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NEWMAC Honors MIT Athletes for Outstanding Individual Performances

By Roger Crosley
Director of Sports Information

Several MIT athletes have been named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Athletes of the Week in their respective sports. In field hockey, Laura Williams '00 was honored by the NEWMAC for the week ending Oct. 11. Williams scored two goals on the week, including the game winning goal in overtime in a 43 Engineer victory over Smith College.

In men's cross country, Mark Strauss '01 was the NEWMAC runner of the week. Strauss placed second at the National Preview Invitational at Dickinson College. Strauss led the Engineers to a second place finish in the 45 team meet. Not to be outdone, Mike Parkins '99 from took NEWMAC honors for the week of Oct. 5. Parkins' first place finish in the Babson College Invitational led the Engineers to victory that week. The men's cross country team is currently ranked ninth in the nation in Division III. MIT is third in New England Division III behind Williams College and Keene State College.

Men's soccer player Jim Anderson '01 was the NEWMAC player of the week in his sport. Anderson scored the only goal in MIT's 10 shutout of UMass Boston, and added two goals in a 40 win over NEWMAC foe Springfield College. And in women's tennis, Mealani Nakamura '00 was awarded the NEWMAC honor. During the week of Sept. 28 to Oct. 4, Nakamura won two singles and teamed to win two doubles matches. Along the way, she lost only four games the entire week.

The women's volleyball team is currently ranked fourth in New England. Betsy Sailhamer '99 has been named to the all-tournament teams at the MIT Invitational and the Bates College Invitational. Michelle Fox '99 was picked as an all-tournament selection at the Eastern Connecticut State University Invitational. In addition, Fox was selected as the NEWMAC player of the week for the week ending Oct. 18.

The men's tennis doubles team of Eric Chen '00 and Ben Cooke '00 will represent New England at the Rolex Division III Doubles Championship in Memphis, Tenn., this week. Chen and Cooke recently finished second at the New England Division III Championships.

Defensive end Nikolas Kozy '00 has been named to the New England Football Conference Weekly Honor Roll for his play in a recent game against UMass Dartmouth. In the contest Kozy had 13 tackles, including 10 solo, a sack, two tackles for losses and two quarterback pressures. Running back Enrique Villavicencio '00 became only the eighth player in MIT football history to gain over 1,000 career rushing yards. Villavicencio surpassed the mark in last weekend's game against Bridgewater State College.

MIT's sailing teams showed some prominence in the national rankings as conducted by Sailing World magazine. The MIT women's team is ranked nine in their poll while the co-ed varsity team is listed at 18th.

The men's water polo team finished third in last weekend's Eastern Division III Championships held at Johns Hopkins University. The Engineers took three of four contests over the weekend.

The women's and lightweight men's boats recently competed in the Textile River Regatta, in Lowell, Mass. The women's team fielded a lightweight eight that won its event. The lightweight men, despite losing their fin on a stump during the first mile of the race, finished second, ahead of rivals Boston College and Holy Cross among others.

In the recent Head of the Charles Regatta, the heavyweight men's boat defeated Boston University, Rutgers University and Columbia University, and were within seconds of Syracuse University and Cornell University.