Off The Post: Oct. 21, 2019As we once again go Off the Post it seems congratulations are in order as, for the second straight year, the WPI women’s rowing team earned a bronze medal at the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta. The varsity eight finished in third place in the Collegiate Eights, while the second varsity eight was 23rd overall. The varsity eight reached the finish line in a time of 16:53.028. The race featured all the top six boats that raced in the grand final at the NCAA Championships on June.
Defending champion Bates won again Sunday, Oct. 20 (16:26.595), with Wellesley second (16:47.200), Hamilton fourth (16:47.200), Ithaca fifth (17:05.636) and Wesleyan 13th (17:27.518). The second varsity eight clocked a time of 17:58.588, defeating Division II schools Jefferson and Stockton, Division I colleges Army and Connecticut College.
Local rowers on the WPI varsity eight are Caitlin Kean (Shrewsbury High) and Olivia Kiristis (Shepherd Hill). Josephine Bowen (Massachusetts Academy of Math & Science) rows on the second varsity eight. WPI men’s rowing saw a pair of boats compete in the collegiate eight. The Engineers placed 22nd and 27th overall in a strong field that saw 38 boats participate. The varsity eight turned in a time of 15:19.378, just a fraction of a second (0.17) behind 21st-place Tufts in a possible Baker Cup preview this spring and ahead of Marrietta, UConn, Colby and UC Davis. The second varsity eight reached the finish line in 15:32.553 in 27th place, with both boats besting entries from Bucknell, Clemson, UMass Lowell, Rutgers and UC Santa Barbara. Thanks to WPI for providing that information. The Holy Cross men also competed, finishing fourth in the varsity eights with a time of 14:40.786.
In local collegiate sports, Tuesday, Oct. 15, in women’s soccer, Clark University notched its first victory in the New England Collegiate Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference as the Cougars blanked Mount Holyoke College, 3-0. Katie Barber, Inonge Kaloustian and Maya Mashkuri had the goals for Clark, while Morgan Small picked up her seventh clean sheet of the season. Sarah Forster (Doherty) is a midfielder for Mount Holyoke. Leah Beauton used her ninth and 10th goals of the season to lift WPI past visiting Fitchburg State, 2-0. Despite yielding the pair of tallies, Falcon goalkeeper Sarah Hemmings tied her career-high for saves with 21 on the day. Mandy St. Germain (Nipmuc Regional) upped her record to 11-3 playing the first half. The Assumption College men’s golf team earned a first-place finish at the Post Eagles Invitational. Senior Mark Bryant led the way for the Hounds as he placed first overall, shooting a 72 in round one and a match-low 69 in round two for a final score of 141. Andrew Sanzaro tied for seventh overall with a score of 147. He shot a 73 in round one on Monday and a 74 in round two on Tuesday. Ryan Fillebrown (Saint Bernard’s) rounded out the top three performers for Assumption with a score of 150, which put him in a three-way tie for 18th place. Timothy Murphy (Saint John’s) finished tied for 52nd. In a men’s soccer match-up of teams in the top-10 nationally in lowest goals against average, it was defense on display as WPI and host Middlebury played to a scoreless double overtime draw. Rufus Adams registered five saves for the visiting Engineers for his eighth clean sheet of the season. In field hockey, Becker sophomore Emily Iacovelli (BVT) shattered offensive records for the Hawks program, scoring seven goals with one assist for 15 points on Tuesday’s 13-0 win over the Dean Bulldogs. Kylian Kelly (Shrewsbury High) tacked on four goals and three assists for Becker, while Lauren Niemann and Jocelyn Lebel (Grafton High) each scored once. Baileigh Griese picked up the win with her second shutout of the season. Lindsey Giorgi’s (Quabbin Regional) first career goal was the game-winner with just 2:33 remaining in regulation as WPI kept its perfect season alive with a pulsating 5-4 come-from-behind victory at Connecticut College. The Engineers found themselves down 2-0, 3-2 and 4-3, but rallied to tie it with a career-best four goals by Abby O’Sullivan before Giorgi’s heroics sent the Crimson and Gray back to Worcester with a 12-0 record.
