Hockey makes comeback against Mercyhurst and two swimmers set pool records

Kurtis Gosney/Sun Star Reporter
Oct. 29, 2013

Sophomore center and Business Administration student Tyler Morley, along with the rest of his Nanook teammates, gets ready for the face-off. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

Sophomore center and Business Administration student Tyler Morley, along with the rest of his Nanook teammates, gets ready for the face-off. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

Hockey

The UAF Hockey team played two home games at the Patty Center Ice Arena against the Mercyhurst University Lakers last Friday and Saturday.

The first game took place on Friday, Oct. 25. The game started out with a goal from sophomore right wingman and Business Administration student Nolan Huysmans early in the first period. The Lakers scored a goal later in the period, from junior forward Ryan Misiak, to tie the game at  1-1. The Lakers scored about 30 seconds later to take a 2-1 lead going into the second.

The Lakers scored two goals in the first half of the second period, courtesy of junior forward Kyle Just and senior forward Daniel O’Donoghue, to increase their lead to 4-1. Sophomore defenseman and Communication student J.D. Peterson scored a goal for Nanooks late in the period to cut the Lakers’ lead to 4-2 going into the third period.

Senior left wingman and Business Administration student Colton Beck scored a short-handed goal only 34 seconds into the third period, then followed it up with a power-play goal about 10 minutes later. Beck’s two goals tied the game at 4-4. Then senior center and Business Administration student Cody Kunyk scored the game-winning goal with about a minute and a half left in the third period. The Nanooks won the game, 5-4. Freshman goalie Davis Jones finished the game with 30 saves.

Saturday’s game ended up in a 3-3 tie. The Lakers scored the first goal of the game mid-way through the first period thanks to O’Donoghue. The Lakers had a 1-0 lead over the Nanooks going into the second period.

Mercyhurst increased their lead to 2-0 in the second period when Just scored a goal about 14 and a half minutes into the period. Sophomore center Tyler Morley scored the first goal of the game for the Nanooks about 30 seconds later to cut the Lakers’ lead to 2-1 going into the third period.

The Lakers scored a power-play goal halfway into the third period to tie the game at 3-3 and force the game int0 overtime. Nobody scored in the five-minute overtime period, and there was no shootout, so the game ended up as a tie.

Nolan Huysmans commented about the tie after the game. “I don’t think you can ever be satisfied with a tie,” Huysmans said, “I think if we would have played 60 minutes the way we can, I think we could have gotten the win, but we’ve gotta move past it now and have a really good week of practice and get ready for Northern [Michigan].”

Swimming

The UAF Swimming team competed in two home events last weekend against the Biola State University Eagles. The Nanooks won on Friday, Oct. 25, 143-62. The Nanooks won nine out of the 11 total events on Friday.

Senior Psychology student Bente Heller won two individual events, the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard backstroke, and helped the Nanooks win the 400-yard medley relay as well.

Freshman Business Administration student Kathryn Pound won another two individual events for the Nanooks, the 200-yard freestyle as well as the 100-yard freestyle.

Other individual winners for the Nanooks were junior Biological Sciences student Danielle Lyons in the 400-yard Individual Medley, freshman Accounting student Victoria Adams in the 100-yard butterfly and junior Foreign Language student Gabi Summers in the 500-yard freestyle. Adams also led the Nanooks in their win in the 200-yard freestyle relay event.

The Nanooks beat the Eagles again on Saturday, Oct. 26 with a score of 138-64. This meet was similar to Friday’s. The Nanooks won nine out of the 11 total events. Adams set a new pool record in the 200-yard individual medley event, winning the race in two minutes and 9.52 seconds, about two seconds faster than the previous record.

Kathryn Pound broke another pool record in the 500-yard freestyle event, winning with a time of five minutes and 6.93 seconds.

Junior middle-blocker and Business Administration student Morgan McGrath prepares to serve to Central Washington. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

Junior middle-blocker and Business Administration student Morgan McGrath prepares to serve to Central Washington. Kurtis Gosney/ Sun Star

Volleyball

The UAF volleyball team played two home games this weekend against the Central Washington University Wildcats on Thursday, Oct. 24 and Northwest Nazarene University Crusaders on Saturday, Oct26.

The Nanooks lost against  the Wildcats on Thursday in four sets, despite freshman setter and Nutrition student Katelyn Camp’s career-high 41 assists. The Nanooks never had the lead in the first set. Central Washington won the set 25-14.

The Nanooks were tied with the Wildcats at 12-12 in the second set, but were never able to take the lead. The Wildcats scored the next three to take a 15-12 lead. CWU slowly pulled away from the Nanooks from that point on and eventually won the set 25-18.

“We had a nice little chat in the locker room after the second,” said head coach Mallory Larranaga after the game. “And I think I was direct and I think with a young team, sometimes we need those little reminders that we are really good. I think sometimes as young athletes–and as a young team or a new team–we start to go though the motions and get a little bit blindsided.”

The third set was very close to start until the Nanooks tied the set at 10-10. UAF then scored the next three points to give themselves a 13-10 lead over the Wildcats. The Nanooks’ largest lead in the set was five points when the score was 19-14. The Nanooks went on to win the set 25-20, the last point coming from junior middle-blocker and Business Administration student Morgan McGrath.

“The reason, in the third, we did so well,” Larranaga said, “was because of our serve-receive passing and we had an urgency. We were excited to get the next point.”

After the game, sophomore outside hitter and Art student Sam Harthun and Camp explained their coach’s message during the third set. “Let’s get it together,” Harthun agreed. “Sometimes I don’t think we believe in ourselves, but then she’s just like ‘No you guys are good and you just have to believe it’ and I think that helps,” Camp said.

The Wildcats bounced back in the fourth and final set winning 25-12, winning the game. Harthun finished the game with 21 kills, McGrath adding eight.

The Northwest Nazarene Crusaders won in three sets on Saturday, which was “Dig Pink Night,” supporting breast cancer awareness. Final set scores were 25-20 in the first set, 25-14 in the second and 25-20 in the third.

Cross-country

The UAF Men’s and Women’s cross-country teams competed in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship on Saturday, Oct. 26 in Monmouth, Oregon. The men’s team finished in seventh place out of 10 teams during the 8000-meter race, while the women’s team finished in eighth place out of 10 in the 6000-meter race.

Sophomore Foreign Language student Ross MacDougall finished in 27th place to lead the men’s team. Senior Foreign Language and Geological Engineering student Alyson McPhetres finished in 23rd for the women’s team.

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