October 1, 2018 by Tori Foster, Sports Editor Families gathered at the Lewis Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 23, to watch the men’s and women’s soccer teams take on conference opponent University of Illinois Springfield during family day. The men’s team dropped the match 0-2 while the women’s team fought for a 1-0 win with a goal scored by Cali Havelka-Vanderplow in the 64th minute. The men’s soccer team opened the afternoon the day’s activities. Freshman Matt Budreck was the first Lewis player to take a shot on goal near the eight minute mark. However, UIS quickly responded, scoring the first goal of the game at eight minutes and 16 seconds on a header by Rhys Wallace. Lewis followed the goal with an aggressive offense, taking three shots and forcing three corner kicks on the Prairie Star’s side of the field. Although Lewis outshot UIS in the first half, they were unsuccessful in finding the back of the net. The Prairie Stars once again came out strong in the second half, scoring at the 3:34 mark to jump to a 2-0 lead. The Flyers again followed this with four shots, two of which were shots on goal by Freshman Jesus Ochoa and Sophomore Dorian Moreno. Despite Lewis’ late push, UIS held the 2-0 lead throughout the remainder of the game. Following the men’s match, the women’s team took the field looking to break a two game losing streak. The Prairie Stars had the first chances to score, but couldn’t capitalize and were unable to produce any shots on goal. Kailey Parnello had the first opportunity for Lewis but sent her shot high. The Flyers held a 4-2 shot advantage at halftime. The second half opened with multiple opportunities for the Flyers. In the 64th minute, Freshman Abby Gustafson crossed the ball to Cali Havelka-Vanderplow who capitalized on the opportunity, dodging a defender and scoring on a shot in the upper right hand corner. UIS missed two chances to tie the game in the final 10 minutes, but freshman goalie Lucy Clark held her own in goal, picking up two saves in the win. The goal marks Havelka-Vanderplow’s first of the season. She was ecstatic about being able to execute in the presence of her extended family. “I had a bunch of my family there including my uncle from North Carolina as well as my godparents,” she said. “So it was cool to be able to put the ball in the back of the net in front of them.” Havelka-Vanderplow credited much of the win to her team’s defense and the ability to keep possession of the ball. “We had more possession than the other team the whole first half,” she said. “It was just the final ball and finishing it that was missing. It had been so important coming off a loss that Friday to win at home but to also keep a shutout, and that credit goes to our defense and Lucy who played goalie that game.” She believes that the win puts them in a good spot for the remainder of conference play. “We have the ability to beat any of the teams in this conference,” Havelka-Vanderplow said. “We just need to remember our style of play and have the confidence that we can play it exceptionally well.” Both the men’s and women’s teams face their next conference opponent on Friday, Oct. 5 against Bellarmine and then return home on Sunday, Oct. 7 to take on Drury University. Men's and women's soccer battle UIS on family day Photo by Tori Foster. Cali Havelka-Vanderplow dodges a defender to the right before scoring in the upper right corner of the goal.
Photo by Tori Foster. Nicole Carcerano and Scarlet Kellner practice offensive plays against Claire Moran and Maddie Sherf. October 1, 2018 by Ben Kasbeer, Contributor Going to a university to run a program for the first time in that college’s history is no easy task, but it is one that Coach Kirk Lamitie took on. He comes from Illinois Institute of Technology where he started the lacrosse program from scratch and made them into a winning team. The lacrosse team’s goal is to try to make the same strides that the program did there. “I didn’t plan on leaving IIT but I saw the posting for the Lewis job and went for it,” said Coach Lamitie about why he took the job. “I have been to a lot of schools where I have built teams, so I was ready to go and do it again at another school.” He hopes to build the program by instilling positive values in his team and creating programs traditions. He wasn’t hired until late in the recruiting process, so the recruiting became more of a challenge for him. He went about recruiting by talking to women on the west coast that didn’t have as many options when it comes to Division II and Division III schools. “I wanted to get girls that were either late in the recruiting process and hadn’t found the right fit or girls that were late bloomers,” Coach Lamitie said. He went to big tournaments in California and emailed potential recruits that would help jump start his program. After his initial recruiting effort, he looked to fill the remainder of his roster with students already attending Lewis. “The biggest thing was for them to be athletic so I could help them develop the skill they will need,” Lamitie said. He is confident that he can help these women do something special this season. Coach Lamitie’s first goal is not to have an exceptional record this season; instead he is looking for the team to develop good chemistry and prepare themselves for rigorous conference play. “We are a brand new program in a conference that has some very solid teams,” Lamitie said. “Our main goal this season isn’t necessarily to rack up wins, but instead to make sure that we create good culture for other players to come in the future. I want them to know that we all work hard, but at the end of the day we are a family.” Kirk Lamitie knows that building a program is no easy battle, but his personality and commitment to the game will help make the Women’s Lacrosse team an enduring program here at Lewis. The women are ready to compete when there season opens at home in March . Women's lacrosse prepares for debut season
Drury ends women's volleyball's winning streak
