: Emily Erickson recorded three goals and one assist on the weekend, while Erika Wheelhouse, last week's WCHA Defensive Player of the week, netted two goals. Slovakian goaltender Zuzana Tomcikova made 25 saves in the first game to record her second win of the season, while Alana McElhinney saw her first minutes of the season making 17 saves in the 7-0 win.

No. 6 Minnesota Duluth at Connecticut
A struggling UConn team hosting a national power-house had all the markings for a blowout so it was a bit surprising to see the Huskies net four goals on the Bulldogs and only lose by one in Friday's game. Whatever defensive lapses the Bulldogs had on Friday were erased on Saturday as they cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Huskies.

Minnesota Duluth players of notes: The Bulldogs did a good job of spreading the points around. In Friday's game no one had more than one goal or one assist and the only players to record more than one point in the game were Audrey Cournoyer and Katherine Wilson, who both had one goal and one assist. Both Cournoyer and Wilson were held to one assist on Saturday as Haley Irwin, Jenna McParland and Pernilla Winberg all recorded two points each. Jenny Harss made 38 saves on the weekend letting in five goals, not her best performance, but it was good enough to get two wins.

Minnesota State at Robert Morris
The Mavericks saw themselves with a 3-1 lead on Friday night before taking a nose dive in the last half of the game allowing Robert Morris to score three consecutive goals, including the game-winner in overtime. Exacting revenge, Minnesota State scored three consecutive goals to start off the game on Saturday. MSU would give up a shorthanded goal in the third, but would keep the lead to post their fourth win of the season.

Minnesota State players of notes:
The teams's leading goal scorer, Lauren Smith was, kept off the score sheet in both games, while last year's leading scorer, Kathleen Rogan, was kept to one goal on the weekend. Emilia Andersson was the only Maverick to score more than one goal as she netted two. Inconsistency has plagued the Minnesota State goaltending corps for the past few seasons and this weekend was no exception. Senior Alli Altmann played both games and struggled in Friday's contest stopping 18 of 22, but played well on Saturday stopping 23 of 24.


No. 7 North Dakota vs Vermont
With only one win on the season, I expected North Dakota to enter this series hungry for two wins. Granted the three loses the Sioux suffered in their first four games were to teams ranked higher than them, North Dakota is a much better team than they ever have been and they were hosting a fairly weak Vermont squad. The score from Saturday's game would suggest the Sioux had a lot of pent up frustration that was taken out on the Catamounts. Within the first three minutes of the game, the Sioux had already taken a 2-0 lead. UND scored two more in the second period before adding five in the third to win the first game 9-1. Sunday's game saw Vermont actually score first and hold the 1-0 lead until the final seconds of the opening period. The Sioux then went on to win by a modest 4-1 margin.

North Dakota players of note:
In Saturday's blowout, European standouts Michelle Karvinen and Andrea Dalen both scored two goals and tallied one assist, while Jocelyne Lamoureux scored two goals and helped on three others. Lamoureux's twin sister Monique Lamoureux-Kolls had two assists in the game. The twins would add one goal and one assist each in Sunday's game. Karvinen added two more helpers in the final game. Both UND netminders played over the weekend as Stephanie Ney got the nod in Saturday's contest, making 14 of 15 saves for her second win of the season. Jorid Dagfinrud got her first start of the season on Sunday and made 14 of 15 saves as well, with nine of those saves coming in the first period.

St. Cloud State at Ohio State
This series saw the most predictable scores of the weekend as Ohio State put up 5-1 scores both nights. SCSU actually scored the opening goal of the weekend, but gave up 10 straight before scoring the closing goal of the series.

Ohio State player notes: The Buckeyes' offense is led by the trio of Natalie Spooner, Laura McIntosh and Hokey Langan. Also sophomore Ally Tarr has been a pleasant surprise on offense for Ohio State so far this season. Spooner and McIntosh had a consistent weekend as they both recorded one goal and one assist each night. Langan has had a quiet start to the season and only tallied one goal all weekend. Tarr chipped in with a three point weekend. The biggest news for Ohio State on defense this year has been the return of their goaltender Chelsea Knapp who missed all of last year due to surgery rehab. However, Knapp wasn't the most elite before her absence and last year's true freshman Lisa Steffes played the most minutes of any goaltender in the nation and did a very acceptable job in net. Both goalies played a game on the weekend and it doesn't look like OSU has No. 1 goalie selected yet.

St. Cloud State players of note: Goaltender Tayler VanDenakker played both games of the series making 77 saves. VanDenakker has large shoes to fill after Ashley Nixon graduated at the end of last season. Nixon was a staple in net for the Huskies and was one of the better goalies in the conference even though her numbers didn't reflect it. VanDenakker looks to be a solid replacement, but with the weak SCSU defense don't expect her to be stealing any games too soon. Defender Jocelyn Zabrick has been seeing time up front at forward recently and scored the lone goal on Friday night.

No. 3 Minnesota at No. 1 Wisconsin
In the biggest game of the weekend in women's college hockey, the No. 3 Golden Gophers looked to topple the No. 1 Badgers as both teams entered the weekend with a 4-0-0 record. Overall, not much was decided. The weekend was a split, giving Ohio State the best record in the WCHA after four conference games. The two games were almost exact opposites of each other as Friday's contest saw the Gophers start the game flat and have a late rally fall short, while the Badgers did pretty much the same on Sunday. Both games had the same score line of 3-2, though on Friday the Badgers scored 3-0 and never lost the lead, while on Sunday the Gophers lost a 2-0 lead only to gain a 3-2 edge in the third period. The note of the weekend was Minnesota ending Wisconsin's unbeaten streak at 32 games.

Minnesota players of note: Leading goal scorer, Amanda Kessel was kept off the score sheet in Friday's loss, but she came back to score the game-winner on Sunday. Finnish goaltender Noora Räty made 50 saves on the weekend conceding five goals.

Wisconsin players of note: Carolyne Prévost scored two goals including the game-winner on Friday and assisted on both goals on Sunday, which were scored by Brooke Ammerman. Both Prévost and Brooke Ammerman have tallied at least one point so far in each of their games played this season. Sophomore netminder Alex Rigsby also conceded five goals on the weekend, but recorded two more saves than Räty in the series.



Possible WCHA Player of the Week winners (in order of likeliness)


Offensive Player of the Week
Jocelyne Lamoureux (UND) - 7 points (3G, 4A), 1 game-winning goal, 13 shots, +5 plus/minus
Emily Erickson (BSU) - 5 points (3G, 2A), 1 game-winning assist, 13 shots, +4 plus/minus
Carolyne Prévost (UW) - 4 points (2G, 2A), 1 game-winning goal, 5 shots, +3 plus/minus

Defensive Player of the Week
Jessica Wong (UMD) - 2 points (2G, 0A), 1 game-winning goal, 9 shots, +3 plus/minus
Erika Wheelhouse (BSU) - 2 points (2G, 0A), 8 shots, +3 plus/minus
Jennifer Harss (UMD) - 2 wins, 38 saves, only goalie to record two wins
Noora Räty (UM) - 1 win, 50 saves

Rookie of the Week
Michelle Karvinen (UND) - 5 points (2G, 3A), 2 game-winning assists, 10 shots, +5 plus/minus
Taylor Kuehl (OSU) - 3 points (0G, 3A), 8 shots, +3 plus/minus
Rachael Kelly (BSU) - 2 points (1G, 1A),1 game-winning assist in OT, 1 shot, +1 plus/minus



Looking Forward

Minnesota State at No. 2 Minnesota
I see Minnesota sweeping this one. Minnesota State's goaltending and defense won't be able to stop the offensive power of the Gophers. The Mavericks may net a couple goals of their own, but I wouldn't expect any more than two or three all weekend get past Räty.

St. Cloud State at Bemidji State
Before the season began I wouldn't have been surprised to see one close game of two in the series. However, with the way the Beaver offense has been playing, they should come away with an easy weekend sweep.

Ohio State at No. 7 North Dakota
For a UND sweep the Sioux will have to rely on their defense and goaltending. The North Dakota offense should easily overpower Ohio State's defense, but if UND can't keep Spooner and McIntosh contained I wouldn't be surprised to see the Buckeyes squeeze out a win.

No. 1 Wisconsin at No. 6 Minnesota Duluth

Wisconsin will need to limit the two biggest scoring threats that UMD has by slowing down and limiting Haley Irwin while also containing Jessica Wong at the blue line. UMD goaltender Jenny Harss takes up a lot of room in net with her large pads and her glove is quick, but in the past, she has had poor rebound control and a weak five-hole. The Badgers will need to crash the net, in hopes for second and third-opportunity shots to score goals.

Lucas at Large: Phillips determined to bounce back again

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FB_111013_Phillips_Curt.jpgCurt Phillips was patient with the questioner who had lost track of the count.

Phillips was OK with that memory lapse. Just don't count him out. Not yet.

"Three surgeries,'' said Phillips, the 21-year-old UW quarterback. "I've had three ACLs.''

All three anterior cruciate ligament procedures have been performed on his right knee.

"After the third one,'' said Phillips, a senior from Kingsport, Tenn., "they don't think that having additional surgeries compounds it or makes it any worse.

"I honestly think having the experience of having done it twice is going to help me. I'll be able to push it. While I say that, I want to be safe. I know what I can do to progress it.

"I don't really have a timetable,'' added Phillips, who's working on his second major.

"I want to make sure I do everything right and heal up this time, however much time it takes. Obviously, I'd like to get as much spring ball as I can but ultimately I need to be ready to go next fall.''

Phillips was speaking after Tuesday's practice, during which he spent most of his time standing next to Nate Tice, one of the backup quarterbacks who signals plays on to the field during game days.

