MIT COOP Student-Athlete of the Week


April 30, 2013
Larry Pang, Tennis

At the 2013 NEWMAC Men’s Tennis tournament this past weekend, Larry Pang was the named the Most Outstanding Player for the second time in two years. In the semifinals against Wheaton on Saturday, he collaborated with Matthew Skalak to defeat their No. 2 doubles opponents by an 8-2 margin and then won 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 2 singles spot. In Sunday’s championship match versus Babson, Pang produced a 6-4, 6-3 victory also in the No. 2 singles position. 


April 23, 2013
Ellie Fodor, Softball

During the week of April 8, Ellie Fodor went 3-0 on the mound for the MIT softball team as she struck out 19 batters and allowed 11 hits and three runs, two of which were earned. In a 2-1 win over UMass Boston, she registered eight strikeouts and surrendered three hits and a run. Fodor followed this up with seven strikeouts and three hits in a 9-0 decision against Smith.  She capped off the week with four strikeouts, five hits, and two earned runs as the Engineers defeated Babson, 4-2, resulting in their first victory over the Beavers in 10 years. 


April 9, 2013
Creed Mangrum, Baseball

In five games last week Creed Mangrum helped the MIT baseball team to a 4-1 record, hitting .421 over the span and driving in 10 runs and scoring eight times. He belted two home runs and drove in at least one run in all five contests. Mangrum also drew five walks to post an on-base percentage of .520. In Saturday’s doubleheader sweep over WPI he drove in three runs in each game, including swatting a three-run home run in the night cap. 


April 2, 2013
Kira Schott, Lacrosse

In three games last week for the MIT women’s lacrosse team, Kira Schott compiled seven goals, 14 draw controls, 13 groundballs, and two caused turnovers. She collected 11 draw controls (just one shy of tying the Institute record), three groundballs, a goal, and an assist against Colorado College. The next day, Schott posted four draw controls, three groundballs, and a caused turnover versus Pacific University. She closed the week with a game-high six goals to go along with seven groundballs, one draw control, and one caused turnover in a come-from-behind win over Smith College.


March 26, 2013
Anna Kokensparger, Swimming

At the 2013 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships held last week, Anna Kokensparger earned All-America honors in all seven events she competed in. She was the national runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley, was sixth in the 200-yard butterfly, and 15th in the 200-yard freestyle. Kokensparger was also a member of four relay teams that placed fifth in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 11th in the 400-yard medley relay and 10th in the 800-yard freestyle relay.



March 19, 2013
Christopher Rullan, Lacrosse

In two men’s lacrosse games last week, Christopher Rullan compiled 35 saves, a 9.00 goals against average, and a save percentage of .660. He collected 18 saves in MIT’s season-opener against UMass Dartmouth and then amassed 17 saves in a 7-6 loss to the University of New England.  


March 12, 2013
Lauren Kuntz, Track and Field

Lauren Kuntz finished in second place with a height of 12-11.50 in the pole vault at the NCAA Division III Championship held last weekend. Seeded fourth place going into the meet, she improved on her previous personal record of 12-07.50 en route to All-America accolades.


March 5, 2013
Jaclyn Konopka, Track and Field

Jaclyn Konopka broke the MIT varsity record in the pentathlon with a score of 3,453 at the ECAC Championship held this past weekend. She registered personal records in all five events, helping her eclipse the previous standard by 74 points. Konopka currently stands just three points behind the national leader as she prepares for the NCAA Championship to be held later this week. 


February 26, 2013
Annabeth Gellman, Fencing

Annabeth Gellman recorded the best performance of her career at the New England Fencing Championship as she was the runner-up in the sabre competition on Saturday. Her 14-1 ledger propelled the sabre squad to its fifth straight title as the unit compiled a mark of 41-1 on the day. Gellman’s performance also helped MIT finish third among 15 teams in the overall rankings. 


