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Feb. 18, 2000 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Men's hockey glides into postseason play
The Concordia men's hockey team swept MIAC foe Gustavus last weekend to finish with the best conference winning percentage in Cobber history.
"It was one of our goals," junior goalie Bryan Howard said. "It's always nice to go down in the record books."
"We're peaking at the right time," Howard said. "We're scoring when we have the chance."
In a performance that would help him to earn MIAC player of the week honors, freshman Brian Nelson led the Cobbers with five goals and an assist. Howard had 22 goalie saves in the first game, and senior goalie Shawn Morse added 22 goalie saves in Saturday's shutout.
The Cobbers, who have clinched home ice the first round of playoffs, still have a chance at the MIAC title if St. Thomas loses this weekend. Even if this doesn't happen, Howard says they are proud of the season they have been having.
"We've accomplished what we wanted to do," he said.
He added that their goal is to win the conference playoffs and compete in the national tournament.
The Cobbers will have their
last regular season match-up this weekend at the United
States Air Force Academy rink. The puck drops tonight and tomorrow
night at 7:05 p.m.
Cobber Men's Basketball |
Men's basketball looking to end on a positive note
With only one game remaining on its schedule, the men's basketball team strives simply finish out the season. The Cobbers most recent action had them dropping two games to St. Olaf and St. Mary's, pushing their record to 9-14 overall and 7-12 in the MIAC.
"Both games were games we felt like we didn't play as well as we could have," said senior guard Matt Anderson.
The Cobbers Saturday loss to St. Olaf was not what the Cobbers hoped for or expected. The Olies opened strong and stayed in control throughout the game, with Concordia trailing 44-34 at halftime. A run early in the second half brought the Cobbers within one point of the lead. But Concordia could not hang on to its momentum, and fell behind again to lose the game 78-70. Concordia's sophomore center Jeff Ubben led all scorers with 21 points. Senior guard/forward Joe Ford offered up 17 points and 9 rebounds for the game, and junior guard Garrett Greterman added 11 points for the Cobbers.
"With St. Olaf we were expecting to do pretty well," Anderson said. "But we were struggling just to stay in it."
On Monday night, Concordia traveled to St. Mary's in hopes of seeing a victory. The Cobbers fell behind again in the first half, allowing St. Mary's to build a substantial 38-27 halftime lead. Concordia rallied in the second half to outscore the Cardinals 27-24, but it was too little too late and the Cobbers lost 62-54. Ubben and Ford led Concordia with 14 points each.
"They came out and took off right away," Anderson said. "We did OK in the second half."
But whatever Concordia could muster wasn't enough.
Concordia faces Gustavus on the road tomorrow at 3 p.m. for their final game of the season. They want to play with feeling, in hopes of ending their up and down season on a good note.
"We really need to jump out and play hard with emotion,"
Anderson said. "When we do that we can play with everybody."
Women's Hockey |
Women's hockey learns from UND loss
In a game representative of the entire 1999-2000 season, Concordia women's hockey lost 4-2 to the University of North Dakota on Saturday.
Having struggled against MIAC opponents all year, the Cobbers hoped to pick up a victory against a young and inexperienced UND squad, still only a club program. Though both freshman Jennie Berger and junior Sandra Johannson contributed one goal and one assist to Concordia's effort, head coach Deb Lien was not pleased with the team's overall performance.
"We did against UND what we've been doing all year . . . playing down to the other team's level," said Lien. "This was an excellent opportunity for victory, but we were not able to play as good as we are capable of playing."
Something Concordia has struggled with all season is controlling the puck. Certain games this season have seen the Cobbers outshot by more than 60 shots-on-goal, and though the performance against UND was more balanced, with Concordia taking 18 shots to UND's 22, the Cobbers still failed to control the action.
"We were not as physical, and we let them control the game," Berger said. "We have the talent to do better than we are, but we first have to get over the mental part of our game and play within ourselves, instead of down to the level of the other team."
The Cobbers are only in their second year as a team, and are still prone to certain growing pains. Coach Lien hopes that this up and down season is only a small hump on the road to something bigger.
"It's still all a growing process," Lien said. "We're still building, looking for improvement, and gaining experience. As recruiting becomes easier and upper-class leadership emerges, we will only get better."
Concordia sees its next action
hosting St. Kate's. Faceoff for the
first game is tonight is at 7, the second game tomorrow afternoon at 2.
