WPI Weekly Athletics Update #8

WPI Weekly Athletics Update #8


Last Week’s Results     

Tuesday, October 19   Women’s Soccer 4, Mount Holyoke 0
    Springfield 3, Volleyball 0
    Mount Holyoke 2, Field Hockey 1
Wednesday, October 20   Men’s Soccer 3, Mass Maritime 1
Friday, October 22    Volleyball 3, Gordon 0 (Hall of Fame Tournament at Mount Holyoke)
Saturday, October 23
Rochester 16, Football 15
    Women’s Soccer 1, Wellesley 0
    Springfield 1, Men’s Soccer 0
    Wellesley 6, Field Hockey 1
    Union 3, Volleyball 2 (at Hall of Fame Tournament at Mount Holyoke)
    Volleyball 3, Westfield State 0 (at Hall of Fame Tournament at Mount Holyoke)
Sat. Oct. 23 -    Men’s Crew at Head of the Charles Regatta (Boston, MA)
Sun. Oct. 24   Women’s Crew at Head of the Charles Regatta (Boston, MA)





This Week’s Games        
Tuesday, October 26 
MIT at Volleyball   7:00
Wednesday, October 27
Women’s Soccer at Becker   6:30
    Westfield State at Men’s Soccer     7:00

  Field Hockey at Simmons   7:00
Saturday, October 30
Coast Guard at Men’s Soccer   11:00am
    Football at Hobart

  Volleyball at Smith
    Women’s Soccer at Smith   1:00
    Swimming and Diving at Colby-Sawyer    1:00
    Smith at Field Hockey   2:00
    Cross Country at NEWMAC Championships (at Clark)   2:30
    Crew at Head of the Fish Regatta (at Saratoga Springs, NY)   TBA
    Crew hosts Quinsigamond Novice Invitational     TBA 


Men’s Athletes of the Week

Men’s Crew - Varsity Four

The Men’s Four rowed away with the WPI Men’s Athlete of the Week honor for the week ending October 24th. The team had a monumental day on Saturday as they won their race with a time of 17:34.981 in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, ahead of 40 teams including Wesleyan, Philadelphia University, University of Chicago and UMass. The gold-winning crew consisted of Ricky Holak (Windham, NH), John Madura (West Milford, NJ), Ben Johnson (Northford, CT), Hank Moore (Jaffrey, NH), and coxswain Lauren Moloney (Buffalo, NY).



Women’s Athlete of the Week

Elyssa Dorenfeld - Volleyball - Sophomore - Outside Hitter - Reading, MA

Elyssa Dorenfeld has been named the WPI Women’s Athlete of the Week honor for the week ending October 14th. In four matches this past week Dorenfeld averaged 10.5 kills and 7.25 digs per contest. Over the weekend, the sophomore was instrumental in the team’s third place showing at the prestigious Hall of Fame tournament, and was named to the All-Tournament team.  She had 16 kills and nine digs in a tough 3-2 semifinal loss to Union before posting 10 kills and adding six kills in the third-place match win over Westfield State.



Football (3-4 overall, 1-3 Liberty League)
The WPI Football team dropped a close decision at home against Liberty League rival Rochester 16-15 on Saturday. The scoring would begin with 10:54 left in the first quarter when a botched punt snap by Rochester was kicked out of the back of the end zone for a safety putting the Engineers up 2-0. WPI regained the lead when Mitch McClune (Hanover, MA) blocked a punt with 5:23 left before intermission that was picked up and returned 1-yard for a touchdown by Ernie Mello (Wilmington, MA).  The extra point was blocked to keep the score 8-3. WPI and Rochester would trade interceptions in the third, as John Perron (Auburn, MA) made a pick to give the Engineers great field position, however, two plays later, a YellowJacket would pull down an interception in the end zone for a touchback.  The Crimson and Gray would score the only points of the third quarter when Mello ran 39 yards for another WPI six points. Cody Beckel (Jupiter, FL) would add the PAT for a 15-3 advantage. Mello would lead all rushers with 23 carries and 106 yards and finished with a total of 205 all-purpose yards.  On defense for the Engineers, Christopher O'Connor (Bellerose, NY) would make nine stops to pace the team. Nick Chambers (Braintree, MA) notched eight tackles, including one for loss, while Tom Thackaray (Braintree, MA) also had eight, including a sack and a hurry. Brendan Gove (Rutland, VT), Kevin White (Worcester, MA), and Perron all chipped in with seven tackles apiece with Gove adding a sack. Next Saturday WPI heads to Geneva, NY for a noontime start versus Hobart.


