This Week in the MIAC - Jan. 25, 2017

This Week in the MIAC - Jan. 25, 2017

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

Milestones for Langer, Tommie women remain unbeaten
Senior Kaitlin Langer collected a pair of milestones in an 89-63 win over Augsburg College for the St. Thomas women's basketball team.  Langer scored her 1,000th point and pulled down her 500th career rebound on her way to a 26-point, 14-rebound performance on Saturday afternoon. With the win, St. Thomas improves to 16-0 overall and 10-0 in the MIAC, while Augsburg drops to 9-8 overall and 2-8 in league play. Lauren Fischer followed Langer with a near double-double of her own.  The junior finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, knocking down four threes, while Gabby Zehrer added 17 points and four assists. | Full Story |

Olsen sets school record in Royals' season opener
Karl Olsen's school record in the 200-meter dash highlighted a successful opening meet for the Royals. Competing in Macalester College's Kilt Classic Friday night, Olsen led a Bethel sweep. His clocking of 22.45 shaved .03 off Tony Moses' mark of 22.48, a record that had stood since 1994. Patrick Klamm and Isaac Erickson finished second and third, with times of 22.93 and 23.18, respectively. Olsen's time is the top time in the MIAC this season and the seventh-ranked time in Division III. Klamm's and Erickson's marks put them at second and fifth in the conference. Olsen was named MIAC Indoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week Tuesday. | Full Story |

Kareem Ismail named to D3hoops.com Team of the Week
Macalester College senior center Kareem Ismail (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep) was chosen to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week for the week ending Jan. 22, the website announced today. This is the second week in a row that a Macalester player has been included on the Team of the Week, following the selection of sophomore guard Michael Gutierrez (Stillwater, Minn./St. Croix Prep Academy) to last week's team. Last week Ismail helped the Scots win two of their three games by averaging 22.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.7 blocks per game. | Full Story |


IN THE POLLS

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL    

WBCA Coaches' Poll
4. St. Thomas
22. Gustavus

D3hoops.com Top 25
3. St. Thomas
19. Gustavus 


MEN'S SWIMMING
AND DIVING

CSCAA Top 25
RV. St. Thomas

CollegeSwimming.com    
36. St. Thomas 

 

WOMEN'S SWIMMING
AND DIVING

CSCAA Top 25
21. St. Thomas

CollegeSwimming.com
13. St. Thomas
49. Carleton 

MEN'S HOCKEY

USCHO.com Poll
11. Augsburg
RV. St. Thomas

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

USCHO.com Poll
10. Augsburg
RV. Concordia

D3hockey.com Top 10
RV. Augsburg


ATHLETES-OF-THE-WEEK

The MIAC Basketball Athletes-of-the-Week put up big offensive numbers in clutch wins for their teams. Saint John's Tyler Weiss averaged 22.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game while going 2-1 with wins over two of the league's top four teams to help the Johnnies remain in a tie for first. St. Catherine's Audra Clark averaged 22 points and 4.0 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game as the team went 1-1 with a loss to unbeaten Gustavus and a big win at St. Olaf.  

The two MIAC Hockey Athletes-of-the-Week helped their teams ascend upward in the MIAC standings with a combined 5-0 record. Augsburg's Nate Flynn had a four-point weekend (three goals, assist) in a sweep of Concordia that helped the No. 11-ranked Auggies climb into first place. Hamline rookie Bre Simon led the Pipers to three MIAC wins in four days with six points (four goals, two assists) as her team ascened into a tie for third, just two points out of first in the conference standings.  

The MIAC Swimming and Diving Athletes-of-the-Week both swam to outstanding performances last week. Carleton's Alex Mathson won all three of his individual events and added a top-three relay finish and had a season-best time in the 200-yard IM in a dual meet against Saint John's. St. Catherine's Mary Jane Voss had a career performance at the Grinnell Invite with one win, two other top-three finishes, two career-best times and two season-best times.

The MIAC Indoor Track and Field Athletes-of-the-Week all had big-time performances that rank high on the MIAC and Division III performance lists. Bethel's Karl Olsen broke a 23-yeard old school record in the 200 with a time that leads the MIAC and ranks seventh nationally. Carleton's Alexa Feeney won two individual races and a relay event with a pair of MIAC-leading times. St. Thomas swept the field awards, as Micah Hausman won the shot put and added a third-place finish in the weight throw with top-20 nationally-ranked distances, and Grace Bordson recorded the MIAC's best high jump mark this season while finishing third against Division I and II competition. 

| Basketball/Hockey Athletes-of-the-Week | Swimming and Diving/Indoor Track and Field Athletes-of-the-Week |


MIAC WEEKLY

MIAC Weekly - Episode 165 - 1.25.17

It's been a wild and unpredictable season of men's basketball in the MIAC, and MIAC Weekly podcast Host Mike Gallagher covers all the craziness with his special guest - Carleton College forward Kevin Grow, who is enjoying an outstanding season in the paint. Gallagher also takes a look around the rest of the MIAC winter sports scene and breaks down the week's biggest stories.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN!


