Former Mustang nabs player-of-the-year award

It doesn’t seem to matter on which hockey team Kathryn Larson plays, she tends to be a standout wherever. After playing two seasons at Bethel University where she earned an All-American award as a sophomore, Larson transferred to the University of St. Thomas this season and picked up right where she left off.

At the end of the regular season back in late February, Larson, now a junior for the Tommies, was named the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s player of the year in women’s hockey. 

Larson, a 2013 Mounds View High School graduate, led the MIAC in scoring with 28 points on 13 goals and 15 assists. Her assists total was second in the conference and she finished fourth in goals.

Larson’s play helped lead St. Thomas to a conference record of 12-4-2, which gave the Tommies a share of the MIAC regular-season championship. 

St. Thomas went on to win the MIAC playoff championship with back-to-back 2-1 victories over Concordia-Moorhead in the semifinals and Bethel in the title game. It was the Tommies’ third consecutive playoff crown.

The Tommies saw their season come to an end on March 11 in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament. St. Thomas traveled to the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and fell 4-1 to the Falcons.

St. Thomas finishes the season with an overall record of 20-6-2. 

Through three seasons, Larson has amassed 93 points in 79 games played. She has 49 goals and 44 assists.

During her playing days at Mounds View, Larson helped lead the Mustangs to the 2012 state tournament. She was an all-state honorable mention selection and was a three-time all-conference honoree.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

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