Cougars Can’t Hold Lead In Iowa, Reitsma Sets New UMM Mark 22 Oct 17

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FOOTBALL
MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa – The Minnesota Morris defense forced five Iowa Wesleyan turnovers and blocked a punt, but the Cougars were unable to hold onto a fourth quarter lead and fell 24-17 to the Tigers Saturday in UMAC football action.

After a scoreless first quarter, Iowa Wesleyan got on the board early in the second quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run from DeMarcus Collins. The Cougars countered with an 11-play, 40-yard drive that ended with a John Hoff field goal from 28 yards out to make it 6-3 Tigers.

The UMM defense held the Tigers to a three-and-out on their next possession. On fourth down from the IW 31, the Cougars blocked Harrison McIntyre’s punt and JT Karis picked it up at the 32 and went into the end zone to give the Cougars a 10-6 edge with 7:41 remaining in the half. The score would remain 10-6 going into halftime.

The Cougars extended their lead early in the third quarter. On the second play from scrimmage, Dominic Goseyun recovered an IWU fumble at the IWU 42. Justin Masloski rushed for 19 yards on the first play of the drive and followed with rushes of 3 and 15 yards as the Cougars reached the IWU 1. Masloski took it in from there and the Hoff PAT made it 17-6 Cougars. UMM would take a 17-12 lead going into the fourth.

The Tigers took the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter on a Collins touchdown rush. Akenyon Bagley added a 43-yard touchdown run with 1:01 left in the game.

Caleb Kemp led the Cougars with 54 yards on the ground. Nathan Sheridan caught seven balls for 35 yards. Drew Shipley led with nine tackles and Nathan Gehlen and Joseph Loija each collected a sack.

Minnesota Morris (1-7, 1-6) returns home for Senior Night against Northwestern next Saturday at 6 p.m. at Big Cat Stadium.

VOLLEYBALL
Friday
MENOMONIE, Wis. – Playing in their final non-conference tilt of the season, the Minnesota Morris volleyball team led 2 sets to 1 at UW-Stout, but the Blue Devils fought back to take the final two sets to hand the Cougars a five-set defeat (22-25, 25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 11-15).

After losing the first set, the Cougars trailed early in the second before rallying to tie the match. UMM was down by as many as six (13-7), but went on a 12-4 run to take a 19-17 lead. Kills from Layne Herrmann and Morgan Miller helped close out the set with three straight points.

The Cougars used that momentum to take a 15-9 edge in the third set. UWS pulled within two at 20-18, but UMM scored the final three points again to close it out aided by kills from Miller and Mia Frick.

Minnesota Morris led the fourth set 22-21, but the Blue Devils scored four of the final five points to even the match at two sets a piece. The Cougars led 10-6 in the fifth set, but UW-Stout rallied again by scoring nine of the final ten points to take the match from the Cougars.

The Cougars put up impressive numbers in defeat. Herrmann amassed 50 assists and Katie Reitsma recorded 49 digs. She now stands 15 shy of tying the program’s all-time digs record of 1,972. Marissa Ekness led with 17 kills and added 10 digs. Rachel Mathias added 14 kills and Miller had 12.

Saturday
SUPERIOR, Wis. – In a season of record-breaking performances for the Minnesota Morris volleyball team, senior Katie Reitsma added on to the season of superlatives and she became the program’s all-time leader in career digs as the Cougars swept UW-Superior Saturday afternoon in UMAC action.

Reitsma came into the contest needing 15 digs to tie Kaylie Clark’s previous record of 1,972 career digs. The Sauk Centre native surpassed that mark with 23 digs against the Yellowjackets. Her career total now stands at 1,980 with one more regular season contest and potential postseason matches remaining.

Reitsma joins teammate Marissa Ekness in setting a new program record as she became UMM’s all-time kills leader earlier this season.

