Weekly Athletic Update (9/30-10/6)


Sports & Recreation

The WPI Athletic Department, Poly Club, and Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to announce its 37th Class, the Class of 2019. The six newest members were inducted on Friday, October 4th as part of Homecoming Weekend. The inductees include: John Bibinski '84 (Football), Kristen (Garza) Reader '11 (Women's Soccer), Steve Graveline '87 (Wrestling), Don Maki '80 (Baseball), Larry Noble (Men's Rowing Coach) and Jason Steele (Women's Rowing Coach). To kick off the evening, Helen Vassallo was recognized as the Frank C. Harrington (1898) Award recipient.

Sean McAllen ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, and Mike McGoff notched a pair of sacks as the pair claimed Robert Pritchard Offensive and Defensive MVPs, as Football overwhelmed Maine Maritime 51-20 during Homecoming Weekend.  The Crimson and Gray, the top team in the in the latest Grinold Chapter New England Division III Top 10, move to 5-0 on the season and 2-0 in conference play and join the undefeated 1938, 1954 and 1983 squads as the only teams in the program's 130-year history to tout a 5-0 mark. 

Bridget Sullivan goal with 6:13 left in regulation separated Field Hockey and visiting Springfield in a 1-0 NEWMAC match played Saturday morning on Rooftop Field as part of Homecoming Weekend.  The Engineers (10-0) are one of seven teams in Division III without a loss.  Also sitting at 10-0 is defending national champion No. 1 Middlebury, No. 2 TCNJ, No. 6 Vassar, No. 15 Centre, and St. Mary's (MD). Widener, meanwhile, leads the pack in terms of games played at 11-0. No. RV Stockton was 10-0 before falling 3-0 to No. 18 Kean Saturday afternoon.

Ben Rickson netted his first two goals of the season and Brandon Hima chipped in with a goal and an assist as Men's Soccer remained unbeaten in NEWMAC play with a 3-0 shutout of visiting Emerson on Saturday morning.  The win was the second straight for the Engineers, who move to 6-3-2 on the season and 1-0-2 in conference play. WPI dented the scoring column early.  After being awarded a free kick 20 yards away in the left corner, Hima's restart through the middle of the box was volleyed in by Rickson for the back's second career marker just 1:18 into the match.

Leah Beauton scored twice and Mandy St. Germain stopped four shots as Women’s Soccer went on the road and defeated Smith, 3-1, in a NEWMAC matchup Saturday afternoon.  The win pushes the Engineers record to 10-2 overall and 3-1 in league action while the Pioneers even out at 5-5-1 and 1-2. WPI has now reached 10 wins for the fifth consecutive season and for the sixth time in seven years for head coach Steph Riley-Schafer.

Lilly Taylor handed out 25 of Volleyball’s 29 assists and Abbie Gilbert served up six aces as the Engineers defeated visiting Mount Holyoke 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-11) in a NEWMAC matchup Tuesday night in Harrington Auditorium. With the win, WPI ups its record to 8-6 (3-2 NEWMAC) and for seventh-year head coach Greg Poole, the victory was his 100th on Boynton Hill. He also reached the century mark at Western New England and Western Connecticut and totals 359 wins to date.

David Reynolds placed 34th as the Men's Cross Country team came home 21st at the brown 8K race at the 47th Paul Short Run, hosted by Lehigh, on Saturday. Reynolds handed in a time of 25:12.1 as Ryan Weeks also cracked the top 100 with a 95th-place 25:41.9.  Sydney Packard  led the Women's Cross Country team as the Engineers placed 28th in the brown 6K race. Packard was the 101st student-athlete across the finish line with a time of 22:41.1. Ari Rozen was seven spots behind in 108th (22:44.2) while Grace Hadley was 137th (22:54.0).

An exciting weekend that saw head coachs Larry Noble and Jason Steele inducted into the WPI Athletics Hall of Fame and a pair of boat dedicated to Dave Ploss ‘70 and Bettina Potter ’78 at the Donahue Rowing Center concluded with Men’s Rowing competing Sunday in the Textile River Regatta.

