Nichols, Vellenga named to All-Wisconsin Team

Lawrence men's soccer action Brendan Vellenga and Will Nichols
Lawrence's Brendan Vellenga, left, and Will Nichols have been named to the All-Wisconsin Team.

APPLETON, Wis. -- Lawrence University men's soccer standouts Will Nichols and Brendan Vellenga have been named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Wisconsin Team.

Nichols (Aldie, Va./John Champe) and Vellenga (St. Paul, Minn./Highland Park) both received honorable mention.

Nichols finished the season with a team-high 10 goals and collected three assists for 23 points. Nichols, a junior forward playing his first season of college soccer, recorded a hat trick at the College of St. Scholastica and also had a two-goal game at Grinnell College.

Nichols' 10-goal total is the sixth-most in a season in Lawrence history. The 10 goals is the most by a Lawrence player since Rodrigo Gomes scored nine back in 2004.

Vellenga, a first-year midfielder, compiled a school-record 10 assists to go with one goal for a total of 12 points. Vellenga collected an assist in eight of 17 games and posted a season-high two assists against both Grinnell and Ripon College. The 10 assists breaks the record of eight held by Nicholas Jatta, who did it in 2017, and James Kimball, who set the record back in 1987.

Vellenga picked up his first career goal in a 3-2 win at Lakeland University and had his first career assist in the season opener against Johnson and Wales (Colo.) University.