Weekly Athletic Update (11/11-11/17)

November 19, 2019

Mark Calnan and David Lapointe netted second half goals as Men's Soccer team advanced in the NCAA Division III Championships with a 2-0 shutout of Nazareth (NY) on Saturday afternoon at Tufts. Rufus Adams recorded his 10th shutout of the season as the backline of Christopher MartensonBen RicksonMike Biando and Erik Herrera ensured that Nazareth did not log a shot on goal the entire match. The win was the Crimson and Gray second all-time in NCAA Tournament play and first since 1976 when WPI defeated Westfield State 4-3 in a match decided by PKs.  Sunday in the second round, the Engineers fell 2-1 in the final seconds to defending national champion Tufts. 

Sean McAllen rushed for 125 yards and three touchdowns in the first quarter and Connor Field added three rushing touchdowns of his own to set a new WPI single-season scoring record as Football defeated host Norwich 70-28 Saturday to clinch a share of its first NEWMAC championship. WPI awaits word on its postseason fate when the New England Bowl Series is announced on Monday morning.  The victory moved the Crimson and Gray to 9-1 overall and equals the school record for wins in a season with the 1992 and 2017 squads (both 9-2).  The conference title is its third in program history and the first since back-to-back Freedom Football Conference crowns in 1992 and 1993. 

Freshman David Reynolds helped the Men's Cross Country team to its best finish ever in the NCAA Division III New England Championships on Saturday. Reynolds completed the 5-mile course in a blazing time of 25:29.60 to finish in the 20th place, while the Engineers placed in the top 10 for the fourth time in five years, coming in eighth with 246 points.  Sunday it was announced that Reynolds had earned an individual slot in the NCAA Championships Saturday in Louisville, KY.  He will join Dave Berthiaume '91, who placed 59th at the event in 1990 and Austin Scott '17, who finished 68th in 2015 as those to compete for WPI in nationals. 

Women's Cross Country team put the program's competitive consistency on display in Saturday's NCAA Division III New England Championships at Bowdoin, matching the school-record with a 10th-place finish for a third consecutive year. Seniors Sydney Packard and Ari Rozen both finished in the top 50 to lead the Engineers, with Packard coming in the 37th place (22:32.92) and Rozen in 43rd (22:38.90). 

Garrett Stephenson netted 20 points and Colin McNamara chipped in 18 as host Men’s Basketball knocked Eastern Connecticut 88-63 in the consolation game of the fifth annual Ted Coghlin Memorial Tournament Saturday afternoon. The Engineers are 2-1 on the young season and 8-2 all-time in the tournament, with titles in 2015, 2016 and 2018. The duo of Stephenson (10-for-12) and McNamara (6-for-8) highlighted a 59.7% shooting performance on the day for the Engineers. 

Melanie Presseau scored 11 points, all in the second half, and had five steals to help lead Women's Basketball past host Emerson, 56-45 in a non-conference match-up on Saturday afternoon. Spencer Vinson had 10 points and five rebounds for the Engineers. The WPI bench accounted for 27 of the 56 points, led by Lisa Cristiano who had nine points and a team-high nine rebounds.  

Shelvey Swett landed Women's Swimming and Diving's only top three finish of the day with her strong performance in the 200-yard breaststroke as a four-way meet against Tufts, Williams and Wesleyan proved a formidable test for the Engineers. WPI did pick up one victory, beating Wesleyan, 194-118, but Tufts beat the Engineers, 267-54, and meet host Williams won by a 218-95 score.  The 200 breaststroke was WPI's strongest event of the day, as Swett claimed third place with a time of 2:34.19, while Molly Sykes and Molly Silsby weren't far behind in fifth (2:35.76) and sixth (2:35.84). 

Chris CookChase LindTyler MarshJulian Robles and Adam Marsh all logged wins for Wrestling as the Engineers began their 2019-20 dual meet season at a tri-meet at SUNY Oneonta.  The Crimson and Gray fell in the 34-6 to Muhlenberg (PA) in the opener before dropping a 27-15 decision to the host Red Dragons.   

Doubleheader action in Harrington Auditorium on Tuesday with Women’s Basketball hosting UMass Boston at 5:30pm and Men’s Basketball entertaining Salem State at 7:30pm.  Saturday is also a busy day at home with a Wrestling Super Quad beginning at 11am and a Swimming and Diving double-dual starting at 12:30pm in the Sports & Recreation Center.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty and Mark

Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week 

Back Line - Men’s Soccer

The backline of the men’s soccer team has been honored as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, November 17th.  The foursome of Christopher Martenson (Westport, CT), Ben Rickson (West Warren, MA), Mike Biando (Atlanta, GA) and Erik Herrera (San Diego, CA) prevented Nazareth from logging a shot on goal as WPI defeated the Golden Flyers 2-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Championships.  The defense backboned what was the Engineers first NCAA postseason victory since 1976.

Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Sydney Packard - Cross Country - Senior - Georgetown, MA

Sydney Packard from the cross country team has been selected as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, November 17th.  Packard helped WPI finish tenth at the New England Division III Championships for the third year in a row as she finished 37th at the event held at Bowdon.  The senior covered the course in 22:32.92.

Football  (9-1 overall, 6-1 NEWMAC)

2018 Football Team

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
11/15 - Jen Toland: College football: WPI eyes NCAA playoff berth
11/16 - Records Fall as Football Claims Share of NEWMAC Crown with Road Win at Norwich

Men’s Soccer (13-4-4 overall, 5-0-2 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
11/11 - Men’s Soccer Nabs NCAA Tournament Berth; Will Face Nazareth Saturday at Tufts
11/12 - Conroy, Calnan and Adams Earn Spots on CoSIDA Men’s Soccer Academic All-District I Scroll
11/13 - Conroy, Rickson and Kelley Bag Major NEWMAC Men's Soccer Awards
11/15 - Jen Toland - Colleges: WPI men’s soccer team set for Nazareth in NCAA Tournament
11/16 - Calnan and Lapointe Tally Goals as Men's Soccer Dispatches Nazareth in NCAA Opener
11/17 - Men's Soccer's Historic Season Ends with Loss in Final Seconds to Defending National Champion Tufts  

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

Schedule and Results | Roster Stats | News
11/12 - McCrea, St. Germain and Hirshfeld Named Women's Soccer Academic All-District
11/13 - McCrea, Beauton and Keck from Women's Soccer Recognized as All-NEWMAC

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

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
11/14 - Field Hockey's Hynes, O’Sullivan and Hess Net NEWMAC All-Conference Selections

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

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
11/14 - Volleyball's Wetmore Draws All-NEWMAC Praise

Men’s Cross Country

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
11/16 - Men’s Cross Country Sets New Standard at NCAA Division III New England Championships
11/17 - David Reynolds Chosen to Compete in NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships

Women's Cross Country 

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
11/16 - Women’s Cross Country Matches Program-Best Finish at NCAA New England Regionals

Men’s Basketball (2-1 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
11/15 - Late New England College Spurt Dooms No. 16 Men’s Basketball in Coghlin Tournament Opener
11/16 - Solid Shooting Gets No. 16 Men's Basketball Back in the Win Column in Coghlin Tournament

Women’s Basketball (3-0 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
11/16 - Presseau, Vinson and Cristiano Guide Women's Basketball by Emerson on the Road

Wrestling (0-2 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
11/9 - Cook, Lind, Robles and Tyler and Adam Marsh All Post Triumphs for Wrestling at Oneonta

Men’s Swimming and Diving (2-5 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
11/16 - Besch, Shriner Lead Way For Men’s Swimming & Diving In Four-Way Meet At Williams  

Women’s Swimming and Diving (6-3 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
11/16 - Swett Stellar For Women’s Swimming and Diving In Difficult Meet At Williams

Last Week’s Results

Friday, November 15
New England College 78, Men’s Basketball 73 (Ted Coghlin Tournament)                                               

Saturday, November 16
Football 70, Norwich 28
Men’s Soccer 2, Nazareth (NY) 0 (NCAA Tournament)
Men’s Cross County - 8th place in NCAA Regionals at Bowdoin
Women’ Cross County - 10th place in NCAA Regionals at Bowdoin
Men’s Basketball 88, Eastern Connecticut 63 (Ted Coghlin Tournament)
Women’s Basketball 56, Emerson 45
Muhlenberg (PA) 34, Wrestling 6
Oneonta State (NY) 27, Wrestling 15
Men’s Swimming and Diving 218, Wesleyan 87
Tufts 251, Men’s Swimming and Diving 68
Williams 215, Men’s Swimming and Diving 92
Women’s Swimming and Diving 194, Wesleyan 118
Tufts 267, Women’s Swimming and Diving 54
Williams 218, Women’s Swimming and Diving 95 

Sunday, November 17
Tufts 2, Men’s Soccer 1 (NCAA Tournament)

This Week’s Games                                       

Tuesday, November 19          
UMass Boston at Women’s Basketball                                              5:30
Salem State at Men’s Basketball                                                          7:30 

Thursday, November 21        
Women’s Basketball at Fitchburg State                                                7:00

Friday, November 22             
Men’s Basketball vs. Eastern Nazarene (at UMass Boston)             7:00 

Saturday, November 23         
Men's Cross County at NCAA Championships (at Louisville, KY) 11:00am
Wrestling hosts Home Super Quad                                                      11:00am
Football in New England Bowl Series (if selected)                       TBA
MIT and Bowdoin at Swimming and Diving                                    12:30
Men’s Basketball at UMass Boston Tournament                                 2:00 or 4:00
Women’s Basketball at Regis                                                                     3:00