The Cougars swept the Yellowjackets by set scores of 25-14, 25-13, 25-14. Ekness recorded 10 kills to go along with 17 digs. Mia Frick equaled Ekness with 10 kills and Layne Herrmann totaled 30 assists.

Minnesota Morris (24-7, 13-2 in UMAC) is off until next Saturday when they host Northland for senior day at 3 p.m. at the PE Center.

MEN’S SOCCER
MORRIS, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris men’s soccer team recorded their sixth shutout in their last eight UMAC contests Saturday with their 4-0 victory over Northland on senior day at the Cougar Soccer Field.

It was a freshman who got the Cougars on the board first. Alex Keller’s shot from the left side was knocked away by the Northland goalkeeper, but it went right out to Corbin McCall who delivered it into the net in the 25th minute for his first collegiate goal and a 1-0 UMM lead.

It stayed 1-0 until early in the second half when senior Zachary Jacobson doubled the lead. He received a nice feed from Hugo Castaneda to connect on a goal in the 51st minute. Jacobson added another tally in the 78th minute. In between the Jacobson goals, Carl Mor scored his first collegiate goal off a scrum at the net in the 71st minute.

UMM held a 19-7 edge in shots and 12-1 advantage in shots on goal. Minnesota Morris (9-7-1, 7-3-1 in UMAC) finishes the home portion of their schedule Wednesday against UW-Whitewater at 3 p.m. at the Cougar Soccer Field.

WOMEN’S SOCCER
MORRIS, Minn. – Playing in front of the home fans for the final time in the regular season, the Minnesota Morris women’s soccer team pulled off a 3-1 win Saturday over Northland in UMAC action at the Cougar Soccer Field.

With the win, the Cougars clinched a spot in the UMAC Postseason Tournament.

The game appeared to be scoreless going into halftime, but the Cougars scored a goal with 16 seconds left in the half to get on the board. Molly Hancuh feed Brooke Lorentz with a long feed down the right side that Lorentz punched into the net for her eighth goal of the season.

The Cougars didn’t wait nearly as long to score their first goal of the second half. Sam Tate tallied her fourth goal of the season off some nice passing in front by Hancuh and Lorentz in the fifth minute of the second half. Some 26 seconds later, the Cougars were on the board again. Yu Ito drew a Northland foul in the box; Hancuh took the penalty shot and connected for a 3-0 UMM lead.

UMM outshot Northland 28-7 and held a 15-4 advantage in shots on goal.

Minnesota Morris (8-7-1, 6-4-1 in UMAC) is off until next Saturday when they close out the regular season at UW-Superior.

CROSS COUNTRY
YANKTON, S.D. – In their final tune-up before the UMAC Cross Country Championships, the Minnesota Morris men’s and women’s cross country teams ran at the Mount Marty Invite Saturday at Fox Run Golf Course in Yankton, S.D. The men’s team finished in fourth place while the women came in fifth.

On the men’s side, Dickinson State won the 10-team competition with 65 points. They were followed by Valley City State (79), Morningside (86), and Minnesota Morris (118).

David Roanhorse was UMM’s top runner as his time of 27:33.11 was good for 21st place out of 104 runners over the eight-kilometer course. Raymond Abraham was close behind at 27:52.50, good for 25th place. Tyler Sassenberg (28:12.47), Ryan Anderson (28:18.86), and Edmund Cease (28:34.57) rounded out the Cougar top five.

For the women, Morningside topped the nine-team field with 31 points. Dickinson State (47), Concordia-Nebraska (63), Jamestown (138), and Minnesota Morris (146) followed behind.

Katherine Novak crossed the finish line first for the Cougars as her time of 20:32.79 was good for 22nd place over the five-kilometer course. Elisabeth Anderson (21:09.88), Alexa Yeager (21:12.42), and Brynn Gellner (21:21.97) were clustered with 12 seconds of each other and Montana Lawrence (21:55.21) rounded out the Cougar scoring.

The Minnesota Morris cross country teams compete next Saturday at the UMAC Cross Country Championships at Benson Golf Club.