February 19, 2013
Matt Hohenberger, Volleyball

In a 3-1 weekend for nationally-ranked No. 15 MIT that resulted in a runner-up finish at the MIT Men’s Volleyball Invitational, Matt Hohenberger tallied 68 kills, a .491 hitting percentage, 21 digs, and seven blocks en route to all-tournament honors. He produced a match-high 10 kills on 12 attempts for an .833 hitting performance to go along with four digs against Emerson College. In a sweep of Johnson & Wales University, Hohenberger compiled 16 kills and seven digs and then amassed 20 kills, five digs, and two blocks versus Lasell College. He closed out the tournament with 22 kills, five digs, and four blocks in a five-set loss to No. 10 Rivier University. 


February 5, 2013
Jackson Crane, Fencing

Jackson Crane compiled a ledger of 15-2 in epee action as he helped the MIT men’s fencing team finish with a 4-2 record at the Eric Sollee Invitational on Sunday. He opened the day by defeating all three of his opponents from Hunter College and NYU before going 2-1 versus the University of Pennsylvania. Crane continued by topping both of his foes from Yeshiva University, registering a 2-1 mark against Haverford College, and finishing the afternoon with a 3-0 sweep of Stevens Institute of Technology. 


January 29, 2013
Alexandra Taylor, Track and Field

At the Terrier Classic held at Boston University this past weekend, Alexandra Taylor set a new varsity record in the 800 meters when she ran a 2:14.77, breaking the previous mark by over a second. She was also part of the Distance Medley Relay that finished in fifth place with a time of 12:01.43. 


January 22, 2013
Christy Rogers, Swimming

Christy Rogers posted two wins and a second-place finish to help lead the nationally-ranked No. 5 MIT women’s swimming and diving team past Tufts University, 266-109, on Saturday afternoon. She touched first in the 200-yard backstroke (2:09.21), was second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:08.17), and was the breaststroke leg of the winning 400-yard medley relay (3:58.26). 


January 15, 2013
Wyatt Ubellacker, Swimming

Wyatt Ubellacker registered three individual victories and contributed to a relay win as the nationally-ranked No. 1 MIT men’s swimming and diving team defeated No. 11 Williams College, 162-126, last Friday. He claimed the top spot in the 100 freestyle (44.74), 100 yard butterfly (49.87), and the 200 yard freestyle (1:39.47) while powering the winning 400 yard medley relay (3:23.04). 


January 8, 2013
Alexxis Isaac, Basketball

In a 2-1 week for the women’s basketball team, Alexxis Isaac averaged 12.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.3 blocks. She tallied 10 points, five rebounds (four on the offensive end), and two steals in a 54-35 win over Gordon College and then totaled 18 points, six boards, two blocks, and two steals in a 55-43 victory at Johnson & Wales University. Isaac finished off the week with eight points, eight rebounds, two blocks, and two steals in a 49-45 loss to Clark University. 


Dec. 11, 2012
Will Tashman, Basketball

Will Tashman had an outstanding week for the MIT men’s basketball team. The senior forward pulled down a season-high 18 rebounds against UMass Boston before pouring in a season best 25 points and grabbing 13 boards against Salem State. Tashman's double-double against Salem State was the 30th of his career, placing him fifth all-time in that category at MIT. 


Dec. 4, 2012
Justin Bullock, Track and Field

In his first race of the season, Justin Bullock broke the MIT men’s track and field record in the 3,000m with a time of 8:19.12, eclipsing the standard set by Ben Schmeckpeper in 2005. His performance resulted in third place at Northeastern’s Jay Carisella Track and Field Invitational held this past weekend.


Nov. 27, 2012
Mitchell Kates, Basketball

Senior point guard Mitchell Kates led the No. 1 ranked Engineers to a pair of wins last week, scoring 20+ points in each outing. He matched his season-high with 23 points in a victory over Emmanuel and then scored 13 of his 22 in the second half against Curry as he led an MIT comeback that erased a six-point halftime deficit. Kates also had a season-high seven assists against the Colonels. 


