WPI Athletics Weekly Update (Week of 10/22/18 - 10/28/18)


Sports & Recreation

The WPI Athletic Department, Poly Club, and Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to announce its 36th Class, the Class of 2018. The six newest members were inducted on Friday, October 26th as part of Homecoming Weekend. The inductees include: Jarrett Arredondo '10 (Track & Field), Andrew Edelman '62 (Basketball), Matt Fiore '07 (Baseball), Kelly Johnson '10 (Field Hockey and Softball), Jeff Robinson '11 (Basketball), and Bob Soares '86 (Wrestling). Shawn McAvey was recognized as the Frank C. Harrington (1898) Award recipient.

Spencer Herrington nailed two fourth-quarter field goals in adverse conditions — one from 41 yards and one from 31 — with less than six minutes left, and Julian Nyland connected with Nic Rossi for a 19-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and WPI defeated MIT, 13-6, on Homecoming at Alumni Stadium.  WPI, who has won the last nine games in this matchup, moves to 5-3 and 3-2 in the NEWMAC, while MIT, ranked number one in New England, suffers its first defeat and drops to 7-1 (4-1).  Worcester's Engineers have now won nine straight games in the series, with MIT's last victory coming back in 1900.  Linebacker Nick Ostrowski tied for a team-high eight tackles and forced two fumbles. For his efforts, Ostrowski won the Bob Pritchard Award for Defensive Player of the Game on Homecoming while Nyland was the Bob Pritchard Award Offensive Player of the Game. 

Sydney PackardEmily NewmanKeely Nistler and Ari Rozen all secured All-Conference accolades as Women's Cross Country finished second at the 2018 NEWMAC Championships, hosted by Smith, on Saturday. Packard, Newman and Rozen also earned the honor at last year's meet. No. 4 MIT (20 points) once again claimed the team title while WPI (71), who is receiving votes in the USTFCCCA regional poll, bested No. 23 Coast Guard (85) by 14 points to take second for the second consecutive season.

Brian BrooksMichael BradyAvery Ingegneri and Tom Hanlon each earned All-NEWMAC honors as the Men's Cross Country placed second at Saturday's NEWMAC Championships, hosted this year by Smith. No. 14 MIT extended its string of team titles with 17 points while WPI, the eighth-ranked team in the USTFCCCA New England poll, was the runner up for the fifth consecutive season, this time with 52 points.

Angie Ferro scored with 3:45 remaining in overtime to lift Field Hockey to a 3-2 victory over Mount Holyoke in NEWMAC action on Friday evening. The victory moves the Engineers to 12-4 overall and 5-3 in conference play - giving them sole possession of third place in the standings. The 12 wins equal the most in a season (1999, 2006 and 2009) for WPI since in the last 25 years.  Earlier in the week Ferro followed the same script, scoring in overtime to help the Crimson and Gray defeat Fitchburg State in the first-ever fall game on the Rooftop Field.

Jackson Conroy scored early in the second half and sophomore Rufus Adams stopped three shots as Men's Soccer defeated city and NEWMAC foe Clark, 1-0, Saturday morning in a rainy Alumni Stadium. The Engineers, unbeaten in their last eight matches (7-0-1), concludes the regular season with a record of 12-2-3 overall and 4-0-3 mark in NEWMAC play.   Kristen McCrea netted a pair of goals and Gabriela Hoops notched eight of her career-high 19 saves in overtime, as the hosts and nationally-ranked MIT played to a 2-2 double overtime on Tuesday evening.

Azita Bakhtyari and Colleen Mullins each registered a double-double and Amanda Wetmore hit .522 with a match-best 13 kills as the Women's Volleyball defeated city and NEWMAC rival Clark, 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-13), Tuesday night in Harrington Auditorium.  The Engineers ended the regular season 21-7 overall and 6-4 in conference contests and the Cougars dip to 12-13 and 2-7. While both teams went 2-0 at the city tournament earlier in the season, the teams did not meet due to this year's format.

Dave Chen was named the Justin Ferris (WPI) Swimmer of the Meet as the Engineers retained the Worcester City Championship following the two-day event held in the Sports & Recreation Center. The Engineers totaled 1,167 points to hoist the Paul Parenteau trophy for the seventh meet in-a-row, and the 13th time in 18 meets dating back to 2002. Holy Cross was second with 822 and Clark was third with 567.  Katherine Pawlak was the runner up and one of three student-athletes to swim faster than the 50-yard freestyle meet record as Women's Swimming & Diving took third at the two-day Worcester City Championships which was held in the Sports & Recreation Center.  Pawlak handed in a time of 24.71 in the 50 free and took third in the 100-yard freestyle (55.91).