Phillips is planning on standing next to Tice on Saturday, too, when the Badgers play Homecoming host to the Indiana Hoosiers at Camp Randall Stadium.

"I'm excited to get back on the sidelines even though I'm not playing,'' said Phillips, who will not be in uniform. "I've been watching the games from the press box.

"Just having the headset back on and communicating (with the other quarterbacks and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst) is definitely a step in the right direction and I'm excited for it.''

Phillips has not played in a game since the 2009 season. He first tore his ACL during a spring scrimmage in March of 2010 and then tore it again during practice in early November of the same year.

Last spring, Phillips took some reps in seven-on-seven, non-contact passing drills, which prompted UW coach Bret Bielema to say afterward, "He's kind of a genetic freak.''

Subsequently, though, a knee infection necessitated a third surgery.

"Honestly, the second time it happened might have been even more frustrating than the third time,'' he said, "just because I knew that there wasn't anything I could have done about the last one.

"It wasn't like I made a move too quickly on the field. It was an infection and I couldn't control it. The only thing I can control now is the effort that I'm putting into it (the rehab) to come back.''

The school will have to petition the NCAA in order to get Phillips another year of eligibility. "I haven't played in two seasons,'' he said pleading his case. "That's kind of what the rule is for.''

That begs the question, why? Why does he still want to play football?

"When something is taken away from you that you love it shows you how much you do love it,'' Phillips said. "It shows you how you take certain things for granted. Now you're even more hungry.''

Throughout the multiple surgeries and rehabs, Phillips has been grateful for many things in his life, not the least of which has been the support of his parents, Jim and Drenda.

"Obviously, they're looking out for my health in the long run,'' he said, "but they never wanted to tell me what to do. They leave the decisions up to me.''

It doesn't hurt that Phillips' dad is a radiologist.

"Being a physician, he knows what's going on,'' he said. "While he's not an orthopedic surgeon, he can communicate with the physicians here. He always makes sure I'm informed.

"My mom is just hoping for no more surgeries. She doesn't necessarily want me to give it up. They've both been very supportive and encouraging through the whole thing.''

If his knee heals, what kind of quarterback can Curt Phillips still be?

"I honestly I think I will be a more complete quarterback,'' he said, adding that he has picked up things from watching Scott Tolzien and Russell Wilson. "I've been able to learn from both guys.''

This fall, Phillips has also shared some of his frustrations with quarterback Jon Budmayr, who has been sidelined indefinitely with an elbow injury that has resulted in some nerve damage to his arm.

"Jon is a good friend,'' Phillips said, "and we've talked about things. He's kind of in the same boat. But he's extremely self-motivated and I have no doubt he will be ready to go, too.''

The operative word would be "too.''

Phillips is counting on being ready -- too.

"Initially when I was on crutches, I wasn't really around that much,'' he said of practice. "But the past two weeks, I've been around the team more and it has been kind of a pick-me-up.''

His dad has shared a Neil Young line with him: Better to burn out than to rust out, or fade away.

"I think that applies,'' Curt Phillips said.

Unsung heroes, UW defenders getting the job done

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Unsung heroes. Every sport has them. In the sport of soccer, it is typically the defenders that fall into that category. They play day in and day out, without the glory of the offensive positions. Rarely do they score a point, maybe an assist here and there.  And when the team records a shutout, it usually isn't defenders getting the credit. Yet without them, the game wouldn't be the same.

UW defenders Blake Succa and David Caban are two players that exemplify the role of the defender. Both have seen action in all 12 of Wisconsin's games this season, with Succa starting every contest. Both play hard every minute they are on the field and play even harder in the final minutes of the game, yet neither has been the subject of a postgame interview or earned a weekly honor.

"Defending starts the attack," Caban stated. "It is always nice when you get to blow up a challenge with an opposing midfielder as he is coming down at you, and then you win the tackle and start the attack to the next play."

"Our main job is to slow down the other team's attack so that our attackers can get back and get behind the ball," said Succa.

"If someone is under pressure I can be an outlet for them," added Caban. "If the attack can't break through, they always have options back to relieve the pressure."

The strength of UW's defense was put the to the test in Sunday's 2-1 win over Michigan. The Wolverines came out of halftime with a two-goal deficit and tested the Badgers' defense with 16 shots in the second half, including six on net. 

"We had the lead and we stayed calm," Caban said. "We knew that once they came at us we had to hold solid and make sure we preserved the lead and try to get the win. We used the motivation to stay undefeated in the Big Ten as a little extra push."

UW's defense held and the Badgers earned their first-ever win over Michigan in Ann Arbor; a fact that shouldn't go unnoted as the team travels to Ann Arbor in November for the Big Ten Tournament. 

The Voice: Enjoy the ride, Wisconsin sports fans

The_Voice_Matt_Lepay_200.jpgLast week during a commercial break on the Barry Alvarez radio show, the University of Wisconsin's director of athletics had a big grin and said, "Isn't it fun when you win?"  

All I could do was smile and nod -- and remember to way it was in the late 1980s. Back then I was doing morning sports updates for WTSO Radio, which in those days was a country music station.  It seemed every Monday the weekend recaps centered on how the Badgers lost on Saturday, and how the Packers lost on Sunday.  

As for interest in the Brewers, that generally faded by about the end of July.  Beyond the greatness of Robin Yount and Paul Molitor, and the occasional streak, the highlights were few and far between.

It is a good thing our radio station played a lot of Garth Brooks and Randy Travis tunes.  Had WTSO been a sports talk station in those times, there would have been very little to chat about.  A show once a week was about all anyone, hosts or listeners, could tolerate.

Oh, my how things have changed, and what a stretch this is for Cheesehead Nation.

The defending Super Bowl champion Packers remain unbeaten.  Aaron Rodgers might be the best player in the NFL.  The Wisconsin Badgers are unbeaten and ranked fourth.  Russell Wilson might be the best player in the Big Ten, and he appears to be a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate.  The Milwaukee Brewers are NL Central Division champions, and currently are battling rival St. Louis for the right to advance to the World Series.  Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder are top MVP candidates.

There is all of that, plus, could we have had better weather around here the past 10 days or so?  I mean, if this is what heaven is like, sign me up.

Who knows how these stories will end, but I would suggest -- at least for now -- this state is the envy of most sports enthusiasts in the country.

Other places have had multiple champions, and I certainly am not assuming that it will happen in Wisconsin, but what is going on now seemed so unlikely in the late 1980s and early '90s.  The mere suggestion of this type of stretch would get you laughed out of the room.

Alvarez often tells the story of coaching his first game in 1990. On the bus ride from the team hotel to the stadium, he has said "You could fire a cannon down the street and not hit anyone."  He was right.  It was all he and his staff could do to create any excitement with a fan base that was staying away in droves.

The once proud Packers franchise fell on hard times, as Lindy Infante's team finished 4-12 in 1988.  The following year was much better, but they fell just short of a playoff berth.  The next two years produced a 10-22 record.  A college-aged Packers fan today cannot relate to such futility.

As the NLCS progresses, no doubt there will be some tense moments that will have Brewers fans biting their finger nails.  

Perhaps one week, the Packers will need a late fourth-quarter drive to win a game.

As for the Badgers, do not expect them to win by 30-plus points a week. In time, they too will have a couple of those down-to-the-wire affairs that will keep you glued to your TVs and radios.  

Enjoy every second of it. As a fan, there will be moments that might make your stomach do flip-flops, but this is only because your teams are playing on big stages.

There are those who say this is as good as it gets. Right now, that is true. Then again, it is possible -- I repeat, possible -- that the best could get even better.

As Barry would say "Isn't this fun?"

Lucas at Large: Young linebackers develop under watchful eyes

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Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema generally likes to stand directly behind the linebackers when the scout team defense is matched against the No. 1 offense during an inside drill.

From his vantage point, Bielema exhorts the linebackers to "Fill hard!'' or "Play with your hands!'' Usually those linebackers are Jake Keefer from Woodville and Derek Watt from Pewaukee.

Both are true freshmen who are being redshirted this season.

"He'll watch every single play, and he definitely hones in on the scout defense,'' Watt said of Bielema. "It's good to know that's he's watching and evaluating and we're not off on our own.

"It would be no different if he wasn't watching; we'd still play the same way. But it's comforting to know that he's taking the time and paying attention to what we're doing.''

Not much gets past Bielema, who's constantly encouraging and pushing his younger players to get better. That's especially true during the developmental practices each Sunday.

These sessions are designed for anybody on the depth chart who didn't play the day before -- and some who did play but got limited work. Starters are excluded.

Bielema likes to use the examples of tight end Jacob Pedersen and offensive lineman Ryan Groy as players who have developed the fastest and made the greatest strides during these practices.

"We may not be preparing you this week to win a game next week,'' Bielema will tell the players. "But we may be preparing you to win the third game next year.

"I want them to think that way.''

Bielema has already formulated some positive thoughts on Keefer and Watt.

"Anything you throw at him,'' he said of Keefer, "he goes a million miles an hour. Out there the other day, he was screaming and yelling because he wanted to get more reps."

"Derek Watt is going to be OK," Bielema added. "If he doesn't stay at linebacker, he might grow into big brother's (spot). He's got those size 14 canoes and he's a really, really hard worker just like J.J. Watt was.''

Former Wisconsin defensive end J.J. Watt, a first-round NFL draft choice of the Houston Texans, stands 6-6 and weighs 292. His younger brother, Derek, is 6-2, 215.

Derek Watt has already had a growth spurt from the comprehension standpoint.

"When you come here, you get so much better the first few days,'' he said of the August training camp. "It's the things that you learn and the guys that you're going against that makes you better.

