Student-athletes receive awards at Honors Celebration

APPLETON, Wis. — More than a dozen Lawrence University student-athletes recently received awards at the 2016 Honors Celebration.

The awards and winners are as follows.

The Ruth Bateman Award is given for excellence in scholarship, athletic ability and leadership by a female athlete. Senior softball player Tierney Duffy (North Riverside, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield) won the award after finishing her career with a .347 batting average. A starting outfielder for four seasons, Duffy was an All-Midwest Conference and All-Great Lakes Region selection in 2016. The co-chair of Lawrence’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Duffy was a leader in organizing the inaugural BLUCrew Awards, helped raise $13,000 with the Special Olympics Polar Plunge and worked with the Kids Give program. Duffy has a 3.6 grade point average and is a member of the Academic All-Midwest Conference team.

The Iden Charles Champion Cup is given for excellence in scholarship, athletic ability, college spirit and loyalty. Senior hockey player Renato Engler (Davos, Switzerland) served as the team captain and was a two-time Northern Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic team member. Engler led the team in 2015-16 with nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points and recently signed to play professional hockey in his native Switzerland.

The Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Men is given the freshman man who has made the most outstanding contribution to Lawrence athletics. Football player Ryan Butterfield (McDonough, Ga./Strong Rock Christian) was the team’s starting quarterback. He completed 85-of-164 passes for 967 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. He also ran 82 times for 549 yards and three touchdowns. Butterfield was named the Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Week and was chosen as the USA College Football Rookie of the Week. He posted the first 200-plus yard rushing game for the Vikings since 2002 and posted the longest touchdown run (79 yards) by a quarterback in school history.

The Outstanding Freshman Athletic Award for Women is given to the freshman woman who has made the most outstanding contribution to Lawrence athletics. Outside hitter Arianna Neumeyer (Manitowoc, Wis./Lutheran) was an All-Midwest Conference selection for the Lawrence volleyball team. She led the team with 215 kills and at 2.42 kills per set. Neumeyer also finished second on the team with 25 aces and was third with 282 digs.

The Ralph V. Landis Award was established by the Lettermen of Lawrence in honor of Dr. Landis, physician to Lawrence students from 1926-78, and is awarded for outstanding contributions to Lawrence athletics by a senior male athlete. Senior men’s basketball player Jamie Nikitas (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) was a first-team All-Midwest Conference selection and one of 10 national finalists for the Josten’s Trophy, given annually to the top player in NCAA Division III. Nikitas finished in the top 10 in the nation in scoring at 25.1 points per game and broke Lawrence’s season scoring record with 577 points. He was the only player in the Midwest Conference to finish in the top seven in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. Nikitas was named the United States Basketball Writers Association Player of the Week, was chosen for the D3hoops.com Team of the Week and was twice named Midwest Conference Player of the Week.

The Charles E. Pond Award for Women is given for all-around athletic ability by a senior woman in two or more sports and for sportsmanship, school spirit and scholarship. Swimmer and track athlete Hayley Cardinal (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East) was a multiple Midwest Conference champion for the Vikings. In the pool, Cardinal won the 100-yard breaststroke in 2014 and took titles in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke in 2016. Cardinal, who made an NCAA “B” cut three times, holds the Lawrence records in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and the 200 individual medley. She also is part of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams. Cardinal is a member of the Academic All-Midwest Conference team and served as the swim team captain. She also run the hurdles and relays for the Lawrence track team.

The Marion Read Award is given for outstanding contributions to Lawrence athletics. Softball shortstop Amanda Jaskolski (Shawano, Wis./Shawano) capped her career by earning first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America honors. A two-team All-Great Lakes Region selection, Jaskolski was a career .439 hitter with 17 doubles, two triples, 19 homers and 76 runs batted in. She holds Lawrence season records for hits (54), RBIs (46), runs scored (37) and homers (13). Jaskolski was a two-time Midwest Conference Player of the Year and hit .462 with 13 homers and 46 RBIs as a senior.

The Letterwinner Award is presented by the L Club to those outstanding seniors who have earned eight or more letters. The winners are:

Clare Bruning (Mondovi, Wis./Mondovi), cross country and track and field

Cam Davies (Grosse Point, Mich./South), cross country and track and field

Chris Fuelling (Saint Paul, Minn./Highland Park), cross country and track and field

Bjorn Gowdy-Jaehnig (Decorah, Iowa/Decorah), track and field

Liza Girsova (Busan, South Korea), soccer and track and field

Tyler Herman (Wadsworth, Ill./Warren Township), track and field

Liz Landes (Westmont, Ill./Westmont), cross country and track and field

Genna Matt (Mount Horeb, Wis./Mount Horeb), soccer and track and field

Isabella Schleisner (Hortonville, Wis./Hortonville), cross country and track and field

Cora Williams (Brentwood, Calif./Liberty), cross country and track and field

Bruning, Janusiak grab thirds at UW-La Crosse Qualifier

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Clare Bruning and Josh Janusiak both grabbed third-place finishes Thursday at the NCAA Qualifier at UW-La Crosse.

Bruning raced to third place in the 5,000 meters in 19:19.51. Teammate Hannah Kinzer grabbed fifth place with a time of 19:28.55.

In the men’s 5,000, it was Janusiak in third with a time of 15:31.55. Senior Jordan Atkins posted a seventh-place finish with a time of 16:09.05.

Results

BLU Crew award winners to be selected Friday

APPLETON, Wis. — The first BLU Crew Awards will be selected Friday evening at the Warch Campus Center.

The inaugural event is sponsored by Lawrence University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). SAAC will hand out 12 awards to its fellow Vikings and announce the All-Viking Team.

The event begins at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

The categories and nominees are:

Breakthrough Athlete of the Year

Jessica Demski (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township), softball, pitcher

Jake Gostisha (Appleton, Wis./East), football, defensive end

Patsy Kealey (New Rochelle, N.Y./Ursuline), soccer, goalkeeper

Elana Lambert (Shorewood, Wis./Shorewood), tennis

Best Victory

Women’s cross country victory at Concordia (Wis.) Invitational

Hockey 6-3 win over Lake Forest to clinch berth in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs

Women’s soccer 2-0 win over UW-Stevens Point

Softball 5-4 win over Cornell

Men’s tennis 5-4 win over Cornell to qualify for Midwest Conference Tournament

Outstanding Play of the Year

Mattias Soderqvist (Stockholm, Sweden), back-to-back saves vs. Marian

Jamie Nikitas (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South) to Mitch Willer (Sussex, Wis./Sussex Hamilton) for dunk vs. Knox

Cyra Bammer (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville), kill off face of Macalester player

Mike Deremo (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township), goal vs. Lakeland

Renato Engler (Davos, Switzerland), goal vs. Aurora

Ryan Berkley (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township), goals vs. UW-Stevens Point

Hayley Cardinal (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East), victory in 200 breaststroke at Midwest Conference Championships

Troy Miller (Lake In The Hills, Ill./Huntley), NBA-range 3-pointer in overtime at Monmouth

Alic Riedel (Appleton, Wis./East), kickoff return for touchdown vs. Rockford

Alic Riedel (Appleton, Wis./East), big hit on defense vs. Rockford

Upset of the Year

Women’s cross country tops field led by UW-Stevens Point to win Concordia (Wis.) Invitational

Women’s swimming defeats Lake Forest 146-117

Hockey defeats Marian 3-2

Softball gets 7-3 win at Monmouth

Women’s soccer 2-0 win over UW-Stevens Point

Baseball gets 6-4 victory over St. Norbert

Best Individual Performance

Ryan Butterfield (McDonough, Ga./Strong Rock Christian), football vs. Grinnell

Hayley Cardinal (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East), swimming at Midwest Conference Championships

Jamie Nikitas (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), basketball vs. Carroll

