Sports Shorts

MIT Cycling Wins Collegiate National Track Championship

The MIT cycling team won 22 medals during its bid for the 2009 Division-II Collegiate Track Championship, successfully defending itts 2008 title. Guo-Liang Chew ’10, Matthew C. Blackburn G, Martha W. Buckley G, Nick C. Loomis G, Michael L. Garrett G, Yuri Matsumoto G, Laura R. Ralston G, Zachary A. Labry G, Timothy J. Humpton ’10, and Jose H. Soltren all competed at the championships for MIT.

MIT earned a silver medal in the Collegiate Sprint, the only co-ed event at the championships. In addition, Garrett placed 5th in the Men’s Omnium and Ralston placed 12th in the Women’s Omnium, the competition for best overall rider across all divisions.

—Michael Garrett, Team Member

Women’s Soccer Sinks Coast Guard, 7-1

Alisha D. Lussiez ’12 and Emily Kuo ’13 had three goals each leading MIT to a 7-1 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match on Tuesday.

Lauren R. Hernley ’11 gave MIT a lead just 1:32 into the match before Coast Guard tied it in the 28th minute.

It took MIT just 1:08 to regain the lead as Kuo scored her first goal of the game giving MIT a 2-1 lead at halftime.

Lussiez took a pass from Merricka C. Livingstone ’13 increasing the lead to 3-1 in the 52nd minute. Lussiez scored again in the 61st minute before Kuro scored a pair of goals, both assisted by Andrea Y. Park ’13, just over three minutes apart for a 6-1 lead.

Sarah C. Vega ’13 assisted on Lussiez’s third goal in the 74th minute to close the scoring.

MIT (7-4-1, 3-1-1 NEWMAC) outshot Coast Guard 32-3.

Goalie Katy Olesnavage ’11 made one save to pick up the win while Coast Guard sophomore Mary Mills had 14 saves in the loss. Coast Guard (2-10, 0-5) has dropped six straight.

The Engineers return home this weekend to host Smith College on Saturday, October 17, at 1 p.m. at Steinbrenner Stadium.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

MIT Defeats WPI, Remains Perfect in NEWMAC Play

The Women’s Volleyball team defeated Worcester Polytechnic Institute 3-1 in a NEWMAC match Tuesday evening. With the 14-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-19 victory, MIT remains undefeated at 6-0 in NEWMAC play and improves to 19-4 overall.

The match started slowly for MIT with a subpar performance in the first set. The opening set win by WPI was its first over MIT since 2000, a span of nine straight matches. However, the Engineers were able to bounce back and take control in the following three sets, winning all three in comfortable fashion.

MIT had a balanced offense propelled by Alexandra T. May ’10’s double-double of 13 digs and 10 kills. Alyssa L. Rothman ’13 notched 43 assists and Jennifer Li ’11 and Kelly E. Schulte ’12 collected 15 and 10 kills respectively.

Katie K. Spielbauer ’13 chipped in with 14 digs while Anna D. Dikina ’11 added 12. Barden E. Cleeland ’10 was strong at the net with four blocks and 11 kills.

This Saturday the volleyball team will host an all-day tournament in Rockwell Cage with Eastern Connecticut State University, UMass-Boston and St. Lawrence University.

—Paul Dill, Team Coach