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Beloit pulls away from Vikings in second half

BELOIT, Wis. — The Lawrence University football team didn’t score in the second half Saturday, and Beloit College pulled away for a 38-21 Midwest Conference victory over the Vikings at Strong Stadium.

The teams went to halftime tied 21-21.

Running back Mason Dixon ran 12 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns to lead Beloit (1-2, 1-1 MWC), which snapped a 13-game losing streak. It was all or next-to-nothing for Dixon, who had runs of 56, 48, 42, 18 and 16 yards but had a combined 21 yards on his other seven carries.

Lawrence quarterback Luke Barthelmess had 26 carries for 76 yards and completed 15 of 30 passes for 153 yards and a touchdown. Running back Isaac Barthelmess ran 15 times for 63 yards for the Vikings (0-3, 0-3).

Beloit led 7-0 on the first play from scrimmage when Kameron Sallee hit Michael Nolden with a 50-yard touchdown pass. Lawrence answered back after a short punt by the Bucs gave the Vikings the ball at the Beloit 36-yard line.

Luke Barthelmess connected with Dan Dubnicka on a 30-yard completion to the Beloit six, and Isaac Barthelmess scored on the next play to tie it at 7-7.

Beloit took a 14-7 lead on Dixon’s 16-yard scoring run, but Lawrence scored the next 14 points. The Vikings moved 58 yards in seven plays for a touchdown to tie the game 14-14 in the second quarter. Isaac Barthelmess’ two-yard touchdown run finished the drive.

After an on-sides kick was recovered by the Vikings, Lawrence drove in for another touchdown. After Dalton Sendelbach’s 18-yard run gave the Vikings a first down at the Beloit 10, Luke Barthelmess hit linebacker Andy Paider, who plays offense on Lawrence’s “jumbo” package, with a touchdown pass for a 21-14 lead.

Beloit used a big kickoff return to answer back and scored just two plays later for a 21-21 tie at the half. The Bucs used a big run by Dixon to set up a field goal and take a 24-21 lead. Dixon then ripped off touchdown runs of 48 and 42 yards in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

Lawrence, which got into Beloit territory only twice in the second half, dominated the time of possession 41:58-18:02.

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Deremo’s OT goal lifts Vikings past Illinois College

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. — Michael Deremo scored 4:12 into overtime to lift the Lawrence University men’s soccer team to a 1-0 Midwest Conference victory over Illinois College on Saturday.

Deremo beat goalkeeper Scott Workman off an assist from Oliver Newsom at the 94:12 mark to give Lawrence (3-3-1, 1-0-0 MWC) the victory in the conference opener for both teams.

Freshman goalkeeper Joe Krivit made four saves to pick up the shutout for Lawrence, which enjoyed a 14-9 edge in shots against the Blueboys (4-3-1, 0-1-0).

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Inside LU Athletics: Lawrence running at full throttle

Jason Fast is a man whose team is following his plan.

The Lawrence University cross country coach has honed how he trains his teams through years of exposure to some of the best coaches in the nation.

Fast has seen adherence to the plan pay off in spades early this season as both of his teams have won a title.

“Their success echoes their commitment to our plan and our program,” said Fast, who has one Midwest Conference championship to his credit in his first four seasons as the head coach. “If you look up and down the line, everyone has gotten so much faster. It’s not just our top runners, it’s everyone on the team.”

That is especially evident with the Lawrence women’s squad. The Vikings finished eighth at the Midwest Conference Championships last season, and had one all-conference runner in seventh-place finisher Clare Bruning.

Bruning, a sophomore, hasn’t finished better than third on her own team in two meets this season. Sophomore Liz Landes turned in the finest race of her career this past weekend at the Concordia (Wis.) Invitational to lead the Vikings. In the opening race of the season at St. Norbert, it was senior Anna Ratliff that led the Lawrence pack.

It has truly been a pack mentality for the Lawrence women, whose top five runners were separated by just seven places at St. Norbert and by just 13 places at Concordia.

“It’s been really fun to watch (the women) race so far. It’s a great feeling to see all seven of your runners together,” Fast said. “They have all managed to stay near each other regardless of how each of them is feeling. There is a strength to their pack. They pull each other along and encourage each other.”

In addition to Bruning, Landes and Ratliff, the Vikings are also seeing fast performances from senior Katherine Dannecker and a pair of rookies, Kristen Bischel and Amy Hutchings. With the strong start, Lawrence now finds itself in a position to be one of the contenders in the conference.

“I don’t see anything really slowing us down,” Fast said. “One of main goals for this next month is to stay healthy and train smart.”

Lawrence finished second in the conference on the men’s side last year, but the Vikings lost former league champion Sam Stevens to graduation. The Vikings did return all-conference runners in Curran Carlile, Jamie Brisbois and Kyle Dockery, and they are building on that foundation.

