Record 10 Engineers Named to Hampshire Society by National Football FoundationDALLAS, Texas – A record 10 members of the MIT football team were named to the 2014 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society, the organization announced today. Seniors James Balchunas (Plainview, N.Y.), Rhys Borchert (Pocatello, Idaho), Heath Gould (Las Vegas, Nev.), Brent Johnson (La Canada, Calif.), Jake Laux (Dousman, Wis.), Matt Merlino (Vancouver, Wash.), Max Powers (Rochester, N.Y.), Joel Santisteban (Lawrence, N.Y.), Billy Thalheimer (Natick, Mass.), and John Wenzel (Mandeville, La.) were all named to the prestigious academic honor.
MIT Places League-High 44 Student-Athletes on NEFC All-Academic TeamCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT was at the head of the class once again as the Engineers led the New England Football Conference with 44 names on the 2013 Academic All-Conference team was released by the league. MIT’s 44 honorees are the most in the program’s history, surpassing last season’s record number of 39. Endicott College was second with 35 selections.
Santisteban Named Academic All-AmericanTOWSON, Md. – Senior defensive end Joel Santisteban (Lawrence, N.Y.) of the MIT football team earned national recognition for both his on field and academic performance today when he was named to the 2013 Capitol One Academic All-America Division III Football Team.
Ten Engineers Earn All-NEFC HonorsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A record setting season for the MIT football team has led to a record number of Engineers earning All-New England Football Conference honors. Among the list of honorees released by the league today were the names of ten MIT student-athletes. Earning first team all-conference honors were senior Jake Laux (Dousman, Wis.) and junior Alex Warner (Rockaway, N.J.). Named to the second team were seniors Rhys Borchert (Pocatello, Idaho), Heath Gould (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Derek Vaughn (Goodlettsville, Tenn.); juniors Harris Chalat (Evergreen, Colo.), Brad Goldsberry (Elizabeth, Colo.), Justin Wallace (Palatine, Ill.) and Cameron Wagar (West Richland, Wash,); and sophomore Joe Hanley (Somers, N.Y.). Borchert was also named the Hal Chalmers Senior Student-Athlete of the Year; the sixth consecutive year the award has gone to an MIT student-athlete.
Second Half Surge Carries MIT Past Coast Guard, 48-31NEW LONDON, Conn. – MIT closed out its 2013 football season in fine form this afternoon as the Engineers churned out a school record 577 yards of offense that helped them overcome three first half turnovers in a 48-31 victory over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Junior Justin Wallace (Palatine, Ill.) rushed for over 200 yards for the first time in his career, finishing with 215 and a pair of scores for MIT. The triumph gave the Engineers six wins in a season for the first time since 1999.
Williams Earns Second NEFC Offensive Player of the Week of the SeasonCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After throwing for a school record five touchdowns in MIT’s win over Maine Maritime on Saturday, junior quarterback Peter Williams (Portland, Ore.) was named the New England Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week. It is the second time this season that Williams has been named to the honor.
MIT Outscores Maine Maritime, 56-36CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior quarterback Peter Williams threw for 264 yards and a school record five touchdowns to lead MIT to a 56-36 victory over Maine Maritime in a New England Football Conference clash in Steinbrenner Stadium. The Engineers had to hold off the potent ground attack of the Mariners that generated 462 yards, led by senior Billy Wetherbee’s (Vezie, Maine) 217 yards. The victory clinched a winning season for the Engineers for a second straight year.
Six MIT Football Players Selected to Capital One Academic All-District TeamCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT saw six of its football student-athletes honored today when the 2013 Capital One Academic All-District football team was released by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). With six selections, the Engineers had the most picks of any team in the district.
Game Time for Football on Saturday ChangedCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT’s final home football game of the season on Saturday has had a change in kickoff time. The New England Football Conference (NEFC) matchup between the Engineers and the Mariners of the Maine Maritime Academy will now kickoff at 5:30 p.m. instead of 1:00 p.m.
Endicott Powers Past MIT, 52-21CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Endicott College broke open a tie game with 21 unanswered second quarter points and went on to take a 52-21 win over MIT in a New England Football Conference matchup. The Gulls used a balanced attack against the Engineers, rushing for 260 yards and throwing for 268 in the victory. In a battle of the top two passing offenses in the league, Endicott’s Drew Frenette completed 21 of 26 attempts for 268 yards and three scores, while junior Peter Williams (Portland, Ore.) completed 13 of 22 for MIT for 200 yards and a pair of scores.
Fourth Quarter Score Lifts MIT Past Western New England, 17-14SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – MIT’s defense held Western New England University’s high scoring offense to just a pair of third quarter touchdowns and junior quarterback Peter Williams (Portland, Ore.) hit sophomore Samuel Inman (Stillwell, Okla.) with a 53-yard TD pass early in the fourth to lift the Engineers to a 17-14 win over the Golden Bears in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) clash. MIT’s second straight win moved the Engineers to 4-2 overall and 2-2 in the NEFC while Western New England fell to 2-5 and 1-3 in the league.
Cheyne Named Special Teams Player of the Week by the NEFCCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Tucker Cheyne (Avon, Conn.) continues to have an impressive first season as MIT’s placekicker and his effort against Nichols College on Friday night has earned him Special Teams Player of the Week honors from the New England Football Conference. It was the second time this season that Cheyne has been named to the honor.
MIT Rolls Past Nichols, 48-0CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT scored on its first drive and proceeded to churn out a school record 563 total yards of offense as the Engineers rolled to a 48-0 victory over Nichols College in a New England Football Conference game. It was the first NEFC win of the year for MIT, which recorded its second shutout of the season to set another school mark. Junior Justin Wallace (Palatine, Ill.) ran for 167 yards and three scores to lead the Engineers’ attack.
Curry Holds Off MIT, 26-21CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – MIT had a first and goal with just a little more than a minute to play, but the Curry College defense held the Engineers out of the end zone as the Colonels held on for a 26-21 win in New England Football Conference play this afternoon. Junior Justin Wallace (Palatine, Ill.) led MIT (2-2, 0-2 NEFC) with 104 yards on the ground while Curry (1-3, 1-1 NEFC) saw senior Phil Bigelow (East Orange, N.J.) and junior Trae Weathers (Revere, Mass.) run for 86 and 85 yards respectively and a touchdown each for the Colonels.
Salve Regina Comes Back in Fourth Quarter to Defeat MIT, 29-21MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – Opening the New England Football Conference (NEFC) season on the road, MIT held a 21-16 halftime lead against Salve Regina University but the Seahawks scored 13 fourth-quarter points and shut out the Engineers in the second half to come away with a 29-21 win. Senior Jake Laux (Dousman, Wis.) led the MIT defense with 15 tackles and recovered a fumble for a touchdown, while junior Justin Wallace (Palatine, Ill.) ran for 60 yards and a score for the Engineers.
Williams, Laux Earn NEFC Player of the Week HonorsCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After scoring a 34-0 win at Becker College in week two of the 2013 football season, two MIT student-athletes have been honored by the New England Football Conference for their play against the Hawks. Senior linebacker Jake Laux (Dousman, Wis.) was named the NEFC Defensive Player of the Week and junior quarterback Peter Williams (Portland, Ore.) earned Offensive Player of the Week honors from the league.
MIT Blanks Becker, 34-0LEICESTER, Mass. – MIT scored on its first four possessions and never looked back as the Engineers took a 34-0 win at Becker College in non-conference football action this afternoon. Junior Peter Williams (Portland, Ore.) totaled 333 yards of total offense and accounted for three scores to lead the offense while senior Jake Laux (Dousman, Wis.) led the defense to a shutout with 12 tackles and a forced fumble.
MIT Football Receives Impressive Fan Support in CaliforniaCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Not only was the MIT football team’s trip to California successful in terms of a victory on the field, the journey was also a huge success in bringing out fan support for the Engineers. A pair of events, a tour of the Rose Bowl and a pregame tailgate, were held in conjunction with the trip that gave MIT alumni, parents and friends a chance to socialize and show their MIT spirit.
Cheyne Named Special Teams Player of the Week by the NEFCCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Tucker Cheyne (Avon, Conn.) had an impressive debut as the placekicker for the MIT football team on Saturday, so impressive that the New England Football Conference (NEFC) named him the Special Teams Player of the Week. He was a key part of the Engineers’ 28-26 victory over Pomona-Pitzer College on Saturday in California.
MIT Holds Off Pomona-Pitzer, 28-26, In Football Season Opener in CaliforniaCLAREMONT, Calif. – A 13-yard touchdown run by junior Justin Wallace (Palatine, Ill.) midway through the fourth quarter gave MIT the lead for good as the Engineers held off Pomona-Pitzer College, 28-26, in the 2013 football season opener for both teams. The trip to the West Coast was the farthest that MIT has ever travelled for a football game in the history of the program.
Football Announces 2013 Freshman ClassCAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A group of 30 student-athletes will make up the 2013 freshman class of the MIT football team head coach Chad Martinovich has announced. The group includes players from 15 states, with California and New York having the most in the class with four each. Other states with two or more in the class include Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Texas.