April 27-May 3, 2015
The Lawrence softball team finished second in the Midwest Conference Tournament on May 1-2. The Vikings downed Cornell 7-6 to open the tournament before falling to Lake Forest. Lawrence then defeated Carroll 4-1 to face Lake Forest in the championship game. The Foresters then defeated Lawrence 5-0 to claim the title. Lawrence won its first North Division title since 2005 and finished with a record of 28-12. The 28 wins is the second-highest win total in Lawrence history.
Nathan Ley, Golf
Nathan Ley finished in a tie for 10th place at the Midwest Conference Championships to earn a spot on the All-Midwest Conference team. The sophomore from Grayslake, Ill., carded rounds of 78, 78 and 83 on the par-72 layout at Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford, Ill. Ley finished with a 54-hole total of 239 to help Lawrence to fifth place in the team standings. The pair of 78s carded by Ley were the low rounds of his collegiate career by two shots.
Nigel Schuster, Golf
Nigel Schuster carded the lowest round of his collegiate career on his way to third place at the Midwest Conference Championships at Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford, Ill. The sophomore from Duesseldorf, Germany, earned a spot on the All-Midwest Conference team with his third-place finish and fired rounds of 81, 75 and 78 for a 54-hole total of 234. The 75 was the lowest round of his career, eclipsing a 77 he shot during the 2013-14 season. Led by Schuster, the Vikings finished fifth in the team standings.
April 20-26, 2015
Sam Belletini, Softball
Sam Belletini hit .600 for the week as she led Lawrence to a 5-1 record and the Midwest Conference North Division title. The sophomore catcher from Gurnee, Ill., went 12-for-20 with three doubles a homer and five runs batted in. Belletini, who was named the MWC Player of the Week, compiled .619 on-base percentage and had a .900 slugging percentage. The Vikings picked up a doubleheader sweep of St. Norbert and then split with Carroll to claim the North Division title and the right to host the MWC Tournament. Lawrence then finished the week with a sweep of Rockford.
Cam Davies, Track and Field
Cam Davies raced to the Midwest Conference's best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Hillsdale College Gina Relays on April 24. Racing against an elite field of Division I, II and III runners, the junior from Grosse Pointe, Mich., finished 23rd in a time of 9:38.90. Davies, who was named the Midwest Conference Track Performer of the Week, posted the fastest time in the conference by nearly 13 seconds.
Jessica Demski, Softball
Jessica Demski turned in a key performance to deliver the Midwest Conference North Division title for Lawrence. In the second game of a doubleheader with Carroll on April 24 that would decide who would win the North and host the MWC Tournament, Demski made just her fourth start of the season. The junior from Gurnee, Ill., allowed six hits and went the distance in Lawrence's 7-3 victory. Demski didn't allow a run after the first inning and didn't allow a hit after the lead-off batter reached in the third. Demski followed that with by allowing only three hits and one run in Lawrence's 9-1 victory over Rockford on April 26. For the week, she went 2-0 with a 2.33 earned run average.
April 13-19, 2015
Liz Barthels, Softball
Liz Barthels posted a 3-0 record on the week, tossed her second shutout of the season and picked up a save. The senior pitcher from Sheboygan Falls, Wis., compiled a 1.31 earned run average in 21.1 innings. She struck out 11 and walked only two. Barthels started her week with a complete-game win in a 6-3 victory over UW-Stevens Point on April 14. She then got the final out with the bases loaded in a 10-7 victory at Ripon on April 16 to earn her first save of the season. In the second game at Ripon, she tossed a five-hit shutout in Lawrence's 8-0 victory. Barthels then finished her week with another complete game in Lawrence's 3-2 victory over Viterbo on April 17.
Amanda Jaskolski, Softball
Amanda Jaskolski hit .571 on the week and powered Lawrence to a 5-1 record. A senior shortstop from Shawano, Wis., Jaskolski went 12-for-21 with three doubles, two homers, 10 runs batted in and seven runs scored. Jaskolski compiled a .609 on-base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage. Jaskolski's biggest game of the week was a 3-for-3 performance in an 8-0 win over Ripon on April 16. She had a double, a homer and drove in five runs in that contest. Jaskolski now leads the league in batting average (.489), RBIs (35), homers (10) and slugging percentage (.922).
Genna Matt, Track and Field
Genna Matt shattered her own school record in the hammer throw at the St. Norbert Invitational on April 18. The junior from Mount Horeb, Wis., launched the hammer 140 feet, 10 inches, to break her own record of 135-5, which she set at the 2014 Midwest Conference Championships. Matt finished fourth in the hammer at the meet and also took 10th in the discus (92-7) and 13th in the shot put (31-9.50).
Nigel Schuster, Golf
Nigel Schuster carded his two lowest rounds of the year to lead the Vikings at a pair of tournaments. At the Lawrence Invitational on April 18, Schuster fired a 6-over par 78 to grab fifth place on the par-72 layout at Eagle Creek Golf Club. At the Midwest Preview Meet at Aldeen Golf Club on April 19, Schuster, a sophomore from Dusseldorf, Germany, finished tied for 12th after shooting a 7-over par 79. Those were his first sub-80 rounds of the year and he led Lawrence in scoring in both events.
April 6-12, 2015
Sam Belletini, Softball
Sam Belletini hit .591 and pounded out seven extra-base hits at the Midwest Conference Classic to lead Lawrence to a 4-2 mark against the South Division. The sophomore catcher from Gurnee, Ill., went 13-for-24 with four doubles, three homers, nine runs batted in and seven runs scored. Belletini, who was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week, compiled a 1.182 slugging percentage and .609 on-base percentage for a 1.791 OPS. Belletini's biggest game of the weekend was a 4-for-5 performance against Grinnell that featured three doubles, a homer and five RBIs.
Amanda Jaskolski, Softball
Amanda Jaskolski hit .522 for the week as Lawrence posted a 6-2 record. The senior shortstop from Shawano, Wis., piled up two doubles, three homers, 11 runs batted in and nine runs scored. She had a 1.000 slugging percentage and .633 on-base percentage as she drew seven walks. Jaskolski went 3-for-4 and hit two home runs to tie the Lawrence game record in the opening contest at Mount Mary on April 7. She had three multi-hit games in the six games at the Midwest Conference Classic, including going 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored in Lawrence's 17-4 win over Grinnell.
March 30-April 5, 2015
Tierney Duffy, Softball
Tierney Duffy's hot bat helped Lawrence to a split of four games during the week. A junior outfielder from North Riverside, Ill., Duffy hit .750 as Lawrence split a pair of doubleheaders. Duffy went 9-for-12, scored a team-best five runs and drove in a pair of runs to be named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week. Duffy went 2-for-3 in both games against the University of Chicago on April 3. She also went 2-for-2 on stolen bases against the Maroons as the Vikings won 6-2 and dropped a 5-4 decision. Duffy went 2-for-3 in the Midwest Conference opener against Beloit on April 4 and drove in two runs, and then went 3-for-3 and scored a pair of runs in the nightcap. Beloit rallied to win the opener 5-4, and Lawrence took the nightcap 4-3.
Atley Gay, Baseball
Atley Gay turned in a strong pitching performance to help Lawrence split a Midwest Conference doubleheader at Beloit on April 4. A senior pitcher from Manitowoc, Wis., Gay allowed just one earned run over 7.1 innings in Lawrence's 13-6 victory over the Bucs. Gay allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked two for a 1.23 earned run average for the week. He picked up his first victory of the season and lowered his ERA to 2.08 for the season.
March 23-29, 2015
Jake Gordon, Baseball
Jake Gordon hit .471 and led Lawrence to a 3-2 mark during its final games on the spring break trip to Florida. A senior outfielder from Winnetka, Ill., Gordon went 8-for-17 with a pair of triples and drove in three runs. Gordon posted a .706 slugging percentage and had an impressive 1.277 OPS. Gordon, who picked up four walks and posted a .571 on-base percentage, had three consecutive multi-hit games, including a 3-for-4 performance against Colby in the opening game of the doubleheader with the Mules.
Kara Vance, Softball
Kara Vance posted a 4-0 record during the past week on Lawrence's spring break trip to Florida and was named the Midwest Conference Pitcher of the Week. A senior pitcher from Racine, Wis., Vance pitched 26.2 innings and posted a 1.31 earned run average. She struck out seven and walked just one. Vance finished her week with a complete-game, two-hit shutout in a 5-0 win over Colby on March 27. On March 26, Vance went the distance again, allowing six hits, in a 5-1 win over Colby. Vance pitched all eight innings in a 5-4 victory over RIT on March 24 and then pitched 4.2 innings of one-run relief in a 5-4 win over D'Youville on March 23.
March 9-22, 2015
Matthew Holliday, Baseball
Matthew Holliday got Lawrence's spring break trip to Florida off to a stellar start by hitting .500 over the first four games. The freshman from Hong Kong went 9-for-18 with two doubles, a homer and 12 runs batted in. Holliday had a huge game in Lawrence's 21-1 victory over Crown on March 20. He went 3-for-5 with a double and his first collegiate homer and drove in eight runs, one shy of tying the Lawrence game record. Holliday went 3-for-4 in the second game of the doubleheader with Crown, a 9-5 Lawrence win, to finish the day 6-for-9 with 10 RBIs.
