Weekly Athletic Update (11/18-11/24)

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November 25, 2019

Sean McAllen ran for 164 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries to be named MVP and lead Football past Western Connecticut, 35-6, in a New England Bowl Series game at Alumni Stadium Saturday afternoon. The Engineers finish their season with a program-best 10 wins, surpassing the 9 wins from 2017 and 1992.  With a 3-yard rush late in the first quarter, McAllen surpassed Jason Wooley — who amassed 3,766 yards in his four-year career — as the all-time leading rusher in WPI's 130-year history.  McAllen closes his illustrious career with 3,878 yards. The other half of the two-headed monster in the backfield, senior Connor Field ran for three touchdowns, all from goal-to-go — 3, 1, and 6 yards. 

David Reynolds placed 113 at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Cross Championship, hosted by Spaulding, at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday morning. Reynolds finished in a time of 25:33.4.  He got off to a stellar start, showing in 74th place (3:05.7) after 1K.  After slipping to 135th overall (12:50.1) midway through the 8K event, Reynolds surged ahead 28 spots in the second half of the race to ensure the freshman finished in the top 40% of the field.

Led by tournament MVP Garrett Stephenson, Men’s Basketball earned a 68-62 win over host UMass Boston Saturday afternoon in the championship game of the second annual Paula Titus Memorial Invitational in the Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium. Stephenson's MVP performance consisted of 18 points and eight rebounds, as the Engineers big-man dominated in the paint all afternoon.  Colin McNamara led all scorers with 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting, 9-of-10 from the line. 

Spencer Vinson posted a double-double of 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds as Women’s Basketball knocked off host Fitchburg State 62-41 in a non-conference women's basketball contest on Thursday evening. Vinson was 7-for-14 from the field while 10 of her boards were on the defensive side and five were off the offensive glass.  The senior was joined in double figures in scoring by Lisa Cristiano and Melanie Presseau who registered 16 and 12 points respectively. 

Tyler Marsh and Ronan Ball and Tyler Riggs highlighted the Engineers 2019-2020 home debut, as Wrestling won its opening match against Norwich. The Engineers opened the day with a 33-15 victory over the Cadets of Norwich. Chris Cook drew a technical fall against 4:28 into the 133 bout. He was followed by a quartet of wins at the subsequent weight classes. Carter Lewis fought for an 11-5 decision against his Norwich opponent.

Matthew Olson secured his first top three finish of the season and Men's Swimming and Diving's only of the swimming events in a split result meet against MIT and Bowdoin on Saturday in Worcester.  Olson came in third in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:14.02, while Peter Fagerholm and Zach Denbow each had a pair of fourth-place finishes in the backstroke and breaststroke events.  Molly Sykes stood apart for Women’s Swimming and Diving with several strong events.  The sophomore managed the Engineers' only top 3 finish of the meet, coming in third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:27.90. She was also WPI's top swimmer in the 200 freestyle (4th, 2:01.10). 

Both basketball are on the road Tuesday evening at 6pm with Men’s Basketball heading to Worcester State and Women’s Basketball venturing to Nichols.  Men’s Basketball has the only home game of the week, hosting Fitchburg State at 2pm on Saturday in Harrington Auditorium.

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Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week 

Sean McAllen - Football - Senior - Prospect, CT

Sean McAllen of the football team has been named as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, November 24th.  McAllen rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown en route to being named MVP as he led WPI past Western Connecticut 35-6 in a New England Bowl Series game at Alumni Stadium Saturday afternoon.  With a 3-yard rush late in the first quarter, McAllen surpassed Jason Wooley — who amassed 3,766 yards in his four-year career — as the all-time leading rusher in WPI football's 130-year history.  McAllen closes his illustrious career with 3,878 yards.

Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Molly Sykes - Swimming and Diving - Sophomore - Falmouth, MA

Molly Sykes from the swimming and diving team has been tabbed as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, November 24th.  Sykes excelled in WPI’s home double-dual meet with MIT and Bowdoin, coming in third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:27.90. She was also WPI's top swimmer in the 200 freestyle (4th, 2:01.10) and led off the fifth-place 400-yard freestyle relay team, which also included Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA), Lexi Clark (Easton, MD) and Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH), finishing in 3:45.60.

Football  (10-1 overall, 6-1 NEWMAC)

2018 Football Team

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
11/18 - Football to Entertain Western Connecticut Saturday in New England Bowl Series Contest
11/20 - Ostrowski and Duh Repeat as Five Earn Academic All-District Football Nod
11/21 - McAllen and Casey Reel in Major Awards as 18 Selected Football All-NEWMAC
11/22 - Jen Toland: College football: WPI set to host Western Connecticut in New England Bowl Series
11/23 - McAllen, Engineers Set Program Records in New England Bowl Series Win

Men’s Cross Country

Reynolds running with multiple runners behind him.

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
11/23 - Reynolds Turns in Strong Showing at 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Cross Championship 

Men’s Basketball (5-1 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Photo of Stephenson Garner, Invitational MVP

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
11/19 - Fast Start, Wheeler's Career Night, Sends Men's Basketball Past Salem State
11/22 - Stephenson’s Career Night Sends No. 16 WPI Past Eastern Nazarene in Paula Titus Tournament Semis
11/23 - Stephenson Garners MVP as Men's Basketball Claims Paula Titus Memorial Invitational Title  

Women’s Basketball (4-2 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

WPI female basketball player dribbling.

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
11/19 - Late 3-Pointer Sinks Women's Basketball in Home Opener Versus UMass Boston
11/21 - Vinson Collects Double-Double as Women's Basketball Defeats Fitchburg State
11/23 - Vinson and Lyons Shine in Women's Basketball Non-Conference Tilt at Regis

Wrestling (1-4 overall)

Male WPI student wrestler standing in neutral position.

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
11/23 - Marsh, Ball and Riggs Combine for Seven Wins as Wrestling Makes 2019-2020 Home Debut

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

Male swimmer doing the backstroke

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)

Female swimmer doing breaststroke.

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
11/23 - Sykes Stands Out In Women’s Swimming and Diving Home Double-Dual

Last Week’s Results

Tuesday, November 19             
UMass Boston 49, Women’s Basketball 42
Men’s Basketball 91, Salem State 50 

Thursday, November 21
Fitchburg State 60, Women’s Basketball 41

Friday, November 22
Men’s Basketball 83, Eastern Nazarene 69 (at UMass Boston) 

Saturday, November 23
Football 35, Western Connecticut 6 (New England Bowl Series)
Men’s Cross County (David Reynolds) 113th place in NCAA Championships
Men’s Basketball 68, UMass Boston 62
Regis 57, Women’s Basketball 42
Wrestling 33, Norwich 15
Castleton 34, Wrestling 7
Stevens (NJ) 33, Wrestling 12
MIT 238, Men’s Swimming and Diving 60
Men’s Swimming and Diving 150, Bowdoin 144
MIT 239, Women’s Swimming and Diving 61
Bowdoin 220, Women’s Swimming and Diving 78 

This Week’s Games                                       

Tuesday, November 26
Men’s Basketball at Worcester State                                      6:00
Women’s Basketball at Nichols                                              6:00                                               

Saturday, November 30
Fitchburg State at Men’s Basketball                                  2:00