WPI Athletics Weekly Update (Week of 9/10/18 - 9/16/18)


Sports & Recreation

Carly Cidado's goal in the waning seconds capped a wild comeback as Field Hockey rallied from a 3-1 halftime deficit to defeated visiting Wellesley 4-3 in the NEWMAC opener for both squads on Saturday afternoon. The comeback - WPI's second straight from a two-goal second half deficit - keeps the Engineers undefeated on the season at 5-0.

Sean McAllen rushed for 160 yards on just 16 carries with three touchdowns and caught three passes for 25 yards and a score as Football went on road and shutout Becker 45-0 in its final non-conference game of the 2018 regular season on Saturday afternoon. In addition to McAllen, the WPI defense was dominant, holding Becker to just four first downs in the game. As a team, the Crimson and Gray outgained the hosts 421-92.

Frank Ciliberto needed an extra 1:38 to deliver the decisive goal to lift Men’s Soccer past Brandeis, 1-0, in overtime Tuesday night in a non-conference match inside Alumni Stadium. It was the sixth overtime period in the past four meetings. The Engineers (5-0) earn their first win against the Judges (2-3) since 2009, and the first at home since 2006. WPI entered the game as the fifth-ranked team in the United Soccer Coaches regional poll while Brandeis was slotted ninth.  Saturday the Engineers tied sixth-ranked Babson 1-1 in the NEWMAC opener for both undefeated teams.

Leah Beauton and Kristen McCrea scored 44 seconds apart early in the first half, and McCrea went on to complete a natural hat-trick, to lead Women’s Soccer past Worcester State, 4-0, Tuesday afternoon inside Alumni Stadium.  Azita Bakhtyari narrowly missed two double-doubles on the day, and Colleen Mullins and Sarah Kwatinetz each tallied 10 kills in the nightcap, as the WPI women's volleyball team split a twinbill with Springfield (3-0) and Salem State (3-1) Saturday afternoon inside Harrington Auditorium.  WPI moves to 8-2 overall.

Michael Brady guided Men's Cross Country to a second-place showing Saturday at the UMass Dartmouth Buddy Harris Invitational. The Engineers also won the sub-varsity race that featured four student-athletes in the top-10.  Division II Southern New Hampshire claimed the team crown with 74 points. The Engineers were 13 behind with 87.  Sydney Packard was the runner up to lead Women’s Cross Country to a fourth-place finish Saturday. New England No. 6 Brandeis won the team title with 56 points, followed by Trinity with 105 and Division II Merrimack with 107. The 10th-ranked team in the region collected 127 points while NEWMAC foe Wellesley was fifth (225), and Division I Holy Cross was sixth (250).

Football makes its long awaited home debut Saturday, hosting Springfield at noon on Saturday in a matchup of the two top teams in the NEWMAC last year.  Men’s Soccer is the only team home twice next week, facing Endicott at 7pm Tuesday and MIT at 4:30pm Saturday while Field Hockey entertains Conn College on Wednesday at 5:30pm.  Volleyball has a pair of NEWMAC road matches at Smith on Tuesday and Wellesley on Saturday, Women’s Soccer ventures to Wentworth on Wednesday and Coast Guard on Saturday and Cross Country takes part in the Purple Valley Classic at Williams on Saturday.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty and Mark

Student-Athlete of the Week

Frank Ciliberto - Soccer - Senior – Spencerport, NY

Frank Ciliberto of the soccer team has been honored as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, September 16th. Ciliberto knocked home a free kick 1:38 into overtime Wednesday to lift WPI to its first win over Brandeis since 2009, and at home since 2006. It was his third goal of the year and third career game-winning goal.


Sydney Packard – Cross Country - Junior – Georgetown, MA

Sydney Packard from the cross country team has been selected as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, September 16th.  Packard led WPI to a fourth-place team finish with a second-place time of 18:14.7 at the 5K UMass Dartmouth Invitational. In all, the meet featured 45 scoring teams with at least one representative from each NCAA division.


Football  (2-1 overall, 0-0 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
9/15 - McAllen, Defense Flex Muscles as Football Blanks Becker in Non-Conference Finale

Men’s Soccer (5-0-1 overall, 0-0-1 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
9/11 - Curve It Like Ciliberto: Men’s Soccer Edges Brandeis For First Time Since 2009
9/15 - Doherty Buries PK but Men’s Soccer Draws With Babson in NEWMAC Opener

Women’s Soccer (5-2 overall, 0-1 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster Stats | News
9/10 - Freshmen Fuel Women’s Soccer’s Triumph Over Framingham State
9/11 - Quick Start by Beauton, McCrea’s Hat-Trick Sends Women’s Soccer Past Worcester State
9/15 - Beauton Nets Goal as Women's Soccer Dealt First Loss of 2018
9/16 - Women's Soccer Tripped Up at Trinity, Hoops Stops Season-High Nine Shots

Field Hockey (5-0 overall, 1-0 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
9/13 - Hess and Sullivan Heroic as Field Hockey Rallies to Edge Worcester State in OT
9/15 - Cidado Clutch as Field Hockey Rallies to Edge Wellesley in 2018 NEWMAC Opener

Volleyball (8-2 overall, 0-2 NEWMAC)

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Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
9/11 - Volleyball Dealt First Loss by Babson in NEWMAC Opener
9/13 - Utheim & Company Claw Past Anna Maria for Volleyball’s Seventh Three-Set Win of 2018
9/15 - Mullins & Kwatinetz Key Women’s Volleyball’s Split with Springfield & Salem State

Men’s Cross Country

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Schedule and Results | Roster | News
9/15 - Brady Guides Men’s Cross Country to Second Place Showing at UMass Dartmouth

Women's Cross Country 

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Schedule and Results | Roster | News
9/15 - Women’s Cross Country Places Fourth at UMass Dartmouth Invitational

Last Week’s Results

Tuesday, September 11
Men’s Soccer 1, Brandeis 0 (OT)
Women’s Soccer 4, Worcester State 0
Babson 3, Volleyball 1 

Thursday, September 13
Field Hockey 4, Worcester State 3 (OT)
Volleyball 3, Anna Maria 0 

Saturday, September 15
Football 45, Becker 0
Men’s Soccer 1, Babson 1 (2 OT)
Clark 3, Women’s Soccer 1
Field Hockey 4, Wellesley 3
Springfield 3, Volleyball 0
Volleyball 3, Salem State 1
Men’s Cross Country - 2nd Place at UMass Dartmouth Invitational
Women’s Cross Country - 4th Place UMass Dartmouth Invitational 

Sunday, September 16
Trinity 2, Women’s Soccer 0

This Week’s Games

Tuesday, September 18
Endicott at Men’s Soccer 7:00
Volleyball at Smith 7:00 

Wednesday, September 19
Connecticut College at Field Hockey 6:30
Women’s Soccer at Wentworth 7:00 

Friday, September 21
Field Hockey at Becker 6:00 

Saturday, September 22
Women’s Soccer at Coast Guard 11:30am
Cross Country at Purple Valley Classic (at Williams) 11:30am
Springfield at Football Noon
Volleyball at Wellesley 1:00
MIT at Men’s Soccer 4:30

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