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This weekend, Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin coaches are participating in the annual Suits and Sneakers awareness weekend
By wearing sneakers with their suits, the coaching staffs from both teams are trying to raise awareness of the many ways people can reduce their risk of cancer, like eating right, exercising, making healthy lifestyle choices, and following the American Cancer Society's recommended cancer screening guidelines.
'Dress up' the Kohl Center Saturday
- Fans are encouraged to help up 'dress up' the Kohl Center by wearing today's 'Bo Tie' t-shirts provided by Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin as part of the Suits and Sneakers weekend.
- People not attending Saturday's game can purchase the Bo-Tie t-shirt at the UW Bookstore online, or at Bucky's Locker room with all proceeds going to Coaches vs. Cancer.
This year's gala will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Kohl Center.
In 2013, Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin will hold its 6th Annual Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin Gala, an evening filled with dinner, a silent auction and impressive keynote speakers. Past galas have featured special guests like Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and ESPN's Jay Bilas.
Since its inception, Coaches vs. Cancer Wisconsin has raised over $1 million for the fight against cancer. The funds raised go directly towards the American Cancer Society's mission of celebrating more Birthdays.
Contact CvC Wisconsin at 608-662-7555 or CVCWI@cancer.org for additional information.
Charity Stripe Challenge
Earlier this year, Bo and his wife, Kelly Ryan, witnessed over 1,600 UW-Madison students brave undesirable weather conditions to participate in the Charity Stripe Challenge, raising a grand total of $41,279.
"My wife and I did this event because we firmly believe that with enough funding, a cure for cancer will be found. We took this as another opportunity to have our team interact with the students and involve our campus in this event. What a fun time and for a great cause. I figure one of these half-court shots might be the difference in curing cancer."
Nearly all UW athletic teams were represented as well as numerous campus organizations, including the Homecoming Committee and Colleges Against Cancer. In total, 36 UW students made half-court shots, which were worth a $1,000 donation each and countless students made the $10 free throw.
Just a week ago the Badgers were nowhere to be found on the
national radar. Now after a pair of wins over top-15 foes, including UW's 64-59
upset at second-ranked Indiana on Tuesday, Wisconsin finds itself directly in the
Here are a few things being said about the Badgers:
After the Badgers' 64-59 win at No. 2 Indiana on Tuesday
night, you can lose the thought of Wisconsin having anything resembling a
"down" season. And you can repeat the phrase until it hums like a
Never doubt Wisconsin.
- Eammon Brennan (ESPN.com)
Wisconsin was trending on Twitter Tuesday night, here's a sampling of why:
After being named to the U.S. National Team late this past
summer, Wisconsin senior Michael Weiss is enjoying his first taste of
international competition as he ventures to Istanbul, Turkey, for the 2012 FINA
Short Course World Championships. Weiss, who is teaming up with members of the
U.S.'s 2012 Olympic squad, including gold medalist Ryan Lochte, will compete
for Team USA once the meet begins on Dec. 12.
The Reno, Nev., native is joined on the trip by Badgers swim and dive head coach Whitney Hite who was named an assistant for Team USA at the short course world championships. Weiss will be updating us on all
that is happening in Turkey throughout the trip, from start to finish. Follow
his journey as Weiss blogs about his experiences both in and out of the pool.
Monday, Dec. 17
I'm heading home back to Madison! It was a fantastic last night of racing -- enjoyed being able to hang out with the team a little more. Going to this meet was one of the best experiences of my life and I can't wait participate in future world competitions for Team USA. I got to know, learn from, and hang out with many Olympians that I've looked up to for a long time, as well as the young swimmers that I will be traveling with a lot in the future.
Moving forward, I have already turned all my focus back on the college season and NCAA's and can't wait to finish out a great senior year!!
Saturday, Dec. 15Another great day in Istanbul! I've begun training hard again to continue my focus on the college season and NCAA's. Now that I am done competing I am able to relax and cheer on the rest of the team.
The U.S. has been doing a great job throughout the meet and I watched Ryan Lochte win the 200 IM last night and set a world record! Today between prelims and finals I was able to get out of the hotel and walk around a little visiting our hometown favorites Starbucks and McDonalds, although the fries and chicken nuggets didn't taste quite as deliciously unhealthy. Then we explored the streets and went to a store to buy all different kinds of candy, which consisted of mostly variations of chocolate wafers with nuts.
Tonight we are heading to the pool to watch another great night of finals and cheer on America! One more day left in Turkey and I can't wait to come back to Wisconsin to enjoy some cheese curds, a Greenbush doughnut, and Ian's pizza!!
