St. Thomas will play host to an NCAA playoff quarterfinal final game SaturdayMarch 15in men's hockey. The No. 2-ranked Tommies (21-4-2) will play No. 3-ranked UW-Stevens Point (20-5-2) in a 7 p.m. match at St. Thomas Ice Arena in Mendota Heights, with the winner advancing to the national semifinals.
Four freshmen contributed to wins to help the Tommies score a 5-4victory over St. Olaf in MIAC play Saturday night at the U of M Baseline courts.
No. 9-ranked St. Thomas (6-1) closed 3-1 on its trip to Tucson, Ariz. The Toms swept a Saturday doubleheader with Simpson (Iowa) College by scores of 8-0 and 2-1 but lost 6-5 in nine innings on Sunday to No. 14-ranked Concordia (Ill.)
Drew Fielding stopped 29 of 30 shots and Jordan Lovick scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period as No. 2-ranked St. Thomas won the MIAC men's hockey playoff championship with Saturday’s 2-1 victory over No. 12-ranked Gustavus before a capacity crowd of 1,100-plus in Mendota Heights.
The Tommies (21-4-2) beat the Gusties (16-7-4) all four meetings this season, including twice on home ice by one-goal margins.
By DOUG HENNES
UW-Whitewater mounted a second-half rally and held off St. Thomas down the stretch Saturday night, knocking off the Tommies 87-78 and denying them a third straight trip to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Sophomore Brian Jarvey had a hand in 38 team points with three wins and a runner-up finish to lead the St. Thomas men's track and field team to a 60-pointteam victory over runner-up St.Olafat the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Collegeville.
Senior All-America Mallory Burnhamhad a hand in 38 team points with three wins and a runner-up finish to lead the St. Thomas women's track and field team to a 63-pointteam victory over runner-up St. Ben'sat the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in Collegeville.UST got 24 more points with three runner-up finishes -- the distance medley relay with Annie Joslyn, Jackie Destache, Aimee Junget and Diane Hubbell in 12:40.08; the 5,000 with Gabrielle Pepin (17:57.82); and the 800 with Emily Gapinski (2:16.06). Angela Tipp took third in the 400 (59.35). Haley Zajac took third in the weight throw (51-2 3-4). Megan Terukina (5:12.34) and Rachel Roth (5:19.37) placed 3-7 in the mile.UST also got fourths from Erin Statz in the 5000 (18:12.43), Erika Tipp in the 60 (7.978), and freshman Carly Barton in the 800 (2:16.58). Morgan Lyons placed seventh in the pentathlon (2,803).
Tommie track and field has swept the MIAC Indoor team championship for the 15th consecutive season.
Megan Juricko and Paige Baldwin scored first-period goals and Alise Riedel stopped 29 shots and recorded her 15th career shutout as top-seeded St. Thomas (19-5-3) scored a 2-0 win over second-seed Gustavus in Saturday’s MIAC women’s hockey playoff championship game in Mendota Heights.
The No. 7-rankedTommies advance to the national playoffs for the first time since 2003. They also ended No. 8-ranked Gustavus’ 10-year streak as conference playoff champs and became the first team to shutout the Gusties in the playoffs’ 15-year history.