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Five MIT athletes named NEWMAC Players of the Week

The women’s tennis pair of Lauren C. Quisenberry ’14 and Julia C. Hsu ’14 became the first repeat winners of the conference award this year for MIT, earning the honor for the second straight week after a strong performance at the ITA New England Regional Tournament. Quisenberry and Hsu advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to the first-seeded pair in the tournament from Middlebury.

Alisha D. Lussiez ’12 took the honor for women’s soccer as the Engineers flew out of the gates to a 5-1 start. Lussiez led MIT to an undefeated week, scoring the lone goals in 1-0 victories over UMass Dartmouth and Clark. She now has seven goals on the year, and leads the conference in goals, points, and game-winning goals.

The men’s soccer team also had an honoree in midfielder Matthew A. Monheit ’14. In a 3-0 week for MIT, Monheit posted two goals and three assists. He earned the assist on what proved to be the game-winning goal and followed with an insurance tally in a 3-1 win over Emmanuel, then two assists in a 6-0 decision against Wheelock before scoring the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Springfield.

The men’s cross country team produced the final award winner, Paul D. Welle ’11. Welle finished fourth overall in a field of nearly 300 runners at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday. He navigated the 8k course in 24:51 in a meet featuring some of the top squads in New England, including all seven NEWMAC teams.

—Mindy Brauer, DAPER Staff

Sailing hosts Midweek Tech Invite

Hanna Vincent ’14 and Hannah Sparkman ’12 propelled the Engineers sailing team to a victory at the Midweek Tech Invite, a fun and educational race hosted by MIT on Tuesday afternoon. The pair raced to a sixteen point total and edged the second place boat by a single point for the overall victory.

Neil Forrester ’12 and Leo Zhon ’14 finished in third with a total of 25 points, while Tevis Nichols ’12 sailed with Grace Yang ’14 to a fifth place finish on thirty points, ten clear of their next opponents. The final Engineer boat, sailed by Jacqueline Soegaard ’12 and Iris Xu ’14, finished in 12th.

Fourteen teams competed in the afternoon event, all from local area schools including MIT, Northeastern, Wellesley, Harvard and Tufts. Sailors assembled on the docks of the MIT Sailing Pavilion for six high quality races in technical dinghies. The breeze oscillated between SW and WSW at 10–14 knots with an occasional swamp and capsize. There were no boat rotations, just non-stop racing while coaches assisted all participants in the back half of fleet during the races.

—Craig Kauffman, DAPER Staff