WPI Athletics Weekly Update #30


Sports & Recreation

Senior co-captain Kelsey Saucier threw a one-hitter in the opener and earned the victory in relief of game two as WPI softball went on the road and swept nationally-ranked Babson on Saturday afternoon.  The Engineers took game one of the NEWMAC doubleheader 5-1 and captured the nightcap 3-2.  WPI, which has now matched its season-best winning streak of six and 14 of the last 16, improves to 17-5 on the season and sits atop the conference with MIT with just one league loss. 

Men's Rowing varsity eight captured the Class of 2013 Cup for the third straight spring, crossing the line first in its season-opening regatta Saturday on a chilly Lake Quinsigamond.  The Crimson and Gray outraced a strong Wesleyan boat, topping the Cardinals by less than a second (6:07.6 to 6:08.5).  Women's Rowing team kicked of its spring season Saturday, hosting the Jennifer McLaughlin Cup on a cold morning Saturday on Lake Quinsigamond.  The varsity eight, ranked seventh in the most recent CRCA/US Rowing Coaches Poll, placed third in its five-team race.

Alex Rus secured two of WPI's seven victories as Men's Track & Field handily won the Amherst Spring Fling on Saturday. The sixth-ranked team in the region totaled 139 points to more than double second-place Brandeis (68). The Mammoths were third (51) as regional No. 2 Middlebury was fourth (49), national No. 19 Williams was fifth (42). Rus took the 100- and 200-meter dashes in times of 11.14 and 22.31. Fabian Gaziano headlined the 110-meter hurdles (15.74) as William Kopellas leaped 21-4.75 to win the long jump and Brandon Hoghaug cleared 6-2 to deliver the high jump.

Four field individuals and a relay collected wins as Women's Track & Field team finished first at the Amherst Spring Fling Saturday. The Engineers, ranked 10th in the region, totaled 89 points to edge out Wheaton who amassed 87 points. Kirsten Herchenroder was the top collegiate performer in the discus with a winning distance of 104-4 as Elizabeth Kirschner claimed the long jump with a leap of 16-2.5. Brittney Lambert cleared 5-2.5 to secure the high jump, and rocket to the top of the NEWMAC performance list, and junior Kendra O'Malley sent the hammer 138-1.

Baseball and Softball are home twice this week while the weekend belongs to Men’s and Women’s Rowing. Baseball hosts Wheaton (Tuesday) and Coast Guard (Friday) at 3:30pm as Softball entertains Worcester State Tuesday at 4pm and Coast Guard Friday at 3:30pm. Saturday features the Donahue Cup as the men take on Williams, Conn. College, Rochester and MIT and the seventh-ranked women face No. 3 Williams, Conn. College, Simmons and Rochester. On Sunday, the 2017 New England Champions will be joined by Rochester, RIT and Bates - the 2016 regional champs - for the men’s portion of the regatta while the women will be tested by No. 1 Bates, Trinity, No. 6 RIT and No. 9, and seven-time defending NEWMAC champion, Wellesley.  Track and Field is at Connecticut College for a Distance/Multi-Event on Friday and the Silfen Invitational on Saturday. 

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty and Mark

Student-Athlete of the Week

Men’s Rowing Varsity Eight
Varsity Eight from the rowing team has been tabbed as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 8th. Nathan Pietrowicz (Worcester, MA), Jeremy Hemingway (Westford, MA), Michael Eaton (Exeter, NH), Ben Thornton (Merrimac, MA), Trevor Dowd (Fairfax, VA), Frank Campanelli (Avon, CT), Isaac Beeman (Sammamish, WA), Lorenzo Dube (Fall River, MA) and coxswain Kenedi Heather (Taunton, MA) bested Wesleyan by less than a second to retain the Class of 2003 Cup on Saturday. The crew then raced as two fours, with Heather hot-seating, to defeat Bates, Hamilton and Conn College in both races. Bates and WPI will battle again next weekend in the eights.