'FEATURE PRESETNATION'

The "MIAC Profiles of Excellence" series by Rich Mies returns with a look at the unconventional path that Augsburg men's hockey goalie Jordyn Kaufer traveled en route to outstanding success with the Auggies. After playing Junior Gold hockey in high school (rather than varsity) and spending some time in Juniors, he began his college career at Concordia before transferring to Augsburg, where he helped the team win MIAC regular-season and Playoff championships while earning All-America honors. 

| Profile of Excellence: Augsburg's Kaufer defies conventional wisdom en route to success | 


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 | 

Men's hockey wins 10-2 to move into first place
Scoring seven goals on 16 shots on-goal in the second period, the Augsburg College men's hockey team earned an important Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference series sweep with a 10-2 victory over Concordia College-Moorhead on Saturday afternoon at Ed Saugestad Rink. The 10 goals are the most scored by Augsburg in a single game since a 10-2 win at Concordia on Feb. 25, 2006. Augsburg has outscored its opponents by a 65-37 margin this season -- both the most goals scored by MIAC teams in overall statistics (3.82 per-game) and fewest goals allowed (2.18 per-game). The Auggies (12-3-2, 6-1-1 MIAC) now have 20 points in conference play to sit alone atop the standings.

| Full Story |

BETHEL | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Olsen sets school record in Royals' season opener
Karl Olsen's school record in the 200-meter dash highlighted a successful opening meet for the Royals. Competing in Macalester College's Kilt Classic Friday night, Olsen led a Bethel sweep. His clocking of 22.45 shaved .03 off Tony Moses' mark of 22.48, a record that had stood since 1994. Patrick Klamm and Isaac Erickson finished second and third, with times of 22.93 and 23.18, respectively. Olsen's time is the top time in the MIAC this season and the seventh-ranked time in Division III. Klamm's and Erickson's marks put them at second and fifth in the conference. Olsen was named MIAC Indoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week Tuesday.

| Full Story |

CARLETON MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Red-hot Knights win fourth-straight game
Four Knights finished in double figures led by Kent Hanson's (Fy./St. Paul, Minn./St. Paul Academy) 18-point effort off the bench, as the Carleton College men's basketball team claimed a 73-58 victory over conference-leading Saint John's University on Saturday afternoon. The Knights won their fourth straight game, the longest active win streak in the MIAC. Hanson was 7-of-11 from the field and added eight rebounds and two steals. Beau Smit (Sr./White Bear Lake, Minn.) added 13 points in the game, while Kevin Grow (Jr./Circle Pines, Minn./Centennial) and Mitchell Biewen (Sr./Golden Valley, Minn./Robbinsdale Armstrong) scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.

| Full Story |

CONCORDIA | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Cobber women's hockey offense propels team to big win
In the league-leading battle between the immovable object and the unstoppable force it was the unstoppable force that prevailed. Breakaway goals and shots from the point propelled the conference's top offense, Concordia, to a 4-1 win over the league's best defense - No.10-ranked Augsburg. The Cobbers scored two goals on breakaways in the first period and then added goals from the point in each of the second and third periods to post the win over the Auggies who entered the series on a two-game winning streak and tied with CC atop the conference standings. Concordia uses the win to jump ahead of Augsburg and move to 11-4-0 in all games and 8-1-0 in the MIAC. The Auggies are now 11-5-0 and 7-2-0 in league play.

| Full Story |

GUSTAVUS | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |


Swimming and diving sweeps on Senior Night
The Gustavus men's and women's swimming and diving teams both earned wins in a dual meet against Hamline University Friday evening on senior night. In its last home meet of the 2016-17 campaign, the Gustavus seniors were honored well with a 203-94 win on the men's side and a 240-58 win for the women. As a team the Gustie men's squad totaled 12 first place finishes, and Gustavus claimed two top times in relays and diving events. The Gustie women compiled 15 top finishes and two top crowns came from the Gustie relay teams.

| Full Story |

HAMLINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Clutch goals help Hamline women's hockey earn sweep
Jaci Reinke scored a  power play goal midway in the third period to snap a 2-all tie and lift Hamline's women's hockey team to a 4-2 victory over St. Mary's in Winona Saturday afternoon and a sweep of the weekend series. Bre Simon, who scored two goals for HU in the first period, set up the senior defender for her first goal of the season as Hamline improved to 7-3-0 in the MIAC and 9-7-1 overall. Simon was named MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week for her outstanding series against the Cardinals.

