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Molly McLaughlin

Molly McLaughlin

Chesterton graduate Molly McLaughlin, a freshman goalie on the St. Ambrose (Iowa) women’s soccer team, was named the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week after shutting out Trinity International.

McLaughlin won the award Sept. 25 after she made four saves in the 1-0 home win over the Trojans on Sept. 19.

McLaughlin has played in every game for the Fighting Bees, an NAIA program. She has posted a 10-1 record through Saturday. She has a 0.69 goals-against average and .857 save percentage.

T.F. South grad earns Big East award

Bri Lilly made the Big East Weekly Honor Roll for her efforts as a senior middle blocker with the Butler volleyball team.

The T.F. South graduate recorded 11 blocks and 10 kills against Creighton on Sept. 28. Her second double-double of the season in that match helped keep opposing hitters at bay: Creighton was held to a .182 hitting percentage.

Lilly also averaged 1.88 blocks per set over the Sept. 28-29 weekend versus Creighton and Providence, marking a league-best for the week.

Burgwald counts toward Purdue team score

The Purdue men’s cross country team took ninth place at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, a solid feat considering the Boilermakers were competing with 19 teams that were nationally ranked.

Munster graduate and Purdue junior Theo Burgwald contributed to the top-10 finish on Sept. 28 by crossing the line in 87th place with a time of 24 minutes, 22.7 seconds. He was the fourth-highest finisher for Purdue.

Keslin shines at Notre Dame

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Tyler Keslin, a former record-setting runner at Munster, is leaving his mark as a runner at Notre Dame. The junior was the second-highest finisher for the Fighting Irish at the school’s home meet, the Joe Piane Invitational.

Keslin clocked in at 24:20.52 in the five-mile run, which was good enough for a 15th-place finish overall in the Sept. 28 meet. He helped Notre Dame to a third-place finish out of 17 teams.

Lowell grad big part of Manchester defense

The Manchester University football team may have featured some impressive offensive stats with a 69-0 homecoming-game blowout of fellow Division III opponent Earlham, but that doesn’t mean defense wasn’t a part of the equation.

Lowell graduate Justin Thomas, a 5-foot-10, 233-pound junior linebacker at Manchester, recorded the only sack of the day for his team, and racked up two tackles for losses amid his four total tackles on Sept. 29.

Through six games this season, Thomas leads the team in tackles (39) and sacks (four). Six of his tackles and one of his sacks came during a 19-12 road loss to Rose-Hulman on Sept. 22.

Cain-Veasey seeing action with second-ranked GVSU

The No. 2-ranked Grand Valley State (Michigan) football team is off to a 6-0 start in Division II, with a Michigan City graduate adding his name to the stat sheet. Redshirt freshman Aryuan Cain-Veasey has suited up in five games this season for the Lakers.

The running back rushed nine times for 55 yards, plus added a pair of tackles, in a 52-7 road victory against Northwood on Sept. 29. He capped the team’s scoring that day with a 27-yard touchdown run with 4:35 to play.

Cain-Veasey also rushed for 28 total yards on six attempts during the team’s 35-14 homecoming victory over Dixie State on Saturday.

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