March 2009

Women's Programs

March is a Time of Celebration

Spring Break is upon us, and it's Women's History Month. I am often asked, why do we need a special month to celebrate women? Of course, it would be wonderful if every day was Women's History Day or Black History Day or Native American History Day, but as it is not, sometimes we just need to set aside a special time to reflect on our diversity and March has been chosen as that time for women everywhere. At WPI we celebrate Women's History Month as a way to honor the women who have come before us, such pioneers in math and science as Ada Lovelace, Marie Curie, and Rosalind Franklin. We also use this time to reflect on our own accomplishments and inner strengths.

I encourage you, as parents/guardians/families, to ask your daughter how she is celebrating this month. Encourage her to attend one of the many activities on campus. If you have a son here at WPI, ask what he does to support women here. Is he an advocate for women and for diversity at WPI?

As spring nears, it's a wonderful time to reflect on our community as a whole and, most important, each individual's influence in that community.

Happy Spring!!

Shelley Errington Nicholson
Director of Women's Programs.

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Please join the Office of Women's Programs in celebrating!

March 1-31

The Fairy GodMother Project of Massachusetts is an organization that collects donations of new and "gently worn" formal dresses and accessories and donates them to financially disadvantaged students in the commonwealth, so they can attend their school formal occasions in style. Donations of formal dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry, gift certificates, and cash are accepted throughout the year. They also accept new, unopened makeup and nylons. Monetary donations are always welcome and are needed to cover expenses such as transporting and storing the dresses, purchasing dress racks and hangers. Drop off Site – WPI Office of Women's Programs, Campus Center

Monday, March 2, 8-10 am

Women's History Month Morning Kickoff: Free Hot Chocolate and Coffee
Campus Center Lobby
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs and the Community Council

Tuesday, March 10, Noon

Graduate Women's Lunch
Campus Center, Chairman's Room
Free – RSVP to womens-programs@wpi.edu by Friday, March 6
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs

Tuesday, March 17, 5-7 pm

Girls Night Out St. Patty's Day Snacks and Crafts
Higgins House, Great Hall
Free
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs

Monday, March 23, 5-6 pm

Hooking Up: A Discussion for Women
Speaker and Author Amber Madson
Higgins House, Great Hall
Book Signing to Follow
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs, Greek Life and Residential Services

Tuesday, March 24

March 24 is Ada Lovelace Day – A Day for Women to Blog
Who is Ada Lovelace? Or, more specifically, Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace? She is considered to be the Founder of Scientific Computing. On March 24, women across the country are encouraged to log onto PledgeBank and Blog, Blog, Blog!!!

Tuesday, March 24, 12-1 pm

Roundtable with Women Engineers
Lunch Provided
RSVP to womens-programs@wpi.edu
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs

Tuesday, March 24, 4-5 pm

WPI Women of Strength Reception and Women of Strength Awards
All welcome for free hors d'oeuvres
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs and Pratt & Whitney

Saturday, March 28

GNO Movie Night, "Marley and Me"
8 pm, FLAUD
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs and SocComm

Sunday, March 29

GNO Movie Night, "Marley and Me"
8 pm, FLAUD
Sponsored by the Office of Women's Programs and SocComm

Career Development Center

Jeanette Doyle
Director, WPI Career Development Center

Upcoming Career Fairs

Wednesday, March 26

Colleges of Worcester Consortium Career Fair
1-4:30 pm at the DCU Center Ballroom. For more information, please visit the Colleges of Worcester Consortium website.

Thursday, March 27

WPI's Biotechnology & Bioengineering Career Fair
Noon-4 pm, Campus Center Odeum
For a list of registered employers, please visit the CDC website.

Friday afternoons in D–Term

New Mock Interview Program Offered in D-Term
Employers will be in the CDC on Friday afternoons in D–Term conducting mock interviews with students. Students will be able to sign up for mock interview time slot through their Job Finder account.

Does your son or daughter have a Job Finder account?

