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The Field House Chronicles: the wheat from the chaff

Women’s soccer has a chance to take sole possession of first in the Big Ten, volleyball is back, and women’s hockey will keep rolling.

Wisconsin Athletics Communication
Tom Lynn

Welcome to The Field House Chronicles, where we look at the goings on of the wide world of Badger sports. We almost called it “The Field House / Kohl / LaBahn / Goodman / Porter / McClimon / Nielson / URidge Chronicles,” but it maxes out the character limit. Take a look as we highlight the happenings of UW sports that are not football or men’s basketball.

No. 1 women’s hockey (2-0-0)

After a hot start against Lindenwood, the Badgers return home for the first time since winning the national championship to take on Penn State. During the home opener Friday night, Wisconsin will celebrate its 2019 NCAA championship team.

Penn State (0-0-2) is a struggling program and is coming off of a mediocre 13-14-9 season in the lower-tier College Hockey America conference.

Wisconsin, on the other hand, has picked up right where it left off. Abby Roque and Sophie Shirley are both top-five scorers in the country, and Kristen Campbell is the reigning WCHA Goaltender of the Week.

While Penn State did upset a top-five team last season, I expect UW to thoroughly dominate PSU.

No. 13 volleyball (7-4)

Speaking of the Nittany Lions, Wisconsin volleyball started off a huge week with a critical win against No. 5 Penn State (9-3). After dropping the first set, it throttled PSU to take a 3-1 victory.

Up next is a road test against No. 3 Nebraska (11-1). If Wisconsin can take that one, too, the 4-4 start will suddenly be a distant memory.

No. 13 women’s soccer (7-2-1)

The battle-tested Badgers are back at it again tonight against No. 24 Michigan (8-2-1) at the McClimon Track/Soccer Complex in Madison. If Wisconsin (3-0-0 in conference) beats Michigan (3-0-1), it will take sole possession of first place in the Big Ten and will be the only team with an undefeated conference record.

After the Michigan game, Wisconsin will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. on Sunday to take on Purdue (6-4-1).

No. 16 men’s hockey (0-0-0)

Wisconsin is set to take on its biggest foe this weekend, itself. The Cardinal / White scrimmage is set for 12:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Men’s soccer (2-7-1)

How’s men’s soccer doing?

As you could guess, that gif is especially meaningful for me; The Bob Emergency is real.

After a stronger-then-usual showing in a 0-0 tie against Maryland, Wisconsin lost 1-0 to Milwaukee (5-5) last night. The Badgers’ winless streak is now extended to six games, and it has only scored one goal over that stretch of games.

Up next is a winnable game against Michigan State (1-6-2) on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., and we will learn if Wisconsin is on pace for a disappointing season or a very disappointing season. I’m praying this will not end up a 0-0 tie.

Tennis, rowing and more

  • According to, women’s tennis is in Norman, Okla. and Moraga, Calif. this weekend. I could look into this more, but I would much rather believe that the women’s tennis team has discovered how to defy the laws of physics.
  • Women’s swimming and diving is in Green Bay, Wis. tomorrow.
  • Cross country (both men’s and women’s) is heading to South Bend, Ind. tomorrow.
  • Men’s tennis is off to Tulsa, Okla. for individual play. Unlike the women, the men will be in one place at one time.
  • Men’s rowing is popping over to Edgerton, Wis. to, well, row against Head of the Newville.