Weekly Athletic Update (10/14-10/20)

October 22, 2019

Julian Nyland tossed three first quarter touchdowns and Connor Field ran for three touchdowns and caught a fourth score as undefeated Football went on the road on and topped Catholic 52-24 on Saturday.  The Engineers, the number one team in New England and receiving votes in both the D3football.com and AFCA Top 25s, are now 6-0 overall and 3-0 in conference action.  Six consecutive wins to begin the season matches the 1938 and 1954 squads, who completed 6-0 undefeated campaigns, and trails only the undefeated 8-0 1983 team for the best start in the 130-year history of WPI football.

Jackson Conroy scored a pair of second half goals as Men’s Soccer bested visiting Coast Guard, 3-0, in a NEWMAC match Saturday afternoon in Alumni Stadium.  The Engineers (8-2-4, 3-0-2) remain unbeaten in conference play.  Conroy struck at 53:49 and 63:39. Both were free kicks with Brandon Hima and Luke Reiniger assisting on the first and Francesco Valagussa helping with the second.

For the second straight year, Women's Rowing earned a bronze medal at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta. The varsity eight finished in third place in the Collegiate Eights while the second varsity eight was 23rd overall.  The varsity eight reached the finish line in a time of 16:53.028.  The race featured all the top six boats that raced in the grand final at the NCAA Championships on June.  Defending champion Bates won again Sunday (16:26.595) with Wellesley second (16:47.200), Hamilton fourth (16:47.200), Ithaca fifth (17:05.636) and Wesleyan 13th (17:27.518).

Men's Rowing saw a pair of boats compete in the collegiate eight Sunday at the historic Head of The Charles Regatta.  The Engineers placed 22nd and 27th overall in a strong field that saw 38 boats participate. The varsity eight turned in a time of 15:19.378, just a fraction of a second (0.17) behind 21st-place Tufts in a possible Baker Cup preview this spring and ahead of Marrietta, UConn, Colby and UC Davis. 

Kristen McCrea notched a goal in each half as Women’s Soccer went on the road and defeated Mount Holyoke, 5-0, in NEWMAC play on Saturday afternoon at the MHC Soccer Field. The Engineers improve to 12-3 on the year with a 4-2 mark in league play. WPI held a 47-5 shot advantage over 90 minutes of play, and were awarded nine corner kicks compared to the Lyons' two.

Brian Brooks finished 27th to lead Men's Cross Country to a 10th-place finish at the Connecticut College Invitational Saturday at Harkness Memorial State Park. Brooks posted a 25:18.1, just 0.1 off of 26th and .3 shy of 25th. David Reynolds came home 40th (25:29.0). The 8K, which featured eight nationally-ranked team teams and all but one team in the USTFCCCA New England coaches top 10, saw the regional No. 8 Engineers best New England No. 6 Tufts, No. 7 Connecticut College and No. 10 Trinity, Atlantic No. 6 Ramapo and No. 9 Rochester, and Midwest No. 9 Wisconsin Whitewater.

Sydney Packard was 35th and Women's Cross Country team placed 16th at the 6K Connecticut College Invitational, which featured a number of nationally-ranked teams and eight of the top teams in New England, Saturday at Harkness Memorial State Park.  Packard produced a time of 22:27.6 while Keely Nistler was 75th (23:06.9).  Trailing the Crimson and Gray (397) were Mideast No. 5 Messiah (412), New England No. 9 Wellesley (19th - 459), South/Southeast No. 8 Christopher Newport (20th - 501) and No. 31 Coast Guard (26th - 865).

Lindsey Giorgi's first career goal was the game-winner with just 2:33 remaining in regulation as Field Hockey kept its perfect season alive with a pulsating 5-4 come-from-behind victory at Conn College on Tuesday afternoon. The Engineers found themselves down 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3 but rallied to tie it with a career-best four goals by Abby O'Sullivan (Walpole, MA) before Giorgi's heroics sent the Crimson and Gray back to Worcester with a 12-0 record.  The Engineers would later defeat Worcester State to move to 13-0 before falling to MIT on Saturday 3-2.

Sarah Kwatinetz and Amanda Wetmore each smashed 10 kills as Volleyball rolled to a 3-0 non-conference victory at Emmanuel Thursday night on Andy Yosinoff Court. The duo also hit .529 and .400, respectively.  Also contributing to the team's 43 swipes were Colleen Mullins with eight and Abbie Gilbert with five while Catherine Reynolds passed off 32 assists.

Tuesday has Volleyball and Field Hockey at home at 7pm.  Volleyball squares off with Wheaton while Field Hockey tangles with Smith.  Saturday features a home tripleheader at home.  Men’s Soccer kicks it off with an 11am kickoff with Springfield while Football hosts Merchant Marine at 2:30pm and Women’s Soccer entertains Wellesley at 6:30pm.   Swimming and Diving opens its 2019-2020 campaign Friday and Saturday in the Worcester City Championships at Holy Cross and Rowing hosts the Quinsigamond Fall Rowing Festival on Saturday.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty and Mark

Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Brian Brooks - Cross Country - Sophomore - Brewster, MA

Brian Brooks from the cross country team has been honored as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 20th. Brooks finished 27th in 25:18.1 to lead the WPI men's cross country team to a 10th-place finish at the Connecticut College Invitational Saturday at Harkness Memorial State Park. The 8K, which featured eight nationally-ranked team teams and all but one team in the USTFCCCA New England coaches top 10, saw the regional No. 8 Engineers best New England No. 6 Tufts, New England No. 7 Connecticut College, New England No. 10 Trinity, Atlantic No. 6 Ramapo, Atlantic No. 9 Rochester, and Midwest No. 9 Wisconsin Whitewater.

Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Lindsey Giorgi - Field Hockey - Junior - Barre, MA

Lindsey Giorgi of the field hockey team has been selected as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 20th. Giorgi’s first career goal was the game-winner with just 2:33 remaining in regulation as WPI kept its perfect season alive with a pulsating 5-4 come-from-behind victory at Conn College on Tuesday afternoon. She then handed out her third assist of the year, and fifth of her career, at Worcester State as the Engineers moved to 13-0 on Thursday.

Football  (6-0 overall, 3-0 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
10/19 - Nyland and Field Key Fast Start as Football Triumphs at Catholic to Stay Unbeaten

Men’s Soccer (8-2-4 overall, 3-0-2 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
10/15 - Defensive Minded - Men's Soccer and Middlebury Scoreless in Matchup of Top Defenses
10/19 - Conroy Scores Twice as Men's Soccer Sinks Coast Guard, Remains Unbeaten in NEWMAC

Women’s Soccer (12-3 overall, 4-2 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster Stats | News
10/15 - 10.0 – Beauton Scores Twice as Women’s Soccer Glides Past Fitchburg State
10/19 - McCrea Produces in Each Half as Women’s Soccer Blanks Mount Holyoke

Field Hockey (13-1 overall, 3-1 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
10/15 - Giorgi's Heroics, O'Sullivan's Four Goals Help Field Hockey Rally at Conn College
10/16 - Field Hockey’s Hynes Earns Invite to NFHCA Division III Senior Game
10/17 - Lucky No. 13 - O’Sullivan, Cidado & Gannon Key as Field Hockey Edges Worcester State
10/19 - Field Hockey Knocked from Ranks of Unbeatens by MIT in Key NEWMAC Match

Volleyball (12-9 overall, 3-3 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
10/15 - Wetmore Wows as Women’s Volleyball Vexes Suffolk In Non-Conference Action
10/17 - Hot Hitting Kwatinetz and Wetmore Sizzle as Volleyball Swings Past Emmanuel
10/19 - Women’s Volleyball Tripped Up During Saturday Trek to Bowdoin

Men’s Cross Country

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
10/19 - Brooks Leads Men's Cross Country to 10th-Place Showing at Conn College Invitational

Women's Cross Country 

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
10/19 - Packard Guides Women's Cross Country at Star-Studded Conn College Invitational

Men’s Rowing

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
10/20 - Men's Rowing Finishes 22nd and 27th at the Prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta

Women’s Rowing

Schedule and Results | Roster News
10/20 - Women's Rowing Takes Home Bronze at the Venerable Head of the Charles Regatta

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Season begins Friday, October 25th and Saturday in the Worcester City Championships at Holy Cross

Women’s Swimming and Diving

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Season begins Friday, October 25th and Saturday in the Worcester City Championships at Holy Cross

Last Week’s Results

Tuesday, October 15
Men’s Soccer 0, Middlebury 0 (2 OT)
Women’s Soccer 2, Fitchburg State 0
Field Hockey 5, Conn College 4
Volleyball 3, Suffolk 0

Thursday, October 17
Field Hockey 2, Worcester State 1
Volleyball 3, Emmanuel 0

Saturday, October 19
Football 52, Catholic 24
Men’s Soccer 3, Coast Guard 0
Women’s Soccer 5, Mount Holyoke 0
MIT 3, Field Hockey 2
Bowdoin 3, Volleyball 0
Men’s Cross Country - 10th place at Connecticut College Invitational
Women’s Cross Country - 16th place Connecticut College Invitational

Sunday, October 20
Men’s Rowing - 22nd place and 27th place at Head of the Charles Regatta
Women’s Rowing - 3rd place and 23rd place at Head of the Charles Regatta

This Week’s Games

Monday, October 21
Men’s Soccer at St. Joseph’s (ME) 6:00

Tuesday, October 22
Women’s Soccer at Wheaton 3:30
Smith at Field Hockey (Note new time) 3:45
Wheaton at Volleyball 7:00

Friday, October 25
Swim/Dive at Worcester City Championships (at Holy Cross) 4:00
Volleyball at Coast Guard 6:00

Saturday, October 26
Swim/Dive at Worcester City Championships (at Holy Cross) 9:00am
Springfield at Men’s Soccer 11:00am
Field Hockey at Babson Noon
Volleyball vs. EConn and SUNY New Paltz (at Coast Guard) Noon
Merchant Marine at Football 2:30
Wellesley at Women’s Soccer TBA
Rowing hosts Quinsigamond Fall Rowing Festival TBA