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Weekly Athletic Update (2/2-2/9)

February 11, 2020

Garrett Stephenson tallied a team-high 21 points to lead Men's Basketball to a 90-81 victory over Coast Guard Saturday in NEWMAC action. WPI, which is receiving votes in the most recent Top 25, improves to 17-4 on the season and 8-2 in conference play.  Coast Guard dips to 7-13 overall and 2-8 in NEWMAC action. Stephenson connected on 7-of-12 from field and added four rebounds.  Kahleb Downing flirted with triple double as he tallied 20 points for the Engineers with seven rebounds and eight assists in the game. 

WPI Women’s Track and Field distance medley relay composed of Grace Hadley, Janelle KnightLauren Kaija and Sydney Packard not only won the 2020 Cupid Challenge hosted by Tufts University on Saturday, but posted the best time of 12:03.22 in Division III this season. Lora Dufresne opened up the meet for the Engineers with a fourth-place finish in the 600-meter run in a time of 1:42.79. WPI recorded two top-ten times in the 1-mile run where Charlotte Kokernak took ninth in 5:20.68 and Callie Schadt took tenth in 5:20.75.  

Men's Track and Field saw a pair of relays register top three finishes as the Engineers competed in the 2020 Cupid Challenge hosted by Tufts.  The Engineers also placed second in the 4x400 meter relay with a team composed of Nick FleuryQuinton SchimmelAlex Rus and Andrew Whitney, who ran the event in 3:25.41.  WPI earned a third-place finish in the distance medley when a team composed of Tom HanlonNate MeyerBen Steeves and Brian Brooks finished in 10:10.50.  That time currently is the second best in all of NCAA Division III. 

The brother tandem of senior Tyler Marsh and freshman Adam Marsh each went 2-0 Saturday as WPI wrestling split a pair of matches at the Coast Guard Quad. The Engineers knocked off Bridgewater State 37-12 in the second dual after falling 33-9 to No. 9 ranked NYU to open the day. 

Busy weekend ahead in Harrington Auditorium.  Saturday features a home basketball doubleheader with the Women squaring off with Wheaton at 1pm and the Men facing off with Emerson at 3pm while on Sunday wrestling hosts Western New England at 2pm in its annual Spotlight Match in Harrington.  Track and Field has a busy weekend ahead with the Women headed to BU on Friday and the Men on Saturday while both teams will be at Williams on Saturday at an event that focuses on field events.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty


Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week 

Adam Marsh - Wrestling - Freshman - Upper Black Eddy, PA

Adam Marsh of the wrestling team has been named as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 9th.  Marsh won both of his matches Saturday versus NYU and Bridgewater State at a quad meet at Coast Guard.  The rookie 184-pounder was one of only two Engineers to post a victory over the ninth-ranked Violets picking up a hard-earned 4-3 decision.  Marsh followed that up notching a first period pin against the Bears.  Adam and his older brother Tyler were a perfect 4-0 on the day. 

Women’s Student-Athletes of the Week

Distance Medley Relay - Track and Field

The distance medley relay from the women’s track and field team has been tabbed as the WPI Female Student-Athletes of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 9th.   The quartet of Grace Hadley (North Reading, MA), Janelle Knight (Goleta, CA), Lauren Kaija (Reading, VT) and Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) turned in the best time in Division III this season en route to winning the DMR at the Cupid Challenge hosted by Tufts on Saturday.  Their time of 12:03.22 also shattered the previous meet record by over six seconds set by Middlebury in 2014.


Men’s Basketball (17-4 overall, 8-2 NEWMAC)

Men's basketball jump shot in a game

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
2/5 - Wisniewski Paces Five in Double Figures as Men's Basketball Topples Clark in NEWMAC Tilt
2/8 - Stephenson and Downing Combine for 41 Points as Men's Basketball Dispatches Coast Guard 


Women’s Basketball (12-9 overall, 2-4 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
2/5 - Blake Notches First Career Double-Double as Women's Basketball Tripped Up by MIT
2/8 - Mirecki Notches 10 Points as Women's Basketball Drops 56-39 Road Contest to Smith


Wrestling (7-14 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/8 - Brotherly Dominance - Marsh Brothers Shine Saturday at Coast Guard Wrestling Quad


Men’s Swimming and Diving (10-8 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Swimming and Diving back in action at the NEWMAC Championships at MIT on Thursday, February 20th - Sunday, February 23rd


Women’s Swimming and Diving (11-8 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Swimming and Diving back in action at the NEWMAC Championships at MIT on Thursday, February 20th - Sunday, February 23rd


Men’s Indoor Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/8 - Relays Deliver for Men's Track and Field at Tufts Cupid Challenge  


Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/8 - DMR Highlights Women's Track and Field's Performance at Cupid Challenge

Results Since Last Report

Wednesday, February 5         
Men’s Basketball 102, Clark 62
MIT 59 Women’s Basketball 50                                               

Saturday, February 8
Men’s Basketball 90, Coast Guard 81
Smith 56, Women’s Basketball 39
NYU 33, Wrestling 9
Wrestling 37, Bridgewater State 12
Men’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Tufts Cupid Invitational
Women’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Tufts Cupid Invitational

Next Week's Games                         

Wednesday, February 12
Men’s Basketball at Babson                                               7:00
Women’s Basketball at Springfield                                     7:00 

Friday, February 14
Women’s Track and Field at BU Valentine Invitational          1:00 

Saturday, February 15
Men’s Track and Field at BU Valentine Invitational              10:30am
Track and Field at Williams Field and Track Invitational       10:30am 
Wheaton at Women’s Basketball                                  1:00
Emerson at Men’s Basketball                                        3:00
Wrestling at Springfield                                                   7:00

Sunday, February 16
Western New England at Wrestling                              2:00