Lake Zurich grad Lewandowski ties NCAA D-III passing record

  • Lake Zurich graduate Evan Lewandowski put himself in the NCAA record book last Saturday by throwing 9 passing touchdowns in the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's 63-49 win over UW-River Falls.

    Lake Zurich graduate Evan Lewandowski put himself in the NCAA record book last Saturday by throwing 9 passing touchdowns in the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's 63-49 win over UW-River Falls. PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB MULOCK

By Mike Miazga
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 10/22/2019 11:40 AM

Lake Zurich graduate Evan Lewandowski has put himself in the NCAA record book.

Lewandowski, a sophomore quarterback at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, tied an NCAA Division III single-game record with 9 passing touchdowns in the team's 63-49 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win against UW-River Falls at Smith Stadium in River Falls last Saturday.


Lewandowski finished 28 of 44 for 591 yards and threw only 1 interception. The 9 TDs ties the record of St. Joseph's Chaiten Tomlin who accomplished the feat in Oct. 21, 2017, and of Joe Zarlinga of Ohio Northern, who did it back in 1998.

Lewandowski also tied the national record for touchdown passes in a quarter with five in the second quarter of the UW-River Falls game. David Sullivan of Williams also threw 5 touchdown passes in a 1993 game against Hamilton.

His 9 passing TDs and 591 yards are both school and WIAC single-game records. He smashed the school record of 6 TD passes by Mike Durnin against UW-Whitewater in 1979 and Joe Rihn against UW-Superior in 1998. The 591 passing yards moves ahead of the 538 Tarek Taeggi threw for against UW-Platteville in 2016.

UW-Stevens Point's Kirk Baumgartner held the previous WIAC record of 8 TD passes against UW-Superior in 1989, while Yaeggi held the league record for passing yards in a game.

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After a scoreless first quarter, the two teams combined for 56 points in the second quarter.

Among the 9 scores, Lewandowski had long scoring strikes of 81, 70 and 21 yards.

Through 6 games, Lewandowski has completed 101 of 202 passes for 1,706 yards and 18 touchdowns. He's averaging 284.3 passing yards per game. Prior to the record-tying outburst, Lewandowski had 9 touchdowns in the first 5 games and was averaging 223 yards per game.

Lewandowski was the captain of the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area football team in 2017 after leading the Bears to the Class 7A state championship game.

Selig at Western Michigan: Lakes alum Ryan Selig is a redshirt freshman tight end on the Western Michigan University football team. Selig has 2 catches for 20 yards and 1 touchdown this season. Those totals came in a nonconference game against Michigan State.


Van Zanten at Notre Dame: Stevenson product Kiki Van Zanten has made an immediate impact as a freshman forward on the University of Notre Dame women's soccer team. Van Zanten has played in 14 of the Fighting Irish's 15 games and has scored 3 goals.

To start the week, Van Zanten is third on the team in shots taken with 19 and fourth on the team in shots on goal with 10. She has one game-winning goal to her credit. Notre Dame was 9-5-1 overall and 3-3-1 in conference play to start the week.

Sizelove at Luther: Grayslake Central graduate Ben Sizelove is a contributor to a Luther College men's soccer team that was off to an 11-3-1 start to start the week. Through 15 games, Sizelove has 2 goals and has taken 12 shots and 6 shots on goal. Both his goals this season have been game-winners.

Sizelove is a senior midfielder for Luther.

Schoenfield at Augustana: Mundelein graduate Carl Schoenfield is a sophomore on the Augustana men's cross country team. Schoenfeld finished 11th at the recent Olivet Nazarene Midwest Intercollegiate Championships held at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais.

Schoenfield finished 11th in the race with a time of 27:31.6 over the 8-kilometer layout. Schoenfield's efforts helped Augustana take second at the meet.

Local swimmers at Illinois Wesleyan: Several former area swimming standouts were in action recently when the Illinois Wesleyan men's and women's teams kicked off the season against Lewis University at the IWU Fort Natatorium.

Warren graduate Megan Wong, a sophomore on the women's team, led the way for the Titans. She won the 50-yard backstroke in 29.67 and won the 200 IM in 2:14.90.

Junior Lucy Saucedo, a Libertyville graduate, took second in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events. Saucedo swam 25.66 in the 50, 56.13 in the 100 and 2:02.77 in the 200.

On the men's side, Mundelein graduate Will Garcia, a senior, was second in the 50 free with a time of 23.88.

White at Southern Connecticut State: Warren product Ella White is making a difference for the Southern Connecticut State women's volleyball team. To start the week, White has 183 kills (2.69 per set) in 68 sets to go with 140 digs (2.06 per set) and 28 blocks. White is second on the team in digs and third in blocks.

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