Liz Arco (Bartlett, Ill./Bartlett), volleyball vs. Grinnell

Mattias Soderqvist (Stockholm, Sweden), series vs. MSOE

Troy Miller (Lake In The Hills, Ill./Huntley), basketball vs. Monmouth

Patsy Kealey (New Rochelle, N.Y./Ursuline), basketball vs. Concordia Chicago

Katie Schumacher (Little Chute, Wis./Little Chute), softball vs. St. Norbert

Comeback of the Year

Hockey vs. Lake Forest, trailed 3-1 and came back to win 6-3

Softball vs. Cornell, trailed 2-0 and came back to win 5-2

Men’s basketball vs. Monmouth, trailed 71-62 and came back to win 96-89 in OT

Men’s tennis, Adam Busch vs. Cornell’s Tom Greene, lost first set and rallied to win in three sets to clinch team’s berth in Midwest Conference Tournament

Women’s soccer vs. Grinnell, trailed 1-0 and scored two goals in final 13 minutes to win 2-1

Men’s Rookie of the Year

Ryan Butterfield (McDonough, Ga./Strong Rock Christian), football, quarterback

Nick Felan (Highlands Village, Texas), hockey, forward

Josh Janusiak (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee), cross country/track

Nathan Schlesinger (Austin, Texas), fencing

Nolan Spencer (Elmhurst, Ill./York), baseball, shortstop

Max Stahl (Tijeras, N.M./Sandia Prep), swimming

Women’s Rookie of the Year

Lilly Endsley (Rockford, Ill./Guilford), tennis

Mari Hubanks (Sharon, Wis./Walworth Big Foot), soccer, defender

Maddie MacLean (Arlington, Wash./Arlington), softball, pitcher

Arianna Neumeyer (Manitowoc, Wis./Lutheran), volleyball, outside hitter

Emmi Zheng (St. Louis Park, Minn./St. Louis Park), swimming

Coach of the Year

Jason Fast, cross country

Steve Francour, men’s tennis

Mike Szkodzinski, hockey

Kim Tatro, softball

Men’s Athlete of the Year

Ryan Butterfield (McDonough, Ga./Strong Rock Christian), football, quarterback

Renato Engler (Davos, Switzerland), hockey, forward

Matt Holliday (Hong Kong), baseball, first baseman/pitcher

Josh Janusiak (South Milwaukee, Wis./South Milwaukee), cross country/track

Jamie Nikitas (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), basketball, guard

Women’s Athlete of the Year

Ryan Berkley (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township), soccer, forward

Clare Bruning (Mondovi, Wis./Mondovi), cross country

Hayley Cardinal (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East), swimming

Tierney Duffy (North Riverside, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield), softball, outfielder

Meg Krautsch (Oshkosh, Wis./West), softball, shortstop

The Viking Award

Brandon Boelter (Saginaw, Mich.), hockey

Tierney Duffy (North Riverside, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield), softball

Natalie Kramer (Mendota Heights, Minn./Henry Sibley), basketball

Jacob Lueck (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard East), football

Jamie Nikitas (Glenview, Ill./Glenbrook South), basketball

Lauren Ray (Hales Corners, Wis./Whitnall), volleyball

Duffy, Krautsch earn All-Great Lakes Region honors

Tierney Duffy
Tierney Duffy
Meg Krautsch
Meg Krautsch

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University softball stars Meg Krautsch and Tierney Duffy have been selected for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region team.

Both Duffy (North Riverside, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield) and Krautsch (Oshkosh, Wis./West) were chosen for the second team.

Duffy, a senior outfielder, hit a career-high .418 for the season, and that ranked second in the Midwest Conference. She posted a .457 on-base percentage, scored 27 runs and swiped 20 bases in 23 tries. Duffy posted 10 multi-hit games, including three three-hit games.

Krautsch, a sophomore shortstop, hit a career-high .405 with seven doubles, one triple, two homers and a team-best 30 runs batted in despite being limited to just 24 games due to injury. Krautsch missed the final 10 games of the season.

