| Feb. 6, 1998 Concordian
| Cobber Sports |
Hockey | Swimming | Women's BB | Track |
Swimmers Swimmers blow Macalester away
Concordia's Swimming and Diving team swept away their competition last weekend. The team won their meet against Macalester 163 to 73. The team took first place in 12 of the 13 events.
"We have a lot of talent on the team," head coach Connie
Kirchoffner said. "They're training really hard. There has been an
Sophomores Lindsey Bailey and Janey Hill, junior Erika Halvorsen and freshman Shana Letnes won multiple events at the meet. Hill took first place in the 800 meter freestyle and 400 meter freestyle. Bailey placed first in 50 meter freestyle and 200 meter backstroke. Halvorsen placed first in 1 meter diving and 3 meter diving. Letnes took first in three events: 200 meter individual medley, 200 meter breaststroke and 400 meter relay.
"We did really well in the stroke events," Kirchoffner said. "In the 400 [freestyle] relay we were only beat by a matter of seconds."
First-year student Carrie Bunger is looking forward to a successful end of the season.
"We've had a pretty successful season," Bunger said. "The conference meet will be exciting."
Bunger hopes the team will place in the top eight. She also hopes to qualify for nationals in the 500 meter and mile events. "At conference I'd like to score some points for the team," Bunger said. "Maybe [qualifying for] nationals will come with that."
The teams success can be attributed to hard work and talent, according to Bailey. "We're getting ready to swim fast at conference," Bailey said. "We have a lot of talent this year and people who are working really hard."
Up next for the Cobbers is a home meet on Saturday against St.
make fresh start in game two
The Zamboni cleared the ice, making it fresh again. The Cobber hockey
team was also looking for a fresh start against St. Thomas after losing
the first game of the series Friday night 6-0. Saturday the Cobbers managed
to contain St. Thomas speed and stay focused with a 2-2 tie after the overtime.
In Saturday's game the Cobbers were able to keep the game scoreless until midway through the period, giving up a power play goal. The Cobbers had trouble clearing the puck from their zone and had a hard time keeping it in St. Thomas blue line.
The Cobbers appeared to have trouble keeping up with St. Thomas speed. They couldn't get a good shot on goal throughout most of the first period. In the final two minutes, the Cobbers were able to move around for a better shot but just couldn't get the puck past St. Thomas goalie.
In the second period St. Thomas scored an early goal on a rebound shot moving the score to 2-0, St. Thomas. Shorty after the goal, the Cobbers went on a power play but couldn't find the net as St. Thomas killed the penalty.
Putt lit up the red light midway through the second period on a Cobber power play. His inside shot went past the St. Thomas goalie's outstretched arm.
A short time later, there was a controversy on the ice as the referees stopped play with just over seven minutes left to play in the second period. There was a question as to whether a shot made by St. Thomas got inside the goal. But after a short conference the referees decided it had not crossed the goal line.
Concordia had several opportunities to score but couldnt capitalize
"We were down and needed something big," said Putt. "There was a sense of urgency, we needed to get something going."
With 2:55 remaining in the game Concordia tied the game 2-2 on a slap shot from the point by Putt. The goal was the second one of the game for Putt. "Josh Spaulding (sophomore) and Justin Stromme (freshman) brought the puck down the ice and made a centering pass across the ice," Putt said. "It was really exciting for me."
The defense didn't let St. Thomas get a good shot off for the rest of regulation play. The score was tied 2-2 going into the four minute overtime.
With 3:12 remaining in the game, St. Thomas appeared to have scored the game-winning goal. But a St. Thomas player was called for interfering because he slammed into freshman goalie Bryan Howard as he was clearing the puck. With 44 seconds remaining in the overtime there was a shoving match as one player from each team was sent to the penalty box after a shot on goal by the crease of St.Thomas net.
Overtime ended in a 2-2 tie. Howard finished the game with 30 saves.
In the first period of Friday's contest against St. Thomas, the Tommies went out to a 1-0 lead. In the second period the Cobbers let three goals sneak by as St. Thomas took a 4-0 lead. In the third period the Cobbers were again held scoreless while St. Thomas nailed another two goals to finish the game with six. The final score was 6-0 in St.Thomas favor. Bryan Howard had 30 saves in the first two periods of play. "I took Howard out of the game not because I thought he was playing badly but to try and change the direction of the team that night," said head coach Steve Baumgartner. Senior Peter Hamilton had three saves in the third period but gave up two goals.
At the end of the game, tempers flared up a bit on the ice between the players. "The referee lost his cool. It was an overreaction on his part," said Baumgartner. Freshman Mike Gast wanted to shake hands with the other team members after the game, but the referee wouldn't let him and ruled Gast ineligible for Saturday's game. The Cobbers also lost senior Greg Salvevold and junior Justin Reinholz for Saturday's game, in a separate incident.
Concordia is on the road for the next four games, and then the Cobbers return home to face Augsburg Feb. 20 and 21. "We are in the top half of teams in the league. We need to win the next four games to get into the playoffs," said Baumgartner. "I think the Augsburg series will be huge."
Putt echoed the coach saying, "We must win
all the rest of the games, maybe only losing one. We also need
to be more physical and shoot the puck better."
Women's Basketball Women hoopsters on a rockin' roll
Concordia women cruised to a 76-58 victory over Macalester Wednesday night in St. Paul, moving their overall record to 13-5. They now stand at 11-4 in the MIAC.
Freshman Sara Spears led the Cobbers with 15 points. Senior Leah Sonstelie tallied nine rebounds. Amy Amundson scored a game-high 18 points for Macalester, but it wasn't enough to stop three Cobbers in double digits. Sonstelie tallied 14 points, and Rebecca Karli, freshman, added 11.
In MIAC action earlier this week, the Cobbers beat Carleton 77-63 Saturday. The leading scorers for Concordia were Rebecca Karli with 17 points and Leah Sonstelie with 16 points. After the first half Concordia had a slim lead 27-25. Concordia came out of the locker room and put the game away, outscoring Carleton 50 to 38 in the second half.
The team shot better against Carleton, shooting 44 percent from the field. After Saturday's win the Cobbers were tied with Gustavus for third place in the MIAC.
Concordia hosts St. Olaf Saturday and St. Catherine's on Wednesday in more MIAC contests.
Concordia hosted Bemidji State last weekend in a dual meet in Olson Forum. Junior Jeremy Blake took first in the 800 meter in 1:59.90. In the triple jump, freshman Adam Strainer placed first with a distance of 43-2 1/2. Freshman Andrew Fritz jumped 6-4 feet to win the high jump contest.
Top five finishers are as follows:
Saturday the Cobbers hosted a pentathlon. Freshman Jeff
Hertel won the long jump, 20-2 1/4. In the shot put competition, Buchholz
took first with 37-1 1/4. Crouse
jumped 6-0 in the high jump for first place.