Weekly Athletic Update (11/04-11/10)

November 11, 2019

Francesco Valagussa blasted home a shot from 20 yards out with just 90 seconds remaining to lift top-seeded and host Men’s Soccer to a dramatic 1-0 shutout over fourth-seeded Clark in a NEWMAC Men's Soccer Tournament semifinal Thursday at a rainy Alumni Stadium.  WPI, ranked fifth in the latest NCAA Division III New England rankings, fell to Babson with just three seconds remaining in double overtime of the NEWMAC championship game.  The Engineers await word if they receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.  Selections will be announced at 1:30pm Monday on NCAA.com. 

Ranya Basma came off the bench to score the only goal of the first half, the Engineers added three more after intermission, and third-seeded Women’s Soccer blanked seventh-seeded Babson in a NEWMAC Women's Soccer Tournament semifinal contest at a rainy Alumni Stadium on Thursday evening.  With the win, WPI moves on to its second NEWMAC championship game in the last four years.  The victory was the third straight for the Crimson and Gray, the ninth-ranked team in the latest NCAA Division III New England rankings.  WPI was defeated by No. 5 MIT in the NEWMAC championship.  Its 16-5-1 record equals the most wins in a season in program (2016).  

Kaitlyn HessCarlee Irish and Hannah Larochelle all netted goals in the first three quarters of play as third-seeded Field Hockey defended Alumni Stadium with a 3-0 win over sixth-seeded Mount Holyoke Tuesday night in a NEWMAC Field Hockey Tournament quarterfinal.  The win marks the first NEWMAC Tournament win for the Engineers since a 2-1 victory over Babson in 2008.  WPI fell at second-seeded MIT in the semifinals and ended the season with a 17-3 mark, the most wins in a quarter century. 

Sean McAllen and Connor Field combined to rush for 243 yards and five rushing touchdowns in the first half leading Football to a 54-7 win over Coast Guard in a NEWMAC contest Saturday afternoon. McAllen had eight carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half, while Field (12 carries, 81 yards) had 79 of his 81 yards and all three touchdowns in the aforementioned half as WPI led 45-7 at the break. The Crimson and Gray enter the final week of the season in a three-way tie atop the conference with Springfield and MIT.  Those two teams play each other in Springfield while WPI heads to Norwich next Saturday.  For WPI to earn the NEWMAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament the Engineers must defeat Norwich and Springfield must upend MIT.  Both games kickoff at noon.

Senior Alana Keating was named MVP as WPI knocked off host Worcester State 45-41 to capture the 39th annual Worcester City Women's Basketball Tournament on Sunday evening.  The title was the sixth straight for the Engineers, eighth in the last 10 years and 11th overall.  In a game highlighted by defense, it was the Engineer offense that took center stage late in the first half.  Sara LyonsAlex Scariati and Lisa Cristiano registered layups on consecutive possessions to spearhead a 6-0 spurt they helped send the visitors into the locker room at the break with a 30-25 lead.  

Colin McNamara highlighted three players in double figures in scoring with 14 points and the WPI defense forced 24 turnovers as the No. 16-ranked Men’s Basketball defeated visiting Brandeis 55-46 Friday in the 2019-20 season opener for both teams. It marked the 18th straight season that the Crimson and Gray won its first game of the season for 19th year head coach Chris Bartley. The Engineers received 13 from Reid Walker and 11 from Garrett Stephenson.  Stephenson led all players with 12 rebounds en route to his fourth career double-double.  

Good things continue to happen in events that Sid Williams takes part in, as he was part of both wins for Men's Swimming & Diving Saturday against Coast Guard and Southern Connecticut State.  The Engineers finished with a split result in the three-way meet, beating the Owls, 186-110, but falling to the Bears by a 166.50-121.50 score.  Shelvey Swett pocketed her first two victories of the season in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke to account for two of the Women's Swimming & Diving team's five wins in a split result in the three-way meet.  The Engineers (5-1) notched a commanding win over Southern Connecticut, 187-109, but were pipped by the Bears, 163-137, for their first meet loss of the season. 

Tyler MarshBrendan Marion and Chris Cook made their way to finals in their respective weight classes as Wrestling made their 2019-2020 debut at the Fall Brawl hosted by Ursinus on Saturday.  Senior Chase Lind and junior Carter Lewis battled their way to consolation finals.  Five freshmen registered their first collegiate wins for the Engineers. Cook at 133, Julian Robles  at 165, Adam Marsh at 184, Tyler Riggs and Lucas Wilson-Wuestefeld at 197. 

Football is at Norwich at noon Saturday while Cross Country is at the NCAA Division III New England Regional at Bowdoin.  Men’s Basketball hosts the fifth annual Ted Coghlin Tournament.  Action begins on Friday as WPI faces New England College at 5:30pm and No. 10 Nichols and 2017 champion Eastern Connecticut face off at 7:30pm.  Saturday game times are 1pm and 3pm.  Also Saturday, Wrestling is at Oneonta State with Muhlenberg, Women’s Basketball heads to Emerson and Swimming and Diving ventures to Williams for a meet with Tufts, Wesleyan and the host Ephs.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty and Mark

Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week 

Nick Ostrowski - Football - Senior - Charlton, MA

Nick Ostrowski from the football team has been tabbed as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, November 10th.  Ostrowski, WPI’s leading tackler, posted a team-high four solo tackles as the Engineers defeated Coast Guard 54-7 on Saturday.  The senior posted a pair of tackles-for-loss, included a third quarter safety.  As the middle linebacker, Ostrowski anchored a defense that limited the Bears to just 101 yards of total offense.   

Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Annika Keck - Women’s Soccer - Freshman - Oakland, CA

Annika Keck of the women’s soccer has been named as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, November 10th.  Keck played a huge role as the Crimson and Gray won a pair of NEWMAC Tournaments games to reach their first NEWMAC final since 2016.  The rookie back netted a pair of goals in a 4-0 victory over Wheaton in the quarterfinals before adding another goal over a corner kick in a 4-0 triumph over Babson in the semifinals.  

 

 Football  (8-1 overall, 5-1 NEWMAC)

2018 Football Team

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
11/9 - McAllen and Field Run Wild as Football Celebrates Seniors with Triumph Over Coast Guard

Men’s Soccer (12-3-4 overall, 5-0-2 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
11/4 - Reiniger Provides Men’s Soccer its Sixth NEWMAC Weekly Award of 2019
11/7 - Valagussa's Late Goal Punches Men's Soccer's Ticket to the NEWMAC Finals
11/9 - Men's Soccer Downed by Babson in Closing Seconds of NEWMAC Tournament Championship

Women’s Soccer (16-5-1 overall, 6-3-1 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster Stats | News
11/5 - Kaija and Keck Fuel Women's Soccer 4-0 NEWMAC Quarterfinal Triumph of Wheaton
11/7 - Second Half Offensive Explosion Sends Women’s Soccer to the NEWMAC Finals
11/9 - St. Germain Makes 10 Saves for Women's Soccer in NEWMAC Title Game at No. 5 MIT

Field Hockey (17-3 overall, 6-2 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
11/4 - Wilmington Town Crier: Sullivan sticking out at WPI
11/5 - Hess, Irish, Larochelle Collect Goals in Field Hockey's First NEWMAC Tourney Win Since 2008
11/7 - Field Hockey Sees Historic Season Come to an End in NEWMAC Semifinal at MIT

Volleyball (14-14 overall, 4-6 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | New
11/5 - Wetmore Blasts Seven Kills as Volleyball Falls at Wellesley in NEWMAC Quarterfinals

Men’s Cross Country

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Back in action on Saturday, November 16th in the NCAA New England Regional hosted by Bowdoin​

Women's Cross Country 

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Back in action on Saturday, November 16th in the NCAA New England Regional hosted by Bowdoin​

Men’s Basketball (1-0 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
11/6 - Men's Basketball Atop NEWMAC Preseason Coaches Poll
11/8 - Defense Helps No. 16 Men's Basketball Extend Season-Opening Streak to 18 Games

Women’s Basketball (2-0 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
11/6 - Women's Basketball Fifth in NEWMAC Preseason Coaches Poll
11/9 - Presseau's Impressive Third Quarter Keys Women's Basketball's Victory Over Clark
11/10 - Keating Tabbed MVP as Women's Basketball Brings Home Sixth Consecutive City Title

Wrestling (0-0 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
11/9 - Tyler Marsh, Marion and Cook Reach Finals for Wrestling at Ursinus Fall Brawl

Men’s Swimming and Diving (1-3 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
11/9 - Williams Maintains Stellar Start to Deliver Split Result for WPI Men’s Swimming & Diving

Women’s Swimming and Diving (5-1 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
11/9 - Swett’s Double-Win in Breaststroke Sends Women’s Swimming & Diving to a Home Split

Last Week’s Results

Tuesday, November 5         
Women’s Soccer 4, Wheaton 0 (NEWMAC Quarterfinals)
Field Hockey 3, Mount Holyoke 0 (NEWMAC Quarterfinals)
Wellesley 3, Volleyball 0 (NEWMAC Quarterfinals) 

Thursday, November 7
Men’s Soccer 1, Clark 0 (NEWMAC Semifinals)
Babson at Women’s Soccer (NEWMAC Semifinals)
MIT 4, Field Hockey 1 (NEWMAC Semifinals)                                               

Friday, November 8
Men’s Basketball 55, Brandeis 46 

Saturday, November 9
Football 54, Coast Guard 7
Babson 1, Men’s Soccer 0 (2 OT) (NEWMAC Championship)
MIT 3, Women’s Soccer 0 (NEWMAC Championship)
Women’s Basketball 54, Clark 41 (Worcester City Tournament)
Wrestling - No Team Scoring at Ursinus Fall Brawl
Coast Guard 166.50, Men’s Swimming and Diving 121.50
Women’s Swimming and Diving 186, Southern Connecticut 110
Coast Guard 167, Women’s Swimming and Diving 137
Women’s Swimming and Diving 197, Southern Connecticut 99                                               

Sunday, November 10
Women’s Basketball 45, Worcester State 41 (Worcester City Tournament)
This Week’s Games

Friday, November 15
New England College at Men’s Basketball (Coghlin Tournament)   5:30/7:30                                               

Saturday, November 16
Cross County at NCAA Regionals (at Bowdoin)                                       11:00am
Football at Norwich                                                                                          Noon
Wrestling at Oneonta State (NY) with Muhlenberg (PA)                       Noon
Men’s Basketball hosts Ted Coghlin Tournament                               1:00/3:00
Swimming and Diving at Williams with Tufts and Wesleyan              1:00
Women’s Basketball at Emerson                                                                  3:00