Men's Hockey |
Jan. 28, 2000 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Men’s Hockey splits two
in big test vs. St. Thomas
The Concordia men's hockey team split two games with St. Thomas last weekend to remain at the top of the MIAC with 17 points.
Both teams were undefeated in the conference before the series, but now they each have one MIAC loss. Concordia was the underdog in the series, ranked 10th in Division III compared to St. Thomas's No. 3 ranking.
"We definitely knew we could play with them," said senior Ken Putt.
"St. Thomas played more aggressively on Saturday," Putt said. "We gave up too many breakaways."
The split brings Concordia's record to 12-3-2 overall and 8-1-1 in the MIAC.
"I don't think we've reached our full potential yet," Putt said. "If we just keep playing our game, we'll keep winning."
The Cobbers have their last regular season home stand this weekend against conference opponent Augsburg. It will be an especially interesting game for Putt because his younger brother is a junior forward for the Auggies.
"Since he's been there, we've never beaten them," Putt said. "I want nothing less than a sweep."
The series kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. and continues tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Moorhead Sports Center.
Cobber Men's Basketball |
Men’s Basketball loses ground in MIAC
Concordia men’s basketball suffered two MIAC losses on their home court last week, bringing their record to 7-8 overall and 5-6 in MIAC play, good enough for sixth in the conference.
On January 19, Gustavus jumped out to an early 5-0 lead. The Cobbers continued to trail throughout the game, falling further behind until the final score read Gustavus 71, Concordia 58.
Nine players scored for the Cobbers including senior guard/forward Joe Ford and junior guard Jon Hager who featured 13 points and 2 rebounds each. Sophomore center Jeff Ubben also added a notable 11 points and seven rebounds.
"Our defense hasn't been as intense as it could be," Ford said. "We need to take care of the ball and make our free throws."
Last Saturday the Cobbers hosted Augsburg, who sported a 9-2 record in MIAC play. The Auggies opened the game stretching ahead 7-6, but then Concordia netted two baskets to pull them into the lead, a lead they would keep until they closed the first half ahead 41-35.
The Auggies crept their way back into contention in the first seven minutes of the second half. The teams struggled around the 60-point mark to see who would come out on top. Augsburg finally jumped into lead, with the final tie coming at the 72 point mark. Concordia pushed to get back into contention, but fell short 79-83.
"It was a fun game to play, because both teams worked really hard," said Ford. "It was just disappointing to lose."
The Cobbers now face six of their last nine games on the road, challenging them to be at their best in hostile territory.
"We have to fight and show our very best if we want to see post-season play," said Ford.
The Cobbers host St. John's on Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
Women's Hockey |
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Wrestlers compete at St. Mary's, prepare for Duals
Three Concordia wrestlers, sophomores Zach Schroeder and Rory Olson and freshman Brent Long, ventured to Bismarck, North Dakota to take part in the University of Mary tourney last weekend. Both Schroeder and Olson walked away with 1-2 records against their opponents. Brent Long also put up a fair fight against tough wrestlers from Augsburg and Jamestown.
"I was in a tough weight class that was just as hard or harder than the previous matches I have wrestled in,” said Long. “Although I didn't do as well as I would've liked, I do feel I am improving with each tournament and match.
Coming up today and Saturday for the Cobbers are the MIAC duals which will be held in Schoenecker Arena at the University of St. Thomas. The Cobbers will battle against MIAC teams Carlton, St. Johns, St. Thomas and St. Olaf. Also awaiting the Cobbers will be the nationally ranked Augsburg Auggies who have not lost a match in about twenty years and who are a considerable favorite for the national title.
"They are the team to beat,” said coach Doug Perry. “We have several individuals whom we hope to do well in the MIAC duals, and it will be important to get great performances out of everyone.”
Following the MIAC duals, the Cobbers will take on Moorhead State at the MSU duals on Wednesday, February 2nd at 7:00 P.M.
Cobber Women's Basketball |
Women’s Basketball levels competition
The Cobber women's basketball team posted big wins at both Gustavus and Augsburg in recent MIAC action, moving their record to 12-3 overall and 10-2 in conference play. The two wins move Concordia into a tie for second in the MIAC.
"We've been playing really well," said senior guard Sara Kragerud. "We just have to keep playing hard and improving with every game."
The Cobbers knocked Gustavus out of a tie for second place with their 79-62 win. The Gusties opened with a jump shot, but then allowed Concordia to pull ahead with two quick baskets. The two teams grappled for the lead until a 9-1 run by the Cobbers secured their dominance on the court. By the end of the first half, Concordia led 38-28. In the second half, the Cobbers kept Gustavus from moving within even 10 points of the lead.
