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Falcon Roundup: Men's hockey winless on weekend; Women skaters sweep Northland

Men's hockey winless on weekend

The Falcon men's hockey team played to a tie and a loss in a pair of road games against MIAC opponents over the weekend.

The Falcons tied St. Olaf College, 3-3, Friday, Jan. 12, in Northfield, Minn. before dropping a 3-2 decision to Bethel College Saturday, Jan. 13, in St. Paul.

Eddie Matsushima, Joe Druplak and Cayden Cahill had a goal apiece to stake UWRF to a 3-1 lead at St. Olaf but the Oles scored twice in the third period, including the tying goal with 58 seconds left with an extra attacker, to salvage a 3-3 tie.

The Falcons outshot the Oles, 3-2, in overtime but St. Olaf outshot UWRF 41-28 for the game. Falcon goalie Zach Quinn finished with 38 saves.

Saturday at Bethel, the Royals jumped out to a 3-0 second period lead and held off the Falcons for a 3-2 victory.

Freshman Charlie Singerhouse of Hudson scored with one minute left in the second period and Matsushima tallied an unassisted shorthanded goal with 7:44 remaining but that's as close as UWRF could get.

Quinn finished with 18 saves as the Falcons outshot the Royals, 33-21.

UWRF, now 6-10-2 overall, will host UW-Eau Claire Thursday, Jan. 18, at 7:05 p.m. at Hunt Arena before visiting UW-Stevens Point Saturday, Jan. 20.

Women skaters sweep Northland

The sixth-ranked UW-River Falls women's hockey team outscored Northland College 12-0 over the weekend while sweeping the Lumberjills, 5-0 and 7-0 at Hunt Arena.

UWRF, now 11-4-1 overall, hosted St. Norbert College Tuesday, Jan. 16, before a weekend series at UW-Stevens Point Friday and Saturday, Jan. 19-20.

Kathryn Larson had two goals and an assist last Friday against Northland and Angie Halls stopped all eight shots she faced in UWRF's 5-0 victory. Jessica Bird, Payton Rudiger and Julia Stelljes also scored in the win. The Falcons outshot the Lumberjills, 50-8.

UWRF put 51 shots on goal Saturday while Larson and Carly Moran scored two goals each and Tatyana Delaittre had eight saves in a 7-0 Falcon victory. Jamie Bird, Jessica Bird and Erica Schramel added one goal apiece.

Women's hoops suffers first WIAC loss

The UW-River Falls women's basketball team dropped a 69-62 decision to 14th-ranked UW-Oshkosh for its first WIAC loss of the season Saturday, Jan. 13, at Page Arena.

Earlier in the week the Falcons routed UW-Platteville, 79-45, in Platteville.

UWRF, now 12-3 overall, 3-1 in conference play, will host UW-La Crosse Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. before visiting UW-Stout Saturday, Jan. 20.

Last Wednesday at Platteville, Brynn Liljander scored 12 of her game-high 22 points in the first half to help the Falcons build a 36-23 halftime lead and UWRF broke the game open with a 30-8 third quarter run on their way to winning their ninth straight game.

Taylor Karge contributed 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the win.

Saturday at home against Oshkosh, Liljander scored 21 points and Crystal Pearson had 12 points and eight rebounds off the bench but it wasn't enough in a seven-point loss to the Titans.

Oshkosh outrebounded the Falcons 38-28 and grabbed 15 offensive rebounds while scoring 12 points off 12 UWRF turnovers.

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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