MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa – The Minnesota Morris football team (1-3, 1-1 UMAC) rallied back from a 14-point deficit against Iowa Wesleyan (0-4, 0-2 UMAC) en route to a 28-21 victory Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers connected on a 65-yard touchdown pass from Leo Alvarez to Austin McBeth to take a 6-0 lead with 4:18 left in the first quarter.
With 1:01 to go in the first half, the IWU scored on a 29-yard interception and then the Tigers converted the two-point attempt to make it 14-0.
The Cougars got on the board with 10:29 left in the third quarter, as Daniel Francis found Cameron Geyer for an 11-yard touchdown pass.
After UMN Morris scored, Alvarez found Jacob Santos for a four-yard touchdown pass to bring the lead back to 14 points with 8:22 left in the third quarter.
UMN Morris then rattled off 21-straight points to secure the 28-21 victory over the Tigers.
Francis connected on his second touchdown pass of the afternoon as he found Mark Chapman for an 11-yard score with 6:21 to play in the third.
Trailing 21-14 midway through the fourth quarter, Francis found Zach Steen on a trick play for seven yards to tie the game at 21-all with 7:47 to play in regulation.
Senior linebacker Drew Shipley put the Cougars in front, 28-21, with 2:51 to play on a 21-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Francis went 23-for-46 for 209 yards and three touchdowns.
The Cougar defense recovered four fumbles.
UMN Morris was 3-of-6 on fourth down.
The Cougars tallied five sacks for 25 yards.
Matt Menth and Shipley posted seven tackles apiece. Menth also had two sacks for 10 yards.
MORRIS – The Minnesota Morris volleyball team (7-9, 1-0 UMAC) split its matches against St. Scholastica (8-3, 0-1 UMAC) and St. Olaf (16-3) Saturday afternoon inside the Cougar Sports Center. The Cougars won their UMAC opener over St. Scholastica in three sets (25-19, 25-16, 27-25) before falling to St. Olaf in five sets (25-19, 19-25, 20-25, 25-18, 15-13).
HOW IT HAPPENED – St. Scholastica
The Saints brought the first set within one point at 10-9, but the Cougars used a 9-2 run to build their lead to 19-11 and then ended up taking the opening set, 25-19.
The second set saw the Cougars jump out to a 6-2 lead and they never looked back en route to a 25-16 victory.
The two teams went back-and-forth in the third set as the two squads held a lead late. The Cougars had chances to win at 24-23 and at 25-24, but they ultimately finished off the sweep with a 27-25 win.
Mia Frick recorded a season-best in kills (15) and blocks (five).
Morgan Miller tallied 10 kills and five blocks.
Layne Herrmann dished out 39 assists.
Alyssa Ukestad had 17 digs to pace the Cougars.
HOW IT HAPPENED – St. Olaf
The Oles used a 6-0 run to take a 20-13 lead over the Cougars and then held on en route to a 25-19 first set victory.
UMN Morris responded with a 25-19 victory in set two to tie things up at 1-1.
The third set saw the Cougars pick up a 25-20 win over the Oles.
Trailing two sets to one, the Oles went on a 9-0 run to tally a 25-18 victory over the Cougars.
UMN Morris led 13-11 over the Oles in the fifth set, but was unable to secure the final two points as St. Olaf scored four-straight points to take the fifth set and the 3-2 win over Minnesota Morris.
Brenna Tinjum had 20 kills to lead both teams.
Morgan Miller led both teams with six blocks.
Layne Herrmann tallied a 51-assist outing.
Alyssa Ukestad recorded 29 digs.
Tori Everson finished with a double-double (14 kills, 11 digs).
MORRIS – The Minnesota Morris women’s soccer team (1-4-0, 0-1-0 UMAC) fell to St. Scholastica (4-5-0, 2-0-0 UMAC) 1-0 in its conference opener Saturday afternoon at Cougar Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Emily Olson scored the lone goal of the game to put the Saints in front, 1-0, at 24:26.
Bernadette Cienik made six saves for the Cougars.
Megan Ellingboe, Hajaysen Kwateh, Sam Tate each tallied a shot attempt.
The Cougars were outshot by St. Scholastica, 20-3.
MORRIS – The Minnesota Morris women’s soccer team (2-4-0) notched a 1-0 win over Finlandia (6-3-1) on a cold and windy Sunday afternoon at Cougar Field. Freshman Harper Toward netted her first career goal in the victory.
The two teams went into halftime with the score tied at 0-0 and shot attempts knotted at 4-4. The tie game didn’t last long in the second half, as Toward found the back of the net just 40 seconds into the second stanza for the 1-0 lead.
The Cougars outshot the Lions, 11-9. Bernadette Cienik recorded four saves for the Cougars.
Cienik, a freshman, tallied her second career win and second career shutout Sunday.
Junior Sam Tate picked up an assist on the goal, which is her second assist of the year.
MORRIS – The University of Minnesota Morris men’s soccer team (1-9-0, 0-1-0 UMAC) opened up conference play with a 3-0 loss to St. Scholastica (2-8-0, 2-0-0 UMAC) Saturday afternoon at Cougar Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Nolan Friday headed home a loose ball in the 13th minute for his third goal of the season to make it 1-0 in favor of the Saints.
In the second half, Friday scored two more goals at 52:03 and 52:46 to secure the 3-0 victory for Saints.
Lucas Harmon made eight saves for the Cougars.
Corbin McCall and Devon Thompson each recorded three shot attempts to pace the Cougar offense.
St. Scholastica outshot UMN Morris, 20-8.
HUTCHINSON/BUFFALO LAKE, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris women’s golf team finished fifth at the Viking Invite Friday, hosted by Bethany Lutheran. The Cougars then placed third at the BLC Invite Saturday.
HOW IT HAPPENED – Viking Invite – Friday
The Cougars shot a team score of 409 (+125) to finish fifth.
Payton Sierra tallied a season-best score of 88 (+17) to tie for third.
Kaya Quinn tied for 10th with a score of 95 (+24).
Brittany Lormis shot a 110 (+39) to tie for 22nd.
Kim Novotny finished 25th with a score of 116 (+45).
HOW IT HAPPENED – BLC Invite – Saturday
The Cougars shot a team score of 382 (+94) to finish third.
Sierra tallied a score 89 (+17) to tie for fifth.
Shelby Maloney finished seventh with a score of 91 (+19).
Tori Grates tied for 13th with a score of 95 (+23).
Skylar Tumbleson posted a score of 101 (+29) to tie for 17th.
Brittany Lormis shot a 107 (+35) to finish 24th.
Kim Novotny finished 27th with a score of 111 (+39).
HUTCHINSON/BUFFALO LAKE, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris men’s golf team competed at the two-day Viking Invite, hosted by Bethany Lutheran.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Cougars did not tally an overall team score, as they shot a day one score of 401 (+45).
Kyle Hastings finished 30th with a score of 195 (104/91 +52).
Trent Jerome posted a day one score of 97 (+26).
Roen Aronson tallied a day one score of 98 (+27).
Nick Peterson recorded a day one score of 102 (+31).