2015-16

Week of May 2-8, 2016

Kyle Duex, Baseball

Kyle Duex turned in an epic performance to help Lawrence, which was desperately short on pitching for the season's final doubleheader, to a Midwest Conference split. The sophomore pitcher from River Falls, Wis., pitched the first 13 innings of the doubleheader and fired more than 200 pitches on the afternoon. In the opener, Duex went the distance, allowed eight hits and one earned run in a 3-2 loss. He then started the second game and went five innings. He allowed eight hits and four runs and departed with a 6-4 lead. The Vikings later lost the lead but came back to win 11-8.

Women's 4x400 Relay Team, Track and Field

The Lawrence women's 4x400 team of Amy Hutchings, Hayley Cardinal, Aubrey Scott and Janey Degnan provided the most exiting moment of the Viking Invitational at Whiting Field. The Vikings got great efforts from Scott, Degnan and Cardinal, but St. Norbert held about a 25-meter lead when Hutchings took the baton for the anchor leg. Hutchings started cutting into the lead but was still about 20 meters behind as she hit turn three. Hutchings then started closing the gap quickly and edged the St. Norbert runner at the line. Lawrence finished first in 4:26.40, and St. Norbert was second in 4:26.89.


Week of April 25-May 1, 2016

Cam Davies, Track and Field

Cam Davies turned in the fastest time in the Midwest Conference in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and is among the top 50 times in the nation following his run at the Hillsdale Gina Relays. Running against an elite field, the senior from Grosse Pointe, Mich., raced to 22nd place in 9:31.89. That is the fastest time in the conference by eight seconds and ranks 47th nationally.

Nigel Schuster, Golf

Nigel Schuster earned all-conference honors for the second consecutive season after finishing eighth at the Midwest Conference Championships. Playing at Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford, Ill., Schuster carded rounds of 75, 81 and 84 on the par-72 layout. His 54-hole score of 240 placed him in a tie for eighth. The top-10 finishers constitute the all-conference team. Schuster, a junior from Dusseldorf, Germany, led Lawrence to seventh place in the team standings.


Week of April 18-24, 2016

Men's Tennis Team

The Lawrence men's tennis team posted a big 5-4 win over Cornell on April 23 to clinch a berth in the Midwest Conference Tournament for the first time since 2013. It was an all-around team effort as seven different players played a part in defeating the Rams. The Vikings swept the doubles matches as the No. 1 team of David Jumes and Brian DeCorte, the No. 2 squad of Bill Schuman-Kline and David Brooker and the No. 3 team of Adam Busch and Izaya Turenne were all victorious. The Vikings then clinched the victory as Ethan Perushek won at No. 6 singles, and Busch rallied for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory at No. 5.


Week of April 11-17, 2016

Katie Schumacher, Softball

Katie Schumacher hit a pair of milestones with some long balls as Lawrence posted a 4-2 record on the week. The senior first baseman from Little Chute, Wis., hit .375 in six games with three home runs and nine runs batted in. She hit her first career grand slam in an 11-2 win over St. Norbert and then hit a solo shot in the same game for the first multi-homer game of her career. In the first game of the doubleheader with St. Norbert, Schumacher's clutch two-out single tied the game at 1-1, and Lawrence went on to a 2-1 victory in eight innings. Schumacher also delivered a huge three-run homer off Cornell's Hailey Harmon as Lawrence rallied for a 5-4 victory over Rams to split the doubleheader.

Nigel Schuster, Golf

Nigel Schuster carded the low round of his career at the Forester Spring Invitational at Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford, Ill., and was named Midwest Conference Player of the Week for the first time in his career. Schuster's 1-over par 73 earned him second place as he missed out on winning the title by one stroke. The junior from Dusseldorf, Germany, was 2-under through nine holes and carded a 3-over par 39 on the back nine to complete his round. The 73 topped Schuster's previous best round, which was 74 at Washington County Golf Course in the fall of 2015 at the Wisconsin Lutheran Invitational.


Week of April 4-10, 2016

Cam Davies, Track and Field

Cam Davies led Lawrence with a runner-up finish at the Wisconsin Private College Championships at Carroll on April 9. The senior from Grosse Pointe, Mich., grabbed second place in the 1,500 meters in 4:07.04. Jacob Jodat of Wisconsin Lutheran won the event in 3:58.73. Davies' time ranks as the second-fastest time in the Midwest Conference this season. Davies helped Lawrence to a ninth-place finish in the team standings.

