NSIC roundup

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

— The last two winless football teams in the NSIC picked up their first victories of the season during Week 5. The Minnesota Crookston defense forced five fumbles and came up with two fourth-down stops in a 16-14 win over Bemidji State.

Minnesota State University-Moorhead won a 47-46 shootout against Northern State. Sophomore quarterback Jake Hodge completed 30 of 47 passes for 292 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran 12 times for 101 yards, including two touchdowns and the go-ahead two-point conversion in the fourth quarter.

–Southwest Minnesota State senior wideout Anthony Dean set a single-game NSIC record with 308 receiving yards in a 55-48 loss to Sioux Falls on Saturday. Dean, who was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week, caught a career-high 11 passes and scored four touchdowns.

Winona State senior defensive back Patrick Lazzara was named the defensive player of the week after a two-interception performance against Upper Iowa. Lazzara returned one of those picks 21 yards for a touchdown, forced a fumble and finished with eight tackles (seven solo).

— Minnesota Duluth crushed St. Cloud State 34-7 in a matchup of ranked opponents. No. 18 SCSU (4-1) scored the first touchdown of the game before No. 11 Duluth (4-1) rattled off 34 unanswered points. Duluth junior Austin Sikorski rushed for a season-high 177 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.

No. 2 Mankato (5-0) is the only remaining undefeated team in the conference.

— The Concordia-St. Paul and Augustana women’s golf teams are tied with two-round scores of 656 after the NSIC Fall Championships. The conference tournament will conclude with two more rounds at the end of the spring schedule.

Augustana senior Maggie Leland sits atop the individual standings with a 14-over-par 158 (81-77).

–Augustana’s cross country teams continued their dominant seasons as both the men and women placed first among Division II schools at the Chile Pepper Invitational on Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Vikings’ Paul Yak finished the men’s 8k (4.97-mile) race in 24 minutes, 44.4 seconds, second among Division II runners.

Augustana senior Runa Falch finished the women’s 5k (3.1-mile) course in 17:31.8, tops among Division II competitors.

— Augustana senior middle blocker Holly Hafemeyer was named the NSIC Offensive Player of the Week. She tallied 4.5 kills per set and 11 blocks in the Vikings’ wins over Northern State and Minnesota State University-Moorhead this weekend.

Concordia-St. Paul senior Amanda Konetchy was named setter of the week for the third time this season. She averaged 13.5 assists per set and directs the top-ranked Golden Bears’ offense, which leads the nation with a .353 hitting percentage.

Minnesota Duluth junior defensive specialist Julie Rainey was named the defensive player of the week after tallying a combined 42 digs in wins over Upper Iowa and Winona State. She leads the conference with an average of seven digs per set.

— Miranda Cadena netted a hat trick to lead Southwest Minnesota State to a comeback 4-3 women’s soccer win over Bemidji State. BSU led 3-0 in the second half.

Cadena’s hat trick was the first by a SMSU player since 2004.

– Daily News Staff