All teams are off until the weekend due to A term final exams.  On Saturday Volleyball welcomes Regis and Fitchburg State to Worcester for a 11am tri-match while Women’s Soccer entertains Emerson at 1pm and Rowing hosts the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta.  Also this weekend, Cross Country heads to the All-New England All Divisions Championships at Franklin Park while Field Hockey and Men’s Soccer venture to Wheaton for Noon and 2pm contests respectively.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty and Mark


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Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Ben Rickson - Soccer - Senior - West Warren, MA

Ben Rickson from the soccer team has been selected as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 6th. Rickson netted his first two goals of the season, including the game-winner, as WPI rolled to a 3-0 NEWMAC triumph over Emerson on Saturday.  The senior also anchored a defense that did not allow a goal in two games.

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Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Mandy St. Germain - Soccer - Senior - Upton, MA

Mandy St. Germain of the soccer team has been honored as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 6th. St. Germain notched five saves over the span of two complete-game wins last week. After only needing to make one stop in a 1-0 win versus Babson, the senior turned away four in a 3-1 triumph at Smith.


Football  (5-0 overall, 2-0 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
9/30 - Field, Casey and Wade Secure Program’s Second Sweep of NEWMAC Football Weekly Awards
10/1 - Sam Casey Promoted to D3football.com Team of the Week
10/5 - McAllen and Field Hit Milestones as Football Celebrates Tastes Homecoming Victory


Men’s Soccer (6-2-3 overall, 1-0-2 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
10/1 - 8 is Great! - Eight from Men’s Soccer Tally Points in 4-0 Triumph Over Wentworth
10/5 - Rickson Racks Em Up as Men's Soccer Upends Emerson 3-0


Women’s Soccer (10-2 overall, 3-1 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster Stats | News
10/2 - McCrea, Rocco and Stifling Defense Help Women's Soccer Upend Babson 1-0
10/3 - WPI Nets United Soccer Coaches College Women’s Team Academic Award
10/5 - Beauton and St. Germain Boost Women’s Soccer to Fifth-Consecutive 10-Win Season


Field Hockey (10-0 overall, 2-0 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
10/1 - Jim Fenton: Locals Contributing to Unbeaten WPI Field Hockey Team
10/2 - Jennifer Toland: Hynes Sisters of Auburn Boost WPI, Assumption to Shining Starts
10/5 - Brimming with Pride - Sullivan Scores Late as Field Hockey Moves to 10-0, on Homecoming


Volleyball (8-8 overall, 3-3 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
10/1 - Poole Nets 100th at WPI as Taylor and Gilbert Key Volleyball's Win Over Mount Holyoke
10/3 - Gilbert and Mullins Shine but Brandeis Hands Volleyball 3-1 Non-Conference Verdict
10/5 - Volleyball Suffers Setback in Straight Sets at Emerson


Men’s Cross Country

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Schedule and Results | Roster | News
10/5 - Men’s Cross Country Takes on Paul Short Run


Women's Cross Country 

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Schedule and Results | Roster | News
10/5 - Women’s Cross Country Competes at Paul Short Run


Men’s Rowing

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Schedule and Results | Roster | News
10/6 - Men’s Rowing Kicks Off 2019 Fall Campaign at Textile River Regatta


Women’s Rowing

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Schedule and Results | Roster News
Begins fall season on Saturday, October 12th in the Quinsigamond Snake Regatta



Last Week’s Results

Tuesday, October 1
Men’s Soccer 4, Wentworth 0
Volleyball 4, Mount Holyoke 0

Wednesday, October 2
Women’s Soccer 4, Babson 0

Thursday, October 3
Brandeis 3, Volleyball 1

Saturday, October 5
Football 51, Maine Maritime 20
Men’s Soccer 3, Emerson 0
Women’s Soccer 3, Smith 1
Field Hockey 1, Springfield 0
Emerson 3, Volleyball 0
Men’s Cross Country - 21st place at Paul Short Run (hosted by Lehigh)
Women’s Cross Country - 28th place at Paul Short Run (hosted by Lehigh)

Sunday, October 6
Men’s Rowing - Second place at Textile River Regatta


This Week’s Games

Saturday, October 12
Regis and Fitchburg State at Volleyball 11:00am
Cross Country at All-New England’s (at Franklin Park) 11:00am
Field Hockey at Wheaton Noon
Emerson at Women’s Soccer 1:00
Men’s Soccer at Wheaton 2:00
Rowing hosts Quinsigamond Snake Regatta TBA

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