UWS ROUNDUP: Smith leads men past Oshkosh; hockey team splits
The University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s and women’s basketball teams enjoyed mixed results with UW-Oshkosh Saturday afternoon, while the Yellowjackets’ men’s hockey team split a pair of non-conference games at the DECC in Duluth.
Senior forward Jake Smith had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead UWS to a 71-58 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory over UW-Oshkosh on Saturday before 312 at Mertz Mortorelli Gymnasium.
Marcus Helland added 15 points and nine rebounds, while Ben Aalfs chipped in with 12 points for the Yellowjackets (10-4 overall, 2-3 WIAC).
John Flanigan had 17 points to lead Oshkosh (6-7, 1-4), which was outrebounded 38-26 and held to 39.6 percent shooting.
’JACKET JOTTINGS: UWS men’s basketball games have returned to the airwaves of KUWS (91.3 FM). Saturday’s game against Oshkosh was broadcast live, and all home games the rest of the way are scheduled to be on the air. Matt Johnson and Monte Stewart will have the call. … Jake Smith scored 48 points last week and now has 1,702 for his career. He needs 93 more to break the all-time men’s basketball scoring record at UWS.
UWS opened with an 18-0 run but fell 73-64 to UWO in a WIAC women’s game on Saturday at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.
Michelle Boeder led four players in double figures in scoring for Oshkosh (8-6, 3-2), which went on a 34-15 run and led 40-37 at the break.
Connie Urmanski had 19 points and Hailey Hart had 16 points to lead UWS (6-8, 0-5), which was outrebounded 40-25.
Senior defenseman Chris Berenguer scored two first-period goals as Hamline went on to defeat UWS 4-1 Friday night.
Hamline (8-3-1) of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference was up 2-1 after two periods, following a boal by Justin Faryna of UWS.
The Pipers added two scores in the third period, both on power plays.
Hamline’s Beau Christian and Superior’s Drew Strandberg each finished with 24 saves.
The Yellowjackets rebounded with a 5-1 win over Bethel Saturday night.
Garrett Tinkham stopped 31 shots and five players scored for UWS as the Yellowjackets rebounded from Friday’s loss with a 5-1 victory over Bethel before 397 on Saturday at the DECC.
Jeff Forsythe opened the scoring at 7:52 in the second period for UWS (9-5-1), which scored three more times in the period before Bethel (3-9-2) came back with a goal just before the intermission.
Tinkham made 11 saves in the third to seal it for the Yellowjackets.
Kyle Leahy, Talon Berlando, Chris Moteus and Colton Kennedy also scored for the ‘Jackets, who play Friday and Saturday at UW-Stout. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m.
Hamline 2 0 2 — 4
UW-Superior 0 1 0 — 1
First Period: 1. HU, Chris Berenguer (Brian Arrigoni, Ryan Kupperman), 1:15. 2. HU, Berenguer (Ryan McElhone, Kyle Mattson), 6:03.
Second Period: 3. UWS, Justin Faryna (Tyler Klein), 10:15.
Third Period: HU, Kupperman (Arrigoni, Berenguer), 2:21 (pp). 5. Cory Belisle (Kupperman, Alex Lundbohm), 17:19 (pp).
Saves: Beau Christian, HU 6-9-9—24. Drew Strandberg, UWS 4-11-9—24.
Bethel University 0 1 0 — 1
UW-Superior 0 4 1 — 5
First Period: No scoring.
Second Period: 1. Jeff Forsythe, 7:52. 2. UWS, Kyle Leahy (Pat Dalbec), 9:28. 3. UWS, Talon Berlando (Justin Faryna), 13:33. 4. UWS Chris Moteus (Brett Meyers, T.J. Ahvenniemi), 14:33. 5. BU, Josh Simi (Josh Shingler, Garrett Windle), 17:20.
Third Period: 6. UWS, Colton Kennedy (Brooks Mejia, Chad Blanleil), 14:49.
Saves: Michael Sperl, BU 10-10-x—20. Zac Bush, BU x-1-8—9. Garrett Tinkham, UWS 9-11-11—31. BU (3-9-2), UWS (9-5-1). Att: 397.
Jon Bell honored
Jon Bell, a senior defender from Duluth, has been named to the All-Wisconsin Men’s State Soccer Team. The selections were based on a vote of all Division III men’s soccer coaches in Wisconsin.
Bell was named to the All-WIAC First Team for the second time in his Yellowjacket career in 2010.
“I said all season long that Jon was one of the best defensive soccer players in the state and I’m excited to see that other coaches see the same things I did,” UWS coach Joe Mooney said. “A player of Jon’s caliber allows you as a coach and as a team to do so many different things because you have someone that strong on the back end.”
Bell played 19 of 20 games for the Yellowjackets in 2010, starting 18 of them. He had one assist on the year, but offense isn’t where his value to the team lied.
“It’s tough for defenders to get recognition because they don’t have big numbers. You can’t just look at the statistics and decide if a player is good or not,” Mooney said.
“That’s what makes the honors that Jon has received so great. People have to know the sport of soccer to look at a defensive player and know if they are good or not. Jon did a lot and the other coaches in the state recognized that.”
Bell was the WIAC Men’s Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week for the week of September 14 this past season.
“Being that he’s a senior, we obviously won’t have him on the field next season and we will certainly miss that,” Mooney said. “He’s one of the best players in the conference and those types of players are never easy to replace. Hopefully we have the players either on the roster or in our recruiting class that will step up and fill that void.”
In addition to Bell, junior defender Nate Engel (Maple Grove, Minn.) and junior midfielder Thomas Shuldheisz (Andover, Minn.) received honorable mention.
“They are both great players in the WIAC and I’m certain that they will be big contributors to our team, and two players that other teams have to account for in 2011,” Mooney said.
In its third year conducting the event, Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s volleyball teams established a new high and raised $26,897 for Breast Cancer Awareness. This season’s total brings the conference’s three-year sum to $60,648.
The nine conference teams raised money using various promotional activities to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research. Spectators at the designated matches were encouraged to wear pink in support of all those affected by breast cancer.
The following WIAC matches during the 2010 season featured the promotion to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness: UW-Stout at UW-Whitewater (Oct. 1), UW-La Crosse at UW-Stevens Point (Oct. 6), UW-Whitewater at UW-La Crosse (Oct. 13), UW-Oshkosh at UW-Eau Claire (Oct. 15), UW-Oshkosh at UW-Superior (Oct. 16), UW-Eau Claire at UW-River Falls (Oct. 20), UW-La Crosse at UW-Oshkosh (Oct. 20), UW-Whitewater at UW-Platteville (Oct. 20), UW-Superior at UW-Stout (Oct. 20).
The Lady Yellowjackets began the new year Tuesday night with a 2-1 loss at Gustavus Adolphus.
UWS is back in action Friday and Saturday at Lake Forest (Ill.). Game times are 7 and 2 p.m., respectively.