The WPI football program will be hosting a one-day skills clinic for high school players on Sunday, August 1st from noon until 5:00 p.m. The registration is $50 with a $10 per player discount for teams of 10 or more. The clinic, for students in eighth grade and up, will he held on WPI's Alumni Field.
Easton, PA --- Nearly 1,700 high school football players attended the seventh annual Lauren’s First and Goal Football Camp at Lafayette College on Sunday, June 6, and donated more than $67,000 to Lauren’s First and Goal Foundation for pediatric brain tumor research, cancer services and family support. Among the coaches who volunteered were WPI head coach Chris Robertson and assistant Mike Bruno.
WPI President Dennis Berkey and members of the WPI Board of Trustees, along with the Moonraker 2.0 robot, broke ground today for a 145,000-square-foot sports and recreation center. The new center will be built into the hillside at the west end of the WPI Quadrangle and is designed to meet LEED certification standards. The facility is scheduled to open in August 2012.
Worcester, MA --- WPI Director of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics Dana L. Harmon announced today that Chris Robertson has been promoted to head football coach. Robertson replaces Ed Zaloom, who is retiring on June 30th after 11 years at the helm of the Engineers.
Robertson recently returned to WPI after a four-year stint as head coach at Salve Regina. Prior to joining the Seahawks, he served as defensive coordinator at WPI from 1999-2005.
Worcester, MA --- Ed Zaloom has announced his retirement as the WPI head football coach, effective June 30th. Zaloom has spent the past 35 years coaching the sport of football, serving as head coach at WPI the past 11 years and prior to that a three-year stint as head coach at Division 1AA Siena. I have been very fortunate and honored to have worked at WPI, stated Zaloom.
Worcester, MA --- WPI head football coach Ed Zaloom announced today the hiring of Chris Robertson to his staff as associate head coach/defensive coordinator. Robertson, who had served as defensive coordinator at WPI from 1999-2005, returns to the Engineers after a four-year stint as head coach at Salve Regina. He replaces Greg Crum, who recently was hired at Division I Fordham.
Worcester, MA --- Stan St. Juste, Brendan Gove and Ernie Mello highlighted eight different WPI football players to earn Worcester Area All-Star accolades. The trio earned first team honors while Aaron Champagne, R.C. Grady, Justin Pollard, Jack Mulhern and Chris Boudreau were named to the second team. The all-star team, now in its 19th year, is selected by the eight Worcester area football SIDs.
Worcester, MA --- WPIs Aaron Champagne has been named an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). The junior running back earned second team accolades and is the first football player in program history to earn Academic All-American honors.
Canton, NY --- Eight different WPI football players have been recognized by the Liberty League as all-conference performers. Mike Swanton, R.C. Grady, Justin Pollard, Brendan Gove and Ernie Mello earned second team accolades while Aaron Champagne, Stan St. Juste and Jack Mulhern were named honorable mention.
Worcester, MA --- Senior QB Mike Swanton hit Nick Bean with a 16-yard TD pass in the final minute to cut the deficit to 24-21, but the comeback bid fell just short as St. Lawrence held on for a season-closing win over the Engineers on Saturday afternoon at WPI's Alumni Field. WPI finished its season at 3-7 and was held without a win in Liberty League play, falling to 0-7 in the conference.
Worcester, MA --- WPI running back Aaron Champagne has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). It marks the second consecutive season the junior has been tabbed to the first team, and he will again advance to the national ballot for All-America consideration.
Selinsgrove, PA --- Quarterback Rich Palazzi tossed five touchdowns to help Susquehanna rally from an early two touchdown deficit to defeat visiting WPI 35-21 in Liberty League football action on Saturday afternoon. WPI signal caller Mike Swanton threw for one score and ran for another as WPI slipped to 3-6 (0-6 LL). The Engineers will close out their 2009 season next Saturday when they host St. Lawrence at noon.
Worcester, MA --- Hobart scored five rushing touchdowns, keying its 41-20 triumph over WPI in WPI's annual homecoming game on Saturday afternoon. Junior RB Aaron Champagne scored two TDs for the Engineers, while Michael Oliveri led the defense with 15 tackles and a sack. The result helped Hobart improve to 3-2 in the Liberty League and 4-3 overall. The Engineers fell to 3-5 (0-5 Liberty League).
WPI sophomore running back Ernie Mello was just hanging out with friends near Stoddard Hall that night last spring when a horrific noise interrupted their wee-hour gathering. "I heard a crash, a very loud crash," Mello recalled this week. He bolted from the dormitory, looked down Institute Road, and then his instincts took over. "I ran from Stoddard," Mello said, "and I never stopped." At the bottom of the street, at the intersection of Park Avenue, a car was engulfed in flames, and the driver was trapped inside.
Worcester, MA --- The WPI Athletic Department, Poly Club, and Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to welcome its 27th Class, the Class of 2009. The five newest members were inducted on Friday, October 30, 2009 as part of Homecoming Weekend. They inductees include: Kerri (Coleman) Oldmixon 03 - Track and Field; John Loonie 87 - Basketball; Larry Penoncello 66 - Basketball; Jonathan Pires 00 - Football and Garrett Trombi 95 - Wrestling.
