FOOTBALL Ring helps UMD win fourth straight NSIC title
Brainerd High School graduate Colby Ring finished the regular season as Minnesota-Duluth’s leading tackler as the Bulldogs defeated Minnesota State University-Mankato 31-19 to win their fourth straight Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship Saturday.
Ring recorded four assisted tackles Saturday as UMD finished 8-2 in the NSIC. In 11 games this season, he has 38 solo stops, 41 assisted, for 79 total. He has six tackles for losses and 1.5 sacks.
The Bulldogs, 9-2 overall, begin defense of their NCAA Division II championship Saturday against Saginaw Valley State University at James S. Malosky Stadium in Duluth.
This is the fourth straight year Bulldogs have advanced to NCAA Division II postseason play.
UMD is seeded fourth in the NCAA II Super Regional Three.
No. 5 Saginaw Valley State is 7-3 overall and tied for first in the final Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference North Division. The Bulldogs/Cardinals winner will visit No 1 Colorado State University-Pueblo (11-0) Nov. 26.
In the other first-round Super Regional Three matchup, No. 3 St. Cloud State University (9-2) will host No. 6 Wayne State (Mich.) University (8-3) with the winner playing at No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney (10-1) Nov. 26.
Quarterfinals are Dec. 3 at the highest-seeded team while the nationally-televised semifinal games will be played the following week.
The NCAA II championship game is Dec. 17 at Florence, Ala.