Sports Shorts

Zimmerman’s All-Around Effort Good for First Again

Senior standout Julia C. Zimmerman ’09 stayed on top of her game, winning the all-around and the vault, and placing second on the bars, as the MIT gymnastics team placed third in a field of four teams. Host Southern Connecticut State University came away with the win (185.950), followed by SUNY Brockport (184.550), the Engineers (175.000), and Rhode Island College (169.250).

Zimmerman, who last week was named ECAC Division III All-Around Athlete of the Week for the second time this season, scored a 37.825 in the all-around, a 9.550 on the vault, and a 9.525 on the bars. She also placed sixth on the floor exercise with a tally of 9.500 and tied for 10th with Southern Connecticut’s Taylor Murray on the beam with a 9.300.

Leanna S. Morinishi ’12 tied for fifth on the vault with a 9.200. Morinishi also ranked fifth on the bars with a score of 9.075 and tied for 10th on the floor exercise with a count of 9.300.

MIT, 1-1 in dual meet competition, will compete at Ithaca College next Saturday.

—Mike Stoller, DAPER Staff

Third Period Burst Propels Men’s Ice Hockey Past Endicott, 6-4

Nicholas D. Sisler ’11 scored twice during a 4-0 run to open the third period, as the MIT men’s ice hockey team defeated Endicott, 6-4, in New England Collegiate Hockey Association (NECHA) action Saturday. The win moves the Engineers one point past the Gulls in the NECHA American East Standings. The two teams combined for seven goals in the final 20 minutes as MIT withstood a late rally by the Gulls to hold on for the win.

Michael C. Kozlowski G opened the scoring just over seven minutes into the game with help from Justin D. Myers ’11 and Ernest I. Park ’11. Vladimir Sobes ’11 increased MIT’s lead just a minute and a half later on a feed from William G. Near ’10. A second-period tally by Mike Vacca put Endicott within one heading into the final frame.

Nick R. LaBounty ’09 (from Kevin M. Farino ’10) found the back of the net just 33 seconds in. Sisler’s goals were sandwiched around a Jeremy D. Myers G (from Cory F. Phinney ’11) tally, the eventual game winner, all of which came within five and a half minutes. Ryan W. Ballentine ’09 assisted on both of the Sisler scores while LaBounty picked up another point as part of the scoring outburst.

The host Gulls gave their best shot at a late comeback, scoring three times in the final 7:12. MIT goaltender Stephen L. Yablonski ’11 was able to preserve the win, however, finishing with 29 saves.

The Engineers will conclude their regular season next Saturday, February 14 when they travel to the University of New England. Having already clinched a berth in the upcoming NECHA playoffs, MIT will look to secure a home postseason match-up.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff

Men’s Volleyball Sweeps Daniel Webster

In the inaugural meeting between both programs, the MIT men’s volleyball team emerged with a 30-11, 30-13, 30-20 victory over Daniel Webster College in a North East Collegiate Volleyball Association (NECVA) New England Division match on Tuesday night. The Engineers registered a balanced performance as they improved to 5-7 on the year and 4-3 in conference action.

Eric R. Reuland ’10 paced MIT with eight kills to go along with five aces and five digs. Malcolm K. Bean ’11 posted seven kills and two blocks as Randolph Li ’09 totaled six kills. Michael Demyttenaere ’10 and Garrett L. Winther ’11 both registered six kills and two blocks. Philip M. Rogoz ’10 and Caine L. Jette ’10 completed the blocking corps with two stops as well. Jeremy J. Velazquez ’12 notched six digs and five aces while Eugene Jang ’09 led the defense with seven digs. Jette dished out a team-high 15 assists in the second game as Rogoz and Timothy R. Lee ’11 each added 12 assists in the first and third games, respectively.

Later this week. MIT will host nationally-ranked No. 5 Rivier College on Thursday, Feb. 12.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff