(October 13 - October 19, 2004)
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16
Women's Soccer - vs. Augsburg - 1:00pm
Men's Soccer - vs. Augsburg - 3:30pm
 
 
 

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15
Volleyball at Carleton - 7:30pm (Listen Live

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16
Football at #10 St. John's - 1:00pm (Listen Live)
Men's Cross Country at UW-LaCrosse - 9:00am
Women's Cross Country at Carleton Invitational - 10:00am
Volleyball at Gustavus - 5:00pm

Cobber Athletes Rake in MIAC Player of the Week Honors!
Four Concordia athletes earned MIAC Player of the Week honors this week. That is the greatest number of Player of the Week winners in one single week in school history. It is also the most in one week by any school in the conference this year.
 

Football - Andrew Passanante
Concordia senior wide receiver Andrew Passanante (Sr., Hawley, Minn.) was named the MIAC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Hamline on Saturday. It is the first time in his career that he has won the award, and he becomes the fifth Cobber player to earn MIAC Player of the Week honors this season.

Passanante caught 12 passes for 206 and two touchdowns in Concordia's 42-0 victory over Hamline on Saturday. He becomes the first receiver since Concordia head coach Terry Horan to break the 200-yard receiving barrier in a single game.(More)


Volleyball - Jacki Barten and Jessica Walden
Middle hitter Jacki Barten (Melrose, Minn.) had a record-setting week. She was instrumental in Concordia's 5-0 week with wins over Bethel, Simpson, Loras, Central and Wartburg. In Concordia's 4-game win over eighth-ranked Central, Barten recorded a single-match, school record of 16 blocks. For the week, she averaged over 2.0 blocks per game. She also set the all-time record for blocks by a Concordia player in the Simpson match. Barten is on pace to break her own record for blocks per game in a season and total blocks in a season.

Setter Jessica Walden (Hawley, Minn.) turned in another tremendous week as well, leading the offense to the team's perfect 5-0 record. She reached a personal milestone this weekend, as she tallied her 4,000 set assist for Concordia. At 4,149 assists, she continues to add to the record she already holds as Concordia's all-time set assist leader. This year Walden has directed the Cobber offense to an MIAC-leading .241 hitting percentage, while Concorida is holding its opponents to a league low in hitting percentage at .123.(More)


Women's Soccer - Morgan Bain
Morgan Bain (So., Hugo, Minn./White Bear Lake HS) was named the MIAC Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks. Bain helped Concordia win both games this past week, and is on pace to break school and conference scoring records.

Bain scored five goals and had one assist last week in Concordia's two victories. Against NCAA Division II MSU-Moorhead, Bain assisted on the first goal and then scored the fourth goal of the game. 

On Saturday, in the Cobbers' 7-0 win over St. Catherine, Bain collected four goals. It was the first four-goal game of her collegiate career. She also scored the game-winning goal against the Wildcats, giving her four game-winners on the season - tops in the MIAC.(More


Cobber Football and Volleyball Go National!
The Concordia football and volleyball teams have a combined record of 23-1 this season. The football team is the only undefeated team left in the conference and is currently ranked 18th in the latest AFCA Division III coaches poll. The Cobber volleyball team is the only team in the MIAC that has not lost in conference play. They are 18-1 on the year and ranked 14th in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division III Coaches poll. It is the first time in school history that both the football and volleyball team have been ranked in the top 20 in their respective coaches polls at one time. 
 
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Football
Record: 4-0 MIAC, 5-0
National Ranking: 13th in the latest Don Hansen Football Gazette Poll, 18th in the AFCA Poll and 20th in the D3football.com poll
Recent Results: Hamline 0 at Concordia 42 - Complete Recap
Upcoming Events: at #10 St. John's on Saturday, October 16 at 1:00pm (Listen Live)

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia senior wide receiver Andrew Passanante (Hawley, Minn.) had his biggest game ever for the Cobbers in Concordiaís 42-0 win over Hamline on Saturday.

Passanante caught 12 passes for 206 and two touchdowns in the Homecoming victory. He became the first receiver since Concordia head coach Terry Horan to break the 200-yard receiving barrier in a single game. Horan amassed over 200 yards back in 1987 - also against Hamline.

