Inside LU Athletics: Vikings receive all-conference accolades

Posted on: November 21st, 2013 by Joseph Vanden Acker

Three Lawrence University football players have been selected for the All-Midwest Conference team.

Quarterback Luke Barthelmess (Appleton, Wis./Principia) and defensive back Sam Wagner (Salem, Wis./Burlington Catholic Central) were both chosen for the second team, and wide receiver Dan Dubnicka (Slinger, Wis./Slinger) received honorable mention.

Wagner was chosen for the all-conference team for the second consecutive year after receiving honorable mention in 2012. Wagner led the squad with 89 tackles, including 8.0 tackles for loss. Wagner, who finished fifth in the conference in tackles per game, also had one interception and six passes defensed. A two-way player, Wagner saw significant action at wide receiver. Wagner finished with 23 catches for 435 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 18.9 yards per catch.

Barthelmess was chosen for the all-conference team for the first time while completing a record-setting career at quarterback. Barthelmess completed 193 of 346 passes for 2,133 yards and 14 touchdowns. He finished second in the league at 213.3 passing yards per game.

Barthelmess also ran 177 times for 889 yards and two touchdowns. Barthelmess, who averaged 5.0 yards per carry, finished eighth in the conference at 88.9 yards per game. Barthelmess also finished first in the league in total offense at 302.2 yards per game. Barthelmess climbed to ninth in Lawrence history with 1,819 rushing yards.

Barthelmess, who is Lawrence’s career leader in a number of passing categories, completed 648 of 1,181 passes in his career. He finished fourth in conference history with 8,190 passing yards. Barthelmess’ 62 touchdown passes ranks seventh in league history.

Dubnicka was honored on the all-conference team for the first time. Dubnicka caught 49 passes for 662 yards and four touchdowns. He finished fourth in the conference at 4.9 catches per game and was fifth in the league at 66.2 receiving yards per game.

Deremo, Salansky picked

Men’s soccer standouts Stephen Salansky and Michael Deremo have been named to the All-MWC team.

Salansky (Parker, Colo./Legend), a junior defender, and Deremo (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township), a freshman forward, were both chosen for the second team.

Salansky has been selected for the all-conference team in both of his seasons at Lawrence. He was a first-team selection in 2012. Salansky picked up goals against both Beloit College and Monmouth College, which were both Lawrence victories, and had an assist in the Vikings’ win over Cornell College. He finished the season with five points.

Deremo led the Vikings in goals, assists and points during his rookie season. Deremo scored five goals and picked up seven assists for 17 points. Deremo’s seven assists is the second-highest season total in Lawrence history. James Kimball set the record of eight assists back in 1987.

M&M are all-conference

Women’s soccer standouts Keli Muchowski and Casey Merkle were both chosen for the All-MWC team.

Muchowski (Neenah, Wis./Neenah), a junior forward, was named to the second team, and Merkle (Barrington, Ill./Barrington), a freshman midfielder, received honorable mention.

Muchowski was named to the second team for the second consecutive season. She led Lawrence in goals and points. Muchowski scored nine goals and picked up one assist for 19 points and recorded her first career hat trick in Lawrence’s 3-1 victory at Knox College.

Merkle quickly became the team’s playmaker during her rookie season. She scored three goals and picked up a team-high five assists for 11 points.

Swimming power

The Lawrence swim teams recently took part in the Ted Mullin Hour of Power Relay. The Hour of Power is a cancer research fundraiser in which Lawrence participates every year.

Over the first seven years of this event, the Hour of Power has raised more than $410,000 to support research at the University of Chicago into the causes and treatment of sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer, in young people.

First started to honor former Carleton College swimmer Ted Mullin, who passed away in the fall of 2006 from sarcoma, the Hour of Power has grown from 15 teams in its first year to 171 teams in 2012 with 8,300 participating athletes.

Classroom stars

Both Lawrence soccer teams have again won a Team Academic Award for the 2012-13 academic year from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. To be eligible for the award, a team must have a grade point average of at least 3.0. The Lawrence women had a GPA of 3.41 and the men were at 3.29. This marks the ninth consecutive year both teams have won the award. It’s the 12th time since 2000 the Lawrence women have won it, and the 11th time for the men during the same period.

Editor’s Note: Inside LU Athletics is a notes package written by Lawrence University Director of Athletic Media Relations Joe Vanden Acker. It will feature teams and individual players, recap weekly awards or highlights and take a look at what’s ahead for the Vikings.

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