Vikings of the Week
Vikings of the Week are chosen throughout the school year by Lawrence University Director of Athletic Media Relations Joe Vanden Acker. The honor is given to a student-athlete for his or her outstanding play, contributions to the team, significant achievements, record-setting performance, etc. On occasion, the honor is given to an entire team.
November 9-15, 2015
Ryan Butterfield, Football
Ryan Butterfield turned in the top rushing performance by a Lawrence player in more than a decade in the Vikings' season-ending 34-27 loss to Grinnell on Nov. 14. The freshman quarterback from McDonough, Ga., ran 24 times for 243 yards and three touchdowns and became the first Lawrence player in 13 years to rush for 200 yards in a game. The last Lawrence player to hit the 200-yard mark was Justin Berrens vs. Ripon in 2002, and Butterfield's 243 yards is the fifth-highest game rushing total in Lawrence history. Butterfield had scoring runs of 79, 22 and 31 yards, and the 79-yard run was a career-long for Butterfield and the longest play from scrimmage for the Vikings this season. Butterfield, who was named the Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Week, also completed 15-of-37 passes for 191 yards.
Mike Gostisha, Football
Mike Gostisha recorded 12 tackles and had an interception while helping the Lawrence defense hold Grinnell scoreless in the second half on Nov. 14. The 12 tackles was the second-high career total for the sophomore defensive end from Appleton, Wis., and came on the heels of his career-best 13 tackles the previous week vs. Ripon. Gostisha also made his first career interception with a diving catch in the Lawrence end zone to stop a second-half drive by the Pioneers.
Jamie Nikitas, Basketball
Jamie Nikitas posted a double-double to lead Lawrence to a 74-72 road victory in the season opener at Dominican (Ill.) this past Saturday. The senior guard from Glenview, Ill., scored a game-high 23 points to go with a team-best 11 rebounds. He also picked up four assists and two steals in 31 minutes.