Colleges: St. Francis’ Brooke Polus ties school soccer record with four-goal game
By Dennis Nelson For Sun-Times Media October 24, 2013 9:18PM
Brooke Polus, of St. Francis, tied a school record with four goals against Holy Cross. | David Hilbert/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 26, 2013 6:32AM
University of St. Francis senior Brooke Polus tied a school record with four goals Wednesday in the Saints’ 6-0 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Holy Cross.
She became the fourth Saints player to score four times in a game, joining Erin Voss (2009), Kim Jedlo (2003) and Theresa Wardell (1999). With her 40th career goal, Polus pulled to within six of the St. Francis career record of 46 held by Karen Grommon (2001-04).
The game marked the 100th in the career of coach John Nikchevich, who is 40-58-2 in his sixth year with the Saints.
Lewis freshman Rachel Sweeney had a solid fall season for the women’s golf team, which earned her a No. 11 ranking in the Women’s Golf Region E, as collected by Golfstat.
The ranking qualifies Sweeney to compete as an individual at the NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Super Regional on May 3 and 4 at Joliet Country Club.
Through nine rounds in five fall tournaments, Sweeney averaged a score of 78.44. She collected her lowest round, 74, on Oct. 13 in the second round of the Triton Fall Invitational. She finished second at the event with a two-round total of 152.
“Her strength is her competitive grit, but tempered with a calmness. She never gets too high or too low over a score on a hole or a round,” Lewis coach Skip Steffey said. “She is a very steady performer. Those traits will lead to continued success as we pursue a berth in the NCAA Tournament.”
Lewis freshman Victor Tarin was named Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week.
Against Missouri S&T, Tarin broke the Lewis program and pool record, as well as registered a NCAA B cut time in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 40.87 seconds). He also won in the 100 butterfly (50.97). Tarin closed the meet with a time of 1:40.70 as the anchor leg of the 800 free relay that posted a pool record 6:53.04, topping the previous mark of 6:54.11.
St. Francis captured its 27th win in its last 30 CCAC regular-season matches Wednesday by beating conference rival Calumet College of St. Joseph 25-15, 25-19, 25-14.
Senior Breanne Shaw, a Joliet Township graduate, came up with a team-best 14 digs to give her 602 for the season, which ranks eighth in the nation. St. Francis (23-9, 9-2 CCAC) improved to 22-2 against unranked NAIA opponents.