Hamline News


Making history

In its second year, women's lacrosse hits the national stage 

By Dave Wright 

In just two short years, Hamline has made a name for itself in the world of DIII women’s lacrosse. In 2016, the Pipers made a bit of a splash, going 10-6 as an independent, earning wins over such established programs as Augsburg.

In 2017, that splash turned into a big wave.

The Pipers joined the Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference (MWLC), competing against longer standing programs at schools in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. HU finished third to qualify for the conference playoffs in Mequon, Wisconsin.

That would have made it a successful year in its own right, but HU took it a step further, defeating Aurora, 14-7, and edging out defending champ, Concordia, 10-9, on a goal by Dana Almquist ’18 with just four seconds left in regulation time.  

The Pipers earned an NCAA tournament berth, where they lost a first round game to FDU-Florham. But that took little away from a 15-5 overall season that included a perfect 9-0 record at Klas Field.

Almquist, a junior, set a school record with 71 goals and was named the league’s Co-Attacker of the Year. She was named to the Great Lakes Region Second Team and was one of seven Piper players who earned post-season recognition from the MWLC. Second-year head coach Karen Heggernes was named the league’s Coach of the Year.

Turns out the Pipers were a success in the classroom as well. Ten scholar-athletes were named to the conference’s All-Academic team for having a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher.

With just four seniors graduating, the future looks bright, indeed, for women’s lacrosse.