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Welcome to MIAC Playoff/Championship Week

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MIAC Men's Hockey Playoff webpage

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MIAC Women's Hockey Playoff webpage

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MIAC Men's Basketball Playoff webpage

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MIAC Women's Basketball Playoff webpage

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MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships webpage

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Six Tommie teams compete this week in MIAC Championships or playoffs, included some held on campus or on home ice in Mendota Heights.

  • Women's and Men's Track and Field compete Friday and Saturday in the MIAC Championships at St. Olaf.
  • Women's and Men's Basketball host MIAC playoff semifinal games Thursday here at Schoenecker Arena at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., and with wins would advance to home title games here on Saturday.
  • Women's Hockey hosts an MIAC playoff semifinal game Saturday in Mendota Heights (2 p.m).
  • Men's Hockey plays an MIAC playoff semifinal game Saturday in St. Cloud against St. John's (2 p.m.).

Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for students for all MIAC postseason contests and championship meets.  

Click on the links above for updated information.

By MIAC rule, St. Thomas has to clear the arena following the 5 p.m. women's game. So fans wanting to watch both games live in Schoenecker Arena need to buy a ticket for the 5 p.m. and the 8 p.m. contests.

 

Hockey

The St. Thomas men (14-6-5) travel to St. Cloud to face second-seed St. John's on Saturday (2 p.m.) in an MIAC semifinal playoff game. The winner plays March 2 in the playoff finals.

The Toms have a win, a tie and a loss with the Johnnies this season.

The Tommies are 23-5-3 in games on his career when junior Brett Gravelle scores a goal. He has scored a point in 14 of the last 15 games.

The Tommie men have qualified for the MIAC playoffs all 34 seasons the format has been in place.

The No. 1-ranked Tommie women (22-1-2) play either Gustavus or St. Mary's Saturday (2 p.m.) in Mendota Heights in the playoff semifinals. The winner plays March 2 in the playoff finals.

St. Thomas had a 3-2 comeback win over Hamline at home on Friday but lost in the same fashion Saturday at Hamline. The split still let St. Thomas claim its sixth MIAC regular-season title and second in a row. Senior goalie Kenzie Torpy has broken an MIAC record for career wins by a women's goalie with 66 (Gustavus' Danielle Justice recorded 63 wins from 2008-12).

St. Thomas is 25-2-1 in games on her career when Rachel Werdin scores a goal. The junior scored 13 goals in her last 14 games last season, and has contributed 13 goals in her last 14 games in 2018-19.

The Tommie women have qualified for the MIAC playoffs for 19 consecutive seasons.

 

Basketball

The Tommie men (22-3) dropped three spots to No. 9 this week in the national poll after a 1-1 week. Coach John Tauer's team secured the solo MIAC championship with a hard-fought 13-point win Saturday at St. Mary's. The Toms rallied from a 12-point first-half deficit in the comeback victory.

Next is a Thursday home MIAC playoff semifinal game at 8 p.m. at Schoenecker Arena against fourth-seed Augsburg (18-8). The Purple have qualified for the MIAC playoffs for the 20th consecutive season.

The Tommie women (24-1) closed out an 18-0 MIAC regular season with two comfortable wins last week. Just 10 MIAC women's hoops teams have gone unbeaten in the conference regular season, including nine St. Thomas squads. The Tommies have done it in each of the last three seasons. 

Next is a Thursday home MIAC playoff semifinal game at 5 p.m. at Schoenecker Arena against No. 5 seed Gustavus. The Tommie women have qualified for the MIAC playoffs for the 13th consecutive season.

If St. Thomas' hoops teams win here Thursday night, they will play at home Saturday in the MIAC playoff championship game (3 p.m. if the women advance, 7 p.m. if the men advance).

Out of 1,000-plus NCAA institutions, only two have both their men's and women's basketball teams ranked in the top 10 nationally: St. Thomas and Division II Indiana (Pa.).

Tommie Men's Basketball is 19-1 this season in games when it has a better field-goal clip than its opponents, and 17-0 when it limits opponents to 72 or less points.

Senior center Hannah Spaulding leads all NCAA women's basketball players in field-goal shooting at 71 percent, and will break a 26-year-old MIAC record for career shooting as she's currently near 69 percent.

 

Track and Field

St. Thomas is gearing up for the Friday-Saturday MIAC Championship meet at St. Olaf. The multi-event for men and women will be contested on Thursday.

Tommie men's teams are 34-for-34 all in MIAC indoor team crowns, the women are 31-of-34. The No. 20-ranked men's team will get a good challenge from Carleton, St. John's and Bethel among others. The St. Thomas will look to hold off challenges from Hamline, Gustavus, St. Ben's and others.

On the MIAC indoor season list, the Tommie men have 32 individual performances ranked in the top six, while the Purple women have 23.

 

MIAC Championship Watch

St. Thomas Women's Indoor Track and Field will try to complete a 4-for-4 winter team title sweep of women's sports when it competes Friday and Saturday in Northfield.

St. Thomas has won six MIAC regular-season and one playoff championship so far this school year:

  • Men's Golf;
  • Women's Soccer (regular season and playoff);
  • Mens Basketball;
  • Women's Basketball
  • Women's Hockey;
  • Women's Swim.

Tommie teams have placed first, second or third in 13 of 14 sports thus far in 2018-19.

St. Thomas and Augsburg are the lone teams to qualify for the MIAC playoffs in all seven sports thus far.

 

Streaks/Facts

St. Thomas has won the conference women's basketball playoff championship seven years in a row (2012-2018).

St. Thomas Women's Basketball has won 72 consecutive games against MIAC opponents, and 22 in a row at home.

St. Thomas won the conference women's hockey playoff championship four years in a row from 2014-2017. The Toms qualified last season but didn't compete as part of a self-imposed penalty.

Tommie Women's Hockey (12-0), Women's Hoops (11-0) and Men's Hoops (11-1) are a combined 34-1 at home this winter.