2014 WPI Football Headlines

  • Football Skills Camp Scheduled for Sunday July 26th
    May 12, 2015
    Worcester, MA --- The WPI football program will be hosting player skill clinics for students in eight grade and up on Sunday, July 26th. 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.
  • Football to Host Alumni Golf Tournament on Friday, July 17th
    May 05, 2015
    Worcester, MA --- The 2015 WPI Football Alumni Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, July 17 at the Heritage Country Club in Charlton, MA at 9:00am. The event will be a shot-gun start featuring prizes, raffles, and a steak lunch in the afternoon. Registration begins at 8am. In addition to our alumni and friends, we are inviting members of our rising senior class and their families to network with our alumni at the event.
  • WPI to Compete in NEWMAC Football Starting in 2017
    April 08, 2015
    Worcester, MA --- The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced today the conference will begin sponsoring football as a championship sport beginning in the fall of 2017. (See release – link here) WPI will be part of a seven-team playing group along with core NEWMAC member institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Springfield College and the United States Coast Guard Academy and new affiliate member institutions Maine Maritime Academy, Norwich University and the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
  • CBS Boston: The Science Behind ‘DeflateGate’
    January 23, 2015
    WORCESTER (CBS) – Many Patriots fans are hoping there is a good explanation for the deflated footballs used in the AFC Championship. Like, maybe the weather, but, does science, prove or disprove that possibility? We spent some time with scientists and football players at Worcester Polytechnic Institute to find out.
  • Brian Murtagh Adds ECAC Division III North Football First Team Hardware to Collection
    December 23, 2014
    Danbury, CT --- WPI linebacker Brian Murtagh added ECAC Division III North Football First Team accolades to his collection of awards received since the end of the regular season. He is the first Engineer to earn this regional accolade since current assistant coach John Perron was honored 2011.
  • WPI Athletics Mourns the Passing of Ted Coghlin
    December 12, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Edwin B. "Ted" Coghlin '56, one of WPI's most dedicated graduates, including being a tremendous supporter of WPI Athletics, who helped shape the Worcester community as a civic, business, and philanthropic leader, died Dec. 10, 2014, at the age of 79.
  • Martel, Murphy, Murtagh and Eccher Top All-Worcester Area Football All-Stars
    December 10, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- The quartet of senior Nate Martel, junior Sean Murphy and sophomores Brian Murtagh and Brandon Eccher distinguished themselves by earning first team honors on the 24th annual Steve "Merc" Morris All-Star Team as selected by the eight sports information directors of Worcester County.
  • OLD COLONY MEMORIAL: Good News From WPI
    November 27, 2014
    WORCESTER – A trio of athletes from Plymouth have had productive seasons with the fall sports teams at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Senior Nicole Holmes (Plymouth North) was one of 37 WPI students to receive NEWMAC Academic All-Conference consideration for the fall sports season. Former opponents on Thanksgiving, sophomore Jason Lamb (Plymouth South) and junior Vinny Tavernelli (Plymouth North) are now teammates on the Engineers football team. Freshman Brendan Harty (Plymouth South) is also on the squad.
  • Murtagh Selected to New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England Team
    November 24, 2014
    Boston, MA --- WPI linebacker Brian Murtagh has been named to the Division II/III All-New England Football team as voted on by the New England Football Writers. The junior was one of just 28 players representing 18 teams in the region, and is the first Engineer player to earn the honor in three years.
  • Football Places Seven, Including Four First-Teamers, on All-Liberty League Squad
    November 19, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Senior Nate Martel, junior Vinny Tavernelli and sophomores Brian Murtagh and Brandon Eccher highlighted seven WPI football players to earn distinction from the Liberty League as all-conference teams were announced on Tuesday. The quartet were named first team all-conference while junior Sean Murphy earned second team honors and senior Jack Downey and junior Eric Lacroix and picked up honorable mention recognition.
  • Aaron Marshall Tabbed Liberty League and ECAC Special Teams Performer of the Week
    November 17, 2014
    Troy, NY --- WPI senior Aaron Marshall was tabbed the Liberty League Football Special Teams Performer of the Week. Marshall was able to experience every long snapper's dream, hauling in a 16-yard touchdown pass off a fake field goal as time expired in the first half of WPI's 28-14 season-ending victory over Springfield
  • Football Makes Program History with Senior Day Victory Over Springfield
    November 15, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Host WPI used a hard-nosed rushing attack, a surprising aerial assault and some timely trick plays to post the first win over Liberty League rival Springfield in school history, 28-14, on a sunny but brisk afternoon at Alumni Field. The win for the Engineers ends their 2014 season at 4-6 overall and 3-4 in conference contests, while the Pride sees their record even out at 5-5 and drop to 3-4 in Liberty League. It marked the first win for WPI over Springfield in 31 tries (0-27-3).
