This Week in the MIAC - Nov. 9, 2016

This Week in the MIAC - Nov. 9, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- "This Week in the MIAC" takes a look at the top stories and news items from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) and its 13 member institutions each week. Every Wednesday, MIAC staff select the top news item of the week from each institution, and highlight the top five stories from around the league. The weekly feature also includes other top stories from the conference, a look at the Athletes-of-the-Week, the latest installments of the MIAC Weekly podcast and Friday Feature series, as well as a look ahead to the upcoming weekend schedule.

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THE TOP THREE

Ted Mullin Hour of Power brings MIAC & more together for great cause
Tuesday, Nov. 8, was a big day beyond the presidential election. It was also the 11th-annual Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research. It was created to honor the memory of Carleton swimmer Edward H. "Ted" Mullin, who passed away from synovial sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in September 2006. The event was created by Carleton College swimming and diving and has been quickly embraced by not only MIAC opponents but the entire swimming and diving community at various levels. 

The annual swim relay fundraiser honors people who are fighting or have succumbed to cancer. In the event's first 10 years, participating teams have raised more than $630,000 to support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer. For more information on Ted Mullin and the Hour of Power, visit Carleton's web site, and some teams also promoted with stories or information on their web sites, which are linked below. 

| Carleton | Gustavus | St. Thomas

MIAC champions crowned, NCAA tournament up next
The MIAC crowned four champions on Saturday, with No. 4-ranked St. Thomas earning at least a share of the football championship, as well as the MIAC's automatic NCAA bid, and the three MIAC Playoff championship titles were won by St. Thomas men's soccer, Augsburg women's soccer and Gustavus volleyball. All three also received the conference's automatic bids to their respective NCAA Tournaments.

The soccer and volleyball NCAA fields were announced Monday, and the St. Thomas women's soccer and volleyball teams both earned at-large bids to give the MIAC six teams already that earned spots in their respective brackets. For full details on the MIAC's NCAA-bound soccer and volleyball teams, visit the conference's "Selection Monday" press release. The league will await the final football games of the season this Saturday and Sunday's NCAA selection to see if any additional teams – such as No. 8/9-ranked Saint John's or (RV) Concordia – join the Tommies in the football bracket as well. 

#thankyourSID
CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) is celebrating the inaugural CoSIDA Membership Recognition Week Monday through Sunday, November 7-13. The purpose and goals of this weeklong acknowledgement are to show of appreciation for athletic communications and sports information directors, to showcase their efforts and accomplishments, and to bring positive recognition to them and to their work in promoting student-athletes, their coaches and administrators, and their institutions and conferences. The MIAC would like to publicly thank its 13 sports information directors and their many assistants and student workers for all they do for the MIAC and their schools, teams and student-athletes.

SIDs are the strategic communicators for college athletics. They are the publicity arm of the athletics department and devote many hours to their craft. On game days the can be found in the press box, on the court or on the field in a variety of capacities, including assisting media, tending to statistics, or setting up the scorer's table. In the office they can be found editing media guides, coordinating social media and videos, writing press releases and recaps, or serving as the athletics spokesperson. The SID role is wide ranging and requires many hours inside and outside the office. Be sure to thank your SID this week, either in person or on social media using the hashtag #thankyourSID.


SPECTACULAR SERVICE PROJECTS & SPECIAL EVENTS

Hamline SAAC and Special Olympians compete in 3rd Annual Bean Bag Tournament
The Hamline Piper student athletes were busy on Sunday, as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted over 50 Special Olympics for their third annual Bean Bag Tournament.  The entire athletic department came together to help put this event on, with over 100 Hamline athletes volunteering.  The day was filled with Bingo, Bean Bags and Basketball games all with Hamline Student Athletes participating with the Special Olympics athletes.  The tournament was set up as a March Madness like format with brackets set up for the athletes to compete throughout the day. | Full Story |

CSB SAAC goes trick or treating for food pantry
The College of Saint Benedict Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) group was busy trick or treating over Halloween weekend – but the student-athletes weren't out looking for candy. Instead, the group went door-to-door collecting food for a local food pantry. When all was said and done, SAAC collected more than 100 bags of groceries that weight more than 1,000 pounds. All of the food will be donated to the Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Cloud. | Full Story |