Rochester, NY --- Clarence Onyiriuka ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns to lead the University of Rochester to a 24-17 victory over WPI. Mitch McClune led the Engineers on the ground with 57 yards on 13 carries. Ernie Mello gained 26 yards. Cody McGregor caught four passes for 66 yards. Chris Boudreau had 11 tackles, eight solo and Tom Thackeray had seven tackles.
Worcester, MA --- Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies are just over two weeks away and limited tickets are still available. The 27th annual event will be held in the Campus Center Odium on Friday, October 30th beginning at 6:30pm. Inductees include: Kerri (Coleman) Oldmixon 03 - Track and Field; John Loonie 87 - Basketball; Larry Penoncello 66 - Basketball; Jonathan Pires 00 - Football and Garrett Trombi 95 - Wrestling.
Worcester, MA --- WPI got two fourth quarter touchdowns in an attempt to erase a 21-7 deficit, but it wasn't enough as the Engineers fell 21-19 to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Liberty League action at WPI on Saturday. The loss drops WPI to 3-3 on the season and keeps the Engineers still searching for their first conference win (0-3). Merchant Marine improves to 4-2, 2-1 in league play.
They were once teammates, Mike Swanton, the senior, taking the snaps behind center of the 2005 Foxboro football team while Drew Connolly, a year younger, was his backup on offense while playing safety for the Warriors. So, on (last) Saturday night, Swanton and WPI traveled to Union to take on Connolly in a clash that meant just as much in Foxboro as in upstate New York or Worcester.
Worcester, MA --- The Wheaton College and WPI field hockey teams played to a one-goal decision for the fourth time in five years on Tuesday, as the Engineers picked up a 1-0 victory during NEWMAC action on Clark Field. In the 25th minute, WPI freshman Maggie Wigley pushed a penalty-corner entry pass to sophomore Celena Dopart whose stick stop set up Johnson's drive into the lower left of the cage at 25:09.
Schenectady, NY --- Chris Coney rushed for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help Union defeat visiting WPI 21-17 in a Liberty League football matchup on Saturday evening. With the result, Union (3-1 overall, 2-0 LL) is the only undefeated team after just two weeks of play. The Engineers slip to 3-2 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.
Hingham, MA --- Pat McAuley, a former Hingham High School player, recently helped lead the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers to a win over Becker College. McAuley was the game's leading rusher with 138 yards on 6 carries including a 51-yard touchdown run. McAuley also threw for 66 yards and a touchdown, totaling over 200 yards in total offense.
Worcester, MA --- On a day when the Rensselaer offense produced 288 rushing yards and six total touchdowns, it was the RPI defense that sealed the win, forcing two interceptions, a punt and a turnover on downs on WPI's four fourth-quarter drives as visiting RPI held on for a 42-33 victory in the Liberty League opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon.
This Saturday at 2pm, the 103rd gridiron meeting between rivals WPI and Rensselaer will take place in Worcester. For the second straight season, both teams enter the showdown with undefeated records. The coveted Transit Trophy will be on the line. Read inside for more information on this unique college football trophy.
Canton, NY --- Running back Ernie Mello has been chosen Liberty League Football Co-Offensive Player of the Week. The sophomore shares the honor with Rochester quarterback Braezen Subick. Mello totaled 106 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns on just 10 touches to help WPI defeat Becker 52-0. He rushed for 54 yards on 9 carries while collecting a pair of 1-yard TD runs.
The good thing about being an engineering major on a football team at a school like WPI is, you're not alone. Everybody on the team is trying to balance football with a rigorous academic load.
"Our coach has us make a schedule before the start of every season," said Aaron Champagne, a junior running back from Fairfield. "We help each other out quite a bit." a civil engineering major with a 4.0 GPA.
WPI senior tri-captain Chris Boudreau will be on the internet radio show "In The HuddLLe", tonight at 7:55pm. "In The HuddLLe", is the weekly Liberty League recap show hosted by Eric Ren and Frank Rossi. It is heard every Sunday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Boudreau will be on the show to discuss the Engineers 3-0 start and to look ahead at this weekend's Transit Trophy game against rival Rensselaer.
Leicester, MA --- Sophomore running back Ernie Mello had three touchdowns, while quarterbacks Mike Swanton and Pat McAuley combined for 174 yards rushing and three touchdowns, to spark visiting WPI to a 52-0 victory in non-conference college football action. The victory was the Engineers' second straight shutout and improves their record to 3-0. Becker dips to 0-3 on the young season.
WPI quarterback Mike Swanton can toss a football about 55 yards, but he can no longer throw a baseball 60 feet.
"I can barely throw it 20 feet," said Swanton, a former pitcher for the Engineers. In the spring of 2008, Swanton was about 50 pitches into a warmup session when he felt an intense burning sensation in his right elbow. A pitcher since his Little League days, Swanton had experienced elbow pain before...
Worcester MA --- Elante Moore has been tabbed Liberty League football Co-Rookie of the Week. He shares the honor with Rensselaer quarterback Mike Hermann. Moore collected three interceptions to help WPI blank city rival Worcester State 25-0 last Friday. The freshman's first interception of the game set up WPI's third scoring drive and allowed the Engineers to take control with a 16-0 lead.