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HEIDELBERG WINS 20TH RHINE RIVER CLASSIC OVER OTTERBEIN, 41-20, IN WESTERVILLE

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio—The Heidelberg University football team rushed for 303 yards on 60 attempts—both season-highs—and scored 24 points off turnovers as the Student Princes beat Otterbein University this afternoon, 41-20, in an Ohio Athletic Conference game at Memorial Stadium in Westerville, Ohio in the 20th edition of the Rhine River Classic.

With the win, the Berg improves to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the OAC and was the first Student Prince victory over Heidelberg since 2002.  The loss drops the Cardinals to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the OAC. 

Sophomore second-team All-OAC running back Germany Woods (Cleveland/Lakewood St. Edward) rushed for a game-high 101 yards on 24 carries and was backed by junior running back Brad Jones' (Lorain/Southview) 71 yards on 11 attempts and sophomore running back Cartel Brooks' (Kokomo, Ind./Galion) 43 yards on just seven rushes.  The ground effort was Woods' second 100-yard rushing effort of the season.

"The story was simply run the rock," said fifth-year head coach Mike Hallett, who earned his first victory against Otterbein since coming to Heidelberg prior to the 2007 season.  "Germany, Brad, Cartel…they have a variety of roles and they each stepped up for big days.  Credit the offensive line, though.  [It] set us up with a lot of third-and-shorts and really made my job as a play caller easy."

The Berg scored on seven of its 13 drives—including on four attempts inside the red zone—and punted just two times, while six takeaways, a 10-of-19 third down conversion rate and a 34:41 time of possession advantage keyed the win.

The Student Princes led, 7-0, after the first quarter but had four scoring drives, including three touchdowns, to race out to a 31-7 lead by halftime.

Freshman quarterback Michael Mees (North Ridgeville) completed passes to 10 different receivers, and was 14-of-25 passing for 187 yards and three touchdowns.  Mees now has eight TD passes over his first three games as a collegian.

"Today was as good of a day as I've had here," added Hallett.  "This was a signature win, as our kids have shown marked improvement as the season has matured."

On Otterbein's first possession, sophomore linebacker Dawson Gore (Bellevue) recovered a fumble—one of six Cardinal turnovers for the day—to give Heidelberg the ball at its own 25-yard line.  Mees promptly directed an eight-play, 75-yard drive in just 3:39, ending when he found freshman running back Anthony Kelly (Cuyahoga Falls/Woodbrigde) for a 15-yard TD pass—his first career score—at the 6:23 mark.  Junior placekicker Dan Kilger's (Novi, Mich./Novi) point-after-touchdown was good.  Woods carried a large portion of the load, tallying 35 yards on five rushes during the drive, while 'Berg did not face a third down.

Following an Otterbein punt by Aaron Kingcade that was downed at the Berg's own six-yard line, Jones anchored a drive that ended 12 plays, 94 yards and 4:32 later when he scored on a 23-yard run at the 14:54 mark of the second quarter.  Kilger's PAT increased the Student Prince advantage to 14-0.

Rocco Pentello cut the lead to 14-7 when he scored on a four-yard run with 9:06 on the clock and Aaric Milligan's extra point was good.

'Berg scored on its next three possessions, tallying 17 points in less than five minutes going into the break.  Facing a third down-and-one from his own 14-yard line, a Pentello fumble recovered by freshman linebacker Andy Kujawa (Maumee/Anthony Wayne) set up a Kilger 29-yard field goal with 3:41 left to play in the first half.  The field goal was the first of Kilger's career.

It was then Brooks turn in the back field.  Brooks ran the ball on the first five plays of Heidelberg's next drive, picking up 33 yards to move the Student Princes past midfield with the clock just under one minute.  Mees found freshman wide receiver Troy Rice (Youngstown/Raven) for a 41-yard TD pass to end the eight-play, 89-yard drive that took just 1:47.  Kilger's attempt was good to make the score 24-7.

