St. Thomas went 3-1 on the afternoon in conference action:
- Football took a 69-0 home football victory over Carleton;
- Volleyball scored a 3-0 road win at St. Mary's;
- Women's Soccer lost 1-0 at St. Olaf;
- Men's Soccer posted 4-0 victory at St. Olaf;
- UST swim-dive teams won 11 of 17 events for women and men in its own seven-team relays meet in Anderson Pool (no team scores).
Senior RB Josh Parks rushed 13 times for 198 yards and three touchdowns in just two quarters of play and No. 7-ranked St. Thomas had no turnovers in Saturday's home shutout defeat of Carleton on a windy day at O'Shaughnessy Stadium.
Parks, who came into Saturday ranked second in all of NCAA football with a 9.7 yards per rush average, improved that to 10.4 yards aided by two long scoring dahes. Parks recorded scoring runs of 46, 61 and eight yards, and now has scored 15 of his 36 career touchdowns so far in 2018. Parks now has 11 career runs of 45 or more yards in his three seasons with St. Thomas.
The Tommies (6-1 overall, 4-1 MIAC) had three takeaways, forced 11 punts, and held the Knights (2-4, 2-2) to 110 total yards and 0-for-14 on third-down tries. The Knights rushed 10 times for minus-14 net yards after 10 tackles for loss were factored in.
Coach Glenn Caruso's team has won 30 of its last 31 games at Palmer Field. The Toms are 40-0 this decade in regular-season games when they have one or no turnovers.
Carlton senior QB Christian Zaytoun completed 18-of-40 passes for 117 yards with two interceptions. Tommie seneior QB Jacques Perra played just two quarters and completed 10-of-18 for 100 yards and no tunrovers while guiding six scoring drives.
No. 13-ranked St. Thomas had a 14-game win streak halted with Saturday's 1-0 loss at St. Olaf, on a goal in the 77th minute.
The Toms couldn't convert in the first half with a stiff wind at their back, then tried to operate into that wind in the second half and were unable to control a variety of their shots.
The first-place Toms (14-2 overall, 8-1 MIAC) have two games to play in the regular season and has a two-point lead atop the MIAC. St. Olaf remained in the title race at 7-2-1 with one game to play.
Both goalies had four saves. UST had a 6-2 edge in corner kicks but was unable to convert.
St. Thomas plays two more ttitle hopefuls this week -- Wednesday night at Augsburg, and at home Oct. 30 to face Bethel.
St. Thomas ran its win streak to four and reached 20 season victories with Saturday's 3-0 road defeat of St. Mary's. The Tommies won 25-19, 25-14, 25-15 and improved its chances of geting the No. 3 seed for the upcoming conference playoffs.
Madie Kroehler had 15 kills and hit .392 on the match for St. Thomas (20-7 overall, 7-2 MIAC). Grace Bordson added nine kills and six blocks, and Ellie Meyer had 26 digs.
The Toms conclude MIAC play this week at home against Hamline and St. Catherine.
Will Kidd scored two goals and Jake Amey and Josh Grzesiak added one apiece as visiting St. Thomas posted a 4-0 win at St. Olaf in Northfield.
Senior keeper Aidan Hogan had five saves with the shutout for the Toms (12-3-1 overall, 5-2-1 MIAC).
Five teams remain the conference title race with two games to play.