Men’s Soccer (5-8-1 overall, 0-4-1 NEWMAC)
Men’s Soccer would go 1-1 on the week. Freshman Chris Ciampa (Danvers, MA) netted a pair of goals to lead WPI to a 3-1 victory over Massachusetts Maritime Wednesday evening.  Ciampa evened matters for the visiting Engineers in the ninth minute of play on a feed from junior Kevin Ducharme (Bedford, NH). Sophomore Jason Hopkins (Mendon, MA) provided what proved the be the game-winning tally (his second goal of the season) with just 16 seconds remaining in the opening 45 minutes of action for WPI, as his header off Ducharme's second assist of the night staked the visitors to a 2-1 advantage at the break, and Ciampa provided an insurance goal (his eighth of the season) for the Engineers in the 62nd minute when he lofted a shot from 20 yards out on a feed from senior Keeon Tabrizi (Harvard, MA) to close out the scoring. Kirk Dragsbaek (Sherborn, MA) picked up his second win of the season in goal for WPI with a nine-save effort.  The victory was the senior's ninth in 12 career decisions. In the 1-0 loss Saturday, WPI didn't go away and have several promising chances down the stretch. Chris LaBarre's (Southwick, MA) shot from the endline slipped through Springfield goalie’s hands, but a defender cleared the ball away from the goal mouth. The Engineers appeared to have the equalizer when Hopkins slotted home a shot with 4:45 remaining, only to have the referee disallow the goal for offsides. However, WPI had no better chance than with 2:59 left in the contest, as Springfield was called for a hand ball in the box and the visitors were awarded a penalty kick. Ducharme's attempt was well struck but was pushed wide right as the Pride held on for the 1-0 victory. Paul Moan (Watertown, MA) made two saves for the visiting Engineers. WPI hosts Westfield State Wednesday at 7pm before entertaining Coast Guard Saturday at 11am in the season finale.


Women’s Soccer (6-9-1 overall, 4-4 NEWMAC)
The Women’s Soccer team posted a pair of conference shutouts this past week en route to qualifying for the NEWMAC tournament. Freshman forward Megan Forti (Lynn, MA) notched a natural hat trick to lift WPI to an important 4-0 victory over Mount Holyoke in NEWMAC action on Tuesday evening. Forti netted all three of her goals in a span of less than seven minutes late in the first half.  In the 27th minute she took a pass from classmate Natalie McMillan (Acton, MA) to the left of the goal and calmly flicked it over the goalie's head towards the far post. Forti's next two tallies came 43 seconds apart.  In the 34th minute she stole the ball in the left corner, drove in and beat the keeper to the left.  She quickly followed that by burying a cross from Kristen Garza (Kingston, MA) to the far post at 35:32. The hat trick was the first by a WPI player since Garza turned the trick on September 25th, 2008 in a 12-1 home win over Newbury. Garza closed out the scoring at 86:36 when she was sent through on a breakaway following a nifty feed by Suzanne Najem (Derry, NH). WPI goalkeeper Maddie Willer (Penfield, NY) recorded five stops en route to posting her second shutout of the season. Forti tallied the only goal of the game with 5:25 left in the contest to propel WPI to a dramatic 1-0 victory over Wellesley Saturday evening and in the process secure a spot in the upcoming six-team NEWMAC Tournament. With the win the Engineers now have a season-best three-game winning streak and move to 6-9-1 on the season and 4-4 in conference play.  With just one league match to play, WPI has 12 points - three ahead of Clark - and holds the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Cougars.  With the two teams looking destined for overtime, Garza sent Forti through with a long pass.  The freshman used her speed to just edge past a defender and tucked the ball past the charging goalie for her team-best 11th marker of the season. Willer made six saves while registering her second straight shutout and third of the season.  WPI ventures out of conference for the final time on Wednesday with a 6:30pm road match at Becker. On Saturday they finish the regular season when they venture to Smith for a 1pm match.