“All of our returners made big jumps over the summer and made big steps,” Fast said. “They knew they had to. They all took responsibility. I feel like we’re a better team than we were last year, even without Sam.”

Making a huge leap forward has been sophomore Jonah Laursen, who has been Lawrence’s top runner in each of the first two races. Laursen took second on the four-mile course at St. Norbert and then grabbed fourth at Concordia and led Lawrence to the team title. Sophomore Cam Davies also is a runner to watch as he improved on his personal-best 8K time by more than a minute last Saturday.

“Having seen them every day in workouts and what they’re doing, I’m not surprised by what they’re doing on the race course,” Fast said of his teams.

“Both teams have work to do, but we are definitely in position to do good things. We’re also ahead of where we last year at this time.”

Topping 100 again

Lawrence quarterback Luke Barthelmess was named the Midwest Conference Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for more than 100 yards and passing for nearly 300 in the one-point loss to Lake Forest last Saturday.

Barthelmess also topped the 100-yard rushing mark in the opener against Cornell, and he is the first Lawrence back to rush for more than 100 yards in consecutive games since Craig Ebert did it in the final two games of the 2008 season.

Barthelmess ran 21 times for 124 yards, a 5.9-yard average, against the Foresters. He completed 24 of 36 passes for 284 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. The touchdown pass gave Barthelmess 50 for his career, tying him with Eric Aspenson for second place on Lawrence’s career list.

Swords selected

Sophomore outside hitter Terese Swords was named to the all-tournament team at the Associated Colleges of the Midwest Invitational last weekend at Luther College.

For the four matches, Swords hit .320 and piled up 41 kills, an average of 3.4 per set. She also picked up six blocks and 11 digs.

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.

Swords, Sorensen power Lawrence past Marian

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lawrence University volleyball team won the opening two sets, but then had to come up big in the fifth set to post a 3-2 nonconference win over Marian University on Wednesday night.

Lawrence (5-8) defeated the Sabres (5-8) 25-17, 25-14, 17-25, 20-25, 15-6.

Terese Swords led Lawrence with a match-high 21 kills and hit .316 for the night. Betsy Sorensen added 16 kills for Lawrence and hit .333 for the match. Megan Conley and Kayla Storm added 11 kills apiece for the Vikings.

Lawrence hit .485 in the first set and .382 in the second set as the Vikings jumped out to an early 2-0 lead. The Vikings then committed 17 attack errors during sets three and four as the Sabres rallied. Lawrence then put together a superlative fifth set by hitting .450 and rolling past Marian for the win.

Diane McLeod piled up 54 assists and added 17 digs and two aces for the Vikings. Kathleen Rowland paced Lawrence with 30 digs, and Kayla Storm added 16.

Anna Smit and Casey Lamberty paced Marian with 13 kills apiece.

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Warner’s OT goal lifts Vikings past Concordia Chicago

APPLETON, Wis. — Kelson Warner’s goal in the 96th minute gave the Lawrence University men’s soccer team a 2-1 overtime victory over Concordia University Chicago in a nonconference game on Tuesday at Whiting Field West.

Warner headed a cross from Dan O’Mahoney past Concordia goalkeeper Roberto Aragon with 4:30 left in the overtime to give Lawrence (2-3-1) the victory.

Concordia (3-4-0) grabbed a 1-0 lead just 1:43 into the match on DeAndre McLaurin’s goal. That lead stood up until the 59th minute when Lawrence freshman Jack Blodgett scored his first collegiate goal. After fellow freshman Brendan Flynn’s shot deflected off the crossbar, Blodgett recovered the rebound and blasted it in to tie the match at 1-1 at 58:45.

Joe Krivit made eight saves to pick up the win in net for Lawrence. Aragon stopped seven shots for the Cougars.

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Lawrence runners turn in impressive showing at Concordia Invitational

MEQUON, Wis. — The Lawrence University cross country teams turned in impressive runs at the Concordia (Wis.) Falcon Invitational on Saturday.

The Lawrence women and men swept the team titles among the Division III participants. The Lawrence women finished with 66 points and easily finished ahead of second-place Carroll University, which had 92.

The Lawrence women were paced by Liz Landes, who grabbed fourth place with a time of 23:52. The Vikings then bunched the other scoring runners with Anna Ratliff taking 14th, followed by Clare Bruning (15th), Katherine Dannecker (16th) and Amy Hutchings (17th).

On the men’s side, Lawrence edged Carroll for the team title with 63 points, two points ahead of the Pioneers.

Jonah Laursen raced to fourth place in 26:44 to lead the Vikings. Kyle Dockery was next for the Vikings in eighth place, followed by Cameron Davies (14th), Jamie Brisbois (18th) and Curran Carlile (19th).