| Full Story |

MACALESTER | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Kareem Ismail named to D3hoops.com Team of the Week
Macalester College senior center Kareem Ismail (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep) was chosen to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week for the week ending Jan. 22, the website announced today. This is the second week in a row that a Macalester player has been included on the Team of the Week, following the selection of sophomore guard Michael Gutierrez (Stillwater, Minn./St. Croix Prep Academy) to last week's team. Last week Ismail helped the Scots win two of their three games by averaging 22.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.7 blocks per game.

| Full Story |

SAINT BENEDICT | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Carle makes 48 saves to help CSB tie Bethel
The College of Saint Benedict hockey team picked up its first point in MIAC play Saturday afternoon when it played Bethel to a 2-2 overtime tie at the MAC in St. Cloud. CSB, which is now 3-13-1 overall and 0-9-1 in the league, looked poised to pick up its first conference win of the year as it led the Royals (7-7-3, 4-3-3) 2-1 with a minute left in regulation, but the Royals took advantage of a late power play to tie the game with 49 seconds left to play and send the game into overtime. The Royals had three shots on net in the five-minute overtime, but sophomore goalie Julia Carle stopped all three to preserve the tie and snap CSB's six-game losing streak.

| Full Story |

ST. CATHERINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Hockey earns dramatic 2-1 win over St. Thomas
The 2016-17 season has been full of ups and downs for the St. Catherine University hockey team. The Wildcats pulled off upsets over the top teams in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) but also lost a few heartbreakers along the way. Saturday evening, St. Kate's left those mistakes behind and experienced the highest of highs, as the teams came through with, arguably, the biggest win of the season. Thanks to a late goal by Cassie Thomas (Northfield, Minn. / Northfield) and stellar play between the pipes by junior goalie Kristen Pechacek (Park Falls, Wis. / Chequamegon), the Wildcats were able to beat their rival the University of St. Thomas in dramatic 2-1 fashion for the first time since 2011-12.

| Full Story |

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

Johnnies score wild overtime win at Hamline; move into first place
Saint John's basketball erased a seven-point deficit with 54 seconds left in regulation and made eight of its final 10 shots, including a 5-for-6 showing from three-point range, in an 86-84 overtime win at Hamline on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in St. Paul. The win, coupled with Concordia-Moorhead's last second, 72-70 home victory over Bethel, moved the Johnnies (12-4, 8-3 MIAC) into sole possession of first place in the MIAC for the time being. SJU lost Saturday but remain in a three-way tie for first with Bethel and St. Thomas. SJU's Tyler Weiss was named MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week for his role in the win at Hamline and the Johnnies 2-1 record last week against outstanding competition.

| Full Story |

SAINT MARY'S | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Cardinals come up with big MIAC win in split with Pipers
For the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota men's hockey team, the recipe for success has been pretty simple: Hold your opponent to less than two goals. Heading into Friday's Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game against Hamline, the Cardinals were a perfect 7-0-0 when limiting their foes to less than three goals. Make that 8-0-0. Saint Mary's scored three unanswered goals—erasing an early 1-0 Hamline lead—cruising to a 3-1 victory over the Pipers at the Saint Mary's Ice Arena. Hamline won the following night as two of the MIAC's top teams split their key conference series.

| Full Story |

ST. OLAF | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Ole men's hockey defeats Gustavus in overtime
Drew Otto scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the St. Olaf men's hockey team defeated Gustavus 3-2 on Friday night. Eight minutes into the third period, the Gusties tied the game up for the third time at 2-2, and the scored remained there until OT.  Otto's goal came at 0:22 in OT on a power play goal assisted by Tobias Gabrielsen and Steven Sherman. The teams both took 32 shots, but the Oles were more efficient on the power play, going 1-3, whereas the Gusties failed to score in their lone power play opportunity. In goal for St. Olaf, Jude Hull made 30 saves

| Full Story |

ST. THOMAS | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Milestones for Langer, Tommie women remain unbeaten
Senior Kaitlin Langer collected a pair of milestones in an 89-63 win over Augsburg College for the St. Thomas women's basketball team.  Langer scored her 1,000th point and pulled down her 500th career rebound on her way to a 26-point, 14-rebound performance on Saturday afternoon. With the win, St. Thomas improves to 16-0 overall and 10-0 in the MIAC, while Augsburg drops to 9-8 overall and 2-8 in league play. Lauren Fischer followed Langer with a near double-double of her own.  The junior finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, knocking down four threes, while Gabby Zehrer added 17 points and four assists.

| Full Story |