ST. PETER, Minn. – No matter the project, the goal is always to finish strong.
North Iowa forward Lucas Jorgenson certainly did that, notching points in his final six appearances in the Bulls’ run to a 2021 Fraser Cup national championship.
It’s exactly the kind of big-game mentality the coaches at Gustavus Adolphus College are expecting to see from him next season as he makes the move to the college game. Jorgenson has announced his commitment to the Golden Gusties’ NCAA Division III program, the fifth North Iowa player to make a college commitment this season and the third to commit to Gustavus Adolphus. Jorgenson was also considering an offer from St. John’s University, both members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Jorgenson is one of several Orono, Minnesota natives to make his mark for the Bulls over the last several seasons, notching nine goals and 25 assists this past year in his lone junior campaign.
“Lucas is obviously a very good offensive player, highly skilled and really good on power play situations,” said Bulls head coach and general manager Todd Sanden. “He was good for us down the stretch in the playoffs, and scored in the national championship game for us. Gustavus knows what they’re getting. Coach [Brett] Petersen was out several times this year and watched us play. We wish Lucas a ton of luck at Gustavus and know he’s a guy that is going to be an impact player for their program.”
He was one of seven North Iowa players to notch 30 or more points this past year, and was as steady as they came, earning his first junior goal in his second game, October 16 at the New Ulm Steel. Jorgenson caught fire at midseason, notching points in eight straight games, and took off again at the end of the year after a five-game scoreless streak.
He did not score in the Bulls’ West Division semifinal series against Alexandria, but notched points in both of North Iowa’s first two West Division final outings against Willmar and posted points in all four of the team’s games at the Fraser Cup championship tournament.
Jorgenson came flying out of the gate in the prep ranks as well, scoring 41 points as a sophomore and helping the Orono Spartans take the 2018 Minnesota state high school championship. After joining the Holy Family High School squad and piling up 56 more points as a junior, Jorgenson put on the captain’s “C” for the Fire in 2019-20 and capped his high school career with a team-best 37 points.
He becomes the sixth North Iowa player all-time to commit to Gustavus Adolphus, with former Bulls Connor Clemons and Dan Sandvig set to come back for their senior seasons next year. The Golden Gusties will look to move up the MIAC ladder after finishing 0-5 in the conference’s COVID-abbreviated 2020-21 season. Three of those losses came by a single goal.
“What put them over the top for me was the coaching staff and the facilities they provided,” said Jorgenson. “I expect to step in as a playmaker for the team who can provide some goal scoring.”
The North Iowa Bulls congratulate Lucas Jorgenson on his commitment to Gustavus Adolphus College, and wish him all possible success as he begins his collegiate career with the Golden Gusties.