MLC football team has a record-setting day in victory

Football

GREENVILLE, Ill. — The Martin Luther College football team dominated in all facets on the way a 63-28 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference win at Greenville College on Saturday.

The Knights (2-1, 1-0) set a program record with 711 total yards of offense, breaking the previous mark of 655 yards set against Crown on Oct. 17, 2009. MLC also broke the school record with 405 yards passing, topping the previous mark of 399 against Maranatha Baptist on Sept. 7, 2013.

The game was tied 14-14 early in the second quarter following a Greenville kick return touchdown, but the Knights responded by running off 49 unanswered points to take a 63-14 lead early in the fourth quarter.

Bloomquist had a big day for the Knights under center, completing 18 of 22 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns to go with 79 rushing yards and three rushing scores.

DeNoyer rushed 12 times for 67 yards and one score, while also catching five passes for 47 yards and completing his only pass attempt for 35 yards. Josh Arndt caught four passes for 133 yards and one score to lead the receivers.

Cross-country

NORTHFIELD — The MLC women’s cross country team competed for the first time in three weeks at the St. Olaf College Invitational on Saturday.

Noelani Lum (26:18.3) led the way for MLC, finishing 88th out of 157 runners at the event.

Leah Miller (26:25.7) followed just behind Lum in 91st place, while Sydney Cody (26:56.2), Aimee Olsen (27:37.4) and Emmalie Olsen (27:38.4) rounded out the team’s top five runners.

On the men’s side, Benjamin Bitter (27:37.2) led the way for MLC, finishing 19th out of 112 runners at the event.

Ethan Carter (28:17.1) and Joshua Brands (28:27.6) each finished in the top 50, while Jacob Melso (29:23.2) and Dillon Solomon (30:27.3) rounded out the Knights’ top five.

Volleyball

MINNEAPOLIS — The MLC volleyball team swept its conference triangular at North Central University on Saturday. The Knights won the opener 3-1 (23-25, 25-13, 25-20, 25-11) against Northland, and then defeated North Central 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-14) in the night cap.

MLC 3, Northland 1

The Knights started slow but ended strong in a four-set win over Northland to open the day.

MLC hit .187 for the match, with Kelsey Birschbach leading the way with 14 kills. Kati Aguilar added nine kills to go with 16 digs, while Ruth Buchholz added seven kills and a pair of blocks.

Jewel St. Germaine led the team with 23 assists, and also added 14 digs and four kills. Katelyn Aswege led the team wih 18 digs.

MLC 3, North Central 0

MLC closed the day with a three-set sweep of host North Central.

Aguilar and Birschbach led the team with 10 and nine kills, respectively, while Buchholz hit .500 on the way to eight kills. St. Germaine matched her total from the first match with a team-best 23 assists.

MLC improved to 4-11 on the season and 4-2 in UMAC play following the sweep.

Men’s soccer

DULUTH — The MLC men’s soccer team suffered its first conference defeat of the season by the score of 4-1 at St. Scholastica on Saturday.

The Knights started well, as junior Joe Graumann put the Knights ahead 1-0 in the 21st minute with his fourth goal of the season, but that would be all the scoring MLC could muster in the game.

MLC fell to 2-4-2 overall and 1-1-2 in UMAC play in defeat.

Women’s soccer

DULUTH — The MLC women’s soccer team lost 4-0 at St. Scholastica on Saturday.

MLC fell to 1-6 on the season and 1-3 in league play in defeat. The Knights will return to action on Monday when they host Bethel in a non-conference match.

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