MIT COOP Student-Athlete of the Week

January 10, 2017
Dakota Pierce, Men's Basketball

Pierce, a sophomore guard, led the way for the Engineers in a 2-0 week that included victories over Clark and WPI.  Pierce filled the stat sheet in a victory against Clark with 12 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals before scoring a career-high 23 points to lead the team in scoring in a victory over WPI. Pierce also chipped in 6 rebounds and 2 assists in the win. 

January 10, 2017
Kathy Pan, Women's Swimming & Diving

Freshman Kathy Pan aided the Engineers 177-63 victory over Coast Guard this past Saturday, earning victories in the 200 IM (2:13.53) and 200 Breaststroke (2:32.22). Her winning swim in the 200 IM bested the Roland Pool Record by over a second. 

December 13, 2016
Dakota Pierce, Men's Basketball

In a 3-0 week for MIT that included wins over Lasell, Emmanuel and Rhode Island College, the sophomore guard averaged 18.3 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. His play helped increase the Engineers win streak to a season high 6 games. 

December 13, 2016
Liana Ilutzi, Women's Basketball

The senior guard helped the Engineers offense find it's groove in a 2-0 week as Ilutzi led the team in assists with 6 against Wheaton College and 7 against Simmons College. She also added a team high 6 steals against Simmons, also pacing the team.  On the week Ilutzi averaged 6 points, 6 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4 steals. 

December 6, 2016
Matthew Deyo, Men's Track & Field

At the Boston University Season Opener indoor meet, the graduate student ran the fastest time in the nation and set the MIT school record in the 5,000 meters in a time of 14:26.55, breaking the MIT school record by 3.53 seconds.  As a result, Deyo finished first in his section and eighth overall. 

December 6, 2016
Maryann Gong, Women's Track & Field

In the first meet of the indoor season at the Boston University Season Opener, the senior paced the Engineers in the 5,000 meters, placing 14th overall with a time that currently gives her the third fastest time in Division 3, crossing the finish line in a time of 17:03.51.  

November 29, 2016
AJ Jurko, Men's Basketball

In a 1-1 week for the Engineers, sophomore guard AJ Jurko averaged 13.5 points, 2.5 assists, 1 rebound and .5 steals.  Jurko led the way for the Engineers in their 73-67 victory against Sarah Lawrence on Saturday by scoring 20 points on 6-14 shooting and also dishing out 4 assists. 

November 29, 2016
Taylor V'Dovec, Women's Basketball

Sophomore Guard Taylor V'Dovec shined both offensively and defensively on the court against Bowdoin College on Sunday. In 27 minutes V'Dovec scored 15 points on 6-8 shooting while also adding 6 rebounds and 1 assist. 

November 22, 2016
William Arcand, Men's Swimming & Diving

Junior swimmer William Arcand aided the Engineers victories over No. 25 WPI and Bowdoin College by setting a WPI Sport & Recreation Center pool record on Saturday in the 100 IM with a winning time of 53.54.  He also placed 6th in the 50 free, swimming to a collegiate best time of 22.11 in the process.  

November 22, 2016
Kara Holinski, Women's Basketball

In a 3-0 week for MIT, Kara Holinski averaged 14 points, four rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, and 32.3 minutes while shooting 51.6 percent from the floor and 53.8 percent from three-point range. She posted 10 points and four rebounds in the Engineers’ season-opening victory over Endicott last Tuesday. Holinski followed this up with a team-high 18 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals while shooting 50 percent from the floor in a 69-47 win against Trinity in the first game of the Curry Tipoff on Saturday. The next day, she produced 14 points on a 5-of-6 shooting effort in addition to recording four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in a 76-42 championship win over Curry that also resulted in her collecting All-Tournament honors.

November 15, 2016
Matthew Deyo, Men's Cross Country

Matthew Deyo helped the No.5 ranked MIT Men's cross country team to an NCAA Division III New England Cross Country Regional Championship on Saturday afternoon by placing second in a time of 24:28.38.  His second place finish led the way for the Engineers who claimed the program's second regional crown and first since 2010. 

November 15, 2016
Megan McCandless, Women's Cross Country

Freshman Megan McCandless led the way for the Engineers at the NCAA Regional at Stanley Park in Westfield, Mass. this weekend, finishing in second place in 21:16.40, just 2.11 seconds behind the winner. McCandless paced the Engineers, who finished with 68 points as a team, to a three point victory over No. 5 ranked Williams.

November 8, 2016
Benjamin Lin, Men's Fencing

For the second year in a row, MIT senior Benjamin Lin captured the sabre Gold medal at the season-opening The Big One Invitational hosted by Smith college.  Lin finished pool play with a 6-0 overall record, winning his finals match by the narrowest of margins, 15-14.  