Veterans Appreciation Night set for Friday
When the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota men's hockey team squares off against Bethel at the Saint Mary's Ice Arena on Friday, Nov. 11, the Cardinals will be honoring all veterans as part of the seventh annual Veterans Appreciation Night. During this year's Veterans Appreciation Night, which will begin at 6:50 p.m., the VFW Post 1286 Color Guard will present the colors during the national anthem, and throughout the game, each branch of the U.S. Military will be honored, with special thanks given to those who have served or are serving our country. | Full Story


IN THE POLLS

FOOTBALL

D3football.com Top 25
4. St. Thomas
8. Saint John's
(RV) Concordia

AFCA Coaches' Poll
4. St. Thomas
9. Saint John's
RV. Concordia 

NCAA West Region Rankings
2. St. Thomas
6. Saint John's
9. Concordia 

VOLLEYBALL

AVCA Top 25
RV. Gustavus
RV. St. Thomas

NCAA Central Region Rankings
2. Gustavus
4. St. Thomas
5. Augsburg
7. Bethel
8. Saint Mary's 

MEN'S SOCCER

NSCAA National Rankings
8. St. Thomas

NSCAA North Region Rankings  
1. St. Thomas
7. Macalester

NCAA North Region Rankings 
1. St. Thomas 

WOMEN'S SOCCER

NSCAA National Rankings
20. St. Thomas
RV. Augsburg

NSCAA North Region Rankings
2. St. Thomas
3. Augsburg
9. Bethel

NCAA North Region Rankings
2. Augsburg
4. St. Thomas
8. St. Catherine

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

USTFCCCA National Poll
14. St. Olaf
RV. Saint John's

USTFCCCA Central Region Rankings   
T1. St. Olaf
5. Saint John's
7. Gustavus
10. St. Thomas
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

USTFCCCA National Poll
28. St. Thomas
30. Carleton
33. St. Olaf

USTFCCCA Central Region Rankings  
2. St. Thomas
3. Carleton
4. St. Olaf
6. Saint Benedict
7. Macalester 
MEN'S HOCKEY

USCHO.com Poll
11. Augsburg
RV. Saint John's

D3hockey.com Top 15
12. Augsburg
RV. Concordia
RV. Saint John's 
WOMEN'S HOCKEY

USCHO.com Poll
9. St. Thomas
RV. Saint Mary's
RV. Augsburg
RV. Concordia
RV. Gustavus

D3hockey.com Top 10
RV. St. Thomas
RV.Augsburg

ATHLETES-OF-THE-WEEK

The MIAC Football Athlete-of-the-Week awards were claimed by players that excelled in each phase of the game Saturday. Concordia's Michael Herzog received the offensive honor after racking up more than 100 passing and 100 rushing yards in his team's win. St. Thomas' Michael Alada collected two interceptions and a fumble recovery to win the defensive honor, and Gustavus' Casey Decker's punting played a big role in the field-position battle to give him the special teams award.

The MIAC Hockey Athlete-of-the-Week awards went to a pair of players who scored some big goals for their teams over the weekend. Hamline's Russ Jordan scored the game-winning goal in each of the Pipers' two wins and they swept St. Olaf to open MIAC play. Concordia's Jess Nelson had a three-point weekend with two goals – including one game-winner – as the Cobbers earned a win and a tie against UW-Stevens Point. 

The two MIAC Swimming and Diving Athletes-of-the-Week both impressed in the sprint freestyle races. Both Saint John's Kenny Bergman – the men's winner – and Carleton's Caroline Mather – the women's honoree – won titles in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races last week and also helped their team to some impressive relay showings as well. 

| Football/Hockey Athletes-of-the-Week | Swimming and Diving Athletes-of-the-Week |


MIAC WEEKLY

MIAC Weekly - Episode 155 - 11.1.16

Last week, Host Mike Gallagher looked at all the big stories from the fall sports Playoffs and Championships, and he looked ahead to another great season of women's hockey in the conference with Saint Mary's Head Coach Terry Mannor.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!


COMING UP

Here's a look at another big weekend ahead in the MIAC. Use the links below to see the schedules and follow the games live via the MIAC Scoreboard.

| Friday | Saturday | 


AROUND THE LEAGUE

Take a look at this week's top news item from each of the MIAC's 13 institutions, selected by MIAC staff from each institutions's athletic web site.