Job Finder is a comprehensive system that houses job postings, on-campus recruiting, information on employers attending the career fairs, career-related handouts, career-related podcasts, and much more. Encourage your student to set up a Job Finder account today! To activate an account, please visit the CDC's Job Finder page.

Sophomore Series on Finding a Summer Internship and Making the Most of the Experience

March 30, April 6, or April 13: 4-5 pm, Hagglund Room, Campus Center.
Sign up at the CDC Workshops webpage.

Workshops for Undecided Majors

In D-Term the Career Development Center will lead a three-part Major Exploration Series for first year students. Seminar 1, Think About Your Major, will cover assessing interests, values, and skills. Seminar 2, The Difference Between a Major and a Career, will discuss how to research careers, the difference between a major, minor, and a career, and facilitating industry exposure. Seminar 3, Why Experiences Are Valuable, will review internship and co-op experiences, discuss how to obtain an internship, and describe resume and additional services. The D-Term dates are: March 25, April 1, April 8. Sign up at the CDC Workshops webpage.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 1-3pm

Walk-in Meetings with a Counselor
If students have a quick question or want a resume critiqued, they may meet with a counselor for a short 15-minute appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 1 and 3pm.

WPI Students Will Be Prepared for the Challenge of Leadership

Jim McLaughlin, Director
Campus Center and Student Activities

On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama took the oath of office to become the 44th President of the United States. The inauguration of the first African American president was a celebratory and historic day for our nation, witnessed by countless millions of people in the United States and around the world. Many of us witnessed history taking place in the WPI Campus Center. The Campus Center lobby, Food Court, and '46 Lounge were filled with students, faculty, and staff who stopped to listen to President Obama's inauguration speech and, when his inspiring speech concluded, applauded loudly.

The President let it be known that our nation faces difficult challenges ahead when he said, "That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.

Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many, and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet."[1]

Yet despite these problems and challenges, President Obama provided a message of hope and confidence in our ability to solve these problems and meet these challenges. As I stood listening in the Campus Center, I couldn't help but think that WPI and WPI students will be involved in helping our nation solve these difficult problems.

Hear again the words in President Obama's speech. "The state of our economy calls for action: bold and swift. And we will act not only to create new jobs but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do."[2]

WPI students will be involved in all of these challenges. Our students will be addressing these real-world problems as they work on their projects and demonstrate their knowledge, skills and leadership. President Obama realizes he can't solve the problems our nation faces alone. Our nation will need help from many innovators and leaders. WPI will be preparing new innovators and leaders for leadership opportunities that await our students in the months and years ahead.

Considering the challenges our nation faces, has your son or daughter signed up for the Leading Edge Series Advanced Leaders Program that begins in D-Term

[1], [2] January 20, 2009. Transcript - Barack Obama's Inaugural Address. (New York Times.) Retrieved on February 24, 2009.

Academic Advising

Dale Snyder, Director
Academic Advising

Every year, the Academic Advising Office sponsors the Summer Bridge program for those students who struggled during the academic year. While it is open to all students, the program is especially important to those students who end the year on academic warning or probation. It's a way for students to improve their academic standing, strengthen their learning and study skills, and earn back credit toward graduation. If students are on warning or probation and are aid applicants, the classes they pass during the Summer Bridge Program will be added to the number of courses completed during terms A'08-D'09 when reviewing their eligibility for financial assistance for the 2009-2010 academic year. Students must have passed 6 courses (6-1/3 courses, not including military science and physical education courses) for the academic year to be eligible for the Summer Bridge program. Please contact the Academic Advising Office (academic-advising@wpi.edu) for more information.

New for Summer 2009

If students have received an NR in a "foundation course" (Calculus 1-4, Differential Equations, Statistics 1 & 2, Physics 1 & 2 or Chemistry 1 & 2) they may take that course at WPI in E-Term, Summer 2009, for 50% of the regular tuition. Registration is open now for summer courses.

Health Center

Regina Roberto, Director
Health Center

Health Center Now Offers Students R.D. Support

Who Are Registered Dietitians?

