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Nov. 5, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Cobbers trample Macalester 40 point drubbing keeps
team tied for lead in MIAC
The Cobber football team routed Macalester Saturday, 40-0. Concordia's offense was lead by four running backs who scored touchdowns. The victory improves the team's record to 6-1 in the MIAC, keeping the Cobbers tied for the conference lead with only two games remaining. After the first quarter Concordia was up 14-0. After that the team just added to their lead.
"We were able to play our backup quarterback in the second quarter and then our starters came in and played in the third quarter," head coach Jim Christopherson said. "We played the entire second unit in the fourth quarter and came up with a 40-0 win. Plus, we didn't get any injuries. By playing some of our younger ones we were able to rest some of our starters."
The Cobbers rushed for 288 yards and passed for 155 yards.
"I would give credit to the line because they have been doing a good job this year," junior Len Crouse said. "If the defensive guy isn't there then he won't get us."
While the team did well against Macalester they also had 11 penalties for 75 yards.
"We weren't playing quite as disciplined football as we can," Christopherson said. "We were jumping offsides on their quarterback's cadence. We don't go on sound, we go on movement. In a big game even an offsides penalty could cost us the ball game. So we will have to be really disciplined this week."
The Cobber defense held Macalester's running game to just 42 yards on 30 attempts.
"I think a lot of it had to do with disguising our coverages really well," junior Mark Hankel said. "We'd come out in one coverage then we would communicate what coverage we were really in and go to it at the last second. Our pass rush was also pretty good."
Concordia's defense also continued to be tough on the pass as they picked off four interceptions.
"Their quarterback was a little bit more of a quarterback that showed us where he was throwing the ball," junior Jeff Hartquist said. "It made it a little bit easier to pick off the ball."
The Cobbers have an important game Friday against St. Thomas at the Fargodome.
"Our line will have to do what they have been doing in the last couple of games which is to dominate," Crouse said. "If line outplays their line then we will win."
On the defensive side of the ball the Cobbers will try to stop St. Thomas' balanced offense.
"St. Thomas will probably be our toughest test," Hartquist said. "Their quarterback is really accurate. We need to stop [quarterback] Greg Kaiser and their rushing game. They sort of have a full package on offense." Kickoff for tonight's game is set for 8 p.m. Students wishing to attend the game will receive free admission if they show their student IDs at the door.
Volleyball splits four matches at River Falls tourney
The Cobber Volleyball team split the River Falls Tournament two and two last Friday and Saturday.
Concordia topped Gustavus Adolphus College and Northwestern College and dropped two games to Stout and River Falls. The performance put Concordia's overall record to 12-18. The tournament does not count for anything beyond keeping their skills polished for this weekend's MIAC tournament.
"We know we will be the underdogs going into the tournament," said Leah Sanden a setter for the Cobbers. "Both Sam [Scariano] and Stacy [Davis] are on the injured list, so we aren't going in one hundred percent."
Concordia opened the weekend with a loss to Stout in five matches. The Cobbers won the first two matches, but Stout rallied to win the next two matches. In the last match of the game, Stout overcame Concordia in rally scoring 15-5 to take the game. Leah Sanden coordinated the Cobbers with 50 sets for the game.
The Cobbers refused to let their spirits down and won over Gustavus Adolphus College in four matches. The netters came out strong in the first two matches once again. Then Gustavus jumped in winning one match 12-15. Concordia refused to be defeated and pulled out the last game 15-9. Anne Larson and Stacy Davis led the Cobber attack with 14 kills each for the game.
"We played our best against Gustavus," said Sanden. "It was our second win against them and it kind of makes you feel good to beat the same team twice."
In their next match, the Cobbers faced Northwestern College. They opened on a strong lead winning the first two matches. Northwestern responded with a 15-13 win. The Cobbers regained control of the court when they fought to a 16-14 win to take the game in four matches. Larson led Concordia's offense with 17 kills, while Sam Scariano contributed 15 kills.
"The season started out really frustrating," Sanden noted. "But then we peaked and it put some confidence back in us."
Concordia's final match up was against River Falls, the host of the tournament. River Falls swept past Concordia in three quick matches to take the game.
Now the Cobbers are looking forward to the MIAC tournament Nov. 5 and 6. The tournament will determine if the Concordia will continue on playing or not.
"Anything is possible," Sanden said. "Hopefully we will have a good day when we go into the tournaments."
Men's soccer out of contention
Concordia's men's soccer team hopes to finish up with a big win against rival St. John's this weekend.
