Sports preview: Oct. 12-14

By Gene McGivern
Sports Information Director

The 2001 Homecoming sports schedule is highlighted by on-campus competition for the Tommies’ volleyball, football and women’s soccer teams.

  • In volleyball, St. Thomas plays four weekend matches in the Tommy Classic in Schoenecker Arena. There’s no admission charge for the tournament. Friday, UST faces Presentation (S.D) at 3 p.m., and plays Upper Iowa at 7 p.m. Saturday, the Tommies meet Northwestern at 11 a.m., and play Augsburg at 3 p.m. The Tommies are 15-5 on the season and 6-3 in the MIAC.
  • In women’s soccer, St. Thomas leads the MIAC at 7-0 with four games to play. The Tommies, 12-1 overall and winners of 12 in a row, host St. Olaf Saturday (1 p.m.) on the south campus field. All Tommy men’s and women’s soccer games are free of charge. The Tommies are ranked 19th nationally in Division III and are trying to win the conference championship for the first time since 1987.
  • In football, St. Thomas hosts St. Olaf in a pivotal game for the Tommies’ MIAC title hopes. Kickoff is 1 p.m. Saturday in O’Shaughnessy Stadium. UST staff, faculty and students are admitted free with their school ID. Otherwise tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students. The game will be aired live on KDHL Radio (920 AM) of Faribault. UST is 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference with five games to play, while St. Olaf is 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the MIAC. Both teams have been hurt by injuries. The Tommies played without three injured offensive starters last Saturday but beat Augsburg 34-14.
  • The St. Thomas men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the multi-team UW-LaCrosse Invitational Saturday. More then 1,000 runners will compete in the two men’s and two women’s races. In their 10:30 a.m., race, the UST men, ranked 16th in the nation, will see a loaded field that includes Division I power Wisconsin and ranked NCAA III teams LaCrosse (first), UW-Oshkosh (third), UW-Stevens Point (10th), Hamline University (13th), Augustana, Ill., (20th), the University of Chicago (21st), St. Olaf  (22nd) and Nebraska Wesleyan (23rd). The Tommy women will race at noon.
  • In men’s soccer, the Tommies (7-4 overall, 2-3 MIAC) will try to halt a two-game losing streak when they travel to Northfield for Sunday’s 1 p.m. game vs. St. Olaf.
  • In women’s golf, St. Thomas will compete Monday and Tuesday at a tournament at Hilton Head, S.C., hosted by Lenoir-Rhyne College. Coach Cathy Lombritto’s team won the MIAC Championship last weekend by two strokes over Gustavus — UST’s first championship since 1994.