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Men's Tennis Wins Conference Title for Second Year Running

By Roger F. Crosley
Director of Sports Information

The MIT men's tennis team will compete in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the second consecutive year. The Engineers will face Will-iams College in the first round, to be played at Amherst College on Saturday.

The team won their second consecutive championship of the Constitution Athletic Conference by defeating Babson College in the finals of the league's tournament by a score of 32. It will also be the final title awarded by the Conference, which will merge with the New England Women's 8 Conference in the Fall of 1998. MIT coach Jeff Hamilton was named Coach of the Year by his peers in the Conference. It is Hamilton's second consecutive selection as well.

Lila French '00 became the first MIT woman to win a New England Division III outdoor track and field individual event, when she captured the pole vault in the recent championship meet. French vaulted 2.89 meters (9'5") to set a course record for women at Connecticut College.

MIT lacrosse goalie Justin Verdirame '00 was recently named player of the week in the Pilgrim Lacrosse League. Verdirame backstopped a pair of MIT home victories allowing only eight goals in 43 shots to record an .814 save percentage. Verdirame is ranked in the top 10 nationally among Division III goalies in save percentage.

The entire lacrosse them has qualified for the Pilgrim League playoffs. They will face Eastern Connecticut State University in the first round on Wednesday in Willimantic, Conn. Eastern Connecticut is the highest scoring team in the country, averaging over 19 goals per game, while MIT is among the stingiest Division III teams in the nation, allowing just over seven per game.

In baseball, MIT first baseman Joel Morales '99 earned the Constitution Athletic Conference player of the week selection for the week of April 20. Morales batted .471 in six games as the Engineers went 42 for the week. Included in his eight hits were two doubles, a triple and a home run. Morales scored eight runs and drove in seven.

Morales was also recently named to the first team of CAC all-stars. Joining Morales on the first team is outfielder Alvie Loreto '01. Loreto hit .381 for the season and was named the Conference's Rookie of the Year. Second team selections for the Engineers were pitcher Will Nielsen '98 (5-2 record, 3.32 ERA), and utility player David Piho '00. Piho batted .342. Nielsen was named the Conference Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

New England Women's 8 All-Stars have been named in the Conference's Spring Sports, and MIT athletes figure prominently on the squads. In women's crew, Sue Dey '98 and Heidi Chang '98 were named to the team. Wendy Liu '00 was named to the novice all-conference boat.

Tracy Sadowski '99 and Maddy Burke '99 were selected as all-stars in lacrosse. Softball pitcher Amber Crabbe '00 was an All-NEW 8 pick.

Four MIT students were named to the NEW 8 Track and Field All-Conference Team, with Debbie Won '00 as a double selection. Won took the Conference title in the 3000 meter run, and was a member of MIT's victorious 4 x 800 meter relay team. Won's teammates on the relay were Robin Evans '99, Leah Nichlols '00, and Christina Wilbert '01.