NSIC roundup

Each week, The Minot Daily News will feature a roundup of notable performances, news and results from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Here’s what happened last week:

– Bemidji State University and Winona State University kicked off the season Thursday in dramatic fashion, with BSU rattling off 31 unanswered points to defeat the Warriors 34-27 in overtime. The Beavers (1-0) got two defensive scores and freshman backup quarterback Ryan Shields tossed touchdown passes to force overtime and clinch the win.

Northern State University topped Wayne State College 29-27 in triple overtime. NSU quarterback Jared Jacobson connected with sophomore wideout Tanner White on the first play of the third overtime and the Wolves’ converted the two-point conversion. After Wayne State’s Charlie Davidson scored on a 3-yard touchdown run, the Wolves forced an incompletion on the conversion attempt to end the game.

– Upper Iowa University junior quarterback Cole Jaeschke was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 292 yards and five touchdowns in a 47-0 rout of Minnesota Crookston. Jaeschke completed 17 of 26 pass attempts.

Bemidji State lineback Connor Quinn was named the defensive player of the week after totaling 10 tackles (nine solo) and returning a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He also tallied three tackles for loss and one sack.

Augustana College kicker Lucas Wainman was honored as the special teams player of the week. He went 2 for 2 on field-goal attempts and 5 for 5 on extra points in the Vikings’ 41-28 win over Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Wainman set a school record with a 53-yard field goal and also booted a 53-yard punt.

– The No. 20 Wayne State volleyball team posted four straight wins over top 25 opponents to open its season. The Wildcats defeated No. 20 Wingate (N.C.), No. 11 Colorado Mines, No. 9 Indianapolis and No. 1 Concordia-St. Paul – a fellow NSIC member.

The Wildcats jumped all the way to No. 8 in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. Other ranked NSIC teams include Minnesota Duluth (No. 2), C-SP (No. 4), and Southwest Minnesota State (No. 14).

– Augustana senior Runa Falch was named the national Division II athlete of the week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Falch, a three-time cross country All-American, won the three-mile Augustana Twilight Invitational with a time of 16 minutes, 16.77 seconds on Friday. Falch’s time was more than 40 seconds faster than the next attached runner. Augustana placed five runners in the top 11 to win the event.

– The Minnesota State University-Mankato soccer team – last year’s NSIC regular-season champion – opened its 2013 campaign strong. The sixth-ranked Mavericks topped Truman State (Mo.) 1-0 in overtime Friday and then handled No. 11 Central Missouri 3-0 on Sunday.

Mavericks senior forward Courtney Vallarelli was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week after scoring two goals, including the game-winner against Truman. Mankato junior defender Breanna Steele was named the defensive player of the week. She was a key part of a back line that allowed just six shots on goal in the Mavericks’ two shutouts.