On Saturday, Feb. 17, the Lawrence University men’s and women’s basketball teams hosted their last home game of the season. They used this game against Lake Forest as an opportunity to honor 10 total seniors on each team. The members of this year’s class have made huge contributions to their respective programs and will be greatly missed next year. The five seniors on the men’s team are manager Ryan Berkley, Evan McLaughlin, Ben Peterson, Jeremy Stephani and Eric Weiss.
Berkley, a native of Evanston, Ill., is also a student-athlete at Lawrence. Berkley is a key contributor on the women’s soccer team and is a two-time All-Conference selection. Ryan is a history major with an education emphasis and plans to start student teaching in the fall.
McLaughlin is a native of LaGrange, Ill. Evan has played in 75 games for the Vikings and has been a starter for the past two seasons. Evan does a lot of the dirty work on the defensive end and has scored 241 points and grabbed 241 rebounds. A career 48.7 percent shooter, Evan has also picked up 120 assists, 74 steals and 23 blocks. Evan is a government major and a member of the Academic All-Midwest Conference team.
Peterson is a native of River Forest, Ill. Ben became a starter this season after serving as a super sixth man last year. Ben established himself as one of the Midwest Conference’s top three-point shooters last season when he shot 42.5 from the three-point range. Ben was having another good season when he was sidelined by injury against Illinois College. For his career, Ben has scored 592 points and made 117 three-pointers while shooting 38.9 percent from beyond the arc. Ben is an economics major.
Stephani is a native of Arlington Heights, Ill., and has been a starter for the past three seasons. One of 24 players in Lawrence history to score 1,000 points, Jeremy currently ranks 17th with 1,083 points. He is Lawrence’s career leader with 223 three-pointers made and 588 attempted. A career of 37.9 percent shooter from beyond the arc, Jeremy had the biggest game of his Lawrence career earlier this season. He scored a career-high 30 points and made a school-record 10 three-pointers in Lawrence’s victory over Oglethorpe. Jeremy is an economics major and a member of the Academic All-Midwest Conference team.
Weiss is a native of Birmingham, Mich. Eric has been both a valuable reserve and a starter during his career. A solid and steady performer, Eric was putting together his best campaign last year when an injury cut that season short. Eric has been rehabbing his injury since, but has been a presence on the bench all season. Eric is a history major.
The five seniors on the women’s team are manager Colleen Nowlan, Nicole Cummins, Lauren Deveikis, Hillary Hazeltine and Olivia Hoesley.
Nowlan is a native of Arlington Heights, Ill., and is also a student-athlete at Lawrence. A standout member of the Lawrence volleyball team, Colleen is a psychology major and plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in social work.
Cummins is a native of San Antonio, Texas and has appeared in 70 games for the Vikings while serving as a starting guard for the past two seasons. Nicole has piled up 263 points, 135 assists, 133 rebounds and 83 steals during her career. Nicole is a government major and an art history minor. She plans to attend law school.
Deveikis is a native of Naperville, Ill., and has played in 73 games for the Vikings. A key reserve throughout her career, Lauren has picked up 229 points, 89 rebounds, 61 assists and 33 steals. A biology major and member of the Academic All-Midwest Conference team, Lauren plans to pursue her doctorate in physical therapy. Lauren was also a member of Lambda Sigma, a member of Mortar Board and Kappa Kappa Gamma.
Hazeltine is a native of Orfordille, Wis., and a newcomer for the team this season. A history major, Hillary has recently been accepted into law school.
Hoesley is a native of Eau Claire, Wis. Olivia has played in 92 games for the Vikings and has been a starter for nearly her entire career. Olivia finished Saturday’s game with 572 points, listed as 26th on Lawrence’s career scoring list. She also has 251, 103 assists and 66 steals. She has piled up 101 three-pointers and that ties her for fifth on Lawrence’s career list. A psychology major, she plans on entering the workforce after graduation.
Thank you to all our seniors, you will surely be missed.