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LU Women win final conference tune-upThe Lawrence University Women’s Basketball team won their final non-conference game before the brunt of the Midwest Conference season starts, with a 67-51 win over visiting MSOE. Freshman guard Claire Getzoff lead the Vikings to the victory with 15 points and four steals.

The Vikings took a 26-18 lead into the locker rooms at halftime, and while MSOE got as close as 43-40 at one point in the second half, the Vikings went on a 15-5 run to push the lead back up and secure their third win of the year. The win over the Raiders gave the Vikings a 3-2 lead in the all-time series against MSOE.

Getzoff is leading the team in points this season with a 15.3 point per game average. The freshman from Evanston, Ill. has picked up some of the scoring slack that was left after the graduation of Beth Pollnow and Dara Rakun last season. The Vikings’ next game is at rival Ripon at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Vikings squeak out overtime win against MSOE

The Lawrence University Hockey team squeaked out a 5-4 victory over MSOE Tuesday night on Matt Melchiori’s game winner, with nine seconds remaining in overtime. The win gives the Vikings 12 points in the MCHA, one behind first place Marion.

Melchiori’s goal capped a great series against MSOE for the junior from Appleton.

In the first game against the Raiders before the winter break, Melchiori had two goals, and in the game Tuesday night he had the game-winning goal and assists on the game-tying goal and another goal. He was named MCHA player of the week for his first game performance. He is third on the team in points, and fourth in goals.

The Vikings will make a trip to Stevens Point this weekend to play UWSP on Saturday night. The non-conference game will be another chance for the Vikings to show off their talent to opponents not in the conference. The Vikings return to conference play next weekend against Minnesota-Crookston.

LU Wrestlers drop final duel match in Florida

The Vikings Wrestling team dropped its last match of the winter break 24-17 to the University of Central Florida. The Vikings had four wrestlers win their matches. Nick Morphew won at 133 pounds, Noah Planavsky won at 141, Ric Scannel won at 157, and Adam Nickel won at 184.

Scannel has been the best wrestler for the Vikings so far this season, with an individual record of 19-4. The Vikings’ next meet is the North Central College Tournament next weekend.