UW Health Sports Medicine 

Recently in Hockey Category

The envelope please

| No TrackBacks
WHKY_110617_Duggan_Meghan.jpgIt's fitting that as we look back at the 2010-11 season on UWBadgers.com that BTN (formerly Big Ten Network) sent out its release this morning about its end of the year awards show. The show will air on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. and be hosted by Mike Hall and Rick Pizzo.

Given the type of year UW's teams had it's not surprising to find them prominently among the nominees. In addition to the Suzy Favor Award for the best female student-athlete, and the Jesse Owens Award for the best male student-athlete, there are nine other categories on the show. 

Wisconsin student-athletes, coaches or teams are among the three nominees in six of those categories. That is tied with Michigan for the most. Below is the complete list of awards and nominees. Which ones do the Badgers deserve?

Men's Team of the Year
Ohio State Basketball
Penn State Wrestling
Wisconsin Football

Women's Team of the Year
Northwestern Lacrosse
Penn State Volleyball
Wisconsin Hockey

Game of the Year
Illinois at Michigan - football (11/6/2010)
Ohio State at Wisconsin - football (10/16/2010)
Ohio State at Wisconsin - men's basketball (2/12/2011)

Men's Coach of the Year
Thad Matta - Ohio State basketball
Matt Painter - Purdue basketball
Cael Sanderson - Penn State wrestling

Women's Coach of the Year
Carol Hutchins - Michigan softball
Mark Johnson - Wisconsin ice hockey
Coquese Washington - Penn State basketball

Most Dominating Performance
Denard Robinson - Michigan football (vs. Notre Dame, 9/11/2010)
Mikel Leshoure - Illinois football (vs. Northwestern, 11/20/2010)
Jordan Taylor - Wisconsin men's basketball (vs. Ohio State, 2/12/2011)

Best Finish
Notre Dame at Michigan State - football (9/18/2010)
Illinois at Michigan - football (11/6/2010)
Wisconsin at Michigan - men's basketball (2/23/2011)

Breakout Performer of the Year
Darius Morris - Michigan men's basketball
Denard Robinson - Michigan football
Jared Sullinger - Ohio State men's basketball

Most Courageous Performance
Mark Dantonio, Michigan State football
Jon Hoese, Minnesota football
Brock Mealer, brother of Michigan offensive lineman Elliott Mealer

2010-11 Athlete of the Year: The contenders

Each year, Wisconsin Athletics submits its top men's and women's athletes for the prestigious Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year and Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year awards, presented annually by the Big Ten Conference.

The Badgers' nominees are considered to be the UW Male Athlete of the Year and UW Female Athlete of the Year award winners.

With UW teams experiencing success across the board during the 2010-11 season, it's as difficult a job as ever to narrow the field to just one deserving student-athlete on both the men's and women's sides of competition.

The winner of UW's awards will be announced Friday, but you can read profiles on each of the nominees who were not selected today. Then, make your own decision and vote in our polls on Facebook to determine the fans' choice for the Badgers' top athletes in 2010-11.

(Yes, it's pretty easy to figure out who will be announced as winners Friday...)



Men's Candidates

Carimi_Gabe.jpg
Gabe Carimi (Football)
The 29th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears, Gabe Carimi started 49 games throughout his Badger career. A 2010 consensus first-team All-American, Carimi became the second Badger to win the Outland Trophy, given annually to the nation's top interior lineman. He is just the eighth Badger to earn unanimous, consensus first-team All-America honors.

Last season Carimi was a key cog in an offense that led the Big Ten and averaged a school-record 41.5 points per game (fifth in the country), including 45.2 points per game in Big Ten play, second-best in conference history. UW also led the Big Ten and ranked 12th in the country in rushing offense, nearly becoming the first FBS team in history to have three running backs go over 1,000 yards in the same season.

At left tackle, Carimi lined up against some of the best defensive linemen in the country, including All-Americans Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue, Cameron Heyward of Ohio State and Adrian Clayborn of Iowa. He was just the third player in Badger history to earn Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year honors.

Earlier this month, Carimi was named Wisconsin's male Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient. He graduated in May with 3.13 grade-point average in civil and environmental engineering and was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Peacock_Landon.jpg
Landon Peacock (Cross Country)
Landon Peacock capped off his senior season for the Badgers in style with a come-from-behind performance that gave him the win in a dramatic men's race at the 2010 Big Ten Cross Country Championship.

The Morley, Mich., native claimed his first individual Big Ten title by a half-second, out-leaning Indiana's Andrew Bayer at the finish line for the win. Peacock clocked in at 23 minutes, 40.8 seconds, while Bayer was second in 23:41.3.