"Every day in practice I've been going up against the top offensive line in the country -- at least in our eyes -- and I've gotten better in my techniques, playing with my hands and getting off cut blocks.''

Besides playing linebacker, Watt rushed for 2,685 yards and 44 touchdowns as a prep tailback.

"Playing both ways in high school, you know what they (running backs) are thinking and you can kind of anticipate things,'' he said. "You can see what they're seeing when the hole opens up.''

Derek Watt communicates once a week with his older brother.

"J.J. knows what it's like being on the scout team and he just reminds me to stay motivated and keep working hard,'' Derek said.

"He tells me, 'Let your work do the talking. There are eyes on you at all times; cameras at all angles during practice, so you can't take any plays off. Do what you can do to help the team out.'''

He appreciates the advice because it hits so close to home. "I'm not getting on the field anytime this year,'' he said, "so I'm just trying to help the guys who are and hopefully get my time next year.''

Watt and Keefer are going through similar transitions as redshirts to college football.

"We spent so much time together all summer,'' Watt said, "and now that Derek is over in the two deep and actually getting playing time, it's just me and Jake working together on scout team.''

Derek is Derek Landisch, a true freshman linebacker from Hartland-Arrowhead High School. In addition to contributing on special teams, he has been getting more and more snaps on defense.

"He's not No. 44 (Chris Borland),'' Bielema said of Landisch. "But he's not far away.''

Bielema suggested moving Landisch to Mike linebacker. At the moment, he sees Jake Keefer in the middle, too, with Derek Watt on the outside. "It's just a good group,'' Bielema emphasized.

Bound only to get better while developing at their own pace.

If nothing else, they each know that Bielema will be watching.

MHKY_111007_Butters_Bill.jpgA year ago, Bill Butters wasn't quite sure what he was getting himself into.

"Being an ex-Minnesota player and an ex-Gophers coach,'' said Butters (right), "there was a little friction and I felt a little stress.''

A year ago, Gary Shuchuk wasn't quite sure what he was getting himself into, either.

"I never thought I'd be friends with a Gopher,'' kidded Shuchuk, the ex-Badger. "But we're good friends. I don't look at Bill as a colleague or a coach. I look at him as a close friend that I can talk to.''

A year ago, UW men's hockey Mike Eaves hired Butters and Shuchuk as assistant coaches.

That necessitated some adjustments for everyone throughout the transition period.

"Not knowing how Mike coaches,'' Butters said, "it was all new.''

"Last year,'' Shuchuk said, "there was a learning curve for me coaching at this level.''

A year later, Eaves feels much more comfortable with Butters and Shuchuk. And vice versa.

"They know our systems,'' said Eaves, adding that he has been "able to delegate more comfortably'' with Butters and Shuchuk and knowing that "takes a load off my mind.''

As a result, Eaves said, "I can be detailed about other things in terms of individual stuff with players, so we're definitely well ahead of the curve.''

As a player, Butters skated for Glen Sonmor and Herb Brooks at Minnesota. He was a no-nonsense defenseman. As a coach, Butters was an assistant with the Gophers for 10 seasons.

Hence, he went through an understandable orientation to Badger hockey.

What's the biggest difference from last season to this season?

"I'm a little bit more relaxed,'' Butters said. "I think I know a little more, I'm a little wiser and I'm a little bit more comfortable. I also have a few players that I actually recruited (on the roster).''

That would be Patrick Daly, a defenseman from Victoria, Minn.; Joseph LaBate, a freshman forward from Eagan, Minn.; and Brad Navin, a freshman forward from Waupaca, Wis.

Eaves put Butters in charge of the blue line corps. "And I'm more comfortable with them,'' Butters said of his returning players, "and they're more comfortable with me.''

Butters' transition extended beyond the ice. He also had to adjust to a new campus and community; and a new coaching environment within the UW athletic department.

"I had a good session with Bret Bielema the other day,'' Butters said of the UW football coach. "We had a recruit in town and he (Bielema) was wonderful.

"He took about 20 minutes to talk with him while the team was practicing. Just to see that side of the Badgers (family) and how everyone is pulling for each other is cool.''

Shuchuk was once an integral playing member of the Badger family. In 1990, he was an All-American and the leading scorer on a UW team that won the national championship.

"This being my second year on the coaching staff, I really feel a part of the program,'' Shuchuk said. "I know when I can speak up without stepping on Mike's or Bill's toes.

"Now I feel more comfortable with what I'm capable of doing. What's even better is I'm still learning from those guys. The three of us enjoy each other's company.

"We just love coming to work every day. We don't see it as a job. And we want to convey that to the boys in the locker room that 'You play this game to have fun.'''

Of course, it's more fun when you're winning hockey games on a consistent basis. That will be a challenge this season with so many freshmen and sophomores on the roster and so much inexperience on the ice.

"We're a young team and we realize that as a staff,'' Butters said. "We're not putting any pressure on the players. But we're not saying 'We're young' so we can lose 20 games and that's OK.

"We want to win here and we want our young guys to grow up real quick, if they can. But we know there might be some growing pains with them early on and we're going to be patient with them.''

Butters has more answers than questions with his returning defensemen. That includes an All-American and top-10 Hobey Baker Award finalist in Justin Schultz, who led the Badgers in scoring last season.

Complementing Schultz will be team captain John Ramage. "Our blue line should be a strength for us,'' said Butters. "That should give our forwards a chance to grow a little bit.''

Butters is counting on getting contributions from Frankie Simonelli, Joe Faust and Eric Springer, the lone senior. "They'll all get some playing time,'' he pointed out.

A freshman, Jake McCabe, will also factor into the mix. "He's kind of like Jake Gardiner (who signed with Toronto),'' Butters said. "He's got a good stick; he's a good skater and a strong kid.''

That has always been a teaching point for Butters -- how a defenseman handles his stick.

"I think the guys are more used to how I want them to play,'' he said. "I'd like our guys to be more like me (as a player). But I'd have liked to have been more like them. They have a lot more talent.

"We just need to be a little more physical. I'm not asking Justin Schultz to crush guys. But John Ramage and some others have that 'crush-ability' and they should step into a few more bodies.''

Shuchuk likes the energy and emotion that Ramage brings to the rink. "He's a steady guy who plays the game with heart,'' he said, "and he's trying to share his passion with a lot of the other guys.''

The competition should be pretty intense for spots on the forward lines, he added.

"If you want to play and be in the starting lineup, you have to show us,'' Shuchuk said. "We're basically having open auditions for a lot of things; power play, penalty-killing. That's the intriguing thing.

"I'd love to be a player coming in here right now. If you weren't hyped as a goal-scorer or a first-line player, this is your chance to prove that 'This is my spot now.'''

That would also apply to the three goaltenders: Mitch Thompson, Joel Rumpel and Landon Peterson. "Who wants to take the bull by the horn and be the number one guy?'' Shuchuk asked.

That will be answered in time. "That's going to be an important part,'' Butters said, "to see how we play in our zone and give those guys (the goalies) some confidence.''

Shuchuk nodded and said, "Our defensive corps is a huge catalyst.''

It's definitely a good starting point.

Bielema heads to Bristol for ESPN takeover

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It will be hard to miss Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema if you tune into an ESPN network on Friday.

Taking advantage of the No. 4 Badgers' bye week, Bielema will spend the day in Bristol, Conn., to appear on a number of TV and radio shows.

Here's a look at Bielema's scheduled appearances (Central time):

- 8:40 a.m.  SportsCenter - ESPN
- 10 a.m.  SportsNation Chat - ESPN.com
- 11:40 a.m.  SportsCenter - ESPN
- 12:30 p.m.  Scott Van Pelt Show - ESPNews / ESPN Radio
- 2:20 p.m.  SportsCenter - ESPNews
- 2:30 p.m.  College Football Live - ESPN2
- 3 p.m.  College Football Live (Replay) - ESPNU
- 4 p.m.  SportsNation - ESPNU
- 5:20 p.m.  SportsCenter - ESPN
- 7 p.m.  College Football Live Pregame Show - ESPN

In addition to his broadcast schedule, Bielema also will spend time recording a podcast, sitting down with the crew from College GameDay Radio and conducting an interview with ESPN The Magazine.

In all, Bielema will put in a full nine hours on the Bristol campus.


Badgers break into Soccer America Top 25 poll

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The Wisconsin men's soccer team has earned a No. 25 ranking in the latest Soccer America Top 25 poll. Creighton, UW's opponent in tonight's game, is ranked fifth. The Bluejays fell from the third spot after suffering their first loss of the season to Maryland.

The Badgers also earned a spot on this week's Tournament 48 rankings by Top Drawer Soccer. The rankings are a running attempt to project the postseason college soccer tournament qualifiers, including every automatic conference berth.  UW earned the 30th spot on the list, while Creighton is sixth.

Wisconsin hosts Creighton at 7 p.m. on Oct. 5 at the McClimon Complex. The Bluejays enter the game fresh off of their first loss of the season, while the Badgers are looking to extend their unbeaten streak to six games.

 

Archived Gameday Blog: Men's soccer vs No. 5 Creighton

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The UWBadgers.com Gameday Blog provided live coverage of  Wisconsin's 2-1 overtime loss to No. 5 Creighton at the McClimon Complex on Oct. 5, 2011. An archived version of the blog is below.