Meg Krautsch, Softball

Meg Krautsch powered Lawrence to a 3-1 record on the week with a red-hot bat. The sophomore shortstop from Oshkosh, Wis., batted .625 for the week and drove in 12 runs in just four games. Krautsch went 10-for-16 with two doubles and a triple as Lawrence swept a nonconference doubleheader at Rockford on April 5 and split a Midwest Conference doubleheader at Monmouth on April 9. Krautsch drove in five runs in one game against Rockford and picked up four hits in the other as the Vikings won 10-3 and 12-3. She also collected three hits and drove in three runs in one game against Monmouth. The Vikings downed Monmouth 7-3 in the opener before the Scots won 12-6 in the nightcap.

 

Week of March 28-April 3, 2016

Brian DeCorte, Men's Tennis

Brian DeCorte posted four impressive wins and was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week. The senior from Southampton, Pa., posted a 2-0 record at No. 2 singles and a 2-0 record at No. 1 doubles. During the week, Lawrence picked up an 8-1 Midwest Conference victory over St. Norbert and pitched a 9-0 nonconference shutout against Marian. In the win over St. Norbert, DeCorte teamed with David Jumes for an 8-4 victory at No. 1 doubles. DeCorte then routed Alex Vandenberg 6-0, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. In the shutout at Marian, DeCorte and Jumes were 8-2 winners in doubles, and DeCorte routed Danny Roe 6-0, 6-0 in singles.

Bill Schuman-Kline, Men's Tennis

Bill Schuman-Kline went 4-0 on the week, and that included a pair of hard-fought victories against St. Norbert. The sophomore from Billings, Mont., teamed with David Brooker to rally past St. Norbert's Kyle Battle and Zach Simonet 9-8, winning the tiebreaker 9-7, at No. 2 doubles. Schuman-Kline then rallied to beat Battle at No. 3 singles, coming back to take the first 7-5 and winning the second set 7-5 as part of Lawrence's 8-1 victory. In a 9-0 nonconference win at Marian, Schuman-Kline and Brooker were 8-0 winners at No. 2 doubles, and Schuman-Kline routed Jose Valencia 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.

 

Week of March 21-27, 2016

Matt Holliday, Baseball

Matt Holliday led Lawrence to a 5-0 record during the second half of the Vikings' spring break trip to Florida by hitting .600 and was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week. The sophomore from Hong Kong went 9-for-15 with two doubles, a homer and seven runs batted in. He compiled a .739 on-base percentage and .933 slugging percentage. Holliday had three hits in a 9-2 win over St. Olaf and had another three-hit game with a pair of doubles in a 14-6 win over Keuka. Holliday homered in Lawrence's 5-3 win over Keuka in the opening game of that doubleheader. Holliday also went 2-0 in his two pitching starts and posted a 4.91 earned run average over 11 innings of work against St. Olaf and Crown. In the win over St. Olaf, Holliday allowed seven hits, struck out two and walked one over six innings. In a 10-6 win over Crown, Holliday allowed six hits over five innings while striking out five and walking two.

Anna Wawiorka, Softball

Anna Wawiorka paced the Lawrence offense during the second half of its spring break trip to Florida. The senior catcher from Oconto Falls, Wis., batted .375 by going 9-for-24 with three doubles, a homer and seven runs batted in. Wawiorka also scored nine runs and was a perfect 7-for-7 on stolen base attempts during the eight-game stretch.

 

Weeks of March 7-20, 2016

Meg Krautsch, Softball

Meg Krautsch helped Lawrence to a 3-1 record during the first portion of the Vikings' spring break trip to Clermont, Fla. The sophomore shortstop from Oshkosh, Wis., was named Midwest Conference Player of the Week and hit .357 by going 5-for-14. She powered the Vikings with three doubles, a homer and a team-best six runs batted in. Krautsch, who tied for the team lead with four runs scored, hit a two-run homer to help the Vikings overcome a four-run deficit in Lawrence’s 7-6 win over SUNY-Fredonia. Krautsch also handled all 18 of her chances in the field flawlessly.

Maddie MacLean, Softball

Maddie MacLean got her college career off to a perfect start with a 2-0 record during the first portion of Lawrence's spring break trip in Clermont, Fla. In her two starts, the freshman pitcher from Arlington, Wash., posted a 1.40 earned run average with six strikeouts and six walks. In her collegiate debut, MacLean went all eight innings in a 7-6 win over SUNY-Fredonia. She allowed eight hits and only three earned runs in picking up her first college victory. MacLean followed that with a complete-game victory in a 10-2 win over UW-Platteville. She allowed six hits and no earned runs in the win over the Pioneers. MacLean also hit .400 with a double, a homer and four runs batted in three games.

