The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released the NCAA Division III All-American Team on Monday and Dominican University’s Erik Elizondo landed a spot on the First Team.

Elizondo, a senior forward for the Stars, netted 24 goals and had 15 assists in leading the Stars to their third consecutive bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament, finishing the season with a 15- 4-3 overall record. Elizondo was named the Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference (NIIC) Player of the Year and named to the NSCAA Central Region (North) All-Region Team following the season.

The Stars wrapped up the 2004 campaign in the opening round of the National tournament at Wartburg with a 3-1 loss to the Wartburg College Knights. Elizondo netted the Stars’ lone goal of the game in the opening minutes of the second half to pull the Stars to within one goal at 2-1.

During his four-year career the Stars compiled an impressive 64-16-10 overall mark, including a 20-3-1 season in 2003 in which Elizondo and the Stars battled all the way to the Elite Eight of the National Tournament.

Cougars split

The Concordia University women’s basketball team split a pair of games last week to go into a two-week break at 3-7. The ladies defeated Alverno College on Dec. 14 by a 55-44 score but lost 53-47 to Milwaukee School of Engineering on Dec. 17.

Freshman guard Ellie Bravo sparked the win over Alverno by coming off the bench to score 13 points and add 10 rebounds, eight steals and seven assists. Atoi Sinclair scored 15 of her game-high 17 points in the second half as the Cougars used a late 8-0 run to pull away.

Men’s basketball: The Cougar men lost their only contest of the week to Augustana College by a 73-44 score on Friday. The host Vikings jumped out to a 16-2 lead in the first five minutes. Concordia reeled off eight straight points to climb to within 16-10, but Augustana would close out the half with an 18-6 run to take a 34-16 halftime lead.

Sneed scored 10 points to pace the Cougars.


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