2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
October 24, 2007

Picture of the Week: For the past two weeks, no defense has been able to catch Concordia quarterback Jesse Nelson (Jr., Chanhassen, Minn./Minnetonka). He has helped the Cobbers record 51 points in the past two games - a first in CC football history.

Welcome to the Cobber athletics newsletter. Each week we will post the news items from the in-season Concordia teams.

This Week's Cobber Athletics Calendar | MIAC Weekly Notebook

This Week's Cobber Picture Galleries

Football: vs. St. Olaf

Men's Soccer: vs. St. Olaf

Women's Soccer: vs. St. Olaf

Volleyball: vs. Gustavus | vs. Carleton | vs. Bethel

October 24, 2007

Top Note
- Concordia scored 50 or more points for the second straight game in the Cobbers’ 51-28 win over St. Thomas on Saturday. It is the first time in the history of the program that Concordia has scored 50-plus points in back-to-back games. It was also the third time in the past four games the Cobbers have scored more than 50 points marking the first time in school history they have achieved the feat.

Football (5-3/3-3 MIAC - beat St. Thomas 51-28)
- After averaging only 17.6 points in 2006, the Cobber offense is averaging 41.0 points per game in 2007. The Cobbers are also averaging 42.2 points in their six conference games in 2007 and currently rank second in the MIAC in scoring offense. CC ranked eighth out of nine teams in scoring offense last year.

- Senior fullback Adam Swingdorf (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley HS) scored two more touchdowns on Saturday against the St. Thomas. Swingdorf now has 15 TD’s in the team’s first eight games of the season. He needs three more overall touchdowns to break the school’s single-season touchdown record and three more rushing TD’s to break the single-season rushing TD mark. He currently leads the MIAC in scoring and touchdowns scored and is currently ranked 13th in the nation in points per game (11.1).

- Concordia running back Cory Johnson (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) ran for 152 yards against the Tommies on Saturday and now leads the MIAC in rushing in conference games. Johnson is averaging 101.8 yards in the team’s six MIAC games this year and has rushed for over 100 yards in three of the six games. Johnson now has 2,242 career rushing yards and is 152 yards away from breaking the school's all-time rushing yardage mark of 2,393 set by Mike Jousma from 1991-93.

Volleyball (15-6/8-2 MIAC - beat Gustavus 3-0, lost to Carleton 0-3, beat Bethel 3-0)

National Ranking - 19th in the latest AVCA Poll

- Concordia clinched their seventh straight MIAC playoff berth since the conference went to a single elimination tournament in 2001. They are one of only three teams in the conference to qualify for all seven tournaments. The Cobbers have won three of the last four league playoff titles and are 6-1 in the MIAC playoffs during that stretch.

- Junior defensive specialist Anna Tinkham (Fisher, Minn.) broke the school record for digs in a single season on Saturday. Tinkham had 14 digs against Carleton and now has 468 on the year which is 10 more than the previous school record of 458 set by Rhiannon Grimm in 2003. For her career, Tinkham has 631 digs and ranks 12th on the school’s all-time list.

- Concordia was ranked 19th in the latest AVCA Division III poll, marking the 43rd straight poll the Cobbers have been ranked in the top 25 in the nation by the AVCA. The streak is the longest by any team in the conference. The streak dates all the way back to Sept. 15, 2004 and covers four seasons and 97 matches. During that time Concordia has amassed an impressive 81-16 (.835) overall record. Senior Michelle Honek (Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) has spent all but one week of her collegiate career ranked in the top 25 of the nation.

Men’s Soccer (2-12-1/1-7 MIAC - lost to St. Olaf 2-1; lost to UW-Whitewater 6-1)
- Concordia lost 2-1 to St. Olaf on Saturday marking the fifth time this season they have lost by a single goal in conference play. That is more than the past two seasons combined. In 2005 and 2006 the Cobbers lost 19 MIAC games and of those 19 only three were by a single goal.

- Senior Ryan Albrecht (Stillwater, Minn.) scored his first collegiate goal in Concordia’s 6-1 loss at UW-Whitewater on Sunday. Albrecht, who spent his first three-plus seasons as a defender, was recently converted to forward and converted on a penalty kick in the 46th minute to tie the game at 1-1.

- In the game with the Oles, the Cobbers had a 1-0 lead at halftime marking the first time during conference play all season. Before the game against St. Olaf, Concordia had been outscored 16-2 in the opening period of play. CC had scored just once in the first half in their seven conference games and had not had a lead at halftime in any MIAC game.

Women’s Soccer (13-2-1/8-0-1 MIAC - beat St. Olaf 2-1; beat UW-Whitewater 1-0)

Regional Ranking - 5th in the latest NSCAA Central Region poll

- Concordia clinched its fifth straight MIAC playoff berth on Saturday in the team’s 2-1 win over St. Olaf. The Cobbers are the only team in the MIAC that has clinched five straight conference tournament appearances. CC is the defending league tournament champions and has appeared in the last three MIAC playoff title games.

- With their 1-0 win at UW-Whitewater on Monday, the Cobbers have won 11 straight games which is a program record. CC bettered the old mark of 10 straight set back in the 2005 season. Concordia is now 13-2-1 and has the best winning percentage in the MIAC (.844). CC has surpassed last year’s mark of 12 wins and has a legitimate chance to break the school record for wins in a season. The 2005 team that posted the 10 straight victories finished with a 15-4-0 overall record to set the bar for wins in a single season.

- Cobber senior forward Rachel Lewis (Lakeville, Minn.) scored the game-winning goal in the team’s 2-1 win over St. Olaf on Saturday. It was her league-leading fifth game-winning goal of the year. All of her game-winning scores have come against MIAC opponents. Lewis now has nine goals and two assists for 20 points on the year. She also has eight goals and two assists in league play. She leads the MIAC in goals scored in conference games and is second in points in league contests.

Men’s Cross Country   (No Events)
- Concordia will compete in the MIAC Cross Country Championship Meet on saturday, Oct. 27 at Como Park GC. Click here for a full preview: MIAC Championship Preview

Women’s Cross Country (No Events)
- Concordia will compete in the MIAC Cross Country Championship Meet on saturday, Oct. 27 at Como Park GC. Click here for a full preview: MIAC Championship Preview

Women’s Swimming and Diving

The Concordia women’s swimming and diving team opens its 2007-08 season on Saturday, Oct. 27 when they compete at the UM-Morris Relays. The Cobbers have a roster of 29 to start the season which included 13 freshmen. Both totals are among the most in program history.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Saturday, October 27, 2007
FB - at home vs. Carleton - 1 p.m.
WS - at home vs. St. Ben's - 1 p.m.

SW&D - at UM-Morris Relays - 1 p.m.

WXC - at MIAC Championship Meet at Como Park GC - 2 p.m.

MXC - at MIAC Championship Meet at Como Park GC - 3 p.m.
MS - at home vs. St. John's - 3 p.m.

VB - at St. Ben's - 3 p.m.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007
WS - at home - MIAC Semifinals - 3 p.m.