 

  Men's soccer vs. No. 5 Creighton Gameday Blog (10/05/2011) 
6:33
Hayley Kuepers: 
Welcome to tonight's live coverage of Wisconsin's men's soccer!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:33 Hayley Kuepers
6:34
Hayley Kuepers: 
The Badgers will be facing the No. 5 Creighton Bluejays tonight!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:34 Hayley Kuepers
6:34
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What is your guess? I am saying 5-0 UW.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:34 Guest
6:35
Hayley Kuepers: 
Any predictions?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:35 Hayley Kuepers
6:36
Hayley Kuepers: 
The Badgers are 2-7-1 all-time against the Jays and 1-2-1 against Creighton in Madison.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:36 Hayley Kuepers
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Badgers warming up for game vs. Creighton
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:37 
6:38
Hayley Kuepers: 
The Badgers are coming of a stunning, 2-0, upset of then No. 6 Indiana on Sunday, while Creighton is coming off its first loss of the season. The Bluejays suffered a 1-0 loss to then No. 3 Maryland on Friday.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:38 Hayley Kuepers
6:38
Hayley Kuepers: 
Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:38 Hayley Kuepers
6:39
[Comment From Richard PresserRichard Presser: ] 
I predicted 2-0 against IU, so lets stay with the same 2-0 against Creighton
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:39 Richard Presser
6:40
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
I can live with that
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:40 Guest
6:40
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
What is the weather like back in Madison?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:40 Guest
6:41
Hayley Kuepers: 
We had another gorgeous day today here in Madison, and it's turning into a beautiful night!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:41 Hayley Kuepers
6:42
Hayley Kuepers: 
Game time temperature is 72 degrees.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:42 Hayley Kuepers
6:43
Hayley Kuepers: 
Here are the starting lineups for tonight's game.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:43 Hayley Kuepers
6:46
Hayley Kuepers: 
For Creighton:

#1, Brian Holt
#3, Tyler Polak
#6, Dion Acoff
#7, Bruno Castro
#9, Eric Miller
#11, Greg Jordan
#15, Andrew Duran
#16, Ethan Finlay
#21, Jace Peters
#25, Jake Brown
#28, Andrew Ribeiro
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:46 Hayley Kuepers
6:48
Hayley Kuepers: 
And for Wisconsin:

