Worcester, MA-- The WPI athletic department recently honored all of its 20 varsity teams which encompasses over 600 student-athletes at its annual awards banquet. During the festivities, 11 student-athletes were presented with major awards. These accolades highlight some of the best varsity student-athletes at WPI who excel both in the classroom and in their respective sports.
The night was highlighted by two top award winners; Swimming & Diving's Andrew Bauer who captured the Melvin G. Massucco Award and Women's Basketball's Priscilla Dunphy who brought home the Varsity Club Award. The night also included the honorees of the Ray Cherenzia Award which highlights each teams "unsung hero".
The John P. Coghlin Award – Marissa Pereira (Springfield, MA) – Wrestling and Baseball
Presented to a team manager who is eligible for a varsity letter and has carried out invaluable service for his/her team
"Marissa Pereira came into the wrestling season with no prior experience with the sport and did an unbelievable job not only learning the scoring of the sport, learning the computerized scoring system, but also teaching another first year manager the same. She completely took any worry that I had regarding this side of things off my plate during both home and away events. By the end of the season she had become the head manager at even the away meets where referees were referring to her to correct other team's score keeping mistakes and issues. She also did a great job managing the other managers we had with the team to ensure a host of tasks were completed and taken care of," remarked Head Wrestling Coach Steve Hall.
Head Baseball Coach Mike Callahan added, "Marissa has been our team manager for the last two years. She has been an extremely valuable person for our program. She handles all pre-game set up and also helps me with anything I may need prior to the game (getting team lineups, organizing game workers, etc). During home games she serves as our official scorer, inputting all of the plays into the laptop for live stats and making judgment calls on hits/errors and earned/unearned runs. During road games she is in the dugout attending to any issues that occur during the contest."
The Charles R. McNulty Award – Sean McAllen (Prospect, CT) - Football
Presented to the outstanding male athlete in the freshman class
The Coaches Award – Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, MA) – Women's Soccer
Presented to the outstanding female athlete in the freshman class
The Leo S. Jansson Award – Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) – Men's Swimming & Diving
Presented to the sophomore male athlete who best exemplifies the high standards expressed in "The WPI Athlete". The WPI Athlete is someone who, through hard work and positive attitude, achieves success above and beyond ability wile representing the University with distinction.
Jack Bauer, the 2017 NEWMAC Co-Swimmer of the Year, won the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke titles and was a three-time runner up. He made the trip to the NCAAs where he earned All-America honors in the 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard medley relay to go with an honorable mention AA in the 400-yard medley relay. As the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year in 2016, Jack Bauer was a member of the NEWMAC Champion 200-yard freestyle and 200-yard medley relays, and runner up 400-yard medley and freestyle relays. The repeat department award winner set four records at the national event and one at the conference championships for a total of five.
The Carolyn McCabe Award – Gabi Hoops (Stonington, CT) – Women's Soccer
Presented to the sophomore female athlete who best exemplifies the high standards expressed in"The WPI Athlete". The WPI Athlete is someone who, through hard work and positive attitude, achieves success above and beyond ability while representing the University with distinction.
The Poly Club Award (Male) – Brendan Nemes (Kingston, MA) – Men's Soccer
Presented to the top male athlete in the junior class, who has outstanding academic records along with campus involvement of a non-athletic nature.
The Poly Club Award (Female) – Ama Biney (Worcester, MA) – Women's Basketball and Softball
Presented to the top female athlete in the junior class, who has outstanding academic records along with campus involvement of a non-athletic nature.
Ama Biney is a dual sport threat on the court, diamond and in the classroom. The four-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and 2016 Softball Academic all-America was an All-NEWMAC performer in Basketball and Softball, as well as the first-ever NEWMAC Women's Basketball Defensive Player of the Year and the program's first-ever D3hoops.com All-Region Selection.
A double-digit scorer in 24 of 28 games, including the last eight, Biney garnered two NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Week selections and three NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week nods, including the first-ever to be awarded by the conference. The WACBA Player of the Year and All-WACBA First Team selection, was named MVP of the Worcester City Tournament, WPI Thanksgiving Classic and WPI Holiday Tournament. In the final week of the season, Biney dropped 18 points in the NEWMAC first round versus Coast Guard and semifinal against Clark. She also scored a career high versus RPI early in the season.
