NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending April 7th)

NEWMAC Athletes of the Week (for week ending April 7th)

NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Offensive Athlete of the Week

James Santoro, MIT (Fy., A – Tewksbury, N.J.)

In a 2-0 week for MIT, Santoro tallied 10 points on nine assists and one goal, to go along with three caused turnovers and three groundballs. He dished out six assists (one shy of tying the MIT record) and added a goal in the Engineers' 12-5 victory over Johnson & Wales on Wednesday. Santoro then produced three assists, two groundballs, and two caused turnovers in a 15-7 win at Massachusetts Maritime on Saturday.

NEWMAC Men's Lacrosse Defensive Athlete of the Week

Bobby Philbin, Clark (Jr., M – Ridgefield, Conn.)

In a 2-0 week for the Cougars, Philbin was an offensive force with six points from five goals and an assist. He started the week with four goals in a 12-10 conference victory at Mass Maritime before adding a goal and an assist in Clark's 17-3 victory over Emerson on Saturday. Philbin dominated in face-offs winning 21-of-24 over the two games and picked up 15 ground balls. The junior is now third overall in the NEWMAC in face-offs, 127-162.


NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Offensive Athlete of the Week

Georgia Salvatore, Babson (So., A – Westwood, Mass.)

Salvatore scored nine goals and dished out four assists for 13 points in two games for Babson. The sophomore attacker put up career highs of six goals, four assists and 10 points to help the Beavers stay unbeaten with a 19-5 win at Smith on Saturday. Salvatore then scored all three of her goals in the first half as as Babson's five-game winning streak was snapped in a loss at No. 6 Tufts. 

NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Defensive Athlete of the Week

Andie Stone, Springfield (Sr., D – Burlington, Conn.)

Stone, a senior defender for Springfield College, was a force defensively for the Pride in two wins this past week, as she totaled nine caused turnovers, five ground balls and one draw control, while anchoring a defensive unit that held opponents to just eight goals per contest. 


NEWMAC Women's Tennis Co-Singles Athlete of the Week

Carolina Merz, Babson (So. – Santa Tecla, El. Salvador)

Merz stayed unbeaten on the year at number one singles with a pair of straight-set victories. She posted a 6-1, 6-3 win over Smith's Allison Ahern on Tuesday and followed it up with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph over Mount Holyoke's Ayame Yazawa to help the Beavers remain unbeaten in league play.

NEWMAC Women's Tennis Co-Singles Athlete of the Week

Ines de Bracamonte, Wheaton (Sr. – Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.)

Wheaton's de Bracamonte went 2-0 on the week in league play. She started off with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Mount Holyoke's Ayame Yazawa, before defeating Springfield's Melissa Parish 6-1, 6-1 to close out the week. 

NEWMAC Women's Tennis Doubles Team of the Week 

Viktoriya Tabunshchyk / Libby Rickeman, MIT (No. 1 Doubles)  

In a 2-0 week for the No. 17 Engineers, first-year Tabunshchyk and sophomore Rickeman picked up a pair of 8-1 NEWMAC wins over Emerson and Clark to move to 3-0 in NEWMAC action this season as a doubles team.

NEWMAC Men's Tennis Singles Athlete of the Week

Sean Ko, MIT (Sr. – Danville, Calif.)

Ko led the MIT men's tennis team to a 2-1 week which included a 2-0 start in NEWMAC action. In singles play, Ko went 2-0 as he came from a set down to defeat Brandon Rosebluth of Babson in three sets 6-7, 6-1, 10-8 on Wednesday and then against No. 5 Bowdoin on Friday he topped the 25th-ranked singles player in New England in Oscar Yang, 7-6, 6-4. The senior also went 1-1 in doubles play as he teamed up with Pablo Ampudia to post a win over Babson's No. 3 pairing en route to the 9-0 win over the Beavers.

NEWMAC Men's Tennis Doubles Team of the Week 

Tyler Barr / Alex Cauneac, MIT (No. 1 Doubles)

Seniors Barr, pictured, and Cauneac guided MIT men's tennis to a 2-1 week and a 2-0 start in NEWMAC play. The No. 1 doubles team for the Engineers began their week with an 8-4 win over Babson's Brandon Rosenbluth and Alberto De Mendiola and they closed their week with an 8-5 win over Clark's Nicholas Mathieu and Chris Ruebens on Saturday.

NEWMAC Baseball Athlete of the Week

Matt Johnston, MIT (Jr., OF – Portola Valley, Calif.)

In a 5-1 week that included a 4-0 mark in NEWMAC play, Johnston hit .556 with 15 hits in 27 at-bats as he has now reached base safely in 15 straight games. He posted five multi-hit games, including two four-hit outings in conference matchups to end the week with two doubles, one home run, 11 runs batted in, 20 total bases and four stolen bases. Johnston also added four walks, 13 putouts with a 1.000 fielding percentage, a .741 slugging percentage and a .594 on-base percentage. 


NEWMAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week

Patrick Callahan, MIT (So., P – Vicksburg, Mich.)

