WPI is proud to unveil our newest feature "Hangin' with the Herd". Check in throughout the next few weeks as we profile a different WPI student-athlete and learn more about why they chose WPI, they favorite memories of their team and time on Boynton Hill and some fun insight about them away from their sport.
Today we feature Kaitlyn Hess from Field Hockey (and softball). Kaitlyn is a junior midfielder from Milford, NH. She is majoring in mechanical engineering.
WORCESTER --- The WPI field hockey team has been honored by ZAG field hockey and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association with Academic Team honors, while eighteen different Engineers have been also named to the Division III National Academic Squad following the 2019 season and five donning the Crimson and Gray earned the prestigious award of ‘Scholar of Distinction’.
Gilbert, AZ --- The WPI duo of Shannon Hynes and Abby O'Sullivan were selected All-New England East this week by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). It marked the first time the Engineers had a pair of players named to the squads since Hall of Famers Nicole Maglione '09 and Kelly Johnson '10 accomplished the feat in 2006.
Westwood, MA --- The NEWMAC has announced the Fall 2019 All-Sportsmanship team. Logan Gaudette, Jill Comeau, Jivan Purutyan, Abbie Gilbert, Hannah Larochelle and Steve Meyhave been named to their respective NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship teams. Rookie Lora Dufresne from women’s cross-country was also honored.
Westwood, MA --- WPI placed 79 fall student-athletes on their respective NEWMAC Academic All-Conference teams. Football led the way with 21 selections while women’s soccer boasted 15 and men’s soccer placed ten. Volleyball had seven honorees while field hockey had eight. Women's Cross Country broke its program record by placing ten while men’s cross country saw eight earn accolades.
Westwood, MA --- WPI senior Shannon Hynes and junior Abby O’Sullivan have been named as NEWMAC Field Hockey All-Conference first team honorees while junior Kaitlyn Hess was tabbed to the league’s second team.
Cambridge, MA --- Three goals in the third quarter, including a pair of penalty strokes, propelled the No. 2 seeded MIT field hockey team to a 4-1 victory over No. 3 WPI on Thursday night. Senior Taylor Grey powered MIT with two goals and one assist.
WORCESTER -- With three goals in the first three quarters of play, third-seeded WPI defended Alumni Stadium with a 3-0 win over sixth-seeded Mount Holyoke Tuesday night in a NEWMAC Field Hockey Tournament quarterfinal. WPI will travel to play second-seeded MIT at 6 p.m. Thursday in a semifinal contest.
WORCESTER — The sport of field hockey requires physical endurance, leg speed, top-notch hand-eye coordination, and many other athletic attributes in order to consistently perform at a high level.
Performing at a high level, for nearly a decade, would be Wilmington native Bridget Sullivan, who currently employs her athletic trade with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute Engineers field hockey team.
WORCESTER, MA --- Junior Abby O’Sullivan’s stand-alone goal in the 19th minute proved to be enough as WPI went on the road and defeated Clark 1-0 in an important NEWMAC field hockey contest played Wednesday afternoon.
WORCESTER – Bridget Sullivan (Wilmington, MA) scored off an assist from Abby O’Sullivan (Walpole, MA), and Ali Gannon (Fremont, NH) stopped four shots, as the WPI field hockey team moved back into the win column with a 1-0 NEWMAC victory over visiting Smith Tuesday afternoon in Alumni Stadium. Lindsey Giorgi (Barre, MA), the reigning WPI Women’s Student-Athlete of the Week, also notched an early defensive save in the effort.
WORCESTER – Amanda Garofalo (Fairfield, NJ) notched a pair of goals as visiting MIT handed the WPI field hockey team its first loss of the 2019 season with a 3-2 triumph in a Saturday afternoon NEWMAC matchup in Alumni Stadium.
WORCESTER – Abby O'Sullivan (Walpole, MA) and Carly Cidado (Easton, MA) each scored a first period goal and Ali Gannon (Fremont, NH) totaled a career high with eight saves for the second consecutive game as WPI remained unbeaten with a 2-1 win over host Worcester State in non-conference field hockey action Thursday afternoon at Coughlin Field.
Gilbert, AZ --- WPI’s Shannon Hynes (Auburn, MA) has been selected to participate in the 2019 Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division III Senior Game which is currently projected for 5pm on Saturday, November 23, 2019 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, PA following the completion of the NCAA Division III semifinal games. Hynes is the second back represent the Crimson and Gray, and first since 2018 Hall of Fame inductee Kelly Johnson made the trip to Mount Holyoke in 2009.
New London, CT --- Lindsey Giorgi’s (Barre, MA) first career goal was the game-winner with just 2:33 remaining in regulation as WPI kept its perfect season alive with a pulsating 5-4 come-from-behind victory at Conn College on Tuesday afternoon.
WORCESTER – A Bridget Sullivan (Wilmington, MA) goal with 6:13 left in regulation separated WPI and visiting Springfield in a 1-0 NEWMAC field hockey match played Saturday morning on Rooftop Field as part of Homecoming Weekend.
Easton resident Carly Cidado is second on the team with eight goals and 18 points while West Bridgewater’s Julia Vanderstreet has four goals and two assists off the bench for the Engineers, who are 9-0.
WORCESTER – Carly Cidado (Easton, MA) netted a hat-trick and Abby O’Sullivan (Walpole, MA) eclipsed 100 career points as the WPI field hockey team blanked visiting Becker, 6-0, Friday evening on Alumni Stadium. O’Sullivan became the first 100-plus point scorer since 2017 WPI Hall of Fame inductee Danielle Luongo ’94 accomplished the feat as a senior.
WORCESTER – Abby O’Sullivan (Walpole, MA) notched a goal and an assist while Shannon Hynes (Auburn, MA) chipped in with what proved to be the game-winner as WPI remained unbeaten with a 5-1 non-conference field hockey triumph over visiting Lasell Tuesday evening.
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Wellesley, MA --- Abby O’Sullivan (Walpole, MA) scored a pair of goals, including the 40th of her collegiate career, and added two assists as WPI opened its 2019 NEWMAC field hockey slate with a 5-2 win at Wellesley Saturday.
Fitchburg, MA --- Bridget Sullivan (Wilmington, MA) recorded two goals and two assists as the WPI field hockey team remained unbeaten with an 8-0 victory at Fitchburg State Tuesday afternoon at Elliot Field. Abby O’Sullivan (Walpole, MA) also scored twice for the Engineers (6-0).
WORCESTER – Ali Gannon (Fremont, NH) collected her fifth career win as WPI defeated visiting Elms, 4-0, in a Saturday morning field hockey contest played on Rooftop Field. Gannon was called upon once in the effort.