During the course of the game, he was also a part of the team's longest play from scrimmage this season when he caught a 62-yard strike from quarterback Brian Schumacher (Jr., Thompson, N.D.).

Passanante has now caught 25 passes for 347 yards and four TD's in the last two games. He currently leads the MIAC in receptions per game (8.0), receiving yards per game (112.8) and is tied with teammate Shawn Reile for the lead in receiving touchdowns (4).

- Concordia recorded a shutout for the first time since October 30, 1999 when they beat Macalester 40-0. The win upped their overall record to 5-0 Ė the only unbeaten team left in the MIAC and one of only 19 team in Division III that have a perfect record. The last time the Cobbers started the season with more consecutive victories was back in 1997 when Concordia started the season 6-0.

Offensively, Concordia scored 40+ points for the third straight game. That streak is the longest since they put up 40 or more points in four straight games in 1995. In that stretch, Concordia beat Gustavus 48-6, downed Carleton 41-9, bettered St. Olaf 48-16 and pounded Macalester 49-6. The streak was stopped by St. John's when the Cobbers and Johnnies hooked up for a 14-14 tie. In the '95 season, Concordia and St. John's tied for the MIAC championship.

Defensively, the Cobbers are currently on top of the league in rushing defense (43.0 yds/game) and second in the league in overall defense (200.0). The Cobbers also lead in total takeaways (12) and turnover margin (+6).

- One of the stars of the Concordia offensive line will get the chance to play across from his old high school teammate when the Cobbers square off against St. Johnís on Saturday. Senior guard Jason Kelly (Fargo, N.D./Shanley HS) will be matched against the Johnnies Steve Danielson (Sr., Fargo, Shanley HS). The two played for the Deacons from 1998-2001. In his senior year, Kelly was captain, named to the All-Conference Team and voted Defensive MVP.

Kelly is part of the Cobber offensive line that has only allowed nine sacks in the teamís first five games. In the past two games, the Cobber line has paved the way for the Concordia running game to gain 458 yards. They have also given Cobber quarterback Brian Schumacher the protection he needs to throw for 10 TDís and over 560 yards.

Kellyís fellow hogs include; center David Uselman (Jr., Wadena, Minn./Wadena-Deer Creek HS), guard Matt McCallum (So., Buffalo, Minn.) and tackles Nick Didier (Sr., Helena, Mont.) and Ryan Johnson (Jr., St. Cloud, Minn./St. Cloud Apollo HS).
 
 
Volleyball
Record: 7-0 MIAC, 19-1
National Ranking: 14th in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division III Coaches Poll
Recent Results: Concordia 3 vs. Simpson 0 - Recap; Concordia 3 vs. Loras 2 - Recap; Concordia 3 vs. #8 Central 1 - Recap; Concordia 3 vs. Warburg 2 - Recap; Concordia 3 vs. St. Kate's 0 - Recap
Upcoming Events: at Carleton on Friday, October 15 at 7:30pm; at Gustavus on Saturday, October 16 at 5:00pm.

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia senior middle hitter Jacki Barten (Melrose, Minn.) set two school records over the weekend. In the teamís first match of the Minnesota/Iowa Border Battle Tournament, she broke the school mark for career blocks. She posted six blocks against Simpson, which gave her 453 for her career and helped her pass Laura Reitmeier, who recorded 452 blocks from 1995-98. In the Cobbersí 3-1 win over #8 Central, she had 16 total blocks. That mark is also a new school record for total blocks in a single match. 

- Cobber senior setter Jessica Walden was named MIAC Setter of the Week for her outstanding play during the Border Battle Tournament. She surpassed a couple of milestones over the weekend as well. Walden, who already holds every assist record at Concordia, became the first player in Cobber history to amass 4,000 career assists. She currently has 4,169 and leads the MIAC in 2004 in that category. This year Walden has directed the Cobber offense to an MIAC-leading .241 hitting percentage, while Concordia is holding its opponents to a league low in hitting percentage at .123. 

- The Concordia College volleyball team has won 19 straight matches. That is a new school record for most consecutive wins. Currently, the Cobbers are 7-0 in the MIAC, 19-1 overall and ranked 14th in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 poll. They are the only undefeated team in conference play in the MIAC. Their only loss came in the first match of the season against NCAA Division II MSU-Moorhead. The Dragons are currently ranked 18th in Division II.

