2012 WPI Football Headlines

  • Football to Host Skills Camp on Sunday July 28th
    May 31, 2013
    Worcester, MA --- The WPI football program will be hosting player skill clinics for students in eight grade and up on Sunday, July 28th. The session will go from noon to 5pm. Registration will begin promptly at 12:00 pm at the entrance to the Sports and Recreation Center on the Quad of main campus. Registration is $50 per person with a team discount of $40 each for 10 or more players from the same team during Pre-Registration.
  • WPI Athletics Hall of Fame Member George Abdow Passes Away
    May 30, 2013
    Longmeadow, MA --- WPI Athletics Hall of Fame member and Springfield area cal restaurateur George T. Abdow, co-founder of the former Abdow’s Big Boy chain, died Tuesday, one day short of his 83rd birthday. Abdow was born in Worcester on May 29, 1930 to Towfee G. and Adele (Haddad) Abdow. He was raised in Worcester and was a graduate of Worcester Classical High School, Worcester Academy and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where he majored in chemical engineering and played varsity football and golf.
  • Football to Host Alumni Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 8th
    April 30, 2013
    Worcester, MA --- The 2013 WPI Football Alumni Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 8 at the Heritage Country Club in Charlton, MA at 1:00pm. The event will be a shot-gun start featuring prizes, raffles, and a dinner in the evening. Registration begins at noon. Children's Hospital of Boston and the Vandette Family Fund will each receive 10% of the net proceeds from this year's outing.
  • Football Honors Major Award Winners and Seniors at Annual Banquet
    January 20, 2013
    Worcester, MA --- The WPI football program hosted its annual awards banquet on Saturday, January 19th. The event recognized nine major award winners and honored the team's 15 seniors. To recap our awards for the evening
  • Everett to Play in the Inaugral Dream Bowl College Football All-Star Game
    December 21, 2012
    Joe Everett, senior defensive lineman at Worcester Polytechnic Institute has accepted an invitation to the 2013 Dream Bowl. The Inaugural Dream Bowl will be played January 21, 2013 at Salem Stadium in Roanoke, VA. The College Football All-Star Game is a showcase of the best NCAA D-III and NAIA players from across the country. Everett, a true run-stopper at 6-3 265 pound defensive lineman has had a stellar 2012 campaign.
  • Grogan Grabs Top Honors from Worcester Area Football Association
    December 04, 2012
    Worcester, MA--- Shaine Grogan was selected as Co-Defensive Player-Of-The-Year announced by the Worcester Area Football Association. Grogan finished second in the Liberty League with 99 tackles on the season, including 69 solo stops which was tops in the league. In all, eight Engineers were selected to the team, which is named in memory of Steve “Merc” Morris, the longtime Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations and Assumption Hall of Famer.
  • D3football.com Feature: A second senior season
    November 23, 2012
    As Mitch McClune lay in the hospital waiting to undergo surgery to reconstruct the lower part of his left leg, he wrestled with the more painful realization that his days of college football might be over. All of the hard work, all of the practices, all of the sacrifices over the previous three years, only to have his senior season end in the third quarter of WPI's first game. McClune, playing his first game at safety, broke his fibula and dislocated his ankle simultaneously on a gruesome non-contact injury in the season opener against Merrimack.
  • Grogan and McClune Pick Up First All-Liberty League Distinction
    November 14, 2012
    Troy, NY --- Seniors Shaine Grogan and Mitch McClune highlighted seven WPI football players to receive recognition from the Liberty League as all-conference teams were announced on Tuesday. The duo each received first-team accolades while senior classmates Joe Everett and Josh Nitso picked up second team honors and Tim Grupp, Nick Chambers and Vinny Tavernelli earned honorable mention.
  • Football Stymied by Springfield in Season Finale
    November 10, 2012
    Worcester, MA --- Springfield struck for a pair of touchdowns in the final 1:05 of the first half and added two more scores 12 seconds apart less than three minutes into the second half to propel the visiting Pride to a 62-23 victory over WPI in the Liberty League football finale for both squads. Ehab Hamden led the day offensively with a career-best showing. The junior hauled in five receptions, including a touchdown, for 121 yards. Gallagher Hogan rushed for 80 yards and a score on 17 carries and John Antonoupolos passed for 204 yards.
  • Everett Earns Second Consecutive Capital One Academic All-District Football Selection
    November 08, 2012
    Worcester, MA --- WPI football student-athlete Joe Everett has been named to the Capital One Division III Academic All-District I team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). It marks the second straight season Everett has earned first team honors in District I, which is comprised of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The senior nose guard is currently fourth on the Engineers with 45 tackles, including 2.5 sacks to go along with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
  • Football Leads the Liberty League with 30 Academic All-Conference Honorees
    November 05, 2012
    Troy, NY --- For the third year in a row, the WPI football team once again led the Liberty League Conference in All-Academic selections. The Engineers placed an eye-popping 30 student athletes on this year’s team. Graduate student Mohamed Yatim led the group receiving the honors as he was named a fourth time. Yatim earned the accolades last season after suffering a season-ending injury and received a medical waiver in the off season and was able to compete in 2012 as a grad student.
