This Week in the MIAC - Nov. 16, 2016

This Week in the MIAC - Nov. 16, 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

MIAC teams shine on NCAA Fall Championships stage
The fall NCAA Division III Championships are in full swing and several MIAC teams have risen to the occasion with outstanding postseason performances. The St. Thomas men's soccer teams won its first two NCAA Playoff games and is headed to the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history. The St. Olaf women's cross country won the NCAA Central Region title and leads a group of four MIAC teams and three individuals headed to the NCAA Championships. Gustavus volleyball and Augsburg women's soccer each won a first-round NCAA contest before falling in the second round and the St. Thomas women's soccer and volleyball teams both represented the MIAC in the national postseason as well.

The NCAA also announced the Division III Football Playoff bracket, with No. 3 St. Thomas and No. 9 Saint John's both representing the MIAC in the field. The Tommies will host Northwestern Saturday and the Johnnies will host UW-Platteville. If both teams win two games, they would meet head-to-head in the third round, with a trip to the semifinals on the line.

| Full story – NCAA soccer, volleyball, cross country, football roundup |

Gustavus' Don Roberts Celebration of Life Service, 75th Season Celebration set for Saturday
A celebration of life service in honor of legendary Gustavus men's hockey coach Don Roberts will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Christ Chapel on the College campus. The service is open to the public, as Chaplain Brian Konkol will preside along with the preaching of Dr. Richard Elvee. The 2016-17 Gustavus men's hockey campaign marks a monumental milestone for the program as it celebrates 75 seasons at the College. The keystone event of the 75th season celebration will be held on Saturday, as the hockey team will host an all-alumni and friends celebration in Alumni Hall following the 5:05 p.m. game against Augsburg. | Full Story |

Macalester's Kilgour, Ismail both reach 1,000 career points in victory
In a historic night for Macalester College men's basketball, seniors Dylan Kilgour (La Crescenta, Calif./Crescenta Valley) and Kareem Ismail (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep) both eclipsed 1,000 career points in the Scots' 92-70 triumph over North Central University Tuesday evening in the Leonard Center. The non-conference game was the season opener for both teams. Kilgour, who entered the game with 990 points, was playing in his first game since suffering a season-ending injury in the second game of the 2015-16 season. His milestone basket came on his third three-pointer of the game with 15:43 to play in the second half. Ismail, who needed 15 points to reach 1,000 for his career, scored 11 points in the first half and achieved his goal with a pair of free throws with 9:35 on the clock. | Full Story


IN THE POLLS

FOOTBALL

D3football.com Top 25
3. St. Thomas
9. Saint John's

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

NCAA West
Region Rankings

2. St. Thomas
6. Saint John'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 

 

MEN'S BASKETBALL  

D3hoops.com Top 25
10. St. Thomas
RV. Bethel 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL  

WBCA Coaches' Poll
8. St. Thomas
RV. Saint Mary's

D3hoops.com Top 25
6. St. Thomas
RV. Saint Mary's 

MEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING

CSCAA Top 25
RV. St. Thomas

CollegeSwimming.com
21. St. Thomas 
40. St. Olaf 
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY  

USTFCCCA National Poll
21. St. Olaf
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY  

USTFCCCA National Poll
20. St. Olaf
26. St. Thomas
30. Carleton
MEN'S HOCKEY

USCHO.com Poll
10. Augsburg
RV. Hamline
RV. St. Thomas

D3hockey.com Top 15
11. Augsburg
RV. Hamline 
WOMEN'S HOCKEY

USCHO.com Poll
10. St. Thomas
RV. Augsburg
RV. Concordia
RV. Gustavus

D3hockey.com Top 10
RV. Concordia
RV.Augsburg
WOMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING  

CSCAA Top 25
21. St. Thomas

CollegeSwimming.com
11. St. Thomas 
32. Gustavus
46. Carleton 

ATHLETES-OF-THE-WEEK

The final MIAC Football Athletes-of-the-Week each made huge plays to propel their teams to victory in the last regular season games of 2016. Saint John's Dusty Krueger earned the offensive award with 173 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown. Gustavus' Jordan Kahlow had a momentum-changing 50-yard interception return touchdown to earn the defensive award, and St. Thomas' Vinny Pallini scored on a 96-yard kick return and added the extra point himself to receive the special teams honor.

