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Photiades captures 3rd place in Rolex national tournament

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Alexis Photiades '91 captured third place in last weekend's Rolex National Division III small college tennis championships, held at Corpus Christi, TX. The win marked a big jump for Photiades, who was ranked 32nd last year among Division III players throughout the nation.

Tennis coach Jeff Hamilton predicted that Photiades would break into the ranks of the top 10, perhaps the top five, players nationally, when the National Collegiate Athletic Association pre-season rankings are released in two weeks.

Photiades defeated Swarthmore College's Phil Rosenstrach, 6-2, 6-2, in the first round, played on Friday. In the semifinal round later that day, however, Photiades lost to Emory College's No. 1 player, Gavin O'Connell, 6-3, 6-4.

The loss put Photiades into a Saturday match against the University of California, Santa Cruz's Dave Muldawer to determine third place. Photiades, who is an academic All-American, defeated Muldawer, 6-3, 6-1.

Hamilton called the Rolex tournament "essentially a fall NCAA championship," and said that Photiades' performance bode well for the MIT tennis team, whose official season begins in February.

Swarthmore captured last year's Division III team title, while UCSC won two years ago.

[cp11]Bentley spikes football;

Moose injures arm[cp12]

The football team fell to 1-4, losing to a strong Bentley College squad, 36-7, Saturday in Waltham. Bentley leads the nation in Division III scoring and defense. The loss came a week after the Engineers won their homecoming game against Siena College, defeating the Saints, 28-0.

The Beavers did manage to score a touchdown against the Falcons, something no other team had accomplished in 18 quarters of play against Bentley. MIT's touchdown came on a 60-yard pass from John Hur '93 to Roddy Tranum '93 in the final minute of play. It was only the second touchdown Bentley has allowed this year.

Bentley scored twice in the first quarter, and held a 22-0 halftime lead after Sean Hilliard intercepted junior Archie Roberts' pass and returned it 47 yards for the score.

MIT was shaky throughout the game, fummbling eight times, although it only lost one fumble. Bentley outgained the Beavers, 364 yards to 196, and held a 265-64-yard advantage on the ground.

Justin Glotfelty '92 led the Beavers with 20 tackles, while Darcy Prather '91 added 17.

Senior running back Garret Moose left the game early with an arm injury. His status as of yesterday was unclear.

The Beavers will be hard-pressed to find another win this season, facing, in order, Stonehill College, Western New England College, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

[cp11]Men's soccer falls

to Clark in OT, 4-3[cp12]

After blasting Curry College Thursday at Steinbrenner Stadium (see story, page 24), the Engineers dropped a close, 4-3, overtime decision to Clark University Saturday in Worcester.

MIT and Clark were tied at three goals apiece at the end of regulation time, but Clark's Rensl Dillon put a shot past MIT goalkeeper Chris Prince '92 (eight saves) at 102:41 top the Engineers.

MIT's Stephan Feldgoise '92 put the Engineers ahead in the first half with a score at 32:50, sending a Marc Bailey '91 pass past Clark keeper Kevin Astlund.

The teams traded goals in the second half, with MIT scores by Jason Grapski '94 (Feldgoise assist) at 67:56 and Kent McCord '91 (Bailey assist) at 71:58.

Clark scored at 88:49 to send the game into overtime.

[cp11]Scores[cp12]

The field hockey team fell to Nichols College Saturday, losing, 3-0. . . . In Saturday's Ober Trophy on the Charles River, MIT's sailing team places fifth, scoring 91 points behind Tufts University (45), Harvard University (57), Boston University (75) and Boston College (90). . . . Southern Massachusetts University pounded the women's soccer team, 7-0, Saturday. . . . The water polo team lost all three matches at last weekend's New England League Tournament at Brown Unviersity. The Engineers lost to BC, 10-6, Brown, 12-6 and Harvard, 11-7.

Compiled by David Rothstein->