Nov. 15, 1996
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Cross Country: Two Cobber Runners Hold Their Own In NCAA Meet
The women had seven runners and finished 15th out of 20 as a team. The top finisher on the women's teaam was freshman Joanne Maki, finishing 77th overall with a time of 20:13.
Also finishing with a time of 20:13 was freshman Rachel Hall, which gave her a 78th slot.
"We felt like we redeemed ourselves from the conference meet. It was a good way to end the season," Maki said. "We are excited to come back next year."
The only male competitor was freshman Jeff Edwards, who finished with a time of 23:17, which put him in 119th overall.
"It was a good learning experience," Edwards said, and he described this ending to the season as positive.
"Edwards has been our most consistent runner and our most valuable runner this year," said head coach Chris Schumacher.
Schumacher also added that he was pleased with Edwards' performance as a freshman and expects him to be a key part of the team's success next year.
Football Ends Season With Win
Carleton suffered a loss to Concordia last weekend as the Cobbers wrapped up their season in Minneapois at the Metrodome. A score of 36-26 gave Concordia football a winning record for the year, finishing 6-3 in the conference, 6-4 overall.
"It was a good overall performance by the offense and the defense," said junior linebacker Ryan Sannes. "It was a good overall team effort."
The Cobbers got their offense started when sophomore quarterback Ethan Pole hit senior wide receiver Tory Langemo for a 19-yard touchdown inthe first quarter. The scoring drive consisted of eight plays and covered 64 yards.
Langemo went on to haul in five more passes for a total of six during the day and 173 yards, averaging 28.8 yards per reception.
In the second quarter, the Knights came back to tie the score at seven on a four-yard touchdown run. Concordia then took over the first half, scoring 19 points in the last seven minutes.
Senior halfback Eli Schuff caught a five-yard touchdown pass, followed by a Langemo touchdown reception. At the end of the half, Sannes recovered a fumble and returned it 81 yards for a touchdown. Going in to the second half, the Cobbers had a 26-7 lead.
In the second half, senior fullback Mike Halvorson scored from one-yard out. Carleton then came back with 19 unanswered points, but fell short of a victory.
The Cobber football season is now over without a playoff appearance. The Cobbers finished the year fourth in the MIAC.
"It was a moderate success. Some people were probably expecting us to do better, record-wise," said Sannes. "I don't think we could have done anything better. Things just didn't work out for us."
Men's Soccer : Win Sends Soccer to NCAA
Bringing home an outright MIAC championship title, the men's soccer team defeated St. Olaf College 1-0 last Saturday.
"That's the proudest I have been of a team since I started coaching," said head coach Jim Cella. "They played with hearts that were 10x10 bigger than the other team's."
This is the first outright championship for the Cobbers after they shared the title with St. Thomas last year. However, last year the Tommies advanced to the national playoffs while Concordia stayed behind. With the win, the Cobbers made sure that didn't happen again.
Concordia will move on to West Regional play this weekend at Macalester College, The Cobbers are matched up against the Scots in one game, while Luther College plays the University of California at San Diego, both on Saturday. The winners of each game will advance to the region final on Sunday.
"Instead of pressure, there is more anxiety involved. It would be nice to do well. Our goal all year has been to be the regional champs," said senior goalie Chad Anderson. "There is definitely more excitement, especially since we haven't been there [playoffs] before."
In the big conference matchup against St. Olaf, defense reigned supreme. There were only 15 shots on the goal, with the Cobbers getting a 9-6 edge.
The only goal of the game came in the 53rd minute when junior midfielder Todd Hashbarger scored his ninth goal of the year.
The shot was assisted by midfielder Ryan Williams.
Holding that lead, senior goalie Chad Anderson posted his eighth shutout of the season.
With the loss, St. Olaf fell to third place in the MIAC with 14 points. Macalester finished second with 16 points, and the Cobbers secured the title championship with 18 points. For the regular season, the Cobbers were 9-1 in the conference and 12-3-2 overall.