A pair of red-hot Hamline goalies swept the MIAC Hockey Athlete-of-the-Week awards. Justin Quale received the men's honor after helping the team go 1-0-1 on a tough road trip to Wisconsin with 61 saves, three goals allowed and a .953 save percentage. Annie Juergens helped Hamline start 2-0 in MIAC play for the first time with 65 saves in a sweep of St. Olaf, with just two goals allowed, a .970 save percentage and a shutout.

The two MIAC winners both had multiple first-place performances last week to lead their teams to impressive showings. Saint John's Jose Alvarez claimed the men's award after winning three individual events and leading two SJU relays to first-place finishes as well as the team won the Macalester Invitational. St. Thomas' Emma Paulson swam in six events, and all six times rank in the top five in Division III as she and the Tommies competed against several NCAA Division II teams at their home Andregg Invite.

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


MIAC WEEKLY

MIAC Weekly - Episode 157 - 1.16.16

The NCAA Fall Champoinships are in full-swing and winter sports are off and running in the MIAC and podcast Host Mike Gallagher has all the top stories covered around the league. Gallagher also previews the 2016-17 MIAC men's basketball season, which just tipped off, with Saint John's Head Coach Pat McKenzie, as the two discuss the Johnnies and the rest of the league as another anticipated season begins.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!


'FEATURE PRESETNATION'

Friday marked the return of the "MIAC D.I.G. Equality Series" which promotes stories related to diversity, inclusion and gender equity. The most recent entry examined the remarkable story of new St. Catherine Head Swimming and Diving Coach Justin Zook and his swimming success at the Paralympic Games. A mutiple-time gold medalist and a world-record holder, Zook brings his incredible story and experience to the Wildcats, where he inspires and influences his new team. 

| Feature: St. Catherine's Zook shares inspirational success story


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 | Sunday


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 | 

Auggie men's hockey improves to 5-0-1
Trevor Stewart (SR, Highlands Ranch, Colo./Eastmont HS) scored his third goal on the nonconference weekend, the only tally on Saturday for the Augsburg College men's hockey team in a 1-0 victory over the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. After a scoreless first period, Stewart gave the Auggies the lead with his fourth goal of the season, scoring from Drew Anderson (JR, Rochester, Minn./Century HS) and Rory Vesel (SR, Rochester, Minn./Lourdes HS) at the 3:12 mark of the second period. Nick Schmit (SO, Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS), a transfer from Wisconsin-Stout making his third start as an Auggie in goal, stopped all 24 shots he faced to pick up the shutout win, the first of his collegiate career.

| Full Story |

BETHEL | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Hottle's game-winning field goal lifts Bethel to 17-14 win
Bethel University's football team closed out the 2016 season with a 17-14 victory over Hamline University on a sunny, but windy mid-November afternoon. The Royals (5-5, 5-3 MIAC) held a lead throughout nearly the entire game, but needed a game-winning 31-yard field goal from Blake Hottle with 2:30 remaining in the contest to edge the Pipers (5-5, 3-5 MIAC) down the stretch. With the win BU finished the conference schedule 5-3, which places them alone in fourth place. Moreover, the Royals made it 23 consecutive seasons with a winning record—both overall and in MIAC play—which stands as the longest streak among all league opponents.

| Full Story |

CARLETON MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Knights earn at-large bid to NCAA Championships
The Carleton College women's cross country team will once again compete at the NCAA Championships as the Knights earned one of 16 at-large berths in the field. This will be Carleton's sixth consecutive trip to Nationals as the Knights were selected to participate for the 11th time in the last 13 seasons and the 18th time overall. The 2016 NCAA Division III Championships will be held at "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. The race will begin at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT and will be live streamed on NCAA.com. A total of 32 teams were selected to participate, 16 automatic qualifiers—two from each of the eight regions—and 16 at-large teams, which can come from any region. Last fall, Carleton finished 17th at the NCAA Championships.