Registered Dietitians (R.D.s) are specialized healthcare providers who are dedicated to improving nutrition, feeding, and food relationships. R.D.s are the experts in the field of food and nutrition. They are required to stay ahead of all current nutrition trends via extensive continuing education. Registered Dietitians are not the same as "nutritionists." Anyone can legally call themselves a "nutritionist." To ensure that your child meets with a qualified professional, recommend that they see a Registered Dietitian.

What to Expect

Common reasons to seek the guidance of an R.D. include general nutrition questions, nutrition during transitional periods, picky eating, underweight, overweight/obesity, weight loss, weight gain, disordered eating, vegetarian lifestyle, label reading, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, food allergies, meal/snack planning, food allergies, hydration, supplementation, diagnosed gastro-intestinal issues such as IBS, sports nutrition and other nutrition related problems/topics.

Kelly Stellato M.S., R.D., L.D.N., C.L.C. is a Registered/Licensed Dietitian who is now available to support students at WPI who have concerns related to food and nutrition. She became an R.D. by obtaining a B.S. in Human Nutrition, then obtained a M.S. in Holistic Nutrition and completed a one-year dietetic internship with rotations in clinical nutrition, medical nutrition therapy, public health, business, community nutrition programming, and food service. Kelly is also a Certified Weight Management Consultant and also holds certificates in fitness-related activities, such as yoga, pre- and postnatal exercise, child and teen fitness, strength training, and t'ai chi instruction.

Kelly focuses on how to eat in a healthy, positive way while at WPI. Depending on the reason for the appointment, she will tailor your visit to be certain to answer specific questions her patients have about food and nutrition.

Kelly can be contacted at:

WPI Health Center
32 Hackfield Road
Worcester, MA 01609
+1-508-831-5520

Stay involved with WPI

A letter from Jake Messier, Executive Director of Alumni Relations

Greetings,

I would like to introduce myself as the new executive director of alumni relations at WPI. While much of our work in the Office of Alumni Relations revolves around developing connections with our 30,000 graduates, I also look forward to meeting many parents and learning how we can create opportunities for an enjoyable and beneficial connection with WPI. I and the Alumni Relations staff members look forward to your calls and emails, and we welcome your visits to Higgins House.

As a father and husband, I can truly relate to the bittersweet emotions of sending a son or daughter off to college. We are all delighted to have your children in our community. I also want to thank all the parents, some of whom are alumni, who have been instrumental in the continued growth of the institute—along with the trustees, classroom speakers, student mentors and all others who attended and volunteered at events in the past. The Alumni Relations staff is here to work with you in continuing to shape WPI into a world-class institution of higher education and research.

We hope to inspire your pride in WPI and encourage you to become more active this upcoming year. Please keep us informed about what you are doing and how we can be of help to you.

Feel free to contact me personally with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. My door is always open for a cup of coffee and a chat any time of day.

Sincerely,
Jake Messier
jmessier@wpi.edu
508-831-6074

 

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When you see 'Worcester Polytechnic Institute' on your caller ID, it could be us. We look forward to speaking with you soon!

To make an investment in WPI now, please visit our online giving form.

WPI Athletics Up-Date

Rusty Eggen, Director Sports Information

Women's Basketball captured its second ECAC New England Championship in the last three years, beating Nichols last Sunday. Junior Serena Dubois (Bangor, ME) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.  It was the fourth ECAC title for the Engineers, who set a new school record with 24 wins.

Men's Basketball won its NCAA Tournament first round contest against Husson before falling to UMass Dartmouth the following night. It marked the sixth straight season in which the Crimson and Gray won 20 or more games.

A pair of track and field athletes earned All-ECAC accolades. Jarrett Arredondo (Somerville, MA) accomplished the feat in both the weight throw and the shot put, while Ben Roy (Buxton, ME) turned the trick in the 55-meter hurdles.

Baseball and Softball opened up their 2009 seasons with 10-game trips to Florida. Both teams look to open up the northern portion of their schedules this week. Men's and Women's Crew also spent spring break in Florida, preparing for their spring seasons.