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Women’s results

Vikings roll to shutout win over Monmouth

MONMOUTH, Ill. —  The Lawrence University women’s tennis team pounded Monmouth College 9-0 on Saturday in a nonconference match.

Lawrence (5-4) did not drop a set and lost a total of only 10 games in the nine matches.

The Vikings started the day by sweeping the three doubles matches, highlighted by the 8-0 win at No. 3 doubles by Elena Watson and Allison Juda.

The Vikings recorded a pair of 6-0, 6-0 victories in singles, with Melissa Heeren (No. 4) and Brenna Decker (No. 6) doing the honors.

Lawrence University 9, Monmouth College 0

 Singles competition
1. Gayatri Malhotra (LU) def. Julie Graf (MC) 6-1, 6-2
2. Hannah Geoffrey (LU) def. Jessica Witherell (MC) 6-1, 6-1
3. Polly Dalton (LU) def. Katie Tolsky (MC) 6-1, 6-0
4. Melissa Heeren (LU) def. Amanda Buck (MC) 6-0, 6-0
5. Allison Juda (LU) def. Sarah Schmitt (MC) 6-1, 6-1
6. Brenna Decker (LU) def. Christine Peterson (MC) 6-0, 6-0

 Doubles competition
1. Hannah Geoffrey/Ali Heiring (LU) def. Julie Graf/Jessica Witherell (MC) 8-1
2. Gayatri Malhotra/Polly Dalton (LU) def. Amanda Buck/Katie Tolsky (MC) 8-1
3. Elena Watson/Allison Juda (LU) def. Carley Folluo/Sarah Schmitt (MC) 8-0

Match Notes:
Lawrence University 5-4
Monmouth College 0-5
T-2:15  A-20

Lake Forest hangs on to down Lawrence 14-13

APPLETON, Wis. — The Lake Forest College football team blocked two fields in the final three minutes, including one on the last play of the game, to hang on for a 14-13 Midwest Conference win over Lawrence University on Saturday night in the Banta Bowl.

The Foresters (2-0, 1-0 MWC) also blocked an extra point that proved to be the winning margin.

Lawrence trailed by a point when it took over at its own 36-yard line with 9:51 left. The Vikings took 13 plays to move all the way to the Lake Forest two-yard line before being stopped. Freshman Patrick O’Mahoney lined up for a 19-yard field goal, and the kick was blocked. The ball went out of the end zone and Lake Forest took over at its own 20 with 2:41 left.

Lawrence (0-2, 0-2) was out of timeouts, but the Foresters failed to pick up a first down. Lake Forest did the Vikings a favor by throwing an incomplete pass on third down to stop the clock. Lake Forest punted, and Lawrence got the ball back at its own 23 with 47 seconds left.

Lawrence quarterback Luke Barthelmess hit Sam Wagner with a 32-yard completion on the first play to move the ball to the Lake Forest 45. Barthelmess then ripped off runs of 11 and 24 yards to move to to the Lake Forest 10-yard line.

After a pair of incompletions, the Vikings were called for offensive pass interference with six seconds left. O’Mahoney lined up for a 42-yard field goal, but the kick was blocked again as time expired.

Barthelmess ran 21 times for 124 yards, and he completed 24 of 36 passes for 284 yards and a touchdown. Taylor Mandich grabbed seven passes for 95 yards for the Vikings.

The Lawrence offense piled up 450 yards of offense, including 166 on the ground. The Lawrence defense limited Lake Forest to just 239 yards, and the Foresters were just 3-for-11 on third down.

Alec Howe paced the Lake Forest offense by running 20 times for 121 yards. Quarterback Mike Lewis was 8-for-17 for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Lake Forest took a 7-0 lead when it moved 76 yards in six plays with Lewis connecting with Mike Rantis on a 14-yard touchdown pass. Lawrence answered on its next possession as the Vikings went 77 yards in 11 plays for the score. Barthelmess hit Mandich with a seven-yard scoring pass with 1:34 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7.

Lawrence then scored on its next possession to take a 13-7 lead. The Vikings went 49 yards in nine plays, with Isaac Barthlemess scoring his first collegiate touchdown on a three-yard run. Jake Rotkvich blocked the extra point, and the Vikings led by six.

Lake Forest then took the lead for good late in the second quarter. The Foresters went 50 yards in seven plays as Charlie Quinn ripped off a 20-yard touchdown run. Lake Forest converted on the extra point and led 14-13 with 4:48 left in the first half.

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Former Lawrence stars Sheridan, Raymond reunite to guide Ohio University hockey

Former Lawrence University hockey standout Jon Sheridan and Jameson Raymond have been reunited at Ohio University, where they are coaching the Bobcats. Ohio is one of the top ACHA Division I programs in the country, and Sheridan was promoted to head coach during the summer of 2013. He then hired his former teammate, Raymond, to become his assistant coach.

Read the story on the NCHA website