Amanda Jaskolski, Softball
Amanda Jaskolski got the season off to a hot start on Lawrence's spring break trip to Clermont, Fla. Through the first four games, the senior shortstop from Shawano, Wis., is hitting .545 with a double, a triple, a homer and five runs batted in. With 12 total bases in just 11 at-bats, Jaskolski has a 1.091 slugging percentage. Combined with her .643 on-base percentage, that adds up to a whopping 1.734 OPS. Jaskolski is 6-for-11 on the young season, smacked a solo homer vs. Kalamazoo on March 20 and has helped the Vikings to a 2-2 record.
March 2-8, 2015
Joe Davis, Fencing
Joe Davis grabbed sixth place in sabre on March 7 to pace Lawrence at the NCAA Midwest Regional at Northwestern. Davis led Lawrence’s contingent of fencers in sabre, and all three Vikings placed in the top 11. Davis, a freshman from St. Louis, Mo., put together an 8-5 record on the day to grab the top finish by a Lawrence fencer at the Midwest Regional since Ian Pelton took sixth in sabre in 2013.
David Jumes, Men's Tennis
David Jumes clinched a Lawrence victory and kept a clean slate in doubles during the Vikings' two matches. In the Vikings' 5-4 victory at Dubuque on March 7, Jumes' 7-5, 6-3 victory over Richard Rhinehart clinched the dual match for Lawrence. The sophomore from Appleton, Wis., also teamed with Sotaro Kurahashi for an 8-6 victory at No. 1 doubles. In Lawrence's other match that day, Jumes posted the only point for the Vikings in an 8-1 loss to UW-Eau Claire. Jumes and Kurahashi pulled out a 9-8 victory at No. 1 doubles over Kyle Hoffmann and Andrew Dahl. Jumes' only blemish on the day was a tough 6-4, 6-3 loss to Hoffmann at No. 1 singles. Jumes improved to 4-3 in singles and 5-2 in doubles on the season.
February 23-March 1, 2015
Max Edwards, Men's Track and Field
Max Edwards captured his first league title as he raced to victory in the 5,000 meters on the first day of the Midwest Conference Championships at Grinnell on Feb. 27. The sophomore from Appleton, Wis., raced to the title with a time of 15:44.64. He beat Grinnell’s Anthony McLean by almost two seconds to claim his first conference track championship. Edwards also finished fourth in the 3,000 in 9:05.40. Edwards got the Vikings off to a good start, and Lawrence went on to finish sixth in the team standings with 44 points.
Genna Matt, Women's Track and Field
Genna Matt shattered the Lawrence record in the weight throw at the Midwest Conference Championships at Grinnell on Feb. 28. The junior from Mount Horeb, Wis., heaved the 20-pound weight 46 feet, 9.5 inches, which translates to 14.26 meters. Matt placed fourth in the event and easily broke Brielle Bartes' record of 40-8.25 (12.40 meters), which was set in 2014. Matt also took 13th in the shot put with a toss of 30-8.5.
JP Ranumas, Men's Track and Field
JP Ranumas won his first indoor league title as he blazed to a win the 60-meter hurdles at the Midwest Conference Championships at Grinnell on Feb. 28. The junior from Winnetka, Ill., won the 60 hurdles in 8.71 seconds to top St. Norbert’s Jack Feuerstein, who took second in 8.79 seconds. Ranumas also ran on the 1,600 relay team, which took fifth place. Led by Ranumas’ win, Lawrence finished sixth in the team standings with 44 points.
February 16-22, 2015
Men's Sabre Team
The Lawrence men's sabre team won the title at the Midwest Fencing Conference Championships on Feb. 21 at Northwestern. The men’s sabre contingent of Graham Jones, Joe Davis and Ian Pelton took the title with a 5-3 win over Michigan. The match was tied 3-3 when Davis and Pelton both posted 5-3 wins to give the Vikings the championship. Lawrence reached the final with a 5-4 upset win over top-seeded Ohio State. The Vikings trailed 4-3 but Davis and Jones won the final two matches against the Buckeyes to secure the win. Drew Doares and Alex Krzoska also picked up wins for the Vikings in earlier matches as Lawrence defeated Purdue 5-1 and Wayne State 5-0.
Erin Schrobilgen, Women's Track and Field
Erin Schrobilgen broke a long-standing Lawrence record at the Big Dog Invitational at UW-Stevens Point on Feb. 21. The freshman from Oak Park, Ill., nipped Lawrence's record in the mile with a time of 5:21.84. That broke the mark of 5:22.01 set by Sue Schneider way back in 1978. Schrobilgen finished third in the event and led Lawrence to fifth place in the team standings.
