Auggie Teams Enter Postseason
Alexa Martin, staff writer
Augsburg Athletics has a lot to celebrate at the moment, with four teams heading off to the MIAC postseason playoffs. The Augsburg mens and womens hockey teams as well as the mens and womens basketball teams look to finish off their successful seasons with impressive postseason finishes.
The womens basketball team has made program history by winning the regular-season championship. In addition to this, sophomore Anja Smith scored a total of 39 points in their game against St. Benedict, which was good for the new school record for points in a single game. This by no means, means that this team is done making history, cemented by the team’s 67-45 victory against St. Olaf in their quarter-finals of the MIAC Championship. Auggie fans can’t wait to see this team go all the way this season and bring home a MIAC championship.
The Auggie mens basketball team defeated Bethel University in the first round of the MIAC playoffs, with a score of 82-66. The Auggies were led by Will Schimdt, who had 17 points for the bench for the Auggies, as well as Conner Knoepfle, who finished with 15 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
On the ice, we have the Augsburg mens hockey team working towards another championship. Already winning the regular season championship, they are on their way to the quarter-finals, where they will go face to face against Gustavus.
“I think the proudest moments I have had this season are just how we have shown multiple times that no moment is too big for us,” said Head Coach Greg May of the biggest successes this season. “Our guys have stepped up within games when they were on the ropes, have bounced back when we have needed them to, and have come out on top against some of the perennial top teams in the country. I want our players to realize how special of a group we have. How much we care about one another. And how much of our success comes from the value that every one of our players brings to the table. We need to keep believing in each other, understand what has been allowing us to have success up until this point, and continue to play within our brand of hockey.”
The Auggie womens hockey team will look to make noise this postseason after finishing middle of the pack in the conference this year with a 12-10-2 record. The Auggie women finished the season on a nice winning streak of two games against the College of Saint Benedict so they will look to continue that streak into the playoffs.
Good luck to all the teams that have made it this far. We will be cheering for you all! Go Auggies!