#2, AJ Cochran
#4, Paul Yonga
#5, David Caban
#10, Tomislav Zadro
#11, Joey Tennyson
#12, Trevor Wheeler
#13, Nick Janus
#18, Blake Succa
#19, Arnel Zahirovic
#22, Chris Prince
#30, Max Jentsch
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:48 Hayley Kuepers
6:50
Hayley Kuepers: 
Players are still warming up and starting lineups will be announced in about 3 minutes
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:50 Hayley Kuepers
6:58
Hayley Kuepers: 
Starting lineups are being announced.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 6:58 Hayley Kuepers
7:01
Hayley Kuepers: 
The Badgers are in all red tonight, while Creighton is in all white.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:01 Hayley Kuepers
7:02
Hayley Kuepers: 
We're ready to go!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:02 Hayley Kuepers
7:02
Hayley Kuepers: 
Game time!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:02 Hayley Kuepers
7:03
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zadro brings the ball downfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:03 Hayley Kuepers
7:03
Hayley Kuepers: 
foul UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:03 Hayley Kuepers
7:03
Hayley Kuepers: 
Duran with the ball in Creighton's backfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:03 Hayley Kuepers
7:03
Hayley Kuepers: 
Prince brings it past midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:03 Hayley Kuepers
7:03
Hayley Kuepers: 
back to Yonga
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:03 Hayley Kuepers
7:04
Hayley Kuepers: 
Succa with the ball, Castro defends
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:04 Hayley Kuepers
7:04
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton foul
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:04 Hayley Kuepers
7:04
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton kicks it out, UW throw in
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:04 Hayley Kuepers
7:04
Hayley Kuepers: 
Wheeler will take it past midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:04 Hayley Kuepers
7:04
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton throw in
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:04 Hayley Kuepers
7:05
Hayley Kuepers: 
Polak will take it, foul Creighton
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:05 Hayley Kuepers
7:05
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zadro will take the kick just past midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:05 Hayley Kuepers
7:05
Hayley Kuepers: 
Cochran with a shot, Holt save
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:05 Hayley Kuepers
7:06
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton brings it downfield now
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:06 Hayley Kuepers
7:06
Hayley Kuepers: 
Finlay with the ball in the corner
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:06 Hayley Kuepers
7:06
Hayley Kuepers: 
taken away by UW defense
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:06 Hayley Kuepers
7:06
Hayley Kuepers: 
Holt comes out of goal to take the ball
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:06 Hayley Kuepers
7:06
Hayley Kuepers: 
Ribeiro works with it at center mid
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:06 Hayley Kuepers
7:07
Hayley Kuepers: 
foul UW, in Creighton's attacking third
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:07 Hayley Kuepers
7:07
Hayley Kuepers: 
Acoff will take the kick
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:07 Hayley Kuepers
7:07
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton takes a shot, too high
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:07 Hayley Kuepers
7:07
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jentsch with a goal kick
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:07 Hayley Kuepers
7:08
Hayley Kuepers: 
Polak works with the ball in backfield, Tennyson charges
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:08 Hayley Kuepers
7:08
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zahirovic sends the ball toward the goal, Holt picks it up
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:08 Hayley Kuepers
7:08
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton throw in past midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:08 Hayley Kuepers
7:09
Hayley Kuepers: 
foul UW, just past midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:09 Hayley Kuepers
7:10
Hayley Kuepers: 
Polak sends it back to Ribeiro
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:10 Hayley Kuepers
7:10
Hayley Kuepers: 
Yonga chases the ball down in the corner
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:10 Hayley Kuepers
7:10
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
HOW IS THE TEAM FEELING?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:10 Guest
7:11
Hayley Kuepers: 
they look confident, playing aggressively
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:11 Hayley Kuepers
7:11
Hayley Kuepers: 
Polak with the ball, over to Duran
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:11 Hayley Kuepers
7:11
Hayley Kuepers: 
throw in UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:11 Hayley Kuepers
7:11
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zadro goes after it
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:11 Hayley Kuepers
7:12
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zahirovic sends it downfield again, Holt takes the ball
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:12 Hayley Kuepers
7:12
Hayley Kuepers: 
Brown with the ball on the outside
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:12 Hayley Kuepers
7:12
Hayley Kuepers: 
throw in UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:12 Hayley Kuepers
7:13
Hayley Kuepers: 
throw in Creighton in its backfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:13 Hayley Kuepers
7:14
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zadro brings the ball past midfield, Holt comes out of goal to kick the ball away
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:14 Hayley Kuepers
7:14
Hayley Kuepers: 
throw in UW before midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:14 Hayley Kuepers
7:14
Hayley Kuepers: 
Tennyson chases it down
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:14 Hayley Kuepers
7:15
Hayley Kuepers: 
beats the ball, UW throw in
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:15 Hayley Kuepers
7:15
Hayley Kuepers: 
Prince with the ball on the outside, goal kick Creighton
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:15 Hayley Kuepers
7:15
Hayley Kuepers: 
Cochran heads it out to Tennyson
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:15 Hayley Kuepers
7:16
Hayley Kuepers: 
Janus chases it down in opposite corner, Creighton throw in
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:16 Hayley Kuepers
7:16
Hayley Kuepers: 
Yonga with the ball, Finlay charges, but not before Yonga gets rid of it
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:16 Hayley Kuepers
7:16
[Comment From GUESTGUEST: ] 
This is a nice service, since there is no video, thanks for doing this...
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:16 GUEST
7:18
Hayley Kuepers: 
no problem, glad you're enjoying it!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:18 Hayley Kuepers
7:18
Hayley Kuepers: 
Acoff brings the ball downfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:18 Hayley Kuepers
7:18
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Is Creighton or Indiana a better side?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:18 Guest
7:18
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW throw in its backfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:18 Hayley Kuepers
7:18
Hayley Kuepers: 
Still too early to tell!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:18 Hayley Kuepers
7:19
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
hows the crowd
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:19 Guest
7:19
Hayley Kuepers: 
Pretty good crowd tonight, Bucky has made his appearance!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:19 Hayley Kuepers
7:19
Hayley Kuepers: 
Polak with the ball on the outside
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:19 Hayley Kuepers
7:20
Hayley Kuepers: 
Finlay now in the middle with the ball, cut off by Zahirovic
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:20 Hayley Kuepers
7:20
Hayley Kuepers: 
Polak again with the ball, to Jordan in the middle
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:20 Hayley Kuepers
7:20
[Comment From www.CreightonKommandos.cowww.CreightonKommandos.co: ] 
Creighton ;)
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:20 www.CreightonKommandos.co
7:20
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zahirovic heads it to Tennyson
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:20 Hayley Kuepers
7:21
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jordan chases the ball down in the corner, UW throw in
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:21 Hayley Kuepers
7:21
Hayley Kuepers: 
26:25 left in the half
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:21 Hayley Kuepers
7:21
Hayley Kuepers: 
Wheeler with the ball back to Yonga
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:21 Hayley Kuepers
7:21
Hayley Kuepers: 
a lot of back and forth play at this point
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:21 Hayley Kuepers
7:22
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zadro fights for it
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:22 Hayley Kuepers
7:22
Hayley Kuepers: 
now Prince on the outside
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:22 Hayley Kuepers
7:22
Hayley Kuepers: 
foul Creighton
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:22 Hayley Kuepers
7:22
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zadro will take the kick between midfield and the goal
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:22 Hayley Kuepers
7:22
Hayley Kuepers: 
nothing
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:22 Hayley Kuepers
7:23
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW throw in
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:23 Hayley Kuepers
7:23
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zadro in the corner, tries to cross Creighton defense is there
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:23 Hayley Kuepers
7:23
Hayley Kuepers: 
Polak brings it back downfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:23 Hayley Kuepers
7:23
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW goal kick
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:23 Hayley Kuepers
7:24
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton throw in near midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:24 Hayley Kuepers
7:24
Hayley Kuepers: 
Tennyson with the ball
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:24 Hayley Kuepers
7:24
Hayley Kuepers: 
Prince brings it down to the corner
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:24 Hayley Kuepers
7:25
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW throw in at midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:25 Hayley Kuepers
7:25
Hayley Kuepers: 
Finlay with the ball in the backfield, up to Acoff
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:25 Hayley Kuepers
7:25
Hayley Kuepers: 
goal kick UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:25 Hayley Kuepers
7:26
[Comment From CreightonKommandos.comCreightonKommandos.com: ] 
Lets Go JAYS!!!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:26 CreightonKommandos.com
7:26
Hayley Kuepers: 
Wheeler defends in the corner
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:26 Hayley Kuepers
7:26
Hayley Kuepers: 
Kyle McCrudden replaces Zahirovic
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:26 Hayley Kuepers
7:27
Hayley Kuepers: 
and Kris Clark replaces Brown for Creighton
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:27 Hayley Kuepers
7:27
[Comment From badgersfambadgersfam: ] 
any funny throw ins by the badgers?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:27 badgersfam
7:27
Hayley Kuepers: 
not yet!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:27 Hayley Kuepers
7:28
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton throw in its backfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:28 Hayley Kuepers
7:28
Hayley Kuepers: 
Yonga with the ball over to McCrudden
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:28 Hayley Kuepers
7:28
Hayley Kuepers: 
McCrudden sends it downfield, Creighton goalkick
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:28 Hayley Kuepers
7:28
Hayley Kuepers: 
Castro settles it, over to Polak
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:28 Hayley Kuepers
7:28
[Comment From Bluejay FanBluejay Fan: ] 
Just want to say thanks from Bluejay Soccer fans to the UW Athletic Dept for this live blog tonight.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:28 Bluejay Fan
7:29
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Is creighton playing with only 3 in the back? that last sub was a midfielder for a centerback.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:29 Guest
7:29
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton corner kick
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:29 Hayley Kuepers
7:29
Hayley Kuepers: 
Castro takes it, cleared by UW defense
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:29 Hayley Kuepers
7:29
[Comment From CreightonKommandos.comCreightonKommandos.com: ] 
Agreed w/ Bluejay Fan! Thanks!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:29 CreightonKommandos.com
7:30
Hayley Kuepers: 
You're welcome!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:30 Hayley Kuepers
7:30
Hayley Kuepers: 
goal kick UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:30 Hayley Kuepers
7:30
Hayley Kuepers: 
Janus with the ball on the outside
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:30 Hayley Kuepers
7:30
Hayley Kuepers: 
now Tennyson to Succa
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:30 Hayley Kuepers
7:31
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton throw in at midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:31 Hayley Kuepers
7:31
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Probably moved Miller back to defense. CU started with 5 defenders.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:31 Guest
7:31
Hayley Kuepers: 
Prince chases the ball toward the goal, Holt comes out to pick up the ball
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:31 Hayley Kuepers
7:31
Hayley Kuepers: 
Finlay passes up to Clark, UW goal kick
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:31 Hayley Kuepers
7:32
[Comment From badgersfambadgersfam: ] 
badgers still playing with possession? how is succa and caban doing against their midfield?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:32 badgersfam
7:32
Hayley Kuepers: 
Caban and Succa are doing well, they're challenging and playing aggressively
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:32 Hayley Kuepers
7:32
Hayley Kuepers: 
Ribeiro takes a shot on goal, Jentsch is there for the save
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:32 Hayley Kuepers
7:32
Hayley Kuepers: 
14:48 left in the half
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:32 Hayley Kuepers
7:33
Hayley Kuepers: 
Cochran with the ball, up to Caban
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:33 Hayley Kuepers
7:33
Hayley Kuepers: 
throw in UW in the backfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:33 Hayley Kuepers
7:34
Hayley Kuepers: 
Thiermann waiting to enter for Tennyson
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:34 Hayley Kuepers
7:34
[Comment From soccergirl30soccergirl30: ] 
Do you do this live blog for away games too?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:34 soccergirl30
7:34
Hayley Kuepers: 
no, home games only