February 9-15, 2015
Ethan Perushek, Men's Tennis
Ethan Perushek dropped just one game in his season debut as he swept his singles and doubles matches in Lawrence's 9-0 victory over Lakeland on Feb. 13. A junior from Maple Grove, Minn., Perushek teamed with Mitch Kasprzyk for an 8-0 victory at No. 3 doubles to start the day. Perushek, who was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week, then posted a 6-1, 6-0 over Carlos Rodriguez at No. 6 singles.
Taylor Winter, Women's Swimming
Taylor Winter won her fourth individual title to lead Lawrence at the Midwest Conference Championships at Grinnell Feb. 13-15. The senior from Bayside, Wis., won the title in the 1,650-yard freestyle for the second consecutive season as she streaked to a 39-second victory in 17:32.68. Winter also grabbed third in the 500 freestyle in 5:07.48 and eighth in the 200 freestyle in 1:59.09. Winter also swam on three relay teams, helping Lawrence to third in the 800 freestyle relay, fifth in the 400 freestyle relay and fifth in the 200 freestyle relay.
February 2-8, 2015
Ryan DePouw, Men's Basketball
Ryan DePouw topped the 1,000-point plateau this on Feb. 7 and turned in a pair of great games to reach the milestone. A senior guard from Oconto, Wis., DePouw scored a season-high 26 points, pulled down five rebounds and handed out three assists in Lawrence's 100-67 victory over Illinois College on Feb. 7. DePouw hit a pair of free throws midway through the second half to go to 1,001 points for his career. Earlier in the week, DePouw scored a game-high 20 points, grabbed seven rebounds and picked up an assist in Lawrence's 81-63 loss at No. 9 St. Norbert. For the week, DePouw averaged 23 points and six rebounds per game while shooting 66.7 percent (16-24) from the floor, including 66.7 percent (8-12) from 3-point range. DePouw was a perfect 6-for-6 from the foul line on the week.
Kassidy Rinehart, Women's Basketball
Kassidy Rinehart posted her second career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds vs. Illinois College on Feb. 7. Rinehart, who also had a double-double vs. Mount Mary on Nov. 22, 2013, also topped her career high for rebounds and posted the highest rebound total by a Lawrence player this season.
January 26-February 1, 2015
Ethan Gniot, Track and Field
Ethan Gniot led Lawrence at the UW-Stout Warren Bowlus Invitational on Jan. 31 with his first collegiate victory in the 800 meters. Running the 800 for the first time, the freshman from Ashwaubenon, Wis., took first in 1:58.64, which nipped Ripon’s Michael Allen (1:58.70). Gniot has now claimed victory in each of his first two individual events this season.
Paige Witter, Swimming
Paige Witter led the way for Lawrence at the Wisconsin Private College Championships at Carthage on Jan. 31 with a pair of wins. The sophomore from Denver, Colo., won the 500-yard freestyle in 5:22.49 and swam on the 400 freestyle relay team that raced to victory in 3:47.93. Witter also grabbed second on the 100 butterfly in 1:03.73 and took third in the 200 butterfly in 2:20.31. Led by Witter, the Lawrence women finished third in the team standings.
January 19-25, 2015
Elizabeth Arco, Women's Basketball
Elizabeth Arco averaged close to a double-double in two games for the Vikings. The freshman forward from Bartlett, Ill., averaged 10.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game while shooting 43.5 percent from the floor. In a Midwest Conference game at Ripon on Jan. 21, Arco posted a double-double with game highs of 14 points and 10 rebounds. She followed that with six points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two assists in a league game at Knox on Jan. 24.
Joe Davis, Fencing
Joe Davis posted a perfect record as the Vikings swept three matches at the Lawrence Duals on Jan. 25. Competing in sabre, the freshman from St. Louis, Mo., went 9-0 as Lawrence defeated club teams from three Big Ten schools, Northwestern, Minnesota and Wisconsin. With sabre leading the way, Lawrence defeated Wisconsin 21-6, downed Northwestern 16-11 and beat Minnesota 24-3 at the Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center.
January 12-18, 2015
Ethan Gniot, Men's Track and Field
In his first collegiate race in the mile, Ethan Gniot turned in the 30th-fastest time in the nation at the UW-Oshkosh Triangular on Jan. 17. The freshman from Ashwaubenon, Wis., raced to a time of 4:25.49, which is the fastest time in the Midwest Conference by almost seven seconds. Gniot was named the Midwest Conference Track Performer of the Week and eclipsed his lifetime best in the event by nearly 20 seconds.
Paige Witter, Women's Swimming
Paige Witter won two events and swam on a winning relay team to lead Lawrence past Illinois Tech in a dual meet at Boldt Natatorium on Jan. 17. The sophomore from Denver, Colo., won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.22 and took first in the 100 butterfly in 1:02.68. Witter also swam on Lawrence's winning 200 medley relay team, which took first in 1:59.11. Led by Witter, Lawrence downed Illinois Tech 138-74.
