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Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 1– The 2011-12 season was the 40th anniversary of the installment of title IX in college athletics and the Cobber women’s teams celebrated the landmark event in unbelievable fashion. The Concordia women’s sports squads fashioned out six All-Americans, three NCAA Tournament – who all made it to at least the Sweet 16, one Capital One Academic All-American and countless numbers of MIAC All-Conference and Academic All-Conference honorees.

The Cobber womCobber Women's Sports Teamsen’s teams were the driving force behind Concordia finishing 80th in the annual Division III Sports Director’s Cup. The top 100 finish, in a competition which awards points based on teams’ performances in NCAA national playoff and championship events, is the highest in school history.

Concordia women’s teams also finished fifth in the All-Sports competition in the MIAC with a final total of 79.5 points – the most by the Cobbers since 2002. Of the 11 women’s sports at Concordia, six finished in the top 4 in the MIAC standings.

The Cobber volleyball, women’s soccer and women’s hockey teams all took Concordia sports fans on thrilling rides during the year as they earned trips to the NCAA Tournament and all went deep into the playoffs. The crowds drawn by the volleyball team for the MIAC Championship Match and NCAA Regional matches were the biggest non-football crowds in over 20 years. The excitement level for all those matches inside memorial Auditorium was electric and the enthusiasm shown by the fans hasn’t been seen the “barn” for many years.

In addition to the team success during the fall and winter, there were also several outstanding individual performances throughout the year. The trend of the “Year of the Women” was capped off by track and field sensation Kaari Jensen who earned All-Region Athlete of the Year and All-American honors in the heptathlon.

The 2011-12 athletic season will be remembered for when the Cobber women “roared” into the headlines.

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Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 2– The No.2 top story on the Cobber top 10 stories list might spotlights the team that went the farthest in the NCAA Tournament last year. The Cobber women’s hockey went from Antarctica on the national hockey scene to the middle of downtown New York as they finished the year as one of the top 8 teams in the country.
Cobber Women's Hockey team
Concordia was picked to finish fourth in the preseason coaches’ poll but then went on to prove everyone wrong by winning 10 conference games, advancing to the championship of the MIAC Tournament, earning their first-ever national ranking and then getting the program’s first-ever spot in the national playoffs.

The reason we chose the women’s hockey team above all the other great Cobber teams last year because all their achievements were program firsts. It might be a knock against the women’s soccer and volleyball teams that they always get into the playoffs but there is never another national tournament “first”. That, combined with the fact that only eight teams make the national tournament, propelled the women’s hockey team to the No.2 spot on the list.

Concordia finished the year with a 15-5-5 overall record which marked the second straight year they won a program-record 15 overall games. The Cobbers also finished the year by being ranked ninth in the final USCHO.com national poll. Second-year head coach Brett Bruininks was named the MIAC Coach of the Year and five different CC players earned All-Conference honors. On top of that, senior Katelyn Dold went on to become the first All-American in program history.

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Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 3–  A new week means the top 10 Cobber stories from 2011-12 heads into the final 3. The third top story from last year took Concordia fans on a thrill ride from September until November. The CC volleyball team had a “storybook” season as they won both the MIAC regular season and postseason tournament and hosted the NCAA Regional Tournament.
Cobber Volleyball Team
The Cobbers won 11 of their first 12 matches and never looked back. Along the way to the postseason, Concordia beat Division III powerhouse Juniata, won a pair of non-conference tournaments and strung together an MIAC-record streak of 30 consecutive set victories. CC finished the regular season with a record of 10-1 in league play and a 22-3 overall record.

Concordia cruised through the MIAC postseason tournament by sweeping St. Ben’s and then edging St. Thomas. To add the perfect cherry on top of an already amazing sundae, the Cobbers were selected to host the NCAA Regional Tournament – the first time in program history CC had hosted a national tournament match.

The Cobbers also set individual records as well. Jenna Green, Amy Sykora and Katie Vohnoutka all earned All-American honors making it the first time in program history that the storied program had three All-American in one season. Green also became the third player in school history to be named the MIAC Most Valuable Player.

All in all, Concordia finished with a 27-4 record. That is the second most wins in a single season in school history. CC was also ranked in the top 25 of the nation the entire year and spent six weeks ranked in the top 10 of Division III.

