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Dec. 10, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Loss drops men's basketball to .500
(Note: This story went to press before completion of Wednesday night's 67-65 win over Carleton)
The Concordia College Men's basketball team surged ahead of Augsburg on Saturday, but slipped back behind in crutch time, as the Auggies beat the Cobbers 68-64.
The loss marked the MIAC opener for both Augsburg and Concordia. The loss brings each team to a 2-2 record overall. Concordia now holds a 0-1 record in MIAC play.
“We were playing a good team,” Nate Malchow noted. “But we should have won it.”
The Cobbers lagged behind in the early part of the game. The Auggies fed from Concordia's slow start, leading by up to 12 points throughout the first half. The Cobbers trailed by 10 points to the Auggies at the end of the first half.
“We had problems with their full court pressure,” Malchow said. “We tried to prepare our transition game because we knew they wanted to run and gun.”
The Cobbers rallied to bring their score back up in the second half. They sped up their offense and succeeded in tying the game. Concordia capitalized with five consecutive points around a technical free throw and moved into a five-point lead with just nine minutes remaining.
However, the Cobbers could not hold onto the lead and fell short at the end of the gam.
“In the second half we took it to them,” Malchow said. “We went up against their full court pressure and made some easy shots.”
Sophomore Jeff Ubben led the Cobbers with 20 points and 11 rebounds and senior Greg North added 10 points and 5 rebounds before he fouled out. Senior Joe Ford and sophomore Mike Syverson each contributed seven points apiece for the Cobbers.
“We know when crunch time comes we have to put the ball in the basket,” Malchow said.
Concordia looks to do just that in their next match up versus Carlton, which features only eight players. Concordia will strive to use their depth on the bench to win out in that game.
The Cobbers will play tomorrow at St. John’s
University where they hope to express their abilities in conference
Women's basketball continues winning ways
Concordia’s women’s basketball team rallied from a four point deficit with 1:33 to play to pull out a 63-58 home win over Carleton Wednesday night.
Concordia remained undefeated against Carleton in 35 games. The Cobbers are now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in MIAC action.
In previous action, the Cobbers posted an impressive victory over Augsburg on the road in its first MIAC game of the season 88-55. Augsburg came out playing physically, trying to throw the Cobbers’ game off, but Concordia stuck with its game plan to hold off the Auggies attack. The Cobbers shot 53 percent from the field, but had 31 turnovers.
“We need to cut back on turnovers, and we are working on that,” junior Sara Spears said. “I think we just need to be more disciplined and have more patience on offense. Sometimes we are rushing the ball and looking for a fast break when it's not there.”
Five Cobbers scored double digits against Augsburg. Senior Nikki Vetter led the Cobber scoring attack with 20 points including five three-pointers followed by junior Brandi Myers who had 19 points including three three-pointers along with seven steals and four blocked shots.
“As a team we are probably ahead of last year,” Spears said. “Overall we are a better team, but there is a lot to improve on. [However] there is a lot of talent on the team. We still need to work on learning how to play together and not make the mental mistakes we have been making. We need to be tough mentally.”
The team looked poised and confident in its first test of the MIAC season. Concordia blazed ahead of Augsburg, building a 41-27 lead by half time.
“I think we executed on offense a lot better, and we got the easier buckets,” head coach Kathy Wall said. “Our defense was more intense, and therefore we got the steals and the lay-ups. Plus they played zone so we were able to shoot a lot more threes. We need to make sure [that] defensively we are aggressive. When we are aggressive, offensively it becomes a lot easier, and you need those easy shots.”
The Cobber defense did not allow Augsburg get easy shots, holding the Auggies to 23 percent shooting. Meanwhile, the Cobbers’ offense, which had been somewhat lacking thus far, came alive at the right time.
“They have a good team,” Spears said. “We knew that they were 0-2, but they were close games. We knew we needed to come out and play our style of ball and not try to play their type of game.”
The team looked good despite some mental mistakes in the first half. The Cobbers rebounded well defensively, but struggled on the offensive boards.
“At Augsburg they went on a 7-0 run, and we can't let that happen,”
Wall said. “The type of game we play, it's a lot of spurts. However, we
need defensively to do a better job [of] not letting them get the seven
Men's hockey remains unbeaten in MIAC
The Concordia men's hockey team remains unbeaten in conference play. The Cobbers defeated and tied St. Olaf last weekend in two games. In Friday's game, the Cobbers trailed 1-0 in the first period, but rallied for a 3-2 victory.
“We did a good job of coming back when we had to and playing hard when we had to,” senior Guy Clairmont said. “They're one of the hardest working teams in the conference, especially on a small rink like theirs.”
Concordia sophomore Brady Burgess and senior Bryan Knutson each scored a goal in the second period to give the Cobbers a 2-1 lead before St. Olaf scored again to deadlock the score at 2-2. Senior Mike Guertin scored the game-winning goal in the third period on a pass from freshman Antonio Castaneda.
“We should've won both games,” senior Ken Putt said. “We didn't really stick to our system, and that cost us.”
“We haven't played a whole game yet,” he said. “We didn't have a strong first period in either game. We have to be more focused.”
