The Highlights

Sabres top Lawrence 61-38

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Marian University women’s basketball team built a big first-half lead and went on to a 61-38 nonconference victory over Lawrence University on Wednesday at Alexander Gymnasium.

Amelia Mirsberger led Marian (1-0) and all scorers with 18 points as she hit 6-of-8 shots from the floor and went 4-for-4 from the foul line. Sarah Olewinski added 12 points for the Sabres.

Elizabeth Arco paced the Vikings (0-2) with nine points and six rebounds, and Jeannine Schulz added eight points.

Marian trailed early but went on an 18-2 run in the first half to pull out to a 20-7 lead with 9:14 left in the first half. Mirsberger scored nine points in the first half as the Sabres built a 32-16 advantage at the break.

The Vikings chipped away at the lead over the first nine minutes of the second half. Lawrence outscored the Sabres 13-8 to open the half, capped by Arco’s layup, to trim the lead to 40-29. Arco scored four points in that run and Schulz had three.

Marian responded by going on a 16-4 run to grab a 56-33 lead and seal the victory.

Lawrence returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Ripon College in the Midwest Conference opener for both teams.

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Vikings take down Wisconsin Lutheran 68-65

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Jeremy Stephani hit a key 3-pointer and Trace Sonnleitner made two clutch free throws to lift the Lawrence University men’s basketball team to a 68-65 nonconference victory over Wisconsin Lutheran College on Tuesday at the Recreation Complex.

Jamie Nikitas recorded his second consecutive double-double to begin the season with 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Vikings (2-0). Sonnleitner poured in a career-high 22 points and Troy Miller added 13 points for Lawrence.

Jake Jarnigo led Wisconsin Lutheran (0-1) and all scorers with 29 points. Jim Marose added 14 points, and Brett Lubbe had a game-high 12 rebounds for the Warriors.

The teams swapped the lead throughout, and Andrew Borresen’s 3-pointer with 4:08 left tied it at 59-59 for the Vikings. Lawrence followed that with a free throw from Nikitas and a Sonnleitner 3-pointer for a 63-59 edge.

Jarnigo countered with a 3-pointer for the Warriors to trim the margin to 63-62, but Stephani buried a 3-pointer from the left corner with 1:19 left.

The Vikings still led 66-62 when Marose went to the foul line with 47 seconds left. He missed both free throws, but the Warriors got the rebound, and Jarnigo buried a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left to cut the lead to 66-65.

Sonnleitner was fouled with just 7.4 seconds left and drained both free throws to put the Vikings back up by three. Jarnigo missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have tied it.

Lawrence returns home to begin Midwest Conference play on Saturday when the Vikings host Ripon College.

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Mandich, Swick named to All-MWC football team

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker
Taylor Mandich

Taylor Mandich

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University football stars Spencer Swick and Taylor Mandich have been chosen for the All-Midwest Conference football team.

Swick (Kimberly, Wis./Kimberly) and Mandich (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest) were both chosen for the North Division second team.

Swick, a four-year starter at left tackle, battled through injury throughout the season but earned all-league honors for the first time. Swick anchored the offensive line throughout his four seasons and is the first Lawrence offensive lineman to be honored since Cullen Dunn in 2010.

Mandich, who returned after missing most of the 2013 season due to injury, proved to be Lawrence’s top offensive threat this

Spencer Swick

Spencer Swick

fall. He caught 43 passes for 727 yards and five touchdowns.

Mandich grabbed a career-high eight passes in Lawrence’s win over Beloit College and posted a career-high 181 receiving yards in the Vikings’ victory over Maranatha Baptist University. Mandich also caught a career-best three touchdown passes and had a career-long 70-yard catch in the win over Maranatha Baptist.

Mandich finished fourth in the conference at 72.7 receiving yards per game and was seventh at 4.3 catches per contest.

Lawrence finished with a 2-8 overall record and finished 10th in the conference.

Muchowski earns All-MWC honors for third consecutive season

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker
Keli Muchowski

Keli Muchowski

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University women’s soccer standout Keli Muchowski has been named to the All-Midwest Conference team for the third consecutive season.

Muchowski (Neenah, Wis./Neenah) was selected for the second team. The senior forward led Lawrence in all offensive categories by scoring nine goals and handing out three assists for 21 points.

Muchowski scored five goals and picked up one assist in 10 conference games. She scored a season-high two goals in Lawrence’s 2-0 win over Knox College. For her career, scored 26 goals and picked up 13 assists for 65 points.

