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Falcon Briefs: Hall sets NCAA wins record; Track teams compete at Wartburg

Hall sets NCAA wins record

Senior Angie Hall set a new NCAA Division III record for most wins by a goalie in the UW-River Falls women's hockey team's 8-1 victory over St. Olaf College Wednesday, Jan. 31, in Northfield, Minn.

Angie HallHall's win was the 76th of her career, the most ever by a women's goalie in NCAA Division III.

Hall stopped 13 of 14 shots and Carly Moran registered a four-point night as the fifth-ranked Falcons won their fourth straight game to improve to 16-4-2 on the season.

Moran had two goals and two assists in the win and Payton Rudiger and Hailey Herdine each scored twice while Callie Hoff contributed a goal and two assists and Kathryn Larson added one goal and one assist.

The Falcons, winners of 11 of their last 12 games, hosted the College of St. Scholastica Tuesday, Feb. 6, and will host UW-Eau Claire Saturday, Feb. 10, at 2:05 p.m. at Hunt Arena.

Men skate to sixth straight loss

The Falcon men's hockey team saw its losing streak reach six straight games with a 3-1 loss at UW-Stout Saturday, Feb. 3. One night earlier the Falcons were shut out by UW-Superior, 5-0, at Hunt Arena.

UWRF, now 6-15-2 overall, will face the Yellowjackets and Blue Devils again this week when they travel to Superior Thursday, Feb. 8 and host Stout Saturday, Feb. 10, in the final two games of the regular season.

Last Saturday in Menomonie Joe Druplak's shorthanded goal at the 14:45 mark of the first period tied the score, 1-1, but the Blue Devils scored twice in the third to post a 3-1 win.

Falcon goalie Zach Quinn finished with 25 saves as the Falcons outshot the Blue Devils, 31-28.

UWRF outshot Superior 36-23 Friday night at home but couldn't find the back of the net in a 5-0 loss. Quinn finished with 17 saves while dropping to 5-14-2 on the season.

Women's hoops drops fourth straight

UW-Stevens Point scored with two seconds left to pull out a 72-70 victory over the UWRF women's basketball team and hand the Falcons their fourth straight loss of the season Saturday, Feb. 3 at Page Arena.

Three nights earlier the Falcons dropped a 56-44 decision at UW-La Crosse.

UWRF, now 14-7 overall, 5-5 in WIAC play, will host UW-Stout Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. before visiting 17th-ranked UW-Whitewater Saturday, Feb. 10.

Last Saturday at home against Stevens Point, the Falcons led 35-26 at the break only to find themselves trailing by ten, 68-58, with 5:22 remaining. A 12-2 Falcon run, capped by a pair of Taylor Karge free throws with seven seconds left, tied the score, 70-70, but the Pointers got a layup with two seconds left to win the game.

Brynn Liljander led UWRF with 17 points and Crystal Pearson had 14 while Karge finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Last Wednesday in La Crosse, Liljander scored 13 points in the first half to help the Falcons take a 23-20 lead but the Eagles used a 22-9 third quarter run to pull away for a 56-44 victory.

Liljander finished with 16 points while no other Falcon scored more than five.

Track teams compete at Wartburg

The Falcon men's and women's track and field teams both placed seventh at the eight-team Wartburg Indoor Select Meet Saturday, Feb. 3, in Waverly, Iowa.

Katelyn Moore paced the UWRF women with a second place time of 5 minutes, 26.09 seconds in the mile run while Alison Stewart took fifth in the 60 meter dash in 8.27 seconds.

On the men's side, Colton Sorensen took fourth in the heptathlon with a score of 4,204 points and Adam Kasper placed sixth in the 800 meter run in 1:58.4.

The Falcons will continue their indoor season at the University of St. Thomas Showcase in St. Paul Friday, Feb. 9.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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