2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
February 6, 2008

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February 6, 2008

Top Note
Concordia Athletics

- The Concordia nickname and mascot are featured in an article on ESPN’s national website about the best nicknames in college basketball. The Cobbers are ranked in the top 10 in the nation for all of NCAA Division I, II and III. Complete ESPN Story

Men's Basketball (9-10/8-6 MIAC - lost to St. Olaf 69-45/beat Macalester 87-83)
Concordia senior Luke Linz (Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins HS) averaged 20.5 points in the team’s two games last week. On Saturday he had 28 points against Macalester marking the sixth time this season he has scored at least 20 points in a game. It was also the 20th time in his career that he has posted a 20-plus point game.

- Concordia beat Macalester 87-83 on Saturday to complete the season sweep over the Scots. It marks only the second time in the past ten years the Cobbers have swept Macalester in the season series. The last time that CC completed the two-game sweep was in 2004-05. That is the last year CC participated in the MIAC postseason.

- Against the Scots, Concordia shot 60.3% (35-for-58) from the field. It is the third time this season that the Cobbers have shot better than 60.0& from the floor. Not surprisingly CC is 3-0 in those games.

Women's Basketball (12-7/11-5 MIAC - beat St. Olaf 71-58/beat Macalester

61-50/lost to St. Kate's 74-62)
- Concordia is 11-5 in the MIAC this year. The 11 conference wins marks the 25th consecutive season that Concordia has won at least 10 games in MIAC play. The Cobbers are the only school in the MIAC that has posted 25 consecutive double-digit win seasons in league play.

- Cobber senior post player Melanie Hageman (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) became the fifth player in program history to score 1,500 points in a career. Hageman had a team-high 17 points against St. Kate’s on Monday and now has 1,513 points for her career. With her total against the Wildcats she moved into fourth place on the school’s all-time scoring list.

- Concordia has five conference losses this season and all five have all come when the Cobbers allow the opposing team to score at least 74 points. In their five league defeats, CC is allowing 77.4 points. In their 11 MIAC wins, the Cobbers are giving up an average of 58.5 points per game. Last week they allowed 58 points to St. Olaf and 50 points against Macalester and won both games. On Monday they gave up 74 points vs. St. Kate’s and lost.

Men's Hockey  - (1-17-1/0-9-1 MIAC - lost to St. Thomas 8-2/lost to UST 4-2)

- Concordia snapped out of their power play slump against St. Thomas. The Cobbers went 3-for-13 in their series with the Tommies. That followed a stretch of eight games where they were 3-for-49 on the power play.

- Concordia sophomore Shawn Goos (Fergus Falls, Minn.) had an assist in each game against St. Thomas and now leads the Cobbers in scoring with 11 points. Concordia was the last team in the league to have a player break into double digits in scoring on the year.

Women's Hockey (6-9-2/6-4-2 MIAC - lost to St. Thomas 2-1/lost to UST 3-1)
- Concordia is 6-4-2 in the MIAC this season and in third place in the MIAC standings. The Cobbers have three league series remaining in the regular season and have a chance to make the conference playoffs for the first time since 2002-03 season.

- Cobber junior forward Alyssa Dahl (Willmar, Minn.) leads the team in scoring in 2007-08. Dahl has three goals and eight assists for 11 points after missing the first five games of the year because of her play for the CC volleyball team. Concordia is 3-0 when Dahl has more than one point in a game.

- Concordia went 0-for-6 on the power play in their series against St. Thomas last weekend. The Cobbers are now 2-for-23 on the power play in the last seven games.

Swimming and Diving (5-3 - did not compete - preparing for MIAC Championships)

- The Cobbers are training for the MIAC Championship Meet on Feb. 14-16 at the University of Minnesota.

Wrestling (beat #29 St. John's 22-16/beat Southwest MN State 46-3)

- Concordia posted a pair of impressive dual-meet wins last week. The Cobbers beat No.29-ranked St. John's 22-16 and then cruised past Southwest MN State 46-3. The win over the Johnnies was the first for the Cobbers since the 1988-89 season. The victory over the Mustangs was the first in program history.

- The Cobbers have four wrestlers with at least 25 wins on the year. It is the first time since the 1989-90 season that CC has had four wrestlers crack the 25-win barrier. Last year they only had one wrestler with at least 25 victories.

- Concordia has three wrestlers with at least 26 wins on the year. Leading the way is freshman Justin Berns (Perham, Minn.) and sophomore Lane Lunde (West Fargo, N.D.) who both have 27 wins. Berns is currently 27-13 on the year, while Lunde is 27-14. Freshman Phil Moenkedick (Perham, Minn.) is 26-4 (.867) and owns the best win/loss percentage for the Cobbers.