Friday, Dec. 14
I had a great first day (ever) of international competition and was able to conquer all of my goals. The night before competition, the head coach told me I would be anchoring the 800 free relay as well after my individual event and I was extremely happy I was given that opportunity. I knew I was capable of a great 200 free and helping Team USA bring home the gold later that night.
During the finals session leading up to my 400IM I remained very relaxed and confident as I always am, and anxiously sat in the ready room with my competition. Wearing the red, white, and blue jacket and putting on a cap with my last name under the American flag, was all the motivation and excitement I needed for fast swimming.
The doors opened, my name was announced, an I heard the team chanting USA as I walked to the blocks. I was able to drop another second from my morning swim and get 7th place. To top off the great day I was already having, later that night the relay I was on won gold for America and officially made me a World Champion! Overall, it was an awesome experience and I'm excited to come back to Madison with a gold medal!!!
Wednesday, Dec. 12
World championships has officially started! The head of USA swimming gave the team a great pump up speech about representing your country and making them proud. Team USA had some really good swims on day one of the meet and we hope to keep it going throughout the weekend.
As much as I would've loved to watch the opening ceremonies and first night of finals tonight, I spent most of my day in the hotel room resting and shaving to get ready for tomorrow! I will be swimming the 400 IM and I will also anchor the 800 free relay in the morning session. Can't wait to get out there and race and make Wisconsin and America proud!
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Yesterday we took a tour through Old Town Istanbul. Due to a
constantly growing population there is traffic everywhere 24/7. Fortunately for
the U.S. team we have a police escort on a motorcycle blocking lanes off and
weaving us through traffic to get us there faster.
We started off by going shopping at a bazaar, a market with
a bunch of little shops set up in it. Unfortunately for me most of the shops
consisted of rugs, jewelry, and scarves so I ended up not getting anything
except a pastry for dessert. And then we
went and visited the Blue Mosque (a really cool famous place with a lot of
history, but I couldn't hear the tour guide haha)
We woke up today and went and warmed up to get ready for
competition to start tomorrow.
Now that all countries are here many of the warm up lanes
swam in the reverse direction, which helped me understand why our foreigners
struggle when first coming to America. We will spend the rest of today resting,
stretching, and getting ready for the meet to start tomorrow!!!
Friday, Dec. 7 (Team
departs for Turkey)
We started off the journey with plane delays and flight cancellations, but
got a nice jog as we hustled from gate to gate -- we just barely made our connection to
Istanbul! Had a nice time on the flight getting to know all the members of Team
USA and hanging out with great flight attendants to keep us happy and amused
for the long flight.
We arrived in Istanbul and checked into our hotel and had
some down time after not sleeping at all the night before. Finally, we went to
the pool and warmed up and got excited for a good week of fun and fast
swimming. So far, all of our meals have been similar to an Indian food buffet
back in the states - we have baklava for dessert every day, so I could definitely
get used to this!
As the saying goes, college is the fastest four years of
Six seniors on the University of Wisconsin women's soccer
team had an opportunity to extend their college soccer experience by doing
something only 16 other senior classes have accomplished at UW -- earning a bid to the NCAA Women's Soccer
After a 12-7-1 mark, the Badger senior class guided the UW
to its third NCAA tournament berth in four years. Many of the current seniors
experienced Wisconsin's 2009 Sweet 16 run, so the success the team saw this
season was unprecedented, and frankly inevitable.
Supported by talented underclassmen, seniors Lauren
Gunderson, Olivia Hoff, Erin Jacobsen, Monica Lam-Feist, Lindsey Hamannm Joana Bielefeld and
Lindsey Johnson, led a Badgers squad that was arguably one of UW head coach
Paula Wilkins' strongest teams to date.
Considering Wilkins has a 21-8 overall record in NCAA tournament
games, including a pair of College Cup Semifinal appearances, the fact that she
described this year's squad as "special" is no small accolade.
The impact of the senior class rippled through the entire
season, like a wave that travels across a large body of water, from one shore
to another. It all began with the Badgers' season-opening win over Notre Dame --
the Badgers second win over the Fighting Irish all-time -- which was secured by
a game-winning goal from Lam-Feist, a 2012 second team All-Big Ten honoree.
