Weekly Athletic Update (1/13-1/19)


Sports & Recreation

Ben Rickson was selected this week as an All-American men's soccer player by D3soccer.com. The senior was named a second team defender and is the first Engineer to earn the honor since the website began bestowing the award in 2010. Rickson was the NEWMAC's Defensive Athlete of the Year as the center back backboned a defense that leads all of NCAA Division III - 412 schools - in Goals Against Average (0.452).  

David Larson has been selected as a preseason first team All-America by D3baseball.com. The first baseman/pitcher earned the first team nod as a utility player after picking second team All-America honors by the website after the 2019 season. Larson enters 2020 after a memorable junior campaign.  On the mound, he led the NEWMAC with 68 strikeouts and third in wins (6) on the season. Pitching was only half the story a season ago for the right-hander.  Offensively, Larson batted .355 with 12 homers, 41 runs batted in and 36 runs scored.  

Men’s and Women’s Track and Field set five records as the Engineers opened the indoor season Friday at the Lyons Invitational hosted by Wheaton. Janelle Knight set the women’s first record in the 300 meter with a time of 43.60, which earned her fifth-place in the event. Later Sydney Packard set a new school standard in the 500 meter in 1:17.37 to earn her first-place.  On the men’s side Johann Bradley set the school record in the pole vault with a winning height of 4.82 meters, while Alex Rus established a new school record in the 300 meters in 35.92 to take first place.  Finally, the 4x200 meter team finished up the meet by shattering the old school record. A team made up of Matt AdilettaNick FleuryMatthew Madamba and Rus took first with a time of 1:31.27.  

Jake Wisniewski led four Men’s Basketball players in double figures with a game-high 19 while John Lowther registered his first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds leading the Engineers to a 79-67 win over Coast Guard on Saturday afternoon. Colin McNamara  had 17 points while Kahleb Downing added 11 points as WPI improved to 12-3 overall and 3-1 in the conference.  The 3-1 mark has the Crimson and Gray, who are receiving votes in the most recent D3hoops.com Top 25, in a four-way tie for first with No. 19 Springfield, Emerson and Clark with No. 17 Babson and MIT both a game back at 2-2.  

Men’s Swimming and Diving was propelled Sunday by top-three sweeps in both the 200 butterfly and 500 free that led their success in the pool with a total of 27 top-three finishes in their 133.50-128.50 dual meet road victory at Stevens. In the 200 butterfly, sophomore Henry Buda led the way for WPI with the first-place spot in 1:57.80 for a personal best and was followed by Matthew Shriner in second (2:00.46) and Peter Guertin in third (2:05.68). 

Women’s Swimming and Diving set the tone for their dual meet victory Sunday against Stevens when they opened the 200 medley relay with a first, second and third place finish. Jenn BrownellMolly SilsbyCarol Wang and Katherine Pawlak teamed up for the victory in a time of 1:52.33. A team composed of Rayna HarterOlivia PetropulosSarah MacDonald and Lexi Clark swam into second in 1:52.67 while Sydney SeoEmma EdwardsonSofie de Oliveira and Cameron Cronin took third in 1:58.67. 

Tyler Marsh earned all-tournament accolades after going a perfect 3-0 with two pins as Wrestling finished eighth Sunday at the 16-team New England Dual Meet Championships hosted by Johnson & Wales at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Chris CookBrendan Marion and Tyler Riggs also registered multiple wins for the Crimson and Gray while David Gibson posted an upset win over a regionally-ranked wrestler. 

This week’s home slate features a local rival.  Both basketball teams will be entertaining Clark with the women playing Wednesday at 7pm and the men squaring off on Saturday 2pm.  Swimming and Diving also faces Clark, Tuesday on the road at 6:30pm.  Track and Field is back at Wheaton Saturday for a second straight meet and Wrestling is Roger Williams with Trinity and Johnson & Wales the same day.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty



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Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week 

Johann Bradley - Track and Field - Junior - Slidell, LA

Johann Bradley of the track and field team has been selected as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, January 19th.  Bradley set one of two WPI men’s track and field records Friday at the Lyons Invitational at Wheaton.  The junior cleared 15-9.75 in the pole vault to best Kyle Morette’s standard of 15-9 set in a decade ago.  The junior’s height placed him third in real time in NCAA Division III.