See you at the games - Rusty

Recent Results

Wednesday, March 4

Women's Basketball 64, Colby-Sawyer 44 (ECAC Quarterfinal)

Friday, March 6

Men's Basketball 86, Husson 57 (NCAA Tournament)

Saturday, March 7

UMass Dartmouth 81, Men's Basketball 68 (NCAA Second Round)
Women's Basketball 52, Emerson 43 (ECAC Semifinal)

Sunday, March 8 Women's Basketball 43, Nichols 36 (ECAC Championship)
Softball 9, Wooster (OH) 3 (at Fort Myers, FL)
Softball 10, Elms 3 (at Fort Myers, FL)
Baseball 3, St. Joseph's (ME) 2 (9 Innings) (at Lakeland, FL)
St. Joseph's (ME) 15, Baseball 14 (at Lakeland, FL)
Monday, March 9

Baseball 11, Pitt-Greensburg 6 (at Winter Haven, FL)
Pitt-Greensburg 3, Baseball 2 (at Winter Haven, FL)
St. Mary's (IN) 5, Softball 0 (at Fort Myers, FL)
Olivet (MI) 8, Softball 0 (at Fort Myers, FL)

Tuesday, March 10

Wentworth 12, Baseball 2 (at Auburndale, FL)
North Park (IL) 2, Softball 1 (at Fort Myers, FL)
Eastern Nazarene 9, Softball 6 (at Fort Myers, FL)

Thursday, March 12

Baseball 15, Fitchburg State 9 (at Auburndale, FL)
Rockford (IL) 8, Softball 0 (at Fort Myers, FL)
New Jersey City 7, Softball 1 (at Fort Myers, FL)

Friday, March 13

Beloit (WI) 6, Baseball 4 (at Winter Haven, FL)
Beloit (WI) 8, Baseball 4 (at Winter Haven, FL)
Carroll (WI) 10, Softball 1 (at Fort Myers, FL)
Curry 5, Softball 4 (8 Innings) (at Fort Myers, FL)

Saturday, March 14

Baseball 8, UMass Dartmouth 0 (at Auburndale, FL)
Baseball 3, UMass Dartmouth 1 (at Auburndale, FL)

This Week's Games

Tuesday, March 17

Baseball at Johnson & Wales

3:30

Wednesday, March 18

Baseball at Fitchburg State

3:30

Saturday, March 21

Clark at Baseball (DH)
Anna Maria at Softball (DH)

Noon
Noon

Men's Athlete of the Week - March 9

Fernando Perez - Basketball - Freshman - Lowell, MA

Fernando Perez of the men's basketball team has been named the male athlete of the week for the week of March 2nd through March 8th. In WPI's fifth straight NCAA Tournament, and the first NCAA Tournament contest of his career, Perez posted the game's only double-double. His 14 points and game-best 11 rebounds propelled the Engineers past Husson 86-57, and into the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Perez was a bright spot in an 81-68 loss to UMass Dartmouth, going 5-of-6 to tally 11 points while adding two steals for the Crimson and Gray. WPI concludes its season with a 21-6 mark, which is their sixth consecutive 20-win season and seventh in team history

Women's Athlete of the Week - March 9

Serena Dubois - Basketball - Junior - Bangor, ME

Serena Dubois of the women's basketball team has been named the female athlete of the week for the week of March 2nd through March 8th. The junior forward played a stellar ECAC Tournament, helping the Engineers to their fourth title while setting the program's single-season wins record at 24-6. Dubois was outstanding, posting a double-double in both the semifinal and championship games en route to tournament Most Outstanding Player accolades. In the tournament semifinal versus Emerson, she was 8-for-13 from the field to knock down a game best 17 points while adding 11 rebounds and three steals. She followed that performance up with a game-high 11 rebounds and four steals and 12 points to lead the Crimson and Gray past Nichols and to their second ECAC title in three years.

