ST. BONIFACIUS - The Martin Luther College volleyball team overcame a first-set loss to beat Crown 23-25, 25-9, 25-20, 25-16 Saturday in Upper Midwest Athletic Conference action.
The Knights got off to a sluggish start to the match, committing 10 hitting errors as Crown took a 1-0 lead by winning the set 25-23.
MLC took over from there, dominating the second set and then finishing strong in each of the final two sets to take the match in four.
Rebecca Engelbrecht finished off a very strong weekend, leading the Knights with 25 kills and hitting .467 for the match. She also added a team-best 26 digs.
Miranda Maasz tied the school record in Friday's match with 62 assists, and had another big match Saturday with 54 assists. She also had 15 digs in the match.
Defensively, Rachel Larson led the effort up front with nine block assists, while Jennifer Draeger tied Maasz for second on the team with 15 digs in the back row.
MLC improved to 13-11 overall and 7-4 in the UMAC, while Crown dropped to 3-23 on the season and 1-10 in conference play.
The Knights will return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday when they host Bethany Lutheran College.
MLC football team loses to Northwestern
ST. PAUL - The MLC football team fell behind early and was unable to come back in a 47-26 UMAC loss at Northwestern Saturday.
The Knights struggled against the explosive Eagles offense in the first half, allowing four touchdown passes of at least 39 yards as they fell behind 33-0 heading into halftime.
MLC started to get things going offensively in the second half, scoring twice in the third quarter on a pair of touchdown tosses from Luke Rothe to Micah Plocher and Scott Henrich, cutting the deficit to 33-12.
The Eagles were able to put the game away at the end of the third quarter, however, driving 70 yards on 10 plays on the way to a touchdown that put them ahead 40-12 after three.
The Knights continued to battle in the fourth, with Josh Rathje scoring on a touchdown run and Austin Eisenman hitting Dan Rodewald on a touchdown pass, but it was too late.
Rothe led the offensive effort, completing 12 of 29 passing attempts for 143 yards and two scores. He also rushed 12 times for 28 yards.
Rathje led the rushing offense with 86 yards on seven carries and one score, including a 65-yard rush that set up the touchdown pass to Henrich. MLC rushed for 195 yards on the day. Plocher led the MLC receivers with seven catches for 82 yards.
Defensively, the Knights allowed 532 yards for the game, with NWC's showing a balanced attack that ran and threw for 250 yards. Conrad Dewey and Caleb Stern led MLC with nine tackles apiece.
With the loss, MLC dropped to 2-6 on the season and 0-6 in the UMAC. NWC improved to 7-1 overall and 7-0 in league play with the win.
MLC will return to action at 1 p.m. Saturday when it travels to MacMurray for a 1 p.m. game.
Northwestern men top MLC
ST. PAUL - The MLC men's soccer team lost at Northwestern by the score of 1-0 Saturday in UMAC action.
The two teams were scoreless for the first 82 minutes of action, but Northwestern scored in the 83rd minute to win the game.
MLC goalkeeper Eric Hahn stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced in net.
The Knights finished the game with nine shots, seven of which were on net. Ross Chartrand led the team in both categories with four shots (all on goal).
MLC dropped to 5-11 on the season and 4-8 in league play with the loss. The Knights will next play at 3:30 p.m. Friday when they host St. Scholastica.
Northwestern women roll over MLC
ST. PAUL - The MLC women's soccer team fell behind early and couldn't generate enough offensively to catch up in an 8-1 loss at Northwestern Saturday.
Northwestern exploded out of the gates, scoring three times in the first 10:14 of the game to take an early 3-0 lead.
Lauren Maertz put the Knights on the board in the 33rd minute with her eighth goal of the season with an assist to Bethany Schultz, but the Eagles would score shortly after that goal to take a 4-1 halftime lead.
NWC continued to press offensively in the second half, scoring four times off the MLC defense to finish with the 8-1 win.
Maertz and Casey Sauer led the MLC offense with two shots apiece.
MLC dropped to 5-11 on the season and 4-8 in league play with the loss.
The Knights host St. Scholastica at 1 p.m. Friday.