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:34 Hayley Kuepers
7:34
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jordan finds Clark in the corner
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:34 Hayley Kuepers
7:35
Hayley Kuepers: 
Guido Pena replaces Castro in the game
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:35 Hayley Kuepers
7:36
Hayley Kuepers: 
Duran with control and time in the backfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:36 Hayley Kuepers
7:36
Hayley Kuepers: 
Ribeiro with the ball at center mid
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:36 Hayley Kuepers
7:36
Hayley Kuepers: 
Yonga with time in the backfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:36 Hayley Kuepers
7:37
Hayley Kuepers: 
McCrudden will throw it in before midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:37 Hayley Kuepers
7:37
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Is McCrudden starting?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:37 Guest
7:37
Hayley Kuepers: 
McCrudden didn't start, but he's in the game now
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:37 Hayley Kuepers
7:37
[Comment From badgersfambadgersfam: ] 
i hope presser comes to talk with you at halftime again.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:37 badgersfam
7:38
Hayley Kuepers: 
I think we can make that happen. Do you have any questions?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:38 Hayley Kuepers
7:38
Hayley Kuepers: 
Finlay chases the ball in the corner, Yonga takes it away
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:38 Hayley Kuepers
7:38
Hayley Kuepers: 
9 min to go
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:38 Hayley Kuepers
7:39
Hayley Kuepers: 
Wheeler will throw it in for UW before midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:39 Hayley Kuepers
7:39
Hayley Kuepers: 
Wheeler will throw it in in the attacking third
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:39 Hayley Kuepers
7:39
Hayley Kuepers: 
McCrudden comes up and sends ball back downfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:39 Hayley Kuepers
7:40
Hayley Kuepers: 
yellow card issued to Thiermann
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:40 Hayley Kuepers
7:40
Hayley Kuepers: 
Duran sends it downfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:40 Hayley Kuepers
7:41
[Comment From CreightonKommandos.comCreightonKommandos.com: ] 
Game tracker is about 5 minutes behind you guys... Again thanks!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:41 CreightonKommandos.com
7:41
Hayley Kuepers: 
Sorry, it's always a little behind
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:41 Hayley Kuepers
7:41
Hayley Kuepers: 
Pena with the ball in the corner
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:41 Hayley Kuepers
7:42
Hayley Kuepers: 
goal kick UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:42 Hayley Kuepers
7:42
Hayley Kuepers: 
6 min left
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:42 Hayley Kuepers
7:42
Hayley Kuepers: 
Clark chases the ball, McCrudden and Prince challenge
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:42 Hayley Kuepers
7:42
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW throw in
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:42 Hayley Kuepers
7:43
Hayley Kuepers: 
McCrudden to Thiermann
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:43 Hayley Kuepers
7:43
Hayley Kuepers: 
stolen away by Clark
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:43 Hayley Kuepers
7:43
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton throw in
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:43 Hayley Kuepers
7:43
Hayley Kuepers: 
Ribeiro up top
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:43 Hayley Kuepers
7:43
Hayley Kuepers: 
Clark takes a shot, wide
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:43 Hayley Kuepers
7:44
Hayley Kuepers: 
Holt punts it downfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:44 Hayley Kuepers
7:44
Hayley Kuepers: 
Caban settles it
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:44 Hayley Kuepers
7:45
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jordan at center mid
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:45 Hayley Kuepers
7:45
Hayley Kuepers: 
Prince brings it downfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:45 Hayley Kuepers
7:45
Hayley Kuepers: 
Caban now with room to run
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:45 Hayley Kuepers
7:45
Hayley Kuepers: 
Succa at the top
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:45 Hayley Kuepers
7:46
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton gets it back
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:46 Hayley Kuepers
7:46
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton foul
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:46 Hayley Kuepers
7:46
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jentsch will take the kick outside the box
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:46 Hayley Kuepers
7:46
[Comment From badgersfambadgersfam: ] 
is cochran winning all headballs like sunday?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:46 badgersfam
7:47
Hayley Kuepers: 
he hasn't seen as many as on Sunday thus far
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:47 Hayley Kuepers
7:47
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW throw in at midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:47 Hayley Kuepers
7:47
Hayley Kuepers: 
Prince puts it in the corner, too much
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:47 Hayley Kuepers
7:47
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton goal kick
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:47 Hayley Kuepers
7:47
Hayley Kuepers: 
30 sec to go
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:47 Hayley Kuepers
7:48
Hayley Kuepers: 
Miller with the ball
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:48 Hayley Kuepers
7:48
Hayley Kuepers: 
nothing and that's half
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:48 Hayley Kuepers
7:48
Hayley Kuepers: 
We're still scoreless here in Madison
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:48 Hayley Kuepers
7:48
Hayley Kuepers: 
the game will start back up in 15 min
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:48 Hayley Kuepers
7:50
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Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:50 
7:51
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Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:51 
7:51
Hayley Kuepers: 
Listen to what assistant coach Presser has to say at the half today...
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:51 Hayley Kuepers
7:56
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
7:20 Did Zahirovic play the whole first half?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:56 Guest
7:56
Hayley Kuepers: 
no he didn't play the entire half, McCrudden replaced him
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:56 Hayley Kuepers
7:57
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton outshot Wisconsin, 4-2 in the half
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:57 Hayley Kuepers
7:58
Hayley Kuepers: 
each goalie has recorded 1 save
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:58 Hayley Kuepers
7:58
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton has taken the game's only corner kick
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:58 Hayley Kuepers
7:59
Hayley Kuepers: 
There have been 13 fouls in the game, 7 to Creighton and 6 to UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 7:59 Hayley Kuepers
8:01
Hayley Kuepers: 
Play will start back up in just over 2 min
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:01 Hayley Kuepers
8:04
Hayley Kuepers: 
Here we go
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:04 Hayley Kuepers
8:04
Hayley Kuepers: 
Miller with the ball for Creighton
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:04 Hayley Kuepers
8:04
Hayley Kuepers: 
Janus brings the ball past midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:04 Hayley Kuepers
8:05
Hayley Kuepers: 
McCrudden chases the ball down in the corner
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:05 Hayley Kuepers
8:05
Hayley Kuepers: 
goal kick UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:05 Hayley Kuepers
8:05
Hayley Kuepers: 
headed by Ribeiro
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:05 Hayley Kuepers
8:05
Hayley Kuepers: 
Tennyson down to Prince
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:05 Hayley Kuepers
8:06
Hayley Kuepers: 
taken away by Creighton defense
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:06 Hayley Kuepers
8:06
Hayley Kuepers: 
Ribeiro brings it downfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:06 Hayley Kuepers
8:06
Hayley Kuepers: 
Finlay near the goal, can't get a foot on it
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:06 Hayley Kuepers
8:07
Hayley Kuepers: 
Peters with the ball in the backfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:07 Hayley Kuepers
8:07
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jordan with the ball at the top
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:07 Hayley Kuepers
8:07
Hayley Kuepers: 
Acoff with a shot, Cochran is there for a nice block
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:07 Hayley Kuepers
8:08
Hayley Kuepers: 
Cochran boots it downfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:08 Hayley Kuepers
8:08
Hayley Kuepers: 
headed back downfield by Cochran
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:08 Hayley Kuepers
8:08
Hayley Kuepers: 
Cochran again on the ball, down to Succa
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:08 Hayley Kuepers
8:08
Hayley Kuepers: 
Prince chases it down
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:08 Hayley Kuepers
8:08
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton throw in in its backfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:08 Hayley Kuepers
8:09
Hayley Kuepers: 
goal kick Creighton
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:09 Hayley Kuepers
8:09
Hayley Kuepers: 
we have played just over 5 min in the half
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:09 Hayley Kuepers
8:09
Hayley Kuepers: 
Miller forces the ball out
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:09 Hayley Kuepers
8:10
Hayley Kuepers: 
Wheeler will throw it in
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:10 Hayley Kuepers
8:10
Hayley Kuepers: 
Wheeler will throw it in again past midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:10 Hayley Kuepers
8:10
Hayley Kuepers: 
Succa cuts the ball off at center mid
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:10 Hayley Kuepers
8:10
Hayley Kuepers: 
foul UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:10 Hayley Kuepers
8:11
Hayley Kuepers: 
Duran with the ball in the backfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:11 Hayley Kuepers
8:11
Hayley Kuepers: 
goal kick UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:11 Hayley Kuepers
8:11
Hayley Kuepers: 
Tennyson pushes through the ball
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:11 Hayley Kuepers
8:11
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jordan cuts it off
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:11 Hayley Kuepers
8:11
Hayley Kuepers: 
headed away by Cochran
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:11 Hayley Kuepers
8:12
Hayley Kuepers: 
good defense Succa, Creighton foul
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:12 Hayley Kuepers
8:12
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jentsch will come out and take the kick
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:12 Hayley Kuepers
8:12
Hayley Kuepers: 
headed to Zadro by Prince
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:12 Hayley Kuepers
8:12
Hayley Kuepers: 
Janus cuts Acoff off with the ball
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:12 Hayley Kuepers
8:13
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Has there been any creativity from either side?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:13 Guest
8:13
Hayley Kuepers: 
no, we really haven't seen a whole lot, still just a lot of back and forth
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:13 Hayley Kuepers
8:13
Hayley Kuepers: 
Cochran to Tennyson
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:13 Hayley Kuepers
8:13
Hayley Kuepers: 
Yonga with the ball
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:13 Hayley Kuepers
8:14
Hayley Kuepers: 
Succa now on the outside
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:14 Hayley Kuepers
8:14
Hayley Kuepers: 
throw in Creighton before midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:14 Hayley Kuepers
8:14
Hayley Kuepers: 
Caban with the ball at center mid
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:14 Hayley Kuepers
8:14
Hayley Kuepers: 
Acoff with the ball, tries to cross, headed by Cochran
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:14 Hayley Kuepers
8:15
Hayley Kuepers: 
Prince cuts the ball off, Creighton throw in
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:15 Hayley Kuepers
8:15
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW throw in its attacking third
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:15 Hayley Kuepers
8:16
Hayley Kuepers: 
throw in Creighton
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:16 Hayley Kuepers
8:16
Hayley Kuepers: 
Polak with the ball
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:16 Hayley Kuepers
8:16
Hayley Kuepers: 
now Finlay with the ball in the center
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:16 Hayley Kuepers
8:18
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW is down in front of goal
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:18 Hayley Kuepers
8:18
Hayley Kuepers: 
Goal UW!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:18 Hayley Kuepers
8:19
Hayley Kuepers: 
Prince with the goal! Zadro and Tennyson with the assist
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:19 Hayley Kuepers
8:20
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zadro boots it toward the goal, nothing
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:20 Hayley Kuepers
8:21
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton answers right back with a goal of their own
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:21 Hayley Kuepers
8:22
Hayley Kuepers: 
Acoff with the goal, Finlay on the assist
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:22 Hayley Kuepers
8:23
Hayley Kuepers: 
27:40 left to go
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:23 Hayley Kuepers
8:23
Hayley Kuepers: 
Peters with control and time in the backfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:23 Hayley Kuepers
8:23
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jordan now up to Ribas,who just replaced Finlay
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:23 Hayley Kuepers
8:24
Hayley Kuepers: 
Thiermann is back in for Janus
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:24 Hayley Kuepers
8:24
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jordan brings it back in front of the goal, taken away by Wheeler
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:24 Hayley Kuepers
8:24
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zadro forces it out
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:24 Hayley Kuepers
8:25
Hayley Kuepers: 
Kallman takes a shot wide from the top
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:25 Hayley Kuepers
8:25
[Comment From badgersfambadgersfam: ] 
which team has the momentum?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:25 badgersfam
8:25
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton has been controlling possession since their goal
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:25 Hayley Kuepers
8:26
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW foul
