The Highlights

UWSP tops Vikings

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

DE PERE, Wis. — The UW-Stevens Point volleyball team downed Lawrence University 3-0 in a nonconference match on Wednesday at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Pointers (11-2) defeated Lawrence (4-10) 25-10, 25-18, 25-11. The match was part of the St. Norbert College Quad.

Terese Swords paced the Vikings with five kills. Sydney Nelson led Lawrence with nine assists and Cyra Bammer had 15 digs.

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Vikings fall to unbeaten UW-Oshkosh

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

DE PERE, Wis. — The UW-Oshkosh volleyball team pushed its record to 13-0 on the season with a 3-0 nonconference win over Lawrence University on Wednesday at Schuldes Sports Center.

The Titans won 25-18, 25-11, 25-22 as part of the St. Norbert College Quad.

Betsy Sorensen, Arianna Cohen and Terese Swords paced the Vikings (4-9) with five kills apiece. Lauren Ray led the Vikings with 13 assists, and Cyra Bammer picked up 16 digs.

Katelyn Malcheski led the Titans with 13 kills, and Morgan Cizauskas had 31 assists.

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Vikings blank Ripon 9-0

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

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University women’s tennis team rolled to a 9-0 Midwest Conference win over rival Ripon College on Wednesday at the Lawrence Courts.

This is the 11th consecutive win by Lawrence (5-3, 3-1 MWC) over the Red Hawks (0-7, 0-4).

Lawrence was dominant from the opening serve and won all three doubles matches by identical 8-0 scores. The Vikings rolled through the singles matches without dropping a set.

Hannah Geoffrey, Katie Frankel, Allison Juda, Melissa Heeren, Ali Heiring and Elana Lambert all won in singles for the Vikings. Lambert did not drop a game en route to a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Heiring and Frankel lost just one game apiece in their singles matches.

Lawrence returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Lakeland College.

Lawrence University 9, Ripon College 0

Singles competition
1. Hannah Geoffrey (LU) def. Maddie VandenHouten (RC) 6-3, 6-3
2. Katie Frankel (LU) def. Madeline Salzer (RC) 6-1, 6-0
3. Allison Juda (LU) def. Courtney Olson (RC) 6-1, 7-5
4. Melissa Heeren (LU) def. Lucero Pena (RC) 6-0, 6-2
5. Ali Heiring (LU) def. Lily Lenk (RC) 6-1, 6-0
6. Elana Lambert (LU) def. Tenzin Tsephel (RC) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Hannah Geoffrey/Katie Frankel (LU) def. Maddie VandenHouten/Madeline Salzer (RC) 8-0
2. Ali Heiring/Lyndsey Holsen (LU) def. Courtney Olson/Lucero Pena (RC) 8-0
3. Allison Juda/Elena Watson (LU) def. Lily Lenk/Tenzin Tsephel (RC) 8-0

Match Notes:
Ripon College 0-7, 0-4 MWC
Lawrence University 5-3, 3-1 MWC
T-2:30 A-65

Lawrence, Edgewood play to scoreless tie

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

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University men’s soccer team played to a 0-0 overtime tie with Edgewood College on Wednesday in a nonconference match at Whiting Field West.

The game was called after the first 10-minute overtime due to darkness.

Lawrence (0-4-1) owned a 24-10 edge in shots, including a 14-10 advantage in shots on goal. Joe Krivit made 10 saves for Lawrence, and Matt Dammen stopped 14 shots for the Eagles (2-3-1).

Both teams had some great chances in regulation, and Edgewood nearly won it on a scramble in front of the Lawrence goal before a Vikings defender headed the ball away from the goal line.

The Vikings had the better of it in the overtime, piling up five shots in 10 minutes. Max Loebel’s shot careened off the post, and Joe Cullen nearly got the next shot past Dammen. Mike Deremo also had a shot that missed just wide in the final minutes of the overtime.

Lawrence returns to action on Saturday when it opens Midwest Conference play at Carroll University.