Photo courtesy of Steve Woltmann. Elizabeth Hyland contacts the ball on an attack at the outside pin. October 1, 2018 by Payton Emond, Reporter Women’s volleyball split on the road with a 3-0 win against Missouri S&T on Friday, Sept. 21, and a loss in 5 sets against Drury on Saturday, Sept. 22. Friday’s match consisted of a clean sweep, with sets going to 25-17, 25-23, and 25-15. The team’s stats for the game showed Lewis beating Missouri S&T in nearly every aspect of the game, with junior Caroline Stefanon recording 8 kills, 3 blocks, and 2 assists to help carry the team to victory. Junior Alexandra Pruess contributed 6 kills over the course of the three sets with a victory clinching kill to end the second set 25-23. Lewis ended the match with a .247 hitting percentage and held Missouri S&T to only .075 percent. Senior outside hitter, Elizabeth Hyland, was also a key component to the Flyers’ win on Friday. She ended the match with nine kills, two aces, four blocks, and 14 digs. When asked about the win, Hyland emphasized how much of it was a full team effort. “One of our goals was to get everyone to play, so the starting line-up really made an effort to start off strong” said Hyland. Sadly, their six game winning streak in the GLVC ended after their match Saturday against Drury. Lewis led the match after the first two sets, winning them in 25-23 and 25-22. Drury then came back to tie things up in the next two sets with scores of 25-19 and 25-21, forcing the match into a fifth set. There were multiple lead changes throughout the fifth set, with Lewis only one point away from clinching the victory at 14-12. However, Drury managed to score three consecutive points to seal the win at 15-17. “I think we lost sight of respecting every team we play,” Hyland said about the loss. “Every team that plays us will play their best because of how consistently dominant this program is.” Overall, Hyland had 18 kills and 28 digs in the Drury match. Stefanon followed close behind Hyland with 15 kills and six blocks. Alexandra Pruess topped both women on her attack, recording 21 kills, five blocks and three assists over the course of the match. The Flyers have played five matches so far this season that have gone into a fifth set, earning a record of 2-3 for those matches. Hyland explained how much of the pressure of this fifth set is brought on by the team itself sometimes. “Once we start learning to attack fifth sets from the start and not wait until the end, we’ll be more confident in that last set,” said Hyland. Accepting their first loss of the conference season, the Flyers fell to a 12-3 record overall. However, Hyland expressed a very positive attitude going forward. She said win or lose, the team always discusses the game and what they can do better. These talks ignite a fire within the team to get better and move forward. At the end of the day, Hyland believed the loss would only inspire the team to work harder in their match against University of Indianapolis. “Being a senior, any chance I can get to step on a court to play with my teammates is a chance I am beyond grateful and excited for,” said Hyland. “We have to respect every single opponent we play, so playing Indy will be no different. I do not have any worries after this weekend because I know my teammates and I will only use the loss to drive us forward.” The program is known create a family out of their players, and this group shows no deviation from that norm. By picking each other up and pushing one another to even greater potentials, the team feels ready to handle whatever the GLVC has to throw at them. The Flyers take on University of Wisconsin Parkside for their next competition at home on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
Chicago Blackhawks show promise in preseason play
October 1, 2018 by Matt Vogrin, Assisstant Sports Editor  The Blackhawks opened the preseason by scoring within the first minute of a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Hawks, who did not play many starters, played with pace. They moved the puck well despite being down 2-1 after the first period. The Hawks had some exciting chances but were unable to convert those opportunities into goals. The team slowed down in the second and third periods which showed as they ended up losing 4-1. The Blackhawks played more of their starters in the second game against the Detroit Redwings. The Hawks found themselves down 1-0 after the first period. Then the Hawks showed everyone a glimpse of what their fans want to see this season. Patrick Kane scored an outstanding goal early in the second period off of a great pass by Brandon Saad. Just about two minutes later the Hawks were able to find the goal again. Mackenzie Entwistle scored the Hawks second goal of the period. The goal excited the Hawks bench as the team was fired up after taking a 2-1 lead over the Red Wings. Chicago played physical in the third period, delivering some aggressive hits but failing to score a goal. An overall exciting game took a twist for the worse in the third. The Red Wings scored twice late in the third period to secure the win. Despite the Hawks loss there was still a lot of excitement over the fact that the starters played well and looked excited to be back on the ice. The Blackhawks third preseason game against the Ottawa Senators was even more eventful than their first two games. The Hawks trailed 2-1 after the first period. The Senators were in control of the game until the Hawks turned the energy around, scoring late in the period to cut the Senators lead to one. Chicago converted on a power play goal that was set up by a Senators turnover. Chicago carried that momentum into the second period. They were in control of the puck for most of the period with multiple chances on goal that came up just short. Center Dominik Kahun finally scored a goal after multiple close shots late in the second period which tied the game up at two goals a piece. That was only the beginning for the Hawks. The third period started with a Marcus Kruger goal that came only one minute and 10 seconds into the period. The team finally had the lead and they did not stop there, scoring two more times in the third. Andreas Martinsen scored his first goal of the preseason while adding an assist, proving that he can make an impact this season. John Hayden was the last Hawks player to score in the third period. His goal was the icing on the cake for Chicago. The Hawks finished with a 5-2 win, scoring five unanswered goals in what was a very exciting game. They played with a lot of energy and controlled the puck, something the team struggled to do last season. The Blackhawks looked like they were ready for the regular season which opens with a game against the Senators on Thursday, Oct. 4.