| Full Story |

CONCORDIA | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Cobbers announce '500 for 500 Challenge'
Concordia Interim Director of Athletics Rachel Bergeson announced the creation of the "500 for 500" fundraising drive. The 500 for 500 initiative is a Cobber Athletics Team Impact Fund Raising Campaign. It is an annual effort with the primary goal of enhancing the student-athlete experience at Concordia. The goal of the campaign is to have 500 donors gifting for over 500 student-athletes at $500 annually. The "500 for 500" platform is trying to reach out to former Cobber student-athletes, their families, and friends of athletics as well as potential new donors. This new fund raising initiative will assist in ensuring competitive success, broaden all student-athlete experiences and ensure that Concordia is a leader in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

| Full Story

GUSTAVUS | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |


Don Roberts Celebration of Life Service, 75th Season Celebration set for Saturday
A celebration of life service in honor of legendary Gustavus men's hockey coach Don Roberts will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Christ Chapel on the College campus. The service is open to the public, as Chaplain Brian Konkol will preside along with the preaching of Dr. Richard Elvee. The 2016-17 Gustavus men's hockey campaign marks a monumental milestone for the program as it celebrates 75 seasons at the College. The keystone event of the 75th season celebration will be held on Saturday, as the hockey team will host an all-alumni and friends celebration in Alumni Hall following the 5:05 p.m. game against Augsburg.

| Full Story |

HAMLINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Men's hockey unbeaten streak stretches to six
It was just the kind of game a coach likes to see. The HU men's hockey combined a balanced scoring attack, excellent penalty killing with another solid game in goal from Justin Quale to fashion a 5-1 win over Wis-Superior Saturday at Wessman Arena.  HU improved to 4-0-2 overall to remain one of just two MIAC teams still undefeated after three weeks of MIAC play. The six game unbeaten streak is the longest for a Piper team since a team record 11-gamer in the 2010-11 season. Jake O'Borsky had a goal and two assists to lead a 38-shot attack. Brandon Wahlin, Tyler Gonzales, Russ Jordan and Dan Bartkowiak also scored for Hamline, which is off to one of the school's best starts ever in men's hockey. For his part, Quale kicked out 29 shots to lower his goals-against average to 1.44.

| Full Story |

MACALESTER | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Kilgour, Ismail both reach 1,000 career points in victory
In a historic night for Macalester College men's basketball, seniors Dylan Kilgour (La Crescenta, Calif./Crescenta Valley) and Kareem Ismail (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep) both eclipsed 1,000 career points in the Scots' 92-70 triumph over North Central University Tuesday evening in the Leonard Center. The non-conference game was the season opener for both teams. Kilgour, who entered the game with 990 points, was playing in his first game since suffering a season-ending injury in the second game of the 2015-16 season. His milestone basket came on his third three-pointer of the game with 15:43 to play in the second half. Ismail, who needed 15 points to reach 1,000 for his career, scored 11 points in the first half and achieved his goal with a pair of free throws with 9:35 on the clock.

| Full Story |

SAINT BENEDICT | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

CSB starts season with win at Superior
The College of Saint Benedict basketball team started the 2016-17 season with a 54-53 win at UW-Superior Tuesday night in Superior, Wis. CSB was down 15-6 after the first quarter, and Superior - which won the UMAC and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament in 2015-16 - led by as many as 14 in the second quarter, but Saint Benedict outscored the Yellowjackets 11-2 in the final 2:33 of the second to cut the gap to five, 26-21, at halftime. Chelsey Guetter and Alison Newton led the team with 11 points each and Kate Banovetz finished with 10. Guetter also had eight rebounds and Banovetz had six, and Guetter led the team with five assists. CSB shot just over 44 percent from the field and went 7-for-14 from the line.

