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GREGORY DIXON/Herald PhotoComing off two series where the opponent has never won, the No. 2 Wisconsin women’s hockey team (24-1-3, 18-1-3 WCHA) will face a much stiffer test this weekend when it travels to the shore of Lake Superior to face No. 7 Minnesota-Duluth.The last time these two teams met was Nov. 24, when the Bulldogs (16-7-3, 15-5-2 WCHA) stole the Badgers’ hearts with a 2-0 win to snap Wisconsin’s team record 26-game unbeaten streak. Wisconsin bounced back in the second game, clawing its way to a hard fought, well earned 1-0 victory.”When our two clubs get together it’s usually a pretty good game, so we have to be prepared.” Wisconsin head coach Mark Johnson said.Last time, freshman goaltender Kim Martin shut out the Badgers in game one, making 25 saves. But coming off of a series in which it scored 13 goals, UW is more concerned with playing sound defense.”We need to play hard on the defensive end,” senior forward Phoebe Monteleone said. “If we can do that, playing on the offensive end is our reward.”Led by Martin and senior goalie Ritta Schaublin, the Bulldogs allow an impressive 1.70 goals per game while scoring 3.30 of their own. However, those numbers pale in comparison to those of the Badgers who currently rank first in the nation in scoring defense at 1.00 goals per game and second in offense with 4.43 goals per game.But numbers aren’t everything. Wisconsin knows that it will take a superior effort to extend its current 13-game unbeaten steak.”It’s not the best team on the ice that wins,” Monteleone said. “It’s the team that works the hardest.”Currently, Minnesota-Duluth is ranked second in the WCHA standings, trailing Wisconsin by seven points. A bad series, however, and UMD is right back in the mix. “We have a solid lead, and we want to keep that lead,” sophomore Erika Lawler said. “At the end of the year you never know what’s going to happen, so it’s important to keep winning.”If the Badgers can take three or more points during this series, they can clinch the regular season title and the number one seed in the conference tournament.”It’s nice; it’ll be good to have that seed going into the WCHA playoffs,” Monteleone said. “We have put a lot of hard work towards it.”With the playoffs just three weeks away, the Bulldogs will offer a good test that should give the Badgers a sense of where they stand heading into the post-season.”It comes at a good time because we’ll get tested and with the playoffs around the corner,” Johnson said. “It’ll give us a sense of where we are and what we need to work on.”Assuming Wisconsin clinches the No. 1 seed before season’s end, it would face North Dakota — a team that hasn’t won in conference play — in the first round. Despite the favorable potential first round match up, Johnson is still focused on taking things one game at a time — not on winning the regular season title.”It won’t be on my mind,” Johnson said. “I’m concentrating on going out and playing 60 minutes of solid hockey on Friday night. As a staff we just need to keep the team thinking about each game and not getting ahead of ourselves.”As an added bonus, a strong performance in Duluth would mean a lot for UW when it comes time for the NCAA seedings to be released. The Badgers are currently ranked second in the Pairwise Rankings. Playing the seventh-ranked Bulldogs will provide an opportunity for them to improve their .6094 RPI and give them a chance to jump Mercyhurst for the top spot in the country.When it comes to national ratings though, Johnson again chooses to let things play out as they may.”Obviously you’re playing for things right now,” Johnson said. “We’ve got ourselves in a good position, but we need to go out and play and let those things other things take care of themselves.”
Trishton Jackson sat in his room at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego two Decembers ago and thought about life. He considered his three teammates kicked off the team after the four came to college together 11 months prior. He considered the younger players on Michigan State’s wide receiver depth chart exceeding his dwindling role. And he considered how his dream school revealed itself as detrimental to him.Jackson said a prayer to himself that night — something he made up in the moment and doesn’t remember today. Then he called his mother, Carol. He admits now that he was too close to home, but he fails to explain precisely what that entailed. Two days before the Spartans thrashed Washington State in the 2017 Holiday Bowl, Jackson had made his decision to transfer.On the phone that night, Carol sensed her son’s conflicted mind. She asked him if he was happy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I don’t think I was at that time,” Jackson said. “I was low at that point.”,He came to the hard realization that there wasn’t a path for him to succeed at Michigan State. In Syracuse, he’s followed a better trajectory since enrolling in January of 2018. After a year in limbo — the make-or-break period of Jackson’s transfer — his decision paid off. In his first game for SU, he reeled in an acrobatic touchdown catch in the Orange’s Camping World Bowl win over West Virginia.