Photo by CBS Sports. Patrick Kane warms up for game two of the preseason.
 The women’s tennis team made a trip to Grand Valley State on Friday, Sept. 14, to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional. All four players who went are new additions to the Flyers’ team. Tereza Pilzova, a transfer Junior from Weaver State, competed in the A flight. The winner of this flight goes to Georgia in October to compete at Nationals. In the first round, she played Davenport’s Bruna Ralheta and won 6-0, 6-4. In her second match, Pilzova was outbattled by Michigan Tech’s Iovna Gorgioski losing 6-1, 7-5. Aleksandra Sredojevic, a transfer Sophomore from South Carolina State, also competed in the A flight where she lost her first match 6-2, 6-1 to Indianapolis’ Anna Valiaeva. In the first round of the back draw, or the consolation bracket, she lost a tight match to Maryville’s Clara Bascunana by a margin of 5-7, 6-4, 10-8. The B flight, consisting of freshmen Joie Reisch and Sophie Davis, did not feed into the national tournament, but it offered a great opportunity for the women to play against some of the region’s best teams. Reisch was able to win her first match in this flight 6-4, 6-1 against Michigan Tech's Allenca Rolim. In her second round, Reisch suffered a pulled abdomen muscle which led to her 6-1, 6-3 loss against Davenport's Hannah Murphy. Davis also competed in the B flight and won her opening match 6-3, 6-2 against Cedarville's Halie Hardwick. In the following round she lost a close match to Hillsdale's Casey Kibler 7-5, 6-4. Sredojevic and Pilzova also competed in the A flight of the doubles draw. This was only their second time playing together in a rigorous tournament. In the first round, they played against Missouri-St. Louis' Salome Bleuler and Marina Prediger where they lost 8-4. The two were able to regroup in the consolation bracket where they had a solid start and stayed consistent in defeating Southern Indiana's Lauren Hambrock and Lauryn Thompson 8-3. In the quarterfinals of the back draw, the women fell in a tough match 9-7 to Hillsdale's Katie Bell and Corinne Prost. Reisch and Davis played in the B flight of the doubles competition where they pulled off a great 8-4 win against Bascunana and Ashley Dowden. This was a big win for the Flyers duo as they were able to avenge their teammate Sredojevic’s loss to Bascunana earlier in the day. In the following round, the two freshmen fell short against Grand Valley's Livia Christman and Liv Hanover, losing 8-5. When asked about the benefits to fall tournaments, Davis said, “I feel like regionals was good for me in the sense that it helped me see what I need to do, but I feel like the nerves are getting to me more than normal, which is why it is good for me to feel this pressure before the actual spring season.” The Flyers are looking to learn from these losses and improve in a lot of areas this fall. “I felt like the fall tournaments have helped me see where I need to be for college tennis,” said Reisch after returning from regionals. “Regionals was beneficial for me to see that and I am excited to get back to work in order to be ready for the Northwestern invite.” The Flyers are now focusing their energy on their next fall tournament at Northwestern University on Friday, Oct. 5. October 1, 2018 by Ben Kasbeer, Contributor Women's tennis attends regional tournament Photo courtesy of Steve Woltmann. Tereza Pilzova returns a ball while competing in a singles competition.
The men’s tennis team traveled to Philadelphia to attend the Saint Joseph’s Invitational the weekend of Oct. 22. On the first day of the tournament, sophomore Oskar Lusti won his match while sophomore David Ambrozic and senior Chandler Stimpert lost in what were very competitive matches. The competition was tough since it was a Division I tournament but this isn’t anything new for Ambrozic. “I transferred to Lewis from a Division I university,” Ambrozic said, “so Division I tennis is nothing new for me. A lot of Division I guys are beatable.” Ambrozic and the Flyers knew what they had to do in order to beat the high level teams. They did just that on day two of the tournament. The second day of the tournament was filled with high energy. The Flyers went 3-3 on the day with Ambrozic winning two singles matches. Senior Alan Braschinsky defeated his opponent from John Hopkins in the second round of the singles flight. Oskar Lusti played a very intense match coming up just short against Delaware’s Luis Molina. Stimpert lost in three sets in his consolation match. He got off to a good start by winning the opening set but was unable to win the next two sets, both of which were very close. Ambrozic stressed the mental aspect of playing in the tournament. “I believe it was crucial to stay mentally tough,” Ambrozic said. “Especially because I had to be ready to compete right after I lost my first match, which is uncommon in tennis.” The Flyers look to use the momentum that they gained from this tournament in their next competition in Grand Rapids Michigan. They will follow up with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Cup on Oct. 11-14. October 1, 2018 by Matt Vogrin, Assisstant Sports Editor Men's tennis competes in D1 tournament Photo courtesy of Steve Woltmann. David Ambrozic warms up at the Saint Joseph’s Invitational