  • Turnovers Doom Football in Liberty League Road Loss at Rochester
    November 03, 2012
    Rochester, NY --- The University of Rochester scored four touchdowns after takeaways and defeated WPI, 42-15, in Division III football at Edwin Fauver Stadium. WPI lost five fumbles and Rochester intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown. At the other end of the field, Rochester had two bad snaps on punts. U of R evened its record at 4-4 overall, 3-3 in the Liberty League. WPI is 2-7 overall, 1-5 in the league.
  • McClune Takes Home Football's First Gold Helmet in Seven Years
    October 31, 2012
    Cambridge, MA --- WPI graduate defensive back Mitch McClune and Yale sophomore tailback Tyler Varga and have garnered New England Football Writers’ Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Awards for the week of October 30th. McClune was a force on both defense and special teams to lead the Engineers past St. Lawrence, 36-17. The Pembroke product set a school record as he intercepted four passes in the win. He also added five tackles, including 1.5 for loss.
  • BOSTON GLOBE COLLEGE SPORTS BLOG: McClune, Varga snare Gold Helmets
    October 31, 2012
    Mitch McClune recalled intercepting a pair of passes in a single game suiting up for Silver Lake Youth Football. And there was a pick against Catholic Conference rival Malden Catholic when he was a standout at Boston College High. But four interceptions in a single game, the first four of his collegiate career at WPI. "I just kept hoping they threw the ball my way," said McClune of his magnificent effort in Saturday's 36-17 win over visiting St. Lawrence University.
  • McClune Earns Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week Honor
    October 29, 2012
    Troy, NY --- WPI's Mitch McClune has been selected Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week for games played on Saturday, October 27th. The graduate student set a school record with four interceptions in WPI’s 36-17 victory over St. Lawrence on Saturday afternoon. He added to his standout day with five tackles, including 1.5 for loss, and returned four kickoffs for 98 yards with a long of 41. In addition to McClune's award, quarterback John Antonopoulos was named to the Liberty League honor roll.
  • Antonopoulos and McClune Key in Football's 36-17 Win Over St. Lawrence
    October 27, 2012
    Worcester, MA --- Quarterback John Antonopoulos accounted for four touchdowns and passed for a career-best 347 yards and defensive back Mitch McClune set a school record with four interceptions as host WPI got its first Liberty League conference victory of the season with a 36-17 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers are now 2-6 overall and 1-4 in conference play while St. Lawrence slips to 0-8 in 2012 and 0-5 in Liberty League action.
  • Football Suffers a Hard Fought 28-13 Loss at Merchant Marine
    October 20, 2012
    Kings Point, NY – The USMMA football team rattled off 28 straight points Saturday afternoon en route to a 28-13 victory in a Liberty League contest against WPI at Brooks Stadium. Quarterback Alex Coviello finished the day with 87 rushing yards and two touchdowns for Merchant Marine. Skyler Stone recorded his fourth interception of 2012, tying him for the top spot in the conference.
  • WPI Poly Club Welcome Five New Additions into Athletics Hall of Fame
    October 08, 2012
    The WPI Athletic Department, Poly Club, and Hall of Fame Selection Committee is proud to announce its 30th Class, the Class of 2012. The five newest members were inducted on Friday, October 5, 2012 as part of Homecoming Weekend. They include: Rick Maguire '90, Jessica McClear '04, John C. Pavlos, Joel Rousseau '07 and Stan Szymanski '64.
  • Chambers and Turner Shine for Football on Homecoming Against Union
    October 06, 2012
    Worcester, MA --- Quarterback Connor Eck threw for a touchdown and rushed for another to lead visiting Union to a 21-6 victory over WPI in a Liberty League football contest on Saturday afternoon. Turner had a career day on the ground for WPI, totaling 154 yards on 20 carries, including the Engineer’s lone touchdown of the day while Nick Chamber had two sacks. The pair took home the Robert Pritchard Award as the top back and lineman respectively at Homecoming.
  • 30th Annual WPI Hall of Fame Inductions Set For Friday
    October 01, 2012
    WPI will honor this year's Athletics WPI Hall of Fame inductees at a reception and dinner on Friday, October 5th as part of Homecoming Weekend. The 30th annual event will be help in the Odeum rooms of the WPI Campus center with cocktails beginning at 6pm and dinner around 7pm. This year's honorees are: Rick Maguire '90 (Wrestling), Jessica McAlear '04 (Women's Crew), John Pavlos '76 (Men's Soccer), Joel Rousseau '07 (Men's Swimming and Diving), Stan Szymanski '64 (Football and Wrestling).
