Sports Shorts

Jesse Belcher

FootballThe Lawrence football team fell to Monmouth away from home last Saturday in a heavy defeat.

Monmouth was allowed to build a 34-point lead in the first half and there was no coming back for the Vikings after that. The Vikings only managed 18 first downs to Monmouth’s 33, and an offense that had been setting the field on fire the last three games sputtered.

Monmouth managed to grab three interceptions, which limited the chances and stifled the Lawrence offense.

Star receiver Zach Michael was held to three receptions for 27 yards while five other players added one reception each. Justin Berrens tallied 117 yards, while Adrell Bullock collected 52 yards on seven carries.

Quarterback Eric Aspensen once again showed his great mobility by breaking out of the pocket eight times for 50 yards. The Vikes struggled in the red zone, only converting two of their four chances, while Monmouth capitalized on their six chances and scored on each opportunity.

Lawrence has a chance to get back to winning ways this weekend against Grinnell for the homecoming game as part of the Fall Festival. At halftime, this year’s six Hall of Fame inductees will be presented. The Hall of Fame dinner will follow Saturday evening.

Women’s Soccer

The women’s team took on regionally ranked Illinois Wesleyan last Saturday but didn’t manage any goals as they fell 6-0. They had some difficulty getting the ball out of their own half and left it up to leading scorer Emily Buzicky to provide the offensive threat for the Vikes.

Buzicky had limited support, however, and the women took only three shots. The game was Senior Day for the women, the last home game of the season, and seniors Larissa Forde, Laura Gray, and Katey Hoyme were presented to the crowd before the game.

The next day was the alumni game, and with former stars Megan Tiemann, Sandy Blick, and Katy Wilkin, the alumni team defeated the current team 4-2 in a fun and entertaining game.

The women finish up their season tomorrow and Sunday as they travel to Illinois College and Monmouth.

Cross Country

Courtney Miller once again paced the women’s team to a second place finish out of 12 teams by finishing fourth overall at the Wisconsin Private College Invitational at Carthage College.

Colleen Detjens took ninth, followed by Jess Moser in 15th, Rachel Lucas in 25th, and Kelly Scheer in 27th.

The men were paced by Paul Schonfeld, who took fifth place and led the team to a fifth place finish overall.

He was followed by David Quinlan in 12th, Mitchell Goodman in 33rd, Will Daniels in 49th, and Pat Breese in 52nd.

The Vikings host the next meet tomorrow at Plamann Park.