November 8, 2016
Jessica Li, Women's Fencing

MIT women's senior fencer Jessica Li won the foil competition this weekend at the Big One Invitational.  Posting a 6-0 record, Li won her first ever collegiate competition, capping off her first victory by edging out her foe from Brown, 15-14, in the final match. 

November 2, 2016
Jeremy Cowham, Men's Soccer

MIT men's soccer freshman goalkeeper Jeremy Cowham finished the season off strong by earning a pair of wins between the pipes against Worcester State University (2-1) and WPI (2-0) to finish the year with a record of 3-1-0. Against Worcester State, Cowham made three saves in 32 minutes of action including two over the final four minutes to keep MIT ahead 2-1. Against WPI, Cowham stopped the ball three times to earn his second clean sheet of the season and end his rookie year on a high note.

November 2, 2016
Coed Sailing

The MIT coed sailing team finished second at the Schell Trophy over the weekend in order to qualify for the Atlantic Coast Championship, which will be held at MIT in a couple of weeks. The Engineers got very strong performances by junior Ty Ingram and sophomore Sameena Shaffeeullah in the A Division (third place – 61 points) as well as by senior Paige Omura and junior Trevor Long in the B Division (seventh place – 75 points) totaling for a team score of 136 points, just behind Yale University. Both divisions had great placements over the 11 race regattas as they combined for ten top-five finishes.

October 26, 2016
Nolan Kruse, Water Polo

MIT water polo senior goalkeeper Nolan Kruse registered a perfect 4-0 record in net and set a new single game program record with 22 saves in the title game of the CWPA Division III Eastern Championship against Connecticut College over the weekend. For his outstanding effort, Kruse was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Kruse made 70 saves on 97 shots, registered five assists - his first of the year and four steals in four games in Pennsylvania.

October 26, 2016
Sharlene Song, Women's Tennis

At the 2016 NEWMAC Women's Tennis Championship, freshman Sharlene Song earned an 8-5 Doubles victory with partner Sonya Das, earning the Engineers first point of the Championship match against Wellesley after the team had fallen behind 2-0. In her singles match at the No. 5 position she put up a 6-2, 6-4 victory, in what ended up being the clinching point for the Engineers. 

October 19, 2016
Christina Liao, Volleyball

In a 4-0 week for MIT, Christina Liao totaled 151 assists, 22 digs, seven aces, and five blocks while the Engineers hit .342 for the week. She posted 30 assists, six digs, and three blocks in three sets of a 25-14, 23-25, 25-10, 25-16 win at Mount Ida last Tuesday. Liao kicked off the MIT Quad Tournament on Friday by generating 41 assists, four digs, and three aces while the Engineers hit .374 in a 25-14, 25-14, 25-12 victory over SUNY Oneonta. The following morning, she posted 27 assists, six digs, and two aces in two sets of a 25-13, 25-13, 25-12 win against Mount Saint Vincent that saw MIT hit .488. Liao concluded the week with 53 assists, six digs, two blocks, and two aces in a 20-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21 victory to help MIT capture the tournament title.

October 19, 2016
Coed Sailing

The No. 11 MIT coed sailing team had a fantastic weekend of racing as the Engineers won both the Captain Hurst Bowl - for the first time in program history - and the Firefly/FJ Invitational. At the Captain Hurst Bowl, a top-level inter-conference event, the Engineers powered to a first place team finish overall with 105 points edging out No. 1 nationally-ranked Yale University (113 points). Out of a possible 24 races (3 divisions), MIT won or came in second in 11 and finished in the top-5 in 18 of the 24 rotations. At the Firefly/FJ Invite, with three boats in the water, MIT took first, fifth and ninth overall out of 18 teams. In the A Division, senior Jorlyn Le Garrec and sophomore Annie Hughes finished first with 18 points in "Engineers 1".

October 12, 2016
Clyde Huibregtse, Water Polo

Freshman Clyde Huibregtse of the MIT water polo team had a phenomenal offensive and defensive effort in both games this weekend. Against nationally ranked Harvard, Huibregtse registered his second hat trick of the season to go along with one steal and two drawn ejections. The freshman also drew a 5-meter penalty shot, where he converted it for one of his three goals of the game. Against nationally ranked Brown, Huibregtse added one goal on two shots and drew a team-best four ejections.

October 12, 2016
Lauren Ullmann, Women's Soccer

MIT senior goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann led the MIT women's soccer team to a 3-1 week including shutout performances against NEWMAC foes Wheaton and Clark as well as to a 2-1 win over Wellesley. Against Clark, Ullmann registered her seventh shutout of the season and the team's sixth clean sheet in a row to tie a program record that was set back in 2014. This week, Ullmann notched 17 saves including a season-high seven against defending national champion Williams on Sunday.

