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THE FIRST ONES They’re remembered as Big Ten champions and for Wisconsin’s first-ever Rose Bowl victory. Last Saturday’s game at Camp Randall Stadium served as the centerpiece for a celebration of the 25th anniversary of the historic 1993 football team, a group that sparked a run of unprecedented success. PHOTOS BY DAVID STLUKA


DEEP BENCH Women’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson has the Badgers’ undivided attention during the team’s recent series sweep of Lindenwood. Wisconsin returns to LaBahn Arena’s dynamic home ice this weekend to open WCHA league play against Minnesota Duluth on Saturday and Sunday. PHOTO BY DAVID STLUKA


SOARING SUCCESS Fully airborne, men’s soccer sophomore Patrick Yim redirects the ball during Wisconsin’s rainy, but victorious, 4-2 defeat of Rutgers on Sunday. Yim picked up his first career assist to help take down the Scarlet Knights. PHOTO BY DAVID STLUKA


AND THE FRESHMAN SHALL LEAD THEM Freshman forward Dominick Mersch celebrates his first goal as a Badger, one of four by UW’s freshmen, in men’s hockey’s 8-2 exhibition win over Victoria last Sunday at the Kohl Center. PHOTO BY GREG ANDERSON

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26 BECOMING BROTHERS Senior D’Cota Dixon handpicked redshirt freshman Scott Nelson to be his team hotel roommate. It’s part of a Badgers tradition that strengthens the ties between teammates and across an entire football program.










For Garrett Groshek, being a key member of the Badgers tailback rotation provides energy and opportunity.



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For Groshek, tailback rotation provides energy, opportunity


ut of uniform, wearing his glasses and not his contacts, Garrett Groshek does not strike an overly imposing physical presence. On first glance, he could more easily be mistaken for a personal finance major than a multi-dimensional, downhill Big Ten runner. Actually, he’s both. The 5-foot-11, 218-pound Groshek still carries a low profile on a sprawling campus with an undergraduate enrollment of 30,361. Or 29,332 more than the population of Amherst, Wisconsin, where he attended high school with Badgers center Tyler Biadasz, a two-year starter. While the unassuming Groshek may not be recognized walking up Bascom Hill (“I try to disguise myself a little bit.”), he can’t go anywhere in Amherst — or his hometown of DAVID STLUKA


Amherst Junction (Population: 378) — without drawing a warm, respectful greeting, especially at the King Cone ice cream shop. “Everyone there has known me growing up,” he said. Over the summer, Groshek introduced his teammates and fellow tailbacks Jonathan Taylor and Taiwan Deal to King Cone and its signature homemade ice cream featuring 48 daily flavors. Nationally, it has earned recognition for its Butter Pecan Kruncher, Caramel Apple Sucker and Lemon Pie. There was also some boating on Lake Emily and a visit to the Chain of Lakes. “They got to experience where I come from and my home,” Groshek said of Taylor, who’s from New Jersey, and Deal, who’s from Maryland. “I had to show them King Cone and they loved King Cone.” The triple-scoop tailback rota-

tion has been one of the tastier storylines to the 2018 season. You could even match each runner with one of the flavors on the King Cone menu. “Super Dude?” Tailor-made for Taylor. “Monster Bar?” The punishing Deal. “Treasure Chest?” The versatile Groshek. As a group, they could be “Red Devilicious.” Go Big Red Devilicious. “All of us kind of piggyback off each other,” Groshek said, “and we feed off each other, whether it’s the energy or the little things on the field that we’re doing. ‘If this guy is doing that or that guy is doing this, maybe I could try it.’ We’re all working together.” Obviously, the bell cow is Taylor, who’s averaging 6.7 yards per carry and 169.8 yards per game; the top mark in college football. Taylor has 87 more car-

ries than Deal (6.2, 48.2) and 99 more than Groshek (6.5, 35.0). Collectively, they’re averaging 253 yards. Or more than 114 of the 130 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams. “We have certain situations where we know we’ll be in the game,” said Groshek, UW’s third-leading receiver with 11 catches. “That’s what we practice all week, so we have a good understanding of when we’re going into the game and in what kind of situations. We’re always ready.” When asked if it was fair to say that he’s more than just a third-down back, Groshek said, “I want to say yes. I can do more. But right now, I want to own the third-down role and take it from there and then whatever happens, happens.” Groshek lowered his shoulder and ran over some would-be tacklers in the Nebraska win. It was a surprise in the context that he was an option quarterback in high school for head coach Mark Lusic, one of the people that Groshek credited for developing his weight training habits. It was not a surprise in that he started his varsity prep career as a linebacker. Following in the Amherst High footsteps of his father, Wayne, a running back for the Falcons, Groshek said, “I’ve never seen any film. But he had the single-season rushing record, maybe the career record. I’m guessing my dad was not much of a finesse runner as much as he was a physical runner.” Regardless of the running style, he continued, “The big

thing is getting as many yards as you can. That’s where you have to get going north and south. East and west is where you can get caught. There’s a lot of speed in Division I football and a lot of defensive linemen are fast, too.” In a nutshell, it’s the scouting report on the Michigan defense. “They have a lot of speed — they just have talent across the board,” Groshek said. “Basically, they have everybody coming back from last year. There’s going to be a lot of speed and physicality and it’s going to be a fun game to play in.”

“WHEN HE’S PLAYING HIS BEST, HE’S DOING A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS, NOT JUST AT RUNNING BACK, BUT HELPING ON SPECIAL TEAMS,” SAID CHRYST. “HE’S A SMART, TOUGH, DEPENDABLE PLAYER.” There’s no telling how head coach Paul Chryst will use Groshek against the Wolverines. Rest assured, he will find something for him to do. “His versatility has been important. I think it’s a part of who he is,” Chryst said. “When he’s playing his best, he’s doing a lot of different things, not just at running back, but helping on special teams. He’s a smart, tough, dependable player.” Groshek has no problem with the versatile label. By his own definition, he said, “It’s being able to do a lot of things right. It’s being able to expand yourself to do different roles and fill in

where you need to.” The running backs room, as a whole, has been as source of energy for Groshek and the others. “It’s definitely a room that’s very competitive,” he said. “And we all know that we have to put in the work just to be able to compete with the guys in the room and that helps us on Saturdays.” It’s not just limited to Taylor, Deal and Groshek. Also, in the mix is Chris James. “He’s ready to go whenever we need him,” said Groshek, adding that Bradrick Shaw is starting his second week of practice following a long rehab from knee surgery. He’s progressing towards competing again in the rotation. “We have a lot of hungry young guys, too,” he was also quick to note. Running backs coach John Settle sets the tone. “We’re kind of always joking around with each other, it’s always kind of a light mood,” Groshek said. “But once the whistle blows and once practice starts, we know how to dial it in and we become really focused and we put everything out there. “It’s really just a reflection of Coach Settle and how he coaches us.” Settle had a legendary career at Appalachian State. A 5-9, 207-pound tailback, he was the first player in program history to have his number retired (No. 23; same as Taylor) after rushing for 4,409 yards. He once went 454 carries without a fumble. As a senior, he had nine straight 100yard games. Click to read more »





◀ WOMEN’S SOCCER Head coach Paula Wilkins earned her 250th career win in the Badgers’ 1-0 victory at Purdue last Sunday. Wilkins is 250-93-48 (.701) as a college head coach and has won 131 games in her 12 seasons at Wisconsin.

▼ FOOTBALL The Badgers are 15-1 (.938) in true road games under head coach Paul Chryst and have won 10 straight road outings, the nation’s second-longest active streak (Oklahoma, 17). UW’s only road loss under Chryst came in a 14-7 setback at Michigan on Oct. 1, 2016.


▲ WOMEN’S ROWING Former Badger Vicky Opitz was named USRowing’s Female Athlete of the Year after winning her fourth world championship in the women’s eight after returning from serious injury. The Middleton native is Wisconsin’s third all-time honoree of this prestigious award.



MEN’S SOCCER ▶ Freshman Noah Melick tallied two goals and one assist for five total points in Wisconsin’s 4-2 victory against Rutgers on Sunday. The forward’s impressive first career start also earned him Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors.






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No. 8 Wisconsin returns home to the UW Field House on Friday to face Northwestern at 8 p.m. for the Pink Match in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Watch the Badgers on Big Ten Network.





No. 15 Wisconsin returns to the road and heads to Ann Arbor to take on 12th-ranked Michigan in a prime-time showdown Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Watch the Badgers battle the Wolverines on ABC.



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CROSS COUNTRY ▪ REDSHIRT SENIOR ▪ LAKE ELMO, MINN. What impact has women’s cross country head coach Jill Miller had on the team’s culture? “Our bonding with the team is definitely more real and we enjoy being around each other so I think that is a huge component that she has fostered among all of us. She is more hands on than our previous coach and she is just really relatable.” What does the team do in terms of recovery? “That is another thing Jill preaches a lot. We can train as hard as the other teams but we need to recover harder. Definitely taking the extra time to roll out, stretch, take an ice bath, all of the little things that add up. At this point in all of our careers, we’ve all come from really good programs and we are all talented. But to get that extra effort out of yourself, you need to be able to recover and do the little things.” What are your expectations for hosting the NCAA championships? “I’m super excited for all of the fans that are going to be out there. We’ve already had a taste from that from the Nutty Invite. No matter where you turn, there is always somebody cheering for Wisconsin. So having that on an even grander scale is going to be super exciting. Not having to travel is going to be great as well and just knowing our course and knowing that we run it all the time will be really helpful.” What would you do on campus if you had a wide open Saturday? “If it was nice and summery I would definitely go to the terrace, get ice cream and just sit out at the tables and probably play cards or read or something. If it’s fall, I really like hot chocolate, so I would probably just go somewhere and curl up and read a book or watch Netflix with a mug of hot chocolate.” What are your plans after UW? “I definitely want to keep running what I call ‘competitive recreationally.’ So keep running but have a job. Statistics and communications are my major so I’m definitely looking for something involving business analytics or analytics of some kind. I’m still in the hunt, but it’s early on.”


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t seemed like any normal Big Ten matchup for the Wisconsin volleyball team at the UW Field House. However, this was no average match. September 22 would be special for the Badgers. Six patients from the American Family Children’s Hospital arrived early that morning to surprise the team and present each student-athlete with hand decorated warmup shirts. The yellow shirts honored Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The surprise was an exciting and emotional start to the day. “It was pretty amazing when we were in there getting these shirts and you’re watching the smiles on their faces,” Danielle Hart said. “I’m getting chills and watery eyes even now. It’s just awesome stuff.” As the families traveled from team meal to locker room to warmups with the Badgers, each one became members of the team that day. During starting lineups, the six children took the floor beside the team to be recognized for their courage, representing only a small few of the many battling (or who have

battled) childhood cancer. “I received a wrist band from the child, Bodhi, who made my warm-up shirt that says, ‘Bodhi Strong,’” added Sarah Dodd. “I wear it every day as a reminder to be thankful for what I have and to keep Bodhi and his family in my thoughts and prayers.” Between the second and third period, each of the six children were honored and announced onto the court. Their parents and siblings followed close behind, each family taking their place on the floor to form a human ribbon. After every family had taken their place, the Field House went black and the six families cracked their yellow glow sticks shining bright in honor of all children fighting childhood cancer. “Kids have always amazed me and these kids are beyond tough,” Mallory Dixon said. “Their ability to smile through such tough times and really make the best out of every moment is something I really admire about them and their families.” To learn more about Badgers Give Back and its partnership with the American Family Children’s Hospital, click here. ▪













cott Nelson made the confession with a scowl that spread quickly across his face. Wisconsin’s redshirt freshman free safety was freshly fed, laying on his hotel room bed, when he was asked if he had any school work to do. He did. Not the ideal situation for Nelson knowing that in less than 24 hours he would be lining up for the Badgers for their Big Ten Conference game with Nebraska at Camp Randall Stadium. “I don’t like doing homework on Fridays before games,” he said. “I try to (finish everything) by Friday afternoon, or Thursday for away games, out of my system. So whatever I have to do before I leave I try and do.” So what happened this time? “I found it a little late,” Nelson said of an online worksheet in Geography 170. “It’s due tomorrow morning at 11.”

Will it take long? “Hopefully not,” Nelson said. It would not be the first moment of enlightenment for Nelson on the weekend, nor would it be the harshest. How fortunate that he has an able guide laying on the other double bed. Senior strong safety D’Cota Dixon handpicked Nelson to be his roommate for weekends spent at the team hotel. Upperclassmen can choose their roomies and Dixon opted for Nelson for a host of reasons. One is their shared place in the back end of the Wisconsin defense. One is their roles as mentor and understudy. One is their mutual respect. One is their emotional compatibility. “I admire him as a brother,” Dixon said of Nelson. “But also, on the football side, we’re like-minded people.” How so?


“He’s an alpha,” Dixon said. “I’m an alpha.” Players with family members on hand evenDixon, by choice, is trying to do the same tually connected with them in the lobby until thing for Nelson that his past mentors at the curfew. safety position did Dixon said the for him. In 2014 and bonding is essential to “WHEN I SEE A GUY SMILING AND ENJOYING THE ’15 it was Michael the cause. MOMENT, THAT KIND OF ENERGY’S CONTAGIOUS. IT Caputo, a two-time “That’s what makes co-captain. In 2016 it MAKES YOU WANT TO PLAY HARDER FOR THESE GUYS, going out every SatTHE GUYS YOU LINE UP WITH, PREPARE WITH, CRY was Leo Musso, voted urday that much WITH, LAUGH WITH, GO THROUGH PAIN WITH.” the team’s Most Valumore special because able Player. you’ve got your guys Dixon, a 24-yearwith you,” he said. old black man from Florida, and Nelson, a “For me, that’s my why. 19-year-old white kid from Detroit, spend a lot “When I see a guy smiling and enjoying the of time together. You see it on the field before moment, that kind of energy’s contagious. It and after practice. You see it in the Camp Randall locker room even though their stalls are in different sections of the vast headquarters. You see it the night before games when Dixon and Nelson share a meal with their teammates and, later, when they exchange insights from Bibles they both have at the ready. Their vibe is part of a familiar routine that defines every hotel stay by the Badgers, whether it’s at Iowa or Michigan or Penn State, or at home when players, coaches and support personnel gather, have dinner, relax, socialize and focus. After the latest meal, tight ends coach Mickey Turner gathered his charges on padded benches just off the hotel lobby and reviewed some prep material. Senior nose tackle Olive Sagapolu exited the dining area and headed back to his room. “Got to get some homework done,” the community and nonprofit leadership major said.




makes you want to play harder for these guys, the guys you line up with, prepare with, cry with, laugh with, go through pain with.” Dixon and Nelson are one of only two consistent senior-freshman rooming pairs this season. The other is Sagapolu and first-year defensive end Kayden Lyles. Dixon gravitated toward Nelson last season when it became apparent that the two had a lot in common. “When he was a (true) freshman, I knew he was a dog in mentality,” Dixon said, complimenting Nelson. “He reminded me of myself when I was coming in. “He wasn’t complacent. He wasn’t just happy to be here. He wasn’t content just being in the jersey and saying, ‘Oh, I’m a Badger.’ You could see how he lived it in workouts.” Dixon said he noticed early on that Nelson was a unique character with a bright future. It was Nelson who consistently beat Dixon in offseason agility tests. “I knew he had that kind of mentality, that grit, to him,” Dixon said. Wisconsin coaches thought Nelson was good enough to contribute as a true freshman in 2017, but opted to lean on an array of veterans in the secondary and redshirt him instead. Nelson, listed at 6-foot-2 and 202 pounds, has started the first five games at free safety heading into a Big Ten showdown at Michigan. He and Dixon, listed at 5-10 and 198, rank third on the team with 25 tackles apiece. Dixon said it’s important to note that since Nelson became the starter — one of 15 Badgers to make his starting debut this season — “he’s not become complacent.” That’s not the norm, according to Dixon. “I think a lot of people, when they get that privilege so early, they abuse it,” he said. “They don’t understand. They fall off. They get complacent. They like the image of being a football player, but they don’t actually love the game of football.” Nelson does.



“He will be a captain,” Dixon declared. “It’s not that he wants to be one. That’s just who he is. He has to own that.” Nelson, who leads the Badgers with five pass break-ups and has one of the four interceptions recorded thus far, said rooming with Dixon represents comfort. “I shared a room with my brother for the longest time — bunk beds — so I’m used to living in the same room with somebody,” Nelson said of his older sibling, Adam. The only rule is that Nelson gets the bed closest to the window. “It’s a vet thing,” Dixon explained. “When I was young, I was the guy on the window side. It’s a little bit brighter.” According to Dixon, most of the in-room down time the night before a game is spent on FaceTime with friends and family members. While Nelson said he sleeps without issue, Dixon tends to be more restless. They’ll get up depending on whether the game is late morning, mid-afternoon or at night. Nelson said Dixon “is helping me through the process” of being on time, preparing and going over details of the upcoming game. What has Nelson learned from sharing a room with Dixon? “You can tell how much this matters to him,” Nelson said. “He always wakes up first. He never says anything. He just gets his iPad and he’s watching film or looking at his notebook. “He’s very detailed. He’s a perfectionist. That’s a blessing and a curse because he’s always trying to improve and sometimes will get frustrated when it’s not perfect.”



“Sometimes our emotions get out there,” Nelson said. “When he’s mad, he’ll either start talking a lot to let it out or he won’t say anything. I’m similar. If I’m mad, I don’t say anything.” Nelson and Dixon are known to have conversations with themselves. “He talks to himself,” Dixon said with a laugh. “I do that all the time. I’m weird like that. “‘C’mon, Dixon.’ “He’ll do that, too. ‘C’mon, Scotty.’” Twenty-four hours after they bunked down for the night, against the backdrop of victory, Dixon was in physical pain and Nelson was emotionally distraught. The Badgers knocked off Nebraska 41-24, but Dixon limped to the locker room on an injured right leg and was met there by a tearful Nelson, who’d been ejected for targeting late in the third quarter. The penalty not only banished Nelson from the game, he must sit out the opening half of the Michigan game. At one point in the postgame din, Nelson, in sweat clothes with a hood pulled over his head, sat down quietly next to Dixon in front of the latter’s locker. “Keep your head up,” Dixon told his young teammate. Nelson said the situation was “very difficult, very frustrating” because his personal foul put the Badgers, already young and green in the secondary, in a tighter bind. “I guess I have to get my head out of the


What has Dixon learned from sharing close quarters with Nelson? “He brings his Bible with him,” Dixon said with a smile. “That’s something I’ve always done. I never told him to do that. I thought that was really cool.” Their shared sense of faith extends to their voluntary involvement with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “There’s been times when me and him haven’t been on the same page, but I love him,” Dixon said of Nelson. “I know who he is.” Nelson said “there’s been a couple times” where he and Dixon have had football-related conflicts.

way,” he said after seeing one replay of the se“It wasn’t my best game at all, but I felt as a quence involving Nebraska running back Mauunit we did fine.” rice Washington. “Try and go a little lower next Dixon said the Huskers did “a lot of new time.” stuff” that he hadn’t seen on video, wrinkles Dixon and Nelson thought the defensive that were “messing with our coverages a little backfield held up well bit.” in the first half against It wasn’t a surprise “THAT’S WHAT MAKES GOING OUT EVERY SATURDAY Nebraska, but missed for Dixon to see that THAT MUCH MORE SPECIAL BECAUSE YOU’VE GOT assignments and the his roommate had YOUR GUYS WITH YOU. FOR ME, THAT’S MY WHY.” lack of a consistent been crying. pass rush led to prob“He’s passionate,” lems in the second half. he said of Nelson. “He’ll be all right. He’ll “It’s tough when you have a mobile quarterbounce back.” back,” Dixon said of Adrian Martinez, the true In the meantime, Dixon will do his best to freshman for the Cornhuskers who threw for get Nelson ready for the next challenge. Their 384 yards and two touchdowns. “There’s only shared knowledge has an end game. so long you can cover (receivers). “He’ll be special here,” Dixon said.




INSIDE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (4-1, 2-0) Home events in bold. All times CT. Aug. 31 Western Kentucky W, 34-3 Sept. 8 New Mexico Sept. 15 BYU Sept. 22 at Iowa Oct. 6


W, 45-14 L, 21-24 W, 28-17 W, 41-24

Oct. 13 at #12 Michigan 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 Illinois


Oct. 27 at Northwestern Nov. 3

THIS WEEK No. 15 Wisconsin returns to the road and heads to Ann Arbor to take on 12thranked Michigan (5-1, 3-0) in a prime-time showdown Saturday at Michigan Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. (CT), live on ABC. LAST WEEK Behind 221 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Jonathan Taylor, the Badgers downed Nebraska and retained the Freedom Trophy with a 41-24 win at Camp Randall Stadium. GOOD TO KNOW In his last 10 road games — all wins — QB Alex Hornibrook

has completed 68.0 percent of his passes for 1,654 yards, 18 touchdowns and 3 interceptions, good for a pass efficiency rating of 165.7. Hornibrook owns an 11-1 (.917) record in road games as UW’s starting quarterback.


Rutgers TBA

Nov. 10 at #8 Penn State


Nov. 17 at Purdue


Nov. 24 Minnesota


Dec. 1

Big Ten Championship

Indianapolis, Ind.


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11 a.m.

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NEED TO KNOW Saturday’s game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CT and airs live on ABC, with Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit and Maria Taylor on the call. Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas and Patrick Herb will call the game statewide on the Badger Sports Network and worldwide via iHeartRadio. Live stats are available via and the Badger Gameday app.

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▶ Hungry Taylor’s trust in team opens up big moments


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We have trained over half of the veterinarians in the state and serve as a resource and referral clinic for all.

Our teaching hospital provides exceptional care for animals throughout the state. Of our 27,000 patient visits last year, 80% were from Wisconsin.

Our scientists conduct 75% of the infectious disease research at UW-Madison, including work to prevent pandemic influenza, .

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INSIDE VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE (11-3, 4-2) Home events in bold. All times CT. Sept. 7

at #15 Baylor

L, 1-3

Sept. 9

at North Texas

W, 3-0

at Marquette Invitational, Milwaukee:

Sept. 14 at #21 Marquette W, 3-0

THIS WEEK After a four-match road swing, the No. 8 Badgers return to the UW Field House for four Big Ten matches. Wisconsin hosts Northwestern (10-8, 0-6) on Friday in its sixth appearance of the season on Big Ten Network. First serve is at 8 p.m. The Badgers face No. 7 Illinois (15-2, 4-2) for the second time in 10 days when the Illini come to town on Saturday for a 7 p.m. match. LAST WEEK Despite outperforming the Hawkeyes in nearly every statistical category, Wisconsin fell on the road at Iowa in five sets Saturday night. The loss snapped a 15-match winning streak by the Badgers over the Hawkeyes. UW split in Big Ten action last week, recording a 3-1 win at No. 7 Illinois

W, 3-1

Sept. 19 Ohio State

W, 3-0

Sept. 22 Rutgers

W, 3-0

Sept. 26 at #6 Minnesota

L, 0-3

Sept. 29 at #16 Purdue

W, 3-0

on Oct. 3, its second straight road win over a ranked team.