Men's Athlete of the Week - March 16

Scott McNee - Baseball - Senior - Falmouth, MA

Scott McNee of the baseball team has been named the male athlete of the week for the week of March 9th through March 15th. The senior co-captain had a fantastic spring trip at the RussMatt Baseball Central Florida Invitational. He was on fire for the Engineers, helping the Crimson and Gray to wins over St. Joseph's (3-2), Pitt-Greensburg (11-6), Fitchburg State (15-9) and a double-header sweep of UMass Dartmouth (8-0 and 3-1) to kick off the 2009 season. McNee launched three solo homeruns while also posting team bests in batting average (.433), runs (15), doubles (6), RBI (11) and stolen bases (5). WPI Baseball, now 5-5, will be back in action, weather permitting on Tuesday when they travel to Johnson and Wales before heading to Fitchburg State on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled to begin at 3:30pm.

Women's Athlete of the Week - March 16

Nicole Maglione - Softball - Senior - Charlton, MA

Nicole Maglione of the softball team has been named the female athlete of the week for the week of March 9th through March 15th. Maglione, a senior, highlighted a 2-8 performance at the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic last week. Maglione was 1-for-3 with two runs scored in a pair of wins over the College of Wooster and Elms and was 3-for-4 with two runs in a 5-4 extra inning loss to Curry. She posted at least one hit in 9 of WPI's ten games and tallied a team-leading 12 hits, including two doubles, to post a robust .444 batting average. WPI Softball returns to the diamond on March 21st when they host Anna Maria in a double-header set to begin at noon.

Men's Basketball (21-6 overall, 11-1 NEWMAC)

Jerome Kirkland (Boston, MA) drained 13 of his game-high 15 points in the first half, leading WPI to a 86-57 victory over Husson in the first round of the Division III NCAA Tournament on Friday evening.. WPI never trailed in the game and was the first NCAA tournament win for the Engineers since a 79-62 victory over Bridgewater State in the first round of the 2006 tournament. Both teams came out of the locker room playing at a fast pace in the first half, with WPI scoring the first four points of the game en route to an early 7-2 advantage.  Following a three-pointer by Husson to cut the lead to 7-5, the Engineers would score the next seven points of the game to take charge of the contest. WPI pushed the lead to double digits for the first time on a Kirkland jumper with 12:26 left in the half, making the score 20-10. Husson would do their best to stay within striking distance, still trailing by ten at 30-20 with 6:32 to play, but the Engineers would go on a 12-4 run to close out the frame with their largest lead of the half, 42-24 heading into the locker room. WPI came out of the locker room hot in the second half, scoring the first seven points. The Eagles responded however, dropping in the next ten points of the game to cut the WPI lead to 15 five minutes into the second half. The Crimson and Gray answered with an 11-2 run, culminated by a Fernando Perez (Lowell, MA) hook shot on the baseline with 11:16 to go that gave WPI a 25-point advantage, 60-35. Perez posted the game's only double-double in his first NCAA Tournament contest, registering 14 points and a game-best 11 rebounds. The Engineers would build upon their lead in the final minutes, closing out the 29-point win. WPI converted 22 Husson turnovers into 21 points, and used a 48-34 rebounding advantage to gain a 24-5 edge in second-chance points, keying the victory. Jeffrey Robinson (Granby, CT) and Matt Carr (Somersworth, NH) were also in double figures for WPI, scoring 11 and 10 points respectively. Robinson added seven boards. Ben Etten (Hollis, NH) added eight points and seven rebounds, while Kyle Nadeau (Webster, MA) chipped in with eight second-half points for the victors. Twelve Engineers dented the scoring sheet on the night. In the tournament's second round, WPI dropped a hard-fought 81-68 decision to UMass Dartmouth. The loss concludes WPI's sixth consecutive 20-win season and seventh in team history. Adam Lirette (Dover, NH) scored 12 points in his final game, while Robinson and Perez contributed 11 points apiece. NT Izuchi (Boston, MA) added nine points and a team-high six rebounds, while Kirkland dropped in seven points and dished out three assists, each in their last game with the Engineers.