NEWMAC fall championships are in full force this week as three teams have quarterfinal contests on Tuesday and one a semifinal on Thursday. Fourth-seeded Field Hockey entertains fifth-seeded MIT on Tuesday at 6pm while Volleyball heads to Wellesley and Women’s Soccer ventures to Coast Guard both at 7pm.  Men’s Soccer opens up NEWMAC Tournament play on Thursday at Springfield.  In other action Swimming and Diving hosts Babson, Brandeis, Smith and Simmons on Friday at 6:30pm and Football is at Coast Guard on Saturday at noon.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty and Mark


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Men’s Student-Athletes of the Week

Nick Ostrowski - Football - Junior - Charlton, MA

Nick Ostrowski of the football team has been selected as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 28th. Ostrowski tied for a team-high eight tackles and forced two fumbles in Saturday's win over previously unbeaten MIT. For his efforts, the junior won the Robert Pritchard Award for Defensive Player of the Game on Homecoming.

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Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Angie Ferro - Field Hockey - Freshman - Northboro, MA

Angie Ferro from the field hockey team has been honored as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 28th. Ferro scored both game-ending goals in a pair of overtime victories this past week. On Tuesday, the freshman lifted the Engineers to a 4-3 triumph over Fitchburg State in the first-ever fall varsity game played on Rooftop Field. She ended the week with the decisive tally in Friday night's 3-2 victory at Mount Holyoke to secure the team’s first home NEWMAC tournament game since 2008.


Football  (5-3 overall, 3-2 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News

10/27 - Herrington, Nyland and Ostrowski Help Football Knock MIT from the Ranks on the Unbeaten

Men’s Soccer (12-2-3 overall, 4-0-3 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News

10/22 - Adams Named NEWMAC Men’s Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week

10/27 - Conroy, Men’s Soccer Bounce Past Clark on Homecoming and Senior Day

Women’s Soccer (11-5-2 overall, 5-3-2 NEWMAC)

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10/23 - McCrea and Hoops Excel as Women's Soccer Draws with Nationally-Ranked MIT

10/28 - Women’s Soccer Unlucky in Regular Season Finale Versus Springfield on Sunday

Field Hockey (12-4 overall, 5-3 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News

10/23 - Field Hockey Triumphant in First-Ever Fall Varsity Contest Played on Rooftop Field

10/27 - Ferro and O'Sullivan Aid Field Hockey in Thrilling Comeback Victory at Mount Holyoke

Volleyball (21-7 overall, 6-4 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News

10/22 - Nassar Nabs NEWMAC Women’s Volleyball Defensive Athlete of the Week Accolades

10/23 - Seniors Shine as Women’s Volleyball Blanks Clark in City and Conference Showdown

10/27 - Strong Start Not Enough as Volleyball Comes Up Short at Nationally-Ranked MIT

Men’s Cross Country

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10/27 - Four Named All-Conference as Men's Cross Country Finishes Second at NEWMACs

Women's Cross Country 

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10/27 - Women's Cross Country Places Second, Bests No. 23 Coast Guard at NEWMACs

Men’s Swimming and Diving

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10/24 - Men’s Swimming & Diving Third in NEWMAC Preseason Coaches Poll

10/27 - Men’s Swimming & Diving Earns Seventh Consecutive Worcester City Championship

Women’s Swimming and Diving

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10/24 - Women's Swimming & Diving Fourth in NEWMAC Preseason Coaches Poll 

10/27 - Women’s Swimming & Diving Third in Season-Opening Worcester City Championships


Last Week’s Results

Tuesday, October 23

Women’s Soccer 2, MIT 2 (2 OT)

Field Hockey 4, Fitchburg State 3 (OT)

Volleyball 3, Clark 0 

Fri., Oct. 26 - Sat., Oct 26

Men’s Swimming and Diving - 1st place in Worcester City Championships

Women’s Swimming and Diving – 3rd place in Worcester City Championships 

Friday, October 26

Field Hockey 3, Mount Holyoke 2 (OT)

Saturday, October 27

Football 13, MIT 6

Men’s Soccer 1, Clark 0

MIT 3, Volleyball 1

Men’s Cross Country - 2nd place at NEWMAC Championships (at Smith)

Women’s Cross Country - 2nd place at NEWMAC Championships (at Smith) 

Sunday, October 28

Springfield 1, Women’s Soccer 0

This Week’s Games

Tuesday, October 30

MIT at Field Hockey (NEWMAC Quarterfinals) 6:00

Women’s Soccer at Coast Guard (NEWMAC Quarterfinals) TBA

Volleyball at Wellesley (NEWMAC Quarterfinals) 7:00

Thursday, November 1

Men’s Soccer at Springfield (NEWMAC Semifinals) TBA

Women’s Soccer in NEWMAC Semifinals TBA

Field Hockey in NEWMAC Semifinals TBA

Volleyball in NEWMAC Semifinals TBA 

Friday, November 2

Babson, Brandeis, Smith & Simmons at Swimming and Diving 6:30 

Saturday, November 3

Football at Coast Guard Noon

Men’s Soccer in NEWMAC Championship TBA

Women’s Soccer in NEWMAC Championship TBA

Field Hockey in NEWMAC Championship TBA

Volleyball in NEWMAC Championship TBA