When Concordia played Macalester earlier this year in Moorhead, the Cobbers handed the then seventh-ranked Scots a 3-2 loss in overtime. However, that does not necessarily mean the Cobbers have the edge this weekend.
"We know we can beat them, but we haven't beat them there. We can beat them if we play up to our potential," said Anderson.
However, going up against a fellow MIAC team in the first round may ease some tension.
"It is good that we are playing Macalester, because this is our first time in the playoffs and we have been in their surroundings," Cella said.
The draw will not be easy for Concordia, as all the other teams are proven. Some see the Cobbers as underdogs.
"UC-San Diego is lightning fast, but they will have a tough time with the weather," said Cella. "Now we are seen as the underdogs, kind of like the Rodney Dangerfield of the West Region."
Volleyball: Second at MIAC Tournament, Makes NCAA
For the second year in a row, Cobber women's volleyball heads to NCAA playoffs this weekend in Nebraska. This year the team plans to make a name for itself.
"Our goal now is to win regionals," said head coach Tim Mosser. "We want to be one of the best eight teams in the nation."
In the MIAC tournament, Concordia defeated Gustavus in quarterfinals. St. Benedict's in semi-finals, but then lost to St. Olaf in the final round. Both St. Olaf and Concordia will go on to compete against Iowa's Central College and Nebraska Wesleyan. Mosser feels this weekend will have many effects.
"Concordia, before last year, had never before been to a playoff," he said. "Now we expect to be in playoffs. That's a huge step for us."
For this weekend's round one tournament, Concordia will play St. Olaf while Central and Wesleyan face off. The winners of those two games will then fight for the nunber one rank in the region.
The NCAA divides colleges into eight regions, and the number one team from each region advances to round two of the playoffs.
"I'm expecting us to play the best we can and, if we do we can be the number one team," said sophomore hitter Laura Reitmeier.
If the Cobbers can beat St. Olaf, they may have an advantage, according to Mosser, because St. Olaf has beaten both Central and Wesleyan in regular season play. The biggest challenge for the Cobbers this weekend is working together as a team.
"Volleyball is a very mental game. If we're not together mentally, it's going to be a tough weekend," said Reitmeier. "That's the only obstacle I see."
In reflecting on the season, Mosser is pleased with the progress the team has made. No matter how the Cobbers fare this weekend, next year they should be a force to contend with, according to Mosser. All members will be returning and looking for a third playoff appearance. Despite the potential to set records next year, Mosser emphasizes more than a win.
"If they are going to play this game, it has to be fun," he said.
Swimming : Swimmers Standout at Gustavus, St. Ben's
Concordia's newest sports squad traveled to Gustavus and St. Benedict's over the weekend. The swim team lost to both sides, Gustavus 155-116 and St. Ben's 138-81. At an individual level, however, some swimmers placed well.
On Friday at Gustavus, freshman Janey Hill won the 1,000m freestyle with a time of 11:33.08 and the 500m freestyle in 5:41.16. At St. Ben's, Hill won the 500m free and the 200m free.
"I think the team did really well. We were surprised at how well we did. We did better than a lot of people expected," said Hill.
Freshamn Karyn Senst brought in a win in the 100m backstroke, placed second in the 200m relay and fourth in 100m free at Gustavus. At St. Ben's, she placed third in the 100m free and fourth in the 200lm.
Also placing for the Cobbers was sophomore Jill Backan. At Gustavus, Backman placed second in both the 100m backstroke and the 200m backstroke. At St. Ben's, Backman was third in the 100m backstroke and fourth in the 200m freestyle.
The medley team ranked third at Gustavus and St. Ben's. The 200m relay placed second at Gustavus.
Up next for the swimmers is the U of Minn. Invitational on Nov. 22-24. The meet will be largely a Division I and II meet.
"We'll be trying to mprove our times and see what competition is out there," said Backman.
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