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Area quartet sparks Augustana women's lacrosse

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The Augustanas women's lacrosse team has yet to suffer defeat this spring.

And helping the Vikings to all 9 of their wins have been four faces familiar to area fans.

In a 21-3 triumph over visiting Loras, the Vikings improved to 3-0 in Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference.

Freshman Madi Stoneman (Libertyville) shared scoring honors with 3 goals.

Emily Handrahan of Lake Zurich added 2 goals and 3 assists, while Gina Filippo (Libertyville) added an assist and Maggie DelVecchio (Barrington) had a goal.

The local girls will be in Dupage County today when Augustana plays Benedictine (1-7, 0-2) in Lisle.

The Vikings defeated the Eagles 23-2 in 2013 in the only previous meeting between the programs.

Men's track

North Central College's Nick Foley (Vernon Hills) took first place in the pole vault (14'1-1/4") at the Wheaton College Invitational.

The 14th-ranked Cardinals compiled 239.50 points, well ahead of 15th-ranked Carthage College's runner-up total of 185.

Men's lacrosse

Augustana's Jonathan Bryk (Fremd) scored his third goal of the season with 9:14 remaining in the opening quarter to give the Vikings a 2-1 lead it would not relinquish in a 12-5 win over Benedictine. Augustana improved to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference.

A Heisman clout

Notre Dame freshman catcher Ryan Lidge (Barrington) doubled down the left-field line off Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston to give the Irish a 6-5 lead in the eighth inning against Florida State.

The No. 1-ranked Seminoles rallied for an 8-7 win in 12 innings in Tallahassee.

Lidge went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI.


Illinois-Chicago right-hander Jack Andersen (Fremd) was named the Horizon League pitcher of the week.

Andersen piloted the Flames to a 10-4 series-clinching victory in Game 2 of a doubleheader at Curtis Granderson Stadium against preseason conference favorite Milwaukee.

Andersen tossed 8 shutout innings, allowed 4 hits and did not walk a batter en route to his first win of the season.

"I give Jack a lot of credit for doing what he did on Sunday," said UIC head coach Mike Dee. "For him to come out and perform that well against a great offensive team like Milwaukee is impressive. Jack struggled earlier in the season, but he is improving and I think he'll gain some confidence from this performance."

Sunday was the first time in Andersen's collegiate career that he did not allow an earned run in a game he started. The 4 hits he allowed is also a career best for the 6-foot-4 Palatine native.

This marks the first career pitcher of the week award for Andersen and the first for UIC this season.

Water polo

Two former teammates met as opponents in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's match in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Erika Lauraitis (Fremd) scored 6 goals to lead the Iona College Gaels to a 16-9 victory over Villanova, whose goalkeeper Julie Conrath (Fremd) recorded 11 saves and 2 steals.

Conrath, a 2012 Fremd graduate, holds the IHSA individual record for the most goalie saves (427) in a season.

She is currently the MAAC conference leader among all goalies (10 games played), averaging 9.6 saves per game.

In their second match of the day, Conrath grabbed 9 saves and made 2 steals as the Wildcats were victorious over St. Francis (Brooklyn) College, 13-6.

Lauraitis, a 2010 Fremd grad, holds the IHSA individual record for the most goals scored (189) in a season.

In her first three years at Iona, the Gaels have won three consecutive MAAC championships and participated in the NCAA tournament all three years.

Following the Villanova game, Lauraitis was recognized on Iona's Senior Day. She then led the Gaels with 5 goals in a 14-13 victory over Marist College.

Fremd finished third in the 2009 IHSA state tournament and tied for fifth in 2010 when Conrath and Lauraitis were teammates.

Men's track

Concordia-Chicago junior Justin Bolo (Leyden) was named an athlete of the week for the school.

Returning from an injury, he scored a seventh-place finish in the long jump at 16 feet-10 inches at the Augustana College Viking Olympics.

Bolo also competed in the 100-meter dash (11.91 seconds) and the shot put (27-8¾"), the latter a first-time effort.

"Justin went all-out in his events and turned in some good solid efforts," said CUC track and field head coach Phil Kopinski. "It is exciting watching him develop his many talents."

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