January 5-11, 2015
Paige Witter, Women's Swimming
Paige Witter placed in the top five in three events to pace Lawrence at the University of Chicago Invitational on Jan. 9-10. The sophomore from Denver, Colo., grabbed fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:02.39 and placed fifth in both the 200 butterfly (2:18.34) and 500 freestyle (5:23.87). Witter also swam on three relay teams that placed in the top five. She was part of the 800 freestyle relay that was third in 8:15.24 and swam on the fourth place 400 medley relay (4:21.72) and fifth place 400 freestyle relay (3:52.99). Led by Witter, the Lawrence women were fourth with 525 points.
December 8-14, 2014
Hayley Cardinal, Women's Swimming
Lawrence star Hayley Cardinal was named the Midwest Conference Swimmer of the Week in the wake of a record-setting performance. The junior from Lombard, Ill., broke three Lawrence records and posted NCAA "B" cuts in two events to lead the Vikings to a 129-105 victory over UW-Oshkosh on Dec. 12. Cardinal won the 100-yard breaststroke and broke her own school record with a time of 1:04.44. Cardinal also grabbed first in the 200 breaststroke and broke her own school record with a time of 2:21.82. Cardinal posted NCAA “B” cuts in both events. She now owns the ninth-fastest time in the nation in the 100 breaststroke and has Division III’s 12th-fastest time in the 200 breaststroke. Cardinal also took first in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:12.50 to break her own school record. She also swam on Lawrence's winning 200 medley relay team, which took first in 1:56.63.
December 1-7, 2014
Ryan DePouw, Men's Basketball
Ryan DePouw was the Vikings' leading scorer as Lawrence earned a pair of Midwest Conference victories. The senior swingman from Oconto, Wis., averaged 19.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. DePouw scored 19 points, grabbed four rebounds and handed out one assist in Lawrence's 64-53 overtime victory over Beloit on Dec. 3. He followed that with 19 points, eight rebounds and a career-high seven assists in Lawrence's 87-59 victory at Illinois College on Dec. 6.
Jamie Nikitas, Men's Basketball
Jamie Nikitas led Lawrence to a pair of victories during the past week and kept alive his streak of double-doubles to start the season. A 6-foot-0 junior guard from Glenview, Ill., Nikitas has five double-doubles to start the season and averaged 15.0 points and 14.5 rebounds per game in Lawrence's two Midwest Conference wins. Nikitas, who was named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week, scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in Lawrence's 64-53 overtime win over Beloit on Dec. 3. He hit a game-tying shot with 0.7 seconds left to force the OT and then scored the first four points of the extra period to put the Vikings in command. Nikitas followed that with 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds in Lawrence's 87-59 win at Illinois College on Dec. 6. Nikitas had 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in the first half as Lawrence blew out to a 24-point halftime advantage.
November 24-30, 2014
Ryan Rumble, Hockey
Ryan Rumble scored three goals over two games at the NCHA-MIAC Thanksgiving Showdown to lead Lawrence to a 1-0-1 record in the event at Gustavus Adolphus. In the Nov. 29 game at Gustavus, the junior forward from Newmarket, Ontario, scored in the second period to tie the game at 2-2. The Vikings went on to carve out a 3-3 overtime tie with the Gusties. In the Nov. 30 game against St. Olaf, Rumble scored the final two goals in Lawrence’s 4-3 victory. He scored late in the second period to give Lawrence a 3-2 lead and then scored again just 3:45 into the third period to put the Vikings ahead to stay. Those were the first three goals of the season for Rumble, who also has a pair of assists on the campaign. It also marked just the second win and the second tie for Lawrence in the Thanksgiving Showdown in 14 games in the event.
Mattias Soderqvist, Hockey
Goaltender Mattias Soderqvist picked up a win and a tie at the NCHA-MIAC Thanksgiving Showdown to lead Lawrence to an unbeaten record in the event at Gustavus Adolphus. In a 3-3 overtime tie with Gustavus on Nov. 29, the sophomore from Stockholm, Sweden, made 42 saves, his second-highest total of the season (44 vs. Concordia, Wis.), including stopping 32 shots in the second, third and overtime periods combined. In the 4-3 win vs. St. Olaf on Nov. 30, Soderqvist made 37 saves to give Lawrence just its second win ever in the Thanksgiving Showdown. Soderqvist made 15 saves in the third period to preserve Lawrence’s lead and the win. For the two games, Soderqvist stopped 79 of 85 shots for a .929 save percentage and 2.88 goals against average.
