This week in sports: 04/03/2022

Grosse Brings Home the MIAC Championship

  • The Scots finished eighth out of 12 teams at the MIAC Indoor Athletics Championships on Feb. 26, earning an MIAC Individual Championship title, three All-MIAC placements and multiple top-three finishes along the way.
  • Hannah Grosse ’22 won the MIAC championship in the pole vault on Saturday, clearing 3.42 meters and earning All-MIAC honors in the process. This marks another contribution to Macalester’s all-time pole vault records for Grosse, the first three of which were set by her.
  • Journey Amundson ’23 also placed third in the triple jump to earn All-MIAC honors in the field. It was scored at 10.85 meters, making it the sixth best jump in Macalester history.
  • Maria Blaesing ’24 earned All-MIAC honors on the track with a new personal best 3:01.14 in the 1,000 meters, finishing third. Blaesing’s time is also the fifth best in Macalester history.

Men’s athletics closes season with honorable mentions

  • Macalester finished eighth out of 11 teams at the MIAC Indoor Athletics Championships on Feb. 26, and a few Scots earned honorable mentions for All-MIAC in their respective events.
  • JJ Arimi ’22 earned an honorable mention with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump, scoring 13.17 yards. Arlo Heitler ’25 also placed sixth in the 200 meters with a time of 22.88, fourth best in Macalester history, earning him an All-MIAC honorable mention.
  • Heitler, with ’25 Jeff Wang, ’25 Kalid Ali and ’22 Ryan Kinnucan, finished third in the 4×400 meters relay, and ’25 Kinnucan, Wang, Arimi and Jacob Kogut took sixth place in the 4×200 meters relay , good for another all-MIAC honorable mention.

Women’s tennis drops out of non-conference game with Luther

  • The Scots lost 8-1 to Luther College last Saturday.
  • Several singles clashes went the distance, with Amanye Reynolds ’24 picking up Macalester’s only win at No. 2 in singles action in a third-set tiebreak, 6-3, 3-6, 11-9. Amalin Sorajja ’23 lost a tough match in three sets at No. 3 6-4, 2-6, 11-9, as did Meg Ulrich ’24 at No. 3, losing 2-6, 6-4, 10-8 .

Men’s tennis suffers its first defeat against Luther

  • The Scots lost a tough game 6-3 to Luther College on February 26.
  • Macalester started 1-2 in doubles, with Alexander Poland ’22 and Liam Lynch ’25 winning 8-5 in third place.
  • Matthew Sullivan ’23 and Poland recorded the Scots’ two singles wins, with both winning comfortably in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 and 6-0, 6-4, respectively.

Softball splits games at Rochester Dome

  • Softball opened its second tournament of the season with a victory, comfortably beating Cornell College, 10-3.
  • ’23 Regan Brodine had two hits, three RBIs and a run in just two at-bats, while ’24 Mandy Morrical had one hit, two RBIs and two runs.
  • The Scots lost to Luther College in their second match of the tournament, 7-4.
  • Morrical again posted two RBIs on a brace, and Sophie Futchko ’25 had two hits on three at bats.

