The Highlights

Olsson ties for 16th at Midwest Region Classic

Posted on: October 1st, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. — Anton Olsson tied for 16th place to lead the Lawrence University golf team at the Midwest Region Classic on Monday and Tuesday.

Playing in cold and rainy conditions at Trappers Turn Golf Club, Olsson carded scores of 78 and 75 for a 36-hole total of 153 on the par-72 layout.

After a rough opening round score of 370, the Vikings turned it around and shot 324 in the second round. The biggest turnaround came from Nigel Schuster, who shaved 27 shots off his first-round score to shoot 79 in the second round.

Lawrence finished in 25th place with a score of 694.

The Vikings also played without standout player Rudi Pino, who was at home in Washington with his wife for the birth of their child.


Vikings roll to win at Ripon

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

RIPON, Wis. — Cameron Pieper scored twice to lead the Lawrence University men’s soccer team to a 4-1 Midwest Conference victory at Ripon College on Tuesday.

Erik Soderlund picked up a goal and an assist for Lawrence (1-6-2, 1-1-1 MWC).

Soderlund got the scoring started for the Vikings when he took a pass from Chris Kiehl and beat Ripon goalkeeper Cody Messerschmidt at the 6:16 mark. Pieper made it 2-0 when he scored off a pass from Soderlund at 25:45.

The score stayed that way until the 74th minute when Pieper scored again to give Lawrence a 3-0 edge. Santiago Alvarez capped the scoring for the Vikings when he scored just 43 seconds later for a 4-0 advantage.

Joe Krivit made three saves to pick up the win for Lawrence, which had a 23-5 edge in shots over the Red Hawks (2-8-1, 0-4-0).

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Bammer picks up Defensive Player of the Week award

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker
Cyra Bammer

Cyra Bammer

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University volleyball standout Cyra Bammer has been named the Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Bammer (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) won the award in the wake of Lawrence’s 3-2 come-from-behind victory over Carroll University in the conference opener on Sept. 24.

Bammer, a freshman libero, finished with a team-high 23 digs and picked up a big service ace in Lawrence’s third-set rally.

After dropping the first two sets 25-8 and 25-21, the Vikings were down 24-21 in the third set when Bammer stepped up to serve. She picked up an ace on the next point and then served the next two Lawrence points that tied the set at 24-24. Lawrence killed off five match points in the third set and went on to win 29-27. Lawrence then won the fourth set 25-23 and took the fifth set 15-7.

Bammer, who was named to the all-tournament team at the UW-Oshkosh Pizza Hut Classic earlier this season, leads the team with 290 digs, an average of 4.39 per set. Bammer, the only first-year player among the league leaders in digs, also has picked up 33 assists, five kills and four aces.

Lawrence returns to action this weekend when it hosts Knox College on Friday and Monmouth College on Saturday.

Football preview: Lawrence vs. Grinnell

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University football game takes on Grinnell College in their final nonconference game of the season on Saturday. Kickoff is set for noon in the Banta Bowl. The Vikings are 1-2 and coming off a 45-14 loss at Knox College last Saturday. Grinnell is 0-3 and dropped a tight 21-16 decision to Macalester College.


Vikings fall to UW-Oshkosh

Posted on: September 27th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The UW-Oshkosh women’s tennis team defeated Lawrence University 8-1 in a nonconference match on Saturday at Western Racquet Club.

Lawrence’s lone win on the afternoon came at No. 3 doubles, where Melissa Heeren and Tess Vogel posted an 8-6 victory.

UW-Oshkosh 8, Lawrence University 1

Singles competition
1. Erica VanRiper (UWO) def. Hannah Geoffrey (LU) 6-0, 6-2
2. Bailey Sagen (UWO) def. Katie Frankel (LU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Brianna Theobald (UWO) def. Lindsay Holsen (LU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Llora Waldman (UWO) def. Allison Juda (LU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Paige Ganser (UWO) def. Tess Vogel (LU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Hannah Bostwick (UWO) def. Melissa Heeren (LU) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-6)

Doubles competition
1. Erica VanRiper/Bailey Sagen (UWO) def. Hannah Geoffrey/Katie Frankel (LU) 8-5
2. Brianna Theobald/Kimberlyn Fernez (UWO) def. Ali Heiring/Lindsay Holsen (LU) 8-3
3. Melissa Heeren/Tess Vogel (LU) def. Hannah Bostwick/Maggie Bolton (UWO) 8-6

Match Notes:
Lawrence University 5-5
UW-Oshkosh 3-5

Singles play leads St. Norbert past Lawrence

Posted on: September 27th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The St. Norbert College women’s tennis team remained unbeaten in Midwest Conference play with a 7-2 win over Lawrence University on Saturday at Western Racquet Club.

The Green Knights (7-1, 4-0 MWC) won five of the six singles matches to earn the victory. Lawrence (5-4, 3-2) picked up one victory in doubles as the No. 3 team of Tess Vogel and Melissa Heeren won 9-8 courtesy of a 7-1 victory in the tiebreaker. The Vikings also won at No. 2 singles where Katie Frankel won 7-6, 7-6.