November 17-23, 2014
Hayley Cardinal, Women's Swimming
Hayley Cardinal won two events to lead Lawrence in its dual meet at UW-Whitewater on Nov. 22. The junior from Lombard, Ill., grabbed victories in the 200-yard breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. Cardinal won the 200 breaststroke in 2:28.82, and she took first in the 200 IM in 2:19.68. The Warhawks edged the Vikings 116-86.
Jamie Nikitas, Men's Basketball
Jamie Nikitas ran his streak of double-doubles to three to open the season as the Vikings split a pair of games. A junior guard from Glenview, Ill., Nikitas scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Lawrence's 68-65 road victory at Wisconsin Lutheran on Nov. 18. He came back to score 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in an 89-79 overtime loss to Ripon to open conference play on Nov. 22. For the week, Nikitas averaged 25.5 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 47.5 percent from the floor.
November 10-16, 2014
Hayley Cardinal, Women's Swimming
Hayley Cardinal won two events and swam on a winning relay team to pace Lawrence in a sweep of dual meets against Ripon and Marquette on Nov. 15. The junior from Lombard, Ill., took the top spot in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:19.26 and grabbed first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.67. She also swam on Lawrence's winning 200 medley relay team, which grabbed first in 1:55.92. Lawrence defeated Ripon 129-67 and topped Marquette 156-14.
Troy Miller, Men's Basketball
In Lawrence's season opener, Troy Miller hit a career scoring high courtesy of a stellar shooting afternoon. The junior guard from Lake In The Hills, Ill., had never scored more than eight points in a game and poured in a career-high 21 points by hitting 7-of-11 shots from 3-point range. Miller, who also picked up three rebounds, two assists and two steals with zero turnovers, hit five 3-pointers in a row in the second half as Lawrence pulled away for the victory. The seven 3-pointers in a game ties for the third-highest total in Lawrence history.
November 3-9, 2014
Travis Charlow, Men's Swimming
Travis Charlow won two events and swam on a winning relay team in Lawrence's dual meet with Beloit on Nov. 8 in Boldt Natatorium. The freshman from Branford, Conn., won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:56.14 and took the top spot in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.08. Charlow also swam on Lawrence's first-place 200 medley relay team.
Paige Witter, Women's Swimming
Paige Witter won two events and swam on a winning relay team in Lawrence's dual meet victory over Beloit on Nov. 8 in Boldt Natatorium. The sophomore from Denver, Colo., grabbed first in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.05 and cruised to a seven-plus second victory in the 100 butterfly in 1:04.02. Witter also swam on the first-place 200 medley relay team.
October 27-November 2, 2014
Mattias Soderqvist, Hockey
Mattias Soderqvist led Lawrence to a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association series sweep against Concordia (Wis.) on Oct. 31-Nov. 1. The sophomore goaltender was named the NCHA Defensive Player of the Week after picking up a pair of victories. In the two games, Soderqvist posted a .955 save percentage and 2.00 goals against average. In the series opener, Soderqvist made 40 saves in Lawrence’s 6-2 victory. After allowing a pair of first-period goals, Soderqvist stopped the final 26 shots by the Falcons and kept them off the board for the final 44:07 of the game. Soderqvist then stopped 44 shots in Lawrence’s 4-2 victory in the series finale at Concordia. Soderqvist made 84 saves on 88 shots in the two games.
Cora Williams, Cross Country
Cora Williams earned a place on the All-Midwest Conference team after leading Lawrence to a third-place finish at the Midwest Conference Championships on Nov. 1 at Reid Golf Course in Appleton. The junior from Brentwood, Calif., led the Lawrence contingent by finishing 11th. She covered the 6,000-meter course in 23:11. This marked the second consecutive season Williams has raced to a spot on the all-conference team. She took 19th at the 2013 championships.
October 20-26, 2014
Lewis Berger, Men's Soccer
Lewis Berger scored his first career goal and was part of a defense that posted a shutout in Lawrence's 3-0 Midwest Conference victory over Beloit on Oct. 25. The freshman defender from Belchertown, Mass., punched in his first career goal when he slammed home Nick Huth's rebound at the 73:13 mark. He was part of the defense that allowed two shots by Beloit.
Betsy Sorensen, Volleyball
Betsy Sorensen recorded one of the top match block totals in Lawrence history as the Vikings split a pair of Midwest Conference matches during the week. In a tight 3-2 loss at Lake Forest on Oct. 25, Sorensen posted nine blocks, which is the fourth-highest match total in Lawrence history. She also picked up seven kills, five digs and a pair of service aces. In a 3-0 blowout of Beloit on Oct. 24, Sorensen had five kills in just eight attempts and also picked up a pair of blocks and two digs. For the week, she had 12 kills and a .267 hitting percentage.
