The Sioux women are in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history. The bracket was revealed Sunday night and the coaches and players took deep breaths when learning they’re in as the final at-large team.
The quarterfinal matchup will be against Minnesota at 4 p.m. Saturday in Ridder Arena. The Gophers beat the Sioux 6-0 on Friday night in the WCHA Final Faceoff, but UND will get another shot.
The Sioux went 2-3 against the Gophers this season.
The irony in this: If Minnesota hadn’t beat Duluth on Saturday night, UND would be out. Now, the Sioux try to repay the favor by knocking out the Gophers.
More irony: If Robert Morris hadn’t upset Mercyhurst in the CHA final, it’s possible that UND would have been left out. Robert Morris’ first-year head coach? Paul Colontino, a former Sioux women’s assistant coach who was a groomsman in UND sports info director Jayson Hajdu’s wedding this summer.
Mercyhurst at No. 1 Wisconsin
St. Lawrence at No. 4 Boston College
UND at No. 2 Minnesota
Boston University at No. 3 Cornell