This Week in the MIAC - Feb. 8, 2017

This Week in the MIAC - Feb. 8, 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

National accolades for MIAC student-athletes, administrators
The MIAC has certainly received its share of national attention lately, as two MIAC student-athletes were named National Player-of-the-Week in their respective sports, and MIAC Executive Director Dan McKane received the Distinguished Service Award from the Division III Commissioners' Association (DIIICA). St. Thomas senior center Kaitlin Langer was named the USBWA Division III National Women's Basketball Player-of-the-Week after averaging 22 points and 7.7 rebounds for the second-ranked and undefeated (21-0) Tommies last week. Carleton's Caroline Mather won an individual event and a relay race and turned in several other standout performances at the Minnesota Challenge to earn CollegeSwimming.com Swimmer-of-the-Week honors. McKane wrapped up two years as the President of the DIIICA, and was recognized for his service with the organization's top honor last month. 

Basketball records and milestones
Last Wednesday, St. Catherine University basketball seniors LaShay Holt made her mark in the school record book. Holt became the school's all-time leader in points and rebounds in the Wildcats 82-48 victory over the Scots. At the end of the game, Holt's record totals stood at 1,408 points and 772 rebounds in her career with St. Kate's. Saturday, Bethel University's Bridgeport Tusler joined Bethel's prestigious 1,000-point club Saturday, as the junior guard needed five points heading into the game. Tusler finished with 18 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals to help the Royals score a 90-83 win over Saint John's. Also Saturday, the No. 17 ranked Gustavus women's basketball team defeated Hamline 106-63 as Head Coach Laurie Kelly captured her 300th all-time win in her 19th season as a head coach, her fifth at Gustavus. 

Johnnie football leads Division III in attendance again
For the 15th time in the last 16 seasons and 20th time overall, Saint John's University led NCAA Division III in football attendance in 2016.  SJU averaged 7,787 fans per game over the course of the season, with a six-game total of 46,719 fans. Collegeville was the premier location for Division III, beating out second-place Wisconsin-Whitewater by an average of 2,069 spectators per game. SJU's cumulative total of 46,719 fans was greater than 89 FCS teams and one Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team, Ball State. Only six of the 172 Division II programs attracted more fans at home. | Full Story |


IN THE POLLS

MEN'S BASKETBALL

D3hoops.com Top 25
RV. St. Thomas 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL   

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

D3hoops.com Top 25
2. St. Thomas
16. Gustavus 
RV. Bethel 


 

WOMEN'S SWIMMING
AND DIVING

CSCAA Top 25
13. St. Thomas

CollegeSwimming.com
13. St. Thomas 

MEN'S SWIMMING
AND DIVING


CollegeSwimming.com
39. St. Thomas 
MEN'S TENNIS

Oracle/ITA National Rankings
20. Gustavus
37. St. Thomas
38. Carleton 

Central Region Rankings
6. Gustavus
13. Carleton
MEN'S HOCKEY

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

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

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

D3hockey.com Top 10
RV. Augsburg
MEN'S INDOOR
TRACK AND FIELD


USTFCCCA National Rankings   
24. Hamline

USTFCCCA Central Region
Rankings

1. St. Thomas
7. St. Olaf
8. Concordia
9. Hamline 
MEN'S INDOOR
TRACK AND FIELD


USTFCCCA Central Region   
Rankings

3. St. Thomas
7. Carleton
8. Concordia
9. Saint Benedict
10. Hamline 
WOMEN'S TENNIS

Oracle/ITA National Rankings  
36. Gustavus
37. St. Thomas
38. Carleton 

Central Region Rankings
9. Gustavus
10. St. Thomas
11. Carleton
T20. St. Olaf 

ATHLETES-OF-THE-WEEK

The two MIAC Basketball Athletes-of-the-Week both put up career-best numbers in big games for their teams last week. Saint John's David Stokman won the men's honor after averaging 26.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists while leading SJU to a 2-1 record in three road games. St. Thomas' Kaitlin Langer won her third honor of the season after putting up averages of 22 points and 7.7 rebounds per game, as her team won three times to improve to 21-0 and remain unbeaten in 2016-17.

It was a big week for goalies in the MIAC, as a pair of netminders took home the Hockey Athlete-of-the-Week awards. Hamline's Justin Quale helped his team take four of six points from Augsburg by making 76 "official" saves in a pair of overtime thrillers, then stopped another 12 shootout attempts to help the Pipers prevail in both. Saint Benedict goalie Julia Carle made 66 saves and allowed just three goals as her team tied and defeated St. Catherine to earn its first MIAC win of the season.

