This Week in the MIAC – October 11, 2017

MIAC Notebook

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, MIACathletics.com will highlight top stories and news items from around the Conference, recap the Athletes of the Week, look ahead to the upcoming weekend schedule, and more!

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OFF THE FIELD

Fifteen MIAC soccer programs earn Team Academic honors
Fifteen soccer programs from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) were honored as College Team Academic Award winners for the 2016-17 academic year, the United Soccer Coaches announced on Thursday. Nine women's programs and six men's programs from the MIAC were among the 827 soccer teams across the country to earn the distinction by posting a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2016-17 academic year. | Full Story |

NFCA honors 71 MIAC softball student-athletes
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) honored 71 student-athletes from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) on Tuesday as Easton / NFCA Scholar-Athletes for the 2016-17 academic year. In order to qualify, a student-athlete must have achieved a 3.5 grade-point-average on a 4.0 scale during the 2016-17 academic school year. | Full Story |

St. Kate's tennis values women coaching women
St. Catherine University is known for many things. An all-female undergraduate student-body; top-notch academic programs; small class sizes; strong, regionally and nationally-ranked athletic teams and a beautiful campus in the Twin Cities, just to name a few things. But did you know St. Kate's is the only tennis team in the MIAC with an all-female coaching staff? | Full Story |


IN THE POLLS

FOOTBALL

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

AFCA Coaches' Poll
5. St. Thomas
9. Saint John's
21. Concordia

D3football.com Top 25
6. St. Thomas
8. Saint John's
23. Concordia

USTFCCCA Top 35
33. St. Olaf

USTFCCCA Top 35
11. Carleton
18. St. Olaf

MEN'S GOLF

WOMEN'S GOLF

MEN'S SOCCER

GCAA Coaches Top 25
17. Saint John's
RV. Gustavus Adolphus
RV. St. Thomas
RV. Augsburg

No new poll for fall season

United Soccer Coaches Top 25
5. St. Thomas
18. Macalester

WOMEN'S SOCCER

VOLLEYBALL

 

United Soccer Coaches Top 25
N/A

AVCA Top 25
11. Gustavus Adolphus
19. St. Thomas
RV. Bethel

 


ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards honor the top performances in each sport throughout the regular season. The awards are nominated and selected by the MIAC sports information directors. Throughout the fall, football, soccer and volleyball awards will be presented each Monday, with cross country and golf awards following each Tuesday. A complete listing of each sport's award winners can be found below. 

Football | Volleyball | Men's Soccer | Women's Soccer | Men's Cross Country | Women's Cross Country | Men's Golf | Women's Golf |


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, or download the free MIAC Front Row app for iOS or Android.

Friday | Saturday | Sunday |


AROUND THE LEAGUE

Take a look at some of this week's top news items from each of the MIAC's 13 institutions, selected from each institution's athletic website.

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


AUGSBURG | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Augsburg to induct nine into Athletic Hall of Fame on Thursday
As part of its Homecoming week, Augsburg University will honor its 2017 Athletic Hall of Fame class during an induction ceremony Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Foss Center's Hoversten Chapel on campus. Nine Augsburg athletic alumni will be inducted into the 45th class of the Athletic Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of inductees to 318, along with one team. | Full Story |

BETHEL | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Piwnica becomes Bethel's first four-time MIAC All-Conference honoree
Christine Piwnica made history at the 2017 MIAC Championships this weekend as the senior women's golfer became Bethel's first-ever four-time MIAC All-Conference honoree. Piwnica finished in second place for the third time in her career with an overall score of 227, which is the second-lowest score in the history of this event. The lowest was set by this year's medalist Ziyi Wang from Carleton. | Full Story |

CARLETON MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Knights complete unbeaten fall, win MIAC in record fashion
The only thing better than redemption is redemption served with a side of dominance. That's what the Carleton women's golf team accomplished at the 2017 MIAC Championships, as the Knights completed an undefeated fall campaign with a record-setting total of 924 in winning their second conference title. The Knights topped the field by a whopping 19 shots. | Full Story |

CONCORDIA | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Johnson on verge of touchdown record
In the triple-option offense Concordia's football team runs, the position where Chad Johnson plays is designated as the fullback. Johnson doesn't perform like your average fullback. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound senior is explosive with the speed and quickness to rip off long touchdowns runs. | Full Story |

