- Lawrence University cross country standout Sam Stevens ’13 runs ahead of the lead pack at the Gene Davis Invitational at Reid Golf Course on Oct. 8, 2011. Stevens, who finished fifth at the Gene Davis, went on to win the individual title at the Midwest Conference Championships and led the Vikings to the team title.
Sam Stevens ’13 led the Lawrence men to the title at the Midwest Conference Championships by winning the individual crown.
The Vikings won the team title for the first time since 1985, and Stevens captured the first individual men’s title for Lawrence since 1985. On the course at Ripon College, Lawrence took the team title with 51 points, edging Grinnell College by just two points. The win by Lawrence snapped Grinnell’s 14-year stranglehold on the trophy, and it was the first title for third-year coach Jason Fast, who was named Coach of the Year.
Stevens led the contingent of five runners to earn all-conference honors (the top 20 finishers are all-conference) for the Vikings. Stevens won the 8,000-meter race in 25:09.11 to become Lawrence’s first individual champion since Eric Griffin ’86 won back-to-back crowns in 1984 and 1985. It also marked the third consecutive year Stevens has been an all-conference performer.
Curran Carlile ’14 and Kyle Dockery ’15 finished fifth and sixth, respectively, for the Vikings. Carlile finished in 25:37.79 and Dockery came in at 25:40.04. Jamie Brisbois ’14 was 19th in 26:23.13, and Sam Estrem ’12 rounded out the scoring in 20th in 26:29.27.
On the women’s side, Emily Muhs ’12 earned all-conference honors for the third consecutive season while leading the Vikings to a fifth-place finish. Lawrence, which finished seventh last season, finished with 166 points. Muhs finished 12th and completed the 6,000-meter course in 22:32.97.
The underdog Vikings finished second in the Midwest Conference with a 6-2-1 record. Lawrence also qualified for the MWC Tournament for the second consecutive season and the third time in the last four years.
It was a rough start to the season for the Vikings, who began with a 0-6-0 record. Lawrence went 7-3-1 for the remainder of the regular season. A shutout win over Lakeland College got the Vikings going, and Lawrence also picked up wins over Grinnell College, St. Norbert College, Knox College, Ripon College, Beloit College and Illinois College. Lawrence lost to Beloit in the MWC Tournament semifinals, allowing the Bucs to avenge a regular-season loss to the Vikings.
Defender Charlie Mann ’14 was the lone Lawrence player selected to the All-MWC team. Mann, who also was named to the All-Wisconsin Team, was a second-team selection.
The Vikings earned a third consecutive berth in the Midwest Conference Tournament, and Mallory Koula ’12 set school and NCAA records along the way.
Lawrence started the conference season with a 0-3-1 record, but the Vikings went on a five-match conference-winning streak to get into the tournament as the fourth seed. Top seed St. Norbert College eliminated the Vikings in the MWC Tournament semifinals.
Included in that five-match win streak was a 6-1 victory over Beloit. Koula set the NCAA individual and team records for the fastest three consecutive goals. Koula scored three times in a span of only 42 seconds against the Bucs. She shattered the record of 1:07 by Jamie Sims of Otterbein College back in 2002. Lawrence also broke the team record for the fastest three goals, which was 52 seconds by Emory University back in 1989.
Koula was chosen as the MWC Offensive Player of the Year and was chosen for the All-North Region Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Koula finished the season with 20 goals and five assists for 45 points. She set Lawrence career records with 63 goals and 142 points despite playing only three seasons with the Vikings. Defender Alyssa Onan ’12 was a second-team all-conference selection.
- Lawrence University’s Beth Larson ’12 blasts a forehand in her match with Emily Bostwick of UW–Oshkosh on Sept. 14, 2011. Larson defeated Bostwick 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, and the Vikings defeated the Titans 6-3. Larson went on to win the No. 1 singles title and teamed with Jennifer Roesch ’13 to take the No. 1 doubles title at the 2011 Midwest Conference Championships.
Beth Larson ’12 won the No. 1 singles title and teamed with Jenni Roesch ’13 to win the No. 1 doubles title to lead Lawrence to a third-place finish at the Midwest Conference Championships in Madison, Wis. Christina Schaupp ’15 took home the No. 4 singles title for the Vikings as well.
Larson, who amassed a 17-1 singles record during the fall, won her second title at No. 1 singles (she also won in 2008). Larson rolled to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Carroll University’s Abigail Pellett in the championship match. Schaupp, who went 15-2 in singles, wrapped up her first conference title with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Clothilde Thirouin of Grinnell College.
Larson and Roesch repeated as the conference’s No. 1 doubles title, and that marks the first time Lawrence has won back-to-back titles at No. 1 doubles since 1985–86. Larson and Roesch posted an impressive 6-0, 6-4 win over Sadhana Athreya and Laura Krull of Grinnell in the championship match.
Lawrence finished third in the team standings based on the Vikings’ finish at the team championship. The Vikings finished with 66 points during the singles and doubles competition, second to Grinnell’s 96. Lawrence finished with a 10-3 dual match record and had a 3-1 mark in the MWC North Division.
The Vikings saw a promising season get derailed by a key injury, but Lawrence still landed three players on the All-Midwest Conference team.
Middle hitter Clare Bohrer ’12 was a first-team all-conference selection, and defensive specialist Kathleen Rowland ’14 and setter Diane McLeod ’14 were both named to the second team.
Bohrer was chosen for the second consecutive season and led Lawrence with 2.87 kills and 1.04 blocks per set. She finished her career with 1,062 kills, which ranks fifth in Lawrence volleyball history. Rowland finished the season with 627 digs and averaged 5.55 per set. McLeod won the honor despite missing the final three conference matches due to injury. McLeod finished with 736 assists and averaged 8.98 per set. McLeod added 190 digs and 38 blocks.
Lawrence was 12-12 after a 3-0 win over Ripon College, but McLeod didn’t play the rest of the season, and the Vikings completed the campaign with a 13-19 record and a 5-4 mark in conference play.
Lawrence put up record-setting numbers on offense, but the Vikings were limited to only one victory on the season. Lawrence set or tied 28 game or season school records in 2011.
Wide receiver/quarterback Tyler Mazur ’13 was the lone Lawrence player named to the All-Midwest Conference team. Mazur, who received honorable mention, caught 63 passes for 878 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also ran 22 times for 96 yards and five touchdowns. He set school records for points (30), touchdowns (5) and touchdown catches (4) in a game. He also tied the season records for points (96) and touchdowns (16).
Quarterback Luke Barthelmess ’14 set numerous school records this past season. Barthelmess broke several long-standing marks, including season passing yards (2,721) and touchdown passes (22). He also set school records with six touchdown passes and 549 passing yards in Lawrence’s 62-42 win over Knox College. The 549 passing yards also broke the conference record.
Mike Barthelmess has been named head football coach for the Vikings. Barthelmess joined the Lawrence staff in 2010 as the offensive coordinator and associate head coach. A native of Weston, Conn., Barthelmess has degrees in English and business from Principia College, where he was head coach for nine seasons.
“With great humility and high expectations, I’ve accepted the position of head football coach,” Barthlemess said. “I look forward to my continued work with our young men and our coaching staff as we strive to return Lawrence football to the top of the Midwest Conference.”
Barthelmess replaces Chris Howard, who coached the Vikings for seven seasons.