WPI Athletics Update (Week of 12/30/19 - 01/05/20)

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January 7, 2020

Head football coach Chris Robertson was selected by the New England Football Writers as the organization's Division II/II New England Coach of the Year.  2019 was a record-setting season for Robertson and his Engineers. The Crimson and Gray won 10 games, the most in the 130-year history of the program.  WPI finished 6-1 in the rugged NEWMAC, sharing the regular season title, its first conference crown since 1993.  Robertson's team earned its second invitation in three years to the New England Bowl series where they defeated Western Connecticut 35-6. 

The senior trio of Sean McAllenSam Casey and Nick Ostrowski were all named to the D3football.com All-East region team on Tuesday morning. It marked the first time in school history WPI has had three selections to the team in the 15 years D3football.com had selected all-region squads. McAllen was a first team selection at running back, Casey was named to the second team at linebacker and Ostrowski was a third team pick at linebacker. 

Junior Lou Duh was honored as a football Academic All-America, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). It is the sixth accolade for the program, and fifth for head coach Chris Robertson.  The defensive lineman was named to the second team. It marks the 77th time a WPI student-athlete has been named an Academic All-America and 57th occasion since 2006.  Duh is the 53nd Engineer to earn the honor and first football player since Will Pope drew second team recognition in 2016.  

Jackson Conroy and Mark Calnan have been named United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Scholar All-Americas as recently announced by the organization. Two of the three NEWMAC student-athletes on this year's teams, Conroy was tabbed a second team midfielder and Calnan was chosen as a third team forward. 

Kristen McCrea has become the first player in program history to capture consecutive United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East Region selections.  The midfielder was named a second team midfielder for the second consecutive season after Kristen Garza (2009) and Emily Doherty (2016) had been honored previously.    

Maddie Blake headlined six Women’s Basketball players in double figures in scoring as the visiting Engineers rallied from a 10-0 deficit to start the game to knock off Westfield State in conference women's basketball contest played Saturday afternoon.  Blake led the visitors with 19 points and seven rebounds.  Cristiano added 17 points for WPI.  Earlier in the week, Southern California native Spencer Vinson scored the first six points of the game on her way to a career-best equaling 20 points as WPI women's basketball led wire-to-wire in a 60-45 triumph over host Cal Tech on Monday 

Men's Basketball jumped out to a commanding lead early in the first half and never looked back defeating Framingham State by a score of 90-38 Saturday afternoon in Framingham.  The Engineers scored the contest's first 17 points with Garrett Stephenson scoring eight of the Engineers 17 tallies. Tajahn Joyner finally got the Rams on the board but the visitors kept rolling leading 49-15 at the break behind 13 first half points from Jake Needleman and 10 more from Stephenson. 

The first full week of January provides many opportunities to catch WPI teams in action at home.  Women’s Basketball hosts contests on Tuesday (vs. Williams at 7pm) and Thursday (vs. Western New England at 6pm) while Men’s Basketball in on Harrington on Wednesday (vs. MIT at 6pm) and Saturday (vs. Babson at 2pm).  Also join us on Wednesday at 6pm in the Sports & Recreation Center as Wrestling takes on archrival Coast Guard.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty
 


 

Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week 

Jake Needleman - Basketball - Junior - Morganville, NJ

Jake Needleman from the basketball team has been honored as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, January 5th.  Needleman made his first game of 2020 a memorable one as he netted all of his 13 points in the first half of WPI’s 90-38 road victory at Framingham State.  The junior also gobbled up a career-high nine rebounds and aided a defensive effort that equaled the fewest points allowed in the Chris Bartley era.  In fact, the Engineers have not allowed fewer points in a game in 68 years, a span of 1,562 games. 

Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Spencer Vinson - Basketball - Senior - Los Angeles, CA

Spencer Vinson of the basketball team has been selected as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, January 5th.  Vinson, a Southern California native, had a strong showing in from of family and friends as the Engineers won both games on their holiday trip.  The senior center share team-high honors with 14 points as the Crimson and Gray began the trip with an 80-61 victory over Occidental.  Vinson then scored the first sox points of the game and ended up with a double-double (career-high equaling 20 points and 10 rebounds) in a wire-to-wire in a 60-45 triumph over host Cal Tech.

 


Men’s Basketball (9-2 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
12/12 - Jen Tolland: WPI’s Garrett Stephenson rebounds for solid junior season
1/4 - 17-0 Run to Start Propels Men's Basketball Past Framingham State in 2020 Debut

 

Women’s Basketball (8-4 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
12/17 - Vinson and Scariati Hit Double Figures as Women's Basketball is Nipped by Bates 59-54
12/29 - Keating Leads Third Quarter Charge as Women's Basketball Knocks Off Occidental 80-61
12/30 - Successful Homecoming: Vinson's Fast Start Sparks Women's Basketball's California Sweep
1/4 - Blake and Cristiano Boost Balance Attack as Women's Basketball Bests Westfield 89-82

 

Wrestling (1-4 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Returns to action on Wednesday, January 8th, hosting Coast Guard at 6pm

 

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

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Returns to action on Saturday, January 18th, at Rowan with Johns Hopkins and Swarthmore

 

Women’s Swimming and Diving (6-5 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Returns to action on Saturday, January 18th, at Rowan with Johns Hopkins and Swarthmore
 


Results Since Last Report

Tuesday, December 17
Bates 59, Women’s Basketball 54

Sunday, December 29
Women’s Basketball 80, Occidental (CA) 61

Monday, December 30
Women’s Basketball 60, Cal Tech 45

Saturday, January 4
Men’s Basketball 90, Framingham State 38
Women’s Basketball 89, Westfield State 82

 

Next Week's Games

Tuesday, January 7
Williams at Women’s Basketball                   7:00 

Wednesday, January 8
MIT at Men’s Basketball                               6:00
Coast Guard at Wrestling                             6:00 

Thursday, January 9
Western New England at Women’s Basketball 6:00 

Saturday, January 11
Wrestling at Ursinus North-South Duals         10:00am
Babson at Men’s Basketball                           2:00