Nathan Schlesinger, Fencing

Nathan Schlesinger was Lawrence's top finisher at the NCAA Midwest Regional on March 12 and earned a berth in the NCAA Championships. The freshman from Austin, Texas, took seventh in foil after posting a 5-6 record. Schlesinger scored 31 touches for the day and was just a minus-5 for the regional. By virtue of his finish, Schlesinger earned a berth in the NCAA Championships and is the first Lawrence fencer to go to the national meet since Jeff Peyton completed a four-year run in 2001.


February 22-28, 2016

Nathan Schlesinger, Fencing

Nathan Schlesinger led Lawrence by placing sixth in the individual competition at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships and then helped the foil contingent to third place in the team portion of the meet on Feb. 27-28. The freshman from Austin, Texas, got a first-round bye before knocking off a pair of opponents to reach the quarterfinals, where he was defeated by Ohio State's Nicola Sirito. In the team competition, Schlesinger led Lawrence to wins over Illinois and the University of Chicago. The Vikings then fell 5-4 to Cleveland State before bouncing back to Northwestern 5-4 in the third-place match.

Bill Schuman-Kline, Men's Tennis

Bill Schuman-Kline posted a pair of impressive wins in leading Lawrence to a 9-0 win over Wisconsin Lutheran on Feb. 26 in the Vikings' only action of the week. Playing No. 3 singles, Schuman-Kline rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Ben Wordell. Schuman-Kline, a sophomore from Billings, Mont., teamed with rookie David Brooker for an 8-2 victory at No. 2 doubles. Schuman-Kline remains unbeaten on the season in singles (3-0) and doubles (5-0).


February 15-21, 2016

Hayley Cardinal, Swimming

Hayley Cardinal won a pair of Midwest Conference titles and swam on a pair of record-setting relay teams at the Midwest Conference Championships Feb. 19-21 at Grinnell. Cardinal grabbed first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:04.96. The senior from Lombard, Ill., earned a NCAA “B” cut in the process and won by 1.36 seconds over Maddy Pesch of Grinnell. Cardinal also won the 200 breaststroke in 2:24.13, edging Pesch (2:24.19) by 6/100ths of a second. Cardinal also took third in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:12.94. The 200 medley relay team of Cardinal, Emily Flack, Paige Witter and Danielle Millin was third in 1:49.97 and set a Lawrence record. Cardinal also teamed with Flack, Witter and Millin to place fourth and set a Lawrence record in the 400 medley relay in 4:00.38.

Troy Miller, Men's Basketball

Troy Miller saved the best game of his career for the final game of his career. The senior guard from Lake In The Hills, Ill., scored a career-high 27 points and hit a career-best eight 3-pointers to lead Lawrence to a 96-89 Midwest Conference overtime win in the season finale at Monmouth on Feb. 20. Miller went 8-for-11 (72.7 percent) from beyond the arc to tie the second-highest total of 3-pointers in a game in Lawrence history. He eclipsed his previous career highs of seven 3-pointers and 21 points. Miller scored seven of Lawrence's final 12 points in regulation and then hit a dagger 3-pointer in the overtime to lead Lawrence to the win over the Scots. ​


February 8-14, 2016

David Jumes, Men's Tennis

David Jumes was perfect on the week, led Lawrence to a 2-0 record and was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week for the first time in his career. Playing at No. 1 singles, Jumes posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Lincoln Wurtz as part of Lawrence's 9-0 win over Ripon on Feb. 13. Jumes, a junior from Appleton, Wis., followed that with a 6-1, 6-1 No. 1 singles win over Matthew Sablay as part of Lawrence's 8-1 non-conference thumping of Dubuque on Feb. 13. Jumes also teamed with Brian DeCorte for an 8-2 victory over Dubuque at No. 1 doubles.

Mattias Soderqvist, Hockey

Mattias Soderqvist helped his team pick up three big points at Northland as he picked up a win and a tie. The junior goaltender from Stockholm, Sweden, was named the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week. Soderqvist, who has been the NCHA Defensive Player of the Week five times in his career, posted a 1.92 goals against average and .949 save percentage. Soderqvist, who ran his unbeaten streak to four games, made 41 saves in Lawrence's 4-2 victory on Feb. 12 at the Bay Area Civic Center. That was career win No. 17 for Soderqvist and moved him into third place on the school's win list. He followed that with 34 saves in a 2-2 overtime tie on Feb. 13. The three points earned in the standings moves Lawrence to within two points of MSOE for the final playoff spot from the NCHA North Division.


