No. 23 UW-Stevens Point eases past Willamette

In one of the more interesting scores of the weekend, No. 23 Wisconsin-Stevens Point earned a road victory at Willamette -- located nearly 2,000 miles from Wisconsin in Salem, Ore. -- by the whopping margin of 8-6 on Saturday.

Willamette scored the game's only touchdown with 27 seconds left in the game on a 2-yard run by Jamiere Abney to pull within two points. On the ensuing two-point attempt, Jake Knecht made a diving catch near the right sideline in the end zone that appeared to tie the game. The play, however, was erased by an illegal touching penalty. It was ruled that Knecht stepped out of bounds and back in-bounds before making the catch, and in essence handed the Pointers the victory.

The defensive units for both teams were on their game all afternoon. Willamette gained just 242 total yards, while UW-Stevens Point totaled just 204 yards. UWSP scored its points on two field goals and a safety.

Schreiver leads Northern Kentucky to upset of West Florida


Northern Kentucky knocked off No. 19 West Florida  3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-22) on Saturday.  Jenna Schreiver led the way for the Norse, contributing 29 assists to pace the offense, which hit .233 for the match after starting with a blistering .727 attack percentage in the opening set. NKU had 17 kills on 22 swings with only one error in the frame.

After getting out to the fast start, Schreiver helped the Norse hold on, steadying the offense after it fell behind 17-11 in the second set. Northern Kentucky then earned nine of the next 10 points and went on to earn the sweep.

West Florida was held to just .140 hitting on the day. Lindsay Homme collected 13 kills while being one of just two Argonauts to hit better than .160. It was the second consecutive loss for WFU, which fell to 1-3 on the year.

Rally in final 15 minutes leads Flagler to late win
After a back-and-forth first 65 minutes, Flagler finally pushed through in the final minutes to squeeze out a 2-1 victory against visiting Limestone. 

With Flagler leading 1-0, Dominique Evans tied the match at a goal apiece as she found the back of the net at the 84:39 mark. While a draw could have been on the horizon, Brittany D’Addio wouldn’t let it happen. She scored less than three minutes later to hold off the Saints.

The late scoring started when Linday Zullo scored from 10 feet in front of the goal following a nice feed from Rafaela Faria at just past the 45-minute mark.

The Saints had just three shots during the first 80 minutes before firing off three shots within a three-minute span, including Evans’ tying goal off an Ashley Alderin-Fleagle set up.

No. 16 Lopers make up for mistakes with massive offensive day
Sixteenth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney didn’t hold anything back as it racked up 700 yards of total offense -- and overcame seven turnovers -- on its way to a 41-20 non-conference win against Wayne (Neb.) State on Thursday.

Wayne (Neb.) State at Nebrsaka-Kearney
First Downs 15 28
Passing Offense 36 518
Rushing Offense 217 182

UNK knocked Cyle Schultz, the WSU starter at quarterback, out of the game on the third play to set the tone and then went on to score on an 80-yard drive eight minutes into the game. The teams then combined for 37 points in the second period, as UNK went into the half ahead 27-17.

Quarterback Jake Spitzlberger totaled 457 yards of offense to lead the Lopers. Spitzlberger had 18 rushes for 275 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 182 yards and three more scores. He was 18 of 28 through the air.

Spitzlberger's total was the most by a Loper in nine years and the third-highest total in school history. Spitzlberger is also now UNK's career rushing leader for quarterbacks with 1,707 yards, passing Rich Osentowski who ran for 1,534 yards from 1965-68. 

Long strike leads ETSU to double-overtime victory
Jessica Hiltenbrand broke a 1-1 tie in the second overtime period as she sent a free kick to the back of the net from 30 yards out with 1:20 showing on the clock to lift East Tennessee State past Longwood 2-1 on Friday.

Following a Longwood foul, the Lady Bucs grouped among a crowd of defenders inside the box in hope of sending in the game-winner. Hiltenbrand instead sent in a ball that bent around the far post and harmlessly fell inside the six-yard box before bouncing past Longwood goalkeeper Kyra Bryan and settling into the net.

“After the referee called the foul I looked straight up to [coach],” Hiltenbrand said. “She looked at me and said ‘Jess, just keep it on frame,’ and that’s what I did.”

The Lady Bucs outshoot Longwood 15-13 with each team making five saves. ETSU was led defensively by Caitlin Gaughan (Indianapolis, Ind.) who racked up four saves, giving up just the one goal to earn her second consecutive win. 

Pair of road goals not enough as Western Michigan falls at Marquette
Shane Lyons scored twice for Western Michigan but it wasn't enough as host Marquette pulled out a 3-2 double-overtime victory on Friday.

After the Golden Eagles jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first half on Adam Lysak and Charles Nortey scores, Lyons made the most of his second and third shots, both on penalty kicks. He hit the back of the net at the 64th and followed with a game-tying shot just before the end of regulation in the 87th minute.

Andy Huftalin ended Lyons’ and the Mustangs’ bid at a comeback as he headed in a side cross from Bryan Ciesiulka for the winner. The score came in the 110th minute (109:47), just before play was to be stopped.

No. 14 Northern Iowa comes back for dramatic top-25 victory against Florida State
Fourteenth-ranked  Northern Iowa rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take the final three sets and claim a 3-2 win against No. 25 Florida State on Friday. The Panthers topped the Seminoles 23-25, 15-25, 25-21, 25-21 and 15-13, before going on to claim the Delaware Invitational title with a perfect 3-0 mark.

Krista DeGeest led UNI with 18 kills while four other Panthers each notched at least 10 kills.  Bre Payton set up the offense by dishing out 56 assists and added 13 digs with nine kills to just miss a triple-double.

Florida State edged ahead in the first set after the match was tied at 22-22, and then took a 2-0 lead after hitting .533 in the second frame before UNI started its comeback.

UNI trailed in the third set 19-18, but the Panthers outscored FSU 7-2 the rest of the way to win the set and keep the match alive.

Saint Francis (Pa.) rolls in-state foe Pittsburgh
Saint Francis (Pa.) earned its second shutout in as many games when it defeated Pittsburgh 3-0. The win was just the second victory against the Panthers as the Flash dominated the match.

"We were solid from back to front and we controlled the tempo of the game,” Saint Francis head coach Michael Casper said. “We talked about imposing our style of play and I thought we did that throughout the match. We scored some great goals and hopefully we can keep this going."

The contest remained scoreless for the majority of the first half until junior Wayne Tiller took a feed off a corner kick by freshman Pablo Medina to give SFU the late lead at the 37:39 mark. From that point, Saint Francis put up a number of shots, including a bullet from outside the box that landed senior co-captain David Butler with his first goal of the season.

Last-second field goal pushes Chapman to season-opening win
With 6.8 seconds remaining, Mauricio Alfonso kicked a 32-yard game-winning field goal to lift Chapman to a 16-14 victory against visiting Whitworth in the opener for both schools on Saturday. The loss was the third consecutive season-opening setback for the Pirates while the Panthers earned their first win against Whitworth in five tries.

Whitworth looked to seal the win minutes earlier as Fernando Noriega had an interception deep in Pirates’ territory with less than four minutes to play. Chapman had other plans as the Panther defense forced a punt after three plays – and held Whitworth to just 81 total yards in the second half -- and Chapman took over in Whitworth territory with 1:22 to go.

All information and photos compiled from respective athletic department websites.