The Highlights

Lawrence soccer teams again honored for academic achievement

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University soccer teams have again been honored for academic excellence by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Both Lawrence teams have received the Team Academic Award for having a cumulative grade point average higher than 3.0 during the 2013-14 academic year.

The Lawrence women, coached by Lisa Sammons, posted a 3.33 grade point average during the year. The Lawrence men, led by long-time coach Blake Johnson, had a 3.17 grade point average. Lawrence was among 195 schools, from NCAA Division I to Division III and beyond, to have both of its teams honored.

This marks the 10th consecutive year that both Lawrence teams have earned the award. This is the 13th time since 2000 that the Lawrence women captured the award and it is the 12th time for the Lawrence men during the same period.

The Lawrence men finished eighth in the Midwest Conference this fall and had a 4-11-3 overall record. The Lawrence women had a 5-11-2 mark and took eighth place in the league.

Hockey preview: Lawrence at NCHA-MIAC Thanksgiving Showdown

Posted on: November 25th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University hockey team heads to Minnesota this weekend for the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Thanksgiving Showdown. The games will be played in St. Peter, Minn., at Lund Arena on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College. Lawrence faces Gustavus on Saturday at 7 p.m. and then faces St. Olaf College at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.


Blue Devils edge Lawrence

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

MENOMONIE, Wis. — A goal early in the third period proved to be the difference as the UW-Stout hockey team defeated Lawrence University 2-1 in a nonconference game Saturday night at the Dunn County Ice Arena.

The Blue Devils (2-5-0) got a goal from Justin Moody just 1:24 into the third period to break a 1-1 tie. The Vikings had a 14-12 edge in shots in the final period and pulled goaltender Anton Olsson for the final 1:27 but could not get the equalizer.

Stout had grabbed a 1-0 lead on Tyler Cayemberg’s power-play goal with just two seconds left in the first period. Lawrence (4-4-0) tied it on Matt Moore’s goal off a feed from Brandon Boelter at the 17:08 mark of the second period.

Olsson made 25 saves for the Vikings, and Spencer Viele made 30 saves for the Blue Devils.

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Cardinal wins twice to pace Vikings at UW-Whitewater

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

WHITEWATER, Wis. — Hayley Cardinal won a pair of events on Saturday to pace the Lawrence University swim teams in their dual meet at UW-Whitewater.

The Warhawks defeated the Lawrence women 116-86, and the Whitewater men won 108-30.

Cardinal led Lawrence by taking home 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.

Taylor Winter was a winner in the 500 freestyle in 5:28.87, and Paige Witter grabbed first in the 200 butterfly in 2:18.16.


Ripon tops Vikings in overtime

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — Ty Sabin scored 34 points and the Ripon College men’s basketball team enjoyed a huge advantage at the foul line as the Red Hawks downed Lawrence University 89-79 in overtime Saturday in a Midwest Conference game at Alexander Gymnasium.

Sabin hit 9-of-18 shots from the floor and went 13-for-14 from the foul line to pace Ripon (3-1, 2-0 MWC). Kyle Loughrin had a double-double for Ripon with 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Jamie Nikitas recorded his third consecutive double-double to start the season with 28 points and 11 rebounds for the Vikings (2-1, 0-1). Trace Sonnleitner scored a career-high 23 points for the Vikings and added six rebounds.

Ripon won the game at the foul line where the Red Hawks connected on 29-of-39. Lawrence was just 9-of-15 from the line, and the Vikings were whistled for 30 fouls, compared to 15 for Ripon.

Ripon took charge in the overtime by scoring the first nine points of the extra period, highlighted by Loughrin’s three-point play, to lead 83-74 with 2:09 left. Lawrence cut the margin to as close as five points at 84-79 on a pair of Nikitas free throws with 50 ticks left.

Ripon then connected on 5-of-6 shots from the foul line to seal the win.

Lawrence had built a 12-point edge at 50-38 with 13:56 left in the second half before Ripon rallied. The Red Hawks scored nine consecutive points before Nikitas’ 3-pointer with 9:57 left gave Lawrence a 53-47 lead.

Ripon kept the pressure on and went on a 17-4 run to take a 64-57 lead with 4:29 left. Ryan DePouw quickly scored the next four points, Sonnleitner hit a 3-pointer and Nikitas got a driving layup to tie the game at 66-66 with 2:51 left.

Ripon built the lead back to 72-67 with 48 seconds remaining in regulation before Sonnleiter drilled another 3-pointer. After a pair of free throws from Sabin, Nikitas answered with a layup to cut the lead to 74-72. The Red Hawks turned it over, and Nikitas drove uncontested to the basket for another layup and tied it at 74-74 with eight seconds left.

Sabin missed a jumper with two seconds left that would have won it in regulation.

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Vikings edged by Ripon

Posted on: November 22nd, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University women’s basketball team scored just one point over the final 11 minutes and endured a horrendous afternoon at the foul line in a 41-40 Midwest Conference loss to Ripon College at Alexander Gymnasium.

Ripon (1-2, 1-0 MWC) got two free throws from Meg Ryan with 30 seconds left to take the lead, and freshman guard Lauren Deveikis missed a jumper with five seconds left that would have won it for Lawrence (0-3, 0-1).

Both teams had a rough time at the foul line as Lawrence connected on only 9-of-22 from the stripe and Ripon hit just 9-of-21.

Freshman Danelle Buck led Lawrence with 11 points and she picked up seven rebounds. Freshman forward Elizabeth Arco pulled down 10 rebounds and added eight points for the Vikings. Andrea Wilkinson chipped in with nine points for the Vikings.

Ryan, McKenzie Banasik and Nicole Herkert scored 10 points apiece to pace Ripon, and Herkert had a game-high 13 rebounds.

Lawrence led throughout most of the contest as the Vikings took their first lead at 7-5 on Arco’s three-point play with 13:15 left in the first half. Lawrence would build that advantage to as much as nine points before the Red Hawks trimmed the lead to 28-22 at the half.

The Vikings grabbed their biggest lead of the game by going on a 6-0 run, capped by Natalie Kramer’s layup and an Arco free throw with 11:07 left, for a 39-27 edge.

Ripon began chipping away at the advantage as the Vikings went ice cold from the floor and the foul line. Lawrence finished the game by going 0-for-11 from the floor and 1-for-5 from the line.

Lawrence’s only points in that stretch came on Kassidy Rinehart’s free throw with 4:51 remaining that gave the Vikings a 40-35 lead. Ripon got a layup from Chelsea Moldenhauer and a couple of free throws from Banasik to cut the lead to 40-39.

The Vikings then committed three consecutive turnovers before fouling Ryan. She hit both free throws to give Ripon the lead for good.

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10th-ranked Falcons top Lawrence

Posted on: November 21st, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — The 10th-ranked UW-River Falls hockey team scored a pair of second-period goals Friday night to break a tie and went on to a 4-1 nonconference victory over Lawrence University at Hunt Arena.

The game was tied 1-1 midway through the second period when Blake Huppert scored on the power play for the Falcons (5-0-0) at 9:59. River Falls added to that lead just 3:14 later when Mike Fazio scored his second goal of the game for a 3-1 edge.

The Falcons added a power-play goal with just 26 seconds left in the game to seal the win.

Fazio gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead when he scored at the 8:16 mark of the first period. Lawrence tied it at 1-1 when Sean Reynolds scored his first goal of the season for the Vikings off a feed from Brendan Vetter at the 8:22 mark of the second period.

Mattias Soderqvist made 24 saves and took the loss for the Vikings (4-3-0). Tanner Milliron stopped 28 shots for River Falls.

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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.