OMAHA aTHLETICS REWIND mARCH 6-12, 2017

HOCKEY

The Omaha hockey team lost to No. 7/8 Western Michigan, 2-1, in a best-of-three NCHC Quarterfinal playoff series last weekend in Kalamazoo, Mich. On Friday, Justin Parizek scored 4:17 into overtime to give the Mavericks a 2-1 win in the series opener. Jake Randolph also scored for UNO, and Evan Weninger made 27 saves.

On Saturday, Western Michigan broke open a tie game with three goals in the third period to win, 5-2, and even the series at a win apiece. Tyler Vesel and Austin Ortega scored for the Mavericks, and Weninger again made 27 saves.

In the deciding game three on Sunday, Michael Rebry scored 34 seconds into overtime to push the Broncos past the Mavericks, 2-1, and into the NCHC Frozen Faceoff. Vesel had Omaha's only goal, and Weninger made 30 saves. The Mavericks conclude their season with a record of 17-17-5.

Sunday's game brought to an end the careers of UNO's three seniors - Ian Brady, Austin Ortega and Justin Parizek. Ortega finishes as the fourth leading scorer in school history with 139 points, and he is second with 70 goals. With his goal in Saturday's game, he became the first player in school history with three 20-goal seasons.
MEN'S BASKETBALL

The Omaha men's basketball team ended its season at the Summit League Championship last week, as the Mavericks came within a shot of winning the league title and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

On Monday, Omaha defeated IUPUI 90-62 in the semifinal round for its fifth straight win. Mitch Hahn posted his first career double-double with a team-high 21 points and a season-best 10 rebounds, and Tre'Shawn Thurman joined him with his ninth double-double of the year with 15 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. Tra-Deon Hollins added 19 points, five boards, four steals and two assists.

On Tuesday, the Mavericks saw a late lead slip away to South Dakota State after a second half with eight lead changes and seven ties. A Hahn three with less than a minute to play pulled Omaha within two, but a final game-winning 3-point attempt missed in the closing seconds, giving SDSU the 79-77 win.

Thurman finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Hollins added 18 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists, and Marcus Tyus had 17 points with five steals. Thurman and Hollins were both named to the all-tournament team.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Omaha women’s basketball team dropped an 84-82 decision to top-seeded Western Illinois last Monday in the Summit League semifinals. Mikaela Shaw paced UNO with a game-high 29 points with eight rebounds and four assists, and she was placed on the all-tournament team for the second-straight season. Michaela Dapprich added 24 points, seven rebounds and a pair of assists. Ellie Brecht hit five 3-pointers off the bench for 15 points.

BASEBALL

The Omaha baseball team played three games last week, opening with a 6-5 loss at Kansas on Wednesday. Ryan Cate (2-for-4, one run) and Andrew Hall (2-for-4, one run) both had multi-hit showings, while Grant Suponchick was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Nate Mallott knocked out his first career home run with a solo shot in the third.

On Thursday, the Mavericks made their home debut at Seymour Smith Park, falling 9-4 and 7-3 in a doubleheader with Northern Colorado. In the opening game, Hall finished 3-for-4 with a run scored, while Riley Herold was 2-for-4, scored once and drove in a pair of runs.

In game two, Cole Thibodeau went 2-for-4 with a run scored and another driven in, and Mallott was 2-for-3.

SOFTBALL

The Omaha softball team dropped a doubleheader to defending national champion Oklahoma last Friday, falling 9-1 in the opener. Megan May led UNO at the plate, going 1-for-2 with a home run and an RBI. Laura Roecker took the loss, going 4.2 innings and allowing nine runs on nine hits and six walks.

UNO fell 8-0 in the nightcap to Oklahoma in five innings. Lizzie Noble went 1-for-2 at the plate with a double for the Mavericks. Abbie Clanton took the loss, lasting 3.0 innings and giving up eight runs – five earned – on 10 hits. Anna Albaugh pitched one inning, allowing one walk.

Omaha dropped a 4-3 decision to UIC on Saturday. Roecker pitched a complete game, allowing four runs on nine hits and a walk with four strikeouts in a complete game effort. Noble finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a home run and two RBI.

The Mavericks concluded the weekend with a 5-4 win over UIC Sunday morning. Kelly Pattison finished 1-for-4 at the plate with a double and two RBI. Emily Klosterman went 2-for-3, while Lia Mancuso finished 1-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI and two stolen bases. Clanton earned the win, throwing 6.0 innings and allowing four runs – three earned – on 10 hits and a walk with a strikeout. Roecker picked up her second save of the year, retiring all three batters she faced.

SWIMMING & DIVING

Andrea Brosnahan competed at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships last Tuesday, finishing in 42nd place with a score of 211.40. Brosnahan was the first Maverick swimming & diving student-athlete in the Division I era to earn an NCAA berth.

Cassandra Jahn earned Academic All-Summit recognition last week.
WOMEN'S TENNIS

The Omaha women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision at Kansas State on Friday. Janelle Wilson had the Mavericks' closest singles match of the day at the No. 2 position, falling 6-3, 6-3.

MEN'S GOLF

The Omaha men's golf team finished in ninth place at the Sacramento State Invitational last week. Kevin Gordon paced the Mavericks with a score of 226 to finish in a tie for 19th. Omaha posted a team score of 920 for the 54-hole event.

WOMEN'S GOLF

The Omaha women's golf team finished eighth at the GCU Spring Invitational last weekend in Phoenix, Ariz. Megan Vetrovsky led the Mavericks in scoring with a total of 229 for 54 holes to finish in a tie for 18th. Omaha posted a team score of 954.

Basketball photos by Inertia Sports and Ryan Henriksen. Hockey photos by Mike Miller.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 15

BSB at Kansas State | 6:30pm | Manhattan, Kan.

Friday, March 17

WGOLF at Bama Beach Bash | 8am CT | Gulf Shores, Ala.

SB vs. LSU | 9am | Lawrence, Kan.

MGOLF at GCU Invitational | 10am CT | Phoenix, Ariz.

T&F at Tulsa Duals | 2pm | Tulsa, Okla.

BSB vs. South Dakota State | 4pm | Seymour Smith Park

Saturday, March 18

MTEN at Arkansas | TBA | Fayetteville, Ark.

WGOLF at Bama Beach Bash | 8am CT | Gulf Shores, Ala.

MGOLF at GCU Invitational | 10am CT | Phoenix, Ariz.

T&F at Tulsa Duals | Noon | Tulsa, Okla.

BSB vs. South Dakota State | 2pm | Seymour Smith Park

SB vs. SEMO | 4:30pm | Lawrence, Kan.

SB vs. UMKC | 7pm | Lawrence, Kan.

Sunday, March 19

WGOLF at Bama Beach Bash | 8am CT | Gulf Shores, Ala.

SB vs. Tulsa | 9am | Lawrence, Kan.

BSB vs. South Dakota State | Noon | Seymour Smith Park

SB at Kansas | 2pm | Lawrence, Kan.

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