Women's Basketball (24-6 overall, 12-1 NEWMAC)

Led by a double-double from tournament Most Outstanding Player Serena Dubois (Bangor, ME), the WPI women's basketball team claimed its second ECAC Division III New England Women's Basketball Championship in the last three years with a 43-36 victory over Nichols Sunday afternoon. With the win, the second-seeded Engineers set the program's single-season wins record, finishing the season at 24-6. WPI won its fourth ECAC title overall; the Engineers were also tournament champions in 1983, 1987 and most recently in 2007. The win marks the second for Head Coach Cherise Galasso and for WPI's seniors, Natasha Deschene (Presque Isle, ME) and Caitlin Macko (Cromwell, CT), who finish their careers with a 78-33 record, the most by any class in WPI's history. Macko finishes with 111 career games played, the program's record. Dubois posted 12 points to go with a game-high 11 rebounds and four steals, while sophomore guard Elle Fontaine (Franklin, MA) also recorded a double-double for the Engineers, netting 12 points - 10 in the second half - and 10 boards. Both teams struggled to find the basket in the opening frame, and played a tight defensive game that saw three lead changes and the largest lead at any point in favor of the Bison at 14-10 with 7:30 left in the half. A pair of Dubois layups erased the margin and found the teams tied with just over five minutes left before the Bison managed a jumper and a three-pointer over the remainder to carry a 19-14 advantage into the locker room. The teams again struggled offensively early in the second half, combining for just nine points in the opening eight minutes before WPI found its stride, mounting a 14-2 run. Trailing, 24-18, Fontaine completed a three-point play and then sank a three-pointer to knot the game, 24-24, with 9:29 left. After a pair of free throws, put the Bison up by two, a second-chance jumper tied it up at 26-26. WPI then sank two consecutive treys to cap the comeback and take a six-point lead with 6:05 left. The Engineers pushed ahead by eight on a Melissa Kuhn (Stoughton, MA) jumper with 3:51 left, but the Bison cut it down with a three-point play, and later came within four on three swishes from the charity stripe. That was as close as Nichols got, as WPI hit five of six free throws in the final minute. WPI held the Bison to 14.8% shooting in the second half, outscoring the home team, 29-17 in the frame. For the game, the Engineers finished 31.5% from the field, while Nichols was 21.4%. The Bison claimed a 45-39 rebounding advantage, but WPI collected 15 points off of Nichols' 18 turnovers. In the second round of the tournament, the Crimson and Gray posted a 52-43 win over Emerson. Dubois and Deschene each notched double-doubles to propel the Engineers into the championship game. Emerson took its largest lead of the game at 22-13, but the Engineer defense would not allow a Lion field goal during the last 7:40 of the first half and, in the process, embarked upon an 11-1 run to take a 24-23 advantage into the locker room at intermission. The strong defensive effort continued in the second half, as the Engineers held the Lions to 19.4% shooting from the floor after the break. The Crimson and Gray parlayed 16 Emerson turnovers into 16 points while outscoring the Lions 28-18 in the paint. The visitors received a boost from its bench, as the Emerson reserves outscored its WPI counterparts by a 18-2 margin. Dubois canned 8-of-13 shots from the floor en route to registering a game-best 17 points to go along with 11 rebounds. It marked her ninth double-double of the season and 14th of her career. Deschene finished with 11 points and 10 boards, marking the fourth time she has reached her career-high in rebounding this season. Macko and Kuhn each added eight points. In the first round, Fontaine dropped in a game-high 18 points and pulled down eight rebounds, while Dubois drained 13 of her 16 points in the first half, leading host second-seeded WPI to a 64-44 triumph over seventh-seeded Colby-Sawyer. The Engineers came out of the locker room shooting the ball well as they jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. Colby-Sawyer responded by scoring seven of the game's next 12 points, but five straight points from Dubois gave WPI a double digit lead at 20-9 with 10:23 to go in the half. The teams traded baskets for the rest of the frame, until a jumper by Kuhn with 2:16 to go gave the Crimson and Gray a 31-17 lead heading into intermission, its largest of the half. WPI established their lead due in large part to their perimeter defense, as they held the Chargers to 0-for-10 from three-point land in the half. WPI kept the pressure on in the second half, as they would never trail in the game. A layup by Colby-Sawyer with 15:37 to play brought the seventh-seeded Chargers back to within nine at 36-27, but they would get no closer. The Engineers got three straight baskets including a pair of 3-pointers by Fontaine and a jumper from Macko to push the WPI lead back to double digits where it would remain for the rest of the game. Macko netted a season-high 15 points in the contest to go along with her three assists. Dubois added seven rebounds and senior point guard Deschene dished out a game-high seven assists for the Engineers. Kuhn added eight points for WPI, while Charlotte McDonnell (Swansea, MA) grabbed eight rebounds for the victors.