With only six wins on the season, the Cobbers are disappointed with their performance.
"This is not where we wanted to be at the end of our season," said head coach Jim Cella. "We¹re fighting for sixth place."
The Cobbers have had an up and down season based on injuries and overall continuity.
"They've played really well in spurts," Cella said. "Unfortunately, soccer is more of a marathon sport."
Although their MIAC standings are not that great, the Cobbers are ready to shut down St. John's, a long time rival.
Coach Cella, a former Johnny player and coach, says that many bragging rights are sitting on this game.
"Our guys know their guys," Cella said. "This will be a great game." Two Concordia players are in the running for setting Concordia records in the MIAC.
The record is now at eight for the season, and both Singer and Spaulding already have seven goals. They could also break the MIAC record for most points in a season, according to Cella.
The Cobbers will be losing nine seniors this year. "It's been a great senior class," said Cella, "a win over St. John's would be a good way for them to go out."
Women's soccer ends season
The Cobber Women's Soccer season ended on a positive note, last Saturday, with a 3-2 win at Bethel. With the win, the team sets its final mark at 12-6 overall, 4-6 in the conference, eighth in the MIAC.
The twelve wins represent the most in team history.
This year's successful Cobber team was characterized by resiliency and a healthy team concept. Though many obstacles presented themselves throughout the season, including numerous injuries and the loss of a goalie, the Cobber women always managed to remain competitive.
"This is the closest team I've ever been a part of," said senior Julie Fretheim. "We worked through so much to succeed, and gave everyone a run for their money."
For senior captain Allison Daehlin, the win against Bethel was especially sweet because of the opportunity it presented. Daehlin had returned to the field for the Cobbers just one game before, against doctors' orders, after missing 10 games with a stress fracture in her foot.
"The team just worked so hard all year, and it was so wonderful to get out there and spend the last two games of my career on the field instead of on the sidelines," said Daehlin. "The win made it that much better."
The Cobbers graduate four seniors this year, Daehlin, Fretheim, Kristen Hetland and Allison Smith. Though their leadership and abilities will be missed, the lessons learned in 1999 will remain with the team of 2000. "I think we've left [the underclassmen] a good little map," said Fretheim. "They'll be great next year."
The little map reinforces the building of a team for years to come, one that lends itself to honor and respect.
"I'm just so proud of the girls and the way they've survived as a team," said Coach Dean Hashbarger. "Other coaches told me that me they could recognize our players' understanding of the game and plain soccer ability. This year we earned a lot of respect in a really tough conference."
Several other milestones were reached this season, including a team assist record of 81, and the individual season interception record, set by Freshman Kristen Orme with 149. Junior Jordi Kortan and freshman Kendra Lee tied in setting the individual mark of five goals in a game.
Puck is ready to drop for men's hockey team
The Concordia men's hockey team opens its season this weekend and will rely on experience to lead them throughout the entire year.
After reaching the MIAC finals last season, the Cobbers lost only four players to graduation.
"We return a lot of experience," said head coach Steve Baumgartner. "We're pretty much senior-dominated on defense so that's our strength." This year's defensive team will provide a big boost for the Cobbers with returning All-MIAC goalie junior Bryan Howard and two-time All-MIAC defenseman senior Rob Gramer.
Last year the Cobbers finished third in the MIAC with a 9-5-2 record, 14-12-3 overall, and hope to finish at the top again this year.
"Our team unity is so strong," Baumgartner said. "Their work ethic is also strong and that's what is going to keep us on top."
According to Baumgartner, the MIAC race is going to be a tight one this year.
He cited St. Thomas as the team to beat, but added that St. John's, Gustavus and Bethel have greatly improved.
"We're stronger than we were last year, but everyone is," he said. The Cobbers will open their season today at Hamline, a team that has only three returning players.
"We have to make sure we don't take them lightly," Baumgartner said. "They are going to win a lot of games by enthusiasm."
Something new for the Cobbers this year is the fact that the MIAC has a schedule that includes games against the NCHA, and therefore will be playing some of the top teams in the nation.
"This makes for a much more exciting year for us," Baumgartner said. "I think we're ready for it. There's no doubt in my mind."
The Cobbers do have one overriding goal, however.
"Our main goal is to make sure you're ready to play every night because there's going to be someone always right behind you," Baumgartner said. "It's up to those players to stay in the line-up."
The Cobbers first home stand will be next weekend against St. Mary's.