February 1-7, 2016

Sierra Polzin, Track and Field

Sierra Polzin picked up her first collegiate victory when she ran to victory in the 800 meters at the Pointer Invitational on Feb. 6. Running at Quandt Field House at UW-Stevens Point, the rookie from Denmark, Wis., took the top spot in 2:29.83. She won by nearly two seconds of UW-Stout's Shelby Terhell, who was second in 2:31.40.

Mattias Soderqvist, Hockey

Mattias Soderqvist turned in a pair of great performances and picked up a pair of honors. The senior goaltender from Stockholm, Sweden, earned a win and a tie in a critical Northern Collegiate Hockey Association series with MSOE and was named NCHA Defensive Player of the Week and to the D3hockey.com Team of the Week. He posted a .968 save percentage and 1.44 goals against average for the two games. In a 2-2 overtime tie at MSOE on Feb. 5, Soderqvist stopped a season-high 44 shots. He followed that with another season high, this time making 46 saves, in a 2-1 victory over the Raiders at the Appleton Family Ice Center on Feb. 6. The Vikings picked up three points and closed to within one point of MSOE for the third and final playoff spot from the NCHA North Division with four games left in the regular season.


January 25-31, 2016

Hayley Cardinal, Women's Swimming

Hayley Cardinal won three individual titles to lead Lawrence to third place at the Wisconsin Private College Championships at Carthage on Jan. 30. The senior from Lombard, Ill., took the crown in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley. She won the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.50 and took the 200 breaststroke in 2:31.45. She won the 200 IM in 2:19.05. The 200 medley relay team of Cardinal, Paige Witter, Lizzy Garcia and Emily Flack was second in 1:55.58.

Jamie Nikitas, Men's Basketball

Jamie Nikitas posted two 20-point scoring games as he led Lawrence to a pair of Midwest Conference road victories. In a 69-67 victory at Lake Forest on Jan. 26, the senior guard from Glenview, Ill., scored 24 points, grabbed four rebounds and picked up one assist and one steal. He also hit a big jump shot and made some key free throws down the stretch to seal the win. In a 71-57 win at Knox on Jan. 30, Nikitas scored 22 points, pulled down seven rebounds and added four assists and four steals. On the week, Nikitas shot 50 percent (12-24) from the floor, including 50 percent (3-6) from 3-point range and went 17-for-23 (73.9 percent) from the foul line. He also averaged 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.5 assists per game.


January 18-24, 2016

Hayley Cardinal, Women's Swimming

Hayley Cardinal won a pair of events as Lawrence split at the Lawrence Double Dual on Jan. 23. The senior from Lombard, Ill., won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.82 and grabbed first in the 200 breaststroke in 2:28.36. Cardinal, who was named the Midwest Conference Swimmer of the Week for the fourth time this season, also took second in the 200 individual medley in 2:20.83. Cardinal also teamed with Paige Witter, Emily Flack and Lizzy Garcia to take second in the 200 medley relay in 1:55.06. Lawrence defeated Lake Forest and fell to UW-Whitewater.

Jamie Nikitas, Men's Basketball

Jamie Nikitas posted a pair of 20-plus point games and led Lawrence to a split of two Midwest Conference games. A senior guard from Glenview, Ill., Nikitas averaged 25 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game for the week. Nikitas scored 25 points, grabbed four rebounds, handed out eight assists and picked up three steals in an 81-80 loss to Ripon on Jan. 20. He then scored 21 points, picked up seven rebounds, one assist and three steals an 85-51 drubbing of Knox on Jan. 23.


January 11-17, 2016

Nick Felan, Hockey

Nick Felan turned in a first for Lawrence as the Vikings swept Aurora in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association series. The freshman forward from Highland Village, Texas, picked up three assists in both games against Aurora and it is believed that is the first time a Lawrence player has posted at least three assists in back-to-back games. Felan, who finished with seven points for the weekend, had the highest point total in a series since Nick Jennette posted eight against Minnesota-Crookston in November 2008. Felan had three assists in Lawrence's 7-0 win over Aurora on Jan. 15 and then picked up a goal and three assists in the Vikings' 6-4 victory on Jan. 16.