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Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 4–  The Cobber women’s soccer team turned a year of question marks into another deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Concordia entered the season having to replace 10 seniors, three All-Region performers and a two-time All-American.
Kelsey Swagger
While the rest of the MIAC was waiting for the Cobbers to come back to reality, Dan Weiler’s new-look CC team extended their stay at the top of the MIAC and then went all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Concordia started the season by going unbeaten in their first seven games and then proceeded to finish the MIAC regular season with a 7-1-3 record. The Cobbers wound up third in the conference standings and then won their conference semifinal game against Carleton.

Despite losing in the MIAC championship game at St. Ben’s, Concordia earned their second straight, and fifth overall, trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Cobbers opened the national tournament in California by beating Puget Sound in penalty kicks. CC then downed UC-Santa Cruz 2-1 in overtime to garner their second trip to the Sweet 16 in the past three seasons.

The Cobbers flew from coast to coast to take on SUNY-Cortland in the third round of the NCAA Tourney. It took a “career” shot to knock CC out of the tourney but the deep run in the playoffs set the stage for the Cobber women’s soccer tradition to carry on for years to come.

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Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 5–  If there was a women’s track and field record or award to be won in the spring, junior Kaari Jensen probably earned it. Jensen stepped into the spotlight at the end of the indoor track and field season and then took center stage for the entire season as she earned Academic All-American and All-American honors in May.
Kaari Jensen
Jensen had an amazing junior season in track and field. She started the year by competing at the NCAA National Indoor track and Field Meet and finished it by earning All-American honors at the NCAA National Outdoor Track and Field Meet as well as Capital One Academic All-American honors. Along the way she broke both the MIAC, and Concordia, record in the heptathlon and won the MIAC heptathlon and javelin competitions. She also posted top 10 finishes at the MIAC Meet in the 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump.

Besides her All-American honor, Jensen also earned the MIAC Most Outstanding Performance of the Meet award and was recently named the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Central Region Field Athlete of the Year. Jensen also earned Capital One Academic All-District honors earlier in the month.

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Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 6–  The Cobber wrestling program continued their trend of individual and team success in 2012. Led by head coaches Clay and Matt Nagel, Concordia had four more wrestlers earn a trip to the NCAA National Meet and two athletes earned All-American status.
Ben Presler
Senior Ben Presler and junior Nathan Schmitz carried on the unbelievable string of All-American wrestlers for the Cobbers. Concordia has now had nine athletes earn All-American honors in the past five years. Presler and Schmitz also helped CC earn 27.5 teams points and finish in 13th place. It marks the third straight season that the Cobbers have finished in the top 15 of the nation.

Presler, who was unseeded entering the national meet, went 4-2 at 125 to earn his first All-American award. He started the tournament by dominating No.8-ranked Stephen Hinton. Presler posted a 17-0 technical fall to earn a spot in the quarterfinals. He then lost a tough 9-6 decision to No.1-ranked Nathan Fitzenreider of North Central.

Schmitz, like Presler, went 4-2 at the NCAA Meet. He also won his first match, lost the second and then made a run in the wrestlebacks to earn his first All-American honor. Schmitz, seeded sixth at 197, beat Reid Mosqueara of Johns Hopkins 5-2 in the opener. He then lost the closest match of the tournament by any CC wrestler when he lost 5-4 in an instant classic to No.3-ranked Dustin Baxter of St. John’s.

Ben Presler and Nathan Schmitz Earn All-American Honors

 

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Here is a very unofficial list of the Top 10 moments in Cobbers sports from the 2011-12 season. It was compiled by the Concordia Sports Information Department and will most likely exclude some player/coach or team success. The list is only a way for Cobber fans to relive the great year in Cobber athletics and is in no way a official comprehensive summary of all the great things that happened during the 2011-12 athletic season.


No. 7–  The No.7 top story of 2011 showcases the talents of one of the best football players to don the maroon and Michael Dunhamgold in the past several years. Michael Dunham turned his senior season into a one-man assault on the Cobber career passing records. When the leaves had settled and the snow began to fall, Dunham broke the Concordia records for career passing yards, career pass completions, career pass completion percentage, career passing yards per game and career pass attempts.

Dunham finished his storied career by throwing for 5,235 yards and completed 443 passes. He had a career passing percentage of 60.9% and averaged 193.9 passing yards per game in his four seasons of play.

Dunham also helped the Cobbers on the ground during the 2011-12 season. He was second on the team in carries and net yards gained. For his career he ran for over 600 yards and carried the ball 218 times.

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