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Feb. 4, 2000 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Men's hockey splits at home
The Concordia men's hockey team split two games with Augsburg last weekend in their last home stand of the season, winning 2-1 on Friday and losing 1-0 on Saturday. The split brings the Cobbers conference record to 9-2-1, currently first place in the MIAC.
"In retrospect, we faced a very tough goaltender," head coach Steve Baumgartner said. "He was the reason why the series was what it was." Concordia out-shot the Auggies during the course of the weekend, 84-35, but still only came up with only one win.
"We're still in control of our destiny," Baumgartner said. "The conference race is just a little tighter."
The Cobbers will be playing on the road for the remainder of the season, a fact that Baumgartner says isn't important to his team.
"The best team should win, no matter where you play it," he said. "On the road, you just have to get out and play hard."
The Cobbers will be traveling to St. John's this weekend for another conference tilt. The series is an important one for Concordia as they look to clinch a playoff spot.
"We can't let points get away at the end," Baumgartner said. The puck drops tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Cobber Men's Basketball |
Men's basketball wins two close games
The Concordia men's basketball team proved victorious this past week in tough MIAC action. Wins of 68-62 against 2nd ranked St. John's and 71-65 at Hamline improved the Cobbers to 5th in the conference, 7-7 in the MIAC, and 9-9 overall.
"We played well together, took care of the ball, and didn't make many turnovers," said junior guard Garrett Greterman. "We know what we have to do and get it done."
Concordia pulled out a squeaker with St. John's, who held a 10-2 record coming into the game last Saturday. The Cobbers jumped into the game with a 4-1 lead. St. John's countered with six quick points. The score stayed close as the two teams flexed their muscles. Concordia put on some extra speed to pull ahead 40-33 at halftime.
In the second half, the Johnnies crept back into contention, eventually pulling within one point of the lead. Concordia kept battling, though, and sealed their victory with a 6-2 run late in the game.
"Everybody was making plays," Greterman said. "Everybody stepped up when the game was on the line. That's why we were able to win."
The men were again on top of their game Monday night, topping Hamline in St. Paul. The Cobbers played well, sinking nearly fifty percent of their field goals. Their great shooting led to a strong 37-30 lead at halftime. In the second half, Concordia slowed the pace a little, but was able to muster enough in the end to get the win. Senior guard/forward Joe Ford led the Cobbers with a game high 17 points and five rebounds and junior guard Jon Hagar added 13 points.
"It's more difficult on the road when you are not used to the gym, it's a different atmosphere." Greterman said. "It's easier to play on your home court where you have the crowd and are used to the floor." The home court, however, did not prove friendly to the Cobbers Wednesday night. Their 73-67 loss to Gustavus dropped Concordia into a tie for sixth in the MIAC.
Women's Hockey |
Women's hockey loses--Team hurting after facing St.
The Concordia Women’s Hockey team lost two home games to St. Mary’s University last weekend, falling 4-0 on Saturday and 9-0 Sunday. The two losses dropped Concordia to 1-7 in the MIAC and to 8-9 overall. St. Mary’s, now ranked fourth in the nation, has a 8-0 record in the MIAC and 14-3-1.
“We played one of the toughest teams in the MIAC,” said head coach Deb Lien.
The story of the series can be seen in the shot-on goal differential. St. Mary’s 76 shots severely outpaced the six that Concordia was able to get off on Saturday. Similarily on Sunday, St. Mary’s had 77 shots-on-goal while holding Concordia to a mere 7. It made for a marathon performance by freshmen goalie Shyla Wilson.
“She’s very athletic,” said Lien. “She’s used to seeing lots of shots.” The Women’s Hockey team lost several defensemen due to illness and injury last weekend.
“We were down to 4 defensemen and playing between 3 and 4, usually playing two at a time. We had to double shift and that wore them (our defensemen) out,” said junior Hope Aune.
Aune herself was injured in the third period of Saturday’s game. In a collision with a St. Mary’s player, she sprained the MCL in her knee and also sprained an ankle.
“Hopefully I’ll be able to play next weekend,” said Aune. “We are skating with very tough teams and at least putting a good effort forth.” Lien echoed the same sentiment.
“It would be nice to play some weaker teams and gain some confidence,” said Lien. “We’ve played four conference weekends, three out of those were in the top 3 in the MIAC.”
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Wrestlers impressive at duals
Last Saturday, the Cobbers were one of six teams to compete at St. Thomas in the 10th annual MIAC duals. Augsburg won the event for the tenth year in a row, but this did not stop Concordia from wrestling with intensity, defeating Carleton 34-24 and coming close to beating St. Thomas with a score of 27-29.
Sophomores Zack Schroeder and Jason DuBord came away with 4-1 records, while fellow sophomores Aaron Swartz and Ryan Smith were 3-2 against their opponents. Although injuries forced the Cobbers to leave open two weight classes, the team showed in its individual performances a resilience that impressed head coach Doug Perry.
"Every one of our wrestlers wrestled tremendously hard," said Perry. Schroeder faced one of the toughest challenges of the meet when he went up against Augsburg's John Marchette.
"Zack had him until the end...that just proved that our kids have the ability to compete with the best," commented Perry.
Sophomore Mark Lowry, who is coming off of a knee injury, and freshman Brent Long, also showed noticeable improvement at the duals and have been doing so with every match they have wrestled in, according to Perry.
The Cobbers' main focuses right now, coach Perry stresses, are staying injury-free and keeping their mental toughness at its max. Their next chance to show their stuff will come at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday, when they host Jamestown.