Lawrence posted a 5-11-2 overall record and finished 3-5-2 in league play.

Women’s basketball preview: Lawrence vs. Marian/Ripon

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University women’s basketball team tips off for its home opener this week and opens Midwest Conference play as well in the friendly confines of Alexander Gymnasium. The Vikings face Marian University on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and then open league play with a 1 p.m. game on Saturday against Ripon College.


Hockey series preview: Lawrence at No. 10 UW-River Falls/UW-Stout

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University hockey team hits the road this weekend to face a pair of foes from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Lawrence plays at No. 10 UW-River Falls on Friday and then travels to UW-Stout for a Saturday night tilt.


Men’s basketball preview: Lawrence vs. Wisconsin Lutheran/Ripon

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University men’s basketball team hits the road for the first time this season and opens Midwest Conference play. Lawrence travels to Wisconsin Lutheran College for a nonconference game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Lawrence then hosts Ripon College on Saturday at 3 p.m. as the teams open Midwest Conference play at Alexander Gymnasium.


Hot-shooting Miller named MWC Player of the Week

Posted on: November 17th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

Troy Miller

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University men’s basketball standout Troy Miller has been named the Midwest Conference Player of the Week.

Miller (Lake In The Hills, Ill./Huntley) earned the honor after a stellar shooting day in Lawrence’s 66-49 season-opening win over Dominican (Ill.) University this past Saturday. Miller, a junior guard who had never scored more than eight points in a game, scored a career-high 21 points by hitting 7-of-11 shots from 3-point range against the Stars.

Miller, who also picked up three rebounds, two assists and two steals with zero turnovers in 35 minutes, 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.

It was the first Player of the Week award for Miller, who was making his first career start.

Lawrence returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Wisconsin Lutheran College for a nonconference game.

Vikings rally late, top Northland in OT

Posted on: November 15th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University scored two goals in the final 1:27 to tie it and then netted the game-winner in overtime for a 5-4 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Northland College on Saturday at the Appleton Family Ice Center.

The Vikings (4-2-0, 4-2-0 NCHA) put together a stunning rally to sweep the weekend series from the Lumberjacks (1-5-0, 1-5-0).

Lawrence trailed 4-2 when the Vikings pulled goaltender Mattias Soderqvist with 1:45 left in the third period. With an extra attacker on the ice, Lawrence’s Jake Kreutzer scored just 12 seconds later to trim the lead to 4-3.

The Vikings put Soderqvist back in the game, got control of the puck and pulled their goaltender again. With the extra attacker back on the ice, Brendan Vetter scored with just 33 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 4-4.

The Vikings then got the game-winning goal from Renato Engler just 2:15 into the extra period off passes from Kreutzer and Patrick Coyne.

Engler, Kreutzer and Matt Montemurro all had a goal and an assist for the Vikings. Soderqvist made 26 saves to pick up the win, and Northland goaltender Tyler Ampe made 28 saves and took the loss.

After a scoreless first period, Darius Cole gave Northland a 1-0 lead just 30 seconds into the second period. Montemurro scored at the 15:32 mark to tie it at 1-1 for the Vikings. Lawrence’s Mikkel Johnk then scored his first career goal, a power-play tally, 56 seconds later to give the Vikings a 2-1 edge.

Northland came back with another goal by Cole to tie it at 2-2 heading into the third period. Michael Berens and Anthony Stempin scored in the first 10:04 of the final period to give the Lumberjacks a 4-2 advantage before Lawrence rallied.

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Lawrence falls to Cougars in season opener

Posted on: November 15th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

RIVER FOREST, Ill. — The Concordia University Chicago women’s basketball team got off to a fast start and rolled to a 95-57 nonconference victory over Lawrence University on Saturday at Geiseman Gymnasium.

Lauren Orr scored a game-high 20 points off the bench to pace the Cougars (1-0) and was one of four players in double figures. Miranda Rogers added 16 points for Concordia.

Kassidy Rinehart paced Lawrence (0-1) with 15 points and hit 6-of-7 shots from the floor. Jeannine Schulz added 11 points off the bench for the Vikings. Fanita Robins added nine points and a game-high seven rebounds for the Vikings.

The Cougars jumped out to a 16-4 lead in the first seven minutes and pulled away from there. Concordia pushed the lead to 44-16 at the half.

Lawrence played a much stronger second half by hitting 16-of-28 shots from the floor (57.1 percent) on the way to 41 points after the break.

Concordia shot 47.4 percent from the floor during the game and connected on 15-of-33 attempts from 3-point range.

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