“I had faith that when I’d come here I’d be more focused,” Jackson said. “I wouldn’t be too close to home. I wouldn’t want to call Mom everyday, stuff like that. I would have to grow up and mature as a man. And I think I’ve been doing a really good job of doing that.”Michigan State was a natural landing spot for Jackson out of high school. Playing quarterback at West Bloomfield (Michigan) High School in the suburbs of Detroit — 70 miles from East Lansing — Jackson grew up in the middle of the Michigan-MSU rivalry that divides the state. His former high school coach, Ron Bellamy, and close family friend Braylon Edwards both played wide receiver at Michigan.But Jackson had always been partial to the Spartans. He watched former MSU wideouts Plaxico Burress, Aaron Burbridge and Tony Lippett growing up, encountering the latter two playing high school football in the greater Detroit area. More than anything, Jackson loved the blue-collar nature the Spartans exemplified under head coach Mark Dantonio.The rising senior turned in a stellar performance, playing receiver at the 2015 rendition of the annual Sound Mind Sound Body football camp. In an address at the camp, to more than a thousand high school athletes, Dantonio told them, “You want to be the breadwinner, you want to be the man,” according to a story in the Detroit Free Press.Dantonio spoke to Jackson and his father, Obbie, after the camp, offering a gray shirt to play wideout. The next day, MSU offered a scholarship and Jackson committed 24 hours later.The quarterback-turned-pass catcher exceeded expectations his first season for the Spartans by just cracking the rotation of mostly upperclassmen, finishing with five receptions, 89 yards and a touchdown. With the departure of three of MSU’s top four pass catchers to graduation, Jackson should’ve been one of the Spartans’ top returning options.Then, the Spartans lost the fourth receiver of that group and Jackson saw how fast circumstances could change. In January 2017, freshman wide receiver Donnie Corley, along with fellow freshmen Josh King and Demetric Vance, were suspended and ultimately dismissed from the team in June 2017 for alleged sexual assault. It was shocking for Jackson to see three close friends were removed in a matter of months.“I definitely got that realization, about how life can change so quickly,” Jackson said. “And it made me mature, to make the decision to leave. I think I matured from that situation.”Even with MSU’s top four receivers from 2016 gone, Jackson stagnated in 2017, catching just seven more passes than the year prior for a mere 143 total yards. He never got into the end zone and three true freshmen had more receptions for more yards.The coaching staff at MSU wasn’t the best fit for Jackson, either, he said. Orders were given without explanation and, even when well-intended, rubbed the wrong way. Though the relationship soured, Jackson holds no ill will toward Michigan State.“It’s more Saban-esque, business-y-like vibes and I don’t think everybody liked what he had to say about things,” Jackson said about Dantonio and the culture at Michigan State.Neither Dantonio or then-wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel were made available for interviews by Michigan State for this story.Jackson’s high school coach, Bellamy, got a call from MSU’s coaching staff that the receiver was transferring. The coach reached out to Jackson to figure out what was going on. Then, he started calling college coaches. One of them was to Vinson Reynolds, Syracuse’s defensive line coach who’d previously recruited Jackson’s older brother to Western Michigan. Bellamy told Reynolds that Jackson had interest in SU.Bellamy then looped in Evan Foster, Jackson’s high school teammate and current SU safety, and asked whether Syracuse could be a good place for Jackson.,After he realized he would have an opportunity to win a starting job or significant playing time Jackson and his mother visited Syracuse in January 2018.SU head coach Dino Babers entered the meeting and started with two questions.“First he asked me if I’m fast and of course I said, ‘Yeah,’” Jackson said. “Then he asked me would I like to catch 100 balls. And I said, ‘Of course, yes.’”Carol saw her son “light up like a Christmas tree” talking to Babers. He knew the Orange wanted him as much as he wanted them.The commitment came with the year-long wait Division I football transfers must go through when changing schools, finishing two semesters in residence before becoming eligible. During spring ball, Jackson practiced with his new team and continued with summer workouts. While the rest of the team prepared to play Western Michigan, Jackson toiled through camp toward a season on the scout team, emulating the opponent’s receivers week-to-week.Back at MSU, the receivers that in-part squeezed Jackson out of its rotation almost all got hurt. In total, eight receivers combined to miss 23 games in 2018 for MSU. It was a window, one that Jackson knew he might have to live with missing when he made this decision.Two years ago, Jackson would’ve seen the injuries and felt he made the wrong choice. Instead, he was at peace waiting for the opportunity he knew would come at SU.A new NCAA rule allowed both Jackson and Oklahoma transfer running back Abdul Adams to play in SU’s bowl game last season. When Jackson got the news, he called Bellamy and told him he had a surprise.“He was like, ‘I might be eligible to play in the bowl game,’” Bellamy remembered Jackson saying. “You know, I didn’t know the rule. I was like, ‘Dude. We’ve had this discussion. You have to sit out a year.’”,Jackson caught a touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter in the Camping World Bowl, making what he hopes to be the first of many plays for Syracuse in his two years of eligibility remaining.Finally eligible and finally in a place he’s mentally at peace, Jackson has become good friends with his quarterback, Tommy DeVito, playing paintball and eating steak. He’s bonded with the receivers, taking some leadership in organizing additional workouts in the summer with skill position players and going with them to see ‘The Lion King.’ He’s in a place he believes that will benefit him on and off the football field.When his mom asks him if he’s happy now, the answer is obvious.Cover photo by Corey Henry, Photo Illustration by Sarah Allam Published on August 29, 2019 at 1:53 am Contact Andrew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @A_E_Graham,Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Comments