Sports Shorts

No. 7 Newbury Defeats Men’s Volleyball, 3-1

Double-digit attack efforts by Eric R. Reuland ’10, T. Scott Pollom ’09, Michael Demyttenaere ’10, and Garrett L. Winther ’11 would not be enough as nationally-ranked No. 7 Newbury College defeated MIT, 30-32, 30-28, 30-18, 30-20, on Tuesday. With the loss, the Engineers’ record moved to 4-6 overall and 3-2 in NECVA New England Division action.

Pollom posted 12 kills, a .400 hitting percentage, and nine blocks while Reuland notched a team-high 14 kills to go along with 10 digs. Demyttenaere tallied 11 kills, a .368 hitting performance, five blocks, and two aces as Winther contributed 11 kills and seven digs. Philip M. Rogoz ’10 amassed 51 assists, 13 digs, and four blocks while David R. Thomas ’12 bolstered the Engineers’ attack with nine kills. Eugene Jang ’09 paced the defense with 16 digs as Jeremy J. Velazquez ’12 added 12 of his own.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

Water Polo Places Three on ACWPC All-America Team

The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) announced its 2008 All-America teams on Friday and MIT was honored with three recipients, including Michael R. Smith-Bronstein ’09 to the Second Team. Teammates Devin M. Lewis ’10 and John V. Preis ’11 were named Honorable Mention. The three selections are the most for the Engineers since 2003.

Smith-Bronstein was MIT’s leading scorer all season, tallying 58 goals in 26 games to become the Institute’s all-time leading scorer. Smith-Bronstein’s career total of 184 scores surpasses John H. Rogers’s ’06 previous record of 174. In addition to the All-America nod, Smith-Bronstein was named to the CWPA All-North Division First Team as well as the Eastern Championship All-Tournament Team after scoring eight goals at the Championship.

Lewis, a Second-Team pick in 2007, garnered Honorable Mention honors this season. He is MIT’s first back-to-back recipient since David D. Lohrey ’05 in 2003-04. The junior was second on the team with 47 markers this season and now stands third all-time in scoring at MIT with 147 career goals. Lewis was selected to the All-North Second Team as well as the Division III Eastern All-Tournament Squad earlier in the season.

Preis followed up his breakout rookie season with a solid sophomore campaign in which he was third on the team with 41 goals. The reigning CWPA Northern Division Rookie of the Year was named to the Division III Eastern All-Tournament First Team while helping the Engineers to a runner-up finish.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff

UMass Boston Snaps MIT Women’s Ice Hockey Win Streak

The MIT women’s ice hockey team saw its program-record four game winning streak snapped Tuesday night, falling to UMass Boston, 4-1, in ECAC East action.

Emily Brienzo opened the scoring midway through the first with her second of the season, from Rachel Sousa and Katie Kirwan. The goal was the first allowed by MIT goaltender Rachel A. Bowens-Rubin ’11 in over 130 minutes after registering shutouts in her last two outings. Kelly Gillis added an unassisted tally as the period wound down, splitting a pair of defenders on a tremendous individual effort.

Lauren Duran’s first goal of the night came on a power-play chance late in the second stanza as she pushed a rebound past Bowens-Rubin. Hannah Davis and Maria Nasta were credited with assists on the play.

Lauren A. Kazmierski ’11 would give the home crowd something to cheer for early in the final period, taking a pass from Connie C. Lu ’11 to put the Engineers on the board. However, Duran (from Nasta and Rachel Sousa) responded with her second marker of the game almost three minutes later, to push the lead back to three.

Bowens-Rubin made 34 saves in the losing effort. UMass-Boston goaltender Leah Hallet stopped 17 of 18 shots to earn her fifth win of the year.

The two teams will return to the ice to face off again in just three days, as the Beacons host the Engineers on Friday, February 6 at 4:00 p.m.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff