Lacrosse drops inaugural home game

UW-River Falls' women's lacrosse team couldn't keep pace with the undefeated Hamline Pipers in their inaugural home game at David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field Wednesday night, April 3.

The Falcons were down by as little as two goals with about five minutes remaining in the first half, but they ultimately fell 13-6 before a large crowd of UWRF students and fans witnessing their first lacrosse action in school history.

Reilly Springman tallied her third hat trick of the season and Gina Jablonski scored her team-leading 25th and 26th goals of the season but it wasn't enough as the Falcons slipped to 5-5 in their first season as a varsity sport.

The Falcons will be back in action for their next home game this Saturday, April 13, at 4 p.m. at David Smith Stadium against Marian University.

Softball drops twin bill at Northwestern

In its first northern outdoor action of the season Thursday, April 4 in St. Paul, the UW-River Falls softball team dropped a pair of walk-off games to Northwestern University, 5-4 in eight innings and 7-6.

The losses dropped the Falcons' record to 6-12 on the season heading into their WIAC openers at UW-La Crosse Monday, April 8. Their doubleheader at UW-Eau Claire, scheduled for Wednesday, April 10 has been postponed. They're scheduled to host UW-Whitewater and UW-Oshkosh in a pair of doubleheaders this Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at 1 p.m. and noon, respectively.

Last Thursday in St. Paul the Falcons couldn't hold onto a 4-0 fifth-inning lead and dropped the first game of the doubleheader, 5-4, to Northwestern.

UWRF jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Kai Dorn singled and scored on a triple by Allison Kondzela and Kondzela scored on a base hit by Lexi Dupee.

Dorn blasted a two-run home run in the fifth to extend the Falcons' lead to 4-0, but Northwestern scored three runs in their half of the inning and another and the tying run in the sixth before getting the walk-off win in the eighth.

Payton Speckel took the loss on the mound, allowing three earned runs on six hits with three strikeouts and five walks in seven-plus innings of work.

UWRF scored a run in the top of the seventh in the nightcap to tie the score but Northwestern scored the game-winner in the bottom of the inning to complete the sweep of the Falcons.

The Falcons jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single by Molly Kaspar and made it a 2-0 game on a bases-loaded walk by Hannah Theobald in the second.

The score was tied 2-2 when UWRF scored three times in the fifth on RBI doubles by Theobald and Kaspar and a sacrifice fly by Dupee. Northwestern put four runs on the board in the bottom of the fifth to take a 6-5 lead and Tayler Falls singled in a run in the top of the seventh to tie the score before Northwestern got the game-winner in their final at bat.

Hannah Stegeman, Corrine Roe and Speckel all saw action in the circle with Speckel getting tagged with the loss.

Track competes at Hamline Invite

Kimberly Robertson placed second in the women's pole vault and Peter Place took fourth in the men's hammer throw as the Falcon men's and women's track and field teams opened the outdoor season at the Hamline Invitational in St. Paul Saturday, April 6.

Robertson cleared 11-feet, 3-inches in the pole vault while just missing a top ten finish in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 17.12 seconds. Haley Maklem cleared 5-0.25 to place seventh in the women's high jump and Abigail Bakken was seventh in the hammer throw with a toss of 140-feet, 8-inches while Matraco Conarro posted an eighth place time of 13.49 seconds in the 100 meter dash.

Place paced the Falcon men with a fourth place throw of 150-05 in the hammer throw while the 4x100 meter relay team of Andre Malinis, Devin Voracith, Adam Kaspar and Jayden Lister was third in 44.63 seconds. Cody Hawkins cleared 13-01 to place sixth in the pole vault.

Next up for the Falcons is the UW-Platteville Invitational this Friday and Saturday, April 12-13.