Five Engineers Named NEWMAC Players of the Week
Cambridge, Mass. – MIT was well represented in this week's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) player of the week announcements, snagging five of the eight honors.
The freshmen doubles team of Lauren Quisenberry and Julia Hsu became the first repeat winners of the award for MIT, earning the honor for the second straight week after a strong performance at the ITA New England Regional Tournament. Quisenberry and Hsu knocked off the Vassar pair of Nicole Block and Jennifer Beckerman 8-1. In their second round they ousted 8th seeded Taylor French and Nancy Worley from Williams before being beaten in the quarterfinals by the first seed, Brittney Faber and Leah Kepping from Middlebury. Quisenberry and Hsu were the only unseeded team in the quarterfinal round.
Junior Alisha Lussiez took the honor for women's soccer as the Engineers flew out of the gates to a 5-1 start. Lussiez led MIT to an undefeated week, scoring the lone goals in 1-0 victories over UMass Dartmouth and Clark. Alisha now has seven goals on the year, including three game-winners, and leads the NEWMAC in goals, points, and game-winning goals.
MIT's men's soccer team (6-2) also had an honoree in freshman midfielder Matthew Monheit. In a 3-0 week for MIT, Monheit posted two goals and three assists. He earned the assist on what proved to be the game-winning goal and then followed with an insurance tally in a 3-1 win over Emmanuel. Monheit registered two assists in a 6-0 decision against Wheelock before scoring the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Springfield.
The men's cross country team produced the final award winner, senior Paul Welle. Welle finished fourth overall in a field of nearly 300 runners at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday. He navigated the 8k course in 24:51 in a meet featuring some of the top squads in New England, including all seven NEWMAC teams.