WPI Wire, Vol. 10, No. 2 - Summer 1996

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Football (4-5 last year) As he enters his fourth year at the helm, coach Kevin Morris is looking for an improved 1996 season. The team won't have many seniors, which means many of the younger players will have to step in and get the job done. The men will be led by senior tri-captains Brian Learned, Matt Barrows and Pat Blais.

Volleyball (15-14) The women's volleyball team is coming off its first winning season since 1988. Nancy Vaskas, entering her 17th year as head coach at WPI, is optimistic about her team's chances of doing even better in 1996 with a talented nucleus of sophomores and juniors to lead the way.

Field Hockey (7-11) As coach Barbara Quinn begins her third season she feels very strongly that she has the talent coming to lead her team back to the postseason in a couple of years. These ³impact players² will complement the core of upperclassmen, led by senior captain Heather Bryer, already in place.

Women's Soccer (4-11) Now that the newness has worn off, the women's soccer team will be looking to improve in the win column. Stephanie Carlson, in her second season, has high expectations for the program and will make the changes necessary to put WPI on the map.

Men's Soccer (8-7-1) A balanced attack will be the strength of WPI's men's soccer team, under the tremendous leadership of senior tri-captains Leo White, Sean Gouvin and Kevin Morin, and a frontline scoring punch with juniors Eric Langlois and Mark Socha and sophomore Chris Prueher.

Men's Cross Country (6-2 small-meet record) Most of the top runners from last year's squad have graduated, but there are many young runners to step in. The question is whether these younger runners can be consistent enough to keep the team in the top third in New England, as they have been for many years.

Women's Cross Country (3-4 small-meet record) All the top runners return from 1995. Led by sophomores Sue Shorrock and Vicky Dulac, the team is beginning to regroup to the stage they were a couple of years ago.

Golf (6-14) When Mel Massucco retired last spring after 21 years as head coach, he left behind a solid nucleus of golfers--led by junior Mike Willock and sophomores Haig Altoonian and James Carlson. The team would like to pick up where it left off last spring, when the men placed well in the New Englands and upset some top teams.

Women's Tennis (2-8 match record, MAIAW Champions) Coach Christa Champion will open her third season at WPI with many questions. Though she has some young players with talent, depth might be a problem to win consistently. Champion hopes that her younger players will continue to improve as they did during last season. If that happens, the team could make an impact in the NEW 8 Conference.

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