- March 8, 2002
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Despite tough play, women’s hockey ousted
The Concordia College women’s hockey team lost 6-2 in the MIAC semi-final playoff round against Gustavus Adolphus College March 1 in Blaine, Minn.
Concordia held tough for two periods, but Gustavus pulled away from them in the final 20 minutes of play.
“We knew that we were the underdogs,” head coach Arnie Caplan said. “We had the attitude that we go out there and do our best.”
In the first period, Gustavus’ offense was dominating, but Concordia goaltender junior Shyla Wilson was able to stop the Gusties from taking advantage of its opportunities, making 19 saves in the period. The first period ended in a 0-0 tie.
“I think the team played better in playoffs than in regular season against Gustavus,” Wilson said.
After the first intermission, Gustavus came out and scored the first goal of the game at 1:13 in the second period on a shot by Nicole Guimond. The Cobbers held tough when they were two players short and then were able to capitalize on a Gustavus penalty to tie the game at 9:06 on a power play goal by sophomore Lindsay Kurtis.
However, the Gusties came back and scored at 13:07 from Sarah Moe to give Gustavus a 2-1 advantage. The Gusties Bobee Jo Lang added a power play goal at 14:16 to take a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.
“Gustavus scored three goals in second period to our one goal,” Wilson said. “They got the first shots and then the rebounds too. I felt that they got lucky on their first shot that went in. They had the momentum and kept going with that. They didn’t tire out as much in the third period as we did because they have more players.”
In the final period, Gustavus’ Katie Deschneau scored a short-handed goal at 4:14 to take a 4-1 lead. Kurtis answered back for the Cobbers scoring her second goal of the game on a power play opportunity to cut the lead back to two goals at 4-2. However, Guimond scored her second goal of the night on a power play at 5:34 to give Gustavus a 5-2 lead.
The final score of the game came from Gusties’ Moe, her second goal of the game, at 14:56 to give Gustavus a 6-2 lead over the Cobbers.
“We had a hard time in the neutral zone and clearing the puck out of
our zone,” Kurtis said. “We couldn’t gain the advantage of the neutral
zone and keep the puck in their zone. I don’t think we played our best
game, but Shyla played really well. I think Shyla is the reason we stayed
in the game as long as we did.”
“It reminded me of freshman year,” Wilson said. “Freshman year it was a common occurrence, but not a problem. I am used to it.”
Caplan credits Wilson with helping to keep the Cobbers within striking distance of the Gusties for much of the game.
“Shyla played extremely well and kept us in the game,” Caplan said. “We still had a chance to win the game up until midway through the third period. She made a tremendous number of huge saves, played with a lot of confidence and gave us the opportunity to win. We just didn’t generate the offense that we know we are capable of..”
In earlier action, the Cobbers won their first-ever playoff game Feb. 26 against St. Ben’s on an offensive burst 7-4 at the Moorhead Sports Center.
“I think it is a great experience for the players,” Caplan said. “You can’t teach experience. I think it is something to build on for the future.”
The Cobbers had a 3-1 lead after the first intermission, but the Blazers held tough in the second period. The Blazers held Concordia scoreless, while scoring two goals to send the game into a 3-3 tie going into the final period.
“Our key players played well,” Caplan said. “We kept battling back and we played hard.”
In the final period, St. Ben’s had opportunities, out-shooting Concordia 13-8, but could only convert on one chance. The Cobbers meanwhile were able to convert on half of its eight chances to finish with a three-goal advantage.
Wilson was strong in net for the Cobbers stopping all 30 shots from the Blazers including 12 saves in the final period. St. Ben’s Nicole Schwartz stopped 28 shots.
“They [St. Ben’s] probably had a little more momentum going into the third period, but I think the team did a good job of staying focused and they knew the whole season rested on 20 minutes,” Caplan said. “We came out and outworked them for the final 20 minutes. In the third period we outplayed them and the puck went in the net for us.”
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As indoor season ends, athletes ready for more
The MIAC indoor track meet was held last weekend at Carleton College, marking the end of the indoor season.
The Cobbers ran well, showing their hard work with an overall fifth place finish for the women and sixth place finish for the men.