Wednesday, Oct. 16 saw Assumption defeated the defending NCAA Division II national champions Bridgeport Purple Knights, 2-0, in women’s soccer, moving their win streak to four games and moving five games above .500 with six left on the schedule. Alexis Stowell scored in the 38th minute for the Greyhounds, and Diana Bruggeman added an insurance marker in the 64th minute. Alexis Nason earned her second clean sheet with the shutout. Junior midfielder Abigail Befford (Tantasqua) plays for Bridgeport. In field hockey, Assumption forward Summer Walsh scored for at 58:21 to give the Greyhounds a 1-0 upset victory over #4 Saint Anselm. Jenna Graf took a shot that was saved, where Walsh picked up the rebound and one-timed the ball up and over the goalie and in for the score. Kylie Gargiulo earned the win with one save. It is the highest ranked opponent Assumption has beaten in program history. In volleyball, Becker senior Morgan Gould set a new program record finishing the match with 16 service aces, launching herself over the 100 career service ace mark, as the Hawks defeated the Northern-Vermont Lyndon Hornets in straight sets (25-3, 25-12, 25-11). Evelyn Sheehan (Bay Path) tacked on six service aces. The team total of 29 service aces is a new program record, eclipsing the previous record of 25. In men’s soccer, Worcester State got two goals each from Ethan Melia (Shrewsbury High) and Lincoln Henry to defeat Elms College, 5-0. Justin Echeverry had the fifth goal for the Lancers while Henri Guilmette picked up his second clean sheet on the season.
In field hockey on Thursday, Oct. 17, Clark first-year Kerry Lefebvre recorded her second hat trick of the season and added an assist to fuel the offensive attack as the Cougars rolled to a 7-1 victory over Becker College. Carden Maloney (Holy Name), Chase Collier, Abigail Cravinho and Kimberlie Asseng had the other scored for Clark, while Kylian Kelly (Shrewsbury High) had the goal for the Hawks. Katie Crowley (Nashoba Regional) got the win in goal for Clark. Abby O’Sullivan and Carly Cidado each scored a first period goal and Ali Gannon totaled a career high with eight saves for the second consecutive game as WPI remained unbeaten with a 2-1 win over host Worcester State. The first period strike was O’Sullivan’s 50th career goal. Lexie Panagiotopoulos had the goal for the Lancers. In women’s soccer, Becker sophomore Lyndsey Cobb-Wilkins shut down the Salve Regina Seahawks making a season-high 15 saves, and a late goal by junior Alyson Eldridge lifted the Hawks to a 1-0 win over Salve Regina. It was Cobb-Wilkins’ first clean sheet of he season.
Friday, Oct. 18 in volleyball, Clark first-year Claudia Rivera tallied a match-high 17 kills to help boost the Cougars past Colby College 3-2 (19-25, 25-11, 11-25, 25-22, 15-11) in the first action of the weekend at the Amherst Hall of Fame Tournament. Cameron Gill (Shrewsbury High) came out strong to lead the Cougars’ early efforts, pummeling five of her nine kills of the night during the opening frame.
On Saturday, Oct. 19, in local college football, Assumption beat the American International College Yellow Jackets by a score of 28-14. The Greyhounds went 99 yards on their first possession, capped by a Khaleed Exum-Strong 2-yard touchdown run. With just 1:25 remaining before the half Jordan McAfee connected with Brevin Easton for a 93-yard touchdown. McAfee added a 10-yard touchdown rush in the third quarter, and Exum-Strong capped the scoring with a 10-yard scoring run of his own in the fourth quarter. Patrick May (Tahanto Regional) was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points. Egan Bachtell (Nashoba Regional) had 1.5 sacks in the game. Quarterback Julian Nyland tossed three first-quarter touchdowns and Connor Field ran for three touchdowns and caught a fourth score as undefeated WPI went on the road on and topped Catholic, 52-24. Nyland also had a rushing score, while Phillip Durgin and Clark Ewen had touchdown catches. Nick Ostrowski (Shepherd Hill) led the Engineers with eight tackles. Tommy Feraco (St. John’s) had one of the three WPI sacks in the game.