Brittney Lambert-Track & Field-Senior-Hudson, NH

Brittney Lambert of the track & field team has been named as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 8th. Lambert won her first high jump competition of the season and ended the weekend atop the NEWMAC performance list with a clearance of 5-2.5. It is the senior’s ninth career win and third in as many trips to the Amherst Spring Fling. The victory also helped the Engineers take the team crown for the third consecutive season.

 Baseball (10-14 overall, 2-7 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
4/2 - D'Agostino Selected as NEWMAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week
4/3 - Baseball's Road Game Versus Babson Postponed to Thursday
4/5 - Patterson Homers, Notches Four Hits as Baseball Drops NEWMAC Game at Babson
4/6 - Friday’s Baseball and Softball Games Versus Clark Shifted to Sunday
4/7 - Rives Strong Start Spoiled as Clark Claims NEWMAC West Baseball Doubleheader
4/8 - Baseball Upended Again by Clark in NEWMAC West Division Action

Softball (17-5 overall, 7-1 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
4/2 - LeClaire Honored as NEWMAC Softball Athlete of the Week
4/4 - Softball's Home Doubleheader with Westfield State Postponed
4/6 - Friday’s Baseball and Softball Games Versus Clark Postponed
4/7 - Saucier Super as Softball Sweeps No. 20 Babson

Men’s Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
​4/7 - Men’s Track & Field’s Seven Wins, Depth Define Amherst Spring Fling Triumph

Women’s Track and Field

Schedule and Results Roster | News
​4/7 - Jumps, Throws & 4x800m Key Women’s Track & Field’s Victory at Amherst

Men’s Rowing

Schedule and Results | Roster News
4/7 - Men's Rowing Keeps Class of 2013 Cup for Third Consecutive Year
4/8 - Fours Shine for WPI Men's Rowing Against Bates, Hamilton and Conn College

Women’s Rowing

Schedule and Results Roster | News
4/7 - No. 7 Women's Rowing Kicks Off 2018 Spring Season by Competing in McLaughlin Cup
4/8 - Women's Rowing Places Varsity Eight and Second Varsity Eight in Finals of Home Regatta

Last Week's Results

Wednesday, April 4
Westfield State at Softball (DH) (Postponed - Makeup TBA 

Tuesday, April 3
Babson 26, Baseball 1

Friday, April 6
Softball at Clark (DH) (Postponed - Makeup TBA) 

Saturday, April 7
Clark 3, Baseball 2
Clark 18, Baseball 14
Softball 5, Babson 1
Softball 3, Babson 2
Men’s Track and Field -1st place at Amherst Spring Fling Invitational
Women’s Track and Field - 1st place at Amherst Spring Fling Invitational
Men’s Rowing - 1st Place in Class of 2003 Cup
Women’s Rowing - 2nd Place in Jennifer McLaughlin Cup and 3rd place overall 

Sunday, April 8
Clark 8, Baseball 3
Men’s Rowing - 1st Place (Varsity 4) vs. Bates, Conn College and Hamilton
Women’s Rowing - 4th Place vs. Hamilton, Clark, Pacific Lutheran, Mount Holyoke, Simmons & Bates

Next Week's Games

Tuesday, April 10
Wheaton at Baseball 3:30
Worcester State at Softball (DH) 4:00 

Friday, April 13
Coast Guard at Baseball 3:30
Coast Guard at Softball (DH) 3:30
Track and Field at Conn College Elite Distance/Multi-Event Day One 

Saturday, April 14
Baseball at Coast Guard (DH) Noon
Softball at Smith (DH) Noon
Track and Field at Connecticut College Silfen Invitational Day Two
Men’s Rowing vs. Williams, Conn College, Rochester & MIT (Donahue Cup)
Women’s Rowing vs. Williams, Conn College, Simmons & Rochester (Donahue Cup) 

Sunday, April 15
Men’s Rowing vs. RIT, Bates and Rochester
Women’s Rowing vs. Bates, Trinity, RIT and Wellesley

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