| Full Story |

ST. CATHERINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Basketball opens season with 53-39 victory over UW-Eau Claire
The energy surrounding the St. Catherine University basketball team before its season opener against the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire could not have been better. The Wildcats were coming off their best season in recent memory, where they rattled off five consecutive wins to end the 2015-16 season. Thanks to the team's outstanding defensive play late in the game and a huge offensive night from senior Mari Lee (Dawson, Minn. / Dawson-Boyd), that winning momentum carried over to the 2016-17 season as St. Kate's rallied for a huge 53-39 nonconference win over UW-Eau Claire Tuesday night. 

| Full Story |

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

Big second half fuels SJU's 31-7 win; NCAA Playoffs up next
No. 8/9 Saint John's football erased a 7-3 halftime deficit with 28 unanswered points en route to a 31-7 win in the regular-season finale at Concordia-Moorhead on Saturday, Nov. 12. SJU (9-1, 7-1 MIAC) received an at-large bid to the NCAA Playoffs, and will host UW-Platteville in the first round Saturday at noon.  The win over Concordia was SJU's 450th in MIAC play (450-177-22 record, .710).

| Full Story |

SAINT MARY'S | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

It's official – Newsum headed to NCAAs
Now, it's official—Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Jovan Newsum (Glendale Heights, Ill.) is headed back to the NCAA Division III National Cross Country Championships. Newsum earned his spot on the national stage on Saturday, placing sixth overall at the NCAA Central Regional—and Sunday, coach Ward Berndt got official word from the NCAA selection committee that Newsum's season wasn't over. And what a season it has been thus far. Newsum—coming off a third-place finish and First-Team All-MIAC showing at the MIAC Championships two weeks ago—turned in the second-fastest time in Cardinal men's cross country program history, touring the eight-kilometer NCAA Central Regional course in a career-best 25:38 en route to a sixth-place finish and all-region honor. Now the Cardinal senior must turn his attention to Saturday's national championships—the final race of his collegiate career—which will be hosted by Spalding University in Louisville, Ky.

| Full Story |

ST. OLAF | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Ole women win Central Region Championships
The St. Olaf women's cross country team took home top honors at the NCAA Central Region Championships at the Carleton Upper Arboretum, scoring 91 points to win the closely contested race. St. Olaf used a pack of five runners in the top 26 finishers to achieve the lowest score at the meet.  Mary Naas and Jamie Hoornaert were the top two Ole finishers at seventh overall (22:21.5) and 17th (23:03.5).  Bryony Hawgood and Jordan Lutz came in together at 20th (23:09.0) and 21st (23:10.3), and Jessica Bentley closed out the scoring with a 26th place finish in 23:13.1.  Meredith Moore and Lisa Fischer were not far behind in 47th (23:35.4) and 63rd (23:51.4) respectively. The victory qualifies St. Olaf automatically for the NCAA DIII Championships next Saturday contested in Louisville, K.Y.

| Full Story |

ST. THOMAS | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Men's soccer heads to Sweet 16
Tommie Men's Soccer has a sweet tooth. They're ready to sample the NCAA playoff Sweet 16 round of the Division III playoffs, for just the second time in program history. Christian Elliehausen scored in the third minute and super-sub Tony Kuplic scored in the 73rd minute as No. 8-ranked St. Thomas eliminated Luther (Iowa) 2-0 in Sunday's NCAA second-round contest at UST's South Field. Coach Jon Lowery's team set a school record for wins (18-1-3) en route to its advancement into the Nov. 19-20 weekend. UST is expected to play in Chicago and will face Benedictine (Ill.) next Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Benedictine (16-4-2) knocked out No. 7-ranked Carthage on Saturday 2-1 on a penalty-kick goal in the second overtime, and won at No. 12-ranked UW-Whitewater 2-1 on Sunday evening. It is St. Thomas' first Sweet 16 trip since the 1990. That Tommie unit won 1-0 games over St. John's and Macalester to start its NCAA tournament run before losing to UC-San Diego. Aidan Hogan recorded seven saves and helped the UST defense record its 16th shutout of the season. The Toms also killed six corner-kick tries for the Norse (15-6-2).

| Full Story |