Krautsch was a consistent force at the plate throughout the season, collecting at least one hit in 17 of 24 games. She went a season-best 4-for-4 against Kalamazoo College and drove in a season-high five runs against Rockford University.

Krautsch also was superb in the field as she committed just two errors for a stellar .980 fielding percentage.

This marks the ninth consecutive year Lawrence has had at least one all-region selection and the 19th time in the past 20 years.

Lawrence finished with an 18-14-2 overall record and an 11-8-1 mark in Midwest Conference play.

Cardinal, Gniot lead Vikings at MWC Championships

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — Hayley Cardinal and Ethan Gniot paced the Lawrence University track teams at the Midwest Conference Championships Saturday at Cornell College.

Both Cardinal and Gniot claimed sixth-place finishes in the final day of the meet at Ash Park.

Cardinal took sixth in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:11.23. Janey Degan placed eighth in the pole vault for the Vikings with a height of 8 feet, 0.5 inches. Degnan also ran with Cardinal, Erin Schrobilgen and Amy Hutchings on the 4×400 relay team that took seventh in 4:20.77.

The Lawrence women finished 10th in the team standings with six points. St. Norbert won the team title with 236.

Gniot led the Lawrence men by taking sixth in the 800 meters in 1:59.62. Josh Janusiak, coming off a second-place finish in the 10,000 on Friday, took seventh in the 5,000 in 15:56.42.

The Lawrence men finished ninth with 20 points. Monmouth won the team title with 193.

Results

Janusiak’s runner-up finish paces Vikings on opening day of MWC Championships

MOUNT VERNON, Iowa — Josh Janusiak’s grabbed second place in the 10,000 meters Friday to pace the Lawrence University track teams on the opening day of the Midwest Conference Championships.

Running at Ash Park at Cornell College, Janusiak, a freshman from South Milwaukee, Wis., raced to second place in 33:03.62. Grinnell’s Adam Dalton won the event in 32:46.06. Lawrence’s other rookie runner in the race, Ben Schaefer, took seventh in 33:54.11.

The Vikings had two other placewinners on the day, as senior Cam Davies took seventh in the 1,500 in 4:08.37 and Wautoma native Wes Hetcher was seventh in the pole vault at 12 feet, 5.5 inches.

The bulk of the competition takes place on Saturday.

Holliday, Spencer named to all-conference baseball team

Matt Holliday
Matt Holliday

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University baseball standouts Matt Holliday and Nolan Spencer have been selected for the All-Midwest Conference team in a vote of league coaches.

Holliday (Hong Kong/International) and Spencer (Elmhurst, Ill./York) were both chosen for the North Division team.

Holliday, a sophomore, was chosen for the team for the second consecutive year. An infielder and pitcher, Holliday hit .412 on the season with seven doubles, one triple, two homers and 17 runs batted in in 27 games. He missed the final nine games of the season due to injury. Holliday also posted a 4-1 record with 3.56 earned run average in 30.1 innings. He struck out 12 and walked 10.

In conference play, Holliday hit .410 with two doubles a homer and five runs batted in. He went 2-0 on the mound with a 3.38 earned run average.

Nolan Spencer
Nolan Spencer

Spencer put together an impressive rookie season while starting every game at shortstop with the exception of five games missed due to injury.

Spencer hit a team-high .413 on the season with three doubles, two triples, 21 runs scored, 15 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. Spencer is the first Lawrence freshman to lead the team in hitting and bat .400 since Chris LeFever hit .400 in 1990.

In conference play, Spencer hit .379 with one double, scored seven runs and seven driven in. He also was a standout at shortstop and posted a .962 fielding percentage in league play.

This marks the second consecutive season Lawrence has had a freshman receive all-conference honors with Holliday making the North Division team in 2015. Lawrence is the only team in the league to have a first-year player honored the past two seasons.

Lawrence finished with an 11-25 overall record and finished fifth in the North Division.

