Every week the MIAC puts out a weekly notebook that details all the top highlights from the conference teams the past week. Also featured are the top five stories from the conference.
Check out this week’s edition of the MIAC Notebook:
Top MIAC Stories
St. Thomas scores a shutout to remain final unbeaten MIAC team
The No. 3-ranked Tommie football team (6-0 overall, 4-0 MIAC) recorded its first conference shutout since 2003 with Saturday’s 17-0 win at Augsburg. The Tommie defense limited an explosive Auggie attack to no points and 250 total yards after the Auggies had averaged 32.5 points and 398 yards of offense a game in their 4-0 start. St. Thomas ran its MIAC winning streak to 15 games, the program’s longest in conference play since the 1947-49 Tommies won 15 in a row in the league. Senior Colin Tobin had 119 of his 155 rushing yards in the second half and posted his 10th career 100-yard rushing game. QB Dakota Tracy also ran for 124 yards and the Tommies received their 33rd and 34th 100-yard rushing performance of the 42-game Glenn Caruso era.
Bethel volleyball flying high
A core of upper classmen has Bethel’s volleyball team enjoying a season not seen since 2007 when the Royals advanced as far as the second round of the NCAA playoffs. Opposite hitter Nicole Wriedt (Sr., Pewaukee, Wis.) and setter Kate Smith (Sr., Arden Hills, Minn.) have been go-to players for Bethel for each of their four years, while a strong group of juniors led by Amy Werner (Jr., Three Lakes, Wis.) and Caitie Helle (Jr., Onamia, Minn.) has provided ample offensive firepower and defensive acumen at the net. Wriedt was an impact player in Bethel’s 2-0 week last week, which included shutouts over Gustavus and Hamline. She had 17 kills against the Gusties and another seven against Hamline, bringing her to a career total of 982 heading into a tournament at UW-Superior this weekend. Bethel’s 5-1 record placed them in a four-way tie for first place in the conference after last weekend’s matches. Coincidentally, five conference wins equals or betters win totals for each of the past three seasons.
Hamline men nearly perfect at St. Catherine’s Invitational
Hamline’s men’s cross country team came very close to having a perfect performance Saturday in winning the St. Catherine’s Invitational. Piper runners finished 1-2-4-5-11. Devin Monson won the 4K race in a time of 12:14.55. Teammate Jack Deichert was second. Ellis Richardson was fourth and Colin Rogers finished fifth. Brendan Ruter was 11th. HU finished with 23 points, defeating St. John’s, Luther and St. Thomas.
Ramussen, Weyer on a roll for Scots’ soccer team
Macalester forward Taylor Ramussen (Jr., Eagan, Minn. / Eastview) has netted goals in five of his team’s six MIAC matches and 11 of Macalester’s 16 conference games over the last two years. Rasmussen’s most recent goal was his 28th career marker, putting him in a tie for sixth on the school’s all-time goal-scoring chart. He’s 20th nationally with 10 goals.
Macalester has out-scored its last three opponents 16-0 and goalkeeper Matt Weyer (Sr., Cedarburg, Wis.) is coming off MIAC road shutouts last week over Bethel and Concordia. Weyer turned away four Bethel shots on goal in Mac’s 5-0 win over the Royals in Arden Hills. He registered five saves over the weekend in Moorhead to lead the Scots past the Cobbers 2-0. Weyer owns a 1.08 goals against average on the season and has three shutouts in six MIAC starts. His GAA in conference play is 0.76.