ST. PAUL, Minn. — The senior class of 2020 had their season stolen from them.
For reasons outside of their control, they will never be able to pursue goals for which they worked so hard.
As part of a recurring segment for the remainder of this spring, coaches have the opportunity to thank their seniors one last time.
Continuing the series is St. Thomas coach Jason King honoring his seven seniors.#31 Jack Stanchfield, Midfield
Edina, Minn. (Edina)
Team Captain, 2019 MCLA Tournament MVP, 2x All American, and 84 career points.
With tremendous vision and a rocket of a shot on the run, Jack was always having a great time playing lacrosse and his positive energy was infectious. The Tommie lacrosse family is also excited for Jack to open up his own thrift store one day!
#24 Riley Baumgartner, Midfield
Anoka, Minn. (Anoka)
Team Captain, All Conference Midfielder, and 81 career points.
Quick and strong downhill dodging midfielder that will be most remembered for always having a smile on his face! Riley will be attending grad school at the University of Minnesota next fall.
#29 Patrick Jackson, Goalie
Edina, Minn. (Edina)
An All-American goalie and 2x Team Captain
Pat is a natural leader, always leading by example being the first player to practice and last to leave. A type of player that is always seeking feedback, looking for extra reps, and had a drive to want to win that was unmatched. .
#35 Alex Palumbo, Defensive Midfield
Mahtomedi, Minn. (Mahtomedi)
Alex is an unsung hero playing the role of defensive midfielder, consistently making plays many in the stands won’t notice. He embraced, but transcended, this role on Feb. 16, 2020 when he ripped a shot past Montana State’s goalie.
Overall, he was instrumental in the team’s defensive success over the last several seasons. Not bad for someone who started playing lacrosse his senior year in high school.
#20 Andrew Broman, Defense
Bloomington, Minn. (Jefferson)
1st Team All-American, Scholar Athlete, as well as a number of other accolades.
Andrew had persistent, physically-punishing defensemea on the field matched by a calm introverted demeanor off the field.
An exemplary student-athlete that we trust will have just as much success working at Abbott Laboratories after graduation.
P.S. Allegedly the most penalized player in the MCLA!
#19 Nate Carpenter, Defense
St. Louis Park, Minn. (Benilde-St. Margaret's)
Nate had a late start to his career at UST, but he more than made up for it through the discipline, grit and passion he brought to every practice and game.
It’s a challenge to find someone who knew our opponents, their significant others included, better than Nate. His height, coupled with a booming voice, made for some quality chirps.
#10 Sam Hoover, Defense
Naples, Fla. (Barron Collier)
Team Captain, 1st Team All-American Defenseman, as well as a number of other accolades.
The Florida native is one of the most intelligent and genuine lacrosse players to pass through this program. It’s rare to have a defenseman you want to put on every team's best attackman, but consistently put on other matchups given his ability to cover up everyone’s mistakes.
A true players coach and servant leader.
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Tommie Lacrosse nation is forever in debt to the 2020 class. They are an incredible group of friends and talented lacrosse players.
In your time at St. Thomas, you only knew what it meant to make it to championship Saturday, and because of your contributions, you were able to win a national championship together. It's something you will never forget.
With an overall record of 45-11, you lost only two out-of-conference games in your careers and were also able to go undefeated against UMLC opponents St. John's (7-0) and Grand Valley State (6-0).
For the on-field performances, we thank you for upholding and adding to the standard of the program you embraced as freshmen and turned into your own over the course of your careers. Because of your hard work, St. Thomas is a more successful program than before you came through.
Though the on-field performances will be missed, the personalities and leadership is what will be much harder to replace. We thank you for being such great leaders, teammates and, most importantly, great people.
The ups and downs on the field were a lot of fun, but what we will miss most is being able to hang out with all of you every week. You were a goofy, hard working and passionate crew.
From Stanch’s mullet and Pit Vipers freshman year to Broman’s record amount of penalties he racked up in four years, the memories go on and on. The UST lacrosse family can only sit back and think we were lucky to have been around such a fantastic group of young men.
You all have such bright futures. Thank you again for everything you gave us in your time at St. Thomas!
Coach King, Kepner, Coon, Conrad, and Dowdle