This Week in the MIAC – October 25, 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

Kosobud honored at NCAA Woman of the Year banquet
Allison Kosobud has been on the winner's podium many times in her athletic and academic career for scholarships, academic awards, All-American honors and All-MIAC accolades. Sunday in Indianapolis, she was on stage celebrating all of that and more. Kosobud was one of 30 women honored Sunday at the NCAA Woman of the Year banquet in Indianapolis, Ind. She was not one of the nine finalists for the award, but was one of 10 women from Division III chosen for the top 30 who were honored at the banquet with their Division I and II counterparts. | Full Story |


IN THE POLLS

FOOTBALL

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY

AFCA Coaches' Poll
4. St. Thomas
7. Saint John's
19. Concordia

D3football.com Top 25
6. St. Thomas
7. Saint John's
21. Concordia

USTFCCCA Top 35
30. St. Olaf
RV. Carleton

USTFCCCA Top 35
9. Carleton
13. St. Olaf
33. St. Thomas

MEN'S GOLF

WOMEN'S GOLF

MEN'S SOCCER

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

Golfstat Computer Rankings
4. St. Thomas
14. Saint John's

Golfstat Computer Rankings
5. Carleton
21. St. Catherine
22. Gustavus
24. Saint Benedict

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

NCAA Regional Rankings
1. St. Thomas
4. Macalester

WOMEN'S SOCCER

VOLLEYBALL

 MEN'S HOCKEY

United Soccer Coaches Top 25
N/A

NCAA Regional Rankings
4. St. Thomas
6. Saint Benedict
8. Augsburg

AVCA Top 25
16. Gustavus Adolphus
18. St. Thomas

NCAA Regional Rankings
2. Gustavus
3. St. Thomas
6. Saint Benedict

USCHO.com Top 15
13. Augsburg
15. St. Thomas

D3hockey.com Top 15
13. Augsburg
RV. St. Thomas

WOMEN'S HOCKEY

MEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING

WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING

USCHO.com Top 10
7. Gustavus
10. St. Thomas
RV. Augsburg
RV. Hamline

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

CSCAA Top 25
23. St. Thomas

CSCAA Top 25
11. St. Thomas


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 swimming and diving 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 Swimming & DivingWomen's Swimming & Diving |


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 | 

Auggies clinch playoff berth, stay atop MIAC table
Ashley St. Aubin scored her Conference-leading 14th goal of the season in the 29th minute, helping her Augsburg University women's soccer team to clinch a berth in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference playoffs with a 1-0 win at Concordia College-Moorhead on Saturday. | Full Story |
 

BETHEL | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Gronseth's OT header gives Bethel 2-1 win over Concordia
The Bethel University men's soccer team scored a big win on the road Tuesday afternoon when Joey Gronseth scored in overtime to give the Royals a 2-1 victory over Concordia College. Gronseth headed in a corner kick from Keagan Heckmann 6:35 into the first overtime period, giving the Royals their fourth victory of the season. Prior to the overtime game-winner, all the scoring action came early in the contest as Bethel struck first just 7:33 into the game. | Full Story |

CARLETON MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Knights celebrate Senior Day by clinching postseason berth
The Carleton College men's soccer team clinched a playoff berth for the MIAC-best 11th consecutive season after playing Saint Mary's University to a 0-0 (2OT) draw on an especially windy afternoon. The tie - combined with Augsburg's loss to MIAC-leader St. Thomas - punched the Knights' ticket for yet another return trip to the postseason. The MIAC's next-longest active streak of playoff appearances is five, held by Saint John's which is currently sixth in the conference standings. Carleton will open the MIAC Playoffs on the road with a quarterfinal match on Oct. 31 against an opponent still to be determined. Full Story |


CONCORDIA | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Sweet senior celebration night
Concordia used consistent offense and defense to upset No.11-ranked Gustavus 3-0 on Friday night. The Cobbers rallied from a 20-14 deficit in the third set to post their biggest win in the past several years. Concordia has now won two straight matches – both by sweeps – and is 6-13 overall and 3-5 in conference play. The loss drops the Gusties out of the lead in the MIAC standings and ends their eight-match win streak. Gustavus had only lost two sets in the previous eight matches and had a combined set record of 24-2. It's also the first time that the nationally-ranked Gusties have been swept all season. Gustavus is now 21-4 overall and 6-2 in league play. | Full Story |