October 13-19, 2014
Melissa Heeren, Women's Tennis
Melissa Heeren grabbed second place at No. 6 singles at the Midwest Conference Championships and had a strong showing in doubles as well in the Oct. 18-19 event at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis. The senior from Wausau, Wis., advanced to the title match in singles with 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Emily Raben of Lake Forest in the quarterfinals and a 6-0, 6-1 win over Sam Hoyord of Carroll in the semifinals. Heeren fell in three sets to St. Norbert’s Ashley Randazzo in the championship match by the score of 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Playing No. 3 doubles with partner Tess Vogel, the Lawrence team received a bye in the first round before posting an 8-0 win over Monmouth in the quarterfinals. The Lawrence duo was then eliminated after an 8-5 loss to the eventual champions from St. Norbert.
Kayla Storm, Volleyball
Kayla Storm turned in a pair of strong offensive and defensive performances as Lawrence split a pair of matches during the week. The senior outside hitter from Hickman, Neb., hammered out 11 kills and picked up 33 digs and one block in Lawrence's 3-2 comeback victory at Illinois College on Oct. 17. Lawrence had trailed two sets to none before winning the final three sets. The 33 digs is one of the top-10 match totals in Lawrence history. Storm had nine kills and 26 digs in Lawrence's 3-1 loss to Ripon on Oct. 14. For the week, Storm had 20 kills, 59 digs, three aces and two blocks.
October 6-12, 2014
Chance Byrd, Football
Making his first career start, freshman quarterback Chance Byrd led Lawrence to a 21-13 Midwest Conference North Division victory over Beloit in the Banta Bowl on Oct. 11. The rookie from Lincoln, Ala., completed 23-of-36 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns. Byrd hit on scoring passes of eight and 24 yards in the first half and then tossed a 55-yard touchdown pass to Taylor Mandich that proved to be the game-winning score midway through the fourth quarter.
Katie Frankel, Women's Tennis
Katie Frankel was undefeated in both singles and doubles to lead Lawrence to a 3-0 record on the week. The sophomore from Deerfield, Ill., lost just two games in three singles matches and only three games in doubles. Playing No. 2 singles, Frankel posted a 6-1, 6-1 victory in Lawrence's 5-4 win over UW-Stevens Point on Oct. 8. She then won 6-0, 6-0 against Knox and 6-0, 6-0 against Monmouth as Lawrence won both matches 9-0. At No. 1 doubles, Frankel teamed with Hannah Geoffrey to win all three matches and dropped just one game in each match.
Brandon Taylor, Football
Brandon Taylor led the Lawrence defense all day and made a crucial play in the final minutes in a 21-13 Midwest Conference North Division win over Beloit in the Banta Bowl on Oct. 11. The senior linebacker from Johnsburg, Ill., had a season-high 14 tackles, including one tackle for loss, against the Bucs. He also had two pass breakups, including knocking away a fourth-down pass on the Bucs' final drive to help secure the victory. Taylor spearheaded a defense that limited Beloit to only 266 yards of offense.
September 29-October 5, 2014
Arianna Cohen, Volleyball
Arianna Cohen turned in one of the best days for a hitter in Lawrence volleyball history and led the Vikings to a pair of Midwest Conference victories. The freshman outside hitter from Glendale, Wis., posted a .706 hitting percentage as she pounded out 12 kills with no errors on only 17 attempts in Lawrence's 3-0 victory over Monmouth on Oct. 4. The .706 hitting percentage is the third-best number in Lawrence history. Cohen also picked up seven kills and a .333 hitting percentage in Lawrence's 3-0 victory over Knox on Oct. 3. For the week, Cohen had 19 kills and just two errors for a .531 hitting percentage. She also picked up three blocks.
Max Edwards, Cross Country
Max Edwards posted the best finish of his Lawrence career as he took second at Lawrence's Gene Davis Invitational on Oct. 4. The sophomore from Appleton, Wis., covered the 8,000-meter course at Reid Municipal Golf Course in 26:42.36 on a cold and rainy morning. Led by Edwards, who was named the Midwest Conference Performer of the Week, Lawrence placed third in the team standings with 80 points and trailed only UW-Stevens Point (46) and UW-Oshkosh (78).
Dani Glass, Women's Soccer
Dani Glass picked up her third shutout of the season and earned a hard-fought tie in Lawrence's other match of the week. The senior goalkeeper from Deerfield, Ill., made five saves in Lawrence's 2-0 victory over Knox on Oct. 5 and stopped seven shots in a 2-2 double-overtime with Illinois College on Oct. 4. For the week, Glass recorded an .857 save percentage and 0.90 goals against average and was named the Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week. On the season, Glass improved to an .828 save percentage and 1.53 GAA.
