WPI Athletics Weekly Update (Week of 3/2/20 - 3/8/20)

March 10, 2020

The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the 28 winners of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award (ADOY) last week and WPI Director of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics Dana L. Harmon was named as one of this year's recipients. The award spans seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS, Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges). Winners will be recognized on Tuesday, June 9 prior to the Featured Session at 4pm during NACDA's 55th Annual Convention at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. 

For the first time in program history, 10 WPI Engineers and two relay alternates will be heading to the NCAA Track and Field Championships and will take part in five different events during the course of the two-day event this weekend in Winston-Salem, NC.  Sydney Packard is the top seed in the 800 meters while Johann Bradley is 10th in the pole vault and Oliver Thomas 14th in the 60 meter hurdles.  Additionally, both DMRs will be participating with the women seeded sixth and the men seventh.  

For the second-straight season, Jake Wisniewski was selected as the NEWMAC Men's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year while freshman John Lowther was tabbed as the Rookie of the Year, the Engineers' first Rookie of the Year honoree since 2014-15.  In addition, both Wisniewski and junior Garrett Stephenson earned a spot on the NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference for their efforts this season. 

Baseball opened its 2020 season with a pair of low-scoring victories, sweeping a doubleheader against 2019 NCAA Division III World Series participant Washington & Jefferson on Sunday at Chain O'Lakes Stadium. The Engineers, who did not commit an error on the day, won the opener 2-0 and then closed out the day with a 3-1 win in game two.  David Larson threw six shutout innings and also collected an RBI on WPI's only hit of the day to power the Engineers to a win in their opening game of the season. 

Softball earned a split in its season opening doubleheader with La Verne on Monda. After a thrilling extra inning contest in game one of the day that fell in favor of the Leopards, WPI bounded back with a 12-2 5-inning thrashing of La Verne to finish out the day.  The Engineers combined for 14 hits in game two alone, and 19 hits on the day led by a 3-for-4 Game 2 effort from Lindsay Ambrosino that featured a double and a triple, while Kaitlyn Hess was 4-for-6 with a walk, three stolen bases, two RBIs and three runs scored in the outing.

 In addition to Track and Field at the NCAA Championships this weekend, senior Tyler Marsh heads to Cedar Rapids, IA for the NCAA Wrestling Championships.  The senior 165-pounder is one of just three WPI wrestlers to compete in the NCAAs three straight years.  Baseball and Softball continue their Spring Break trips as Baseball has six additional games in Central Florida and Softball has eight additional contests in Southern California.   

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty
 

Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week 

David Larson - Baseball - Senior - Port Tobacco, MD

David Larson from the baseball team has been named as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Monday, March 9th.  Larson played a huge role as the Engineers kicked off the 2020 season with a pair of low-scoring victories, sweeping a doubleheader against 2019 NCAA Division III World Series participant Washington & Jefferson on Sunday in Winter Haven, Florida. The right-hander tossed six shutout innings, allowing just two hits and striking out seven, including fanning the side in the third inning.  The returning Al-American utility player proved his versatility by accounting for WPI's lone hit and the game-winning RBI in the contest.  Larson also made an impact in the second of the sweep, walking twice and scoring the first run in the 2-0 victory.   

Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Brittany Bolster - Softball - Junior - North Kingston, RI

Brittany Bolster of the softball team has been tabbed as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Monday, March 9th.  Bolster blasted a three-run homer to help WPI take game two and earn a split in its season-opening doubleheader at La Verne.  The junior was 3-for-4 in the nightcap with a pair of runs scored and four batted in during the 12-2 mercy-rule victory.  Bolster knocked in a run in the third inning with a single up the middle before delivering her first career homer on a shot to left field.  The junior first baseman also drew a walk in game one and successfully handled all seven of her defensive chances in the twinbill.

Men’s Basketball (20-8 overall, 10-4 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
3/2 - Men's Basketball to Tangle with Yeshiva in NCAA Tournament at Johns Hopkins Regional
3/4 - Wisniewski and Lowther Reel In Major NEWMAC Men's Basketball Awards
3/6 - Five in Double Figures as Men's Basketball Tripped up by Yeshiva in NCAA Tournament

Wrestling (8-15 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Tyler Marsh competes in the NCAA Championships on Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th in Cedar Rapids, IA

Men’s Swimming and Diving (10-8 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
Sid Williams competes in the NCAA Championships on Wednesday, March 18th, Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st in Greensboro, NC

Men’s Indoor Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
3/7 - Men's DMR Joins Women's DMR, Three Individuals in Heading to NCAA Track Championships

Women’s Indoor Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
3/7 - Men's DMR Joins Women's DMR, Three Individuals in Heading to NCAA Track Championships

Baseball (3-1 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
3/8 - Pitching, Defense Send Baseball by 2019 World Series Participant W&J in Opening Day Sweep
3/9 - Baseball Blasts Way to Split of Day 2 Florida Doubleheader

Softball (1-1 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results Roster | Stats | News
3/9 - Bolster's Blast Boosts Softball into Win Column on Opening Day
 

Results Since Last Report                                   

Friday, March 6
Yeshiva (NY) 102, Men’s Basketball 78 (NCAA Tournament) 

Saturday, March 7
Men’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Tufts Last Chance Meet
Women’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at Tufts Last Chance Meet 

Sunday, March 8
Baseball 2, Washington & Jefferson (PA) 0
Baseball 3, Washington & Jefferson (PA) 1 

Monday, March 9
Greenville (IL) 5, Baseball 3
Baseball 13, Greenville (IL) 0
La Verne (CA) 5, Softball 4 (8 Innings)
Softball 12, La Verne (CA) 2 (5 Innings)
 

Next Week's Games                         

Wednesday, March 11
Baseball vs. Mount Union (OH) (DH) (at Auburndale, FL)              10:00am
Softball at Occidental (CA) (DH) (Moved from March 10th)            4:00 

Thursday, March 12
Softball at Redlands (CA) (DH)                                                        4:00                                               

Friday, March 13
Baseball vs. Penn State Altoona (DH) (at Auburndale, FL)             3:15
Softball at Whitter (CA) (DH)                                                            4:00
Wrestling at NCAA Championships (at Cedar Rapids, IA)               Day One
Track and Field at NCAA Championships (Winston-Salem, NC)     Day One 

Saturday, March 14
Baseball vs. Anna Maria (DH) (at Auburndale, FL)                          9:45am
Softball at Chapman (CA) (DH)                                                        2:00
Wrestling at NCAA Championships (at Cedar Rapids, IA)                Day Two
Track and Field at NCAA Championships (Winston-Salem, NC)      Day Two