Awards galore!If you haven’t noticed recently, the Lawrence campus has been the site of a barrage of athletic awards lately. Things all started last week when women’s soccer sweeper Annemarie Exarhos was named as one of only six Midwest Conference winners of the NCAA Academic All-Region awards. The junior physics major and math minor has since bolstered her mantle by being added to the MWC all-conference team.
Along those lines, five men’s soccer players have earned all-conference honors. Freshman Nick Dufficy qualified for first-team honors and was supported by second-team award recipients Ryan Pikna, Joe Sluhoski, Nate Reynolds, and Matt Wolin. Coach Blake Johnson also received an award as Co-Coach of the Year.
With the football season winding down, seven Vikings were honored over the past week. Kicker Brian Althouse received notoriety as one of 16 Division III recipients of a Don Hansen Football Gazette National Player of the Week award for his record-breaking weekend effort against Illinois College. Nick Korn and Derek Micke received MWC second-team all-conference status and Tyler Krzewina, Jack Peters, Joe Austin, and Jeremy Reider came in as honorable mention recipients.
Finally, two LU swimmers and a hockey player garnered weekly honors from their respective conferences. Freshman Patrick McCrory and senior Heather Prochnow were both named MWC Performers of the Week for the LU swimming team. Freshman Aaron LaFave got his hands on the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Freshman of the Week award with his 4-point contribution to the team’s sweep over Northland.
Hockey sweeps Northland
LU hockey began its quest for a conference championship on the right foot with a pair of high-scoring wins against Northland College in Ashland last weekend. The 6-4 and 9-4 victories established the Vikings as the only undefeated team in the conference coming into this weekend’s competition.
Ten Vikings tallied goals over the stat-boosting weekend. Sophomore Neil Wallace highlighted the scoring with two goals separated by only 8 seconds during the second period of the second game.
The Vikings are at home this weekend against the winless University of Minnesota, Crookston. Game times are at 7:00 on Friday and 2:00 on Saturday.