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Concordia vs Hamline, 12:00 noon, Nov. 1 at Fargodome, in Fargo 

11/2 Forum Coverage of win over Hamline 

11/1 Concordia beats  Hamline 45-19 in Fargodome 
Concordia jumped to a 38-7 lead at the half and cruised to a 45-19 win over Hamline in the Fargodome today. See also other MIAC action Concordia kept it's hopes for a share of the MIAC alive. The cobbers are 7-2 overall, 6-2 in the MIAC, tied with St. John's and St. Thomas and one game behind Augsburg. Agusburg plays Bethel next week and St. John's plays St. Thomas. The Cobbers take on Carleton in the Metrodome at 2:00 Friday, Nov. 7. 

Play by Play | Box Score

Concordia (6-2 overall, 5-2 in the MIAC) hosts Hamline Saturday Nov. 1 in a game that the Cobbers have to win to keep alive hopes of a share of the MIAC title.  The 4-4 Pipers are out of the MIAC race at 3-4 but they beat pesky Gustavus last week and have improved each week. 

The Cobbers can still get a share of  the title with wins in their last two games and a loss by 6-1 Augburg to either Macalester this week (unlikely) or Nov. 7 at the Metrodome against Bethel (very possible). (See Balance of MIAC schedule

See box score of Hamline win over Gustavus

Hamline's preseason Preview: 
The 1996 season saw the Fighting Pipers slip to a 5-5 mark after nine consecutive winning seasons. The silver lining to that "dark cloud" was the fact that the '96 squad won four of its last five games. 

Quality leadership in 1997 will be provided by four senior co-captains: Jon Young at quarterback; Chad Stelzig (second-team All-MIAC in '96) on the offensive line; Neil Smith (second-team All-MIAC in both '95 and '96) at defensive tackle; and Nate Manderfeld at safety. These captains have a great supporting cast in the likes of wide receiver Ben Tressel and center Craig Mueller, both three-year letterwinners, and linebacker Dan Benning, a ferocious hitter on the defensive side of the ball. Hamline again faces an extremely demanding early season schedule with 1996's top three conference finishers as the Pipers' first three conference opponents. 

Hamline returns four starters on offense (21.0 ppg/312.0 ypg) and seven on defense (21.44 ppg/320.67 ypg). 

Head coach Dick Tressel, entering his 20th season at the helm, thinks that besides Neil Smith and his two sons, Ben and Luke Tressel, that the rest of the league "won't know who anybody is" on the Hamline roster. With that, Tressel knows that people will never pick Hamline, but he warns "never bet your whole house against them."

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