Colleges: Lewis programs enjoy wealth of success
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media October 3, 2013 9:08PM
Through its first eight matches, Lewis' women's soccer team compiled a 6-1-1 record. | Steve Woltmann/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 5, 2013 6:27AM
Lewis University is in the midst of what could be its best fall season of athletics.
“Our entire department is having an unbelievable fall,” sports information director Matt Brendich said. “This is my sixth year, and hands down, we’ve never enjoyed this much success.”
The highlights include (through Wednesday):
The men’s soccer team is ranked eighth in the nation, on a five-match winning streak and an eight-match unbeaten streak.
The women’s soccer team is 6-1-1 on the season and 4-1-1 in Great Lakes Valley Conference
The women’s volleyball team (8-4, 4-0 GLVC) is the only team in the GLVC unbeaten in the conference and are receiving votes in latest AVCA Poll.
The women’s tennis team swept the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Tournament, winning both the singles and doubles championships.
Armand Levandi won the USTA/ITA Midwest Men’s Tennis Singles Championship to earn a spot at the National Small College Championships.
The men’s cross country team is ranked seventh in the region and the women’s cross country team is ranked eighth.
“You always want to start your season strong and build on that early momentum, and our teams certainly have done that,” Lewis athletic director Dr. John Planek said. “The confidence level and focus has really been exceptional. This season is really a tribute to the hard work of our athletes and outstanding coaching by our staff.”
After posting back-to-back shutouts four days apart, St. Francis senior goalkeeper Amanda Coleman was honored as the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Defensive Player of the Week.
Coleman logged 191 minutes between the posts as St. Francis (7-1, 2-0) opened Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with victories over St. Xavier and Calumet College of St. Joseph. She collected six saves in 101 minutes in the Saints’ 1-0 double-overtime decision Sept. 25 over St. Xavier before making another six saves in a 4-0 win Saturday over Calumet.
Two days after etching his name into the St. Francis football record book, junior wide receiver Troy Torrence was named the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Offensive Player of the Week.
Torrence logged a program single-game record 243 yards on 12 receptions in the Saints’ 37-25 home loss Saturday to No. 5 St. Xavier. Among his 12 receptions were touchdowns of 73 and 19 yards.
Torrence’s 243 yards receiving were the third-highest single-game total in the NAIA this year, while his 12 catches matched the nation’s fourth-highest output.