University of Mary at Minnesota Duluth
r What: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football game * When: 1 p.m. today * Where: Malosky Stadium (4,500 capacity, artificial turf) MARAUDERS OUTLOOK Mary, located in Bismarck, N.D., set the tone early in last week's 52-9 NSIC rout of v...
r What: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football game
* When: 1 p.m. today
* Where: Malosky Stadium (4,500 capacity, artificial turf)
Mary, located in Bismarck, N.D., set the tone early in last week's 52-9 NSIC rout of visiting Minnesota Crookston, with quarterback Jamal Lomax sprinting 48 yards for a touchdown on the Marauders' first play of the game. Lomax rushed 15 times for 129 yards and two scores. Mary limited the winless Golden Eagles to 146 yards, including 48 on the ground, and forced three turnovers. Senior outside linebacker Shawn Melland (6-foot-5, 235 pounds), the NSIC North Division preseason defensive player of the year, scored the fifth defensive touchdown of his career on a 42-yard fumble return. The Marauders lead the Northern Sun in pass defense, allowing just 136 yards per game, but will see their stiffest challenge of the season today.
UMD continues to roll in its return to the Northern Sun, downing former North Central Conference foe Augustana 40-10 last Saturday in Sioux Falls, S.D. Senior quarterback Ted Schlafke threw for four touchdowns and ran for another, while former Duluth Central standout Noah Pauley had a game-high six receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns. UMD finished with a season-high 508 yards, including 307 in the first half. The Bulldogs have scored at least 40 points in their first four contests, with the closest margin of victory being 22 points against Southwest Minnesota State, a game they led 26-0 after the first quarter. UMD has the NSIC's top offense (447.5 yards per game) and defense (236.5 ypg) and is holding opponents to a nation's best 42 yards rushing per game.
* Series: UMD leads 1-0, with the Bulldogs winning 34-12 at home on Sept. 9, 2006
* Coaches: Myron Schulz is 77-24 in 10 seasons at his alma mater, including six consecutive NAIA national playoff appearances from 1999-2004 before the program moved to NCAA Division II; Bob Nielson is 42-19 in six seasons with UMD
* Records: Mary is 2-2 overall, 2-1 NSIC; UMD 4-0, 3-0
* Rankings: UMD is No. 15 in NCAA Division II by the American Football Coaches Association and No. 14 by d2football.com
* Radio: WDSM 710 AM
* Video: www.northernsun.tv