It is an exciting week in Lawrence athletics. This weekend, there will be six home competitions for the Vikings. Lawrence teams will take to the field, court, and pitch to take on conference rivals and non-conference opponents alike.
On Sept. 24, the Football team will take on Illinois College. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m., in the Banta Bowl. This will be Lawrence’s first inter-conference competition of the season. Illinois College comes into the matchup with a conference record of 0-1.
The Women’s Soccer team will face off against Knox on Sept. 24. The match will be played in the Banta Bowl, and will begin at 3:30 p.m. This will be the first inter-conference match for both Lawrence and Knox. The next day, the Lady Vikes will take on Illinois. The game will again take place at 3:30 p.m. in the Banta Bowl. Illinois comes into the match having already taken down one conference foe.
Like the women’s team, the Men’s Soccer team will also be facing off against Knox and Illinois. The team will take the field in the Banta Bowl on Saturday at 1 p.m. to take on Knox. The next day, again at 1 p.m. in the Banta Bowl, the team will play Illinois. These will be Lawrence’s first two conference games of the season. Both Knox and Illinois also come into the matchups untested within the conference.
Volleyball rounds out Lawrence’s home competitors. The Volleyball team is the only team competing against a non-conference opponent this weekend. The Vikings will face MSOE on Sept. 24 in Alexander Gym. The match will begin at 1 p.m.
The Cross Country and Tennis teams will both be competing this weekend, but they will not have the luxury of home court advantage. The Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams will be traveling to the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational in Rock Island, Ill. The Women’s Tennis team will be competing in the ITA regional tournament in St. Peter, Minn.
In club sports, the Lawrence Ultimate Frisbee team will be travelling to the Glory Days tournament in Rockford, Ill.
To get fans to the games, a shuttle will run from the turnaround to Alex Gym on Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, because of all the home events, the Athletic and Conservatory Engagement Committee (LUCC ACE) will be hosting a Viking pride cookout on Saturday.
With so many home competitions this weekend, Lawrentians will have ample opportunities to get out and root for the Vikings.