Jump to: | AUG | BU | CAR | CON | GAC | HU | MAC | CSB | SCU | SJU | SMU | STO | UST | 


AUGSBURG | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Playoff champs – Auggies win MIAC crown
For the second time in the last three seasons, Augsburg College won the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's soccer playoff championship, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament with a 1-0 win at the University of St. Thomas on Saturday afternoon. Marta Anderson (SR, Mankato, Minn./Mankato East HS) scored the lone goal of the game at the 15:25 mark, claiming a loose ball and putting a shot from distance just above the St. Thomas goalkeeper to the top left corner of the goal, giving the Auggies a 1-0 lead. For the third straight game in the playoffs, Augsburg's defense held firm throughout, earning the team's 14th shutout of the season and the sixth for goalkeeper Marissa Guillou (JR, Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley HS), who had six saves.

| Full Story |

BETHEL | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Royals roll to 62-27 win over Augsburg
The Bethel University football team played another epic game with Augsburg College as the two schools engaged in another back-and-forth affair, for one half at least, as the Royals distanced themselves from the Auggies in a big way in the second half for a 62-27 victory. The Auggies had plenty of tricks lined up for the Royals in their season finale as they successfully ran two fake punts, one for a 70-yard touchdown, recovered an onside kick and threw a halfback touchdown pass, all in the first half. Even with all of their tricks however, the Auggies still trailed 35-27 at halftime. The Royals defense pitched a second half shutout while the offense did not slow down and used some tricks of their own to pull away from the Auggies.

| Full Story |

CARLETON MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Women's Tennis Coach Luciano Battaglini enjoys experience with world-class coach
If the collection of awards, certificates, plaques, and trophies overflowing from the office of Carleton College women's tennis head coach Luciano Battaglini weren't already impressive enough, the three-time MIAC postseason and regular-season champion has a shiny new addition to his arsenal of accolades. On October 16, Battaglini served as demonstrator for Magnus Norman, coach of current world No. 3 singles player and former US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, at Norman's conference on modern player development at Lifetime Fitness in Bloomington, Minn.

| Full Story |

CONCORDIA | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Second-half success secures Troll Trophy
Concordia lived up to the cliché "it's not how you start the race, it's how you finish it", as the Cobbers outscored St. Olaf 28-0 in the second half and beat the Oles 42-13 in the annual battle for the ugliest rivalry trophy in college football. Concordia led 14-13 at the half but then put up a pair of touchdowns in each of the third and fourth quarters to seize control of the Troll Trophy for the fifth straight season. The win also sets up a showdown with St. John's for second place in the MIAC, and a possible at-large berth into the NCAA playoffs, in the regular season finale next weekend. The 28-point second half helps Concordia move to 7-2 in all games and 6-1 in the MIAC. The Cobbers have the identical record as the Johnnies entering the last week of the 2016 regular season. Concordia has now won four straight and seven of the past eight.

| Full Story |

GUSTAVUS | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |


Volleyball claims second-straight MIAC Playoff championship
For the second straight season, the Gustavus volleyball team is bound for the national tournament after claiming the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Playoff Championship, defeating Bethel University in four sets. The Gusties won by set scores of 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 25-23, advancing to NCAA Championships for the seventh time in program history. Lauren Hanson led the Gusties on the attack with 18 kills. Nora Holtan registered 44 assists and Brittany Luethmers dug out 19 attacks. Hanna Albers contributed a double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs.

| Full Story |

HAMLINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Hamline SAAC and Special Olympians compete in 3rd Annual Bean Bag Tournament
The Hamline Piper student athletes were busy on Sunday, as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) hosted over 50 Special Olympics for their third annual Bean Bag Tournament.  The entire athletic department came together to help put this event on, with over 100 Hamline athletes volunteering.  The day was filled with Bingo, Bean Bags and Basketball games all with Hamline Student Athletes participating with the Special Olympics athletes.  The tournament was set up as a March Madness like format with brackets set up for the athletes to compete throughout the day.