Carleton's Caroline Mather was named the Women's Swimming Athlete-of-the-Week on the heels of also receiving national weekly honors for her outstanding performance – including two first-place finishes – at the Minnesota Challenge. The first MIAC Tennis Athletes-of-the-Week each had strong starts to the spring season. Gustavus' Mohanad Alhouni went 2-1 in singles play and 2-1 in doubles play against nationally-ranked teams to win the men's award, and Saint Benedict's Tessa Rahrick went a combined 6-0 (3-0 singles, 3-0 doubles) in three matches, including two against Division II foes.

Concordia and St. Thomas split the MIAC Track and Field Athlete-of-the-Week awards. Cobber sprinter David Supinski earned the men's track honor after setting new school records in both the 400- and 600-meter dashes, and Concordia's Emma Peterson claimed the women's field award after breaking the school record in the high jump. UST thrower Austin Jochum received the men's field award after winning the weight throw with a top-seven national time, and fellow Tommie Kayla Janto received the women's track honor thanks to a pair of impressive, top-25 national performances in the 800-meter run and the 4x400-meter relay.

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


MIAC WEEKLY

MIAC Weekly - Episode 167 - 2.8.17

As the winter sports action heats up, so does the MIAC Weekly podcast with Host Mike Gallagher, who covers a unique viral Twitter story from the conference, the full winter sports landscape, and he hits the women's basketball court with St. Thomas star center Kaitlin Langer, who was recently named the USBWA Division III National Player-of-the-Week

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'FEATURE PRESETNATION'

Gustavus senior swimmer Adam Peters was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was just a teenager. However, he hasn't let his condition slow him down - in the pool or in life - and he's used his platform as a college athlete to raise funds and awareness for the condition.

| Feature Story | Video


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 | 

Auggies clinch MIAC Playoff bid with sweep
Megan Johnson (SO, Madison, Wis./Memorial HS) and Bridget Wagner (FY, Niles, Ill./Maine South HS) scored goals for Augsburg College, as the Auggies clinched a berth in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's hockey postseason playoffs for the second straight year, completing a series sweep of Hamline University with a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon. All three goals in the game came on power plays, with Augsburg going 2-for-6 and Hamline going 1-for-5 with the player advantage.

| Full Story |

BETHEL | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Tusler scores 1,000th point in win over SJU
The Bethel University men's basketball team was hungry for a victory Saturday afternoon when they welcomed Saint John's University to Arden Hills. Not only did the Royals (15-6, 11-5 MIAC) want to put an end to the two-game skid they recently endured, but they also wanted to avenge an 81-87 setback against the Johnnies (14-6, 10-5 MIAC) that took place in Collegeville on January 16. BU was able to kill two birds with one stone thanks to a 90-83 victory over SJU in front of a packed Robertson Center. Bridgeport Tusler joined Bethel's prestigious 1,000-point club Saturday, as the junior guard needed five points heading into the game. Tusler finished with 18 points, three rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

| Full Story |

CARLETON MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Mather and Wetzel combine for a trio of weekly honors
Carleton College women's swimming and diving team members Caroline Mather (So./Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) and Maria Wetzel (Sr./Salem, Ore./West Salem) both took home weekly honors for their performances at the Minnesota Challenge meet. Mather earned her second MIAC weekly honor and was also selected as the CollegeSwimming.com Division III National Swimmer-of-the-Week, while Wetzel was tabbed the conference swimmer-of-the-week by CollegeSwimming.com. Both Knights figured in two event victories, winning one individual event and making up half of a victorious relay quartet.

| Full Story |

CONCORDIA | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Supinski, Peterson break school records & earn weekly honors
To the record breakers go the spoils. David Supinski and Emma Peterson were both named MIAC Track and Field Athletes of the Week after breaking school records over the weekend at the NDSU Bison Open. Both Supinski and Peterson earn MIAC Indoor Athlete of the Week for the first time in their careers while Peterson claims the second conference weekly award in her time in maroon and gold after being named the MIAC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week on Apr. 20, 2016. Supinski set new Cobber records in the 400- and 600-meter runs, and Peterson broke the high jump record.

| Full Story |

GUSTAVUS | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |


No. 17 Gustavus downs Hamline for Kelly's 300th career win
The No. 17 ranked Gustavus women's basketball team was led a 25-point performance from Miranda Rice (Jr., Forest Lake, Minn.) and a double-double from Hannah Howard (Sr., St. Paul, Minn.) as Head Coach Laurie Kelly captured her 300th all-time win in her 19th season as a head coach, her fifth at Gustavus. The Gusties defeated Hamline University 106-63 Saturday afternoon at Gus Young Court to improve their record to 20-1 overall and 13-1 MIAC. The home team outscored the Pipers by a margin of 40-3 in points off turnovers and out-rebounded Hamline by a clip of 46-25.

