Playing their first away games of the season, the Vikings stumbled and lost both of them. In the first game last Friday against Minnesota-Crookston the Vikes fell 8-2, with Kalle Larson and Jay Schofield providing the scoring for Lawrence.
With Crookston piling on the pressure in the first two periods, goalie Daniel Ljung was forced to make 27 saves. The Vikings stepped it up in the third period, however, and forced the Crookston goalie into 13 saves, after previously only having seven in the first two periods.
The next day, Mike Burkhart, on a power play, was the only Viking to hit the back of the net as they were defeated 5-1 to put their season record at 1-6.
The third period was characterized by penalties, including a 10-minute misconduct and a roughing penalty for Lawrence’s Charlie Ward, and a 10-minute misconduct, a roughing, and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for a Crookston player, all five penalties with less than four minutes remaining in the game.
The team will try to get back on track as they return home tonight and tomorrow for two games against St. Johns University. Swim team performs well at UW La Crosse triangular
The men’s swim team, in their second meet of the year, defeated Augustana 137-77 and lost to UW La Crosse 131-92 at the UW La Crosse triangular last weekend.
The 200 medley relay, the 400 freestyle relay, and Chris Sarasin (200 IM) claimed first place positions.
Other top-three finishers included Adam Kolb (two second place), Chris Perry (three third place) and Steve VanderNaalt (two second place).
Chris Henning participated in the diving portion of the meet and claimed a third place finish in the one-meter dive and second in the three-meter dive.
The women’s team also defeated Augustana by a score of 107-99 but lost to UW La Crosse 181-46. No Lady Vikes finished above third place, though they did manage to pick up third place in seven races.
Mara Sarabia took third in the 1000 free and the 500 free, Tiffany Pannier in the 200 IM, and Heather Prochnow in the 100 butterfly. Jodie Primus took third place in the 200 free, 100 free and 100 breast.
The swim and dive team goes to Illinois Wesleyan this weekend before having their first official home meet at the Gene Davis Invitational held at the Rec Center.