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Falcon Roundup: Women skate to WIAC title game; Women's hoops ends season in Oshkosh

Women skate to WIAC title game

The top-seeded UW-River Falls women's hockey team dominated No. 4 UW-Stevens Point, 9-0, Friday Feb. 23 and 6-1 Saturday, Feb. 24, in a WIAC Tournament semifinal round at Hunt Arena.

UWRF improved to 19-5-3 overall and will host the WIAC title game against UW-Eau Claire 17-6-4 Saturday, March 3, at 2:05 p.m. at Hunt Arena.

The Falcons scored five times in the third period in Friday night's 9-0 shutout over the Pointers.

Carly Moran had two goals and an assist, Sam Young scored twice and Bella Wagner, Callie Hoff, Kathryn Larson, Amy Auran and Jessie Anderson had a goal apiece. URWF goalie Tatyana Delaittre stopped all 11 shots she faced as the Falcons outshot the Pointers, 43-11.

Saturday the Falcons scored five unanswered goals to take the series with a 6-1 victory. Larson, Young, Anderson, Erica Schramel, Callie Hoff and Kora Torkelson had a goal apiece while Delaittre finished with 17 saves. UWRF outshot UWSP, 37-18.

Men's hockey falls in WIAC semis

The Falcon men's hockey team ended its season with a pair of losses to UW-Stevens Point in the semifinal round of the WIAC Tournament last weekend in Stevens Point.

The top-seeded Pointers defeated the Falcons, 5-1, Friday, Feb. 23 and 3-2 Saturday, Feb. 24, to advance to the WIAC title game against No. 2 UW-Eau Claire. UWRF, the No. 5 seed, ended its season with a record of 8-17-4.

The Pointers jumped out to a 4-0 lead Friday night before the Falcons scored their only goal of the game off the stick of Terry Leabo on a power play with 46 seconds remaining in the second period.

Falcon goalie Zach Quinn finished with 40 saves as UWSP outshot UWRF, 45-15.

Saturday the Falcons trailed 2-0 after two when Peter Karavos cut the deficit in half six minutes into the third period. The Pointers got a power play goal three minutes later to up their lead to 3-1 before Thomas Clayton scored with Quinn on the bench for an extra skater with 17 seconds remaining to make the final 3-2.

Quinn finished with 24 saves as the Pointers outshot the Falcons, 27-23.

Women's hoops ends season in Oshkosh

The sixth-seeded Falcon women's basketball team couldn't dig out of an early hole at No. 3 UW-Oshkosh and dropped a 64-51 decision to the Titans in the first round of the WIAC Tournament Tuesday, Feb. 20.

UWRF fell behind 21-4 and trailed 38-17 at the break. They outscored Oshkosh 34-26 in the second half but it wasn't enough to keep their season alive.

Oshkosh improved to 20-5 and advanced to the WIAC semifinals against No. 2 UW-La Crosse while UWRF's season came to an end with a record of 16-10.

Senior Taylor Karge finished with 22 points in her last game as a Falcon while sophomore Crystal Pearson scored 11.

Track teams 8th at WIAC Indoor Meet

The Falcon men's and women's track and field teams both finished in eighth place at the WIAC Indoor Championships Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24, at UW-Stevens Point.

The women's distance medley relay team of Nikki Jurik, Alanna Grant, Emily Klatt and Katelyn Moore posted the Falcons'top finish at the meet, placing fourth with a time of 12 minutes, 42.73 seconds.

Colton Sorensen placed the Falcon men with a fifth place height of 15-feet, 7.25 inches in the pole vault.

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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