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The Concordian  - December 7, 2001 

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Men’s hockey on offensive to improve
by Kara Murray - The Concordian

The Concordia men’s hockey team has adopted a never-say-die attitude on the rink. 

The Cobbers, now 4-3-1 overall and 3-2-1 in MIAC play, are working to come out onto the rink strong and play their game the whole way through. 

“We have good leadership for our team,” forward Matt Notermann said. “The captains are good guys, and we’re making progress.”

After its explosion into the season with a 7-3 win over St. Olaf, the team has had varied success as it skirts between winning and losing. The next game in the series with St. Olaf ended in a tie. 

Next, the team split a series with Bethel, losing the first night 5-2, but then slamming Bethel 7-1 in the second game. 

While hosting Wisconsin teams Eau Claire and Stevens Point, the Cobbers first were bogged down by penalties losing 6-3 to Eau Claire and then using them to their advantage against Stevens Point to win 4-3.

“We need to improve so we can come out and play like we know we can,” freshman Clay Mannie said. “Our practices are strong because they help us work on doing better as a team.” 

In their latest series against St. Thomas, the Cobbers fell in the first game but rallied back to take the second. 

Concordia scored the first shot of the game in the first game against St. Thomas, but the Tommies answered in the second period with a goal of their own. The third period proved no resolution for the two teams. When the buzzer sounded the score remained tied 3-3. Forty-six seconds into overtime was all the time the Tommies needed to score the game-winning goal against the Cobbers. 

“Each night has different things going on,” Notermann said. “We played well, but we still lost.”

The second, more physical, game of the match-up provided more success for Concordia along with many more penalty minutes. During the game, there were 54 penalty minutes given between the two teams. Andy Vix scored for the Cobbers 40 seconds into the first period. St. Thomas tied the score late in the period. 

It was in the third period that Concordia took control of the game. Within 33 seconds Antonio Castañeda and Jeff Styba each scored a goal to secure the 4-3 win. 

“We get along with one another well,” Mannie said. “That helps us support one another on the ice.”

The Cobbers are looking to improve their record as they travel to play St. Scholastica and UW-Superior this weekend. 

| 2001 Cobber Women's Hockey |
December 7, 2001 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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| 2001 Cobber Men's Track and Field
December 7, 2001 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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| 2001 Cobber Women's Track and Field
December 7, 2001 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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| 2001 Cobber Wrestling |
December 7, 2001 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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| 2001 Cobber Swimming |
December 7, 2001 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Swimmers glide toward faster times
by Blair Sander - Sports Editor

Competitive swimming is an individual sport to those with untrained eyes; however for the Concordia swim team, it is everything but.

Although the team is halfway through its sixth season as an intercollegiate sport, it is still in a building era, said head coach Julie Lucier.

“My philosophy is to really focus on improvements and helping swimmers improve times,” she said. “We have to build on what we have. I’m a big believer in having team spirit because it goes a long way towards success.”

Despite being a younger team in which 15 of the 20 swimmers are freshmen and sophomores, many of the swimmers have already broken personal records and are striving to dunk school records as well, Lucier said. 

“It’s been great watching how much everyone can improve over a few short months,” said freshman Megan Johnson. “Everyone is always so supportive and pushing each other to do their best, whether at practice or during meets.”

For exactly that reason, swimming at Concordia can not be considered an “individuals only” sport.

“If one [swimmer] experiences success, it is because of team support,” Lucier said. 

Along with personal successes, there have been injuries that have been affecting numbers, Lucier said, but the swimmers at practice are doing well. The real question comes when the team gets to the conference meet in mid-February. 

Most of the training that the team does is geared toward the end of the season when Concordia swims against the 10 other schools in the conference that have swim teams. 

Although the team has placed sixth for the last four years and it will be tough to improve on this year, Lucier said, the team is young and there is a lot of room for improvement in the future. 

“We all have a lot of fun, and I think that has contributed to the success we are having in the water,” Johnson said. “I’ve been so impressed with everyone’s hard work and dedication.”

The team’s next meet is at Concordia this Saturday against St. Thomas at 1 p.m.