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:26 Hayley Kuepers
8:26
[Comment From CreightonKommandos.comCreightonKommandos.com: ] 
Bring it Jays!!!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:26 CreightonKommandos.com
8:26
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jentsch punts it downfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:26 Hayley Kuepers
8:26
Hayley Kuepers: 
Caban heads it at midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:26 Hayley Kuepers
8:27
Hayley Kuepers: 
Brown with the ball on the outside
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:27 Hayley Kuepers
8:27
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
The UW goal might have been Creighton's wake up call.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:27 Guest
8:27
Hayley Kuepers: 
Wheeler throws it in in its backfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:27 Hayley Kuepers
8:28
Hayley Kuepers: 
Finlay back in, replaces Ribeiro
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:28 Hayley Kuepers
8:29
Hayley Kuepers: 
Janus will replace Prince
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:29 Hayley Kuepers
8:29
Hayley Kuepers: 
foul UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:29 Hayley Kuepers
8:29
[Comment From badgersfambadgersfam: ] 
go badgers!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:29 badgersfam
8:30
Hayley Kuepers: 
Brown with the ball at center
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:30 Hayley Kuepers
8:30
Hayley Kuepers: 
20 min left
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:30 Hayley Kuepers
8:30
Hayley Kuepers: 
Cochran heads it back UW's way
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:30 Hayley Kuepers
8:31
Hayley Kuepers: 
foul Creighton
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:31 Hayley Kuepers
8:31
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jentsch will take the kick outside the box
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:31 Hayley Kuepers
8:31
[Comment From DanielDaniel: ] 
would be a HUGE win for UW if they can get one more
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:31 Daniel
8:32
Hayley Kuepers: 
Castro at the top of the box for Creighton
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:32 Hayley Kuepers
8:32
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW goal kick
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:32 Hayley Kuepers
8:32
Hayley Kuepers: 
Cochran chases Finlay in the corner, Cochran wins battle
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:32 Hayley Kuepers
8:32
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW throw in
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:32 Hayley Kuepers
8:33
Hayley Kuepers: 
Succa in the center, his pass goes too far
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:33 Hayley Kuepers
8:33
Hayley Kuepers: 
Yonga kicks it away
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:33 Hayley Kuepers
8:33
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton throw in
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:33 Hayley Kuepers
8:34
Hayley Kuepers: 
foul UW, down near goal
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:34 Hayley Kuepers
8:34
Hayley Kuepers: 
Castro will take the kick
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:34 Hayley Kuepers
8:34
Hayley Kuepers: 
his kick goes too far, goal kick UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:34 Hayley Kuepers
8:35
Hayley Kuepers: 
Janus heads it to Thiermann
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:35 Hayley Kuepers
8:35
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW foul
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:35 Hayley Kuepers
8:36
Hayley Kuepers: 
Brown chases the ball down at the corner, headed away by Yonga
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:36 Hayley Kuepers
8:36
Hayley Kuepers: 
Thiermann brings the ball down the field
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:36 Hayley Kuepers
8:36
[Comment From badgersfambadgersfam: ] 
has anyone been carded yet?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:36 badgersfam
8:37
Hayley Kuepers: 
Just earlier in the first half, to Thiermann
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:37 Hayley Kuepers
8:37
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton corner kick, Castro takes the kick
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:37 Hayley Kuepers
8:37
Hayley Kuepers: 
finds nothing
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:37 Hayley Kuepers
8:37
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jordan settles the ball at the top
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:37 Hayley Kuepers
8:38
Hayley Kuepers: 
Castro chases the ball down in the corner, can't beat the ball
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:38 Hayley Kuepers
8:38
Hayley Kuepers: 
Janus goes to the ball on the sidelines
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:38 Hayley Kuepers
8:39
Hayley Kuepers: 
foul UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:39 Hayley Kuepers
8:39
Hayley Kuepers: 
Castro takes the kick past midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:39 Hayley Kuepers
8:39
Hayley Kuepers: 
11:20 to go
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:39 Hayley Kuepers
8:39
[Comment From GuestGuest: ] 
Does Creighton seem more likley to get the winner?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:39 Guest
8:40
Hayley Kuepers: 
At this time, yes probably
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:40 Hayley Kuepers
8:40
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW throw in in its backfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:40 Hayley Kuepers
8:41
Hayley Kuepers: 
Acoff goes back in, replacing Castro
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:41 Hayley Kuepers
8:41
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton is controlling possession
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:41 Hayley Kuepers
8:41
Hayley Kuepers: 
corner kick Creighton, Ribas will take it
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:41 Hayley Kuepers
8:42
Hayley Kuepers: 
Cochran heads it away
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:42 Hayley Kuepers
8:42
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zadro boots it downfield, Prince chases, Creighton defense is there
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:42 Hayley Kuepers
8:42
Hayley Kuepers: 
Caban cuts a ball off
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:42 Hayley Kuepers
8:43
Hayley Kuepers: 
Peters kicks it back to Holt
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:43 Hayley Kuepers
8:43
Hayley Kuepers: 
7:35 to go
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:43 Hayley Kuepers
8:43
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zadro chases the ball down, Holt comes out of goal to pick up the ball
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:43 Hayley Kuepers
8:43
Hayley Kuepers: 
Janus sends it to Prince at the corner
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:43 Hayley Kuepers
8:44
Hayley Kuepers: 
corner kick UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:44 Hayley Kuepers
8:44
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zadro will take the kick
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:44 Hayley Kuepers
8:44
Hayley Kuepers: 
batted away
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:44 Hayley Kuepers
8:44
Hayley Kuepers: 
another corner kick for UW, Zadro again
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:44 Hayley Kuepers
8:45
Hayley Kuepers: 
headed by Cochran but finds nothing
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:45 Hayley Kuepers
8:46
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW has a couple chances but can't capitalize
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:46 Hayley Kuepers
8:47
Hayley Kuepers: 
Acoff takes a shot, off the post
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:47 Hayley Kuepers
8:47
Hayley Kuepers: 
3:40 left
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:47 Hayley Kuepers
8:47
Hayley Kuepers: 
Cochran kicks it away
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:47 Hayley Kuepers
8:47
Hayley Kuepers: 
throw in Creighton at midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:47 Hayley Kuepers
8:47
[Comment From glassglass: ] 
IU throws away a 2 goal lead and falls to Louisville 3-2 in OT. Creighton comes to Bloomington on Saturday afternoon.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:47 glass
8:48
Hayley Kuepers: 
Brown with the ball, down to Castro
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:48 Hayley Kuepers
8:48
Hayley Kuepers: 
Janus defends, goal kick UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:48 Hayley Kuepers
8:48
Hayley Kuepers: 
2:25
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:48 Hayley Kuepers
8:48
Hayley Kuepers: 
headed by Ribeiro
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:48 Hayley Kuepers
8:48
Hayley Kuepers: 
throw in Creighton
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:48 Hayley Kuepers
8:48
Hayley Kuepers: 
Zadro intercepts
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:48 Hayley Kuepers
8:49
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton foulJe
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:49 Hayley Kuepers
8:49
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jentsch will take the kick, all Badgers downfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:49 Hayley Kuepers
8:49
[Comment From glassglass: ] 
If I'm not rooting for the Hoosiers, I'm rooting for the B1G
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:49 glass
8:50
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jordan is shaken up
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:50 Hayley Kuepers
8:50
Hayley Kuepers: 
he's back up now, will stay on the field
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:50 Hayley Kuepers
8:50
Hayley Kuepers: 
1 min to go
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:50 Hayley Kuepers
8:50
Hayley Kuepers: 
foul UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:50 Hayley Kuepers
8:50
[Comment From badgersfambadgersfam: ] 
hey glass! jt's brother here.. hope you are a badgers fan now!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:50 badgersfam
8:51
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton will take a kick just before midfieldJe
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:51 Hayley Kuepers
8:51
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jentsch punts it downfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:51 Hayley Kuepers
8:51
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW foul down near the goal
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:51 Hayley Kuepers
8:52
Hayley Kuepers: 
And we're headed to overtime
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:52 Hayley Kuepers
8:52
Hayley Kuepers: 
play will start back up in 5 min
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:52 Hayley Kuepers
8:53
Hayley Kuepers: 
Players will play a 10 min sudden victory overtime period
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:53 Hayley Kuepers
8:54
Hayley Kuepers: 
Creighton is outshooting UW 13-6
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:54 Hayley Kuepers
8:54
[Comment From JackieDJackieD: ] 
Great play by play - thanks!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:54 JackieD
8:55
Twitter
BadgerMSoccer: 
Official shot count: 13-6 CU RT @WisconsinSoccer: Unofficially, shots 12-6 Bluejays. UW goal just 2nd allowed by Creighton in 10 gm [via Twitter]
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:55 BadgerMSoccer
8:55
[Comment From CreightonKommandos.comCreightonKommandos.com: ] 
Yeah this has been great!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:55 CreightonKommandos.com
8:56
Hayley Kuepers: 
players are back on the field
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:56 Hayley Kuepers
8:56
Hayley Kuepers: 
both teams are sounding confident!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:56 Hayley Kuepers
8:57
Hayley Kuepers: 
And we're back in action!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:57 Hayley Kuepers
8:57
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW foul just outside the box
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:57 Hayley Kuepers
8:57
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW is building a wall
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:57 Hayley Kuepers
8:58
Hayley Kuepers: 
Ribeiro takes the kick, kicks it over the goal
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:58 Hayley Kuepers
8:58
[Comment From FlyfishFlyfish: ] 
Go Jays!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:58 Flyfish
8:58
Hayley Kuepers: 
Ribeiro at center mid
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:58 Hayley Kuepers
8:58
Hayley Kuepers: 
Peters kicks it out
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:58 Hayley Kuepers
8:59
Hayley Kuepers: 
UW throw in at midfield
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:59 Hayley Kuepers
8:59
Hayley Kuepers: 
goal kick UW
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:59 Hayley Kuepers
8:59
[Comment From VENICE BADGERVENICE BADGER: ] 
GO BADGERS!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:59 VENICE BADGER
8:59
[Comment From CreightonKommandos.comCreightonKommandos.com: ] 
come on Jays let's finish!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:59 CreightonKommandos.com
8:59
Hayley Kuepers: 
Prince chases the ball, Brown boots it away
Wednesday October 5, 2011 8:59 Hayley Kuepers
9:00
Hayley Kuepers: 
Wheeler gets rid of it in front of the goal
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:00 Hayley Kuepers
9:00
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jordan takes a shot from the top
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:00 Hayley Kuepers
9:01
Hayley Kuepers: 
goal Creighton
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:01 Hayley Kuepers
9:02
Twitter
BadgerMSoccer: 
Creighton scores at 6:24 in OT. Tough loss for the Badgers [via Twitter]
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:02 BadgerMSoccer
9:02
[Comment From glassglass: ] 
Sh$tty night for the B1G. Learn from it, and move on. Another weekend, another big game. IU conceded at 94:49. Brutal for both.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:02 glass
9:03
[Comment From Bluejay FanBluejay Fan: ] 
Any details on the GW goal?
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:03 Bluejay Fan
9:05
Hayley Kuepers: 
Jordan's shot was from at least 30 yards out, ball soars to the back of the net. Credit Polak with the assist
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:05 Hayley Kuepers
9:06
[Comment From Bluejay FanBluejay Fan: ] 
Thank you! Sounded like another great competitive match between these teams--hope they can keep the series going in the future
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:06 Bluejay Fan
9:07
[Comment From JackieDJackieD: ] 
A great game and kudos to the Badger bloggers!!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:07 JackieD
9:08
Hayley Kuepers: 
It was a good game! Final score, Creighton , 2, Wisconsin, 1, in overtime.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:08 Hayley Kuepers
9:08
[Comment From badgersfambadgersfam: ] 
sounds like a fair result. creighton had run of the game
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:08 badgersfam
9:08
Hayley Kuepers: 
Thanks for following! Have a great night!
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:08 Hayley Kuepers
9:09
Hayley Kuepers: 
Please join us again on Oct. 16 when the Badgers host Michigan State.
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:09 Hayley Kuepers
9:10
[Comment From CreightonKommandos.comCreightonKommandos.com: ] 
Thanks again guys! Have a great night...
Wednesday October 5, 2011 9:10 CreightonKommandos.com
9:10
 