Wilson's overtime goal leads men's soccer to 1-0 win over Hamline
Alex Wilson scored in the first overtime period to lead the Gustavus men's soccer team to a 1-0 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory at Hamline University Tuesday afternoon. "Great win today," said Head Coach Mike Middleton. "The lads really showed character. The conditions were awful with strong wind, a bumpy pitch and [it] was miserably cold." Wilson scored his third goal of the season at the 99th minute, heading in the game-winner off a pass from Matt Gibbons to improve the Gusties record to 12-5 overall and 6-3 in the MIAC. Gibbons leads the Black and Gold with six assists on the season. Full Story |


HAMLINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Volleyball rallies past St. Catherine 3-1
Persistence paid off for the Hamline volleyball team Saturday. The Pipers shook off a first set loss to win three straight -- including the last one in dramatic fashion -- for a 3-1 win over the Wildcats Saturday at Butler Center. Cass Bittle had a big game, recording 17 kills and finishing with an impressive .350 hitting percentage. Reilly Geistfeld continued her second-half surge with 11. | Full Story |

MACALESTER | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Clara Baumann talks record-breaking career
Macalester senior Clara Baumann has climbed up the record books of Macalester volleyball. She now sits at fifth all-time in kills and fourth all-time in digs. Macalester sports information recently caught up with Baumann to talk about her career, teammates and Macalester volleyball. | Full Story |
 

SAINT BENEDICT | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

CSB upsets No. 11 Gusties
After a roller coaster of a match Friday night, the College of Saint Benedict volleyball team was a picture of consistency Saturday afternoon. After dropping its first set to No. 11 Gustavus, CSB came back and won the next three to upset the 11th-ranked Gusties 3-1. The win marks the third straight for Saint Benedict, which is undefeated at home so far this season. It also pushed CSB's record to 15-8 overall and 7-2 in the MIAC. With two games left in the regular season, Saint Benedict is tied for second with Augsburg. St. Thomas leads the league with an 8-1 record and was the first team to clinch a spot in the league's postseason tournament Saturday. | Full Story |

ST. CATHERINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Soccer shuts out UW-River Falls 1-0
The St. Catherine University soccer team seems to have found the key to success. On the eve of their biggest win of the season, the Wildcats kept the ball rolling with yet another shutout win. This time, St. Kate's beat the University of Wisconsin-River Falls 1-0 thanks, once again, to a first-half goal and outstanding defense. Traditionally, games between St. Kate's and UW-River Falls are some of the tightest of the season. | Full Story |

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

Johnnies keep playoff hopes alive with 2-1 win at No. 18 Macalester
Saint John's soccer kept its MIAC Playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 win at No. 18 Macalester on Tuesday, Oct. 24, in St. Paul. Junior Zack Boerjan scored what proved to be the game-winning goal, his fourth tally of the season and 10th of his career, in the 70th minute for SJU. | Full Story |
 

SAINT MARY'S | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Swimming and Diving: The Nuts and Bolts
Saint Mary's is set to kick off the 2017-18 swimming and diving season. Amber Lowe enters her third season leading the Cardinals, who finished eighth in the Conference on the men's side and 11th on the women's last year. Junior diver Kierra Walske returns to the team after placing in both the 1- and 3-meter diving events at the 2017 MIAC Championships. | Full Story |

ST. OLAF | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Women's soccer clinches MIAC Playoff spot
By virtue of Hamline's loss at Saint Benedict, the St. Olaf women's soccer team clinched a spot in the six-team MIAC Playoffs, which begin next Tuesday, Oct. 31. The Oles remain in second place, three points behind first-place Augsburg and a point ahead of St. Thomas, with two matches to play. St. Olaf (9-6-1, 6-2-1 MIAC) hosts St. Catherine on Wednesday before closing the season at Augsburg on Saturday night. The postseason appearance is the first for St. Olaf since 2013. | Full Story |

ST. THOMAS | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Five MIAC titles decided this week
The MIAC Cross Country Championships races have been contested at St. Paul's Como Golf Course for 30 of the last 35 seasons, and every year since 1992. But this season's 12-team women's race and the 11-team men's race will be held Saturday on the St. Olaf College campus in Northfield. The men's 8,000-meter race starts at 11 a.m., and the women's 6,000-meter race will begin at noon. St. Thomas will attempt to post top-three team finishes in each race. Full Story |