MAHTOMEDI, Minn. – In a surprise to no one, the top four seeds in the Upper Midwest Lacrosse Conference (UMLC) – all of which are ranked in Top 13 of the Under Armour MCLA Division II Coaches Poll – advanced to the conference semifinals with victories on Friday.
Top-ranked and top-seeded St. Thomas breezed past North Dakota, 25-1, setting up a second date with blood rival St. John’s in one of the semifinals. The Johnnies stifled MSU-Mankato, 11-2, to set up the premium semi matchup.
On the other side of the bracket, North Dakota State took down St. Cloud State, 16-9, to advance to the conference final four. Minn.-Duluth dispatched Winona State in the nightcap, 15-3, to round out that semifinal.
Friday’s Results - Quarterfinals
#1 St. Thomas d. #8 North Dakota, 25-1
#4 St. John’s d. #5 MSU-Mankato, 11-2
#2 North Dakota State d. #7 St. Cloud State, 16-9
#3 Minn.-Duluth d. #6 Winona State, 16-3
Saturday, April 23 – Semifinals – Mahtomedi, Minn. (Mahtomedi HS)
#4 St. John’s vs. #1 St. Thomas, 1 p.m.
#3 Minn.-Duluth vs. #2 North Dakota State, 4 p.m.
Sunday, April 24 – Finals – Mahtomedi, Minn. (Mahtomedi HS)
Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.