The series showcased two of the top goaltenders in the conference, St. Olaf's P.T. Haider and Concordia's Bryan Howard. Howard had 53 saves on 56 shots over the course of the two games.
The Cobbers remain at the top of the MIAC with a 5-0-1 record, and 11 points.
“We don't know anything about them so we have to come out and feel them out,” Putt said. “It's hard to play against people you don't know about.”
This is the first year the Cobbers have faced NCHA opponents, and have found that the experience has been beneficial.
“It gives us a chance to look at how other teams play,” Clairmont said.
Women's hockey learns from losses
The Concordia Women's Hockey team lost twice to top-ranked Augsburg over the weekend, falling to 5-3 overall and 0-2 in the MIAC.
Going in, Coach Deb Lien knew that Augsburg would be tough to beat. She said that, although they lost, it was great experience for her team to play against such a skilled varsity team.
‘It was a learning experience for us,” said Lien.
According to Lien, Augsburg showed some of the players the physical play that can be attained at the college level. With Augsburg out-shooting Concordia 61-14 in the first game and 74-11 in the second.
“The girls weren't out-skated, they were basically out-shot,” Lein said.
Lein said that her team does not know what to expect when they host Eau Claire, a Wisconsin club team, this Saturday and Sunday.
Concordia has improved their lines, according to Lien.
“For the last four to five games, we've had pretty consistent lines,” said Lien. “The third line is just as good as the second line.” Being in its first year in existence, the team is building confidence and skills in each game.
“What we can apply from game to game is very important,” Lien said. “We're the new team in the league.”
Wrestlers host innaugural Cobber Invite
The first annual Concordia Cobber Invitational Wrestling Tournament featured two Cobbers in championship matches. Sophomore Zach Schroeder in the 133 class and sophomore Adam Richter in the 184 class both finished second, capping for Concordia a rushed but otherwise smooth and successful tournament.
Because of the Saturday afternoon Concordia Christmas, the Cobber Invitational was hurried from the start. Despite circumstances, the tournament went off without a hitch and drew compliments from coaches and players alike.
“The tournament was a success,” said Cobber coach Doug Perry. “Things ran smoothly...better than we could have even imagined. We received a lot of positive comments from other coaches, and people were very impressed with our facilities.”
The success of the tournament has guaranteed an encore next year. “Several coaches talked of bringing more wrestlers next year, they liked the tournament so much,” said Schroeder.
The tourney's competition was impressive, with eight teams making the trip to Concordia. While defending national champion Northern Montana was not able to make the tournament as originally planned, high caliber competition was still present in the likes of University of Mary and Dickinson State, who took nine of the ten tournament weight classes. It was a challenge for the Cobbers, but the diversity and level of competition was appreciated.
“Our boy's wrestled well,” Perry said. “There was a lot of good, good competition, but we worked hard. As our two championship qualifiers indicate, we were able to hold our own.”
The tournament was a great way for the Cobbers to see where they stack up against some of the toughest competition they’ve faced so far. “It was really good for us to get out there against some tough competition," said Richter. The variety of completion is good for testing where your at as a wrestler.”
Swim team obtains milestone victory
Concordia’s swimming and diving team achieved a milestone on Saturday, winning their first invitational tournament.
The team came out on top of the seven team invitational, 22.5 points ahead of second place St. Thomas.
Freshman Andrea Ross won both of her diving events to help push the Cobbers to victory.
Senior Janey Hill has been on the team throughout its entire existance. Hill said that this was one of the most impressive performances in team history.
“It’s a big step for our team,” Hill said. “For only a fourth year team to be in the middle of the conference standings is pretty impressive. We’ve got teams that have been aroud for ten or 11 years that are behind us.”
Junior Shana Letnes took first in two events. Hill placed first once, as well as junior Carrie Bunger. The Cobber Medley Relay team, consisting of Letnes, bunger, freshman Sandi Schmitt, and sophomore Meghan Davis, also placed first.
New pool records were set in the 100 meter breaststroke by Letnes, and in one and three meter diving by Ross.
“It was really great to see the potential our team has,” Hill said. “I’m just really impressed with the entire team.”
The team wil host St. Mary’s tomorrow in a dual meet. Hill said that
the team has a very good chance of winning the meet.
Estenson selected to compete in Aztec Bowl
Concordia senior Jake Estenson, a two time All-MIAC honoree and 1999 Cobber Captain, has been picked as one of 40 Division III players making up the American squad for the December 18 Aztec Bowl football game in Mexico City.
The Aztec Bowl, sponsored by the American Football Coaches Association, matches a group of USA Division III All-Stars against a Mexican All-Star Team. Kickoff is set for noon on Dec. 18 at Polytechnic University in Mexico City.
The US team will be coached for the third consecutive year by former Central of Iowa head coach Ron Schipper.
Estenson will be the second Cobber to take part in the Aztec Bowl. Tory Langemo played in the 1997 game, the first year that this game was sponsored by the AFCA. He caught 5 passes to help the USA post a 42-41 win.
Estenson was the most productive player on the Cobbers’ offensive line
for the second consecutive year, leading the Cobbers on a chase for the
MIAC title that lasted until the season finale.