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Spencer R. Sugimoto ’08 became the first foilist in the history of the MIT men’s fencing program to capture All-America honors after he placed 11th at the all-division NCAA National Championship last weekend.

He recorded the Engineers’ highest finish at the national level in foil since Russell Holtz placed sixth in 1984-85. In addition, Sugimoto is the first person to collect All-America plaudits since Keith Lichten was tabbed after a second-place finish in epee in 1994-95.

Igor Kopylov ’09 also made the trip to Houston, where he placed 20th in sabre to record Tech’s best showing in five years. The duo’s outstanding performance resulted in a 20th-place ranking in the final team standings.

— James Kramer, Dir. of Sports Information

Women’s Lacrosse Wins

The women’s lacrosse team bounced back from a tough overtime loss in its season opener with a convincing 18-4 victory over Rhode Island College last Saturday at Jack Barry Field.

Ahead 4-2 just over 12 minutes into the game, MIT went on a 9-0 scoring run and never looked back in its first ever meeting with the Anchorwomen.

It was a record-breaking day for co-captain Deanna M. Lentz ’06, who set new game and career records. With five goals and five assists, she established a new mark for assists in a game and tied the Institute record for points in the game. Behind the explosive effort, Lentz passed Kelsey Presson ’05 as MIT’s all-time leading scorer with 144 points.

— James Kramer, Dir. of Sports Information

Men’s and Women’s Tennis

For the first time in the history of the men’s and women’s tennis programs, both squads defeated Colby College in the same season, when the men’s team recorded a 4-3 victory while the women won, 5-4, on Saturday.

The men’s squad posted their first win over the Mules since the 1995-96 season and the women’s team defeated Colby for the first time since 2000-01. Last season, the Engineers dropped both decisions by one point.

On the men’s side, Colby took the doubles point with a pair of 8-3 decisions over No. 2 Eric A. Beren ’08 and Peden P. Nichols ’09, and No. 3 Mark D. Egan ’07 and Kevin M. Durand ’07. Evan W. Tindell ’06 and Thomas H. Dohlman ’07 notched an 8-5 win in the top spot.

Tech quickly faced a 3-0 deficit as Egan and Nichols lost, 6-4, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-4. MIT responded by taking the rest of the singles matches for the win. Tindell and Beren both opened their matches with 6-2 victories and then bounced back from 6-4 losses in the second set to close the match with scores of 6-3 and 6-4, respectively.

Dohlman secured another singles win by taking the tiebreaker for a 6-4, 7-6 (5) decision in the No. 2 slot. Melvin C. Makhni ’07 clinched the match with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) victory.

The No. 2 doubles tandem of Joanna McKay and Elaine Ni ’06 recorded the first point for the women’s team with an 8-1 decision. Colby tied the match when Serena Y. Lin ’08 and Mariah N. Hoover ’07 lost to Tracy Nale and Allison Dunn, 8-5. The Engineers regained the lead on an 8-2 victory by Jusleen M. Karve ’08 and Jill L. Konowich ’06 in the No. 3 position.

Nale notched a 6-4, 6-0 win over Ni and Dunn defeated Lin, 7-5, 6-2, to put the Mules ahead, 3-2. Yi Wang ’09 evened the match with a 7-5, 6-1 win in the No. 4 slot. MIT took the lead for good on Mariah Hoover’s 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-2 battle at the No. 3 position. Konowich clinched the winning point by upending Nicole Veilleux, 6-4, 6-2. Emily Chen ’07 fell in the final match of the day, 6-7, 6-4, 10-5.

In exhibition play, Lisa M. Shank ’07 and Wang defeated Nadele Roux and Schmidt, 8-1. MacKay, Karve, and Shank each won their singles exhibition matches while Karina N. Pikhart ’09 lost, 6-3.

— Mindy Brauer, Asst. Director of Sports Information

Men’s Rugby

This Thursday, the MIT Men’s Rugby Team will leave on a 10 day tour of France.

One of the strongest touring sides in years, 28 ruggers will arrive in Paris on Friday and play their first game on Saturday against INA-PG (Institute National d’Agronomie de Paris Grignon).

The team will then take a train to Lyon where they will play their second game against ENS-Lyon (Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon) on Tuesday. From Lyon the team will again take a train to Montpellier to play against ENSAM (Ecole Nat. Superieure d’Agronomie de Montpellier) Thursday.

The final game will be on Saturday against the Bouygues at their home pitch in the Paris suburb of Guyancourt, before the team returns to Boston the following Sunday.

John P. Shen, captain of the team, said, “This tour represents an excellent opportunity to gain experience for our new players. We look forward to playing some tough rugby against what we know are very competitive French sides, and in keeping with rugby tradition enjoying their post game hospitality.”

MIT’s first rugby tour to foreign lands was in 1951 to Bermuda. The team’s current biannual touring tradition was established with the 1984 tour of England.

To complement the team’s touring ways, M.I.T. RFC has hosted numerous foreign sides including Hatfield Polytechnic (England), Glasgow Univ. (Scotland), Imperial College (England), and a yearly rivalry with the Univ. of Western Ontario (Canada).

Only a week after returning from France the team starts its spring season with an away game on April 8 against the South Shore Anchors. For a complete list of matches and other information, see http://www.mitrugby.org/.

— Peter Lamb and John Paul Shen, Team Members