WORCESTER – The WPI athletic department recently honored all of its 20 varsity teams which encompasses nearly 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 John P. Coghlin Award – Marissa Pereira (Westfield, MA) – Baseball and Wrestling
Presented to a team manager who is eligible for a varsity letter and has carried out invaluable service for his/her team.
"Marissa has been our team manager the last four years," said baseball head coach Mike Callahan. "She has been extremely helpful on our game days. She handles all the set up at our home games from setting up the scoreboard, to getting the music ready for our pre-game and in between innings. She handles all of our lineup exchanges and also makes sure I have everything that I need before the games start. She even takes the trip with us on our road games and is extremely helpful for me there as well."
Wrestling head coach Matt Oney added, "Marissa once again did an unbelievable job for the wrestling program this past season. She has risen to a level where other teams and referees are asking her to manage away event score tables, which she did this year on more than one occasion. She also helped educate our new managers on all the subtleties of responsibility that come with being a wrestling manager, as well as teaching them how to score and keep time."
The Coaches Award – Lindsay Ambrosino (Chelmsford, MA) – Softball
Presented to the outstanding female athlete of the freshman class.
Lindsay became the program's third NEWMAC Softball Rookie of the Year in as many seasons, fourth in the Whitney Goldstein Era and sixth in program history. The shortstop guided the conference with 40 runs on the season and 24 during NEWMAC games. Six of the freshman's seven home runs came in conference play which is good for third overall and second versus NEWMAC pitchers. After homering in both games at Wheaton to conclude March, Lindsay boasted a 13-game hitting streak from April 3 to April 19.
The Charles R. McNulty Award – Evan Hallberg (Glocester, RI) – Soccer
Presented to the outstanding male athlete of the freshman class.
Evan started 16 of 18 games, including the NEWMAC semifinal versus Springfield, and stepped in to a back line that graduated a pair from the previous season. He helped the Engineers boast a NEWMAC-best .53 GAA, which also ranked 10th in Division III. Offensively, he provided an assist on what proved to be the game-winning goal at Mitchell.
The Carolyn McCabe Award – Abby O'Sullivan (Walpole, MA) – Field Hockey
Presented to the most outstanding female athlete in the sophomore class.
Abby paced the NEWMAC with 1.25 goals per game overall and tied for second with 2.75 points per conference match on her way to All-NEWMAC second team honors. The sophomore was also second in goals (20) and points (48), and third in assists (8). O'Sullivan scored multiple goals on seven occasions which included a hat-trick, and game-winning goal, at Becker. The forward netted the game-winner at Simmons and versus Wheaton as well.
The Leo S. Jansson-Percy Carpenter Award – Oliver Thomas (Goffstown, NH) – Track & Field
Presented to the most outstanding male athlete in the sophomore class.
Oliver, who led New England in the 60 meter hurdles heading into this year's NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, finished fourth in the nation. Prior to the national meet in Boston, Oliver was unbeaten by Division III competition in 2019. He also earned All-Region accolades from the USTFCCCA and collected All-New England laurels at the NEICAAA (All-New England, All-Divisions) Championship.
The Patricia Graham Award – Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) – Cross Country and Track & Field
Presented to the most outstanding female athlete in the junior class.
Sydney, the 2019 indoor seventh-place finisher and Division III New England 800m indoor champion, is currently tied for the program lead with her fourth All-America honor. She also helped the 4x800 relay earn All-New England accolades as the Engineers were a program-best-tying eighth at the D3 NE meet. Sydney also broke the 1,000 record at the Wheaton Invitational. On the cross country course, Sydney is a two-time All-NEWMAC first team honoree and the 2018 Worcester City Meet Individual Champion.
The Phil Grebinar Award – Tyler Marsh (Upper Black Eddy, PA) – Wrestling
This award is presented to the most outstanding male athlete in the junior class.
Tyler became WPI's first champion of the NCAA Regional era and back-to-back national qualifier since 2004. The All-NEWA first team selection closed out the 2018-19 season with a 23-6 record with 10 pins, a technical fall and five major decisions. He also shared NEWA Scholar Athlete of the Year honors with Zack Murillo of Wesleyan. Tyler also had his hand raised as the Ursinus Fall Brawl and was second at the RIT Invitational.
The Melvin G. Massucco Award – Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) – Track & Field
Presented to the senior male athlete on his achievements, contributions, character, leadership, sportsmanship, and promotion of school spirit at WPI.
A two-time All-American in 2019, Ryan placed seventh at both NCAA Division III Championships. He entered the indoor competition, which was held at the Reggie Lewis Center, as the top seed and the USTFCCCA New England Track Athlete of the Year. Earlier in the season, Ryan became the fifth fastest performer with the seventh fastest performance in NCAA DIII history in the 800m when he crossed the finish line in 1:49.89 at Boston University's Valentine Invitational, which earned him USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors. The indoor season also saw the co-captain help guide the Engineers to a program-best third place finish at the D3 NE championship and a national ranking as high as ninth. He has also earned accolades with the 4x400 which was invited to Boston. In addition to his indoor 800 record, Ryan set the 600 watermark and went on to set the outdoor 800 standard.