  • TELEGRAM FEATURE: WPI's Zach Grasis battles back once again
    November 14, 2014
    When WPI senior running back Zach Grasis was lying on the emergency room stretcher the night of Sept. 12, he was pretty sure his 2014 season was over. Earlier that night, in the second quarter of WPI's game against Worcester State, Grasis fractured his distal fibula, one of two bones that support the ankle joint, and expectations were he would not return to the field this year.
  • Football's Martel, Igoe and Lynch Collect CoSIDA Academic All-District I Laurels
    November 11, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- WPI Football’s Nate Martel, Joe Igoe and Kevin Lynch were voted CoSIDA Academic All-District I by the sports information directors from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
  • Overtime Field Goal Helps Rochester Down Football 24-21
    November 08, 2014
    Rochester, NY --- Andrew Haber kicked a career-long 36-yard field goal on the final snap of overtime to give the University of Rochester a 24-21 victory over WPI at Edwin Fauver Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The victory clinches a winning season for the Yellowjackets (5-3, 3-3), their second in a row. Rochester finishes the 2014 campaign at Hobart College next Saturday. WPI (3-6, 2-4) lost its second straight.
  • Football Places 21 on Liberty League All-Academic Team
    November 07, 2014
    Troy, NY --- Senior captain Ryan Mathie and classmate Nate Martel each claimed their third Liberty League All-Academic nod as a total of 21 WPI football student-athletes were honored for their work inside the classroom.
  • Sean Murphy’s 95-Yard Interception Return Amongst GEICO Play of the Year Finalists
    November 05, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- WPI defensive back Sean Murphy's electrifying 95 yard interception return for a touchdown against Curry is a finalist for GEICO Play of the Year. The winner, determined by fan voting on Facebook at Facebook.com/BestOfCollegeFootball, will be announced on GEICO Best of College Football 2014 on CBS Nov. 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
  • Brandon Eccher Tabbed Liberty League Football Offensive Performer of the Week
    November 03, 2014
    Troy, NY --- WPI sophomore wide receiver Brandon Eccher hauled in Liberty League Football Offensive Performer of the Week accolades for his performance against St. Lawrence on Saturday.
  • Football Defeated by Liberty League Unbeaten St. Lawrence 20-7
    November 01, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Evan Lapice and James Holley-Grisham each scored a touchdown in the first half as St. Lawrence defeated host WPI, 20-7, in a Liberty League football matchup on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Alumni Stadium.
  • Trey Pierce and Brian Murtagh Claim Liberty League Football Weekly Honors
    October 27, 2014
    Troy, NY --- Football’s Trey Pierce and Brian Murtagh garnered Liberty League weekly honors for their performance this past Saturday in a 24-23 overtime win at Merchant Marine.
  • Football’s Murtagh Featured on the Internet Radio Show "In The HuddLLe"
    October 26, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- WPI sophomore linebacker Brian Murtagh appeared on the internet radio show "In The HuddLLe" on Sunday evening. "In The HuddLLe", is the weekly Liberty League recap show hosted by James Baker and Frank Rossi. It is heard every Sunday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Murtagh tallied a game best 15 tackles, including 11 solo stops to help the Engineers defeat host Merchant Marine 24-23 in overtime on Saturday evening. The middle linebacker added a six-yard sack, recovered a fumble and disrupted the Mariners two-point conversion attempt in overtime that secured the WPI win.
  • Football Edges Merchant Marine 24-23 in Overtime Thriller
    October 25, 2014
    Kings Point, NY --- All three facets of the game - offense, defense and special teams - contributed late as the WPI football team went on the road and won its second straight Liberty League game by defeating the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy 24-23 in overtime on Saturday afternoon at Brooks Stadium. The Engineers improve to 3-4 (2-2 Liberty) while the Mariners drop to 2-6 overall (0-5 Liberty). WPI tied the game at 17-17 with just eight seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard field goal by sophomore Blaine Bursey. An eight-yard touchdown run by sophomore QB Dan Eckler and a good PAT by Bursey on WPI’s first possession of overtime put the visitors ahead 24-17, putting the pressure on Merchant Marine to answer back.