Jamie Nikitas, Men's Basketball

Jamie Nikitas collected a trio of awards as he turned in a pair of stellar performances. A senior guard from Glenview, Ill., Nikitas was named the United States Basketball Writers Association Player of the Week, was chosen for the D3hoops.com Team of the Week and was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week. Nikitas averaged 36.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as Lawrence lost a pair of close conference games on the road. Nikitas shot 55 percent from the floor and 83.3 percent from the foul line and also averaged 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game. In an 84-83 overtime loss at MWC unbeaten Carroll on Jan. 12, Nikitas poured in a career-high 40 points as he hit 12-of-22 shots from the floor and went 14-of-16 from the foul line. He also grabbed eight rebounds, handed out two assists and picked up two steals. Nikitas followed that with 33 points and nine rebounds in a 73-69 loss at Cornell College on Jan. 16. Nikitas, who added four assists and three steals against the Rams, hit 10-of-18 shots from the floor and went 11-for-14 from the line.

Paige Witter, Women's Swimming

Paige Witter won two events and swam on a winning relay team as Lawrence defeated Illinois Tech 115-102 on Jan. 16. A junior from Denver, Colo., Witter grabbed first in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:19.14 and won the 500 freestyle in 5:33.01. The 200 medley relay team of Witter, Emily Flack, Hayley Cardinal and Lizzy Garcia took first in 1:55.52.

 

January 4-10, 2016

Patsy Kealey, Women's Basketball

Patsy Kealey nearly averaged a double-double as the Vikings played a pair of Midwest Conference games. The senior forward from New Rochelle, N.Y., picked up 10.5 points and 9.5 rebounds as the Vikings faced St. Norbert and Monmouth. Against the Green Knights on Jan. 6, Kealey had six points but pulled down 12 rebounds and recorded a pair of steals. In the game against Monmouth on Jan. 9, Kealey had 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds to go along with four steals.

Mattias Soderqvist, Hockey

Mattias Soderqvist earned his first career shutout and was named the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week. The junior from Stockholm, Sweden, stopped 26 shots in Lawrence's 2-0 victory over Concordia (Wis.) on Jan. 8 at the Appleton Family Ice Center. Soderqvist then made 40 saves in a 2-2 overtime tie at Concordia (Wis.) on Jan. 9. For the week, he posted a .971 save percentage and 0.96 goals against average. Soderqvist picked up the third NCHA Defensive Player of the Week award for his career.


December 7-13, 2015

Hayley Cardinal, Swimming

Hayley Cardinal won a pair of events to lead Lawrence to a 139-98 victory over UW-Oshkosh on Dec. 11 at Boldt Natatorium. A senior from Lombard, Ill., Cardinal posted the Midwest Conference's top time in winning the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.78 and narrowly missed breaking her own school record. Cardinal also swam to first in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:12.57, which is the top time in the conference and just .07 seconds from her own Lawrence record. Cardinal, who was named the Midwest Conference Swimmer of the Week, teamed with Emily Flack, Paige Witter and Lizzy Garcia to win the 200 medley relay in 1:52.86.

Travis Charlow, Swimming

Travis Charlow won a pair of events to lead Lawrence in its dual meet with UW-Oshkosh on Dec. 11. A sophomore from Branford, Conn., Charlow won the 100-yard freestyle in 50.96 seconds and took the top spot in the 200 freestyle in 1:54.98. Those are Charlow's top times in those events this season. The Titans topped Lawrence 133-55 at Boldt Natatorium.

 

November 30-December 6, 2015

Jamie Nikitas, Basketball

Jamie Nikitas led Lawrence to two victories, was named Midwest Conference Player of the Week and hit a scoring milestone in the process. A senior guard from Glenview, Ill., Nikitas averaged 34.5 points in two Lawrence victories and became the 23rd player in school history to score 1,000 points. On the week, Nikitas shot 59.5 percent from the floor while averaging 4.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game. Nikitas scored 34 points, picked up three rebounds, two assists and six steals in Lawrence’s 76-72 Midwest Conference win at Beloit on Dec. 2. He followed that with a career-high 35 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 77-67 conference victory over Illinois College on Dec. 5.


November 23-29, 2015

Austin Frank, Hockey

Austin Frank was named to the all-tournament team at the Thanksgiving Showdown at Marian after scoring a pair of key goals. Frank scored two goals, the equalizer and the game-winner, in the final minutes of the Vikings' 4-3 victory over St. Olaf on Nov. 28. The sophomore defenseman from DeForest, Wis., scored on the power play with 6:20 left to tie the game at 3-3 and then scored the game-winner with 1:15 remaining to lift Lawrence to the 4-3 win. He also was part of the unit that preserved the victory with an extra attacker on the ice for St. Olaf for the game's final minute.