Men's Indoor Track and Field

Jarrett Arredondo (Somerville, MA) posted a distance of 55-08.5 in the weight throw and Ben Roy (Buxton, ME) crossed the finish line in 8.03 in the 55 meter hurdles to help men's track and field to an 18th place finish at the ECAC Championships hosted by Tufts University. St. Lawrence was the overall meet winner with 53 points. In addition to Arredondo and Roy, several other Engineers turned in solid performances. Lane Thornton registered a 2:36.56 finish to place 12th in the 1000 meter run while fellow distance runner Chris Gabrielson (Westford, MA) took home 20th (9:04.88) in the 3000 meter. Jason Reynolds (Peru, NY) was 15th in the weight throw with his 47-06.5 mark. The 4 x 400 meter relay combination of Joe Krasinskas (Sutton, MA), Roy, Alan Mann (Westminster, MA) and Kyle Morette (Leominster, MA) united to finish seventh (3:25.59). Krasinskas also placed seventh in the pentathlon with 3207 total points for the Engineers. Among the field of participants, Krasinskas tallied fifth in the 55 meter hurdles (8.19) and the 1000 meter run (2:47.78) while he recorded ninth in the long jump (5.87m) and shot put (9.76m). He ended his meet rounding up 10th in the long jump (5.87m).  In day one action, Arrendondo placed fifth in the shot put (14.60) while senior Shaun Price (Boston, MA) and freshman Morette took 12th in the triple jump (13.21m) and the pole vault (4.40m) respectively.

Women's Indoor Track and Field

Freshman Chrystian Dennis (Boston, MA) and junior Krista Baker (Medway, MA) participated at last weekend's ECAC Championships at Tufts University. Dennis narrowly missed qualifying for the finals of the 55-meter dash. The freshman crossed the finish line in 7.39 seconds, good enough for ninth place. Baker's 44-11.75 toss was good enough for an 18th place finish in the weight throw. Both the men's and women's track and field teams will begin the outdoor season on Saturday, March 28th by hosting the Worcester City Meet.

Baseball (5-5 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

WPI Baseball kicked off the 2009 season with their annual spring break trip to Florida. The Engineers participated in the RussMattBaseball Central Florida Invitational and returned home with a 5-5 record. The Crimson and Gray picked up wins versus St. Joseph's (3-2), Pitt-Greensburg (11-6), Fitchburg State (15-9) and a double-header sweep of UMass Dartmouth (8-0 and 3-1). In their first game of the southern swing, the Engineers earned a come-from-behind extra inning victory over St. Joes on the back of Conor Fahey (Cumberland, RI) who turned in a stellar pitching performance. He pitched eight strong innings of five-hit ball, registering a career-high 13 strikeouts against only one walk, keeping the Engineers in the game with the Monks. Catcher Joe Walsh (Weymouth, MA) highlighted the victory over Pitt-Greensburg, launching a grand slam to left-center to spark the WPI bench and give the Engineers a lead they would not relinquish. Nick Bean (Middleboro, MA) and Jameson Kokolis (Manchester, NH) each smashed home runs and drove in four runs to help the Crimson and Gray past Fitchburg State while pitchers Bryan Watkins (Belmont, MA) and Sean Minor (Los Angeles, CA) combined to allow just one run to UMass-Dartmouth and scurry past the Corsairs in their final two spring break contests. Watkins was dominant, tossing six shutout innings of one-hit ball while striking out eight and walking none. Minor went the distance in game two, striking out six in seven innings of work. Scott McNee was on fire for the Engineers, posting team bests in batting average (.433), runs (15), doubles (6), homeruns (3), RBI (11) and stolen bases (5). Bean led the way in hits with 14, including a double and a homer, while notching 10 RBI. Paul Galligan finished the ten game trip with a .387 average including 12 hits (team-high two triples) and 10 runs for the Engineers. Watkins was 2-0 on the mound for WPI, with a 2.08 ERA. He allowed six runs (three earned) on ten hits while striking out 12 in 13 innings pitched. Fahey returns to Worcester with an 0-1 record and a squad-leading twenty strikeouts while Minor, who tossed 14 innings, gave up four runs (two earned) on ten hits to register a 1.29 ERA. WPI Baseball is back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Johnson and Wales before heading to Fitchburg State on Wednesday. Both games are scheduled to begin at 3:30pm.

