Eric Ellington pinned Trent Cox 3:42 into their match, giving St. Cloud State a 19-18 win over no. 1 UNO in a dual Friday at Sapp Fieldhouse.
In 2011 the UNO men's soccer team was brand new and expectations were tempered by the uphill climb of starting a new program. Then the Mavs exceeded those expectations and won their first game 2-1 at UMKC.
UNO's troubles with Bemidji St. in 2011 might have been considered somewhat of an anomaly. After all, the Beavers had only nine conference wins all of last season, and five of those came against the Mavs.
Though a weekend playoff sweep to Bemidji State puts UNO squarely on the NCAA tournament bubble, Dean Blais and the Mavs returned to business as usual on Monday afternoon. With conference tournaments this week and selection Sunday approaching, the team is hopeful they've done enough to earn a spot in hockey's big dance.
Two weeks after UNO ended North Dakota State's 16-game winning streak, the Mavs have yet to find their own winning ways and have lost eight of their last nine. In the middle of a stretch that includes 15 games on the road, the Mavs lost games last week 8-4 and 1-0 to Minnesota, then 4-1, 4-3 and 5-4 in 11 innings to future Summit League opponent Oakland.
No matter the sport, every team that becomes a championship dynasty has that one heartbreaking loss just before its dreams are realized.
The UNO volleyball team played four matches in last weekend's UNO Showcase tournament, only managing one win over two days. For a team that normally begins each season on a roll, the Mavs are in a very unfamiliar position.