The Varsity Club Award – Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA) - Rowing
Presented to the senior female athlete on her achievements, contributions, character, leadership, sportsmanship, and promotion of school spirit at WPI.
A two-time medalist at the NCAA Division III Championships, including silver in 2019, and a mainstay in the nationally-ranked varsity eight all four years, the 2019 NEWMAC Rower of the Year also earned All-NEWMAC first team accolades each year. The only Division III student-athlete selected to the USRowing Under 23 Women's National Team Selection Camp, Kinsey holds the 10,000m and 6,000m school records. The recent graduate got a jump start to the season by winning a prestigious hammer as an unaffiliated entrant in the 2019 C.R.A.S.H.-B. World Indoor Rowing Championships.
The Merl Norcross Award – Jack Bauer (Cumberland, RI) – Swimming & Diving
This award is presented to the best senior male athlete over his career at WPI who exemplifies the high standards expressed in "The WPI Athlete." The WPI Athlete is someone who, through hard work, high character, positive attitude, achieves success above and beyond ability while representing the University with distinction.
Jack, a three-time Google Cloud Academic All-America, capped his outstanding career in the pool by earning silver in 100-yard backstroke and bronze in 200-yard backstroke at 2019 NCAA Division III Championships in Greensboro, NC. In all, Jack is a seven-time CSCAA All-America, including as part sixth place 200-yard medley relay in 2017 and three honorable mention relays.
The 2016 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year shared Swimmer of the Year honors in 2017 while earning top billing at this year's conference championship, which was held in the Sports & Recreation Center. In addition to a number of NEWMAC titles and runner up finishes, Jack owns the 100 back and 200 back championship and open records, and is part of the 400-yard medley championship record foursome. Individually, Jack owns all three WPI backstroke records and is on the wall as part of the 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays.
The four-time department award winner aimed to spread awareness about sustainable housing in Australia for his IQP. Bauer has also been recognized by the NEWMAC and CSCAA, which also considers performance in the pool, for his work in the classroom. He was the vice president of the Chemical Engineering Society, social chairman of Tau Beta Pi, and a member of Lambda Chi Alpha.
The Sue Chapman Award – Gabriela Hoops (Stonington, CT) – Soccer
This award is presented to the best senior female athlete over her career at WPI who exemplifies the high standards expressed in "The WPI Athlete." The WPI Athlete is someone who, through hard work, high character, positive attitude, achieves success above and beyond ability while representing the University with distinction.
Gabi, who earned first team accolades from the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) and played in the organization's senior bowl, was the inaugural NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and moved up to the All-NEWMAC first team in after spending the last two on the second following a 10-6-2 campaign in 2019. The co-captain completed the regular season ranked second in save percentage in 940 minutes played in NEWMAC matches that featured a career-high 19 stops in a 2-2 tie versus MIT. Four of Gabi's six shutouts were in conference play, including a double OT draw at Wellesley.
For her career, Gabi posted a 35-14-9 record with 24 shutouts and shared seven more while boasting a 0.63 goals against average in 60 starts and 64 games played. Gabi also made 238 saves in nearly 5518 minutes of action. The senior also went 19-9-6, which included an 8-1-1 record in 2016, in NEWMAC regular season contests. The Engineers won, and hosted, their first-ever conference tournament game that saw Gabi register a 1-0 shutout of Springfield en route to their first-ever NEWMAC tournament title with a 3-1 win over MIT. A week later in the NCAA tournament, Gabi made eight saves in a scoreless draw with Trinity at William Smith.
The Ray Cherenzia '73 Unsung Hero 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.
Baseball - Josh Herlands (Glastonbury, CT)
Men's Basketball - Colin McNamara (Arlington, MA)
Women's Basketball - Alyssa Paul (Schaghticoke, NY)
Men's Cross Country - Mark Landergan (Newburyport, MA)
Women's Cross Country - Emma Hartzel (Littleton, MA)
Field Hockey - Emma Bennett (Hampstead, NH)
Football - Zach Bellion (Washington Township, NJ)
Men's Rowing - Joe Crognale (Dedham, MA)
Women's Rowing - Madison Healey (Atkinson, NH)
Men's Soccer - Sebastian Royo (Southboro, MA)
Women's Soccer - Juliana Cabello (Smithtown, NY)
Softball - Gabriella Cerbo (Middletown, NJ)
Men's Swimming and Diving - Jackson Perry (Cumberland, RI)
Women's Swimming and Diving - Jenna Vandervort (Voorheesville, NY)
Men's Track and Field - Aman Bhatti (Medway, MA)
Women's Track and Field - Madison Perry (Biddeford, ME)
Volleyball - Victoria Nassar (Atkinson, NH)
Wrestling - Dan Wensley (Wakefield, MA)