Softball (2-8 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

WPI Softball headed to Fort Myers, Florida to participate at the annual Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic. The Engineers pounded out 22 hits in their first to games to earn a pair of victories before dropping their next eight games to return home with a 2-8 record. In its first game of the year, WPI scored seven runs in the first two innings en route to a 9-6 win over the College of Wooster. The Engineers got on the board in the top of the first when Jen Richards (Hampstead, NH) poked a single up the middle to score Nicole Maglione (Charlton, MA) who had doubled one batter before. Following a three run first from Wooster to take the lead 3-1, WPI ignited for six runs on six hits highlighted by a Kim Martilla (Kings Park, NY) double to left-center to score three. Sara Migdal (Galway, NY) added two RBI on a single up the middle while a Meg Foley (Belchertown, MA) RBI single to left extended the Engineers lead to 7-3. Wooster battled back to come within one (7-6) in the bottom of the third, but single runs in the fourth and fifth innings secured the victory for the Crimson and Gray. Martilla led the way for the Engineers, going 3-for-4 at the plate, including two doubles, to knock in three RBI while scoring two runs. Richards finished the game 2-for-2 with two RBI. Allie Hardy (Townsend, MA) picked up the win for WPI, her first of the season. She threw four innings allowing just two hits while striking out three on the day. Lindsay Brown (Westfield, NJ) started the game for the Engineers, tossing three innings to allow six runs (three earned) on five hits. In the nightcap, a 10-3 win over Elms, pitcher Erin Flaherty (Stoughton, MA) threw seven strong innings to earn her first collegiate win.  The freshman hurler allowed just three runs (two earned) on three hits, while striking out three to pick up the victory Flaherty's performance was complimented by another impressive offensive effort from the Engineers who tallied nine hits. Down 1-0 in the third, WPI took advantage of two Elms errors, two walks and a Migdal double to take a 6-1 lead in the third inning. After a two run top of the fourth to cut the WPI lead in half (6-3), the Engineers added a three run fifth to put the game out of reach. Sarah Johnson (Eastham, MA) highlighted the inning with her two RBI triple while Richards added a double. Flaherty shut down the Elms offense, not allowing a hit through the final three frames. Migdal and Johnson paced the Engineers with three and two RBI, respectively while Corrie Avila (Dighton, MA) added two hits. Maglione finished the trip with a team-best 12 hits, including two doubles, to post a robust .444 batting average. Migdal recorded ten hits and seven RBI while Richards led the team in RBI (8) and launched the team's only homerun. Hardy returns home with a 1-3 record and 1.95 ERA. She allowed 17 runs (eight earned) in 28.2 innings while fanning 25 and walking just three. In 17.2 innings Flaherty scattered 14 hits to allow 15 runs (seven earned) while striking out 15 batters. WPI Softball returns on to action March 21st when they host Anna Maria in a double-header beginning at noon.

 
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