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Andy York

U Hockey drops non-conference pairThe Lawrence University Men’s Hockey team dropped a pair of games to Hamline University this past weekend. The Pipers from St. Paul, Minn. defeated the Vikings 4-1 Friday and 3-2 on Saturday.

Friday night the Vikings took the early lead as Andy Rozanski’s 11th goal of the season put Lawrence ahead 1-0. The second and third periods belonged to the Pipers as Hamline scored two goals in the second and two goals in this third.

Saturday night the two teams played to a scoreless first period, but in the second, the Vikings again struck first. Rozanski picked up goal number 12 and again the Vikings had a 1-0 lead.

It didn’t last, however, as Jim Deschene of Hamline picked up his first goal of the night to tie it at one. Five minutes into the third, Deschene picked up his second tally of the night, and Hamline went to a 2-1 lead. Blade Metzer added his second goal of the weekend with the eventual game winner five minutes later.

Andy Fieber scored for the Vikings with 26 seconds left in the game. The Vikings pulled their goalie, but they couldn’t get the equalizer in and they lost 3-2.

The Vikings are now in third place in the MCHA with 18 points. Ahead of them is UM-Crookston with 20 and Marian with 21.

The Vikings have been eliminated from first place in the MCHA, but can still take second with a sweep of MSOE and a sweep or a win and a tie by Marian over UM-Crookston.

Either way the Vikings are guaranteed no lower than third place and a semi-final match-up in the MCHA tournament against either UM-Crookston or Marian.

This weekend the Vikings play a home and home series against MSOE. Saturday night the Vikings are in Milwaukee, and Sunday afternoon they will host the Raiders at 4:00 p.m. at the Appleton Family Ice Center.

LU Wrestlers place two at Wheaton College Open

The Lawrence University Wrestling team had two individuals place and finished 14th overall out of 28 teams at the Wheaton College Invitational. The two Vikings to place were Nick Morphew at 133 pounds and Ric Scannel at 157 pounds.

Morphew took fourth place after narrowly dropping the third place match to David Silva of UW-La Crosse, 5-4.

Scannel took sixth place after dropping the fifth place match to Kyle Hardley of Manchester College, 3-2.

The Vikings will have a weekend off before going to the WIAC Championship meet, which will take place at UW-Platteville on Feb. 23.

Indoor Track takes fifth at UW-Oshkosh Open

Both the Lawrence Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track teams took fifth place at the UW-Oshkosh Open this past Saturday.

The women had two winners: Shelly Ebert took first in the 400, and the distance relay team also took first place.

Other high finishers were Val Curtis, taking third in the 3000, and Sarah Slivinski, taking fourth in the 55 hurdles. The men were led by the distance relay team taking third, and Nate Semenak taking fourth in the triple jump.

The Vikings’ next meet will be the UW-Stevens Point Invitational tomorrow.