Jamie Nikitas, Basketball

Jamie Nikitas turned in his fourth consecutive big game to begin the season as he scored 28 points, grabbed five rebounds, had five assists and picked up six steals in Lawrence's 77-69 loss to Lake Forest on Nov. 25. The senior guard from Glenview, Ill., is now averaging 27 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.5 steals per game.


November 16-22, 2015

Renato Engler, Hockey

Renato Engler had a six-point weekend as the Vikings split a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association series at Finlandia. In the series opener on Nov. 20, the senior forward from Davos, Switzerland, handed out a pair of assists in the Vikings' 4-3 overtime loss. In Lawrence's 7-2 win over the Lions on Nov. 21, Engler scored the first short-handed goal of his career and handed out three assists. 

Jamie Nikitas, Basketball

Jamie Nikitas turned in a pair of big games in two tight losses. In an 88-80 overtime road loss at Ripon on Nov. 21, Nikitas scored a career-high 34 points to go along with nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block. A senior guard from Glenview, Ill., Nikitas scored 23 points, grabbed five rebounds, handed out five assists, had three steals and picked up one block in a 71-70 loss to Wisconsin Lutheran on Nov. 18. For the week, Nikitas averaged 28.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the floor.


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.



November 2-8, 2015

Alic Riedel, Football

Alic Riedel recorded his second consecutive double-digit tackle game and got his second interception of the season in Lawrence's loss to Ripon on Nov. 7. The sophomore cornerback from Appleton, Wis., picked up 11 tackles against Ripon a week after posting a career-high 14 stops against St. Norbert. He also thwarted a Red Hawks drive in the third quarter with a leaping interception at the Lawrence 11-yard line. Riedel also started the contest with a 57-yard kickoff return, his second-longest of the season.

Paige Witter, Swimming

Paige Witter won two events and swam on a winning relay team as Lawrence recorded a pair of victories at the Beloit Triangular on Nov. 7. The junior from Denver, Colo., won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:28.53 and swam to victory in the 100 butterfly in 1:03.08. She also teamed with Danielle Millin, Hayley Cardinal and Eryn Blagg for a victory in the 200 medley relay. The Vikings defeated Beloit 141-40, and Lawrence downed Marquette University 140-36.

 

October 26-November 1, 2015

Lewis Berger, Men's Soccer

Lewis Berger played a key role in the Lawrence defense that limited Monmouth to just three shots on goal in the Vikings' 1-0 victory over the Scots in the season finale on Oct. 31. The sophomore defender from Belchertown, Mass., also scored the game's only goal when he hammered home a ball deflected off the keeper's hand into the back of the net in the 27th minute. It was the first goal of the season for Berger, who was named the Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week, and the fifth shutout for the Vikings in 2015.

Clare Bruning, Cross Country

Clare Bruning joined some elite company when she became just the fourth runner in Lawrence women's history to be four-time All-Midwest Conference honoree in cross country. The senior from Mondovi, Wis., earned the award after taking eighth place at the Midwest Conference Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Oct. 31. Bruning covered the 6,000 meters in 23:32.9 on the course at Noelridge Park.

Hayley Cardinal, Swimming

Hayley Cardinal led Lawrence to a dual meet victory over Ripon on Oct. 31 and took Midwest Conference Swimmer of the Week honors for the second consecutive week. The senior from Lombard, Ill., won two individual events and swam on a winning relay team in Lawrence’s 127-78 win at Ripon. Cardinal swam to victory in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:21.17 and won the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.29. Cardinal also was part of the 200 medley relay team, which swam to first place in 1:56.12.

Josh Janusiak, Cross Country

Josh Janusiak posted one of the top finishes ever by a freshman at the Midwest Conference Championships when he ran to fourth place in the meet at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Oct. 31. Janusiak covered the 8,000-meter course in 26:40.9. The rookie from South Milwaukee, Wis., became just the third freshman in conference history to place in the top four at the league championships. The only higher finishers are Carleton’s Dale Kraemer (second, 1974) and Grinnell’s Dave Montgomery (third, 2006). Janusiak’s fourth place is the highest finish ever at the MWC Championships by a Lawrence freshman, eclipsing the sixth-place finish by Kyle Dockery in 2011.


