The 2015-16 school year was not just an eventful period for MIT academically but it was also a year of immense success by a number of its athletic teams. We highlight a few of the most memorable moments of MIT sports from this school year.
Deadline day, and the moves leading up to it, were eventful – some astounding, some imminent, some seemingly pointless. We take a look at some highlights from the last few days of regular trade time.
On August 13th and 14th, hundreds of writers, scouts, officials, fans, and former players of baseball attended the Sabermetrics, Scouting, and Science of Baseball seminar.
Five turnovers by MIT proved too big an obstacle to overcome as MIT suffered a 31-10 defeat to begin the season 0-3.
The Engineers have started the 2016-17 season with an 8-0 record after sweeps of Emerson, Springfield, Mt. Holyoke, Clark, and Wheaton, and cozy defeats of Wellesley, Babson, and Smith.
After six months of regular and postseason play, the 2016 World Series will see two teams competing, neither of which have experienced a championship in a very long time. The Chicago Cubs will try to break their 108-year curse, and the Cleveland Indians will try to break a curse of their own by becoming the latest city to win two sports championships in the same year (alongside LeBron James’ Cavaliers).
MIT Football played two games in the month of November. They earned a win against Curry College 26-21, and took a tough double-overtime 36-35 loss to Nichols College. The Engineers rode on an offensive outburst from running back John Robertson ’20, who ran for a total of 328 yards with six touchdowns in his two November games. He closed out his stellar rookie season by recording four consecutive games in which he rushed for at least 100 yards. He ended the season with a total of 920 yards and 11 touchdowns, earned the NEFC Offensive Rookie of the Week honors twice, NEFC Offensive Player of the Week honors once, and was one of the seven Engineers to make an appearance on an NEFC All-Conference Team as MIT Football finished the season with a 3-7 overall record.
Football RB John Robertson '20 is the November Player of the Month!
Cricket and League of Legends are MIT IM sports for the first time ever.
Men's Baseball (21-14-1) made their fourth appearance in five years at the NEWMAC Championship but fell in back-to-back games to Babson College. Three were named to the 2017 Academic All-America Division III Baseball Team, including Austin Filiere '18, who extended his on-base streak to 64 games, a NEWMAC record.
Over the past school year, the MIT intramural executive officers have been making several changes to the IM sport experience. Most recently, the community has seen additional sports such as cricket and the e-sport League of Legends and the introduction of players of the month. Perhaps the biggest of the overhauls is the addition of the Beaver Cup, a points system through which FSILGs, graduate departments, and clubs can score points for participating and winning in different leagues.