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Jan. 21, 2000 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Menís Hockey to face rival St. Thomas
Tonight begins this weekend's hockey battle of the conference zeros . . . zero losses, that is.
Undefeated MIAC rivals Concordia (7-0-1) and St. Thomas (5-0-1), will face off in a two-game series that could possibly determine this year's conference championship team.
In all of Division III, the two teams are ranked tenth and third respectively.
"It will be the biggest series of the year by far," said senior BJ Knutson. "St. Thomas is definitely our most serious competition in the MIAC."
The Cobbers have been looking forward to this meeting for a long time, according to head coach Steve Baumgartner.
"There's a lot of respect both ways," he said. "Both teams are very disciplined. St. Thomas has a high powered offense, and lots of weapons, but so do we."
Concordia swept Bethel last weekend to remain unbeaten in MIAC play.
"It was a good weekend because we won two games," senior Guy Clairmont said. "It put us into the position we want to be in."
"I was happy we got goals from every line," Baumgartner said. "You're always satisfied when you get the sweep. It puts more pressure on other teams in the league."
Teamwork seems to be a big factor in this year's squad.
"All lines are contributing," Knutson said. "We have a great deal of depth. This is by far one of the most talented teams I've played on."
Men's Hockey Late update: Wednesday night, Concordia continued
its winning ways by defeating the UM-Crookston 5-2.
With the win, Concordia raises its record to 11-2-2, while Crookston falls
Menís Basketball moving up in conference
The Concordia men's basketball team turned away an early run by St. Mary's to jump ahead and win 67-52. The win gives the Cobbers a 7-6 record overall and a 5-4 record in MIAC action. Concordia currently sits tied for fourth in the MIAC, much improved over last year's tenth place finish.
"Versatility is our strength," said junior guard Nick Killoran. "We have a lot of guys who can play a bunch of positions."
Concordia opened slowly, allowing St. Mary's an early 6-2 lead. Then the Cobbers edged their way back into the game tying it at 6 and then again at 10. Sophomore forward Mike Syverson scored five points to take the Cobbers into the lead for a short time. St. Mary's dominated the court for six consecutive points, before a jumper by Killoran gave Concordia the boost they needed to move ahead for the remainder of the game. The half-time buzzer rang following a basket from senior guard/forward Joe Ford and then a jumper from St. Mary's, ending the half with Concordia at a 31-22 advantage.
"About five minutes before half-time everyone picked up full court and we got a few turnovers that led to lay-ups," Killoran said.
Senior guard Matt Anderson opened scoring for the Cobbers in the second half. The Cobbers held on to their lead throughout the second half, helped by sophomore center Jeff Ubben who turned in 16 rebounds for the game. The Cobbers maintained a comfortable lead pushed along by senior guard Greg North, freshman forward Chris Thomas, and sophomore guard Mark Tuchscherer. The Cobber's ended on top 67-52.
The Cobbers will take on Augsburg College on Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 3 PM.
"Augsburg lost one of their
key players, so that will change our game plan," Killoran noted. "We need
to be aggressive, consider everyone a threat."
Womenís Hockey gains first ever MIAC victory
The win on Friday was the first ever MIAC victory for Concordia, who last year played only club hockey.
Freshman Katie Jacques has suffered two concussions this season. Amazingly, she scored four of the six goals against St. Ben's on Friday, including the game winner in overtime. Freshman goalie Jill Leonetti made 54 saves in preserving the win for the Cobber women. Jacques added another goal in Saturday's game, the Cobber's only score of the afternoon. Freshman Shyla Wilson made 69 saves in net for the Cobbers.
Up next for Concordia is Gustavus, and with the season winding down, the women are expecting to end strong.
"We've been working on spreading
out our strengths," said Leonetti. "We are hoping that this will make a
difference against Gustavus this weekend."
Wrestlers turn in strong individual performances
At Dickinson State last Saturday the Cobbers turned in several impressive individual performances in a tournament packed with tough competition.
While Dickinson State won the tournament as a team, two Concordia wrestlers, sophomores Ryan Smith and Rory Olson, both walked away with near third place finishes and 3-2 records against their opponents. Sophomore Zack Schroeder was also successful as he cruised to a 5-2 victory over a strong Dickinson State opponent.