Gunderson sparked the Badgers' 3-0 start, posting
three-consecutive shutouts and finishing with five on the season. Bielefeld and Johnson were the unsung heroes at the midfielder and defender positions, respectively, deflecting nearly every potential
scoring opportunity that threatened UW's keepers. Bielefeld also contributed a pair of goals in 2012 -- both were game-winning goals. Hoff, Hamann and Jacobsen all
played supporting roles, but were instrumental in their team's development.
The 2012 class was vital in the success of the Wisconsin
women's soccer program in more ways than one --
but more importantly, Wilkins' first recruiting class played the biggest
role of all in laying the foundation for future classes to come.
The Badgers hit the road for the second consecutive week as
they continue their postseason in the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Championships. Wisconsin
is making its third appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last four years,
and has been pair against No. 3-seeded UCLA. Join the trip by following this picture timeline, as the team travels
to Los Angeles, Calif., in preparation for the opening round of the Big Dance.
Sunday, Nov. 11
The team hits the hotel once more to shower and, after a couple hours of lay time, heads to the airport to catch a red-eye flight to Minneapolis, then to Chicago. It's been a great trip and we can't wait to see what the spring and fall has in store for us.
Saturday, Nov. 10 (Gameday)
4:49 p.m.: And the countdown to kick off begins!!!
10:03 a.m.: After gathering in the hotel lobby for breakfast, the team heads to a nearby meeting room to go over film. Never too early (in the morning) or too late (in the week) to polish up on in-game strategies.
Friday, Nov. 9
6:12 p.m.: The Badgers head to Drake Stadium for the team's final organized practice prior to tomorrow's NCAA opening-round match vs. third-seeded UCLA.
12:54 p.m.: With
a little bit of free time to roam, the Badgers hit Santa Monica Pier for a
little shopping and sight-seeing.
10:48 a.m.: Becky
McGrath and Marta Wangard lounge in the lobby as the squad awaits the green
light on heading out to Santa Monica Pier for the afternoon.
9:42 a.m.: As a
result of the change in time zone, the Badgers got two extra hours of sleep
before breakfast. The players really appreciated the hotel's buffet, especially "build-your-own-omelet" station.
Thursday, Nov. 8
7:35 p.m.: After
nearly nine hours of traveling, the Badgers hit Marina del Ray for a
much-needed dinner. The place of choice is C & O Trattoria, which is famous
for its never-ending (and absolutely delicious) garlic rolls.
Despite falling in the first round of the 2012 Big Ten
Tournament and witnessing its own bubble nearly burst following Illinois' upset
win over Penn State in the tournament's semifinals, Wisconsin is still alive
and kicking in its quest for its third berth in the NCAA Tournament in the last
The official announcement of the 64-team field will not
occur until Monday at 3:30 p.m. (CT), but that gives us two days to project and
form our own opinions on the chances that Bucky will see at least one more game
The RPI rankings are one of the biggest indicators of a
potential NCAA Tournament team. A team's strength of schedule, combined with
its overall record, cannot make or break a team's chances, but are huge in the
grand scheme of things. In theory, teams in the RPI top-40 are in the comfort
zone, while Nos. 41-64 are sweating as they keep an eye out for upsets come
conference tournament time. There are exactly 24 AQ (automatic qualifier) bids in the tournament, which go to each conference's tournament champion.
When looking at the latest RPI rankings, which were released
Oct. 29, Wisconsin was in the top-40, falling to No. 36 after its loss to Iowa
on Oct. 27. The Badgers' 2012 schedule featured matches against six teams in
the current RPI top-25, which included games against four of those seven teams
on the road. UW also suffered one-goal losses to a pair of RPI top-five squads
in UCLA (8/31) and Penn State (9/16).
According to former MLS star and U.S. National Team member
turned women's soccer blogger, Chris Henderson, this past week's conference
tournament did not hurt UW as much as we thought. Following multiple losses for
various bubble teams and squads poised to steal AQ bids, it
looks like Wisconsin's season is still intact -- but nothing is for certain
until the NCAA Tournament selection committee says it is.
The selection committee will make its announcement on the
field of 64 on Monday, Nov. 5, at 3:30 p.m. (CT). The selection show can be
viewed live on NCAA.com.
As the Badger women's soccer team prepares for its second-consecutive berth in the Big Ten Women's Soccer Tourmament, follow the 2012 squad as Jeremy Wodajo chronicles the entire trip in his all-access blog.
Day 3: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
3:11 p.m. - The bus pulls into Madison, Wis. After a combined 14 hours and eight minutes of driving, including over 700 miles traveled, the Badgers arrive safely on the UW campus. Now ... the waiting game begins.