For other local collegiate sports Saturday, Oct. 19, in men’s soccer, Clark got two goals from Trevor Sheridan: the game-tying goal in the waning minutes of regulation and again with the game-winner in double overtime to defeat MIT, 4-3. Brian Brennan and Alex Maiorano (Shrewsbury High) had the other Clark goals and Sean Munroe had three assists in the game. Assumption got goals from Juan O’Neill and Jason Lages in their 2-0 win over Saint Rose. Sebastian Jimenez made eight saves for his second clean sheet of the season. Jackson Conroy scored a pair of second-half goals as WPI bested visiting Coast Guard, 3-0. David Lapointe had the third Engineers goal. Rufus Adams picked up the clean sheet for WPI. Worcester State University used two goals from Ethan Melia (Shrewsbury High) to come from behind and knock off Fitchburg State University, 3-1. Liren Halle had the third Lancers goal. In field hockey, Assumption got four goals from Deirdre Burchill and defeated American International, 5-0. Paige Laverriere had the other goal for the Greyhounds, Jenna Graf had three assists and Kylie Gargiulo earned her 10th win and eighth shutout of the season with four saves. MIT’s Amanda Garofalo notched a pair of goals to hand WPI its first loss of the 2019 season as the visiting Engineers beat the local Engineers, 3-2. Shannon Hynes (Auburn High) and Bridget Sullivan had the WPI goals. Olivia Antonelli had a Senior Day hat trick as Worcester State defeated Eastern Connecticut State University, 5-0. Coley Hayes and Rachel Hopkins had the other Lancers goals, while Kacy Florence and Jess Hopkins split the shutout without either needing to make a save. In women’s soccer, Kristen McCrea notched a goal in each half as WPI went on the road and defeated Mount Holyoke, 5-0. Lauren Kaija, Annika Keck and Leah Beauton had the other Engineers goals. Mandy St. Germain and Lauren Francis combined for the clean sheet, as St. Germain made two saves en route to her 12th win of the year. Becker senior Kyra Teixeira struck early in the second half for one of her two goals on the afternoon, as the Hawks earned a 2-0 win over the Bay Path Wildcats. Olivia Sherwood got the start for Becker in goal, but was replaced at halftime by Lyndsey Cobb-Wilkins, who made three saves in earning the win in the shared shutout, improving to 4-1 this season. In volleyball, Clark split a doubleheader at the Hall of Fame Tournament on Saturday, falling to Amherst in straight-sets (25-22, 25-17, 25-17) before rebounding with a 3-1 (11-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-16) victory against Gordon College. The tandem of Claudia Rivera and Cameron Gill (Shrewsbury High) continued their impressive play as the duo combined for 18 kills in the opening match of the day. Junior Sophia Torino finished with a match-high 20 assists to facilitate the Cougars offense. Rivera slammed a match-high 24 kills to set a new career-high, while Torino recorded a match-high 29 assists to lead the Cougars to a 3-1 victory against Gordon. Gill continued her quality play from the opening match as well, logging the second-highest kills in the match (12) while Marimo Oka was one off the match-high in digs with 19.
ALL TIED UP
As we get to today’s topic … What’s wrong with a tie?
That was the question my wife asked me as the Boston Bruins game with the Tampa Bay Lighting headed toward the shootout Thursday night. The thing of it is I don’t have a good answer, because there isn’t anything wrong with a game ending in a tie
In hockey you play 60 minutes, and then play a gimmicky five-minute, three-on-three sudden death overtime and still couldn’t determine a winner. It used to be fine that each team would get a point and that would be it. But since 2005, the NHL decided games had to have a winner, and started using the shootout.
Of the four major sports it’s the only one that completely changes the game to determine a winner. You don’t see a free throw contest deciding NBA games, nor a home run derby being used break ties in MLB. And yet the NHL decided to use penalty shots to determine the winner.
The NFL overtime rules are a train wreck, but at least they’re still playing football.
The one saving grace is the shootout is only used in the regular season and in the playoffs it’s sudden death until someone scores. In the IIHF they used to use the shootout to determine winners of tournaments. That at least have come to their senses and they now play sudden death until someone wins.
Granted they play the gimmicky three-on-three, but at least they’re still playing hockey.