2016 Lorian Sports Awards
Athlete of the year: Johnny Rummelhart
Statistics: 7 goals, 5 assists, 19 pts
Accomplishments: Rummelhart returned from ACL surgery this year to lead his team all the way to the National Championship game, marking the first NCAA Finals appearance for any team in school history. Rummelhart was an All-American and First-Team All-Conference selection this season, while also being named to the All NCAA Tournament team.
Honorable Mention: Zach Frey, Senior, Cross Country
Rookie of the year: Nolan Baumhover
Statistics: 224 completions, 2,567 passing yds,
27 passing TDs
Accomplishments: Baumhover set new Loras single-season records for completions, passing yards, touchdown passes in his first year under center for the Duhawks. He helped make the Duhawks passing offense one of the most potent in all of college football in 2015.
Honorable Mention: Austin Konagel, Freshman, Baseball
Most-improved athlete: Malcolm Watson
Accomplishments: Watson found a new level in his fourth season as a starter for the Duhawks. He earned his first career tournament championship at the UW-Platteville Open in November, and his second-place finish at regionals sent the 197-pounder to the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Watson placed eighth at nationals, concluding his collegiate career as an All American.
Honorable Mention: Dylan Ross, Sophomore, Volleyball
Team of the year: Soccer
Record: 18-5-1, 7-0-0 IIAC
Statistics: Led the conference in shots per game (17.08), goals (57), assists (49) and shutouts (12).
Accomplishments: The Duhawks made their fifth appearance in the “Final Four” since 2007 after winning the Iowa Conference regular season championship for the 10th time and the conference tournament for the seventh time. Defeating Calvin in the semi-final sent Loras to the NCAA Championship game for the first time in program history. Honorable Mention: Cross Country
Coach of the year:Dan Rothert
Sport: Men’s and Women’s Soccer
Record: Men: 18-5-1; Women: 11-5-4
Accomplishments: Dan Rothert saw success with both of his teams this season. The women made it to the IIAC Championship game but fell short of the title. Then, with an 18-5-1 record, Rothert led the men’s soccer team to the NCAA title match for the first time in program history. This feat earned him his 14th selection as IIAC Coach of the Year.
Athlete of the year: Kaitlin Phillips
Statistics: 12.7 points per game, .430 FG percentage, .750 FT percentage, 6.1 rebounds per game, 4.2 assists per game
Accomplishments: Appearing in all 28 games, Phillips ranks No. 1 in points, free throws, and assists per game and No.2 in field goals, rebounds, and steals. She was named to a five of award teams including the coSIDA Academic All-District Team, the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team, the All-Iowa Conference Team, and the 1,000 Point Club.
Honorable Mention: Kaitlyn Kutsch, Senior, Lacrosse
Rookie of the year: Megan Larson
Statistics: 37 hits, 11 doubles, 68 total bases, .430 batting average and .524 on-base percentage.
Accomplishments: In her first campaign as a Duhawk, Larson made a large impact on the softball program. She led the team in each of the statistical categories above. Additionally, her .791 slugging percentage ranked second in the IIAC and 43rd nationally. This impressive season earned her All-Iowa Conference honors.
Honorable Mention: Claire Ritchie, Freshman, Volleyball
Most-improved athlete: Therese Schultz
Statistics: 2.42 kills per set, 0.57 blocks per set
Accomplishments: Schultz played in 127 sets, appearing in 35 matches and starting 30. She registered 307 kills this season on the offensive end and 73 blocks defensively. Schultz was also named to the All-Iowa Conference Team and was an IIAC Performer of the Week for the week of Oct. 26.
Honorable Mention: Terese McMahon, Junior, Basketball
Team of the year: Basketball
Record: 19-7, 10-3 IIAC
Statistics: 60.0 points per game, .433 FG percentage, .319 3-pt percentage, 44.1 rebounds per game, 14.2 assists per game, 4.3 steals per game
Accomplishments: The Duhawks went 19-7 overall, 10-3 in conference, and claimed the Iowa Conference Championship title. They made a showing in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament for the second time in three years under head coach Justin Heinzen, having received an automatic berth in 2014 as well.
Honorable Mention: Cross Country