Cobber Women's Basketball |
Women's basketball looking to rebound
Concordia women’s basketball lost at home 86-52 to St. Ben's last Saturday. The loss snapped the Cobbers' six game winning streak and knocked them out of their second place tie in the MIAC. The third ranked Cobbers now sport a 14-4 overall record and are 12-3 in the MIAC. Although several players made strong contributions, Concordia lacked the balanced scoring attack in this game that it had come to expect in previous games. Leading the Cobbers was Junior guard Brandi Myers who netted 15 points for the Cobbers. Junior forward Sara Spears and freshman guard/forward Kasey Bostow each contributed 10 points and 4 rebounds, and sophomore guard Mandy Berggren added 8 points for the Cobbers.
"They had a very good inside game," said senior guard Nikki Vetter. "There were two girls over six feet and it was just hard to get a shot over them."
Concordia opened the game with a lay-up from sophomore forward/center Hilary Schutt off of an assist by Spears. St. Ben's soon after entered the action and the two teams stayed within one point until St. Ben's controlled the court for four straight points. The Cobbers continued to trail throughout the first half. They worked their way back into contention at 20-21, but saw their position slip as St. Ben's finished out the first half 38-26.
"We played really well in the first half," said Vetter. "But the second half just got away from us." St. Ben's summoned their confidence, beginning the second half with a 7-2 run. Concordia continued to trail throughout the second half as St. Ben's outscored them 48-26. The Cobbers could not come up with the extra boost they needed to bring themselves back into contention in the second half, and the buzzer rang with Concordia trailing 86-52.
In the upcoming week, the Cobbers look to rebound against two tough teams on the road. The Cobbers will travel to Bethel and St. Thomas in hopes of reestablishing their dominance in MIAC play. "We're hard working and determined," said Vetter. "We are still up in third place."
Concordia did rebound from its St. Ben’s loss with a 74-35
win over Macalester Wednesday night. St. Thomas, St. Ben’s, and Gustavus
also won Wednesday night, leaving the Cobbers still in a tie for third
in the conference.
Cobber Swimming and Diving |
Swimmers set stage for postseason test
The Concordia swimming and diving team ended its dual meet schedule with an impressive 164-133 win at Macalester last Saturday. The win moves the Cobbers' record to 7-1, Concordia's best ever.
"We're very pleased with our record so far," said head coach Julie Lucier. "Macalester was one of our toughest duals of the year, and to come out with a win was exactly what we needed heading into the MIAC Championships."
Against a challenging Macalester squad, the Cobber swimmers managed many highlights, including 21 personal bests. Both freshman Sandi Schmitt and junior Lacy Wallace dropped time in three events, while four other swimmers also achieved new personal goals. Junior Shana Letnes set a team and pool record in the 100 breaststroke and Scmitt set a freshman record in the 200 backstroke.
Not to be outdone, Concordia divers also shared in the teams success at Macalester. Freshman Andrea Ross, Heidi Bale and Heidi Rickert each grabbed top spots in the 1-Meter and 3-Meter events, and Ross turned in the individual highlight of the meet, an NCAA Qualifying Score in the 1-Meter diving event. Ross needs at least one more qualifying score, or wins at conference in both high and low board events, to reach national competition.
"I think that the team and I owe a lot to our new diving coach, Heidi Rowe," said Ross. "She's got us working hard and staying positive, and thatís the key to any of our success."
In less than two weeks, the Concordia season culminates at St. John's, in the conference Championships. The Cobbers hope that what they’ve learned and accomplished in their dual schedule will lead them to post-season success.
"Mine and the team’s goal is to go into the conference meet with confidence," said Ross. "We know that we've improved since the beginning of the year, and if we go in consistent and positive, we should do well."
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Track and field reverses roles
Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams captured first place at last Saturday’s Concordia Quintangular. Usually, the Cobbers are dominated by the likes of Jamestown College and the University of Mary. But this time around Concordia finished ahead of both schools en-route to its two first place finishes.
"Jamestown has always crushed us in past years, so it feels pretty good to beat them," said head men's track coach Garrick Larson.
Leading the way for the Cobber men were the field event athletes. Junior Joe Schmidgall won the high jump with a leap of 6-6 3/4, junior Adam Strainer took home the triple jump as he went 46-6 3/4, and junior Joel Nelson won the weight throw with a toss of 52-5 1/2.
The key for the Cobbers, however, was the effort of all their athletes. In the 3000 meter run, sophomore Brian Klug and sophomore Brian Stotts finished fifth and sixth respectively, but qualified for conference and ran personal records in the process, which was the determining factor in beating the likes of Jamestown and Mary.
"We are utilizing our talent better this year," said Larson. "Everyone is coming along, which is the key to beating the top teams." For the women, the lead was taken by their throwers. Senior Maria DeBoer took second in the shot put with a throw of 41-3 1/4, which was good enough to provisionally qualify for nationals. Maria has also provisionally qualified in the weight throw.
"The throws are a big event for us," said head women's track coach Marv Roeske. "Right now, are throwers are looking really sharp.
On the track, the Cobber women were paced by junior Sara Grineski and freshman Katie Martin. Grineski took second in the hurdles and fourth in the 200. Martin won the 3000 meter run and ran one of the 10 fastest times in Cobber history.
"Sara is well ahead of last year, and Katie is making a huge impact," said Roeske.
Other top finishers for the cobber women were junior Jen Fettig, who placed second in both the triple jump and pole vault, and junior Beth Moen, who took third in the 3000, breaking a personal record and qualifying for the conference meet.
"We've gone against a lot of good teams," said Roeske. " I think that we are really prepared for the conference meet."
The men and women will face another good test at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, competing in the Bison Open at NDSU.
"This should be a good meet, where we can qualify a lot of people," said Larson.
Today, the Cobbers host their annual pentathlon. Action starts at 5:00 p.m.