October 19-25, 2015

Jack Blodgett, Men's Soccer

Jack Blodgett recorded the first multi-goal game of his career to lead Lawrence to a 2-0 win over rival Ripon on Oct. 21. The junior forward from St. Paul, Minn., scored once in each half as the Vikings controlled play throughout against the Red Hawks. Blodgett got the Vikings on the board in the 13th minute after Robert Desotelle’s cross was slightly deflected by Ripon goalkeeper Jimmy Amedeo. Blodgett adjusted and hammered it into the goal at the 12:09 mark. The Vikings then scored a beautiful goal at the 78:54 mark to seal the win. Sean Salansky played the ball forward to Ryan Leonard, who crossed the ball back to the middle of the field as Blodgett ran onto it. He punched it in the back of the net for a 2-0 edge.

Hayley Cardinal, Swimming

Swimming against an elite field that included several NCAA Division I schools, Hayley Cardinal paced Lawrence at the massive All-Wisconsin Showcase in Brown Deer, Wis., on Oct. 24. A senior from Lombard, Ill., Cardinal finished in the top 15 in four events and posted a pair of top-10 finishes. Cardinal, who was named the Midwest Conference Swimmer of the Week, took eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:10.70 and only one Division III competitor finished ahead of her. She was the top Division III finisher in the 200 breaststroke as she took 10th in 2:33.71. She also grabbed 14th in the 200 individual medley in 2:20.48 and was the second Division III finisher in the event. All of Cardinal’s times were the best in the conference during the first weekend of competition. Cardinal also swam on the 200 medley relay team, which took 14th in 1:56.56.


October 12-18, 2015

Ryan Berkley, Women's Soccer

Ryan Berkley led Lawrence to a weekend sweep of a pair of Midwest Conference matches. Trailing 1-0 against Grinnell on Oct. 17, the sophomore forward from Evanston, Ill., took the ball from a Pioneers defender and scored in the 78th minute to the tie the match. Using that momentum, Lawrence scored again three minutes later and went on to the 2-1 victory. The following day, with the Cornell defense focusing on her, Berkley finally shook loose and scored in the 55th minute in Lawrence's 1-0 victory over the Rams.

Carl Olsen, Football

Carl Olsen posted a career-high nine tackles and had an interception in Lawrence's homecoming game vs. Carroll on Oct. 17. A sophomore defensive back from Bishop, Calif., Olsen stopped a Carroll drive with an interception, the first of his career, in the Lawrence end zone. He had seven solo tackles among his game-high nine stops and recorded 2.0 TFLs for a loss of six yards.


October 5-11, 2015

Clare Bruning, Cross Country

Clare Bruning finished second overall as Lawrence rolled to the team title at the Gene Davis Invitational in Appleton, Wis., on Oct. 10. The senior from Mondovi, Wis., covered the 6,000 meters in 24:01 to pace the Lawrence contingent that placed five runners in the top 10. Lawrence finished first with 27 points, easily defeating second-place Concordia (Wis.), which had 56.

Lilly Endsley, Women's Tennis

Lilly Endsley was a perfect 6-0 as Lawrence swept three Midwest Conference matches on the road. In winning three matches at No. 2 singles, Endsley dropped just 10 games total and was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week. The freshman from Rockford, Ill., posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory in Lawrence's 7-2 win at Knox on Oct. 10. Endsley then won 6-3, 6-2 in Lawrence's 5-4 win at Monmouth on Oct. 10. She capped the weekend with a 6-1, 6-3 win at Illinois College on Oct. 11 as the Vikings won 7-2. Playing No. 1 doubles with Katie Frankel, Endsley also went 3-0 with an 8-1 win at Knox, an 8-2 win at Monmouth and an 8-3 win at Illinois College. Endsley improved to 9-8 in singles and 10-7 in doubles on the season.

 

September 28-October 4, 2015

Katie Kumbalek, Volleyball

Katie Kumbalek led the defensive effort for Lawrence as the Vikings swept a pair of Midwest Conference road matches. In a 3-1 win at Lake Forest, the freshman defensive specialist from Houston, Texas, picked up 21 digs. It was Kumbalek's fourth 20-plus dig match of the season, and Lawrence limited Lake Forest to a .109 hitting percentage. In a 3-0 win at Beloit, Kumbalek had 16 digs as Beloit hit a minus-.028 for the match. On the weekend, Kumbalek, who was named the Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week, averaged 5.29 digs per set.

Alic Riedel, Football

Alic Riedel posted a career high in tackles and paced the Lawrence defense as it dominated Grinnell in the second half on Oct. 3. The sophomore cornerback from Appleton, Wis., posted a career-high 10 tackles, including eight solo stops. Riedel also recorded one pass breakup to push his season total to a team-best four. Riedel was part of the defense that held Grinnell scoreless in the second half and limited the Pioneers to just 48 yards of offense in the third and fourth quarters.