Men's Indoor Track and Field

- Concordia senior Dusten Olejnicak (Brainerd, Minn.) continued his success in 2008. A week after posting a mark of 22-0.75 in the long jump, Olejnicak did that performance one better by jumping 22-1.50 at the Bison Open on Saturday. He finished second in the event - the top Cobber finish at the meet. Olejnicak's distance is the top mark in the MIAC this season and a personal best. It is also the farthest by a CC athlete in an indoor season since John Andan jumped 22-6.00 in 2001. Olejnicak continues to creep closer to the NCAA provisional qualifying distance of 22-10.0.

- Cobber sophomore Xavier Carroll (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont HS) ran a 7.30 in the 60-meter dash and finished ninth at the Bison Open. That time is a personal best and only 1/10th of a second off the school record time of 7.29 set by Joe Dauner in 1999.

- Junior Billy Oehlers (North Branch, Minn.) finished sixth in the shot put at the Bison Open with a mark of 47-08.50. That is a season-best for Oehlers and is currently the fourth best mark in the MIAC this season.

Women's Indoor Track and Field

- Concordia freshman Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) was the top Cobber finisher at the Bison Open on Saturday. Brenden, an all-region award-winner in cross country ran a 10:52.42 in the 3000 meters and finished second. Her time is the fastest for a Cobber in the event since All-American Natalie Hanson ran a 10:21.53 at the MIAC Championship Meet in 2006. Brenden also ran a 5:21.78 in the mile run which is the sixth fastest in school history.

- Junior Mary Otis (New Ulm, Minn.) ran an 8.13 in the 60-meter dash and finished fourth at the Bison Open. That time is the third fastest in school history and fastest since Angie Pfeiffer ran a 7.95 at the Bison Open in 2004. That time is the school record in the event.

Men's Tennis (lost to UW-Eau Claire 7-2/lost to St. Scholastica 6-3/lost to SCSU 9-0)

- For the first time since the 2000 season, Concordia will take a warm-weather trip over spring break. The Cobbers will play four matches in Orlando, Fla. from Feb. 24-27.

- Concordia sophomore Kirby Johnson (Crookston, Minn.) leads the team in wins this season. Johnson is 3-1 at No.3 singles and 2-2 in doubles. Johnson was 3-0 before falling 6-3, 6-3 to Kevin Luekens of DII St. Cloud State.

Women's Tennis (beat MSU Moorhead 6-3/lost to St. Scholastica 9-0/lost to

SCSU 8-1)

- Concordia picked up its first win of the season by beating NCAA Division II member MSU Moorhead 6-3. The win equals the Cobbers’ win total from 2007. It also snapped a five-match losing skid against the Dragons. The last time CC beat MSU M was in 2002. The victory avenged a pair of 8-1 losses at the hands of the Dragons last season.

- The Cobbers are led in single play this season by freshman Melanie Gail (Madison, Minn./Lac Qui Parle Valley HS). Gail has a 3-1 record at No.6 singles this year. She scored the only win for CC in the team’s 8-1 loss at St. Cloud State.


- The Concordia baseball team started indoor practices on Friday, Feb. 1. The Cobbers have over 60 players trying out for the team. CC will begin play with their annual spring trip. For the first time in program history Concordia will head to Arizona to play their spring break games. CC will play 10 games in the Mesa, Ariz. area from Mar. 17-22.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, February 6, 2008
WBB - at home vs. Hamline - 5:45 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

MBB - at home vs. Hamline - 7:30 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

Thursday, February 7, 2008
WR - at Jamestown - 7 p.m.

Friday, February 8, 2008
MH - at home vs. Augsburg at Moorhead Youth Rink - 7 p.m. | Live Stats

WH - at Augsburg - 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, February 2, 2008
WR- at North Country Invite at SJU - 9 a.m.

MTR - at St. John's Invite - 11 a.m.

WTR - at St. Ben's Invite at St. John's - 1 p.m.

MH - at home vs. Augsburg at Moorhead Youth Rink - 2 p.m. | Live Stats

WH - at Augsburg - 2:15 p.m.

WBB - at Bethel - 4 p.m. | Live Audio

MBB - at Bethel - 6 p.m. | Live Audio

Monday, February 4, 2008
WBB - at Gustavus - 5:45 p.m. | Live Audio

MBB - at Gustavus - 7:30 p.m. | Live Audio