Tommies 2017-2018 Mid-Season Recap

Tommies 2017-2018 Mid-Season Recap

The St. Thomas University Tommies capped off a successful first half of the 2017-2018 athletic season, highlighted by a championship title in women's soccer, a silver-medal finish in women's rugby, nine conference all-star selections, and a five-game winning streak by the women's hockey team.

Women's Soccer

The St. Thomas University Tommies had a historical 2017-2018 season, claiming the ACAA title for the first time in 17 years.

The Tommies earned the conference crown after edging the MSVU Mystics 2-1 in overtime in the semi-finals and topping the UKC Blue Devils 1-0 in the championship final.

The STU squad was in tough at the national championships and fell to GPRC Wolves and Algonquin Thunder before bouncing back to defeat the DAC Rams to finish seventh.

Louisa Hughes and Nikita McCartney earned ACAA first team all-conference honours, while Kaleigh Roberts and Victoria Muise were given the nod on the second team for their performances on the pitch this season.

Men's Soccer

The Tommies men's soccer team had another tough season in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association.

The Tommies, who had only one senior and four third-year players on the roster, finished the regular season with a record of 1-9-2, missing the playoffs for the second straight year.

John Hunter and Kyle Yearwood were bright spots for the Tommies as both were named ACAA all-conference players—Hunter to the first team and Yearwood to the second team.

Golf

The Tommies golf team finished their 2017-2018 season as the third-place team in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association.

Season highlights included a hole-in-one shot by Braden Duffley on hole four at Mactaquac, which he followed up with a score of 74 at Kingswood—a program best.

Women's Rugby

The St. Thomas University women's rugby team had another strong season in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association.

After falling short 32-22 against UNB in the ACAA final, the Tommies took home a silver medal for the third year in a row.

Meghan Pollard, Olivia Ricketts, Abbie LeBlanc, Shannon Morris were recognized by the ACAA for their standout performances with all-conference honours, while Jessica Sauter was named the conference's Rookie of the Year. Head coach Meghan Morrison was named ACAA Coach of the Year.

Men's Rugby

The St. Thomas University Tommies men's rugby team showed growth over the course of the 2017-2018 season.

The STU squad, under new head coach Curtis Lauzon, finished the regular season with a record of 2-4 missing an opportunity to compete in the New Brunswick Final for the first time in two years.

Despite the results on the score board, the Green and Gold demonstrated steady improvement and closed the gap on first-place UNB in their final game of the year.

Cross Country

The Tommies cross country team, although short-staffed, completed another season in the Atlantic University Sport conference.

Chelsey Hall led the women's team once again, crossing the line as the first Tommie in all three conference races. Ryan Terry, the lone runner on the men's side, highlighted the 2017 season with a first-place overall finish in the Miramichi 5k road race.

Women's Hockey

At the midway point of their season, the Tommies are peaking at the right time.

After starting the 2017-2018 campaign with three straight losses, the STU squad went on to win nine of their next 11 games for a 9-3-2 record and third place in the conference standings.

Highlights of the first semester included a 2-1 win over the SMU Huskies, which was won in the final 20 seconds off a goal from Lauren Henman, and a 2-1 overtime win against the UdeM Aigles Bleues in Moncton.

Men's Basketball

The Tommies men's basketball team welcomed six new faces to its roster and immediately identified the team goal of taking a step forward from last year's sixth-place regular season finish.

After a tough pre-season schedule, the Tommies came into the regular season and competed hard on route to a 2-4 record. With 15 games remaining in the 2017-2018 season, the team goal is well within reach.

Women's Basketball

The women's basketball team kicked off the regular season with two nail-bitters against the top two teams in the conference—Mount Allison University and Mount Saint Vincent University.

They eventually broke into the win column, topping the University of King's College Blue Devils and the Crandall University Chargers. A tough loss to Holland College just before the break put them at 2-3 on the season and in fourth place in the ACAA standings.

Men's Volleyball

It's a season of new for the St. Thomas University Tommies men's volleyball team—new leadership, new personnel, and new focus.

Under the guidance of newly appointed head coach Henri Mallet, the Tommies welcomed seven recruits to the 2017-2018 roster with the goal of building a national championship program.

After dropping their first three matches, the team bounced back to win their last two before the break for a record of 2-3 and third place in the ACAA standings.

Women's Volleyball

The women's volleyball team came out swinging in the 2017-2018 campaign.

With a solid mix of rookies and returners, the Tommies boast a versatile lineup that's powered them to a 6-2 record and a tie for second place in the ACAA at the break.

Highlights from the first half include a three-game winning streak to close out the first half of the schedule and earning a perfect record of 3-0 at home.