11:38 a.m. - Movie #2: How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days....'nuff said.
11:02 a.m. - After perusing the highway signs for a
nearby Panera, we finally landed on
one in Fighting Illini country. Although considered enemy territory, Champaign,
Ill., was the most reasonable stop for food as we were just over three hours
and 30 minutes from home and needed something to hold us over before then.
We also didn't want to take the chance of not hitting any
food stops within the next two hours --
so all in all, the 20-minute wait in line was well worth it.
9:19 a.m. - The
first movie of the trip back -- Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows Part II. Seemed
like a good watch considering I was only awake for the second half of the flick.
8:56 a.m. -
Everyone is accounted for as we fill the bus and head back toward Madison.
Aside from the short-lived rap battles that consumed all of five minutes of the
trip off of the Indiana University campus, the exhausted and groggy faces of a
few of the players also provided a source of entertainment for all.
Day 2: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012
10:04 p.m. - A disappointing
way to end the trip in Bloomington, Ind., but the Badgers, along with the
entire staff, remain in high spirits as the NCAA Tournament selection show nears.
The players and coaches will spend one more night in the "castle-like" hotel before hitting the road for Madison at 9 a.m. Thursday morning. The team will continue to train as if in season and plan to congregate Monday afternoon as the fate of their season now lies in the decisions made by NCAA Tournament's selection committee.
7:13 p.m. - GAMETIME!!!!
7:01 p.m. - With plenty of time to rest, the Badgers load the bus and head to Armstrong Stadium. With music blasting toward the back of the bus, the mood seemed confident yet humble, as the players realize they potentially have one more chance to put it all on the line.
2:39 p.m. - After a short break and the opportunity to head back to the room to catch up on their z's, the Badgers rounded up for lunch. Following a brief walk, the group hit the jackpot just two blocks from the hotel, as we found Noodles & Co., and Potbelly Sandwich Shop right next to one another, nestled in between two clothing stores.
The late lunch allowed each group to get in and out with just enough time to head back to the hotel and nap before the 5:55 p.m. team meeting.
12:11 p.m. - After taking a walk down the winding hallway that led to the video room -- which included a stop at the mini-graveyard just outside of the hotel -- the team spent the noon hour watching film.
11:09 a.m. - The Badgers pile onto the bus to head to ground zero -- also known as Armstrong Stadium. Before sitting down to briefly watch the No. 4 Minnesota Gophers take on the No. 5 Fighting Illini, the team used an auxiliary field to conduct a quick walk-through in preparation for their quarterfinal match-up.
10:48 a.m. - We are reminded that it is Halloween after walking back from breakfast and seeing nearly every student dressed in everything from cat costumes (whiskers and all) to the biggest human pumpkin I have ever seen.
9:58 a.m. - The 7:30 p.m. match time allowed the team a little extra time to sleep in this morning. Despite the later wake-up call, the team bus driver still needed his beauty sleep so the team explored the campus by foot to find breakfast.
The majority of the Badgers decided on a small bagel shop known as Bloomington Bagel Company (Go figure!), that is well-known for its "east coast" bagels. After a short wait in line, it seemed as though many of the players, and nearly everyone that was present at the shop, decided on some combination of egg, cheese and bacon/sausage/ham, inside of a plain, cinnamon or asiago cheese bagel.
Day 1: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012
10:41 p.m. - The bus rolls into Bloomington, Ind. UW head coach Paula Wilkins gives the team a short speech regarding the next day's itinerary before excusing them to gather their bags and hit the sack for the night. As we pile onto the 7 x 5 foot elevators, the players stare in awe of the "castle-like" structure of the team hotel, which is nestled in the heart of campus.
Two movies, one dinner stop and six-and-a-half hours of sitting have us all tired and ready for what tomorrow brings -- the 2012 Big Ten Tourney and a potential NCAA Tournament bid.
9:16 p.m. - The rain continues to fall as the second movie draws to a close. The noise on the bus is faint and it seems as though many of the players are either reading up for next week's midterms....or sleeping -- my guess would be the latter.
8:45 p.m. - A quick pit stop to one of the city's nearby gas stations results in a break from the chick flick and a chance for all to stretch their legs before hitting the home stretch of the road trip.
6:12 p.m. - The second installment of the movie portion of the trip began just after the six o'clock hour, as the consensus choice was No
Strings Attached. The light drizzle that set in just as the bus entered the state of Indiana did not put a damper on the Ashton Kutcher-lovers who were seeing the movie for the umpteenth time, but still laughed at every comical scene.