 
Volleyball entertains Tommies on Cancer Awareness Night
The Gusties host Cancer Awareness Night in dedication to Trina Rinke, a would-be junior midfielder on the Gustavus women's soccer team this season, who was forced to forego the season and the fall semester while she goes through chemotherapy as a result of being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Several auction and raffle items will be available, including four Minnesota Timberwolves tickets along with a gift basket from the Gustavus Bookmark. | Full Story |

HAMLINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Nick Barber named to D3football.com Team of the Week
Nick Barber's big game Saturday at St. Olaf is drawing national attention. The freshman wide receiver caught 16 passes for a school-record 274 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 40-33 loss at St. Olaf. He was named MIAC Co-Offensive Athlete of the Week on Monday and now has been named to the D3football.com Team of the Week on offense. | Full Story |

MACALESTER | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Senior Grace Dickman presents at NESSIS
Macalester women's basketball senior Grace Dickman was invited to present her research at the New England Symposium on Statistics in Sports (NESSIS) at Harvard this past September. NESSIS is a national conference which discusses statistical and quantitative analysis of sports, sports media and university athletics. Speakers from multiple universities as well as sports media including ESPN presented their research to members of the statistical and sports profession.| Full Story |

SAINT BENEDICT | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

CSB sets school record, holds onto second
The College of Saint Benedict golf team had a record day Sunday afternoon in the second round of the MIAC Championships. CSB – which was tied for second after Saturday's first round – shaved 13 strokes off its first-round score to finish Day 2 with a 307 at Pebble Creek in Becker. That score not only sets the school record for best 18-hole team score, it also leaves Saint Benedict alone in second place with a 627. The previous school record for 18-hole team score was 313, set on Nov. 21, 2014, at the Blazer Invite at Blackberry Ridge. | Full Story |

ST. CATHERINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Volleyball nets first MIAC win in Macalester sweep
To say the St. Catherine University volleyball team is on a hot streak may be a gross understatement. After struggling through the past few weeks, the Wildcats seem to have finally hit their stride as they won their second straight match Saturday afternoon 3-0 over Macalester College. | Full Story |

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

Johnnies pull away in second half for 49-3 Homecoming win
Saint John's broke open a 14-3 halftime lead with 35 unanswered points in a 49-3 win over Augsburg on Homecoming Saturday, Oct. 7, in Collegeville. SJU rolled to 557 yards of offense and held Augsburg's high-powered offense to 195 yards, of which only 58 came in the second half. | Full Story |

SAINT MARY'S | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Cardinals top UWS on Reit's game-winner
Charles Reit has been a scoring machine for the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota men's soccer team of later. The Cardinal sophomore entered Sunday's nonconference game against UW-Superior at Ochrymowycz Field having scored a goal in three straight games. For the first 89 minutes against the Yellowjackets, however, it appeared like that streak would come to a screeching halt. Reit scored the game-winning goal with 49 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the visiting Yellowjackets in their final nonconference game of the season. | Full Story |

ST. OLAF | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Oles hold off Pipers for 40-33 homecoming victory
St. Olaf forced and recovered a fumble on its own eight-yard line to secure a 40-33 MIAC football victory over visiting Hamline University on Saturday at Klein Field at Manitou. St. Olaf built leads of 28-6 and 34-13, but the Pipers rode the right arm of Justice Spriggs and were within a yard of tying the game in the final minute. Hamline lined up first-and-goal from the St. Olaf two-yard line, but the Oles held their ground for two snaps. | Full Story |

ST. THOMAS | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Siblings spark Homecoming sweep
Saturday's action was particularly fun for Paula and Gary Trettel, who were able to watch two children compete and help their teams to victory. Junior running back Tucker Trettel rushed for 86 yards and two touchdowns to help the first-place Tommies top the No. 15-ranked Cobbers in a 1:10 p.m. contest at Palmer Field. Later at 3:30 p.m., 200 yards to the south, his sister freshman Tessa Trettel scored her first collegiate goal to give St. Thomas a lead it would never relinquish in a 3-0 soccer victory. | Full Story |