The victory made Peacock UW's 27th individual conference champion and led the way for the Badgers to secure their 12th-consecutive team crown in the first-ever Big Ten championship held at their own Zimmer Championship Course.

Sitting fifth heading into the course's finishing chute, Peacock charged past teammate Mohammed Ahmed and Minnesota's Ben Blankenship and trailed only Bayer with 30 meters to go. He finally hunted the Hoosier down at the line to become UW's first individual titlist since Matt Withrow in 2007.

He went on to earn first-team all-region honors with a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional -- as UW won its eighth-straight team title -- and then scored All-America laurels for the second time in his career with a 20th-place showing at the 2010 NCAA Championship.

In track, Peacock was unable to defend his 2010 Big Ten title in the 5,000 meters as an injury sidelined him for the duration of the indoor season. However, he came back outdoors to finish fifth at the Big Ten meet in the 5,000 and then posted a personal-best time of 13:42.90 in the event at the 2011 NCAA West Preliminary Round. 

Despite the outstanding time, which would have won the other preliminary-round heat in Eugene, Ore., as well as both sections of the event at the NCAA East Preliminary Round site, Peacock did not advance to the NCAA championships due to regional qualifying procedures.

Schultz_Justin.jpg
Anchoring the blue line for the Badgers in the 2010-11 season, Justin Schultz completed his sophomore campaign as the nation's top-scoring defenseman with 18 goals and 47 points.  His 18 goals were the most by a blueliner in the nation since 2002-03 and was just one shy of the UW single-season record for a defenseman.

Schultz had a remarkable sophomore season and did not go more than two games without a point. He scored the opening goal of a game five times and led the Badgers with 14 multi-point games.

The All-American was also named Defenseman of the Year by Inside College Hockey,  WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-WCHA,  was one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and earned a spot on College Hockey News' national first team.

On Nov. 27 against Michigan State, Schultz became the sixth Badger defenseman in program history -- and the first since 1991-92 -- to record a hat trick. He was also the sixth Wisconsin defenseman to lead the team in points. 

Schultz was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after scoring the overtime game-winner in a 6-5 victory over Canisius on Jan. 8, snapping UW's 26-game overtime winless drought.  He tallied three assists against Alabama Huntsville on Oct. 17 and had a total of three multi-goal games on the year. 

In part to Schultz's efforts, Wisconsin ranked No. 8 nationally in goals-against average at 2.39. The Badgers also had the nation's top-scoring defensive corps, with a combined 120 points from the blue line. 

Women's Candidates

Akinniyi_Dorcas.jpg
Dorcas Akinniyi (Track & Field)
Dorcas Akinniyi continues to haul in hardware every time she heads to a championship meet. The Carrollton, Texas, native added to her collection in 2011 with All-America honors both indoors and outdoors.

Akinniyi has qualified for the NCAA championships in all five seasons -- indoor and outdoor combined -- in which she's been eligible. After this season, she has also collected an All-America award four times. 

She posted her best-ever NCAA finish with an outstanding fourth-place showing in the pentathlon at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships, racking up a school-record total of 4,254 points to earn her first All-America laurel of the year. 

That performance came on the heels of her second-consecutive conference title in the pentathlon at the 2011 Big Ten Indoor Championships, where she scored 3,929 points.

Moving outdoors, Akinniyi earned a berth directly to the NCAA championships by virtue of her heptathlon score of 5,352 points at the Mt. SAC Relays Multi-Events in April. She also qualified for the 2011 NCAA West Preliminary Round in the open high jump for the second-straight season.

At the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Akinniyi piled up 5,554 points -- just 30 markers shy of her lifetime-best score -- to finish sixth in the heptathlon and secure the fourth All-America honor of her career. A career-best 3,469 points on the opening day of the two-day, seven-event competition propelled Akinniyi to another top-eight finish.

Knight_Hilary.jpg
Hilary Knight (Hockey)
After taking a year off to compete with the U.S. Olympic Team in the 2010 Winter Games, Hilary Knight returned to Wisconsin for her junior season, leading the nation with 47 goals and helping the Badgers to their fourth NCAA championship.

Third in the nation in points with 81 on the season, the alternate captain now sits in third place on the UW all-time career-scoring list with 202 points.

Knight tallied a career-best 20-game point streak that spanned from Dec. 10 to Feb. 26, tying for the second-longest steak in UW history. In 41 games, she recorded 25 multi-point games, including three five-point efforts and four hat tricks. With her 47 goals, Knight scored more goals than four NCAA Division I teams did all year.

Knight was named WCHA Offensive Player of the Week twice, once after tallying five points against RPI on Oct. 2 and lastly on Jan. 5 after having back-to-back four-point games against Northeastern and Mercyhurst  at the Easton Holiday Showcase.

