St. Thomas senior goalie Kenzie Torpy capped a terrific career with one more elite award. It was announced on Wednesday that Torpy has received Division III Academic All-America honors by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
A Psychology major with a 3.87 grade-point average, the Oregon, Wis., native is one of 45 players recognized with the elite academic honor in the At-Large category but one of just three ice hockey honorees. The women's category includes the sports of tennis, golf, ice hockey, swim-dive, gymnastics, skiing, water polo, lacrosse, field hockey.
Torpy is the first St. Thomas women's hockey player so honored in the program's 20-year history. It also marks the 104th CoSIDA academic award all-time for any Tommie student-athlete. All 22 varsity sports that St. Thomas sponsors now has at least one former student-athlete that has received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
Torpy led her team to a program-record 25 wins and its first ever No. 1 national team ranking last winter en route to a fourth-place national finish. She injured her knee on the eve of the Final Four and the team lost both matches with her on the sidelines:
- She was named MIAC Player of the Year, and led her team to a sweep of the conference regular-season and playoff championships (she finished 17-1-2 over 20 games against league opponents).
- In 2019 postseason wins over Gustavus, No. 4-ranked Hamline and No. 8-ranked UW-Eau Claire she went 3-0 with 82 saves and three goals allowed.
- In her last 54 career starts since late in her sophomore year, she allowed just 67 goals and led the Tommies to a 41-5-7 record.
- She broke school and conference records for career wins (69), and games played (102). The 69 wins are tied for third most in D-III history.
- She surpassed 2,000 career saves in 102 games (101 starts), and her 22 career shutouts included 13 last season. The 22 shutouts are ninth most in D-III history.
- Her .957 save percentage put her in the top 10 for one season in D-III.
- She allowed just nine power-play goals in 89 opponent attempts last season.
"Kenzie Torpy is a leader in the classroom, locker room and in life," Tommie coach Tom Palkowski said last March. "She carries a 3.87 grade-point average with a major in Psychology, and a minor in Spanish and Business Administration. She comes to the rink everyday with a smile, positive attitude and the idea she's going to work on some aspect of her game.
"Obviously she's having a tremendous year, but she stays in the moment, and just wants to give her team a chance to win, regardless of what that might require. She continues to push herself, but works with our goalies and helps them understand what it takes to be a starter. The energy our goalies bring to our team is fantastic, and it starts with her."
St. Thomas CoSIDA Academic All-Americas
2017-18: Isaac Seering (football)
2016-17: Nick Waldvogel (football), Ryan Winter (football), Emma Paulson (swimming & diving)
2015-16: David Simmet (football); Emma Paulson (swimming & diving); Emily Gapinski (CC/T&F); Dylan Baumann (CC/T&F); Jacob Gerhartz (CC/T&F)
2014-15: David Simmet (football); Kelly Foley (volleyball); Jill Greenfield (volleyball); Alex Kapraun (at-large/men's golf); Drew Fielding (at-large/men's hockey); Kendra Bowe (softball).
2013-14: Kelly Foley (volleyball); Alex Kapraun (men's golf); Emily Gregory (softball); Kirstin Bigelbach (softball); Erin Statz (Women's CC/track and field)
2012-13: Kimmy Hassel (softball); Eyo Ekpo (men's track and field)
2011-12: Dan Chapman (football); Fritz Waldvogel (football); Ashley Maher (volleyball); Eyo Ekpo (men's track and field)
2010-11: Dan Chapman (football); Ben Wartman (football);
2009-10: Ben Wartman (football); Elliot Amundson (men's soccer); Matt Schuld (baseball); Nikki Arola (women's track & field); Pat Jager (men's track & field); Marta Radcliffe (softball); Alison Wright (softball)
2008-09: Katie McCaffrey (volleyball); Matt Schuld (baseball); Nikki Arola (women's track & field); Phil Bastron (men's track & field); Katie Theisen (women's track & field); Alison Wright (softball)
2007-08: P.J. Theisen (football); Katie Theisen (women's track & field); Maria Bye (softball); P.J. Thiesen (men's track & field)
2006-07: Maria Bye (softball); Carrie Embree (softball); Riley Bosch (baseball)
2005-06: P.J. Thiesen (football); Ben Kessler (football); Andrew Ubbelohde (football); Nikki Conway (softball); Maria Bye (softball); Carrie Embree (softball); Molly Bauman (women's track & field); P.J. Theisen (men's track & field)
2004-05: Ben Kessler (football); Brigid Power (women's CC/track & field; Dave Linn (at-large/swimming & diving; Tut Fuller (at-large/men's tennis); Katie Glorvigen (at-large/women's golf)
2003-04: Dave Linn (at-large/swimming & diving; Kristi Huegel (softball)
2002-03: Tessie Thompson (women's soccer); Jake Barkley (football); Andrew Hilliard (football); Dave Linn (at-large/swimming & diving; Andrew Hilliard (men's track and field); Tom Carroll (baseball); Shannon Moore (softball)
2001-02: Andy Kaiser (football); Jake Barkley (football); Andrew Hilliard (football); Kristin Murray (at-large/women's swimming & diving); Andrew Hilliard (men's track & field); Jacob Kraus (at-large/men's tennis)
2000-01: Jake Barkley (football); Mychal Brendan (men's basketball); Andrew Hilliard (at-large/men's track & field)
1998-99: Greg Kaiser (at-large/men's track & field); Steve Aronson (at-large/men's hockey)
1997-98: Greg Kaiser (football); Tonia Call (softball)
1995-96: Curt Behrns (football)
1994-95: Curt Behrns (football); Johnny Tauer (men's basketball); Kelly Copps (at-large/women's CC, track & field)
1993-94: Curt Behrns (football)
1992-93: Penny Thompson (volleyball); Kari Bymers (at-large/women's tennis)
1991-92: Penny Thompson (volleyball)
1990-91: Michelle Auger (at-large/women's track & field)
1984-85: Laura Inderieden (at-large/women's track & field)
1982-83: Debbie Thometz (at-large/CC, women's track & field)
1980-81: Doug Groebner (football); Greg Hendricks (men's basketball)
1977-78: Tom Kelly (football); Terry Fleming (men's basketball)
1974-75: Mark Dienhart (football)
1973-74: Mark Dienhart (football)
1966-67: Dan Hansard (men's basketball)