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Bartolotta Surpasses 2,000 Career Points as Men’s Basketball Tops Wheaton, 85-60

James M. “Jimmy” Bartolotta ’09 became the first MIT basketball player to top 2,000 career points as he scored a game-high 39 in a sensational performance on Saturday to lead the Engineers past Wheaton, 85-60.

Bartolotta and fellow senior Willard J. “Billy” Johnson ’09, who entered Saturday’s game as the top two scorers in NEWMAC play, each delivered for MIT. After scoring a season-low 17 points in Tech’s first conference loss at WPI, Bartolotta responded with a 28-point first half that left the Lyons stunned. He shot 9-of-11 from the floor during the first frame as MIT established a 54-27 half time lead. Johnson added 15 of his 19 points during the first 20 minutes of play.

Wheaton (12-8, 4-3) surrendered the first 10 points of the game and had few answers to thwart the Engineers’ explosive attack. Bartolotta keyed a blistering start to the game as MIT led 30-13 ten minutes into the contest. The Engineers led by as many as 28 in the opening period and shot a staggering 68 percent (19-of-28) from the field.

Bartolotta delivered his ninth 30-point game of the season, while adding seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and two steals. Johnson chipped in seven boards and a game-high four blocks. William E. Bender ’12 enjoyed a terrific game with 10 points on 3-of-4 shooting in addition to six assists, four rebounds, a block, and a steal. Senior Bradley H. Gampel ’09 added a game-best nine assists and three steals.

—James Kramer, DAPER Staff

Men’s Track and Field Earns Solid Five-Way Win

Jeremiah R. “Yermie” Cohen ’09 picked up two impressive wins in the mile and 1000 meters, leading the MIT men’s track and field team to victory in a five-way meet at Bowdoin College on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers’ point total of 181 was enough to defeat the second place host team by 26 points.

Cohen came out strong in the mile run, narrowly outrunning Thompson Ogilvie of Bowdoin with a time of 4:18.16. He followed up the performance with a win at 1000m, finishing in 2:31.67, nearly two seconds faster than his closest competitor. Hemagiri Arumugam ’10 (15:32.75) and Daniel E. Harper ’12 (15:45.81) helped Tech control the 5000 meters, placing one-two in the event.

Stephen A. Morton ’10 had another strong performance, winning two events while setting a new personal-record through a second place finish in the 55-meter dash (6.51). Morton won the 200-meter dash in 22.75 and his jump of 14.39 meters was almost three feet better than the runner-up in the triple jump. Although Morton fouled out in the long jump, Mattias S. Flander ’11 was able to pick up first place points with a distance of 6.63 meters.

The pole vaulters had perhaps the strongest overall showing, taking seven of the top nine spots. Top finisher Greg D. Tao ’10 cleared 4.50 meters. The 4x400 relay team added MIT’s eighth event win, edging the squad from Springfield with a time of 3:28.17.

—James Kramer, DAPER Staff

Women’s Ice Hockey Sets New Single-Season Win Record, Defeats Plymouth State, 7-0

Kameron L. Klauber ’12 scored three unassisted goals and set up two other goals Saturday afternoon to lead the MIT women’s ice hockey team to a 7-0 victory over Plymouth State University in an ECAC East Conference game. Klauber now leads the nation in Division III with 20 goals in 16 games.

Clarion H. Hess ’12 added two goals for the Engineers, who won their fourth straight game. Their six wins are a new single-season program high. PSU was blanked for the fourth straight game and remains without a win.

MIT took control of the game with five goals in the opening period. Stephanie C. Leger ’11 put the visitors on the board with her first goal of the season four minutes into the game. Klauber scored her first of the afternoon just ten seconds later, and Klauber’s second of the day at the 8:25 mark made the score 3-0. Stephanie V. Brenman ’09 scored on the power play at 13:18, and Hess’s first of the afternoon at 17:53 rounded out the first-period scoring.

After a scoreless second period, MIT tacked on two more goals in the third. Hess tallied her second of the game and seventh of the season 29 seconds into the period, and Klauber finished off her hat trick with a short-handed goal at 2:48.

The Engineers finished with a 44-19 advantage in shots on goal.

Rachel A. Bowens-Rubin ’11 made 19 saves to record her third shutout of the season.

—James Kramer, DAPER Staff