Menís Soccer
Record: 0-6-1 MIAC, 1-11-2
Recent Results: Concordia 1 at #1 Trinity (TX) - Recap; Concordia 1 vs. Southwestern 3 at Trinity - Recap; Concordia 0 at St. Thomas 1 - Recap
Upcoming Events: vs. Augsburg on Saturday, October 16 at 3:30pm

Latest News and Notes:
- The Concordia menís soccer team had a unique distinction last weekend, as they played the #1 ranked team in the country. The Cobbers traveled to Texas to take on the defending national champion Trinity Tigers. Despite losing the game, Concordia managed to score a goal on Trinity. Only three other teams in the Tigersí first 11 games of the season had managed to score a goal on Trinity.
 
Womenís Soccer
Record: 7-1 MIAC, 10-3-0
Recent Results: St. Catherine 0 at Concordia 7 - Recap; St. Thomas 1 at Concordia 3 - Recap
Upcoming Events: vs. Augsburg on Saturday, October 16 at 1:00pm 

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia forward Morgan Bain (So., Hugo, Minn./White Bear Lake HS) continues to enjoy a banner year for the Cobbers. She was named the MIAC Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks, and currently leads the MIAC in points, goals, game-winning goals and shots. 

For the year, Bain has 19 goals and five assists for 43 points. She needs only one more goal to break the school record for goals in a season. She also needs four points to break the school record for points in a season. In conference play, she has 14 goals and three assists for 31 points. She currently leads the MIAC in points, goals and shots taken. She needs three goals in the teams' next three league games to break the MIAC record for goals in a season. Additionally, she needs six points to break the conference mark for points in a season. 

-  The Concordia womenís soccer team leads the MIAC in goals scored in conference play and overall. They have already broken the school record for goals in a conference season, which they set last year Ė and they still have three league games left to play in 2004. The team is also closing in on school records for wins in a season (12). Last year Concordia posted seven wins in the MIAC and 11 wins overall. The team currently has seven wins in conference play and 10 overall. It marks the first time in school history that the womenís soccer team has posted back-to-back 10-win seasons. 
 

Menís Cross Country
Recent Results: 1st Place at the Concordia/MSU-Moorhead/Bemidji State Meet - Recap
Upcoming Events: at UW-LaCrosse on Saturday, October 16 at 9:00am

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia senior Nick Myran (Sr., Kenyon, Minn./Kenyon-Wanamingo HS) led the Concordia menís cross country team to a victory in the Concordia/MSU-Moorhead/Bemidji State meet held on Friday. Myran covered the 8,000-meter course in 27:26 and won by over 20 seconds.

The Cobbers won the meet by placing all five of their runners in the top eight of the race. Concordia has never lost to NCAA Division II MSU-Moorhead in a full varsity race since 1997. The Cobbers are now 9-0 against the Dragons in the past seven years.
 
Womenís Cross Country
Recent Results: 1st Place at the Concordia/MSU-Moorhead/Bemidji State Meet - Recap
Upcoming Events: at the Carleton Invitational on Saturday, October 16 at 10:00am

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia senior Natalie Hanson (Sr., Rogers, Minn./Elk River Area HS) won the Concordia/MSU-Moorhead/Bemidji State meet this past Friday. Hanson, who has been the teamís top runner in all five meets this year, finished the accidentally shortened course in a time of 22:28. The final distance of the meet was 5,650 meters. The race was scheduled for 6,000 meters, but the lead vehicle missed a turn and the entire field ended up running 350 meters short.

As a team, Concordia placed eight runners in the top 11 of the meet. 

Menís Golf
Recent Results: 6th Place at the MIAC Championship Meet - Recap
Upcoming Events: End of Fall Season

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia freshman golfer Drew Dvorak (Litchfield, Minn.) shot a 152 (76-76), finished in a tie for sixth and earned MIAC All-Conference honors at the recently completed MIAC Championship Tournament held at Bunker Hills Golf Club in Coon Rapids. Dvorak became the first Cobber freshman to earn All-Conference honors since Mike Lundberg (Jr., White Bear Lake, Minn.) accomplished the feat in 2002.
 