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Schrobilgen runs to MWC Performer of the Week award

Posted on: September 17th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker
Erin Schrobilgen

Erin Schrobilgen

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University cross country standout Erin Schrobilgen has been named the Midwest Conference Performer of the Week.

Schrobilgen (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park River Forest), a freshman, earned the honor after a stellar performance at the Concordia (Wis.) University Falcon Invitational this past Saturday.

Schrobilgen turned in one of the Midwest Conference’s best times of the season over 6,000 meters as she finished seventh at the Falcon Invitational. Schrobilgen’s effort 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.

This was the first Performer of the Week award for Schrobilgen and the first for Lawrence since the 2013 season when Jonah Laursen and Jamie Brisbois both captured the men’s award. It’s the first time a Lawrence women’s runner took the honor since Emily Muhs did it in Sept. 2010.

Lawrence returns to action on Sept. 27 when it heads to the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota.

Merkle scores four as Vikings rout Maranatha Baptist

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — Casey Merkle scored four goals to lead the Lawrence University women’s soccer team to an 8-1 nonconference rout of Maranatha Baptist University on Tuesday at Whiting Field West.

Merkle, a sophomore midfielder, tallied the third-highest goal total in a match for the Vikings. The record for goals in a match is six by Libby Mullin in 1986.

Eva Tourangeau, a freshman, scored the first two goals of her career, and Keli Muchowski and Ryan Berkley added one goal apiece for the Vikings (2-4-0).

Lawrence owned a 34-2 edge in shots, and Dani Glass made one save for the Vikings.

Maranatha (1-3-1) led 1-0 after Anna Dahl scored off a free kick in the eighth minute. Muchowski tied it for the Vikings off a pass from Anne Leung at the 13:10 mark.

Merkle scored her first goal of the afternoon at 16:23 off  a pass from Genna Matt to give the Vikings the lead for good. Merkle made it 3-1 off a pass from Muchowski at 30:14 and the rout was on.

Ryan Berkley was taken down in the box and scored on a penalty kick to give Lawrence a 4-1 edge at 33:52. Merkle completed the hat trick at 38:52 with an unassisted goal to put the Vikings up 5-1.

Tourangeau scored her first career goal at 63:24 for a 6-1 lead, and Merkle picked up her fourth just 3:04 later for a 7-1 edge. Tourangeau completed the scoring with her second goal of the match at 69:31.

The hat trick was the first for a Lawrence player since Muchowski did it against Knox College on Sept. 22, 2013. The four goals was the most for a Lawrence player since Mallory Koula scored four times against Beloit College on Oct. 15, 2011.

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O’Mahoney earns Special Teams Player of the Week honors

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

Patrick O’Mahoney

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University’s Patrick O’Mahoney has been named the Midwest Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

O’Mahoney (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township), a sophomore kicker, earned the honor after tying a Lawrence record in the Vikings 59-0 victory over Maranatha Baptist University this past Saturday.

O’Mahoney went 8-for-8 on extra points to tie the school record for PATs in a game. Kraig Krueger set the record of eight PATs back in 1981 and it was tied by Cody Robel in 2011. O’Mahoney also tied the record of eight PAT attempts held by four others.

This is the first Player of the Week honor for O’Mahoney, who also connected on a 21-yard field goal.

The Vikings have a bye this week and then return to action on Sept. 27 when they travel to Knox College.

Inside LU Athletics: Lawrence Courts get serious makeover

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

Lawrence tennis coach Steve Francour stands above the newly renovated Lawrence Courts. The six-court facility is receiving a facelift with new courts, lights, storage facility and seating.

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University tennis teams have been honing their games on the banks of the Fox River for more than 75 years, and thanks to a generous donation, those courts have never looked better.

The Lawrence Courts, located at the bottom of Drew Street hill, underwent a makeover this summer thanks to an anonymous alumni donation.