Oct. 3

at #7 Illinois

W, 3-1

Oct. 6

at Iowa

GOOD TO KNOW Dana Rettke is the only Big Ten player to rank in the top10 in three statistical categories. The 6-foot-8 middle blocker is second in hitting percentage (.407), second in blocks per set (1.56) and 10th in kills per set (3.56).

Oct. 12 Northwestern

8 p.m.

Oct. 13 #7 Illinois

7 p.m.

Oct. 19 #5 Nebraska

8 p.m.

Oct. 21 Iowa

1 p.m.

NEED TO KNOW Wisconsin makes its sixth appearance on the Big Ten Network on Friday when it faces Northwestern in the UW Field House. Saturday’s match will be streamed live on BTN Plus. Both matches can be heard in the Madison area on Rewind 92.1FM, WXXM or anywhere with the iHeartRadio app. Live updates are also available on Twitter @BadgerVB.

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▶ Badgers fall at Iowa


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Sept. 15 vs. Illinois State

L, 2-3

Oct. 26 at #13 Michigan 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at Michigan State


Oct. 31 #3 Minnesota

8 p.m.

#13 Michigan

1 p.m.

Nov. 4

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INSIDE MEN’S HOCKEY SCHEDULE (0-0-0, 0-0-0) Home events in bold. All times CT. Oct. 7



W, 8-2

Oct. 12 #12 Boston College 7 p.m. Oct. 13 #12 Boston College 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Clarkson

6 p.m.

Oct. 20 at St. Lawrence

6 p.m.

Oct. 26 #19 Michigan Tech 7 p.m. Oct. 27 #19 Michigan Tech 7 p.m. Nov. 2

at #13 N. Dakota 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 3

at #13 N. Dakota 7 p.m.

Nov. 9

#6 Minnesota

7 p.m.

Nov. 10 #6 Minnesota

7 p.m.

Nov. 16 at #1 Ohio State 6 p.m. Nov. 17 at #1 Ohio State 4 p.m. Nov. 24 at #9 Michigan 6:30 p.m. ▲ TAP TO WATCH - Wisconsin Starts the Season Off With a Win

Nov. 30 #16 Penn State

7 p.m.

#16 Penn State

7 p.m.

Dec. 1

THIS WEEK Wisconsin opens regular-season play when it plays host to No. 12/9 Boston College (0-0-0, 0-0-0 Hockey East) on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center. LAST WEEK The Badgers skated to an 8-2 exhibition victory over the University of Victoria this past Sunday, getting goals from seven different skaters, including all four freshman forwards in the lineup.

GOOD TO KNOW Wisconsin will play 15 of its first 16 games against teams ranked in the preseason polls.


Nov. 23 at #9 Michigan 6:30 p.m.

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SCHEDULE (4-0-0, 0-0-0)


INSIDE WOMEN’S HOCKEY Home events in bold. All times CT. Sept. 28 Lindenwood

W, 3-2

Sept. 29 Lindenwood

W, 6-0

Oct. 5

at Mercyhurst

W, 6-1

Oct. 6

at Mercyhurst

W, 5-3

Oct. 13 #4 Minn. Duluth 2 p.m. Oct. 14 #4 Minn. Duluth 2 p.m. Oct. 19 Princeton

7 p.m.

Oct. 21 Princeton Noon

▲ TAP TO WATCH - Johnson Weekly Presser: Looking Forward to Elite Competition at Home

THIS WEEK The No. 2 Badgers return home to open conference play with No. 4 Minnesota Duluth (2-1-1, 0-1-1-1 WCHA) this weekend at LaBahn Arena. Puck drop on both Saturday and Sunday is set for 2 p.m. LAST WEEK Wisconsin is coming off of a sweep of Mercyhurst on the road as the Badgers blitzed the Lakers, 6-1, on Friday before earning a 5-3 win on Saturday. Junior Abby Roque recorded the first hat trick of the year in the NCAA on Friday while Annie Pankowski enjoyed a three-point night in Saturday’s win.

GOOD TO KNOW UW head coach Mark Johnson is one win away from tying Harvard’s Katey Stone for the most wins in NCAA Women’s Collegiate Ice Hockey history. Johnson enters this weekend with 463 wins, while Stone has 464 career wins while leading the Crimson. The two legendary coaches will face off in Madison Thanksgiving weekend.

Oct. 27 #3 Minnesota

2 p.m.

Oct. 28 #3 Minnesota

2 p.m.