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Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

200 Freestyle Relay - Swimming and Diving

The 200 freestyle relay from the swimming and diving team has been honored as the WPI Female Student-Athletes of the Week for the week ending Sunday, January 19th.  The quartet of Carol Wang (Framingham, MA), Kimberly Hazeltine (Stratham, NH), Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA) and Molly Sykes (Falmouth, MA) posted a time of 1:41.35 to finish faster than Swathmore’s A relay in the final event as the Engineers nipped the Garnet 131-130 at a quad dual hosted by Rowan on Saturday


Men’s Basketball (12-3 overall, 3-1 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News

1/15 - Lowther Turns In Another Career-High in Scoring as Men's Basketball Dispatches Wheaton

1/18 - Wisniewski, Lowther and Men's Basketball Post NEWMAC Road Triumph at Coast Guard


Women’s Basketball (10-5 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News

1/14 - Middlebury Ends Women's Basketball's Season-Best Five-Game Winning Streak

1/16 - Jen Toland: Colleges: WPI women’s basketball back on track


Wrestling (5-9 overall)

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1/19 - Marsh Posts 3-0 Mark as Wrestling Places Eighth at New England Dual Meet Championships  


Men’s Swimming and Diving (7-8 overall)

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Schedule and Results | Roster | News

1/15 - Fagerholm Double-Win Drives Men’s Swimming & Diving to Meet Win Over Wheaton, St. Michael’s

1/18 - Denbow, Williams Key Men's Swimming & Diving’s Victory Against Swarthmore in New Jersey

1/19 - Buda Registers a Pair of Victories as Men's Swimming and Diving Bests Stevens


Women’s Swimming and Diving (8-8 overall)

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1/15 - Pawlak Secures Sprint Victories as Women’s Swimming & Diving Falls to Wheaton

1/18 - 200 Freestyle Relay Helps Women's Swimming and Diving Nip Swarthmore in New Jersey

1/19 - Fast Relay Start Propels Women's Swimming and Diving to Road Win Over Stevens


Men’s Indoor Track and Field

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1/17 - Men's Track and Field Sets Three School Records in 2020 Debut at Wheaton  


Women’s Indoor Track and Field

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1/17 - Knight and Packard Establish New School Records in Women's Track and Field Lidlifter


Results Since Last Report

Tuesday, January 14

Middlebury 67, Women’s Basketball 50

Wednesday, January 15

Men’s Basketball 94, Wheaton 66

Men’s Swimming and Diving 154, Wheaton 113

Men’s Swimming and Diving 170, St. Michael’s 100

Wheaton 166, Women’s Swimming and Diving 127 

Friday, January 17

Men’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Lyons Invitational (at Wheaton)

Women’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Lyons Invitational (at Wheaton) 

Saturday, January 18

Men’s Basketball 79, Coast Guard 67

Rowan 143, Men’s Swimming and Diving 116

Johns Hopkins 190, Men’s Swimming and Diving 71

Men’s Swimming and Diving 134, Swarthmore 125

Rowan 135, Women’s Swimming and Diving 126

Johns Hopkins 198, Women’s Swimming and Diving 61

Women’s Swimming and Diving 131, Swarthmore 130 

Sunday, January 19

Wrestling 25, Bridgewater State 19 (at NEWA Duals)

Johnson & Wales 44, Wrestling 33 (at NEWA Duals)

Castleton 29, Wrestling 13 (at NEWA Duals)

Southern Maine 25, Wrestling 21 (at NEWA Duals)

Men’s Swimming and Diving 133.50, Stevens 128.50

Women’s Swimming and Diving 132, Stevens 119


Next Week's Games

Tuesday, January 21

Swimming and Diving at Clark                                               6:30 

Wednesday, January 22

Men’s Basketball at Emerson                                                 5:30

Clark at Women’s Basketball                                                 7:00            

Saturday, January 25

Wrestling at Roger Williams with Trinity and Johnson & Wales   11:00am

Track and Field at Wheaton Invitational                                  11:00am

Swimming and Diving at Hartwick                                          Noon

Swimming and Diving at Norwich                                           1:00

Clark at Men’s Basketball                                                       2:00

Women’s Basketball at Babson                                               3:00