Against Augsburg on Saturday, Concordia jumped to an early 12-2 lead. Slowly Augsburg crept their way back into the game tying the score at 24 and moving ahead for a brief time. Concordia sunk four free throws to regain the lead at half-time 28-26.
The Cobbers continued to control the pace of the game in the second half. They briefly faltered allowing the Auggies to tie the game at 37, but regained their composure. Augsburg stayed on their game and come within one point of the lead, before the Cobbers pulled ahead in the last eight minutes of the game. Concordia finished the game triumphant, 73-59.
"We picked up our defense, which helped our offense," said Kragerud. Concordia now faces the challenge of maintaining the standard it has set for itself.
"Every game coming up is a big game," Kragerud said. "We have to take it one game at a time."
The Cobbers host St.
Ben’s on Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 3:00 PM.
Cobber Swimming and Diving |
Swimming and Diving
The Concordia swimming and diving team turned in yet another strong performance with its 114-78 victory at Hamline last Saturday.
Concordia’s swimmers were led by junior Carrie Bunger, who turned in first place finishes in both the 100 and 1000 freestyle events. Bunger also anchored the Cobber’s first place 800 freestyle relay team, whose other members included freshman Elizabeth Dougherty, senior Janey Hill, and junior Anna Berg.
Also victorious for the Cobbers
was freshman diver Andrea Ross,
who placed first in both the 1 Meter and 3 Meter events. Ross is
coming off of a similar finish at the St. John’s
Invite and figures to be a big contributer as the Cobbers approach
the MIAC Championships, scheduled for February
17-19 at St. John’s University.
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and Women's Track and Field |
Track and field starts promising season
Concordia kicked off its indoor track and field season this past weekend, hosting the Cobber Invitational. Though no team scores were kept, the meet produced a number of national and conference qualifiers.
Leading the way for the men was junior Micah Benson, whose long jump of 23-0 3/4 captured first place and qualified him for the national meet. On the women's side, freshman Katie Martin ran an 18:41.31 in the 5000 meters, placing first with the second fastest time in school history. Senior Maria DeBoer won the weight throw with a toss of 48-9 and qualified for the nationals in the process.
Conference qualifiers were numerous, with 8 men and 18 women qualifying in various events.
For both the men and women, this season promises to be an exciting one. This years men's team fields 73 athletes, the most ever at Concordia. For head coach Garrick Larson this is a drastic change from when he first started coaching here. Five years ago, the Cobbers only had 32 men out for the track team. Today, that number has more than doubled.
“Track takes a lot of people,” said Coach Larson. “Thirty athletes can't cover all the events and fifty athletes still leaves some of the people strung out. So the more numbers you have, the better quality team you'll have.”
It's no surprise with their growth that the Cobbers have also seen their fortunes change over the past five seasons. The men, who use to finish in the MIAC cellar, have gradually improved all the way to a third place finish at last year's conference indoor championships.
“Last year was the first sign of us becoming a good team,” said Larson. “This year, we have at least as much talent, if not more. If the team really puts the work in, they could have a pretty good season.”
The favorites in the conference this season are St. John's and St. Thomas. While the Cobbers are not quite ready to challenge those teams for the title, Coach Larson feels that the team is not far away.
“We have a lot of tools on this team,” said Larson. “Now it's just a matter of sharpening them.”
The Cobber women enter this season on the coat-tails of last year's success. Last season, the women captured their second straight MIAC title and then went on to capture the outdoor title as well. This season, they look to do the same.
“We have a great deal of athletes coming back who realize what it takes to win a championship and this year's seniors want to go out on top,” said head women's coach Marv Roeske.
The women definitely have the talent to do it, as they return four athletes who qualified for the national outdoor meet last season. DeBoer, Margaret Cropp, and juniors Heidi Brenden and Sara Grineski bring national experience to a team that is deep with talented upperclassmen.
“We cover all the events really well and we have a good mix of talent,” said Roeske.
While the Cobbers may be rich in talent, they can't let it go to their heads.
“We need to work hard an realize that the conference championship is not going to be handed to us,” said DeBoer.
On Saturday, the Cobbers
host the Concordia Quintangular, which pits
them against Jamestown, University of Mary, and Minot State. The following
Friday, Feb. 4, Concordia hosts its annual Pentathlon.