St. Norbert College 7, Lawrence University 2

Singles competition
1. Elizabeth Manlick (SNC) def. Hannah Geoffrey (LU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Katie Frankel (LU) def. Nancy Chybowski (SNC) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2)
3. Katherine Ake (SNC) def. Lindsay Holsen (LU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Erika Chitko (SNC) def. Allison Juda (LU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Anna Gosz (SNC) def. Tess Vogel (LU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Ashley Randazzo (SNC) def. Melissa Heeren (LU) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Elizabeth Manlick/Nancy Chybowski (SNC) def. Hannah Geoffrey/Katie Frankel (LU) 8-3
2. Katherine Ake/Erika Chitko (SNC) def. Lindsay Holsen/Ali Heiring (LU) 8-3
3. Tess Vogel/Melissa Heeren (LU) def. Anna Gosz/Ashley Randazzo (SNC) 9-8 (7-1)

Match Notes:
Lawrence University 5-4, 3-2 MWC
St. Norbert College 7-1, 4-0 MWC

Big first half propels Knox past Lawrence

Posted on: September 27th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

GALESBURG, Ill. — The Knox College football team pulled out to a 35-0 lead at the half and went on to a 45-14 nonconference win over Lawrence University on Saturday at the Knosher Bowl.

Knox (2-1) got two first-half touchdowns from Terry White and two more first-half scores from Matt McCaffrey to pull away. The Prairie Fire posted 502 yards of offense, including 345 on the ground.

Quarterback Chance Byrd ran for one touchdown and threw for another to pace Lawrence (1-2), which was limited to 226 yards of offense. Byrd had 11 carries for 50 yards and completed 8-of-16 passes for 127 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Trevor Spina had the biggest receiving day of his career with six catches for 109 yards and a touchdown for Lawrence.

The Vikings, who committed four turnovers, got on the board when Byrd connected with Spina on an 80-yard touchdown pass midway through the third quarter. Lawrence got its other score when Bryd ran 15 yards for a touchdown to complete a seven-play, 72-yard drive early in the fourth quarter.

Dan Taylor made 14 tackles and Zach Eichhorst had 11 to lead the Lawrence defense. Freshman Alic Riedel picked off his second pass of the season for Lawrence.

Lawrence returns to action next Saturday when it hosts Grinnell College in a nonconference game.

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Lake Forest scores in final minutes to edge Vikings

Posted on: September 27th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University women’s soccer team took undefeated Lake Forest College down to the wire, but the Foresters scored with just 4:02 remaining to pull out a 2-1 Midwest Conference victory at Whiting Field West.

Lake Forest (10-0-0, 3-0-0 MWC) took the early lead on Holly Lesperance’s goal in the 28th minute, but led only 1-0 despite dominating the first half.

Lawrence (2-5-1, 0-1-1) pulled to even when Keli Muchowski scored off assists from Lucy Brown and Genna Matt at 48:54.

The score stayed that way until Michelle Greeneway scored at 85:58 to put the Foresters back on top.

Lake Forest had a 22-5 edge in shots, and Dani Glass made 13 saves for the Vikings. Rachel Tenuta stopped three shots for Lake Forest.

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Lawrence ties Foresters 1-1

Posted on: September 27th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University men’s soccer team battled to a 1-1 double-overtime tie with Lake Forest College in a Midwest Conference match on Saturday at Whiting Field West.

Lawrence (0-6-2, 0-1-1 MWC) jumped on top less than two minutes into the match when Joe Cullen scored off assists from Erik Soderlund and Cameron Pieper with just 1:56 gone. That lead stood up until Elyas Ingram scored for Lake Forest (2-6-1, 1-0-1) in the 69th minute.

Both teams had good scoring chances the rest of the way but neither could convert. Lake Forest had a 19-14 edge in shots. Joe Krivit stopped seven shots for Lawrence, and Ian Taylor made five saves for the Foresters.

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Lawrence women race to eighth at Griak Invitational

Posted on: September 27th, 2014 by Joseph Vanden Acker

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — The Lawrence University women’s cross country team put together a fast pack on Saturday and raced to an eighth-place finish at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota.

Sophomore Cora Williams paced the women’s team by covering the 6,000-meter course in 24:59.0 to place 37th. Only 27 places separated Lawrence’s first runner from its fifth.

Freshman Erin Schrobilgen and sophomore Clare Bruning went back-to-back, finishing 41st and 42nd. Schrobilgen finished in 25:00.7, and Bruning checked in at 25:02.3. Freshman Hannah Kinzer was next in 55th place in 25:25.2, and sophomore Amy Hutchings rounded out the scoring by placing 64th in 26:00.0.

Lawrence finished with 239 points, and UW-La Crosse won the title with 60 points in a 20-team field.

On the men’s side, Lawrence finished 10th with 295 points, and UW-La Crosse won with 43.

The top finisher for the Vikings was sophomore Jonah Larusen, who finished 42nd. He covered the 8,000-meter course in 28:56.0. Sophomore Max Edwards was close behind as he took 50th in 29:22.2. Kyle Dockery was 63rd in 30:05.4, Cam Davies was 69th in 30:29.9 and Chris Fuelling rounded out the scoring by placing 71st in 30:24.2.

Lawrence competes on its home turf next Saturday when it hosts the Gene Davis Invitational at Reid Municipal Golf Course.

Women’s results (pdf)

Men’s results (pdf)