“The new tennis facility allows Lawrence to provide its men’s and women’s tennis teams with a first-class facility to compete and train,” Lawrence coach Steve Francour said. “Potential student-athletes will also see that they can reach their full potential at Lawrence with an outstanding facility. I would like to thank the donor and Lawrence for making this facility one of the best in the Midwest Conference.”

The six courts, which are located in a picturesque location next to the Fox River, were completely resurfaced with Nova’ProBounce. The new court surface, which is in use at tennis clubs all over the country, is an extremely high quality multi-layer product.

The complex, which received a new windscreen, also has been prepared for the installation of lights. A new storage building is in place, a new retaining wall was built and seating for fans also is on the drawing board.

“The new tennis courts will help give us an opportunity to become an elite program once again,” Director of Athletics Mike Szkodzinski said. “Coach Francour did a tremendous job in his first year with us last year. The new courts will allow him to better attract the best scholar-athletes to our programs. The courts also enhance our ability to interact more frequently with the Appleton community and invite them on campus.

“We are very thankful for the generosity of our alumni who made the courts possible. Without the support of our alumni, we would have a more difficult time reaching our full potential. The support of past Vikings is crucial to our success.”

The Lawrence women’s team gets its first chance to take on an opponent on Wednesday when the Vikings host Ripon College in a Midwest Conference North Division match at 4 p.m.

“The new courts are beautiful,” Lawrence junior Ali Heiring exclaimed. “No better way to kick off a season.”

The Lawrence Courts have been in use by the Vikings since the spring of 1939 and were most recently renovated when the facility was impacted by the construction of Hiett Hall in 2003.

“Having new courts shows the team that we really have the school and athletic department supporting us, which really means a lot,” said senior Allison Juda.


Merkle scores twice as Vikings shut out Martin Luther

Posted on: September 14th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

NEW ULM, Minn. — Casey Merkle scored two goals, including one just 19 seconds into the match, to lead the Lawrence University women’s soccer team to a 4-0 nonconference win at Martin Luther College on Sunday.

Keli Muchowski added a goal and an assists for the Vikings (1-4-0), and Ryan Berkley scored her first career goal.

Merkle gave the Vikings the 1-0 lead just seconds into the match when she scored off an assist from Muchowski. Berkley then scored at the 15:18 mark to put Lawrence up 2-0.

The Vikings struck again at the 21:20 mark when Merkle scored off an assist from Liza Girsova. Lawrence made it 4-0 on Muchowski’s goal at 36:03 to finish the scoring.

Dani Glass made four saves to record the shutout for Lawrence.

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Lake Forest downs Lawrence 6-3

Posted on: September 14th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Lake Forest College women’s tennis team topped Lawrence University 6-3 in a Midwest Conference match on Sunday.

Lawrence (4-3, 2-1 MWC) was down 2-1 after the doubles matches. Tess Vogel and Melissa Heeren were 8-0 winners at No. 3 doubles for the Vikings.

It was Vogel and Heeren who also won in singles. Vogel was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 5, and Heeren won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 6.

Lake Forest College 6, Lawrence University 3

Singles competition
1. Christi Valicenti (LFC) def. Hannah Geoffrey (LU) 6-2, 6-0
2. Grace Dowling (LFC) def. Katie Frankel (LU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Lexi Chionis (LFC) def. Lyndsey Holsen (LU) 6-1, 6-0
4. Brittany Khayet (LFC) def. Allison Juda (LU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Tess Vogel (LU) def. Emily Rabin (LFC) 6-0, 6-0
6. Melissa Heeren (LU) def. Zoe Maurer (LFC) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Christi Valicenti/Lexi Chionis (LFC) def. Hannah Geoffrey/Katie Frankel (LU) 8-0
2. Grace Dowling/Brittany Khayet (LFC) def. Lyndsey Holsen/Ali Heiring (LU) 8-1
3. Tess Vogel/Melissa Heeren (LU) def. Emily Rabin/Zoe Maurer (LFC) 8-0

Match Notes:
Lawrence University 4-3, 2-1 MWC
Lake Forest College 5-2, 2-1 MWC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,6,1,3,2,4)