Worcester, MA --- In its final tune-up before the next weekend's New England Championships, WPI men's rowing faced off with Boston College on Lake Quinsigamond on Saturday morning to contest the McCarthy/McGee Challenge Cup. The visiting Eagles will take the cup back to Chestnut Hill after winning the varsity eight while WPI claimed a win in the second varsity eight.
The varsity eight made up of John Morrissey (New Milford, CT), Matt Foley (Pepperell, MA), Kendall Cotton (Harvard, MA), Alex Barat (Franklin Park, NJ), Gary Jackson (Hopedale, MA), Joe Sperry (Northampton, MA), Keegan Cole (Spencer, MA), Nick Van Sciver (Wayland, MA), and coxswain Mitra Marvasti-Sitterly (Glastonbury, CT) fell to the Eagles in a battle of top boats in New England, taking the race by just over five seconds (6:04.97 to 6:10.11).
The second varsity eight of Norm Harris (Gilford, NH), Nick Cebry (Bedford, MA), Michael Beinor (Sutton, MA), Matt Deptula (Budd Lake, NJ), Brede Doerner (Branford, CT), Dean Schifilliti (Ossining, NY), Danny Singer (Eldersburg, MD), Jackson Krupnick (Asheville, NC) and coxswain Kelsey Regan (Winchedon, MA) rowed to a 2.43 second victory over Boston College, posting a time of 6:15.70.
The third varsity eight made up comprised of Keegan Train (Excelsior, MN), Paul Esteve (Colchester, CT), Ryan Killea (Hillsborough, CA), Chris Sample (Groveland, MA), Zach Gendreau (Galesville, WI), Dan Seaman (Claremont, NH), Scott Cazier (Wheat Ridge, CO), Jack Perry (Londonderry, NH) and coxswain Robyn Quartararo (Smithtown, NH) finished second behind BC, snagging a time of 6:32.82.
Matthew Ryder (Lebanon, NH), Kyle Bessette (Chatham, MA), Jon Ross (Davie, FL), Jason Zhao (Qinhuangdao, China) and coxswain Oliva Perry (Canton, MA) placed third (8:20.82) behind the Eagles while the novice four of Tony DiBiasio (Manchester, NH), Paul Danielson (Niskayuna, NY) Joe Lidwin (Chintilly, VA), Victor Vazquez (Lynn, MA), and coxswain John Lomi (Coventry, RI) knocked off Boston College by nearly 15 seconds (7:18.02 to 7:32.92).
The Engineers now head to the postseason, taking part in the New England Championships on Lake Quinsigamond next Saturday.