October 5, 2016
Zach Churukian, Water Polo

In the first conference games of the season for the MIT water polo team, senior Zach Churukian led the way for the Engineers with six goals, seven steals, two drawn ejections, one assist and one field block. Thus far this season, Churukian leads the team in goals (18), shots (51) and assists (13). 

October 5, 2016
Serena Le & Rena Liu, Women's Tennis

Freshman Serena Le and Junior Rena Liu, playing together in No. 3 Doubles, earned 8-0 victories in matches over Clark University and Wheaton College last week.  The pair also moved up to No. 2 doubles for a match against Smith College in which they also won handedly, 8-1. 

September 28, 2016
Eddy Garcia-Montes, Football

In a 30-13 victory over NEFC Conference foe Maine Maritime, sophomore Eddy Garcia-Montes totaled 8 receptions for 170 yards and a touchdown.  His touchdown, which came from 13 yards out, gave the Engineers a lead which they would never relinquish as MIT scored 23 straight points to earn their first victory of the season. 

September 28, 2016
Megan Gebhard, Volleyball

In a 3-1 week for MIT that featured a pair of NEWMAC victories, Megan Gebhard totaled 38 kills and a .320 hitting percentage. She contributed two kills in the first set of a 3-0 win over conference foe Mount Holyoke College last Tuesday. Two days later, Gebhard paced the Engineers with nine kills and a .304 hitting effort in a three-set loss to UMass Boston. Her week concluded on Saturday with a tri-match versus NEWMAC rival Smith College and Simmons College. Gebhard produced seven kills and a .412 hitting percentage in two sets of a 3-0 victory over host Smith. She then racked up a match-high 20 kills and a .309 hitting performance in the Engineers’ 3-1 decision against Simmons.

September 20, 2016
Alec Stewart & Paige Omura, Co-Ed Sailing

MIT sailors Alec Stewart and Paige Omura powered the Engineers to a fourth place team finish as the duo clinched first place in the C Division at the Hatch Brown Trophy over the weekend. Stewart and Omura totaled 82 points in the C Division, which was 18 ahead of the second place team, No. 8 nationally ranked Dartmouth College. The pair won six of the final nine rotations and notched 12 top-3 finishes over the 17 rotation two-day regatta.

September 20, 2016
Krishna Jaitly, Field Hockey

Krishna Jaitly was a solid contributor at both ends of the field in a 3-0 week for MIT. Her strong midfield and defensive play helped the Engineers come from behind to defeat Endicott College, 4-3, last Tuesday. Two days later, Jaitly followed this up by producing a goal and an assist in the first half of MIT’s 4-0 win over Lasell College. She closed the week by scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal in a 4-2 victory over NEWMAC foe Springfield College on Saturday.

September 13, 2016
Gregory Hui, Men's Soccer

MIT men’s soccer sophomore Gregory Hui headed home the game winning goal in the 42nd minute to lift the Engineers to a 1-0 win over Framingham State and improved to 2-1 this season. At the 41:51 mark of the first half, the Engineers drove down the field and into Rams territory. Hui headed a ball towards the goal that deflected off a Rams' defender and trickled into an empty for the 1-0 advantage. For Hui, it was his third career goal and first ever game winning goal since joining the team as a freshman last year.

September 13, 2016
Olivia Struckman, Women's Soccer

In a 3-1 week for the MIT women’s soccer team, junior Olivia Struckman registered three goals and a pair of assists to help the Engineers complete victories over Worcester State (3-1), Emmanuel (4-0) and Vassar (2-1). Against Emmanuel, Struckman notched her first two goals and first assist of the season. Leading the Saints, 2-0, Struckman headed home MIT’s third goal of the game in the 24th minute off a free kick then took a one touch pass from her sister to make the score 4-0 in the 71st minute to put the game away. Just a few days later, Struckman opened the scoring against Vassar just 2:38 into the game for her third score of the year.

September 7, 2016
Eddy Garcia-Montes, Football

Sophomore Eddy Garcia-Montes led the MIT Offense in a 37-34 loss to WPI. In the first game in newly renovated Steinbrenner Stadium, Garcia-Montes finished with over half of the team's 258 receiving yards on the day, totaling 11 receptions for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns. His touchdowns came from distances of 45 and 2 yards out, respectively. 

September 7, 2016
Elysa Kohrs, Women's Tennis

Senior Elysa Kohrs captured her 100th career match victory on Saturday to help lead the No. 17 Engineers over Emerson, 9-0.  Kohrs won her #1 singles match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.  She also teamed up with teammate Dora Tzeng to win their #1 Doubles match 8-1.