Michael Brady from the cross country team has been honored as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 14th. Brady was 12th overall and the top NEWMAC runner at the Conn College Invitational Saturday at Harkness State Park. The senior led the Engineers to an eighth-place team showing, which was eight points behind No. 29 St. Thomas (MN).
Kristen McCrea of the soccer team has been selected as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 14th. The junior netted the lone goal in a 1-0 triumph over visiting Mount Holyoke Saturday. The game winner was McCrea’s third of the season and eighth of her career. It also marked the fourth consecutive season, and fifth time in six years, head coach Steph Riley-Schafer’s squad has achieved double-digit wins.
Shannon Hynes from the field hockey team has been tabbed as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 7th. The junior co-captain anchored a back line that allowed only nine shots - four on-goal – in a pair of NEWMAC wins last week. Only one attempt made it to the keeper in a 1-0 triumph versus Clark Tuesday night and three found their way through in a 6-1 victory over Wheaton Friday evening. The Engineers head into exams tied for second in the conference behind nationally-ranked Babson.
Mark Calnan of the soccer team has been named as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, October 7th. The junior has notched the game-winning goal in each of the last three contests. After a last-minute goal at Emerson to close out the previous week, Calnan needed less than a minute in OT to secure the victory Tuesday at Wentworth. His free kick in the 61st minute was the difference as the Crimson and Gray defeated Wheaton this past Saturday.
Sofia Orrico of the soccer team has been honored as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, September 30th. Orrico scored both goals, one in each half – as the Engineers won their first NEWMAC contest of the season Saturday versus Smith. Earlier in the week, the sophomore netted an insurance marker as the Crimson and Gray snapped a four-game skid with a 6-3 result at Roger Williams.
Spencer Herrington from the football team has been selected as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, September 30th. Herrington was responsible for 12 of WPI’s 30 points Saturday at Maine Maritime. The senior connected on three field goals, including a season-best 34-yarder, and three PATs to go with four punts with two landing inside the 20 for the Engineers. He was also split the uprights from 30 yards and 26 yards out.
Azita Bakhtyari of the volleyball team has been named as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, September 23rd. Bakhtyari was one of two Engineers to reach milestones in Saturday’s match at Wellesley. After doling out 30 assists at Smith, the senior handed out a season-best 49 to exceed 2,000 for her career as the upset-minded Crimson and Gray were on the wrong end of a five-set thriller.
Blayne Merchant from the football team has been tabbed as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, September 23rd. Merchant tied his career-high with 10 solo tackles and his regular season career-best of 12 total stops Saturday versus Springfield. He also blocked a punt to give the Engineers great field position, which led to the first score of the game with just under five minutes to play in the first quarter.
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 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.
Rufus Adams from the soccer team has been named as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, September 9th. The sophomore goalkeeper stopped all five shots that came his way in 154:37 of action. He began with a 1-0 complete-game shutout Wednesday night at Wesleyan and shared credit Saturday as the Engineers defeated Mass. Maritime 5-0.
Abby O’Sullivan of the field hockey team has been tabbed as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, September 9th. The sophomore, who has scored in all three games thus far, netted the game-winner Tuesday at Simmons and added another Saturday at Elms. O’Sullivan is currently tied for fifth in the NEWMAC with four goals on the year.
Julian Nyland of the football team has been selected as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, September 2nd. The junior made his first collegiate start a memorable one as he racked up 335 yards and three touchdowns on 20-of-23 passing, as well as 43 yards on five keeps, and zero interceptions for an efficiency rating of 252.3 Friday night at Anna Maria.
Sarah Kwatinetz from the volleyball team has been honored as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, September 2nd. On Saturday, the sophomore boasted a .545 hitting percentage with 13 kills in the Worcester City Tournament opener versus Worcester State and added eight more versus Husson en route to All-Tournament honors. In all, Kwatinetz hit an eye-popping .488 with 24 kills in the first three matches of the season.
