{Sports Briefs}

Cross Country


Friess wins again

It’s quickly becoming an annual tradition. Cross country running nears the end of its season and head coach Michael Friess reels in the awards.

Friess was selected as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s cross country Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year Nov. 11.

Friess has been named Coach of the Year four times in his 15 seasons as head coach. He also won the award for the men in 2002, when the men earned their first NCAA berth, and in 1997, when UAA was crowned champions of the Pacific West Conference.

The women qualified for nationals for the first time in program history with a third-place finish at the West Regionals Nov. 6 and were also third at the GNAC Championships.

Volleyball

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Gordon, Lindquist, Weinman earn academic honors

It’s not been the best season on the court for the UAA volleyball team, but it’s been a good one in the classroom.

Three UAA volleyball players were named to the 2004 Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Academic Team Nov. 10.

Outside hitter and defensive specialist Diana Gordon from Palmer boasts the highest grade point average on the team at 3.72. The junior in English has twice been named to the team.

It was also middle blocker Mindy Lindquist’s second appointment to the squad. Lindquist, also a senior in English, has a 3.60 GPA to along with a team-high 86 total blocks. Rounding out the team for UAA is outside hitter Jill Weinman, who has a 3.42 GPA in natural sciences.

The All-Academic team consists of 30 players from the 10-team conference. Student athletes become eligible in their second year of competition and after they have compiled a GPA above 3.20.

Hockey


Hockey gets ranked, Lawson rakes in another award

Twelve long years have passed, and it finally happened. The UAA hockey team is ranked once again.

The United States College Hockey Online poll released Nov. 8 put the Seawolves in the no. 15 spot. The last time UAA cracked the top 15 Division I teams in the nation was March 15, 1992, when they were ranked no. 11. UAA finished only one point away from making the USA Today/U.S. Hockey Magazine poll.

This year, the Seawolves (5-2-1, 3-1-0 WCHA) are a perfect 3-0 against ranked teams, who also happen to be their Western Collegiate Hockey Association rivals. They knocked off two-time defending national champion Minnesota Golden Gophers to win the Nye Frontier Classic and swept the then no. 3 ranked Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs Nov. 5 and 6

At the same time, goalie Nathan Lawson was named WCHA Rookie of the week after a masterful, 37-save shutout of the Bulldogs Nov. 6. It was the Calgary, Alberta native’s second award of the season after he was named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 18.