Boston, MA --- For the second consecutive year the WPI men's and women's athletic programs placed second in the NEWMAC Presidents Cup. The department also retained the Worcester Cup, presented by the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, which is awarded to the Worcester-area school with the highest overall winning percentage during the academic year, for the ninth consecutive year. The 2016-17 year was highlighted by a NEWMAC tournament title, a trio of regular season titles, two finals appearances and five runner up finishes.
The men, who boasted the cup in 2014-15, were paced by Baseball which won its regular season title for the first time since sharing the crown in 2009 and claimed the NEWMAC West Division for the third consecutive season. Track & Field was second for the sixth consecutive year while Cross Country took home silver the past three. Swimming & Diving placed third, as did Men's Basketball.
For the women, Soccer kicked the year off with the first regular season and tournament title in program history, along with a number of other feats including first playoff win and first time hosting any round of the conference tournament. Basketball looked to continue the momentum by earning the No. 3 seed and making back-to-back finals appearances. Swimming & Diving and Track & Field were second at their NEWMAC championship while Cross Country was fifth. Volleyball made its second consecutive NEWMAC tournament. In addition to Track & Field, Rowing placed second once again while Softball won its second regular season title in as many years.
The Engineers collaborated to post an impressive .6661 winning percentage, repeat NEWMAC Baseball Coach of the Year Mike Callahan and NEWMAC Women's Soccer Coach of the Year Steph Schafer, who, along with her assistants, went on to be recognized as the NSCAA Division III New England Women's Soccer Coaching Staff of the Year.
In the classroom, each program sported a 3.10 GPA or better. Having tied a single-year record for CoSIDA Academic All-District honorees with 20, the Boynton Hillers have a chance to top the department's single-year CoSIDA Academic All-America record with three in hand and nine on the national ballot between at-large and Track & Field.
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