  • Murphy and Martel Take Home Pritchard Awards as Football Tops Union on Homecoming
    October 11, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Sean Murphy claimed the Robert Pritchard Award for Most Outstanding Back and Nate Martel earned the Robert Pritchard Award as the Most Outstanding Lineman as WPI defeated Union, 23-7, in a Liberty League football contest on Saturday at Alumni Stadium as part of Homecoming Weekend.A
  • Murphy's 95-Yard Interception Return Nominated for GEICO Play of the Year
    October 08, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- WPI defensive back Sean Murphy’s electrifying 95 yard interception return for a touchdown last month against Curry has been nominated for GEICO Play of the Year. Each week four plays are nominated and with online voting taking place to determine a winner. The top weekly vote-getters earn a spot in the finals with 2014 GEICO Play of the Year will be announced during GEICO presents Best Of College Football on CBS November 28 at 1:30 ET.
  • Nationally-Ranked Hobart Bests Football 28-14
    October 04, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Senior Patrick Conlan completed 22 of 38 passes for a career-high 257 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers as nationally-ranked Hobart defeated host WPI, 28-14, on Saturday afternoon in a Liberty League football matchup at Alumni Stadium. The Statesmen, ranked No. 9 in this week’s D3Foootball.com Top 25, improves to 5-0 while the Engineers are now 1-4. For WPI, quarterback Dan Eckler hooked up with wide receiver Brandon Eccher on a pair of fourth quarter touchdown passes.
  • Student-Athletes of the Week #5
    September 29, 2014
    Football's Brian Murtagh and Women's Soccer's Erin Bracken have been named WPI Student-Athletes of the Week. Murtagh established a new career-high for tackles with 16 stops in WPI’s loss Saturday evening to Rensselaer in the annual Transit Trophy game. The sophomore tallied seven solo tackles and nine assisted tackles against rival RPI. Bracken knocked home her own rebound with just four seconds left in overtime to lift WPI to a historic 2-1 victory Saturday over regionally-ranked Wheaton. The win was the Engineers second in the series with the Lyons, who entered the game with a 24-1 advantage dating back to 1995.
  • Football Falls to Rival RPI in Annual Transit Trophy Game
    September 27, 2014
    Troy, NY --- Running back Mike Tivinis rushed for a pair of touchdowns and Andrew Franks booted a two field goals, including a 51-yarder, as host Rensselaer took back the Transit Trophy with a 27-6 victory over WPI on Saturday evening. It was just the second win in five years in the rivalry for RPI, as WPI claimed the trophy last year with a 27-14 win in Worcester. Worcester’s Engineers scored its only touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Jacob Grills found Joe Igoe on a four-yard touchdown pass.
  • Football Set to Face RPI for the Transit Trophy - What is the Transit Trophy?
    September 25, 2014
    The 108th football meeting between rivals WPI and Rensselaer will take place Saturday evening at 7pm in Troy. RPI enjoys a 56-46-5 advantage in the series but WPI has won three of the last four meetings, including a 27-14 victory last season in Worcester. The coveted Transit Trophy will be on the line. RPI sports a 22-11-1 mark since the trophy was first awarded in 1980. Read below for more information on this unique college football trophy.
  • Late Field Goal Dooms Football in Non-Conference Loss at Norwich
    September 20, 2014
    Northfield, VT --- Norwich sophomore kicker Wes Medeiros made a 22-yard field goal with five seconds left in the game to clinch a 10-7 victory over WPI on Saturday afternoon on Sabine Field at Haynes Family Stadium. Medeiros capped off an impressive 15-play, 70-yard drive that ate up 6:57 of clock and gave the Cadets their second straight victory by a 10-7 final score. Norwich started the eventual game-winning drive at its own 25-yard line after the NU defense forced WPI’s offense into a three and out, and junior Sam Chaves returned a Vinny Tavernelli punt eight yards.
  • Football Stymied by Worcester State in Home Opener
    September 12, 2014
    Worcester, MA --- Worcester State senior quarterback Kevin Bumpus went 23-for-41, threw for 237 yards and added a pair of rushing touchdowns and junior tailback Kemani Jones topped 100 yards on the ground and added a score as the Lancers topped host WPI, 30-17, in a city football showdown in front of an overflow crowd at Alumni Stadium on Friday night. WPI junior Sean Murphy opened the game with a 75-yard fumble return on the kickoff. Sophomore Blaine Burse then hit the PAT for the early 7-0 lead.
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