Five Vikings earn All-MWC football honors

Five Lawrence football players were named to the All-Midwest Conference team.
Five Lawrence football players were named to the All-Midwest Conference team.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Five Lawrence University football players have been chosen for the All-Midwest Conference team.

Jake Gostisha (Appleton, Wis./East), Terrell Myers Jr. (Marietta, Ga./Marietta) and Juan Marin (Sugar Hill, Ga./Lanier) were all named to the first team, and Wasonu Allen (Austell, Ga./South Cobb) and John Koeneman (Wasilla, Alaska/Houston) were second-team picks.

Gostisha, a senior linebacker, had the distinction of being chosen for two different spots on the team. Gostisha was a first-team selection on special teams where he serves as the Vikings' long snapper. Gostisha did everything on special teams from making tackles to downing punts to catching passes on fake punts.

Gostisha, who was named to the all-conference team for the third consecutive year, was a second-team pick at linebacker. He led the team with 88 tackles and finished fifth in the conference at 8.8 tackles per game. Gostisha was second on the team with 7.5 tackles for loss and finished with four pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. Gostisha finished with four double-digit tackle games and recorded a season-high 14 stops against Ripon College.

Myers, a sophomore cornerback, made the all-conference team for the second straight year. Myers was simply outstanding in coverage and led the team with three interceptions and nine pass breakups. Myers finished fifth in the conference at 1.20 passes defensed per game. Myers, who had season highs three pass breakups against Beloit College and seven tackles vs. Monmouth College, finished the season with 27 tackles.

Myers also was a force on special teams as he averaged a league-best 28.3 yards on 11 kickoff returns and 7.0 yards on 10 punt returns.

Marin, a sophomore guard, played a huge role in powering Lawrence's running game. Led by Marin, Lawrence averaged 3.5 yards per carry on its way to picking up 149.1 rushing yards per contest. This is Marin's first all-conference selection.

Allen, a sophomore running back, was named to the all-conference team for the first time after finishing 11th in the conference with an average of 64.3 rushing yards per game. Allen, who had three 100-yard rushing games, led the Vikings with 131 carries for 643 yards and four touchdowns. Allen, who ran for a career-high 161 yards against Lake Forest College, averaged a healthy 4.9 yards per carry. Allen also led the team with 21 catches for 177 yards and three touchdowns.

Allen was the other half of Lawrence's 1-2 punch on kick returns. He averaged 24.9 yards, good for third in the conference, on 13 kickoff returns and 19.3 yards on three punt returns.

Koeneman, a sophomore defensive tackle, led Lawrence's defensive linemen with 41 tackles. Koeneman, who had a season-high six tackles vs. Beloit and the University of Chicago, piled up 6.0 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with 2.5 sacks. This is Koeneman's first all-conference selection.

The five all-conference selections is the most for the Vikings since five Lawrence players were chosen in 2012.