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Tough time for Wrestlers
Last weekend at the Saint John's Wrestling Triangular Meet, the Concordia wrestling team found out just how fierce college competition can be. Present at the meet besides Concordia were two nationally ranked teams, #20 University of Wisconsin Platteville and the #14 ranked Saint John's.
Concordia went head to head with UW-Platteville, but that seemed to be a challenge in itself. Only seven of ten Cobber wrestlers were able to participate in the meet, with three upper weight class absentees resulting in forfeits.
Commenting on his team's situation, head coach Doug Perry said his team was in over its head.
"They (Platteville) are twentieth in the country...we just didn't match up very well against them," Perry said. "Having hurt kids in our higher weight classes also makes a difference."
Despite the adversity the Cobbers encountered, Concordia did have a highlight in Zack Schroeder's victory over UWP opponent John Schimming. Impressive efforts also were turned in by freshman Brent Long and sophomore Rory Olson.
"Our kids are working hard," said Perry. "We just need to work more on our technique at practice and get ready for our next meet."
Next up for the Cobbers are
the MIAC Individual Conference Championships.
Hosted by Concordia this year, they will get underway tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Admission for the tournament is $5 for adults, and $2 for students with
a school ID.
Cobber Women's Basketball |
Women's basketball finishing strong
Still contending for a wildcard position in tournament action, Concordia women's basketball increased its chances at postseason play with a triumph over St. Olaf, 72-53 Saturday afternoon at home. The Cobbers now showcase a 14-4 record in the MIAC and 16-5 overall.
"We still have a chance of getting a wildcard," said freshman forward Jessica Miller. "So, we are still hopeful."
St. Olaf netted two free throws to open the game, but then the Cobbers went to work and controlled the court for the next ten points. With that strong start, Concordia was able to dominate and attack the basket for most of the game. The halftime buzzer rang with the Cobbers leading by twenty points, 42-22.
"We got off to a really good start and never lost focus," Miller said. "We have a lot of speed and push the court a lot."
Concordia maintained their commanding lead throughout the second half of the game, continuing the strong scoring and rebounding that first gave them the lead. St. Olaf tried to sneak back into the game with a 13-6 run early in the second half, but was cut short by the Cobbers' quick offense. Concordia ended the game with a lay up leaving the score 72-53.
The impressive offensive output was the product of improved accuracy, not only of individuals, but of the entire team.
"Our shooting percentage has gotten a lot better," said Miller.
Freshman guard/forward Kasey Bostow led all scorers with 19 points and 5 rebounds, junior forward Sara Spears added 13 points and 6 rebounds for the Cobbers, and sophomore forward/center Hilary Schutt contributed 10 points and 5 rebounds. Seven other Concordia players contributed to the rout.
The Cobbers now face securing a playoff position on the
road. Next Saturday they travel to Gustavus Adolphus College to challenge
the Gusties at 1:00 PM. Then on Wednesday,
the Cobbers continue on to Hamline University,
before ending their season at St. Mary's on
Cobber Women's Soccer |
Cella named new women’s soccer coach
Replacing 12-year head coach Dean Hashbarger, who was sighted as leaving for personal reasons, Cella now holds the top coaching position in both the men's and women's soccer programs.
Cella cites his love for his job as reason to take on the challenge of leading both programs.
“I love coaching soccer,” he said. “If someone asked you to do more of something you already love, wouldn't you jump at the opportunity?”
As men's coach, Cella has been decorated twice with MIAC coach of the year honors, in 1993 and 1995. His teams have also won MIAC titles twice, in 1995 and 1996. Cella said that he hopes his success with the men carries over into the women's program. His approach, likewise, will not change.
“I'll sit down and evaluate our strengths and weaknesses, just like I would with any other team, and then figure out what we have to work on,” Cella said.
Pipho notes that in taking on both the men's and women's coaching duties, recruiting takes on a new dimension.
“Jim's position is now full-time, and any time that happens, there is an increased devotion and dedication,” he said. “Jim already has great recruiting abilities. This will only direct more of his time and attention towards soccer.”
Cella is excited to tackle the increased but familiar responsibilities of his new position, and Pipho acknowledges that it is Cella's enthusiasm that will be his biggest asset.
“I think the energy that
he brings to the program is one of the keys to its future success,” said
Pipho. “We feel fortunate to have him in this dual role, at the head of
our men's and women's soccer programs.”
Cobber Swimming and Diving |
The Cobbers are at the MIAC
Championships this weekend.
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Track and field -
The Cobbers are
off this weekend.