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Squash Goes 0-2 in Dartmouth Fall Classic, Tops Vanderbilt 5-4

The MIT squash team traveled to Dartmouth University on Saturday, Nov. 22 for the Liberty League Fall Classic before returning home on Sunday, Nov. 23 to host Vanderbilt University. The Engineers fell to the U.S. Naval Academy, 9-0, and Wesleyan University, 8-1, before salvaging the weekend with a win over Vanderbilt, 5-4.

In the sweep against Navy, Robert A. Habib ’11, at the number six position, put up the best fight for MIT, taking two points in his first set and six in the second before falling, 9-0, in the third set.

The Engineers returned to the court later that day to take on Wesleyan. While many of the matches were much more competitive than those against Navy, the team result was similar. John R. Kucharczyk ’11 was the lone winner for the Engineers, coming away with a 10-9, 9-1, 9-1 decision at the fifth spot. Habib and Edward Carpenter ’10 both took their opponents to five sets before ultimately falling.

MIT hoped to rebound from its 0-2 showing at the Fall Classic in a home match versus Vanderbilt the next day. Andrew Yoon ’10, Saad Zaheer ’09, Kucharczyk, Habib and Joseph E. Lemberg ’11 picked up match wins to help the Engineers improve to 5-2 on the season. Yoon and Habib were the only competitors to pick up straight set victories. Yoon won 9-1, 9-5, 9-6, while Habib made quick work of his opponent, 9-4, 9-3, 9-0.

MIT will be back in action on Saturday, December 6 when it hosts Tufts University.

—Greg McKeever, DAPER Staff

Johnson & Wales Powers Past MIT Wrestling

Joseph B. Silverman ’10 and Glenn J. Geesman ’09 remained undefeated and the MIT wrestling team stayed close in a few other matches, but it couldn’t produce any more points in a 38-9 loss to perennial Pilgrim League powerhouse Johnson & Wales University on Tuesday. With the win, the Wildcats begin their dual meet campaign at 1-0, while MIT falls to 0-2.

With the Engineers trailing 38-0, Silverman, at 197 pounds, put MIT on the board in the next to last match with a solid 7-4 decision over Patrick McCrohan. Heavyweight Geesman closed with a forfeit win. Both Silverman and Geesman have won all their dual meet and tournament matches so far this season.

Staying competitive throughout the evening, the Engineers also saw strong outings from Gregory T. Wellman ’09, who made a terrific effort in a 2-1 defeat to James Soprano, at 133 pounds; Jaes C. Jones ’12 who, at 149 pounds, fought hard in a 4-2 loss to Andrew Van Dyk; and Hank T. Peppe ’12, who put out a respectable effort despite falling 11-5 to Alex Shea, at 165 pounds.

MIT will compete in the Rochester Institute of Technology Tournament in Rochester, NY on Saturday, Dec. 6.

—Mike Stoller, DAPER Staff

Women’s Basketball Falls to Lasell, 66-34

MIT fell to Lasell College, 66-34, in non-conference women’s basketball action on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Alice S. Yeh ’09 led the Engineers with 10 points coming off the bench while Kristen E. Whaley ’11 added six points and six rebounds. Cheryl M. Kwinn ’09 tallied a team-high 10 rebounds as Amy J. Marshall ’09 notched six caroms and two blocks. Jamie L. Simmons ’12 registered three assists and three steals for the Engineers.

The Lasers posted six unanswered points to start the game and maintained a slight edge for a majority of the first half. MIT went on an eight-point run that resulted in a 14-11 advantage with 4:37 left in the half. Following two ties and two lead changes, a pair of free throws and a layup during the final 30 seconds gave Lasell a 21-18 lead at the break.

The hosts carried the momentum into to the second half, recording a 20-2 run during the first six minutes to take control of the game. Layups by Kwinn and Marshall trimmed the deficit to 16 (41-25) midway through the frame, but hopes of a rally were thwarted as Lasell outscored the Engineers, 25-9, down the stretch.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff