MIT COOP Student-Athlete of the Week

November 14th, 2017
Blake Zhou, Swimming & Diving

In MIT’s home opener against Division I Cornell University sophomore Blake Zhou captured wins on both 1-meter and 3-meter in the first ever meeting between the two schools. Zhou scored 288.07 on the 3-meter board, which is well above the NCAA Division III Diving Regional qualification mark in the event. Zhou was just 10 points off the qualifying mark on 1-meter, scoring 245.77 to take first place and sweep the diving events for MIT.

November 14th, 2017
Sam Solomon, Swimming & Diving

On the road against Division I Brown University, sophomore Sam Solomon scored two wins on 1-meter and 3-meter this past Saturday. Solomon was well above the NCAA Division III Diving Regional qualification standards on both boards, scoring 325.35 on 3-meter and 286.28 on 1-meter. Solomon was also above the NCAA Regional qualifying score the previous day in MIT’s home opener against Cornell, where he finished second on 3-meter (289.20) and fourth on 1-meter (257.02).
November 7th, 2017
Anna Neuman, Field Hockey

Senior Anna Neuman scored the sole goal on Sunday during the NEWMAC Championship Game, just 4 minutes into play. With an assist by teammate Amanda Garofalo, Neuman’s goal was her third this season and clinched the NEWMAC Championship for the No. 12 Engineers, who would go on to defeat top-seeded Babson, who was ranked No. 3 in the country heading into the tournament. That was MIT’s fifth overall NEWMAC title and their first since 2012. With that win the Engineers received a first round bye in the NCAA tournament and will play next on Saturday, November 11th.

November 7th, 2017
Aidan Van Duzer, Football

In MIT’s Senior Day game against Norwich University Engineer freshman Aiden Van Duzer pulled off a 75 yard run at the end of the first quarter put his team back into scoring position to build on their early 7-0 lead. Van Duzer’s run put freshman Mark Wright in position to score with a 30-yard field goal, which was his first of two on the day. The Engineers would go on to win the game 20-0 to improve to 7-2.

October 31st, 2017
Coed Sailing

The coed team was dominant at the Schell Trophy as the Engineers essentially led from start to finish on their home course. MIT won both divisions and the overall team title with 179 points to qualify for the Coed Atlantic Coast Championship set for November 11-12, 2017 at SUNY Maritime. In the A Division, senior Ty Ingram and junior Sameena Shaffeeullah registered six rotation victories and 12 top-5 placements over the 18 races for 87 points to win the division. Junior Trevor Long as well as sophomores Julia Cho and Marcus Abate won the B Division with 92 points as the trio won rotation 14 and finished in the top-5 in 13 of 18 races to help the Engineers secure a first-place team finish over a number of ranked teams from across New England. That led the coed team to a first place finish at the event. That win qualified the coed team for the fall Atlantic Coast Championships in two weeks, which the coed team won last year for the first time in program history.

October 31st, 2017
William Caruso, Men’s Rifle

Senior William Caruso was the top performer for the Engineers on Saturday as the Rifle team dropped a 4,401-4,255 final to John Jay in the duPont Rifle Range. Caruso finished fourth overall with a score of 1,079. He posted a score of 523 in smallbore, along with a 556 in air rifle that finished fourth as well.

October 24th, 2017
Varsity 8 ‘A’ Boat, Women’s Lightweight Crew

At the 2017 Head of the Charles, the MIT lightweight varsity 8 "A" boat posted a program-best time (16:20.241) on Sunday afternoon to lead the Engineers over the two-day event on the Charles River. In the final race of the weekend for MIT, the lightweight eight "A" boat finished in sixth. This marked the third Head of the Charles race together for seniors Elizabeth Martin (Lexington, Mass.), Annika Rollock (Lafayette, N.J.) and Sylvia Sarnik (Harvard, Mass.).

October 24th, 2017
Loukas Carayannopoulos, Men’s Soccer

Freshman Loukas Carayannopoulos had one goal and one assist last Wednesday to lead the men’s soccer team to a 2-0 win against No. 8 UMass Boston. That win broke a four game winless streak for the men's soccer team and brought their total record to 5-6-3.

October 17th, 2017
Christian Schillinger, Water Polo

MIT water polo freshman Christian Schillinger registered eight goals, nine steals and drew a pair of ejections as he helped the Engineers to a runner-up finish at the CWPA Division III Championship and to a pair of victories this week. Schillinger was also named to the CWPA Division III Championship All-Tournament Second Team for his performances against Monmouth (20-1 win), Penn State Behrend (12-3 win) and Johns Hopkins (11-10 loss).

October 17th, 2017
Katie Collins, Women’s Cross Country

Freshman Katie Collins led the No. 3 Engineers to a strong showing at the Cowbell Classic at Principia College in Elsah, Ill. The freshman became the third runner this season to lead the Engineers across the finish line, finishing in seventh in a time of 21:43.35. She was followed closely by teammate Katie Bacher, who finished eighth. The Engineers placed second overall by just just two points to John Hopkins University in what was a preview of the Division III Championships that will be held on the same course on November 18th.

October 10, 2017
Udgam Goyal, Football

MIT football junior quarterback Udgam Goyal had himself another great game in this week’s 51-6 win over Maine Maritime in NEWMAC action. Goyal completed 17 of his 20 passes for 135 yards and registered four touchdowns – two rushing and two passing. With four total touchdowns, Goyal is now leads the NEWMAC with 15 combined scores, which is a career-high for the junior.  

October 10, 2017
Alexis Groark, Women's Volleyball

Alexis Groark led the No. 17 women’s volleyball team to a 2-0 week which featured a 3-2 come from behind win at Babson and a 3-0 sweep of Emmanuel College to lift the Engineers to 19-1 overall as she totaled 21 kills, two digs, two blocks and one service ace this week. Against Babson, Groark registered 11 kills and hit .400 to lead the team and against Emmanuel she hit .316 to go along with ten kills. With double-digit kills twice last week, Groark now has four double-digit kills this season, a career-high for the sophomore.

 

October 3, 2017
Sean Ko, Men's Tennis

Junior Sean Ko led the No. 21 MIT men’s tennis team to a strong showing over the weekend at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Regional Tournament at Middlebury College. Ko advanced to the Round of 16 in the singles bracket of the season opening competition, defeating Danny Coran of Tufts 6-4, 6-2 and Jorge Aguirre Martinez of Wheaton College 6-2, 6-4. Ko fell to William deQuant of Middlebury in his third match 7-6 (5), 6-3.

October 3, 2017
Bailey Tregoning, Field Hockey

Junior Bailey Tregoning helped the No. 16 Engineers to a dominant 6-1 win over NEWMAC foe Wheaton College on Tuesday at home. Tregoning had MIT’s sole goal in the second half of the game, extending MIT’s lead to 6, all of them unanswered goals. That win extended MIT’s record to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the NEWMAC.

September 26, 2017
Ty Ingram & Sameena Shaffeeullah, Coed Sailing

Senior Ty Ingram and junior Sameena Shaffeeullah won four different rotations and posted seven top-5 placements over the 11 races sailed in the A Division at the St. Mary’s Fall Intersectional. That helped the co-ed team finish seventh overall, with the A Division taking third with 62 points.

September 26, 2017
Katie Bacher, Women's Cross Country

Sophomore Katie Bacher led the No. 3 Engineers in their season-opening meet at the Purple Valley Classic in Williamstown, MA. Bacher led the Engineers in the 6k with a fourth-place finish, crossing the finish line in 22:17.8 to beat her time from the 2016 race by 47 seconds. Bacher’s finish helped the Engineers defeat seven nationally-ranked teams, including three in the top 10, to win the meet with a total of 55 points.

September 19, 2017
Udgam Goyal, Football

Udgam Goyal, quarterback for the MIT football team, completed 16 of his 27 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns in a 31-26 win over Endicott College on Saturday afternoon. In addition, Goyal ran for 79 yards including a 71 yard touchdown run early in the second quarter – a career-long run for the junior – which at the time gave MIT the 24-7 advantage.

September 19, 2017

Libby Rickeman, Women's Tennis

Freshman Libby Rickeman of the women’s tennis team opened her collegiate career by claiming the singles championship at the MIT Invitational over the weekend. Rickeman opened the tournament with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Zoe Miller of Tufts in her first collegiate match. In the second round, she defeated No. 5 seeded Vickie Ip of Amherst by a 6-3, 6-2 final to set up a third-round matchup with top-seeded Victoria Yu of Wesleyan. Rickeman defeated Yu, who is ranked No. 3 in the country in Division III, by a 7-5, 6-4 final to move into the semifinals. After a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 4 seeded Mina Karamercan from Tufts, Rickeman advanced to the championship match and defeated Smukler 6-3, 6-1 on Sunday morning. Karamercan is the No. 17 ranked player nationally, while Smukler is No. 15.

September 12, 2017
Luka Knezevic, Water Polo

Luka Knezevic, of the MIT water polo team, led MIT to a sweep of Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon with a dominant individual performance in the pool. Knezevic scored three goals on six shots, posted six assists, won two sprints and added a steal in a 19-11 game one win. In the night cap, Knezevic registered his second hat trick of the day and also dished out one assist and stole the ball twice to lead the Engineers to a 20-5 game two win.

September 12, 2017
Emily Berzolla, Women's Soccer

In a 3-0 week for the MIT women's soccer team, sophomore Emily Berzolla registered two goals and four assists for eight points to lead the Engineers to their best start to a season (5-0) since 1993. In the opener this week, Berzolla registered two goals against Worcester State - her first two of the season - and then went on to dish out two assists in a 6-1 road win at Emmanuel and two assists in a 7-0 win at home against Thomas. Berzolla now has nine points this season, which ranks second in the NEWMAC, and has led the MIT offense, one that ranks second in the country in assists, third in goals and third in total points, to a undefeated start.