WPI Athletics Weekly Update #22

WPI Athletics Weekly Update #22

 

Alana Keating scored a career-high 10 points as part of a 25-6 Women’s Basketball run to close out Babson, 52-43, in a key NEWMAC matchup Wednesday night in Staake Gymnasium. Babson, which entered the night tied for first place.  WPI has also now beaten all NEWMAC teams on the schedule thus far this season, also defeated Clark on Saturday and enters the final week of the regular season tied for first place in the loss column with Babson and Smith.

Chris Rodgers paced all players with 27 points and Jake Wisniewski added 17 as Men's Basketball defeated visiting Emerson 105-77 in a NEWMAC contest played Saturday afternoon in Harrington Auditorium.  WPI is now 14-9 on the season and 8-6 in conference play.  It was the 44th time in program history that the Crimson and Gray reached the century mark and the first time since December 6th, 2016 in a 105-68 victory against MCLA.

Major decisions by Ben Zogby and Stephen Jendritz and late wins from Brendan Marion and Dan Wensley keyed WPI wrestling's 20-12 regular-season ending road victory on Saturday evening.  The victory gives the Engineers an 18-4 dual meet record, the third most wins in a season in program history, and the most since the 1993-94 campaign which saw the Crimson and Gray win the New England championship.

Lea Strangio and Sydney Packard each improved their standings on the NCAA Division III Indoor Women's Track & Field performance list and three of No. 15 WPI's school records were reset Friday at the BU Valentine Invitational. Strangio, who entered the competition 45th in DIII, was 10th immediately following the 800-meter run with a time of 2:15.30, and 11th as of Sunday night.  The following day Antoine Harris destroyed the 200-meter run record while 10 more members of Men’s Track & Field handed in personal-bests. Harris, the top Division III finisher in the 200, posted a time of 21.86 which is currently No. 13 on the NCAA performance list. The mark was .67 seconds faster than the runner up in the heat and .34 quicker than the previous WPI standard.

Thomas Hlavenka, Bryant Babel and Sam Carley each struck gold for Men's Swimming and Diving and Stephanie Marcucci, Erica Houghton and Annie Hughes each won a pair of events for Women’s Swimming and Diving at Clark's Cougar Invitational Saturday in the Kneller Center.

I challenge you to find a better event to attend on Valentine’s Day than the home basketball doubleheader on Wednesday evening.  The men kick things off with a 5:30pm match-up with league-leading Springfield while the women host Wellesley at 7:30pm.  The winter championship season begins Friday and Saturday with Track and Field competing in the New England Division III Championships.  The men are at Middlebury and the Women at Springfield.  Also on Saturday, Women’s Basketball entertains Emerson at 2pm and Men’s Basketball is at 1pm.

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Thanks and see you at the game - Rusty and Mark

 


Men’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Antoine Harris - Track & Field - Junior - Southington, CT

Antoine Harris from the track & field team has been tabbed as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 11th. Harris, the top Division III finisher in the 200 Saturday at BU, set a new WPI record with a time of 21.86 which is currently No. 13 on the NCAA performance list. The mark was .67 seconds faster than the runner up in the heat and .34 quicker than the previous WPI standard.

 

 

 

 

Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week

Lea Strangio - Track & Field - Senior - Watertown, MA

Lea Strangio of the track & field team has been named as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, February 11th. Strangio, who entered the competition at BU 45th in DIII, was 10th immediately following the 800-meter run, and 11th as of Sunday night, with a time of 2:15.30. With three weeks to go, Strangio also has a chance to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships in the distance medley relay.

 

 


 

 


 Men’s Basketball (14-9 overall, 8-4 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
2/6 - On Campus: Chris Rodgers Embraces Role Of Floor General and More For WPI Basketball
2/7 - Men’s Basketball Downed by Babson; Rodgers, Wheeler & Wisniewski Net Double Digits
2/10 - Rodgers Scores 27, Stops Time, as Men's Basketball Bests Emerson

 

Women’s Basketball (18-5 overall, 11-3 NEWMAC)

Schedule and Results | Roster | Stats | News
2/5 - High Five! Biney Named NEWMAC Women’s Basketball Offensive Athlete of the Week
2/7 - Keating Keys Second Half Outburst to Lift Women’s Basketball Past Babson
2/10 - Women’s Basketball Runs Past Upset-Minded Clark in NEWMAC and City Showdown

 

Wrestling (18-4 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/10 - Zogby, Jendritz, Marion and Wensley Lift Wrestling Past Springfield in Regular Season Finale

 

Men’s Swimming and Diving (10-4 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/10 - Hlavenka, Babel & Carley Highlight Men’s Swimming & Diving’s Performance at Cougar Invitational 

 

Women’s Swimming and Diving (8-8 overall)

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/10 - Marcucci, Houghton & Hughes Shine for Women’s Swimming & Diving at Cougar Invite

 

Men’s Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/10 - Harris Sets Record, Ascends NCAA Performance List as Men’s Track & Field Excels at BU

 

Women’s Track and Field

Schedule and Results | Roster | News
2/9 - Strangio Rockets Up DIII List, Three Records Fall as Women’s Track & Field Shines at BU

  


Last Week's Results

Wednesday, February 7
Women’s Basketball 52, Babson 43
Babson 68, Men’s Basketball 59 

Friday, February 9
Women’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at BU Valentine Invitational 

Saturday, February 10
Men’s Basketball 105, Emerson 77
Women’s Basketball 54, Clark 38
Wrestling 20, Springfield 12
Men’s Swimming and Diving - No Team Scoring at Cougar Invitational
Women’s Swimming and Diving - No Team Scoring at Cougar Invitational
Men’s Track and Field - No Team Scoring at BU Valentine Invitational 

 

Next Week's Games

Wednesday, February 14
Springfield at Men’s Basketball 5:30
Wellesley at Women’s Basketball 7:30 

Friday, February 16
Women’s Track at Field at NE D3 Championships (at Springfield) Day One 

Saturday, February 17
Men’s Track at Field at NE D3 Championships (at Middlebury) 11:00am
Men’s Basketball at MIT 1:00
Emerson at Women’s Basketball 2:00
Women’s Track at Field at NE D3 Championships (at Springfield) Day Two