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Tuesday Talk: Senior celebrations for fall teams

Tuesday Talk: Senior celebrations for fall teams

Seniors will be celebrated this week for six Tommie fall sports teams. More than 40 athletes from the UST Class of 2019 will either have their final regular-season home contests or run in their conference cross country meet.

The four UST soccer, volleyball and football teams have combined to post a 242-74-10 record (131-30-8 MIAC) over these last four seasons.

Football has 19 seniors being recognized before Saturday's 1:10 p.m. home contest with St. Olaf. The Tommies are 43-5 in the current seniors' era (29-1 MIAC) with two conference titles. That group also was part of the Toms' 2015 Stagg Bowl team and eight postseason victories.

Women's Soccer has seven seniors being honored before Saturday's 1 p.m. home game against Bethel. The Toms are 56-15-5 in the seniors' era (36-8-4 MIAC).

Men's Soccer has four seniors being honored before Saturday's 3:30 p.m. home game against Bethel. The Toms are 67-14-5 in the seniors' era (34-8-4 MIAC).

Volleyball has four seniors being recognized before Friday's 7 p.m. match against Northwestern-St. Paul, one of four home matches this week. The Toms are 76-40 in the seniors' era (32-14 MIAC).

The MIAC Cross Country Championships will be held at St. Olaf next Saturday. The women run at 11 a.m., and the men race at noon. Nine Tommie seniors will be recognized at the post-race awards ceremony.

The Tommies are looking to record top-three MIAC finishes in seven of the eight fall sports. They already have won the league crown in men's golf, and lead the standings in women's soccer.

 

Up Next

Eleven St. Thomas sports teams are in action starting this Wednesday through next Saturday in one of the busiest weekend's of the school year.

Volleyball (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday); Women's and Men's Soccer (Saturday); Football (Saturday); Women's and Men's Swim-Dive (Saturday); Women's Hockey (Friday-Saturday) all will compete on campus or home ice.

 

Did You Know?

St. Thomas has started out with a combined 53-13-1 record in football, soccer and volleyball (20-3-1 at home). Six of the 13 losses have come against teams ranked in the top 20 nationally.

 

Men's Stat of the Week

In three October games, senior RB Josh Parks has rushed for 648 yards on just 48 carries with eight touchdowns.

 

Women's Stat of the Week

St. Thomas Volleyball has won 12 of its last 14 matches to hit 20 season victories. Coach Thanh Pham's team likely will have five matches in a seven-day span starting this Wednesday.

 

Poll Talk

St. Thomas is ranked nationally in Women's Basketball (No. 4), Football (No. 7), Women's Hockey (No. 10), Men's Swim-Dive (No. 16), Women's Swim-Dive (No. 18), Men's Golf (No. 20) and Women's Soccer (No. 24).

UST Volleyball, Men's Hockey and Men's Basketball teams are also receiving votes just out of the top 15 or 25 in their national polls. The Toms are also are regionally ranked in Men's Spccer and Men's and Women's Cross Country.

 

Streak Talk

Tommie Football has won 82 games in a row when it limits opponents to 19 or less points and 82 in a row when it leads at halftime. UST has won nine home games in a row and won 19 consecutive home games against MIAC opponents. 

St. Thomas Men's Soccer has won six in a row and 47 consecutive games when it scores two or more goals. The Toms are unbeaten in their last 14 overtime games, too (10-0-4). 

St. Thomas Women's Soccer is 64-0-1 since September 2010 in games when it scores two or more goals (2-2 tie at home last September against UW-La Crosse).

 

Swim & Dive

The 2018-19 winter sports season officially began last Saturday at Anderson Pool as the Tommies played host to six schools for the St. Thomas Relays. The Tommie women and men won 11 of 17 pool races.

UST is home again next Saturday to play host to the Minnesota-Wisconsin Border Battle.

  

Women's Soccer

The first-place and No. 24-ranked Tommies (14-2 overall, 8-1 MIAC) play at Augsburg Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) and finish at home Saturday against Bethel (1 p.m.). The Toms can win at least a share of the MIAC championship with one win and one tie, or take the title outright with two victories.

St. Thomas has outscored opponents 43-6, with nine shutouts. That includes a 21-3 advantage in the second halves and overtime.

On the last four seasons, the Tommies have an conference-best 44 shutouts.

Senior Mallory DeBoom has 99 career points (38 goals) and needs five points to move into No. 3 on the UST career scoring list.

 

Women's Cross Country

St. Thomas Women's Cross Country fell out of the national top-35 poll last week but is still regionally ranked.

Coach Joe Sweeney's team will try to post another top-three finish at Saturday's MIAC Championships at St. Olaf (11 a.m.). 

 

Men's Cross Country 

St. Thomas Men's Cross Country fell out of the national top-35 poll last week but is still regionally ranked. 

Coach Pete Wareham's team will try to post a top-three finish at Saturday's MIAC Championships at St. Olaf (noon).

  

Men's Soccer

Regionally-ranked St. Thomas (13-3-1 overall, 6-2-1 MIAC) has gone 6-0 since Oct. 7, including the last four on the road. The Tommies outscored Carthage, Concordia, Northwestern-St. Paul, St. Scholastica, St. Olaf and Augsburg by a 18-2 margin.

The Toms are 14-0-1 in games on his career when Will Kidd scores a point. Freshman Jake Amey has three goals and three assists during the current six-game win streak.

The Toms, chasing a top-two conference finish, play Saturday afternoon at home against Bethel.

 

Football

No. 7-ranked St. Thomas (6-1 overall, 4-1 MIAC) is home Saturday to face St. Olaf. Kickoff is 1:10 p.m. at O'Shaughnessy Stadium.

Coach Glenn Caruso's team scored a 68-0 win over Carleton last Saturday -- its seventh shutout in the last 20 games since 2017.

Senior Josh Parks is ranked first among all rushers from all 660 NCAA teams in yards per rush at 10.5.

 

Volleyball

St. Thomas (20-7 overall, 7-2 MIAC) has four matches in a four-day span this week, all at home. If it can top Hamline (Wednesday night) and St. Catherine (Saturday afternoon), UST locks up at least third place and the No. 3 seed for the playoffs. 

If the Tommies can beat Northwestern-St. Paul on Friday night and No. 11-ranked UW-Eau Claire Saturday night, it can improve its NCAA playoff prospects, too.

St. Thomas has won four in a row and seven of its last eight matches.

 

Women's Hockey

No. 10-ranked St. Thomas will open its 2018-19 season with a home weekend series against Lake Forest (Ill.). The teams meet Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m., both on home ice in Mendota Heights.

The Tommies closed last season on a 13-game unbeaten streak (8-0-5) in a 16-3-6 finish. Three-year starting goalie Kenzie Torpy leads a group of 17 returners. UST has one experienced junior transfer and eight freshman.

 

Men's Hockey

St. Thomas opens its 2018 season Friday and Saturday nights in Blaine in the final MIAC Showcase tournament. UST faces St. John's on Friday and Bethel on Saturday. The Tommies and Johnnies finished 1-2 in the conference standings last season.

Coach Jeff Boeser's UST squad just missed cracking the preseason top-15 poll by U.S. College Hockey Online. The Tommies return 25 players and have five newcomers (two goalies).

 

Women's Baskeball

St. Thomas will travel to Minneapolis on Saturday afternoon for a closed scrimmage against the Minnesota Gophers. This will be the third preseason in a row the Tommies will be tested by a fast and talented Division I team.