The St. Thomas women’s hockey team showed remarkable resolve this year, continuing their
victories into the postseason. The team’s acheivements
were driven by both new and returning teammates.
Led by coach Tom Palkowski, the Tommies finished
the season with an admirable 20-6-2 record. The
season ended after a close NCAA playoff quarterfinal
game against UW-River Falls, which left St. Thomas to
impressively rank fifth in the nation.
Junior Kathryn Larson received the top honor this
season, winning MIAC Player of the Year. She joined four
other Tommies on the All-MIAC first team: seniors Nuala
Flood and Megan Juricko, as well as first-year students
Leah Schwartzman and Becca Zarembinski. In her 99 St.
Thomas career games, Juricko had an impressive 18
goals and 35 assists. In addition to Schwartzman and
Zarembinski, goalie Kenzie Torpy was named to the All-Rookie team.
Larson expressed how important the team dynamic
was to everyone’s accomplishments this season.
“Overall, our team had a very successful year because of
the selfless attitude each player had. We all had a lot of
confidence in each other and wanted to see success for
our teammates. We have a very hardworking team and a
very talented group of ladies, which allowed me to play
with a lot of confidence knowing that my teammates
believed in me and always had my back,” she said.
Although the Tommies had to say goodbye to seven
graduating seniors, this year’s shining moments from
many first-year students on the team help ensure future
seasons look bright.
By Martha McKinley
Photo by Mark Brown
mies celebrate with Leah Schwartzman after she scores a
t St. Benedict.
ward Karina Marette skates down the ice, keeping her
ward Kathryn Larson drives the puck to the net at the
ce Arena in Mendota Heights on Jan. 29.