4:33 p.m. - Just under an hour after crossing the Illinois border, the team makes the first stop of the trip at Sweet Tomatoes. Although the spot is known for its buffet-style menu of sandwiches, salads and soups, the pizza and ice cream stations seemed to garner the most attention.
2:07 p.m. - It did not take long before the first movie request was made. Regardless of the lack of interest from assistant head coach Tim Rosenfeld, who was manning the DVD player, the renowned trilogy and award-winning novel, The Hunger Games, was the first of two flicks played on the winding drive to Hoosierville.
1:52 p.m. - Following the team's noon practice, all 29 members of the Badgers' travel party boarded the Badger Bus and geared up for the 6.5-hour road trip to Bloomington, Ind., for the 2012 Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament.
With one weekend left in the regular-season, the Badgers are
in a tie for the No. 4 seed with both Minnesota and Illinois. The Gophers downed
UW on Sept. 27, while the Badgers outlasted Illinois in their regular-season
home finale. All three squads have earned 16 points in conference matches, with
the Gophers holding the tie-break in the case that all three win in the final
weekend of competition. Either way, the scenarios that are bound to unfold will
not hamper UW's chances at a trip to Bloomington, Ind. -- they will only make
the journey toward its first Big Ten tourney title in over a decade that much
more difficult.Quick Hits:
Silence of the Lam-Feist
Senior Monica Lam-Feist has tallied a career-high 13 points in 2012, including a pair of scores in UW's 4-2 win over Purdue on Friday, Oct. 19, posting her first multi-goal match of the season. Lam-Feist's quiet demeanor is off-set by her aggressive on-field approach to defending, as well as scoring points. This season, the senior is leading the Badgers in shots (52) and is second in total goals (6).Goal-oriented
The Badgers are tallying goals at a rapid pace this season.
After 18 matches, Wisconsin has eclipsed its entire goal total from 2011.
Behind a trio of four-goal outings and a five-goal performance against South Dakota
State, the Badgers have 37 goals to date, 11 more than their total output all
of last season, with one regular season match to go.
Wisconsin's offensive improvement is largely due to its
aggressiveness on the front line. UW is outshooting its opponents 251-206 and are
outscoring foes 37-23.
Following the Badgers' 3-0 week, UW has now positioned itself to make a move for a top-four seed in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament scheduled to begin later this month in Bloomington, Ind. The Badgers have three regular-season matches left -- all on the road -- against squads who are also in the hunt for the top-eight spots in the tournament field.
"To get nine more points is the focus for us moving forward," UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. "There have been momentum building moments in all of the seasons and we've got to use last week as a momentum builder."
Sophomore Cara Walls played the role of savior during the Badgers last two matches, notching game-winning goals against both Northwestern and Illinois. The sophomore is currently tied for third in the Big Ten in game-winning goals (2) and now leads her team in points (17) and goals (8), after tallying 19 points and nine goals in 2011.
10 is the magic number
For the fourth-consecutive season the Badgers have eclipsed the 10-win plateau. Following UW's 2-1 double-overtime win over Illinois on Sunday, the Badgers matched their win total from 2011, with three matches left in the regular season. UW has now tallied 10 or more wins in seven of the last 10 years, making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament during five of those 10 double-digit winning seasons.
Following a season in which she tallied one goal and recorded no more than four shots all year, junior Paige Adams has emerged as arguably the most important member of the 2012 Badgers squad. The British Columbia native is currently leading the UW in points (14) and goals (5), and is tied for the lead in assists (4). As Adams goes, so do the Badgers as UW holds a 7-2-0 record when the junior records at least a point. Adams has either scored or assisted on a goal in nine of 14 matches this season, including a crucial penalty-kick goal in a 3-2 double-overtime win against Illinois St. on Sept. 9.
Know the foe - The Wildcats
Northwestern is 4-8-2 and has yet to record a win in Big Ten play in 2012. They are currently in the midst of a seven-match winless streak, with their last win dating back to Sept. 9, over Yale. Kate Allen is leading the Wildcats in points (15) and goals (6), while Allen and KK Barr are tied for the lead in assists with three.
The Badgers are 5-2-0 at the McClimon Soccer Complex this season, a feat UW has not accomplished since 2009. UW holds a 27-14-7 (.622) record at McClimon during the Paula Wilkins era and have recorded shutouts in 14 of its last 19 home matches, including four alone this season. UW is outscoring opponents, 16-8, at home in 2012 after kicking off its season with three-straight shutout victories.