Allison Borgstrom and Leah Schwartzman each contributed a goal and assist but No. 1-ranked Plattsburgh State outlasted a St. Thomas upset bid in Saturday's 4-2 Cardinal home victory in Plattsburgh, N.Y., in a Division III national quarterfinal playoff contest.
The No. 7-ranked Tommies (14-11-4) , who had a seven-game unbeaten streak halted by the three-time defending NCAA champions, finished tied for fifth nationally in their fourth consecutive NCAA playoff appearance. It was the third time in four years their season was ended by the Cardinals, now 26-1-1 this season and 136-6-6 over the last five seasons.
UST rallied from a 2-0 deficit after one period with second-period power-play goals by Borgstrom and Schwartzman recorded just 3:17 apart.
Plattsburgh scored 8:31 into the second to take a 3-2 lead into the third period. They added an insurance goal with 6:04 remaining in the game.
Kenzie Torpy had 30 saves and helped kill off all three Cardinal power plays.
Larson scored an assist on Saturday and finished with 64 points in 58 games as a Tommie. She played 111 games in all four college seasons -- including her two seasons at Bethel -- and recorded 129 points (67 goals). UST was 18-4-4 in games when Larson has scored a goal.
Bird played in 110 games -- tied for the most in a Tommie uniform -- and had 10 goals and 19 assists.
Photos by Gabriel Dickens, Plattsburgh sports information office