The Week Ahead: February 12-18

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University opens Northern Collegiate Hockey Association playoff play this week as the Vikings travel to No. 2 St. Norbert College for a two-game quarterfinal series. While the second season is starting for hockey, basketball wraps up its campaigns with a pair of games this week. The Vikings bid farewell to their seniors in the season finale on Saturday against Lake Forest College. The Lawrence swimmers have a big week ahead as they head to Grinnell College for the Midwest Conference Championships starting on Friday.

MEN'S BASKETBALL (11-11, 7-9 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence at Ripon (15-6, 12-4 MWC)

When and Where: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5:30 p.m., Weiske Gymnasium, Ripon, Wis.

Series Record: Ripon has a 141-81 lead over Lawrence in a series that goes all the way back to 1906.

Live Video: Lawrence at Ripon

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Lake Forest (16-7, 12-4 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium

Series Record: Lawrence holds a 58-53 edge over Lake Forest in a series that goes back to the winter of 1915-16.

Live Video: Lawrence vs. Lake Forest

Fast Fact: Lawrence will say goodbye to four seniors, Eric Weiss, Evan McLaughlin, Jeremy Stephani and Ben Peterson, who are playing in their final home game on Saturday. Stephani currently ranks 18th in Lawrence career scoring with 1,065 points. With two games this week, Stephani could pass both Tom Steinmetz (1,073) and Richard Schultz (1,088) before the week is out.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL (7-16, 5-9 MWC)

Opponent: Lawrence at Ripon (15-7, 12-2 MWC)

When and Where: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m., Weiske Gymnasium, Ripon, Wis.

Series Record: In a series that started in the 1975-76 season, Ripon holds a 56-28 advantage over Lawrence.

Live Video: Lawrence at Ripon

Opponent: Lawrence vs. Lake Forest (11-12, 8-7 MWC)

When and Where: Saturday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m., Alexander Gymnasium

Series Record: Lake Forest holds a 52-13 lead over Lawrence in a series that started in the 1975-76 season.

Live Video: Lawrence vs. Lake Forest

Fast Fact: Lawrence wraps up the regular season this week, and the Vikings bid farewell to seniors Olivia Hoesley, Nicole Cummins, Lauren Deveikis and Hillary Hazeltine in the home finale on Saturday. Rookie Kenya Earl has broken two Lawrence season records and is closing in on another big one. Earl broke the records for free throws made with 114 and topped the mark for free throw attempts with 133. The previous records were 109 (Laura Aerts, 2009-10) and 132 (Nancy Craven, 1975-76). Earl, who has 393 points, is just 16 points away from breaking Claire Getzoff's season scoring record of 408 set in 2002-03.

SWIMMING AND DIVING

Event: Midwest Conference Championships

When and Where: Friday-Sunday, Feb. 16-18, Russell Osgood Pool, Grinnell, Iowa

Live Video: Midwest Conference Championships

Fast Fact: Lawrence could be led by a pair of rookies at this weekend's conference championships. On the women's side, there's the multi-talented Erin Lengel, who could place in the top six in anything from the 50-yard freestyle to the 500 freestyle. She also has some of the top times in the conference in the 100 and 200 backstroke and 100 and 200 butterfly. On the men's side, freshman Anton Hutchinson could be in the mix in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle. The women finished second at the 2017 MWC Championships and the men battled to fourth place.

MEN'S TENNIS (1-1)

Opponent: Lawrence at Concordia (Wis.) (1-2)

When and Where: Friday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m., Pleasant Valley Tennis Center, Jackson, Wis.

Fast Fact: Lawrence is back at full strength this week after top singles player Bill Schuman-Kline missed the match with UW-La Crosse. A pair of rookies, Jason Park and Evan Oriel, picked up their first collegiate victories in the season opener at MSOE.

HOCKEY (10-13-2)

Opponent: NCHA Harris Cup quarterfinal playoff series, Lawrence at No. 2 St. Norbert (20-4-1)

When and Where: Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, 7 p.m., Cornerstone Community Center, Ashwaubenon, Wis.

Series Record: St. Norbert holds a 47-4-1 edge over Lawrence in a series that started in the 1986-87 season.

Live Video: Lawrence at St. Norbert

Fast Fact: Lawrence clinched a playoff berth with a 1-1 tie at Northland last Friday. Lawrence returns to the Harris Cup playoffs after a one-year hiatus, and the quarterfinal series is a two-game affair. Should the teams split the two games, a mini-game will follow Saturday night's game. For the first time in school history, Lawrence has the two scoring leaders in the league. Lane King leads the NCHA at 1.40 points per game, and Josh Koepplinger is tops in scoring at 0.67 goals per game.

TRACK AND FIELD

Event: Titan Challenge

When and Where: Saturday, Feb. 17, Kolf Sports Center, Oshkosh, Wis.

Fast Fact: Lawrence's Josh Janusiak and Joe Kortenhof both shattered the school record in the 5,000 meters at the Grand Valley State Big Meet last Friday. Janusiak ran the fastest time in the Midwest Conference at 14:58.86, and Kortenhof was hot on his heels at 14:59.97. The record of 15:11.24 was set by Lawrence Hall of Famer Scott Sprtel back in 1997.