Vikings double up Northland

ASHLAND, Wis. — Lawrence University scored the game’s final two goals Friday and posted a 4-2 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association victory over Northland College at the Bay Area Civic Center.

Four different players scored for Lawrence, and goaltender Mattias Soderqvist made 41 saves to get the win for the Vikings (8-12-2, 7-8-2 NCHA).

The game was tied 2-2 when Ryan Eardley gave the Vikings the lead for good with just 1:06 left in the second period. He scored off assists from Brandon Boelter and Felix Henriksson to put the Vikings up 3-2.

Lawrence expanded that lead to 4-2 just 5:14 into the third period when senior forward Renato Engler scored off assists from linemates Nick Felan and Lane King.

The Vikings then withstood nearly two minutes at the end of the game with an extra attacker on the ice for the Lumberjacks (7-14-1, 6-11-0).

Northland jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:32 into the game when Anthony Stempin scored. The Vikings tied it at 1-1 at the 8:05 mark on Matt Moore’s goal off a pass from Ryan Rumble.

Rumble gave the Vikings a 2-1 advantage when he scored on the power play with Boelter and Steve Hughes picking up assists at the 12:57 mark of the first. The Vikings went 1-for-2 on the power play, and Northland was 0-for-4.

The score stayed that way until Northland’s Oscar Larsson scored with 4:45 left in the second to tie it at 2-2.

AJ Smith made 27 saves and took the loss for Northland.

The teams wrap up the series on Saturday afternoon.

 

Hockey series preview: Lawrence at Northland

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University travels to Northland College for a big Northern Collegiate Hockey Association series this weekend. The Vikings and Lumberjacks are battling for a playoff berth from the NCHA’s North Division. With just four games left in the regular season, Lawrence is just one point out of the playoffs, and Northland is just three back. Friday’s game at the Bay Area Civic Center is at 7 p.m. and Saturday’s contest begins at 2 p.m.

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Soderqvist picks up national honor from D3hockey.com

Mattias Soderqvist
Mattias Soderqvist

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University’s Mattias Soderqvist has been named to the D3hockey.com Team of the Week in the wake of a great performance.

Soderqvist (Stockholm, Sweden) was named to the national team of the week after earning a win and a tie in a critical Northern Collegiate Hockey Association series with MSOE. Soderqvist posted a .968 save percentage and 1.44 goals against average for the two games.

In last Friday’s 2-2 overtime tie at MSOE, Soderqvist stopped a season-high 44 shots. He followed that with another season high, this time making 46 saves, in a 2-1 victory over the Raiders at the Appleton Family Ice Center on Saturday.

The Vikings picked up three points and closed to within one point of MSOE for the third and final playoff spot from the NCHA North Division with four games left in the regular season.

Soderqvist, who was named the NCHA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, improved to 7-9-2 on the season with an .894 save percentage and 3.79 goals against average. This marks the first time a Lawrence player has been chosen for the D3hockey.com Team of the Week.

The Vikings head to Northland College this weekend for a pair of league games before finishing up the regular season with a home-and-home series with Lake Forest College on Feb. 19-20.

Beloit runs past Vikings with big second quarter

APPLETON, Wis. — A big second quarter lead the Beloit College women’s basketball team to a 68-49 Midwest Conference victory over Lawrence University on Tuesday at Alexander Gymnasium.

The Bucs (8-13, 6-10 MWC) outscored Lawrence (0-21, 0-16) 23-10 in the second quarter to build a 36-21 lead at the break. The Vikings closed to within 12 points early in the fourth quarter before the Bucs pulled away.

Lana Wieseman led Beloit with 17 points and nine rebounds. Nora Polaski added 11 points and Laura Panicali had 10 for the Bucs.

Patsy Kealey paced Lawrence with 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Aubrey Scott chipped in with nine points and four rebounds for the Vikings.

Lawrence closed the first quarter with a 3-pointer from Olivia Hoesley and a jumper from Lauren Deveikis to cut the lead to 13-11 after one period.

Beloit went on a 13-3 run over the first four minutes of the second quarter to push the lead to 28-14. The Bucs went up by 17 at 36-19 before settling for a 15-point lead at the half.

Lawrence was down 43-24 in the third quarter before going on a 7-0 run, capped by Kealey’s layup, to cut the margin to 43-30. Beloit built the lead back to 51-34 before Lawrence got a three-point play from Kealey to end the third quarter and a jumper from Deveikis to start the fourth.

Deveikis’ jumper trimmed the margin to 51-39, but Beloit responded with an 11-2 run over the next four minutes to seal the victory.

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Ice-cold Vikings fall to Beloit

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University men’s basketball team endured a frigid shooting night and dropped a 79-58 Midwest Conference game to Beloit College on Tuesday at Alexander Gymnasium.

Lawrence (9-12, 6-10 MWC) shot just 34.5 percent for the game, including 20.7 percent in the first half. The Vikings went 4-for-23 (17.4 percent) from beyond the arc, including 1-for-14 in the first half.

Jamie Nikitas led Lawrence with 18 points and picked up five assists, three steals and a pair of rebounds. Mitch Willer added 11 points and a team-best nine rebounds for the Vikings.