Nov. 2

at Minnesota St. 6 p.m.

Nov. 3

at Minnesota St. 2 p.m.

Nov. 16 Bemidji State

7 p.m.

Nov. 17 Bemidji State

2 p.m.

Nov. 23 Harvard

7 p.m.

Nov. 24 Harvard

7 p.m.

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NEED TO KNOW Limited tickets for the weekend series are available on Fans can follow the action on Twitter (@BadgerWHockey) and both games can be seen online via BTN Plus and FloHockey.

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▶ No. 2 Badgers freeze Lakers 5-3


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INSIDE MEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE (6-4-2, 3-1-0) Home events in bold. All times CT. Aug. 24 at Grand Canyon L, 1-2 Aug. 27 Hartford

W, 2-0

Sept. 1

#16 Fordham L, 0-1 2OT

Sept. 3


Sept. 7


Sept. 9

at Bradley

W, 1-0 L, 0-3 T, 0-0 2OT

Sept. 16 #2 Indiana Sept. 21 at Maryland

L, 1-3 W, 2-1 2OT

Sept. 26 at Marquette

W, 1-0

Sept. 30 at #5 Michigan St. W, 1-0 OT Oct. 3


Oct. 7


T, 1-1 2OT

▲ TAP TO WATCH - Badgers Take Down Scarlet Knights, 4-2

THIS WEEK Wisconsin welcomes the last home derby match of the season to the McClimon Complex on Wednesday as they face in-state rival Green Bay at 7 p.m. The Badgers continue Big Ten play against Penn State on Sunday in University Park, Pennsylvania at 11 a.m. CT. LAST WEEK The Badgers tied Milwaukee on Wednesday at McClimon after leading until the final minutes of the match when the Panthers scored the game-tying goal. Wisconsin came out in full force on

Sunday on home turf, beating Rutgers 4-2 on International Night. GOOD TO KNOW Freshman Noah Melick went maniacal on Sunday afternoon in his first start in a Badgers jersey. Melick scored two goals and tallied an assist to amass an incredible five points on the day.

7 p.m.

Oct. 14 at Penn State

11 a.m.

Oct. 19 #16 Michigan

7 p.m.


Oct. 10 Green Bay

W, 4-2

Oct. 24 at Northwestern 7 p.m. Oct. 28 Ohio State

3 p.m.

Nov. 4-11

Big Ten Tournament

Westfield, Ind.

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NEED TO KNOW Keep up with all things Badger soccer on Twitter (@BadgerMSoccer) and Instagram (BadgerMSoccer) as well as on

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▶ 5 Things to Know: Wisconsin hosts for one, goes for one


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INSIDE WOMEN’S SOCCER SCHEDULE (10-2-3, 4-1-3) Home events in bold. All times CT. Aug. 23 #10 Florida State L, 0-3 Aug. 26 at Kentucky

W, 3-1

Aug. 30 at Washington W, 2-1 OT Sept. 2

vs. Portland


W, 2-1

Sept. 6

Illinois State

Sept. 9

Loyola-Chicago W, 2-1

W, 1-0

Sept. 14 #12 Northwestern T, 1-1 2OT Sept. 16 Illinois

W, 1-0

Sept. 20 at Michigan

L, 0-2

Sept. 23 at Michigan State W, 2-1 Sept. 27 Rutgers

T, 0-0 2OT

Sept. 30 Maryland

T, 0-0 2OT

Oct. 5

at Indiana

W, 2-1

Oct. 7

at Purdue

W, 1-0 4 p.m.

Oct. 18 Nebraska

7 p.m.

Oct. 21 at Ohio State

1 p.m.

Oct. 28-Nov. 4 Big Ten Tournament

THIS WEEK Wisconsin travels to Minnesota this Saturday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. to face the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis. LAST WEEK The Badgers took part in a two-match weekend, defeating Indiana on Friday and Purdue on Sunday. Lauren Rice, Cameron Murtha and Emily Borgmann scored the Badgers’ three total goals.

GOOD TO KNOW Emily Borgmann’s Sunday goal put her in the lead for game-winning goals on Wisconsin’s roster. The senior has three in 2018.


Oct. 13 at Minnesota

Westfield, Ind.

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NEED TO KNOW Fans can follow along on Twitter @BadgerWSoccer or tune into BTN Plus to watch Saturday’s game.

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INSIDE MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE Home events in bold. All times CT. Sept. 14 Badger Classic Results » Sept. 28 Nuttycombe Wisconsin Results » Invitational Oct. 13 Wisconsin Pre-Nationals 10 a.m. Oct. 28 at Big Ten Championships Lincoln, Neb. 10:45 a.m.

