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One year, three national titles
By Mike Dauplaise '84

Justin Johnson '15
Justin Johnson ’15

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It was a great season to be a Green Knight. St. Norbert College garnered two national titles in May to add to hockey’s 2012 NCAA Division III championship banner, won in March.

Emily Schudrowitz ’12 won her second national 800-meter track championship and Justin Johnson ’15 captured the 110-meter high hurdles title, while the men’s hockey team won its third national title in five years.

Schudrowitz captured her second national championship with a thrilling come-from-behind victory in Claremont, Calif., nipping Coe College’s Keelie Finnel at the tape in a school-record time of 2:07.44. Schudrowitz, who won the indoor 800 title in 2010, overcame injury issues early in the season to become the second Green Knight female to win gold in the 800, joining Ashley Graybill ‘09 in 2009. “Emily always comes up with a big performance at a clutch time,” says her coach, Don Augustine. That’s the intangible that you can’t coach. A lot of kids back down when the pain sets in, but she thrives on that.”
Emily Schudrowitz '12
Emily Schudrowitz ’12

Schudrowitz led through the first lap, but found herself in fourth place coming off the final turn of the two-lap race. That’s when she found another gear, making up about 15 meters on the final straight to win by a foot.

“I definitely had to run more aggressively than I was used to, but I was prepared for that,” Schudrowitz says. “I had gone over every scenario for the race in my mind and had been visualizing it for months. I figured out that if I tell myself I’m going to do something, it usually happens the way I want.”

Johnson overpowered the field in the 110-meter high hurdles, winning the final by almost a full half-second. His time of 13.79 seconds broke a 19-year-old NCAA Division III record and, while routing the field, he posted a provisional qualifying time for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

“I had one of my better starts of the year,” Johnson says. “My goal was to run 13.86 and win it, but I didn’t expect to break the record.”

Johnson, who also is a safety on the football team, used his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame to adjust to the taller college hurdle height of 42 inches after a rocky start to the season. “The sky’s the limit for Justin,” Augustine says. “The hurdles are such a rhythm race, and you have to be able to control your speed between the hurdles. That’s what he did extremely well at the national meet, and that’s what allowed him to run the time he did.”

Earlier in the year, the Green Knights found their form on the ice after a 7-4-4 start to the season, going 14-1-1 down the stretch and capping it off with a 4-1 victory over Oswego State in the national championship game. The Lake Placid, N.Y., victory made St. Norbert only the third program in Division III history to win consecutive national championships.

“We graduated 11 seniors who played in the 2011 national championship game, so we had no way to know what we had to start this season,” states Coach Tim Coghlin. “We knew we were going to have some growing pains, but we liked our recruits and thought we would be very competitive. [The rough start] was all part of the process.”

The Green Knights’ special teams made the difference during the tournament run. The power-play unit scored on 57 percent of its opportunities during a key stretch of the NCHA tournament, eventually leading to the Peters Cup title and an automatic bid to the national tournament. (The Knights also brought home the title banner in 2008. On its way to this year’s title, St. Norbert notched up its 13th Northern Collegiate Hockey Association title in 16 years and its 10th NCHA Peters Cup Playoffs crown.)

Johan Ryd ’12 was named NCHA Player of the Year, while freshman goaltender David Jacobson ’15 earned the Frozen Four’s Most Outstanding Player honor. With only four seniors graduating from the 26-man roster, Coghlin admits expectations will be high for the Green Knights next season.

“The way we manage the team will be 100 percent opposite next year,” he says. “This group of seniors will have played in three consecutive national championship finals, and now the roster is littered with kids wearing national championship rings.”
Green Knight hockey
Green Knight hockey claims its national title.

It all adds up

Three national champions. Six conference titles. Four Academic All-Americans. Add those numbers to equal another well-rounded and successful year for St. Norbert’s student-athletes.

The Green Knights racked up 180 wins during the 2011-02 school year, the fifth time in six years they have reached that plateau. Fifteen of St. Norbert’s 20 sports finished in the top three in their conference standings.

St. Norbert also earned the Midwest Conference women’s all-sports trophy for the fifth time in six years, and won it in thrilling fashion. The Green Knights entered the Midwest Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Schneider Stadium in need of a second-place team finish to eke past Monmouth College by one-half point to claim the trophy. St. Norbert and Carroll University entered the final event of the meet – the 4 x 400-meter relay – tied in the team standings. The foursome of Katherine Larson ’12, Megan Domnick ’12, Erin McShea ’13 and Emily Schudrowitz ’12 won the event with a conference-record time of 3:58.40 to secure the all-sports title.

Baseball set a school record with 27 wins and also claimed its first Midwest Conference title since 2003. The Green Knights also won their first NCAA Division III Tournament game, a 5-0 shutout of Concordia University Chicago backed by a complete-game effort from Josh Honzik ’13.

Women’s softball won its third Midwest Conference crown in four years with an extra-inning win over Carroll in the league tournament. The Green Knights also won an NCAA Tournament game but were eliminated in a 1-0 loss despite a no-hitter spun by Shannen Schmidt ’13.

Women’s volleyball won their 12th Midwest Conference title this year and advanced to the NCAA Tournament before losing to No. 1-ranked Calvin College. Women’s basketball won its 10th conference title and women’s soccer claimed its eighth, but neither team advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

July 8, 2012

Summer 2012 magazine

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