Men’s Basketball Wins MIAC Championship

  • On Friday, February 25, the Scots defeated the University of Augsburg in the MIAC playoff semi-finals, 76-74. The victory propelled the Scots to the MIAC Championship against St. John’s. To defeat the Auggies, the Scots had to overcome a 13-point deficit in the second half.
  • Against Augsburg, Caleb Williams ’24 led all scorers with 22 points and added five assists. Gabriel Ramos ’22 and Coby Gold ’25 both scored 14 points, but Gold added eight rebounds and seven assists. Off the bench, Lucas Leiter ’22 and Eric Sathy ’22 offered veteran presence and exceptional shooting, scoring 12 and nine points respectively. Leiter, who scored a career high, also grabbed four rebounds and shot 100% from the field and five of six from the foul line, including two key free throws in the stretch. Sathy shot three of four three-pointers, including two big shots in the second half.
  • In the MIAC Championship Game, Macalester lost to St. John’s University on February 27, 75-71. Williams led all scorers with 18 points and Ramos added 17 points. Williams rounded out the box with five rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal. Gold scored 12 points. Off the bench, Badou Ba ’25 and Sathy both scored eight points. Ba added a team-high five rebounds and one block.
  • After a miraculous playoff run, four Scots earned All-MIAC honors. Williams was named to the All-MIAC Second Team and Ramos was named to the All-MIAC Third Team. Gold was named to the All-First Year Team and ’22 Shane Anderson was selected to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
  • Williams was Macalester’s leading scorer this year, averaging 17.4 points per game, second-best in MIAC.
  • Ramos averaged career highs in points and rebounds averaging 12.1 points per game and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game in his fifth season. He also scored a career-high 28 points with seven three-pointers this season.
  • Gold shot 42.2 percent from three-point range and led MIAC with 70 three-pointers. Gold was 100% beyond the arc in the MIAC Championship and hit six threes in two playoff games this season.
  • This season, Anderson has started 24 games and recorded 132 points, 92 rebounds, 29 assists, a career-high 10 steals and 19 blocks, second only to the Scots.

Women’s basketball: Three Scots win conference honors

  • Celine Sabbagh ’22, Emma LaFrenz ’23, and Solana Cushing ’23 all won MIAC conference honors.
  • Sabbagh, the Scots’ only senior, has been named to the All-MIAC team. Sabbagh averaged 14.7 points per game and 1.7 steals per game, both leading the team. Sabbagh has also added 38 assists this season, third best for the team.
  • LaFrenz was named to the MIAC All-Defensive Team. She led the MIAC in rebounding and averaged 11 rebounds per game. LaFrenz also added 37 blocks, MIAC’s second.
  • Cushing was named to the MIAC All-Sportsmanship team and led the Scots with 51 assists this year. Cushing led the team with 46 threes, shot 83.3% from the foul line, and averaged the second-most minutes per game on the team at 33.2 minutes per game.

Hiring of a new women’s soccer assistant coach

  • Macalester women’s football head coach Madeline Buckley has announced that they have hired Clara Webby ’19 as an assistant. Webby, a Macalester graduate and former All-MIAC and All-Region football player, spent the last year as a senior assistant at St. Catherine’s University. Webby had previously coached for Macalester under coach Krystle Seidel before coaching at St. Catherine’s last season. St. Catherine’s finished atop the MIAC this regular season before winning the Playoff Tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

Water polo was played on Friday March 4 after The Mac Weekly went to press. It will be covered in next week’s “This Week in Sports” recap.

Numbers

5 – double-double for Emma LaFrenz ’23, who was named to the MIAC All-Defensive Team

51.9 – second-half shooting percentage by Scots against Augsburg in Macalester’s comeback win in MIAC semi-final

21.5 – average points per game for Caleb Williams ’24 in the Scottish four-game playoffs

3.42 meters pole vaulted by Hannah Grosse ’22 at the MIAC Indoor Athletics Championships, Macalester’s first on-court champion since 2013 and the second-best mark of all time, behind Grosse’s record from the start of the year

Events to come

Friday, March 4:

Water polo vs. California Institute of Technology (Los Angeles, CA) (3:00 p.m. CST/1:00 p.m. PST)

Women’s Tennis vs. St. Catherine University (Minneapolis, Minn.) (6:00 p.m.)

Water polo @ Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA) (7:30 p.m. CST/5:30 p.m. PST)

Saturday March 5:

Women’s Athletics @ Wartburg Last Chance Meet (Waverly, Iowa) (TBD)

Men’s Athletics @ Wartburg Last Chance Meet (Waverly, Iowa) (TBD)

Softball vs. Buena Vista University (Rochester, Minnesota) (10:30 a.m.)

Softball vs. Buena Vista University (Rochester, Minnesota) (12:30 p.m.)

Women’s Tennis @ University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Eau Claire, Wis.) (12:30 p.m.)

Men’s Tennis @ University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Eau Claire, Wis.) (12:30 p.m.)

Water polo @ La Verne University (La Verne, CA) (1:30 p.m. CST/11:30 a.m. PST)

Water polo vs University of Redlands (La Verne, CA) (5:15 p.m. CST/3:15 p.m. PST)

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