Sat. Wrap: Men's Soccer wins; WCC takes 22nd

Photo by Haley Staffon
Photo by Haley Staffon

Shae Bottum scored a first-half goal and contributed his 15th assist of the season to lead No. 4-ranked St. Thomas Men's Soccer to a 3-0 win over No. 10-ranked Otterbein (Ohio) in Saturday's round of 16 NCAA playoff game in Chicago.

Will Kidd and Christian Elliehausen also had goals for the Tommies (22-1), who had an 8-1 edge in shots on goal. Aidan Hogan was in net for the team's 14th shutout of the season.

St. Thomas won its 19th consecutive game and broke a 16-year-old school record for goals scored in a season, now at 56.

The Toms play Sunday at 1 p.m. against host and No. 5-ranked North Park University (19-1-1), a 3-0 winner over Washington and Lee (Va.). Sunday's winner advances to the national semifinals, Dec. 1-2.


Women's Cross Country

No. 29-ranked St. Thomas Women's Cross Country had a solid race and placed 22nd out of 32 teams Saturday at Division III national meet in Elsah, Ill. It was the team's second top-25 finish in a row.

Sophomore Sara Ness placed 133rd out of 279 finishers in 22:30 to lead the Toms, who had just 13 seconds between their top five finishers.

Ali Glassbrenner (141st, 22:32), Melissa Marsh (152nd, 22:36), Jenny Walz (160th, 22:40), Becca Wilkin (166th, 22:43), Amber Matzoll (172nd, 22:46) and Jenny Launder (199th, 22:56) rounded out the UST lineup.

Carleton placed fifth at 258. Four other qualifying teams from the region were Wartburg (20th, 494); St. Olaf (21st, 504), UST (22nd, 514) and Nebraska Wesleyan (23rd, 516).

"It was a very solid team race, everyone ran well," said Tommie coach Joe Sweeney. "I'm proud of what they did. The conditions today were challenging with high winds, drizzle and a hilly course."

Complete results here


Women's Hockey

No. 9-ranked St. Thomas outshot host St. Catherine 44-16 and won 1-0 at Drake Arena to complete a hard-fought weekend sweep. Rylie McDonell scored, assisted by Alyssa Wallace, midway through the contest.

The Toms (7-2 overall, 3-1 MIAC) won 2-1 over the Wildcats on Friday on home ice.

Kenzie Torpy had 16 saves and finished the weekend stopping 38 of 39 shots and helping kill all seven SCU power plays.

The Toms are off until Dec. 1-2 for a series against first-place Augsburg.


Men's Basketball

Senior forward Ryan Boll scored a career-high 39 points and added 11 rebounds in a game-best 43 minutes of play, but St. Thomas lost a tough 85-83 overtime road decision Saturday night at No. 13-ranked Marietta (Ohio).

The Pioneers (2-0) converted a three-point play with :09 left to erase a one-point deficit.

UST (1-1) played the weekend tournament without four players expected to start or be in its top eight rotation. Against the ranked Pioneers, they used 10 players, including five freshmen and two sophomores.

Boll missed both a game-winning shot at the end of regulation and a game-tying shot at the end of the overtime. Marietta, a 26-win team last season, won 102-71 Friday night over Hope (Mich.), a 23-win team last season.

G.T. Johnson scored a career-high 14 points for St. Thomas, which shot 58 percent from the field in the second half. Both teams had only turnovers.

Box score



Women's Basketball

Junior center Hannah Spaulding recorded 22 points and six rebounds but No. 3-ranked St. Thomas lost 80-68 to Bowdoin (Maine) Saturday in non-conference women's basketball play in Skidmore, N.Y.

The Toms (1-1) shot only 43 percent from the field. They also got 16 points from Lucia Renikoff and 11 from Kaylie Brazil.

The Polar Bears (2-0) are 91-23 over the last five seasons. They lost by three and five points last season to Tufts, the NCAA runner-up and a team that ended UST's season in the national semifinals, 60-57.

Bowdoin shot 54 percent from the floor and sank 10-of-20 from 3-point range, with five differet players sinking two each. The Bears outscored the Toms 30-21 behind the arc and led by as many as 19. That's the most points scored on St. Thomas in the last 50 games.

Spaulding and Brazil made the six-player all-tournament team.

The Tommies open their home season Nov. 26 against George Fox (Ore.).

Box score


Swim Dive

St. Thomas men's and women's swim-dive teams scored dual wins over St. John's and St. Ben's Saturday in Collegeville. The men won 170-69, and the women triumphed 174-67.

Complete swim resuts here