Senior Ricky Schmidt is in third place overall and the Foresters are in second as a team after Friday's first two rounds of the 2019 Midwest Conference Championship Tournament.
The entire 36-man field played 36 holes on Friday after Thursday's opening round was postponed due to rain.
Schmidt fired a 76 in the morning and a 74 in the afternoon on the 6,615-yard, par-72 course at Aldeen Golf Club in Rockford, Illinois. He birdied seven different holes on the day, including a pair of par-3s in the first round and the 520-yard, par-5 opening hole in the second. He will enter Saturday's third and final round five shots behind the leaders.
Forester junior Jacob Krugman was in the lead after carding a 1-over 73 in the morning but fell to fourth after taking 78 shots to complete his second round of the day. He is in fourth place, just one stroke behind Schmidt.
Senior Parker Hill posted back-to-back rounds of 79 on Friday and is tied for ninth place after 36 holes. He had 23 pars on the day.
Lake Forest junior Austin Aksoy and seniors Elijah Collins and Cam McGuire are tied-for-14th going into the final day of competition. Each of them carded an 84 Friday morning before improving by six shots with matching 78s in round two. Collins had a pair of birdies in the first round while Aksoy and McGuire were under par once apiece in the second.
With a two-day score of 620, the defending MWC champion Foresters are five shots behind first place St. Norbert College and trail second-place Knox College by just one. Players from all three teams are scheduled to tee off between 10:56 and 11:36 Saturday morning.