UW-River Falls Falcon sports updateBasketball: Falcon men stay unbeaten at home, Women beat La Crosse, fall to Eau Claire; Hockey: Men split with UW-Stout, Women split with Lake Forest.
Basketball: Falcon men stay unbeaten at home
The UW-River Falls men’s basketball team improved to 6-0 at home this season by defeating UW-La Crosse, 77-59, last Wednesday, Jan. 11 and UW-Eau Claire, 88-76, on Saturday, Jan. 14.
The two wins keep the Falcons in a three-way tie with UW-Whitewater and UW-Stevens Point for first place in the WIAC, all at 6-1. UWRF, now 12-4 overall, will face the Pointers this Saturday in the second of three straight road games. They travel to UW-Superior (4-3, 10-6) Wednesday, Jan. 18, Stevens Point (6-1, 13-3) Saturday and UW-Stout (1-6, 6-10) next Wednesday, Jan. 25.
Last Saturday against Eau Claire, Ollie White had a career-high 25 points and pulled down seven rebounds, Wade Guerin and Shane Manor scored 15 points apiece and Brian Kimble and Zach Peterson finished with 10 points each as the Falcons cruised past the Blugolds (3-5, 10-6).
Guerin grabbed 12 rebounds to go with his 15-point night and Kimble dished out six assists.
Last Wednesday against La Crosse, Guerin and Manor scored 16 points each and the Falcons erased an early seven-point deficit to pull away in the second half on their way to a 77-59 victory.
Taylor Peterson contributed 14 points in the victory while Kimble finished with eight points and eight assists.
Basketball: Women beat La Crosse, fall to Eau Claire
The 17th ranked Falcon women’s basketball team picked up a 56-47 road win at UW-La Crosse last Wednesday before falling to No. 25 UW-Eau Claire, 63-57, Saturday at home.
The Falcons, now 13-3 overall, 5-2 in the WIAC, host UW-Superior (9-6, 3-4) Wednesday night, Jan. 18, before traveling to UW-Stevens Point (13-3, 5-2) Saturday, Jan. 21.
Last Wednesday, UWRF got 20 points from Alise Holst and 16 rebounds from Maranda Dohrn in a 56-47 victory at La Crosse.
Saturday at home against Eau Claire, Gregorich had 11 points and 11 rebounds but the Blugolds built a four-point halftime lead, 32-28, and held on for the win.
Men’s hockey splits with Stout
The fourth-ranked UW-River Falls men’s hockey team split a weekend series with UW-Stout, winning 4-3 Friday night, Jan. 13 before losing 2-1 Saturday.
Saturday’s loss snapped a three-game Falcons winning streak. Stout led 2-0 in the third period before a Jason Yuel power-play goal at the 12:59 mark got the Falcons on the board. But that’s all they could get as the Blue Devils hung on for the 2-1 victory.
One night earlier, John Bullis’ power play goal with 40 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner in a 4-3 Falcon victory. Bullis’ goal put the Falcons ahead 4-2 before Stout made it a one-goal game with a shorthanded goal with two seconds left.
Geoff Shewmake, Jeff Burke and Andy Inderieden also scored in the win while Lewan finished with 42 saves.
Women skate to split at Lake Forest
The Falcon women’s hockey team beat Lake Forest, 5-1, Friday night before losing for just the second time this season, 4-2 to the Foresters, on Saturday.
UWRF, ranked No. 8 in the latest USCHO.com Division III poll, will host Amherst College Wednesday, Jan. 18, before a home-and-home series with UW-Eau Claire this weekend.
Last Friday, Kait Mason recorded a goal and an assist and Brook Story and Katie Batters tallied two points each in a 5-1 Falcon win.
Alice Cranston and Katie Flanagan also scored for UWRF while Falcon goaltender Melissa Deardorff made 30 saves.
Saturday afternoon, Flanagan and Emma Nordness scored for River Falls but Lake Forest scored two goals in each of the second and third periods to pull out a 4-2 win.