On the first play of the ensuing drive, senior defensive back and team captain Tony Gordon (Euclid) intercepted Austin Schlosser's pass and returned it 37 yards to the Otterbein six.  Two incompletions set up a third-and-goal, but with little time on the clock, the field goal unit lineup for what appeared to be a 23-yard attempt.  Hallett's call paid dividends, as sophomore holder Asher Rumple (Edison/Marion Harding) took the snap and rolled out of the pocket to find junior defensive lineman Andy Lovins (Clinton Township, Mich./Lakeshore) for a touchdown as time expired.  Kilger's extra point sent the Student Princes into the locker room with a 24-point lead.

In the third quarter, Heidelberg extended its lead to 38-7 when sophomore wide receiver CJ Powell (Detroit, Mich./Bishop Foley) caught a 41-yard TD pass from Mees with 3:53 left in the period, his third TD reception of the season.  Mees was the key to the score, completing a pass on third-and-four to sustain the drive, then finding Powell on a third-and-18.  Kilger's extra point set up 'Berg with a 38-7 lead.

Schlosser cut the lead to 41-13 when he plunged into the endzone from one yard out with eight seconds left, but Milligan's kick failed.

Early in the fourth quarter, Kilger added an insurance field goal to put Heidelberg up, 41-13, with a 30-yard boot that capped an eight-play, 47-yard drive.

On the Cardinals' ensuing drive, Schlosser marched Otterbein 41 yards to the Student Prince 20, but a key interception by junior defensive back Tyler Levanduski (Elyria/Amherst Steele) thwarted the scoring threat.

Defensively, Gore led all Student Princes with nine tackles, while junior linebacker Craig Sykes (Centerburg) notched seven stops of his own, including a half tackle for loss.  Sophomore defensive back Chase Bauer (Amelia/McNicholas), Levanduski, and Gordon each had interceptions.  Bauer also recovered a fumble.

The win moves Hallett into sole possession of sixth place on the school's all-time head coaching win list with 19.

Heidelberg returns to Tiffin for its annual Homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 1 against Capital University.  Kickoff from Mayer Field is slated for 2 p.m.  Earlier today, the Crusaders defeated Baldwin-Wallace College, 14-11.  Live stats for that game will be available at the following URL: http://www.heidelberg.edu/statcrew/fb/xlive.htm.

