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MCLA Division II Semifinals See St. Thomas, NDSU Advance

The MCLA Division II semifinals opened Thursday morning with St. Thomas taking on Grand Valley State, and the North Dakota State University Bison battling the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.

The Tommies took a 6-3 lead heading into halftime, and then dominated the third quarter with a 5-1 offensive run. St. Thomas never looked back, winning 14-5.

The top-seeded Tommies got a solid offensive performance from senior midfielder Sam Turner, who recorded a hat-trick in addition to pitching in one assist. Sam Bouman had a big day in cage for St. Thomas, recording 15 saves and turning away shots at critical moments.

North Dakota State took on Minnesota-Duluth, and the Bison’s ten-man ride caused problems early for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs cleared a paltry 54-percent of their attempts.

NDSU had a 7-6 lead at halftime and ended up sealing the victory with an 11-8 win.

St. Thomas will face North Dakota State University in the MCLA finals on Saturday.


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