Womenís Golf
Recent Results: 4th Place at the MIAC Championship Meet - Recap
Upcoming Events: End of Fall Season

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia senior golfer Katy Stevens capped her conference career by firing a 174 (88-86) and finished in a tie for seventh place at the MIAC Championship Tournament held at Willingerís Golf Club in Northfield. The seventh-place finish earns her All-Conference honors for the second consecutive year. Last year she finished in a tie for tenth with an identical final score of 174 (82-92). 
 


Please Note: The views written in this piece are the work of the writer and and do not necessarily reflect the views of Concordia College. They are not meant to harm or disrespect any of the athletes or school. It is merely an attempt to give the reader a different perspective into the world of Concordia athletics.

Different Perspective Index: October 6 - September 29 - 2003 Different Perspective Index

No Time to Write, Time to Stand Up and Cheer
by Jim Cella

October 13, 2004

This week's "Different Perspective" column will fall along the lines of my former coaching philosophy. I figured out long ago that when dealing with athletes that are getting ready to go against opposing teams that are ready to go tooth-and-nail for the entire game, it is best to use the "KISS" method in dealing out pregame instructions.
KISS as in Keep It Simple Stupid!

And that is what I intend to do this week. Due to the brilliant play of the Cobber fall teams and all the records and national rankings that each sport thinks is so wonderful to push on the sports information office, I am at a loss for time. Plus, the fact that I recently lost my cell phone and wallet - means I will spend more time looking for those invaluable items of the 21st century. It's amazing how one month ago I didn't have any use for a cell phone and now I feel naked without it around - somebody help me!!

Actually, most of my time this week has been in writing articles on the record-setting feats of the volleyball and women's soccer team and the impending "Game of the Year" between Concordia and St. John's in football. So, as you can see, I am tired from running around, worn out from typing recaps of every school record that is being broken and need to rest up for Super Saturday.

With that in mind, I leave you with one piece of advice: Get to the Cobber/Johnnie football game on Saturday!!! 

I pleasantly ask, plead and will even get down on my knees and beg you to witness this event. Even if you are completely against football and dislike leaving town on a Saturday, this is the one time you need to get to the game. Make a day of it and enjoy the atmosphere. Sit on the hill and watch the people. Walk around campus and feel the chill in the air knowing it will be the last time you will be able to go outside without fear of hypothermia.

Also, wear your gold. Turn the "Pine Curtain" into a blanket of gold. Drown out all the Johnnie red with Cobber gold. 

Oh yeah, don't be afraid to yell and scream when the Cobbers score a touchdown and make a great play on defense - there are going to be a lot of them! 

As for me, this will be the first time in 15 years that I will get to see a football game at Clemens Stadium - and the ironic part is that I will be rooting like a maniac for the team on the opposing sideline from St. John's. I spent nine wonderful years at St. John's - going to school and coaching. I have now spent 13 even better years at Concordia. My little red wagon has been permanently painted maroon and gold. If there is one thing that would bring true joy to this SID, it would be seeing the St. John's faithful walking out of the stadium with a dazed look on their collective face after getting beat by the Cobbers! 

This game has turned into a shedding of my old skin. My family, and friends that are Johnnie alum, have been sending heckling e-mails to tell me that once again the upstart Cobbers will be shown what a true football powerhouse looks like. I in turn, send back even more heckling e-mails telling them that their turn in the sun is over and the new sheriff of the MIAC (Terry Horan) is riding into town with his posse and riding out with the MIAC championship. 

I have become so delirious with this new found school pride that I have gone as far as promising several members of the Cobber football team that they can destroy my "Rat" bobblehead and burn my St. John's clothing when the Cobbers win. 

The time has come for a complete conversion. Like Martin Luther before me, this once proud Johnnie is converting to Cobberism, and this Saturday I plan on being baptized in the names of Christiansen, Christopherson and Horan

Finally, what credible athletic writer would not put his expertise on the line and offer a prediction. I will go on record as saying that the final score will be................. Concordia 30, St. John's 3. Brian Schumacher throws for four TD's, Brian Halverson has an extra point blocked but hits on a field goal. This might sound a little too optimistic, but since I actually had a dream that this would be the score - I am sticking with it!! I told you I need some more rest.

Get to the game, cheer loud for the Cobbers and just enjoy the spectacle.

From inside the box and looking for my phone, keys and a bit of rest - that's this week's different perspective!

Go Cobbers!! I See the Light!! 
 


 
 
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