"This was a high quality tournament," said head coach Doug Perry. "It was the type of tournament we wanted at this time of year to prepare us for the upcoming conference tournament. Now we can improve on the good things we are doing, and correct the mistakes we have been making."
This past weekend indeed served as a learning experience and preparation tool for the team. Going into the Dickinson State Tournament, the Cobber wrestlers knew they would have their work cut out for themselves. But knowing they would be in the presence of powerhouse teams such as The University of Mary and Montana State-Northern did not stop the Cobbers from wrestling strong.
"We were in a lot better condition this time around. That has improved greatly since our last tournament (Northern Country)," said Olson. "We were also more mentally prepared."
Next up for Concordia is
the University of Mary tourney in Bismarck,
North Dakota, at which the Cobber opponents will include Division III and
MIAC dominator Augsburg College. The University of Mary tournament will
take place at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 22nd.
Womenís Basketball rolls in MIAC, winning big over
St. Mary'sís and St. Kateís
The Concordia College women's basketball team won by a landslide over both St. Mary's and St. Kate's in MIAC action. The women sport a 10-3 overall season record and are 8-2 in MIAC play. Concordia is currently tied for second in the MIAC, above last year's ranking of fifth in the conference.
"Our challenge is to come out every night and play the way we know we can play," junior guard Sarah Jacobson said. "If we play like that, then we will be successful."
On Saturday, the Cobbers came out ready to play in their win over St. Mary's. Concordia opened their game with three points from sophomore guard Mandy Berggren, who led the Cobbers with 25 points overall. Junior guard Brandi Myers, who pitched in 19 points in the match up, added a jumper to bring Concordia to a 5-2 lead, a lead they would not relinquish for the remainder of the game. St. Mary's stepped up momentarily with two more baskets to Concordia's one. Concordia then answered with seven unanswered points. The Cobbers continued to stretch their lead further, throughout the remainder of the first half, leaving the half-time score at 46-21.
St. Mary's made an effort to sneak back into the game early in the second half outscoring Concordia 11-4 in a three minute run. But junior guard Steph Losch pushed the Cobber's lead back to a more than comfortable margin by starting a seven point run. Concordia maintained its distance continuing to pull further ahead, ending the game with an impressive 92-53 win. Junior forward Sara Spears made a notable contribution of 11 points and 8 rebounds.
"It doesn't really matter who is on their game that night," Jacobson said. "If you aren't making points then someone else is there to do it. One night we will be able to put it all together."
The Cobbers also bested St. Kate's on their own court 80-50 Monday night. The Cobbers demonstrated the balance in their team as nine players contributed points and rebounds. Kasey Bostow, a freshman guard/forward, scored fifteen points to lead Concordia.
On Wednesday night, Concordia
defeated Gustavus 79-62, moving out of its
four way tie with St. Benís, Carleton, and Gustavus to assume sole possession
of second place in the conference. Their record now stands at 11-3, 9-2
in the MIAC.
Swimmers achieve personal bests at St. Benís
At a point in the season when conditioning takes precedent over placement, the Concordia Swimming and Diving team took sixth place at last weekend's St Ben's Invitational. At the Invite, Concordia competed against five Division II squads, defeating two of them and finishing behind three others, including last year's national runner-up UND.
"We did well against some good competition," said first-year Concordia coach Julie Lucier. "We're in the toughest part of our training schedule right now, so we aren't expecting our best times."
Good times may not be expected, but they are definitely welcome. The Invite was highlighted by 17 Cobber personal bests. Both junior Diana Cobbs and freshman Sara Fleming dropped time in three events, while seven other swimmers also reached new personal goals. Shana Letnes, a junior from Fort Collins, Colorado, dropped half a second in both of her breaststroke events, improving her NCAA qualifying times.
"I trained back home over break, at high altitude," said Letnes. "That makes it a lot easier to swim when I come back to Moorhead, and especially against the best competition of the year."
The Cobbers are facing a few injuries, which Letnes and Lucier attribute to the intensity of the current training regimen. Junior Carrie Bunger is the most notable, her leg injury forcing her out of a majority of last weekend's competition.
"The girls don't rest for more than one day most weeks at this point in the season," said Lucier. "The strenuous workouts are hard on the body, but necessary for the swimmers to be ready for the end of the season, when the time's really need to be there."