Spring has sprung, and so have the Lawrence University spring sports teams. Here’s what to look for in the upcoming season.
TRACK AND FIELD: The men’s and women’s outdoor track teams look to make a statement by placing in the top five at their conference meet in May, improving on the men’s seventh-place and women’s ninth-place finishes at the indoor conference meet. Sophomore Max Edwards, indoor conference champion in the 5K, currently stands as the best distance runner in the Midwest Conference (MWC). Freshman Erin Schrobilgen is also having a standout season. Look for them, as well as many other young runners, throwers and jumpers, to continue to improve. With the warm training weather as well as the addition of a new throwing coach, the track team is ready to make strides upon its season.
BASEBALL: The Lawrence Baseball team, although relatively young and inexperienced, is focusing on qualifying for the MWC Tournament. “We have the talent to be a very good team and reach that conference tourney goal; we just need to continue to get better and continue to work hard every day,” said senior Davis Ogilvie. The team hopes to improve on their 7-10 record with a critical series against St. Norbert this weekend that will help determine their position in the conference tournament.
GOLF: Despite not training since the fall, members of the Lawrence Golf Team are looking forward to dusting off their clubs and continuing with their successful year. The team is focusing on the MWC Tournament and has the championship in its sights. Look for senior Anton Olsson, who is coming off the best game of his career at the MSOE Invitational, to help lead these Vikings to finish off their year of golf.
TENNIS: The men’s tennis team will be continuing their season that had started in February and will last until the end of May. With a record of 9-9, the team is currently ranked third in conference standings. Look for juniors Brian Decorte and Adam Busch to help the team make a run for the conference title.
SOFTBALL: The softball team hopes to continue its positive momentum coming off a successful Spring Break trip. Despite several injuries, the team stands at a winning record of 10-6 and holds second place in the North Division of the MWC. Winning the division would give the team home field advantage in the conference championship therefore making this weekend’s MWC Classic a crucial tournament in determining their conference standing. With MWC Performers of the Week Tierney Duffy and Kara Vance, the softball team is in a great position to contend for the conference title.