WPI Athletics Weekly Update (Week of 10/15/18 - 10/21/18)

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October 23, 2018

A pair of outstanding performances for Rowing at the Head of the Charles and Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, Field Hockey and Volleyball all enter the final week of their regular seasons having already clinched NEWMAC Tournament berths.  All four teams are in the hunt to host home games in their respective NEWMAC Tournaments beginning Tuesday, October 30th.

Women's rowing's varsity eight earned its first-ever medal with a third-place finish Sunday at the historic Head of The Charles Regatta. The varsity eight (18:42.328) only trailed defending national champion Bates (18:18.054) and Williams (18:38.890). The Engineers also bested Ithaca, Smith, Wesleyan and Tufts who were fourth through seventh. NEWMAC foe Wellesley took 10th and Coast Guard was 12th. Mercyhurst interrupted the Division III parade with an eighth-place showing.

Men's Rowing excelled Sunday in brutal rowing conditions at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta. The varsity eight finished in ninth place in the Collegiate Eights while the second varsity eight was 25th overall. The varsity eight caught a crab but still found themselves in ninth place with a time of 16:31.400.  The Engineers were less two seconds out of sixth place behind Notre Dame (6th - 16:29.626), Boston College (7th - 16:29.866) and St. Joseph’s PA (8th - 16:31.090).  Michigan won the 35-boat race in a time of 15:58.108.

Azita Bakhtyari notched a double-double while two more Engineers narrowly missed one of their own as Volleyball downed host Wheaton, 3-1 (25-18, 21-25, 25-15, 25-15) in a NEWMAC matchup Tuesday night in Emerson Gymnasium.  The Crimson and Gray got a match-high 13 kills from Sarah Kwatinetz, who ended the night with a .423 attacking percentage. WPI is now 20-6 on the season and was ranked ninth in the initial NCAA Division III New England rankings.

Speaking of NCAA rankings, Field Hockey debuted at third in the first New England East rankings released this week.  WPI is now 10-4 overall and 4-3 in NEWMAC play.

Sofia Orrico's header in the 24th minute proved to be the offensive difference as Women’s Soccer edged Wheaton, 1-0, in a NEWMAC match Tuesday night in Alumni Stadium.  Gabriela Hoops made five stops for the Engineers Saturday in a scoreless double overtime road draw at Wellesley.  WPI is 11-4-1 on the season and tied with Emerson and Coast Guard for third in the NEWMAC with 16 points.

In a rematch of the 2017 NEWMAC Championship contest, Men's Soccer battled to a scoreless tie through 110 minutes of play against Springfield at Brock-Affleck Field on Saturday afternoon.  The last three matchups between WPI and Springfield have ended in scoreless ties over 110 minutes of play, as the last goal between the two sides was in 2016, a span of 341 minutes and 25 seconds of play.  The Engineer defense excelled all week as WPI shutout Elmira 4-0 on Tuesday and blanked Mitchell on Sunday 2-0.

We are very excited for Homecoming and have a busy week of competition ahead of us.  Tuesday features three home contests with Women’s Soccer squaring off with MIT at 4pm, Volleyball entertaining Clark at 7pm and Field Hockey tangling with Fitchburg State at 7pm.  Saturday will be a busy day in Alumni Stadium as Men’s Soccer hosts Clark at 10am, Football meets MIT at 1pm and Women’s Soccer faces Springfield at 5pm while Men’s and Women’s Rowing will hold its Alumni Regatta on Lake Quinsigamond.  Swimming and Diving will make its season debut Friday and Saturday, hosting the annual Worcester City Meet in the Sports and Recreation Center.  Also this weekend the fall championship season begins with Cross Country competing in the NEWMAC Championships Saturday at Smith.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty and Mark

 


 

Men’s Student-Athletes of the Week

Varsity Eight - Men’s Rowing

The varsity eight of the men’s rowing team has been tabbed as the WPI Male Student-Athletes of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 21st.  Nathan Pietrowicz (Worcester, MA), Kyle Coleman (Kingston, MA), Marc Reardon (Winchendon, MA), Frank Campanelli (Avon, CT), Isaac Beeman (Sammamish, WA), Ben Thornton (Merrimac, MA), Daniel Tengden (Hanover, NH), Gabriel Kafka-Gibbons (Somerville, MA) and coxswain Lily Olsen (Princeton, NJ) finished ninth at the iconic Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday. The Engineers (16:31.400) were less two seconds out of sixth place behind Notre Dame (16:29.626), Boston College (16:29.866) and St. Joseph’s PA (16:31.090).  WPI was also second among Division III programs as Hobart (16:06.302) took fourth while New England rival Bates placed 22nd (17:31.648). Division I Holy Cross came home 11th. 

Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Varsity Eight - Women’s Rowing

The varsity eight from the women’s rowing team has been named as the WPI Female Student-Athletes of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 21st.  Melissa Bazakas-Chamberlain (Belmont, MA), Christine Hovermale (Alameda, CA), Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA), Marlies de Jong (Huntington Beach, CA), Amelia Harvey (Sudbury, MA), Rachel Lia (South Burlington, VT), Caitlin Kean (Shrewsbury, MA), Eva Barinelli (Tewksbury, MA) and coxswain Madison Healey (Atkinson, NH) placed third and earned a medal in its toughest test of the fall season at the historic Head of the Charles. The third place crew (18:42.328) only trailed defending national-champion Bates (18:18.054) and Williams (18:38.890). The Engineers also bested Ithaca, Smith, Wesleyan and Tufts who were fourth through seventh. NEWMAC foe Wellesley took 10th and Coast Guard was 12th.

 


 

Football  (4-3 overall, 2-2 NEWMAC)

Spencer Herrington - Fred Mitchell Award Watch List 

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
10/20 - Second Half Merchant Marine Rally Sinks Football in NEWMAC Road Contest

 

Men’s Soccer (11-2-3 overall, 3-0-3 NEWMAC)

 

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
10/16 - Reiniger Scores Twice, Adams Stonewalls Elmira in Men’s Soccer's Road Triumph
10/20 - Men's Soccer and Springfield Battle to Third Consecutive Scoreless Stalemate
10/21 - Calnan and Ralphs Net Goals as Men’s Soccer Blanks Mitchell on the Road

 

Women’s Soccer (11-4-1 overall, 5-2-1 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster Stats | News
10/16 - Orrico and Beauton Corner Wheaton in Women’s Soccer’s Sixth Straight Win
10/20 - Hoops Halts Five as Wellesley and Women's Soccer Play to 0-0 Draw

 

Field Hockey (10-4 overall, 4-3 NEWMAC)

 

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
10/15 - Giorgi Named NEWMAC Field Hockey Defensive Athlete of the Week
10/16 - Smith Comeback Dooms Field Hockey in 2-1 Overtime Loss
10/20 - Nationally-Ranked Babson Tangos Past Upset-Minded Field Hockey

 

Volleyball (20-6 overall, 5-3 NEWMAC)

 

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
10/16 - Women's Volleyball Claims Four-Set NEWMAC Road Win at Wheaton
10/19 - Trinity Topples Regionally-Ranked Volleyball in Five-Setter at Hall of Fame Invitational
10/20 - Regionally-Ranked Volleyball Splits With Hamilton and Amherst at Hall of Fame Invitational

 

Men’s Cross Country

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
10/15 - Brady Collects Second NEWMAC Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week Nod

 

Women's Cross Country 

Schedule and Results | Roster | News|
Competes next at the NEWMAC Championships on Saturday, October 27th at Smith

 

Men’s Rowing

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
10/21 - Men's Rowing Turns in a Top 10 Performance at the Venerable Head of the Charles Regatta

 

Women’s Rowing

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
10/21 - Women's Rowing Medals for the First Time at the Prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta

 

Men’s Swimming and Diving

Schedule and Results Roster | News
Season beings Friday, October 26th and Saturday October 27th hosting the Worcester City Championships 

 

Women’s Swimming and Diving

Schedule and Results Roster | News
Season beings Friday, October 26th and Saturday October 27th hosting the Worcester City Championships 

Last Week’s Results

Tuesday, October 16
Men’s Soccer 4, Elmira 0
Smith 2, Field Hockey 1 (OT)
Women’s Soccer 1, Wheaton 0
Volleyball 3, Wheaton 1 

Friday, October 19
Trinity 3, Volleyball 2 (at Hall of Fame Tournament at Smith)

Saturday, October 20
Merchant Marine 25, Football 24
Men’s Soccer 0, Springfield 0 (2 OT)
Women’s Soccer 0, Wellesley 0 (2 OT)
Babson 4, Field Hockey 1
Volleyball 3, Hamilton 2 (at Hall of Fame Tournament at Amherst)
Amherst 3, Volleyball 0 (at Hall of Fame Tournament)

Sunday, October 21
Men’s Soccer 2, Mitchell 0
Men’s Rowing - 9th place at Head of the Charles Regatta
Women’s Rowing -3rd place (Bronze Medal) at Head of the Charles Regatta

This Week’s Games

Tuesday, October 23
MIT at Women’s Soccer 4:00
Fitchburg State at Field Hockey 7:00
Clark at Volleyball 7:00 

Friday, October 26
Swimming and Diving hosts Worcester City Championships 6:00 

Saturday, October 27
Swimming and Diving hosts Worcester City Championships 9am/4:00
Clark at Men’s Soccer 10:00am
Cross Country at NEWMAC Championships (at Smith) Noon
MIT at Football 1:00
Field Hockey at Mount Holyoke 1:00
Volleyball at MIT 1:00
Springfield at Women’s Soccer 5:00