Rudy Bentley led Beloit (9-12, 7-9) with 28 points as he hit 8-of-13 shots from the floor, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range. Steve McAfee picked up a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds.

The Bucs jumped on Lawrence early and built a 19-7 lead less than eight minutes into the game. Beloit went on to lead 39-18 at the half as the Bucs shot 51.7 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes.

Lawrence shot the ball much better in the second half, but the Bucs kept Lawrence at arm’s length. The Vikings cut the lead to 45-28 after a Jeremy Stephani 3-pointer, but Beloit countered with back-to-back triples to push the lead to 51-28.

Lawrence closed to 60-44 after Stephani’s layup with 8:36 left, but Beloit responded with seven consecutive points for a 67-44 edge. Lawrence didn’t get closer than 21 points the rest of the way.

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Soderqvist nabs NCHA Defensive Player of the Week

Mattias Soderqvist
Mattias Soderqvist

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University’s Mattias Soderqvist was simply spectacular last weekend and earned the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week award.

Soderqvist (Stockholm, Sweden), a junior goaltender, picked up the honor after earning a win and a tie in a critical NCHA series with MSOE. Soderqvist posted a .968 save percentage and 1.44 goals against average for the two games.

In last Friday’s 2-2 overtime tie at MSOE, Soderqvist stopped a season-high 44 shots. He followed that with another season high, this time making 46 saves, in a 2-1 victory over the Raiders at the Appleton Family Ice Center on Saturday.

The Vikings picked up three points and closed to within one point of MSOE for the third and final playoff spot from the NCHA North Division with four games left in the regular season.

Soderqvist improved to 7-9-2 on the season with an .894 save percentage and 3.79 goals against average. This is the second time in less than a month that Soderqvist has won Defensive Player of the Week and the fourth time in his career.

The Vikings head to Northland College this weekend for a pair of league games before finishing up the regular season with a home-and-home series with Lake Forest College on Feb. 19-20.

Vikings open season by doubling up MSOE

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The Lawrence University men’s tennis team opened its season with a 6-3 non-conference win over the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Sunday.

The match also featured a pair of first collegiate victories for the Vikings. Sophomore Bill Schuman-Kline teamed with rookie David Brooker as they earned their first ever doubles win, an 8-2 victory at No. 3. Schuman-Kline also got his first singles victory when he knocked off Kyle Fassbender in straight sets at No. 5.

David Jumes and Brian DeCorte were winners at No. 1 doubles for the Vikings, and Jumes also won impressively at No. 1 singles. Adam Busch won a super-tiebreaker to take his No. 4 singles matches, and Izaya Turenne did the same for the Vikings at No. 6.

Lawrence University 6, MSOE 3

Singles competition
1. David Jumes (LU) def. David Gorodetsky (MSOE) 6-2, 6-0
2. John Price (MSOE) def. Brian DeCorte (LU) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
3. Tom Smith (MSOE) def. Mitch Kasprzyk (LU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Adam Busch (LU) def. Mason Sauder (MSOE) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5)
5. Bill Schuman-Kline (LU) def. Kyle Fassbender (MSOE) 6-0, 6-4
6. Izaya Turenne (LU) def. Ryan Runke (MSOE) 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-4)

Doubles competition
1. David Jumes/Brian DeCorte (LU) def. David Gorodetsky/Mason Sauder (MSOE) 8-6
2. John Price/Tom Smith (MSOE) def. Mitch Kasprzyk/Adam Busch (LU) 8-5
3. Bill Schuman-Kline/David Brooker (LU) def. Ryan Runke/Austin Fite (MSOE) 8-2

Felan’s goal, Soderqvist’s heroics lift Vikings over MSOE

APPLETON, Wis. — Nick Felan’s third-period goal and the superb goaltending of Mattias Soderqvist lifted Lawrence University to a 2-1 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association victory over MSOE on Saturday at the Appleton Family Ice Center.

Felan scored 3:34 into the third period to give the Vikings the 2-1 advantage and Soderqvist made it stand up. Soderqvist made 17 saves in the third period on his way to a season-best 46 saves for the game.

The win moves Lawrence (7-12-2, 6-8-2 NCHA) to within one point of MSOE (12-8-1, 7-8-1) for the final playoff spot in the NCHA’s North Division.

The Vikings grabbed a 1-0 lead on Matt Moore’s power-play goal with 7:23 left in the second period off assists from Brandon Boelter and Ryan Rumble. It was the second power-play of the weekend for the Vikings, and MSOE entered play this weekend having allowed just seven power-play goals on the season.

Lawrence finished 1-for-6 on the power play, and the Raiders were 0-for-5.

The Raiders tied the game on Chris Hinrichs’ goal with 4:58 left in the second period.

Felan put the Vikings ahead for good when he took the pass from Renato Engler and beat MSOE goaltender Nick Kohn with 16:26 left. Lane King also picked up an assist on that goal for the Vikings.

The Raiders pulled Kohn for the final 51 seconds but managed just one shot on goal during the final minute.

Kohn finished with 29 saves for the Raiders.

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