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Estrada Wins Prize, Soccer Team Shines

By Roger F. Crosley


* Cristina Estrada ’01, the 2000-2001 women’s basketball most valuable player, was named winner of a prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association Postgraduate Scholarship. Estrada is one of only six Division III women’s basketball players nationwide to receive the honor.

* Philip M. Deutsch ’04, a quarterback, was named to the New England Football Conference Weekly Honor Roll for his play in the Engineers’ 29-12 victory over Mass Maritime Academy. Deutsch completed 12 of 19 passes for 167 yards and ran for 57 more yards and a touchdown to lead the MIT to its first victory ever over the Buccaneers. The Engineers rushed for 269 yards in the game. It was the highest rushing total for the team since October 19, 1996 in a victory over Curry College.

* For the first time in the history of the tournament, there is a repeat winner at the Union College Men’s Soccer Invitational, and that team is the MIT Engineers. Coach Walter Alessi’s team followed up on its win in 2000 with a 1-0 defeat of Rensselaer, and a 2-0 victory over the hosts. Nicholas R. Nestle ’04 scored the only goal in Saturday’s contest with Raul J. Coral-Pinto ’03 pitching the shutout in goal. Sunday’s game winner was scored by Robert Pilawa ’05 on assists from Nestle and Robert M. Reed ’02. Reed tallied the insurance goal, as Morgan Mills ’05 earned the shutout. Sweeper Rory E. Foster ’04 was singled out by Alessi for his outstanding play all weekend, and was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

* The MIT women’s volleyball team has opened the 2001 season with strong efforts in two tournaments. The Engineers took the championship of the Gordon College Invitational Tournament for the first time in the four years in which the Engineers have competed in the tournament. Kelly A. Martens ’03 was named to the tournament most valuable player. Teammate Christina Almodovar ’02 was an all-tournament team selection. Both Martens and Almodovar were also named to the all-tournament team at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational, where the Engineers took second place. Martens recorded her 1,000th career kill in the Gordon Tournament, and was named the NEWMAC Player of the Week.

* MIT men’s cross country captured the first three spots, and eight of the top eleven finishers in running its way to the tenth win in the previous eleven years of competition for the Engineers’ Cup with WPI and Rensselaer. Sean P. Nolan ’03, was the individual winner completing the 5.1 mile course in 27:04.

* After 28 years of not defeating Brown University in water polo, MIT has defeated the Bruins twice in the past two years. The Engineers eked out a 5-2 victory in the Harvard University Invitational last weekend. Goalie Peter D. VanBuskirk ’04 was the standout for MIT with 14 saves, 4 steals, and blocked a penalty shot.

* The summer proved to be successful for two members of the MIT coaching staff. Assistant sailing master Mike Kalin took third place of 111 competitors at the Canadian Olympic-training Regatta at Kingston (CORK), ONTARIO. CORK is one of several regattas in which sailors earn points to qualify for the world championships, which will be held in San Francisco next year. Women’s ice hockey coach Katia Pashkevitch showed her versatility by rushing for 174 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in the New England Storm’s 20-0 victory over the Syracuse Sting in the Women’s Professional Football League opener for both teams.