Field Hockey (4-11 overall, 0-7 NEWMAC)
Field Hockey dropped a pair of road conference contests last week. On Tuesday, they lost to Mount Holyoke 2-1. Both teams went scoreless until the 24:40 mark, when junior forward Celena Dopart (Washington, DC) hopped on a loose ball at the top of the circle and placed a backhand past the Lyons goalkeeper. Mount Holyoke responded with two unanswered goals in the second half. First year goalie Liz Dufresne (Worcester, MA) made nine stops. Dopart scored the lone goal for the Engineers off an assist from junior Sasha Marokhovsky (Upton, MA) in the 6-1 loss to Wellesley. Dufresne had seven saves in net for WPI.  The Engineers also got two defensive saves in the contest, as junior Caitlin Kelley (Saratoga Springs, NY) and sophomore Madison Shugrue (Worcester, MA) each picked up stops. The Engineers will travel to Simmons on Wednesday for a 7pm game. The Engineers return home Saturday to wrap up the season as they host Smith at 2pm.

Volleyball (21-7 overall, 4-3 NEWMAC)
Women’s Volleyball went 2-2 on the week, including a third place finish in their bracket at the prestigious Hall of Fame Tournament. Sophomore Elyssa Dorenfeld (Reading, MA) notched 24 kills and 18 digs on Saturday en route to being named to the Hall of Fame All-Tournament team as the Engineers went 1-1 on the day. The first match of the day saw WPI lose to Union in five sets (25-22, 17-25, 25-15, 25-27, and 13-15). Dorenfeld was a just short of a double-double as she recorded 16 kills and nine digs against the Dutchwomen. Kerrin Beovich (Seaford, NY) added seven kills for the Engineers, while Joan Porambo (Jim Thorpe, PA) registered 17 digs. Lauren D'Angelo (Wallingford, CT) and Kim Woodward (Clifton Park, NY) added nine digs each, as Woodward would also amass 43 assists. In the matchup with Westfield, the Engineers won in straight sets (25-23, 25-11, 25-21). Bailey Sarber (Westerly, RI) notched 11 kills on 25 attempts. Dorenfeld would post 10 kills and six digs, while Porambo and Alyssa Fidanza (Ellington, CT) combined for 21 digs. Woodward chipped in with 34 assists. On Friday night, Dorenfeld led WPI with team-highs of eight kills and nine digs as the Engineers downed Gordon 3-0 in the opening round at the prestigious Hall of Fame Tournament held on the campus of Mount Holyoke.  WPI took the match by scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 25-19.  The victory improves WPI to 20-6 on the year and marks just the second time in school history - and the first time in 22 years - the program has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons. Beovich chipped in with seven kills, while Fidanza pitched in with six. Porambo and D'Angelo teamed up for 15 digs in the match. Woodward recorded 25 assists for the Crimson and Gray. In the lone conference matchup of the week, WPI lost to Springfield in straight sets (25-16, 25-11, 25-6) on Tuesday. Dorenfeld paced the Engineers with eight kills and five digs. Woodward amassed 15 assists, while classmate Porambo recorded 13 digs for the Crimson and Gray. WPI returns to Harrington Auditorium Tuesday when they host MIT for a 7pm NEWMAC contest. The team travels to Smith on Saturday as they wrap up the regular season with a 1pm match.