Oct. 20: All times Eastern
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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at Framingham State 29, Westfield State 14
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Moravian 20, at Juniata 17
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at Salve Regina 41, Endicott 14
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at Thomas More 63, St. Vincent 13
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3 Hobart
21 Union
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4th - 01:38
24 Colby
27 Hamilton
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4th - 9:15
12 William Paterson
14 Christopher Newport
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at Ithaca 35, St. John Fisher 10
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4th - 14:50
28 Kenyon
34 Allegheny
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SUNY-Maritime 21, at Mount Ida 13
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Middlebury 43, at Bates 14
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at Springfield 68, Catholic 20
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at Amherst 21, Wesleyan 17
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at Trinity (Conn.) 63, Bowdoin 14
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4th - 04:38
48 Husson
21 Gallaudet
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4th - 15:00
21 Wabash
14 Oberlin
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4th 11:25
12 Buffalo State
34 Utica
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Ohio Northern 7, at Muskingum 6
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3 Montclair State
34 Frostburg State
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4th - 07:15
3 Rowan
34 Wesley
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4th - 07:03
16 Albright
19 Stevenson
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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4th - 06:18
28 Alma
24 Albion
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4th - 06:39
20 Shenandoah
45 Guilford
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Plymouth State 40, at Massachusetts Maritime 14
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4th - 05:16
51 Wooster
18 Hiram
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Washington and Lee 36, at Hampden-Sydney 6
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4th - 04:01
20 Alfred State
36 Anna Maria
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4th - 04:37
31 Bridgewater
23 Emory and Henry
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7 Wilkes
28 FDU-Florham
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10 Lebanon Valley
0 Misericordia
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7 Rochester
27 St. Lawrence
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6 RPI
7 Alfred
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4th - 05:33
16 Nichols
39 Curry
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at Salisbury 42, Southern Virginia 0
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2nd - 10:53
10 Ferrum
14 Brevard
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Randolph-Macon 63, at Apprentice 14
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at Susquehanna 21, Ursinus 14
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4th - 04:25
34 Cortland
20 Morrisville State
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at Trine 50, Hope 14
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Trinity (Texas) 27, at Sewanee 21
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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0 Dickinson
49 Franklin and Marshall
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21 Tufts
7 Williams
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63 Mount Union
7 Wilmington
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20 MIT
7 Coast Guard
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2nd - 13:08
7 Maine Maritime
14 Norwich
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7 Heidelberg
30 Marietta
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14 Franklin
22 Rose-Hulman
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45 John Carroll
7 Capital
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21 Bluffton
20 Manchester
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40 Mount St. Joseph
13 Anderson
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3 UW-Whitewater
0 UW-River Falls
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Kean at TCNJ
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10 Greensboro
45 LaGrange
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13 Mass-Dartmouth
24 Worcester State
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25 Muhlenberg
6 McDaniel
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38 Western New England
0 Becker
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3rd - 13:16
7 Methodist
26 Maryville (Tenn.)
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14 Adrian
10 Kalamazoo
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2:00 PM
Denison at Ohio Wesleyan
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21 Westminster (Pa.)
13 Washington and Jefferson
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10 Berry
0 Millsaps
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16 Olivet
21 Benedictine
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21 Birmingham-Southern
14 Austin
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0 Belhaven
38 Mary Hardin-Baylor
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14 UW-Stevens Point
16 UW-Stout
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10 Carthage
0 Illinois Wesleyan
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14 Nebraska Wesleyan
13 Buena Vista
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28 Lakeland
0 Wisconsin Lutheran
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0 Rockford
19 Aurora
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3 Concordia (Wis.)
23 Concordia-Chicago
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20 Carleton
14 St. Olaf
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7 Gustavus Adolphus
41 St. John's
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10 Augsburg
21 Concordia-Moorhead
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57 St. Thomas
0 Hamline
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12 Westminster (Mo.)
7 Greenville
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Coe at Loras
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Monmouth at Cornell
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2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at North Park
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Northwestern (Minn.) at Martin Luther
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19 Hardin-Simmons
16 Texas Lutheran
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6 Grinnell
49 Lake Forest
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Carroll at Millikin
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Ripon at Macalester
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6 Lawrence
21 St. Norbert
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St. Scholastica at Crown
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Minnesota-Morris at Iowa Wesleyan
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21 UW-Platteville
0 UW-Eau Claire
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7 Merchant Marine
24 WPI
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Rhodes at Centre
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28 Hanover
0 Earlham
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0 Beloit
35 Chicago
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UW-Oshkosh at UW-La Crosse
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Simpson at Dubuque
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15:00 2Q
0 Augustana
7 North Central (Ill.)
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East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
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Hartwick at Brockport
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Western Connecticut at Bridgewater State
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Chapman at La Verne
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Pacific at Lewis and Clark
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Pacific Lutheran at Willamette
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Puget Sound at Whitworth
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Redlands at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
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George Fox at Linfield
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Sul Ross State at Howard Payne
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Dean at Castleton
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N.C. Wesleyan at Averett
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Baldwin Wallace at Otterbein
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Case Western Reserve at Geneva
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Carnegie Mellon at Thiel
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Knox at Illinois College
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Whittier at Cal Lutheran
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Occidental at Pomona-Pitzer
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
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3 Rowan
34 Wesley
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3 Montclair State
34 Frostburg State
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Wittenberg 52, at DePauw 6
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at Springfield 68, Catholic 20
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Wartburg 41, at Luther 16
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63 Mount Union
7 Wilmington
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7 Heidelberg
30 Marietta
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21 Westminster (Pa.)
13 Washington and Jefferson
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19 Hardin-Simmons
16 Texas Lutheran
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0 Belhaven
38 Mary Hardin-Baylor
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57 St. Thomas
0 Hamline
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15:00 3rd
7 Gustavus Adolphus
41 St. John's
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10 Carthage
0 Illinois Wesleyan
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10 Augsburg
21 Concordia-Moorhead
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10 Berry
0 Millsaps
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21 UW-Platteville
0 UW-Eau Claire
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3:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-La Crosse
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15:00 2Q
0 Augustana
7 North Central (Ill.)
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4:00 PM
Hartwick at Brockport
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4:30 PM
George Fox at Linfield
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7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
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