THIS WEEK No. 3 Wisconsin will host the 2018 Wisconsin Pre-National meet, featuring more than 70 teams. The meet will be held at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course and is scheduled to begin with the women’s “Cardinal” 6K race at 10 a.m. The Pre-National meet serves as a preview for the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championships, which will occur on Nov. 17 in Madison. LAST TIME OUT The Badgers are coming off of a fantastic performance on home turf at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, where senior Morgan McDonald won the men’s individual title and led UW to a runner-up finish.

GOOD TO KNOW McDonald was recognized twice for his efforts at the Nuttycombe after being named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Cross Country Athlete of the Week as well as the Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Week. McDonald is also No. 4 in the FloXC individual rankings.

at NCAA Great Lakes Regional 11 a.m.

Terre Haute, Ind.


▲ TAP TO WATCH - McDonald Wins Nuttycombe Invitational, Badgers Take Second as a Team

Nov. 9

Nov. 17 NCAA Championships 10:45 a.m. View full schedule/results » SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHT:

NEED TO KNOW Parking is available for fans at Epic in Verona and a shuttle bus will take spectators to the course for $10. Badger fans can follow the action on Instagram and Twitter (@ BadgerTrackXC) and catch a recap following the meet on The meet will also be streamed live on FloTrack.

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▶ Home Sweep Home: McDonald wins Nuttycombe title


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INSIDE WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY SCHEDULE Home events in bold. All times CT. Sept. 14 Badger Classic Results » Sept. 28 Nuttycombe Wisconsin Results » Invitational Oct. 13 Wisconsin Pre-Nationals 10 a.m. Oct. 28 at Big Ten Championships Lincoln, Neb. 10:45 a.m.

THIS WEEK The No. 8 Badgers are preparing to welcome more than 70 teams to Madison for the 2018 Wisconsin Pre-National meet. Held at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course, the meet begins with the women’s “Cardinal” 6K race at 10 a.m. In addition, the Pre-National meet will serve as a preview for the 2018 NCAA Cross Country Championships, on Nov. 17 in Madison. LAST TIME OUT The Badgers earned their best-ever finish at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational and junior Alicia Monson won the women’s individual title in an upset victory.

GOOD TO KNOW Monson earned two career-first honors after her huge win at the Nuttycombe, including the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Cross Country Athlete of the Week as well as the Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Week. Monson is No. 2 in the FloXC individual rankings.

at NCAA Great Lakes Regional 11 a.m.

Terre Haute, Ind.


▲ TAP TO WATCH - Alicia Monson Wins the 2018 Nuttycombe Invitational

Nov. 9

Nov. 17 NCAA Championships 10:45 a.m. View full schedule/results »


NEED TO KNOW Parking is available for fans at Epic in Verona and a shuttle bus will take spectators to the course for $10. Badger fans can follow the action on Instagram and Twitter (@BadgerTrackXC) and catch a recap following the meet on The meet will also be streamed live on FloTrack.

RELATED STORIES (Click to read)

▶ Monson wins Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational


▶ McDonald, Monson win National Athlete of the Week ▶ Monson and McDonald earn Big Ten Athlete of the Week


INSIDE SWIMMING & DIVING SCHEDULE Home events in bold. All times CT. Sept. 28

Green Bay

Results »

Oct. 12


3/5 p.m.

Nov. 2

at Purdue

Nov. 2

vs. Tennessee

West Lafayette, Ind.

Nov. 10-11 at Big Ten/ACC Challenge

West Lafayette, Ind.

Nov. 15-17 at Iowa Diving Invitational

Iowa City, Iowa

Nov. 28-Dec. 1 at

THIS WEEK The Badgers close out their home slate with a Big Ten dual meet vs. rival Minnesota on Friday at the UW Natatorium. Diving events begin at 2 p.m., with swimming starting at 5 p.m. LAST WEEK Wisconsin was idle after scoring a men’s and women’s sweep of in-state foe Green Bay on Sept. 28.

GOOD TO KNOW Junior Beata Nelson owns the nation’s fastest time in the women’s 100-yard backstroke, at 53.49 seconds. She also has the Badgers ranked No. 3 nationally in the 200 freestyle relay (1:34.36) and stands No. 5 in the 50 freestyle (22.99).

Jan. 4

at Hawaii

Jan. 19

vs. Northwestern

Iowa City, Iowa

Jan. 19

at Iowa

Feb. 16-17 at Ohio State Winter Invitational

▶ Badgers open season with sweep of Green Bay ▶ Badgers complete coaching staff with hiring of Posegay ▶ Suguiyama selected to lead UW swimming and diving

Columbus, Ohio

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NEED TO KNOW Live results from the meet will be available via the Meet Mobile app. Fans also can follow along on Twitter via @BadgerSwimDive.

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Texas Invitational

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