 

September 21-27, 2015

Josh Janusiak, Cross Country

Josh Janusiak led Lawrence to the best finish among all Midwest Conference teams at the massive Brissman-Lundeen Invitational on Sept. 25. The freshman from South Milwaukee, Wis., finished 70th and covered the 8,000-meter course at Saukie Golf Course in Rock Island, Ill., in 26:14.4. It was Janusiak's fastest time of the season by a minute and ranks as the third-fastest time in the conference. Led by Janusiak, who was named the Midwest Conference Performer of the Week, Lawrence finished 19th in the 50-team meet, and the Vikings were tops among the eight MWC teams in the meet.

Casey Merkle, Women's Soccer

Casey Merkle either scored or assisted on all but one goal that Lawrence had in sweeping a pair of road matches. A junior from Tower Lakes, Ill., Merkle picked up a pair of assists as Lawrence won 3-1 at Wisconsin Lutheran on Sept. 22. Merkle, who was named the Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Week, then scored the first goal and assisted on the other as Lawrence won 2-0 at Finlandia on Sept. 26.

 

September 14-20, 2015

Ryan Butterfield, Football

Ryan Butterfield had a strong outing at quarterback for Lawrence in its 49-34 loss at Beloit on Sept. 19. A freshman from McDonough, Ga., Butterfield completed 12-of-17 passes for 140 yards and three touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing with five carries for 54 yards. Butterfield tossed touchdown passes of 25 yards to Trevor Spina, 16 yards to Cam Boerm and 34 yards to Jacob Berman in the final 3:50 of the contest.

Patsy Kealey, Women's Soccer

Patsy Kealey turned in a pair of strong performances and was named the Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week. A senior goalkeeper from New Rochelle, N.Y., Kealey earned her second shutout of the season and turned in another standout performance during the week. For the two matches, Kealey made 22 saves, posted a 0.50 goals against average and a .957 save percentage. Kealey made 11 saves in Lawrence’s 2-0 victory over UW-Stevens Point on Sept. 16. Kealey made several outstanding saves and helped Lawrence to its first victory over the Pointers since 1989. In a 1-0 loss to Carroll University on Sept. 19, Kealey stopped 11 shots and made several spectacular saves. She stopped two shots at point-blank range and made a pair of leaping saves where she deflected the ball over the crossbar.

 

September 7-13, 2015

Clare Bruning, Cross Country

Clare Bruning led the way as Lawrence won the team title at the Ken Weidt Classic on the campus of Concordia (Wis.) on Sept. 12. The senior from Mondovi, Wis., took second place as she covered the 6,000 meters in 23:44.3. Led by Bruning, the Vikings placed five runners in the top 17 to finish with 49 points. Lawrence won the team title by 13 points over UW-Stevens Point, which entered the meet ranked eighth in the rugged Midwest Region.

Colt Duncan, Football

Colt Duncan had a huge day to lead the Lawrence defense in the Vikings' 51-6 victory at Maranatha Baptist on Sept. 12. The senior linebacker from Columbia, Tenn., finished with eight tackles, which included a career-high 2.5 sacks and a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss. Duncan also recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal.

 

 

August 31-September 6, 2015

Elana Lambert

Elana Lambert was perfect on the weekend as Lawrence won a pair of nonconference matches. The junior from Shorewood, Wis., went 4-0 as Lawrence defeated Dubuque and UW-Stout on Sept. 5. In a 6-3 win over Dubuque, Lambert teamed with El Goblirsch for an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles and then posted a 6-1, 6-4 victory at No. 4 singles. Lambert then teamed with Katie Nottberg for an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles and picked up a 6-2, 7-6 win at No. 4 singles in a 6-3 victory over UW-Stout.

 

Alic Riedel, Football

Alic Riedel turned in a huge play on special teams in Lawrence's season opener vs. Rockford on Sept. 5. The sophomore from Appleton, Wis., took his first career kickoff return and brought the ball back 81 yards for a touchdown. Riedel caught the ball near the left hashmarks and cut across the field, streaking past defenders and down the sideline for the score. It was Lawrence's first kickoff return for a touchdown since the 2010 season opener at St. Scholastica. Coincidentally, that return for a score by Sam Wagner was also his first career kickoff return. Riedel, a starting cornerback, finished with a tackle and two pass breakups in the game.

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