In a home shutout of Emerson College on Friday, Callahan went eight innings and allowed just three hits and struck out a career-high 12 batters to improve to 3-0 on the season. In the win, he had four 1-2-3 innings and his 12 strikeouts were an MIT season-high for starting pitchers.

NEWMAC Softball Athlete of the Week

Caraline Wood, WPI (Sr., IF – Averill Park, N.Y.)

Wood batted .519 (14-27) with a walk off and four extra base hits to go with 13 RBI and nine runs scored in a 7-1 week. The game-ending hit extended the Engineers winning streak to nine after the first game versus Babson on Saturday. In addition to recording multiple hits in six of the eight games, the senior also collected five RBI in the nightcap at Springfield on Tuesday. The Crimson and Gray also faced local foes Worcester State and Clark during the busy week.

NEWMAC Softball Pitcher of the Week

Ravenne Nasser, MIT (Sr., P – Methuen, Mass.)

Senior Ravenne Nasser made history this week for the No. 16 MIT softball team as she tossed two consecutive no-hitters in a doubleheader against Clark on Saturday. Over the course of the week, Nasser went 4-0, pitched three complete game shutouts, struck out 35 batters and allowed just three earned runs. Then on Saturday, Nasser tossed 14 no hit innings and struck out 17 in the doubleheader against Clark to improve to 8-3 this spring. Nasser's no-hitters this weekend were the first and second of her collegiate career and the sixth and seventh in program history. Not only did Nasser get it done in the circle, but she tallied four RBI, two of which ended the game against Wheaton on Tuesday and one of which accounted for the game winning run in Saturday's nightcap against the Cougars. 

NEWMAC Men's Track Athlete of the Week

Aidan Gilson, MIT (Sr., Distance – Florence, Mass.)

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Gilson dominated from the start and won by a 22-second margin in a time of 9:14.65. That time currently ranks him first in the NEWMAC and sixth in the country. In addition, he also ran the second leg of the victorious 4x400 relay team that ranks first in the NEWMAC, along with a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter hurdles as that time of 59.88 is ranked sixth in the NEWMAC.


NEWMAC Men's Field Athlete of the Week

Alec Reduker, MIT (Jr., Jumps – Newburyport, Mass.)

At the MIT Quad Meet, Reduker won the high jump with a school-record height of seven feet, 0.25 inches that has him tied for the top jump in the nation. In addition, he finished second in the long jump at 22 feet, 9.75 inches and is 16th nationally and second in the NEWMAC in that event.


NEWMAC Men's Relay of the Week

4x400-Meter Relay, MIT (Duchatellier, Gilson, Slaney, Wilson)

At the MIT Quad Meet this weekend, the 4x400 relay team of Nick Duchatellier, Aidan Gilson, Kent Slaney and Benton Wilson (pictured) won the event with a NEWMAC-best time of 3:24.43. MIT was just off the lead for much of the race before Wilson chased down the Tufts anchor coming off the final turn for the victory.

NEWMAC Women's Track Athlete of the Week

Jenna Melanson, MIT (Jr. – Woodland, Wash.)

In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Melanson won by a convincing 22 seconds as she ran a time of 10:52.22 that is ranked third in the country and first in the NEWMAC. In addition, she also ran 1:09.29 in the 400-meter hurdles to finish fourth with a time that is sixth in the NEWMAC.


NEWMAC Women's Field Athlete of the Week

Lucy Lee, MIT (So., Jumps/Hurdles – Potomac, Md.)

At the MIT Quad Meet, Lee won the triple jump with a leap of 37 feet, 10 inches to rank 13th nationally and first in the NEWMAC. She also finished third in the 100-meter hurdles in 15.77 seconds as that time is currently fourth in the NEWMAC.

NEWMAC Women's Relay of the Week 

4x100-Meter Relay, WPI (Pawlak, Gencorelli, Nippert, Knight)

The team of freshman Katherine Pawlak (Westford, MA), senior Michelle Gencorelli (Andover, MA), sophomore Katy Nippert (Salem, NH), pictured, and freshman Janelle Knight (Santa Barbara, CA) handed in the 23rd-ranked, and NEWMAC-best, 4x100-meter relay time of 48.81 this past weekend at the UMass Minuteman Invitational.

NEWMAC Rowing Boat of the Week 

Varsity Eight, WPI

Melissa Bazakas-Chamberlain (Belmont, MA), Christine Hovermale (Alameda, CA), Kinsey McNamara (Chelmsford, MA), Marlies de Jong (Huntington Beach, CA), Amelia Harvey (Sudbury, MA), Rachel Lia (South Burlington, VT), Caitlin Kean (Shrewsbury, MA), Eva Barinelli (Tewksbury, MA) and coxswain Madison Healey (Atkinson, NH), pictured, the third-ranked team in the CRCA Top 15, defeated No. 6 Smith, No. 5 Wesleyan and Colby, who is receiving votes, to reclaim the Jennifer McLaughlin '06 Cup for the first time since 2011 on Saturday. The Engineers also bested No. 12 Hamilton each day and added a pair of wins over No. 13 Washington College on Sunday. The Engineers also bested Simmons in Sunday's morning row and Mount Holyoke in the Grand Final.