Seniors Kelli Tranby and Becky Lacher highlighted the meet with their individual performances. Both were champions in their events and earned MIAC All-Conference. Tranby jumped a distance of 17-3 1/2 in the long jump and Lacher threw the weight a distance of 46-10 3/4, setting a new meet record.
“It’s a great feeling to set a meet record as well as being a MIAC champ. Four years of dedication to the team have finally paid off,” Lacher said.
Tranby also placed fifth in the 55 meter run with a time of 7.61, and was the lead leg of the fifth place finisher in the 800-meter relay with teammates Lesley Albertson, Kari Rosenfeldt and Sheena Berg.
Other Cobbers stealing the spotlight in field events were Erica Eastley, Mariah Mougey and Renee Splichal, who all earned fourth place finishes.
Eastley threw the shot put a distance of 39-1 1/4, Mougey tossed the weight a distance of 44-4 1/4 and Splichal vaulted a height of 10 feet.
Senior captain Joe Schmidgall led the men’s team with a second place finish in the high jump, earning him MIAC All-Conference. Schmidgall, after returning to action from a debilitating injury earlier in the season, jumped a height of 6-7.
“My injury was frustrating, but then I began to see it as a challenge to overcome,” Schmidgall said. “I wanted to show my teammates that if you strongly believe in something, you can accomplish anything.”
Teammates Paul Poduska and John Andan also placed in the high jump.
Andan also placed fourth in the 55 meter run with a time of 6.58.
The team consisting of Bobby Clark, Justin Hendricks, Mike McDonald and Chris Davison, finished second in the 800-meter relay with a time of 1:32.29 and set a new school record. This established them as being the fastest 800-meter relay finishers at MIAC in school history.
Seniors Brad Ragan and Barry Bennett placed in the shot put and weight throw. Ragan placed third in the shot put with a toss of 49-1 3/4 and sixth in the weight throw with 47-3 1/2. Bennett threw the shot a distance of 47-7, earning a sixth place finish.
Overall, both teams feel they performed well and look forward to the outdoor season.
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Concordia swimmers beat expectations
Concordia women’s swimming and diving team finished eighth at the 2002 MIAC championships and had four swimmers place in the top 16 in their individual events Feb. 23 at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
“We knew that we would have a tough time as a team because we are really young this year,” head coach Julie Lucier said. “Our goals were to have some individuals place and have all of our relays finish in the top eight, which they all did.”
Concordia’s top finish in the relays was in the 800-yard freestyle with a sixth place finish and a time of 8:26.59.
Freshman Kirsten Borchardt finished eighth in the 1650-yard freestyle. She had a personal best time swimming 18:48.24.
“It was great. There is no explanation for it,” Borchardt said. “It was the best meet of my life, so it felt really good. Getting a better time was my goal this year, but I didn’t think I would get that fast of a time.”
Borchardt also finished 13th in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:27.03.
“The coaching style was a big factor this year,” Borchardt said. “The season is run a lot different than high school. The season is longer, and instead of focusing on yards and endurance like in high school, the coaches focus on your style, which has really helped.”
Lucier said that Borchardt has been busy training this season working on improving her swimming technique.
“She came in knowing she had a few things to work on with her stroke,” Lucier said. “Kirsten was really open mined to changing her stroke. I think that is what allowed her to drop her time and get a career best time.”
Freshman Megan Johnson placed 12th in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:20.60, which is a new team record for the 200 butterfly. The old record from Feb. 17, 2001 was held by Lacy Wallace, ‘01, with a time of 2:23.28.
Johnson also finished 12th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:04.56.
“I just kept going at it hard and it all paid off at the end, but I didn’t always realize it during practice,” Johnson said. “I was tired at the end of the season and unsure at the end of how I would do. I was surprised with how well I did and am happy with the results.”
Sophomore Jenny Berg rounded out the top 15 individual finishers for Concordia at the MIAC championship taking 15th place in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:22.98.
“I think we did really well as a team this year for being so young,” Berg said. “This is sort of a building year. We have a large sophomore class and one goal we have is to be really united, try and encourage the younger swimmers and have lots of spirit.”