Sophie, an All-NEWMAC and All-NEWISA second teamer, and NEWISA Senior Bowl participant, paced the team with nine goals and conference with five game-winning goals, and was second in league play with two GWG. The NEWMAC markers were registered in consecutive games at Mount Holyoke and Wheaton, while the senior led the Engineers in the opening weekend with the decisive goal at Salem State and versus UMass Dartmouth - which also featured a hat-trick - as well as midway through the season versus Roger Williams.
Brendan repeated as an All-NEWMAC first teamer and United Soccer Coaches All-Region selection. He was second in the NEWMAC with four goals as he notched back-to-back two goal performances at Wheaton and versus Coast Guard. The co-captain began the season with a game-winning goal versus Worcester State and another just over a week later at Mass Maritime. Brendan also provided the crucial goal in a regular season contest with Coast Guard and the lone goal in the semifinal matchup with the Bears. He then converted the first penalty kick following a scoreless draw with Springfield en route to the team's first NEWMAC Championship.
Jack, who checked in from Australia, qualified for the 2018 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships with the third-ranked 100-yard backstroke and sixth-ranked 200-yard backstroke times. The performances also yielded a pair of NEWMAC titles and two school records. In addition to the 100 and 200 backs, Jack is on the wall in the 50-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly, and as a member of both medley relays. It's the third consecutive year the 10-time All-NEWMAC performer has garnered his class' major award.
Renee, an All-NEWMAC second teamer and NFCA All-New England third teamer, was fourth in triples and home runs with six apiece among NEWMAC student-athletes. In 42 games, the junior batted .331 with 16 extra base hits, 30 RBI and 20 runs. Renee collected a pair of hits in the first three contests of an eight-game hitting streak that began in Florida and closed it out with a season-high four in game two at Emerson and a pair in the first game versus Amherst. Six of 11 multi-hit games came in conference action featuring five hits versus Wheaton.
Sydney, who has competed at every possible NCAA Division III Track & Field Championship thus far, recently earned a third All-America honor with a fourth-place showing in the 800-meter run at the outdoor meet. Earlier in the year, the sophomore became the 10th-fastest woman in Division III indoor 800m history with a third-place 2:09.10. The fall, meanwhile, featured All-NEWMAC and All-Region cross country performances. The 2017 NEWMAC champion in the 4x400m collected the 800m and 1500m titles to go along with the Division III New England 800m crown in 2018. In all, Sydney is a three-time relay and two-time individual All-New England (D3) performer. The six-time USTFCCA track & field All-Region honoree has also earned a pair of academic nods from the organization, as well as a pair from the NEWMAC.
Sean was named to the inaugural NEWMAC All-Conference first team and was recognized on the regional level as a New England Football Writers Division II/III All-Star. He owns the Engineers single-season rushing record with 1,368 yards, which was the second-best total in the NEWMAC this past fall. Sean was also second in yards per game (124.4), rushing touchdowns (15) and third in yards per rush (5.7). The Boynton Hiller eclipsed 100 yards seven times with a career-high 246 in the opener versus Anna Maria to go with 237 yards and two scores as a receiver.
Brendan had an outstanding freshmen year going 26-6 and finishing fifth at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championship. The 165-pounder helped lead the Engineers to a dual meet record of 18-4, their best since 1994, as WPI finished third at the NEWA Duals and second at the Northeast Regional. Brendan was also the RIT Invitational Champion, the NEWA Duals Outstanding Wrestler, and was named an NWCA Scholar All-American.
Marissa garnered All-New England and All-NEWMAC second team accolades and was the program's third NEWMAC Rookie of the Year honoree in four seasons after batting .392 with 14 extra base hits, 38 RBI, 35 runs scored and 13 stolen bases. The NEWMAC Athlete of the Week (March 26) began the campaign with a 15-game hitting streak, including nine of the multi-hit variety, and accumulated more than one in a contest 15 times. During the conference regular season, the shortstop ranked fourth overall and collected a NEWMAC-best 21 RBI.