 
 
 

Janus picks up more honors

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Wisconsin men's soccer sophomore Nick Janus (Deer Park, Ill.) has been named to the CS360 Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll and selected to Soccer America Men's Team of the Week, announced today.

Janus scored three points in UW's upset over then-No. 6 Indiana Sunday afternoon. He assisted on junior Tomislav Zadro's (Toronto, Ontario.) game-winning goal at the 53:30 mark and then confirmed the victory for the Badgers with the game's second goal in the 79th minute.

Earlier in the week, Janus was selected as the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.

The Badgers put their five-game unbeaten streak on the line tonight when the No. 5 Creighton Bluejays come to town. Game time is set for 7 p.m. at the McClimon Complex.

Butch and Stiemsma reunite at USA Pan Am Games Training Camp

MADISON, Wis. -- Former Wisconsin big men Brian Butch and Greg Stiemsma are two of 21 players that have accepted invitations to participate in the Oct. 14-22 USA Pan American Games Team training camp. The training camp will be utilized to select the USA's 12-man roster that will compete in the 2011 Pan American Games that are being held from Oct. 26-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Since leaving Wisconsin, Butch has played professionally overseas and enjoyed a successful stint in the NBA Developmental League that earned him a spot on the Denver Nuggets roster late in the 2010 season.

The Appleton, Wis., native missed all of last season after dislocating his knee in an NBA Summer League game in July of 2010. An All-Big Ten selection as a senior, Butch scored 1,115 career points and finished sixth in UW history for career rebounds.

Butch_Brian_PURDUE_07-08.jpgStiemsma has taken a similar path since his days in Madison, playing professionally in Europe, the NBA D-League as well as a call-up to the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2010 and later a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A native of Randolph, Wis., Stiemsma appeared in 95 games for the Badgers and currently ranks sixth in UW history for career blocks.

In addition to Butch and Stiemsma, the USA Pan American Games Team training camp is excepted to include:
Blake Ahearn (Missouri State '07)
Chris Daniels (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi '08)
Justin Dentmon (Washington '09)
Jerome Dyson (Connecticut '10)
Moses Ehambe (Oral Roberts '08)
Anthony Goods (Stanford '09)
Ron Howard (Valparaiso '06)
Marcus Lewis (Oral Roberts '09)
Leo Lyons (Missouri '09)
Renaldo Major (Fresno State '04)
Anthony Mason, Jr. (St. Johns '10)
Matt Rogers (Southwest Baptist '10)
Walker Russell (Jacksonville State '06)
Donald Sloan (Texas A&M '10)
Curtis Sumpter (Villanova '07)
Lance Thomas (Duke '10)
Curtis Withers (Charlotte '06)
Chris Wright (Dayton '11)
Luke Zeller (Notre Dame '09).

The Pan American Games, held every four years in the year prior to the Olympics, are being held Oct. 13-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The men's basketball competition, which features eight teams, is being conducted Oct. 26-30.

The USA men were drawn into Group B for the Pan American Games and are joined by national teams from Brazil, Dominican Republic and Uruguay. Competing in Group A are Argentina, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The U.S. men open preliminary round play Oct. 26 facing Dominican Republic (5:30 p.m. CDT), then face defending Pan American Games champion Brazil on Oct. 27 (8 p.m. CDT), and conclude preliminary play versus Uruguay (5:30 p.m. CDT) on Oct. 28. Semifinals action will be played Oct. 29, and the finals will be contested on Oct. 30.

Training camp for the 2011 USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Team will held Oct. 14-22 at the Tulsa Convention Center (Okla.). The 12-member USA Men's Pan American Games Team will be announced before the team departs Oct. 23.

Tulsa 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts will serve as head coach for Team USA. The player and coaching staff selections were made by the USA Basketball Men's Pan American Games Committee, approved by USA Basketball's Board of Directors and are subject to final approval by the U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer.

The USA Basketball Pan American Games Committee is chaired by USA Basketball Men's National Team Director Sean Ford, and also comprised of 2000 Olympic gold medalist Steve Smith, NBA Development League Vice President of Basketball Operations & Player Personnel Chris Alpert, and NBA Development League consultant Gordon Chiesa.

The Voice: Wilson fills 'passion bucket' with big numbers

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The_Voice_Matt_Lepay_200.jpgWisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson has many skills, including dealing with the media. Being a two-sport athlete with a degree in communications, it makes sense.

While it is unlikely he ever will provide the pen and microphone crowd with much in the way of controversial quotes, the man has proven he is capable of having some fun.

After last Saturday's Big Ten opening victory against Nebraska, Wilson spoke with ESPN's Chris Fowler. During the chat, Wilson used the term "passion bucket."

So why is that funny? "Passion bucket" happens to be a pet term for Dan Patrick on his national radio show. From time to time, Patrick or one of his producers will ask a guest to drop that "passion bucket" line in future interviews.  

Turns out one of the "Danettes," Paul Pabst, aka, Paulie was in Madison for the big tilt. On Friday, Pabst said he met Wilson and fellow QB Nate Tice. If the game went well for the home team, "Paulie" asked Wilson to find a way to fit those words into one of his answers. Wilson obliged, and he said it got a little laugh from Fowler, who of course used to be a co-worker with Patrick at ESPN.

I am thinking there is a future in this business for Wilson. Hopefully that is many years down the road. Already a minor league baseball player, his work so far this season seems to be getting him a bit more on the NFL radar as well.

Yes, there is a long way to go, but Wilson, while very humble, also is very confident. The Badger QB told Patrick that he believes he is pro-ready.

At this point of the season, it is difficult to argue with Wilson.  

At this point of the season, it also is interesting to look at Wisconsin's offense.

There are those who believe the Badgers are passing the ball a lot more. The fact is, they are not. Here are the numbers through five games of Scott Tolzien's 2010 season, and Wilson's from this year.

                     ATT         COMP
Wilson           111              83
Tolzien          109              75

Not much difference there, right?  

The difference lies in passing yardage and touchdowns:

                     YDS            TD
Wilson          1391            13
Tolzien           837              5

Keep in mind this time last year the Badgers had the bruising John Clay in the backfield, while receiver Nick Toon missed three full games with an injury.  

Each team has its own set of strengths, and certainly that applies to Wilson and Scott Tolzien. Wilson does things I have not seen from a Wisconsin quarterback, but that Tolzien guy was not half bad either, leading an offense that averaged 41.5 points per game last fall.

The beauty of this team so far is that it has added an extraordinarily gifted player without compromising what has made the Wisconsin system so successful. The Badgers still like to run the ball, and will not hesitate to go into ground and pound mode. Just ask Nebraska's defense. At the same time, the Badgers once again have the ability to hurt the opposition through the air.  

This is not new. In the last few years, the Badgers have been a fairly balanced squad. Yes, it will run the ball more, but since 2007, the rushing vs. passing yardage is in the same ballpark.

Obviously, Wilson is a special talent, and at this early stage of the season, it is fair to throw his name around for post season honors, including the one where the winner gets the trophy with a player using a stiff arm, if you know what I mean.

Yet Wilson is plenty smart enough to understand what makes the Badgers tick. At Wisconsin, he is surrounded by plenty of talent, and an offensive coordinator who knows how to use it.

Perhaps there will be quarterbacks with more eye-popping statistics, but if ever there seems to be a perfect fit, it is Russell Wilson and the Wisconsin Badgers. There is no doubt Wilson makes Wisconsin better. It also can be said that Wisconsin is making Wilson better.

From the outside looking in, it appears everyone in the program understands the formula is working. As long as that remains the case, this combination of talent and the ever-present "passion bucket" could make this a rather difficult group to stop.

Badger Blog: Building leaders

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In today's blog entry, head coach Yvette Healy writes about last week's games and the UW sports medicine department.

What a great weekend in sports here at Wisconsin. We played our final three games of the fall softball season at home last Friday and Sunday, going 3-0. We had a great pregame meal Friday afternoon at the Kohl Center, our basketball and hockey arena. We got to visit with our women's hockey coach, USA Gold Medal Olympian Mark Johnson, before the meal. Women's hockey dominated in its opening weekend, scoring more than 20 goals in two games. Our men's basketball coach, Bo Ryan, addressed the softball team too, attributing his years of Big Ten conference championships and NCAA Sweet 16 finishes to teamwork, toughness and great chemistry.

Friday night was an exciting game battling DePaul. Our junior pitcher Meghan McIntosh did a great job keeping hitters off balance, working ahead in the count and inducing groundballs. She only gave up three hits and one walk, while striking out five and getting 11 hitters to ground into outs. Meghan has always had great speed and spin, getting gunned at 67mph, yet she went 3-0 this fall by hitting her spots, working ahead and changing speeds.

Redshirt sophomore Molly Spence hit a game-winning walk-off home run in the bottom of the 7th of the DePaul game, crushing a change up over the fence. Molly spent last season rehabbing her shoulder. We are so proud of her leadership, focus and toughness, battling through a shoulder injury, surgeries and a long year of doctor's visits and rehab. Our athletic trainer Ashley Parr had a huge smile on her face as Molly trotted around the bases.

I believe we have one of the best sports medicine departments in the country here at Wisconsin. Our team physicians and connection to the UW hospitals is amazing. Yet the most impressive part of our healthcare is definitely the people. Our athletic trainers go above and beyond the call of duty, working long hours before and after our practices, and on days off, keeping our team healthy and happy. Beyond physical therapy and rehab, our athletic trainers manage the nutrition of our student-athletes. Each Wisconsin student-athlete attends a healthy shopping and cooking seminar each year, to learn what to choose in the cafeteria, how to get the most nutrition for your money at the grocery store and, of course, quick and easy recipes for nutritious meals and snacks. Each athlete leaves the nutrition seminar with a binder filled with great recipes and cooking tips.

Our main function here as coaches at the University of Wisconsin is not only to create a winning legacy athletically, but also to help transform our student-athletes in mature, healthy, capable young women who will lead on the field, in the classroom and in the community.  The college years are critical for helping transition students into adulthood. The health and nutrition lessons learned here at Wisconsin will last a lifetime, as our Badgers learn how to build strength and character through adversity and teamwork.  

 

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