March 14, 2009


Courtesy of Wis.-River Falls Athletics

Kayleigh Bell scored a power play goal at 11:30 in the third period to lift the Falcons to a 2-1 win over Gustavus Adolphus College in the first round of the NCAA Div. III National Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

The Gusties outshot the Falcons in the first period 18-9, but Falcon goalie Cassi Campbell would not bend. Campbell had 18 saves in an active first period. RF was also able to effectively kill two minor penalties in the scoreless opening period.

It only took Stefanie Schmitz 20 seconds after the first intermission to find the net and give the Falcons a 1-0 lead. It was the 14th goal of the season for Schmitz, assisted by Jessica Thompson and Bell. The Falcons held the lead until 12:58 in the second period when GAC's Gracie Olson assisted teammate Lynn Hillen on her seventh goal of the season to knot the game at one goal apiece.

The score remained tied until Bell scored the eventual game winner unassisted on the power play at 11:30 in the third period. It was her seventh goal of the season. Prior to the power play goal, both teams were 0-4 with the player advantage.

Campbell finished with 35 saves for the game and improved her season record to 13-2-2. GAC goalie Danielle Justice finished the game with 18 saves and lost for only the second time all season while between the pipes.

GAC outshot the Falcons 36-20 for the game. GAC was guilty of six minor penalties and UWRF was whistled for four minor penalties in the game. The Gusties were 0-4 on the power play while the Falcons were 1-5 with the player advantage.

With the win the Falcons advance to the NCAA Div. III Frozen Four at Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT on March 20 and 21.

UWRF (20-5-3) will face Elmira (23-4-1) at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, March 20. If the Falcons win they will play for the NCAA Championship at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 21. If they fall to Elmira, the Falcons will compete in the third