This spring, Biney returned to the All-NEWMAC first team after leading the league in walks (23), triples (5), stolen bases (25), stolen bases per game (0.60), runs (50) and runs per game (1.19) while boasting a perfect fielding percentage in 50 total chances. The junior also batted .370 with 17 extra base hits, 35 RBI and an OPS of 1.079. Biney enjoyed a 14-game hitting streak, including five multi-hit games and a 4-for-4 performance versus Becker, from April 9 until April 22.
The Percy Carpenter Award – Ian Converse (Woodstock, CT) – Men's Basketball
Presented to a senior male who displays the best example of sportsmanship while a WPI athlete
The Patricia Graham Award – Lynn Renner (Aberdeen, SD) – Women's Soccer
Presented to a senior female who displays the best example of sportsmanship while a WPI athlete
Lynn Renner has been a mainstay on the backline, having started 71 of 75 games played. The Engineers only allowed nine goals on the season and five in conference play to go with 11 shutouts (six NEWMAC). She scored the game-winner versus Framingham State and added an assist versus MIT in the regular season. The South Dakota native has had an impact on not only the WPI community, but also the Worcester Community. She is involved in Big Brothers, Big Sisters and teaches youth ministry at the Blessed Sacrament Church. The last two years Lynn has volunteered her time to work numerous athletic events here on campus. The chemical and fire protection engineering major also traveled to Louisiana to build houses through the InterVarsity program during Spring Break in 2016 and 2017.
The Melvin G. Massucco Award – Andrew Bauer (Cumberland, RI) – Men's Swimming & Diving
Presented to the male senior athlete on his achievements, contributions, character, leadership, sportsmanship, and promotion of school spirit during his years at WPI
Andrew Bauer achieved his goal of bringing more athletes to the NCAA meet as a total of seven, including a participating alternate, made the trip to Shenandoah, Texas for this year's event, up from five swimmers in 2016 and four in 2015. The mechanical engineering major and repeat Acadmic All-District honoree, collected CSCAA All-America honors in the 200-yard medley relay and four honorable mention All-America accolades during his third trip to the NCAAs. Prior to that, he won the 200-yard freestyle and was a five-time runner up at the NEWMAC Championships. This year's trip to Texas yielded new 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard medley relay records.
The 2016 NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year earned All-America status in the 800-yard freestyle relay and was an honorable mention in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles while his first trip to the NCAAs yielded honorable mention laurels in the 800 free relay. The co-captain assisted Habitat for Humanity for his IQP and developed device to harness wind energy using kites to pump water for developing nations for his MQP. Andrew Bauer is also a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and the Investment Club. The department award winner in three of four years owns eight records, including all five active relays.
The Varsity Club Award – Priscilla Dunphy (Barrington, RI) – Women's Basketball
Presented to the female senior athlete on her achievements, contributions, character, leadership, sportsmanship, and promotion of school spirit during her years at WPI
2016-17 - Ray Cherenzia '73 Award
Presented to a member of each varsity team that exemplifies the spirit of an "Unsung Hero" - who works hard every day, puts the team first over their personal goals, who does the little things without much recognition, yet are vital to their team's success in competition, in the classroom and in the community. The award recipients must represent their program and the university in a respected and dignified manner.
Men's Basketball - Dave Zielinski '18 (Shelton, CT)
Women's Basketball - Tess Nogueria '17 (Merrimac, MA)
Men's Cross Country - Daniel Mortimer '17 (Shrewsbury, MA)
Women's Cross Country - Julia Smith '17 (Cranston, RI)
Field Hockey - Izzy Garver '18 (Owls Head, ME)
Football - Joe Igoe '17 (Framingham, MA)
Men's Rowing - Scott Cazier '17 (Wheat Ridge, CO)
Women's Rowing - Jennifer Golden '17 (Norton, MA)
Men's Soccer - Jordan Finzel '18 (Northport, NY)
Women's Soccer - Janine Fatal '17 (Amesbury, MA)
Softball – Katie Chagami '18 (Waipahu, HI)
Men's Swimming and Diving - Matt Houghton '17 (Berkley, MA)
Women's Swimming and Diving - Julia Bushell '17 (Windham, NH)
Men's Track and Field - Ryan Dennis '17 (Milford, CT)
Women's Track and Field - Kristen Detloff '19 (Vernon, NJ)
Volleyball - Colleen Mullins '20 (Andover, MA)
Wrestling - Michael Curtis '19 (Wells, ME)