Sydney Packard of the track & field team has been selected as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 29th. Packard set a NEWMAC record and won two events to lead WPI women's track & field to a second-place finish at the 2018 conference championship meet Saturday. The sophomore improved 36 spots (43rd to 7th) on the NCAA Division III performance list with a NEWMAC and school record time of 4:31.08 in the 1,500-meter run. The time displaced MIT's Maryann Gong who clocked a 4:34.06 at the 2015 meet. Packard then posted a 2:14.41 to earn gold in the 800-meter run.
Alex Rus from the track & field team has been honored as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 29th. Rus set two school records, one NEWMAC championship record and won a pair of events as the team finished second Saturday. He began by teaming with Oliver Thomas, Antoine Harris and Nick Fleury to secure the first victory of the day with a 42.48 in the 4x100-meter relay. He went on to handed in a NEWMAC and WPI record of 48.17 in the 400-meter dash, which ranks 11th on the NCAA performance list. The sophomore then wrapped up his day with a school-record 21.83 in the 200-meter dash.
The varsity eight of the rowing team has been tabbed as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 22nd. Marlies de Jong (Huntington Beach, CA), Melissa Bazakas-Chamberlain (Belmont, MA), Jasmine Loukola (Wells, ME), Christine Hovermale (Almeda, CA), Sarah Wutka (North Granby, CT), Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA), Eva Barinelli (Tewksbury, MA), Diana Celaj (Worcester, MA) and coxswain Madison Healey (Atkinson, NH) was the first WPI crew to capture the Bernard Brown Cup since 2013. The Engineers, ranked ninth in the CRCA/USRowing Coaches Top 15, crossed the finish line in 6:44.30 while 11th-ranked Tufts followed with a 6:46.01 in the cup portion of the headline race. No. 12 William Smith also rowed a sub-seven minute 2K to take third.
The 4x100-meter relay from the track & field team has been named as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 22nd. The quartet consisting of Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH), Antoine Harris (Southington, CT), Alex Rus (Newton, MA) and Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) was second to Middlebury by .01 in a head-to-head race as the foursome collaborated to post a 42.87. Individually, Thomas won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.13, Rus set the school record in the 200m with a second-place 21.92, Harris was third (22.14) in the 200m and Fleury was fourth in the long jump (20-10.5).
Ryan Tropeano of the baseball team has been selected as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 15th. The junior batted 4-for-4 and drove in a pair as part of a five-run seventh inning that separated the Engineers and Coast Guard Friday afternoon. In all, Tropeano was 10-for-18 (.556) with six RBI, two runs and 11 total bases on the week.
Nina Murphy-Cook from the softball team has been honored as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 15th. The senior, who finished the week with 162 career stolen bases, took over the top spot as the active leader across all three NCAA divisions and moved into third place all-time in Division III during Thursday’s twinbill at Clark. Murphy-Cook also batted .560 (14-for-25) with a double, three RBI and 11 runs scored.
Varsity Eight from the rowing team has been tabbed as the WPI Male Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 8th. Nathan Pietrowicz (Worcester, MA), Jeremy Hemingway (Westford, MA), Michael Eaton (Exeter, NH), Ben Thornton (Merrimac, MA), Trevor Dowd (Fairfax, VA), Frank Campanelli (Avon, CT), Isaac Beeman (Sammamish, WA), Lorenzo Dube (Fall River, MA) and coxswain Kenedi Heather (Taunton, MA) bested Wesleyan by less than a second to retain the Class of 2003 Cup on Saturday. The crew then raced as two fours, with Heather hot-seating, to defeat Bates, Hamilton and Conn College in both races. Bates and WPI will battle again next weekend in the eights.
Brittney Lambert of the track & field team has been named as the WPI Female Student-Athlete of the Week for the week ending Sunday, April 8th. Lambert won her first high jump competition of the season and ended the weekend atop the NEWMAC performance list with a clearance of 5-2.5. It is the senior’s ninth career win and third in as many trips to the Amherst Spring Fling. The victory also helped the Engineers take the team crown for the third consecutive season.