| Full Story

MACALESTER | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Meyer receives second-straight cross country Elite 22 Award
For the second consecutive year, Macalester College senior Kimber Meyer (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North) won the MIAC Elite 22 Award for women's cross country, the conference announced today. The MIAC Elite 22 Award for cross country honors the individual with the highest grade point average that is a sophomore, junior or senior, and is among the top 15 finishers at the MIAC Championships. A biology major at Macalester, Meyer has posted a cumulative grade point average of 3.96 through six semesters. This fall, she placed second at the MIAC Championships with a time of 22:41.5 for her fourth top four MIAC finish of her career. Now a four-time All-MIAC honoree in cross country, Meyer is the only active women's runner in Division III to have earned All-American accolades three times. She also was selected to the Academic All-America second team this past spring.

| Full Story

SAINT BENEDICT | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

CSB SAAC goes trick or treating for food pantry
The College of Saint Benedict Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) group was busy trick or treating over Halloween weekend – but the student-athletes weren't out looking for candy. Instead, the group went door-to-door collecting food for a local food pantry. When all was said and done, SAAC collected more than 100 bags of groceries that weight more than 1,000 pounds. All of the food will be donated to the Quiet Oaks Hospice House in St. Cloud.

| Full Story |

ST. CATHERINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Wildcats impress in first meet of 2016-17
After a month of practices, the St. Catherine University of Swimming and Diving team was eager and anxious to get in the pool for its first competition of the 2016-17 season. The Wildcats certainly impressive in their first outing against Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. St. Kate's defeated the Cobbers 161 to 126 thanks to strong swims from junior Mary Jane Voss (Mequon, Wis.) and first years McKenna Peterson (Cameron Park, Calif. / St. Francis) and Emilee Lance (Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Park Center). Voss competed in three different individual events, the 1000 free, 200 butterfly, and 200 IM, spread out over a two-hour time period and won each event, Peterson won the 500 meter freestyle and Lance joined Peterson on the victorious 400-yard medley relay team.

| Full Story |

SAINT JOHN'S | MIAC Member Page | Athletics home page |

No. 8/9 Johnnie football defeats Hamline, 42-6
No. 8/9 Saint John's football out-gained Hamline 558-94, including a 348-(-40) margin on the ground, in a 42-6 win on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville. Junior running back Dusty Krueger (Lake Elmo, Minn./Hill-Murray) totaled four touchdowns and the Johnnies' defense registered 11 tackles for a loss and eight sacks, six of which came on third down. The eight sacks were the most for SJU since 2009 (eight in the 41-7 win at Hamline on Oct. 10).

| Full Story |

SAINT MARY'S | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Veterans Appreciation Night set for Friday
When the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota men's hockey team squares off against Bethel at the Saint Mary's Ice Arena on Friday, Nov. 11, the Cardinals will be honoring all veterans as part of the seventh annual Veterans Appreciation Night. During this year's Veterans Appreciation Night, which will begin at 6:50 p.m., the VFW Post 1286 Color Guard will present the colors during the national anthem, and throughout the game, each branch of the U.S. Military will be honored, with special thanks given to those who have served or are serving our country.

| Full Story |

ST. OLAF | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Oles get eight wins in dual meet with UST
Nathan France swept the breaststroke events and Bobby Schultze won the 1000 and 500 freestyle as the St. Olaf men's swimming and diving team lost a 167-133 decision at the University of St. Thomas on Saturday afternoon. Andrew France won the 200 free and John Loepfe each backstroke event as the duo teamed with Nathan France and Jack Welsh for a victory in the 200 medley relay.

| Full Story |

ST. THOMAS | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Tommies earn rare four-team NCAA presence
St. Thomas is one of the few national institutions to make this fall's NCAA playoffs in football, volleyball, and men's and women's soccer -- a first among all conference institutions in one fall season.  Those four UST teams come into this week with a combined 64-11-4 won-loss record. Football has one game remaining in its regular season and will learn its NCAA playoff pairings Nov. 15. Tommie Cross Country teams will compete Saturday at the NCAA Regional races at Carleton. The No. 28-ranked UST women have a strong chance to qualify for the Nov. 19 national meet while the young men's team have a tougher task in the multi-team field. Two automatics and one and possibly a second at-large berths will be assigned per region.

| Full Story |