September 22-28, 2014
Women's Volleyball Team
The Lawrence volleyball team put together a stunning rally against Carroll on Sept. 24 in the Midwest Conference opener. The Vikings rallied from two sets down to pull out a 3-2 victory. After dropping the first two sets 25-8 and 25-21, the Vikings trailed 24-20 in the third set. Lawrence killed off four consecutive match points to tie the match at 24-24. Lawrence then killed off two more match points and won the third set 29-27. Lawrence won the fourth set 25-23 and then rolled to a 15-7 win the final set to complete the comeback. The Vikings got a balanced attack as Terese Swords and Kayla Storm had 12 kills apiece and Andrea Wilkinson added 10. Sydney Nelson had 27 assists and 20 digs, and Lauren Ray had 25 assists. Cyra Bammer picked up 23 digs and was named the Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Noelle Hele added 22 digs, and Storm had 18.
September 15-21, 2014
Casey Merkle, Women's Soccer
Casey Merkle scored four times in Lawrence's 8-1 nonconference victory over Maranatha Baptist on Sept. 16. The sophomore midfielder from Tower Lakes, Ill., scored back-to-back goals in the 17th and 31st minute and then completed the hat trick with a goal just seven minutes later. Merkle added a fourth goal at the 66:28 mark and then picked up an assist on Lawrence's final goal just three minutes later.
Anton Olsson, Golf
Anton Olsson won his first individual collegiate title and led Lawrence to the team championship at the St. Norbert Invitational on Sept. 20. A senior from Stromstad, Sweden, Olsson tied for medalist honors by shooting a 4-over par 76 on the par-72 layout at Brown County Golf Course. Olsson led Lawrence to the team title with a score of 319. The Vikings edged Marian by one shot. Olsson had three birdies on the back nine to shoot even-par 36 on the inward nine and claim his first collegiate title.
Rudi Pino, Golf
Rudi Pino won his first individual collegiate title and led Lawrence to the team championship at the Lawrence Invitational on Sept. 21. Pino carded a 75 to take medalist honors on the par-72 layout at Eagle Creek Golf Club. The Vikings shot a team score of 325 to win by five strokes over St. Norbert. Playing in windy and cool conditions, Pino won by four shots over his teammate, Anton Olsson, and Finlandia's Dylan Peterson, who both shot 79. Pino, who birdied one hole on each nine, shot 38 on the front nine and 37 on the back.
September 8-14, 2014
The Defense, Football
The Lawrence defense recorded a shutout for the first time since 1991 and did it in dominating fashion. The Vikings routed Maranatha Baptist 59-0 in the Banta Bowl on Sept. 13. Lawrence limited Maranatha Baptist to 76 total yards, including a minus-32 yards rushing. The Sabercats' deepest penetration into Lawrence territory was the 29-yard line. The Vikings intercepted five passes, picked up 3.0 sacks and finished with 12.5 tackles for loss. The shutout was the first for Lawrence since a 26-0 win over Ripon on Nov. 2, 1991, and the first in the Banta Bowl since a 7-0 overtime win over Beloit on Oct. 25, 1986.
Patrick O'Mahoney, Football
Patrick O'Mahoney tied a pair of school records and earned Midwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors. The sophomore kicker from Evanston, Ill., tied Lawrence records with eight extra points and eight extra point attempts in Lawrence's 59-0 win over Maranatha Baptist on Sept. 13. O'Mahoney was 8-for-8 on PATs, tying the record of Cody Robel and Kraig Krueger. O'Mahoney also connected on a 21-yard field goal and was chosen as the league's Special Teams Player of the Week for the first time in his career.
Erin Schrobilgen, Cross Country
Erin Schrobilgen turned in one of the Midwest Conference's best times of the season over 6,000 meters and was named the Midwest Conference Performer of the Week. The freshman from Oak Park, Ill., finished seventh at the Concordia (Wis.) University Falcon Invitational on Sept. 13, and her time of 23:06.00 is the third-fastest time this season at that distance. Led by Schrobilgen, the Vikings finished second in the team standings.
September 1-7, 2014
Allison Juda, Women's Tennis
Allison Juda got off her season off to a good start, posting a 2-1 record at No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles. The senior from Maple Grove, Minn., garnered singles victories against both MSOE and Marian and dropped a total of two games in the process. She posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Marian. She teamed with Elena Watson to pick up a pair of 8-0 wins in doubles.
Alic Riedel, Football
Alic Riedel had a strong outing in his debut for Lawrence against Rockford on Sept. 6. The freshman defensive back from Appleton, Wis., blocked the punt of Rockford’s Cody Casazza early in the second quarter, and that led to Lawrence’s only touchdown of the afternoon. Riedel recorded the first blocked punt for the Vikings since Sam Wagner blocked the punt of Illinois College’s Kevin Fuller on Sept. 29, 2012. Riedel also picked up seven tackles and forced a fumble against the Regents.