Scoring just 47 seconds into the Fill the Bowl contest at the Kohl Center, Knight tallied the first of three goals as the Badgers downed Minnesota, 3-1, in front of 10,668 fans on Jan. 29. Her game-winning goal against Bemidji State on Feb. 4 marked her 100th career tally.

She led UW with two points, including the game-tying goal and an assist on the game-winner, against Minnesota Duluth in an NCAA regional game on March 12. She went on to record three assists at the Frozen Four, including two in a 3-2 win over Boston College on March 18 in the national semifinal game. 

On the national stage, Knight represented the United States as a member of the Women's Under-22 Select Team at the 2010 USA Hockey Women's National Festival and a three-game series against Canada.

Knight tallied three points for the U.S. Women's Select Team in the 2010 Women's Four Nations Cup in St. John's, Canada, where Team USA placed second.

After winning the national title with Wisconsin, Knight scored the game-winner in overtime against Canada as the U.S. Women's National Team claimed gold in April's 2011 IIHF World Women's Championship in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland.

Meyer_Maggie.jpg
Maggie Meyer (Swimming)
Maggie Meyer capped off a brilliant career at Wisconsin by becoming the first national champion in program history when she won the 200-yard backstroke at the 2011 NCAA Championships in March. Meyer finished the NCAAs as a six-time All-American and was an 11-time All-American for her career. 

With seven honorable mention All-America honors in career as well, Meyer tied for the second-most All-America accolades in school history with 18.

The 2011 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, Meyer won five of the six events she entered at the 2011 Big Ten Championships, bumping her career total to 10 conference titles. The White Bear Lake, Minn., native swept the 100 and 200 backstroke events, then recorded relay wins in the 400 free, 200 medley and 400 medley. 

She set four school records as a senior, bringing her career total to six. Meyer also set a Big Ten record in the 200 medley relay.

In addition to setting the school record in the 200 back, Meyer also lowered the mark individually in the 100 back (51.66). In the relays, Meyer was a part of record-setting teams in the 200 medley relay (1:35.71) and 400 medley relay (3:31.73).

Meyer dominated the backstroke events in 2010-11, going undefeated in the 200 backstroke and winning 10 of 11 races in the 100 back. All told, Meyer won 38 out of possible 57 races she entered during the season either as an individual or as a member of a relay unit.

Former Badger Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej announces retirement

Former Badger women's hockey player Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej announced her retirement from the U.S. Women's National Program last Friday.

In addition to her decorated five-year career with Team USA, Zaugg-Siergiej enjoyed a successful four-year career with the UW women's hockey team from 2004-08.

What they're saying about the Patty Kazmaier award

Senior forward Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) was named the 2011 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award winner, accepting the 14th annual award at a brunch ceremony in Erie, Pa., in conjunction with the 2011 NCAA Women's Frozen Four last weekend.

Read what the media had to say about Duggan being named the top player in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey this season.

What they're saying about the Frozen Four

Last weekend, No. 1 Wisconsin earned its fourth NCAA crown, defeating Boston University, 4-1, to become the 2011 national champions. The Badgers topped Boston College, 3-2, in the semifinals to advance to the title game.

Read what the media said about the Badgers in the 2011 NCAA Women's Frozen Four. 

Archived Gameday Blog: Women's Hockey National Championship

Mandy Hansen and Ben Fromstein chronicled all the action in No. 1 Wisconsin's 4-1 win over No. 3 Boston University in the 2011 NCAA Women's Frozen Four national championship game on March 20, 2011 at Tullio Arena in Erie, Pa. The Badgers earned their fourth national title.

 

BU and UW unfamiliar foes

Sunday's national championship game marks the first meeting between Wisconsin and Boston University in the history of the two women's hockey programs.

Although the teams have not met, UW and BU faced four common opponents this season in North Dakota, Boston College, Northeastern and Mercyhurst. The Badgers were 8-0-0, sweeping the four teams, including five victories over the Fighting Sioux. Meanwhile, BU posted an 8-4-1 mark, including series splits against Boston College (2-2-0) and North Dakota (1-1-0).

Diary of the Frozen Four: Carolyne Prevost

The Badgers will share their take on their Frozen Four experience in Erie, Pa. Catch up with Carolyne Prevost in this diary entry.

Archived Gameday Blog: Women's Hockey vs. Boston College

Mandy Hansen chronicled all the action in No. 1 Wisconsin's 3-2 win over No. 4 Boston College in the semifinal round of the 2011 Women's Frozen Four on March 18, 2011 at Tullio Arena in Erie, Pa.

Diary of the Frozen Four: Carla Pentimone

The Badgers will share their take on their Frozen Four experience in Erie, Pa. Catch up with Carla Pentimone in this diary entry.
ON WISCONSIN