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Crain Plows Through to Ninth at New England Singlehanded Championships

Representing MIT at the New England Men’s Singlehanded Championships, Philip C. Crain ’12 finished an amazing ninth out of 33 entries at the two day sailing event hosted by Yale University.

After an average start in which he ranked 16th in the opening round, Crain poured it on, placing fourth, seventh, and ninth in the next three races. Overall, the MIT standout registered eight top 10 finishes among the 11 races.

Charles D. Field ’10 also sailed for the Engineers.

On Saturday, the fleet was sent out amid a fading northerly wind which had disappeared by the time the participants hit the starting area. By late morning, a light easterly breeze held enough to finish the first race. The following rounds saw a current steadily shift right to the southwest and holding at around 7-8 knots.

Winds consistently built to a southwesterly eight knots on Sunday. All races were completed on windward/leeward twice around courses.

Among the other New England teams competing were rivals Harvard University, Tufts University, Boston University, and event winner Brown University.

—Mike Stoller, DAPER Staff

Women’s Soccer Blanks Coast Guard, 4-0

MIT women’s soccer delivered its best offensive effort of the season in a 4-0 victory over Coast Guard at Roberts Field on Tuesday. Alisha D. Lussiez ’12 scored two goals and assisted on another in the victory.

The Engineers opened the scoring in the 37th minute as Lussiez connected on her fifth goal of the season. Lauren R. Hernley ’11, who was in command of the midfield all afternoon, supplied an assist on the opening marker.

MIT added to its advantage in the 58th minute as Hernley knocked home her second goal of the campaign. Taking a feed from Jean E. “Liz” Theurer ’10 deep in the Coast Guard box, Hernley slammed the ball into the middle of the net just under the top post. Six minutes later, Lussiez delivered another goal off a pass from Claire M. DeRosa ’11.

Hernley capped off the scoring with a blast from 25 yards out in the 88th minute.

Rookie net-minder Mary Mills was sensational in a losing effort for Coast Guard. With several diving lunges and a strong presence between the pipes, Mills slowed the MIT attack while finishing the day with 14 saves. Stephanie V. Brenman ’09 made two saves en route to her fifth shutout of the season.

MIT enjoyed a 26-5 advantage in shots and a 5-1 edge in corners.

—James Kramer, DAPER Staff

MIT Rifle Drops a Pair of Matches at Navy

The MIT rifle team traveled to the U.S. Naval Academy over the weekend for a pair of matches with the Midshipmen, as well as the team from Penn State. On Saturday, the Engineers had scores of 2237 in smallbore and 2226 in air rifle, good for second among the three squads. On Sunday, in a head to head matchup with Navy, Tech was outshot by the host team 2288 to 2239 in smallbore and 2335 to 2225 in air rifle.

On Saturday, Emily F. Houston ’10 and Joseph K. Lane ’11 would match the top two marksmen from Navy in the smallbore category, shooting 576 and 573 respectively. However, the Engineers could not keep up with the host’s air rifle scores, as the top three point totals in that event belonged to Midshipmen. Nigel C. Kojimoto ’12 helped contribute to the second place finish, shooting 549 in smallbore category and 550 in air rifle. Jennifer K. Paek ’10 rounded out the scoring for Tech with scores of 539 in smallbore and 534 in air.

The Engineers returned to the range Sunday but were again outdueled by the Naval Academy in both guns. Houston had another accurate performance, with scores of 574 in smallbore and an impressive 588 in air rifle, just two points off the high score in the meet. The next three shooters for Tech finished within two points of each other in the smallbore category. Lane led the way with a 556, Kojimoto was one off that score with Paek just a point below that. Once again, the Midshipmen dominated the air rifle event, outshooting the Engineers by 110 points.

MIT will be back in action in two weeks when Navy comes to Cambridge for a meet, along with the Wentworth Institute of Technology, on Saturday, October 25.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff

Women’s Volleyball Sweeps WPI, 3-0

Following a week-long hiatus, the MIT women’s volleyball team returned to action with a 25-15, 25-15, 25-5 victory over WPI in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) match on Tuesday night.

MIT raced out to an 11-1 lead in the opening set, but WPI responded with five unanswered points including a pair of kills from Becca Holmberg. Each side traded points, but MIT captured five out of the last six points with a service ace by Alexandra T. May ’10 to seal the set.

MIT again built an early advantage in the second set. MIT closed the set with an 11-3 run, culminating in a four-point serving run by Barden E. Cleeland ’10.

Cecily L. Joujon-Roche’s ’12 blocking efforts with Jennifer Li ’11 and Katrina M. Ellison ’10 on the first two points of the final set helped power MIT to a 10-2 lead. Lindsay E. Hunting ’09 served the final eight points to clinch the match for MIT.

Joujon-Roche recorded a match-high six blocks to go along with four kills. Cleeland collected seven kills on 13-errorless attempts for a .538 hitting percentage. May tallied six kills, five digs, and two aces as Ellison added six kills and a .556 hitting performance. Kelly E. Schulte ’12 connected on all four of her hitting attempts while Li, Emily Obert ’11, and Allison E. Hamilos ’12 each posted three kills. Hunting notched eight digs and five aces as Li picked up three aces. Catherine Melnikow ’10 totaled 17 assists and 11 digs while Evelyn C. Cordner ’12 dished out five assists.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, MIT will host its Quad Tournament featuring Western New England College, Saint Mary’s College (Ind.), and Millikin University.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff