Their main competition, Hamline, will take on seventh-place Concordia in St. Paul. After splitting a series against Gustavus a week ago, Hamline sits just one point behind the Gusties in the conference standings going into this final weekend.
“It would be a great way for our senior class to go out,” Gusties coach Brett Petersen said. “We have a very large senior class of 11 ... and it would be a terrific way for them to end the regular season, with something that hasn’t been done since 1993. We’re excited about the opportunity.”
Gustavus has clinched no worse than a top-two finish, which puts it out of the conference tournament's play-in game and into the semifinals. Gustavus won last year's MIAC tournament to get a berth into the NCAA tournament. From there, the Gusties went to the national championship game where they lost to Neumann.
The Gusties are led by senior forward David Martinson (above, photo courtesy of GAC), who leads Division III with 25 goals and also has 41 points. According to Petersen, Martinson should be "in the conversation for MIAC player of the year. Voting for that and other conference awards will take place on Monday.
Read more about the Gusties and player of the week winners Melissa Mackley (Gustavus women) and Alli Altmann (MSU women) here. Also, you can see photos of Gustavus tribute to Brendan Loney, the player who was paralyzed in a diving accident last summer, here.