Men’s Cross Country
The Men’s Cross Country team had the week off from competition. Next up for the runners is the NEWMAC Championship at Moore State Park in Paxton on Saturday at 2:30pm.

Women’s Cross Country
Women’s Cross Country had the week off as they prepare for Saturday when they head to Moore State Park in Paxton for a 2:30pm start at the NEWMAC Championships.

Men’s Crew
Men’s Crew had an outstanding day on Saturday as the men’s collegiate four won their race with a time of 17:34.981 in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta. They finished ahead of 40 teams including Wesleyan, Philadelphia University, University of Chicago and UMass. The gold-winning crew consisted of Ricky Holak (Windham, NH), John Madura (West Milford, NJ), Ben Johnson (Northford, CT), Hank Moore (Jaffrey, NH), and coxswain Lauren Moloney (Buffalo, NY). Saturday also marks the first gold medal under head coach Larry Noble. Also participating on Saturday were the club eight which finished 36th of 42 as they posted a time of 17:49.501. Harvard had two boats finish in the top three along with Boston University. WPI’s alumni boat finished 28th out of 43 entrants with a 17:53.142 time. Northeastern, Cornell and Wisconsin led the college entrants. Finishing with a time of 16:12.274, the men’s collegiate eight crew placed 35th out of 42 entries at the famous Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday. The crew included Andrew Cunningham (Glastonbury, CT), Alec Sirocki (Scarborough, ME), Dan Pierson (Hampton, NH), Sam Johnston (Seattle, WA), Philip Kellermeier (Berlin, Germany), Michael Mourkas (Hampden, ME), Zachary Theoharidis (Sedgwick, ME), Josh Wimble (St. Albans, VT), and coxswain Sam O'Connor (Levittown, NY). On Saturday the novices will stay local for the Quinsigamond Novice Challenge, while the varsity ventures to Saratoga Springs, NY for the Head of the Fish Regatta.

Women’s Crew
The WPI Women's Four Crew finished 21st of 38 boats at the 46th annual Head of the Charles Regatta as they posted a time of 22:37.023 on Saturday. Emory, Trinity and the University of Chicago took the top three spots. Rowing the boat were Dominique Throop (Fairfax Station, VA), Danielle Morabito (Monroe, CT), Joan Keyes (Plymouth, MA), Liz Audet (Terryville, CT) and coxswain Emily Cavanaugh (Shrewsbury, MA). The Women's alumnae boat crossed the finish line 26th out of 32 teams (21:50.690). Of the former collegiate competitors, the University of Virginia, Stanford and Ithaca finished up front. The women’s crew collegiate eight had a strong showing at the Head of the Charles Regatta Sunday as they finished 11th out of 31 boats with a time of 17:28.702. Williams, Ithaca, and Bates secured the top three times. Sunday’s entry consisted of Amy Loomis (Mahtomedi, MN), Lauren Laboissonniere (Smithfield, RI), Bridget Stevens (Cropseyville, NY),  Caitlin Heindl (Bow, NH), Macauley Kenney (North Yarmouth, ME), Suzanna Kelley (Attleboro, MA), Mary Hesler (Glastonbury, CT), Gabrielle Demac (Shrewsbury, MA) and coxswain Emily Johnson (Gray, ME). Up next, the varsity travels to the Head of the Fish Regatta in Saratoga Springs, NY on Saturday, while the novices stick around for the Quinsigamond Novice Challenge on the same day.


Men’s Swimming and Diving (0-0 Overall)
The Men’s Swimming and Diving squad opens the 2010-11 campaign Saturday at Colby-Sawyer in a 1pm meet.

Women’s Swimming and Diving (0-1 Overall)
Women’s Swimming and Diving enjoyed an early week off last week, and returns to action Saturday at 1pm when they travel to Colby-Sawyer.