| Full Story |

HAMLINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page | 

Men's basketball earns first sweep of Gustavus in six years
Points aren't the only way some tight basketball games are decided. A well-placed rebound or two can be the difference as well. Just ask the Hamline men's basketball team. Thanks to key boards by Ethan Scheuring and Dylan See-Rockers (and the subsequent making of free throws), the Pipers held off Gustavus Adolphus for a 68-63 win in St. Peter Saturday. it was the first time since the 2010-11 season that the Pipers left Gus Young Court with a victory. Not coincidentally, it was their first two -game sweep of GAC since the same season.

| Full Story |

MACALESTER | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Comeback lifts Macalester past Saint Mary's
A layup by senior center Kareem Ismail (Pasadena, Calif./Flintridge Prep) with 0.7 seconds remaining gave the Macalester College men's basketball team a 78-76 victory at Saint Mary's University Monday night at Saint Mary's Gym. The MIAC win improved the Scots to 7-12 overall, including a 3-11 mark in conference play. Saint Mary's led 70-60 with seven minutes remaining when Macalester began its comeback.

| Full Story |

SAINT BENEDICT | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

CSB beats St. Kate's for first MIAC win
The College of Saint Benedict hockey team picked up its first MIAC win of the season Saturday afternoon when it defeated St. Kate's 3-2 at the MAC in St. Cloud. The two teams were tied 1-1 after one period, and Saint Benedict (4-15-2, 1-11-2) scored a pair of second-period goals and then held on for the win. St. Kate's finished with 29 shots to Saint Benedict's 20, but sophomore goalie Julia Carle made 27 saves to pick up her second win of the season and was later named MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week for her performance in the series.

| Full Story |

ST. CATHERINE | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Holt breaks St. Kate's records for points and rebounds in win over Macalester
Every so often, history gets made in the sport of college basketball. Wednesday night, fans and players alike witnessed it being made in spades, as two St. Catherine University basketball seniors made their marks in the school record book. LaShay Holt (Minneapolis, Minn. / Humboldt) cemented herself in the St. Kate's record book as the all-time leader in points and rebounds in the Wildcats 82-48 victory over the Scots Wednesday night. At the end of the game, Holt's record totals stood at 1,408 points and 772 rebounds in her career with St. Kate's. In addition, fellow senior Mari Lee set a new career high in points, as she led the team with 20 points in the win. 

| Full Story |

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

Johnnie football leads Division III in attendance again
For the 15th time in the last 16 seasons and 20th time overall, Saint John's University led NCAA Division III in football attendance in 2016.  SJU averaged 7,787 fans per game over the course of the season, with a six-game total of 46,719 fans. Collegeville was the premier location for Division III, beating out second-place Wisconsin-Whitewater by an average of 2,069 spectators per game. SJU's cumulative total of 46,719 fans was greater than 89 FCS teams and one Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team, Ball State. Only six of the 172 Division II programs attracted more fans at home.

| Full Story |

SAINT MARY'S | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Cardinals blank Gustavus to complete sweep
Saint Mary's—thanks to goals by Bob Kinne (St. Paul, Minn.) and Jay Heinle (York, Pa.), and the shutout goaltending of Aaron Davis (Mount, Minn.)—inched a step closer to locking up one of five MIAC Playoff spots, collecting a 2-0 victory at Don Roberts Ice Rink. With the sweep—the Cardinals earned a 3-1 victory at the Saint Mary's Ice Arena in Friday's opening game of the team's two-game conference series, the Cardinals leap-frogged into a three-way tie for second place with Augsburg and Hamline with 26 points, while Concordia currently rounds out the top five with 20 points.

| Full Story |

ST. OLAF | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

Tobroxen, Korba pace Oles in win at SMU
Robert Tobroxen had 22 points and eight rebounds and Austin Korba 19 points as St. Olaf defeated Saint Mary's University 74-63 in a MIAC men's basketball game on Saturday afternoon. Tobroxen added five assists for the Oles (9-11, 7-8 MIAC) , who had a double-double from Austin Majeskie in the win. Majeskie had 14 points and collected 10 rebounds.

| Full Story |

ST. THOMAS | MIAC Member PageAthletics home page |

National honors for Kaitlin Langer
Kaitlin Langer has come up big in big games, and Tuesday her excellence was rewarded. The St. Thomas senior center was chosen as Division III Women's Basketball Player of the Week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. The 21-0 Tommies have climbed to No. 2 in the national rankings after winning three tough contests last week in a five-day span. On Monday the Hill-Murray High grad was named MIAC Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week. That was her third such conference weekly honor of the season and fourth in the last two winters. Langer averaged 22 points and 7.7 boards while making 22-of-39 shots and 22-of-26 free throws in the three victories.

| Full Story |