Duffy earns all-conference honors for Lawrence softball

Tierney Duffy
Tierney Duffy

APPLETON, Wis. — Lawrence University softball standout Tierney Duffy was the Vikings’ lone selection to the All-Midwest Conference team in a vote of league coaches.

Duffy (North Riverside, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield), a senior outfielder, was a second-team selection.

Duffy hit .418 for the season, and that ranked second in the Midwest Conference. She posted a .457 on-base percentage, scored 27 runs and swiped 20 bases in 23 tries.

During conference play, Duffy hit .377 and tied for the team high with 17 runs scored while batting in the No. 9 spot in the order. She went 11-for-12 on stolen bases during 20 conference games. Duffy also posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage in league play.

Lawrence finished the season with an 18-14-2 record and an 11-8-1 mark in Midwest Conference play.

Duex carries the load, Vikings rally for split at Carroll

WAUKESHA, Wis. — The Lawrence University baseball team went into Saturday’s final Midwest Conference doubleheader of the season knowing it was desperately short on pitching.

Enter Kyle Duex.

The sophomore threw the first 13 innings of the day, and Lawrence rallied for a split with the Pioneers. Carroll (17-19, 6-10 MWC) won the opener 3-2, and the Vikings took the nightcap 11-8 at Frame Park.

Duex went the distance in the first game and allowed just one earned run on seven hits but lost the pitcher’s duel to Carroll’s Carl Formento.

Lawrence got a run in the third on Dan Rothbauer’s run-scoring double, added a run on Cole Erickson’s RBI double in the eighth but couldn’t push across the tying run in the ninth.

Rothbauer finished 3-for-4, and Nolan Spencer was 3-for-5 for the Vikings (11-25, 5-11). Erickson and Travis Weber with both 2-for-4 with a double, and Dante Reese collected a pair of hits.

Duex started the second game and allowed seven hits and four runs over five innings. He exited with the Vikings ahead 6-4, but Carroll rallied for two runs in the eighth to take an 8-7 lead.

Weber led off the ninth with a solo homer to tie it at 8-8. Brandon Klar drew a walk and scored on Zach Rabideau’s single for a 9-8 edge. After Carl Olsen singled, Erickson tripled to score two and put Lawrence up 11-8.

Rabideau, who entered in relief in the sixth, worked around a hit batsman in the ninth to secure the win. Rabideau also went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Olsen was 3-for-3 with a double and scored four runs, and Spencer went 3-for-6. Both Erickson and Weber finished 2-for-4.

Game one box score

Game two box score

Lawrence wins multiple events at Viking Invitational

Lawrence's Teddy Kortenhof clears a barrier on his way to winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase at Saturday's Viking Invitational at Whiting Field.
Lawrence’s Teddy Kortenhof clears a barrier on his way to winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase at Saturday’s Viking Invitational at Whiting Field.

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University track teams won multiple events at Saturday’s Viking Invitational at Whiting Field.

The most exciting victory for the Vikings came in the women’s 4×400-meter relay. Running the anchor leg, Lawrence’s Amy Hutchings made up about 20 meters and overtook the St. Norbert College team to take first place in 4:26.40.

Hayley Cardinal also was a winner for the Vikings as she took first in the 400 hurdles in 1:07.11.

Lawrence’s Dan Sandacz took first in the 400 hurdles on the men’s side in 59.29 seconds. Sandacz also grabbed second in the 110 hurdles in 16.64 seconds.

Lawrence swept the top two spots in the men’s 5,000. Max Edwards took first for the Vikings in 16:23.96, and Ben Schaefer was second in 16:31.96.

Teddy Kortenhof grabbed the top spot in the 3,000 steeplechase in 10:40.51, and Wes Hetcher took first in the pole vault with a height of 12 feet 7.5 inches.

St. Norbert took both of the team titles, with the women scoring 119 points and the men had 80. The Lawrence women were second with 27, and the Lawrence men were third with 46.

Results