  • Nationally-Ranked Hobart Remains Unbeaten After Win Over Football
    September 29, 2012
    Worcester, MA --- Nick Strang threw for 309 yards and three touchdown passes and the running back combo of Steven Webb, Bobby Dougherty and Connor Hartigan combined for 208 yards on the ground and five touchdowns to propel nationally-ranked Hobart to a 61-8 victory over host WPI in a Liberty League football contest on Saturday afternoon. The Statesmen, ranked 12th in the latest D3football.com Top 25, remain perfect at 5-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play. WPI is now 1-4 on the season and 0-2 Liberty League action.
  • WPI-Hobart Football Coaches Involved in "Coach To Cure MD" Program this Saturday
    September 27, 2012
    WACO, Texas – For the fifth year in a row, college football coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach To Cure MD program, which will be held during games of Saturday, September 29, 2012. The rapidly growing annual effort has raised more than a million dollars to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The coaching staffs of Liberty League rivals WPI and Hobart will be particpating in this tremendous event. Kickoff is slated for noontime in Worcester.
  • Rensselaer Takes Back the Transit Trophy with a 39-17 Victory Over Football
    September 22, 2012
    Troy, NY --- Senior quarterback Mike Hermann threw two touchdowns and rushed for three others and the Rensselaer football team scored five touchdowns over the course of the second and third quarters to defeat WPI 39-17 in the Liberty League opener for both teams. In addition to improving to 3-0 overall, RPI regains possession of the Transit Trophy for the first time in three years The visiting Engineers fall to 1-3.
  • Football Set to Face RPI for the Transit Trophy. What is the Transit Trophy?
    September 21, 2012
    On Saturday at 1pm, the 106th football meeting between rivals WPI and Rensselaer will take place in Troy. RPI enjoys a 55-45-5 advantage in the series, but WPI snapped a 13-game losing streak in the match-up with a 24-10 road win in 2010 and an exciting 34-31 Homecoming victory last season. The coveted Transit Trophy will be on the line. RPI sports a 21-10-1 mark since the trophy was first awarded in 1980.
  • Football Stymied on the Road by 2011 NCAA Participant Norwich
    September 15, 2012
    Northfield, VT --- Senior running back Danny Triplett ran for 147 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Norwich Cadets to a 20-3 non-conference win against the Engineers of WPI on Saturday afternoon at Sabine Field. WPI was led defensively by Shaine Grogan, who posted a game-high 13 tackles including a tackle-for-loss. Christopher O’Connor totaled eight tackles for the Engineers, while Hussein Yatim recorded seven tackles. WPI opens up Liberty League play this coming Saturday at Rensselaer in the annual Transit Trophy game.
  • Weekly Awards Continue to Pour in for Football's Everett
    September 12, 2012
    Worcester, MA --- After his performance on the gridiron on Saturday, WPI senior football player Joe Everett has been honored by several conference and organizations. The senior took home Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week honors as well as being named to the D3football.com Team of the Week and to the Noontime Sports Mass. College Football Weekly Honor Roll. Everett had a big day for WPI registering a game-best 13 tackles, including an eye-popping seven for loss against Worcester State.
  • Worcester State Edges Football 28-21 Despite Big Day From Everett
    September 08, 2012
    Worcester, MA --- Corey Spencer threw for a pair of touchdowns and Kemani Jones eclipsed 100 yards rushing and added a score to help visiting Worcester State rally from an early 14-0 deficit to defeat WPI 28-21 in an entertaining non-conference football game on Saturday afternoon. WPI used its special teams to get off to a good start when, after its defense forced a three-and-out, Brian Marsh blocked a punt and it was recovered in the end zone by Mike Grasis for his first career touchdown at 13:02 of the first quarter.
  • TELEGRAM FEATURE: College Football - Grupp’s line play takes flight for WPI
    September 07, 2012
    WPI junior offensive lineman Tim Grupp was lucky enough to have the window seat while flying home from Houston to New York at the end of a family vacation a few years ago. Looking out the open oval, he saw the sun set from thousands of miles above the ground. “One side of the plane was dark,” Grupp recalled. “The other side was light. It’s incredible what you can see up there.”
  • Football's Grasis and Lewis Honored with Liberty League Weekly Awards
    September 03, 2012
    Troy, NY --- A pair of WPI sophomores where honored with Liberty League Football honors for games played on Saturday, September 1st. Running back Zach Grasis took home Offensive Performer of the Week honors while placekicker Mitch Lewis was tabbed Special Teams Performer of the Week. WPI hosts cross-town rival Worcester State at 1pm on Saturday. The game can be seen locally on tape-delay on TV Charter 3.
  • Hussein Yatim will be on the internet radio show "In The HuddLLe", tonight at 7:45pm
    September 02, 2012
    WPI senior linebacker Hussein Yatim will be on the internet radio show "In The HuddLLe", tonight around 7:45pm. "In The HuddLLe", is the weekly Liberty League recap show hosted by James Baker and Frank Rossi. Yatim registered seven tackles, including six solo stops, in WPI’s season-opening 17-7 road win at Curry. The senior’s 40-yard fumble return in the fourth quarter gave the Engineers the ball at the Colonels nine yard line, setting up their second and final touchdown of the day.
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