Nov. 20, 2012
Robin Shin, Fencing

Robin Shin won all 18 of her sabre bouts as the MIT women’s fencing went 6-0 in its first Northeast Fencing Conference competition last Saturday. For the second year in a row she posted 3-0 ledgers versus UMass Amherst, Wellesley College, University of New Hampshire, Brandeis University, Sacred Heart University, and Boston University. 


Nov. 13, 2012
Meghan Wright, Soccer

Meghan Wright tallied 20 saves and two shutouts in 216 minutes of action to propel the MIT women’s soccer team to its first NCAA tournament victory and an appearance in the upcoming Sweet 16. Against host and nationally-ranked No. 25 Haverford College, she turned away all seven shots on goal through regulation and two overtime periods as the Engineers won the eventual penalty kick shootout, 4-2, to advance to the second round. The next day, Wright amassed 13 saves versus No. 23 The College of New Jersey before MIT scored the lone goal with four minutes remaining in the second overtime period. 


Nov. 6, 2012
Elizabeth Phillips, Rifle

Elizabeth Phillips had the best match of her MIT career against the University of the Sciences, leading the Engineers to victories in both smallbore and air rifle with career-high scores in each. In smallbore Phillips led MIT with a 568, turning in a consistent performance that saw her score 95 in five of her six rounds. In air rifle she fired off three rounds of 99 on her way to a 583. 


Oct. 30, 2012
Ashley Peter, Soccer

The first goal of Ashley Peter’s career was a timely one as it came with 14:52 left to play and propelled MIT to a 1-0 victory over Smith College last Saturday. The win secured the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye for the Engineers in the upcoming NEWMAC Championship Tournament. 


Oct. 23, 2012
Philip Crain and Steven Drapcho, Sailing

Philip Crain and Steven Drapcho won the B Division of the Hoyt Trophy as the MIT sailing team finished first overall. The seniors found themselves atop the standings courtesy of seven top-five finishes in 12 rounds of action. Crain and Drapcho clinched first place in four outings, was the runner-up in the second race, and finished third in the third and seventh rotations. 


Oct. 16, 2012
Alyssa Rothman, Volleyball

In MIT’s only outing of the week, Alyssa Rothman helped the women’s volleyball team capture the MIT Quad Tournament title and earned Tournament MVP honors. She tallied 35 assists, nine digs, and three aces in a sweep of Bridgewater College (Va.) before posting 45 assists, 14 digs, and an ace in a five-set win over Western New England University. Rothman capped the weekend with 37 assists, four digs, one ace, and a block in a 3-0 victory over Rivier College. 


Oct. 9, 2012
Julia Hsu, Tennis

Julia Hsu clinched the winning point for MIT in both of its matches last week to keep the Engineers undefeated and in first place in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference standings. Against defending NEWMAC champion Wellesley College, she took a 7-5, 6-1 decision at No. 5 singles. Then against Clark University, Hsu won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 singles, improving her conference record to 4-0. 


Oct. 2, 2012
Joe Paggi and Priyanka Chatterjee, Sailing

Skipper Joe Paggi and crew Priyanka Chatterjee finished second in the A Division of the Smith Trophy as the nationally-ranked No. 14 MIT sailing team was second overall in a field of 17 squads. The duo placed in the top 10 in seven out of eight rounds and entered the top five on six occasions. Paggi and Chatterjee won two races, were the runner-ups in three outings, and registered one third-place performance. 


Sept. 25, 2012
Brad Goldsberry, Football

Sophomore Brad Goldsberry set one school record and tied another last week in the MIT football team’s game at Curry College. A wide receiver/running back combo player, he led the Engineers with a school-record tying 14 receptions for 174 yards and a score. It was his second 100-yard receiving game in three tries this season. He also rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns while also adding 72 yards on punt and kick returns. His total of 325 all-purpose yards set a new MIT record.


Sept. 18, 2012
Molly Duffy, Field Hockey

In a 1-1 week for the MIT field hockey team, Molly Duffy generated five goals and an assist for a total of 11 points. She set up the Engineers’ first goal against Gordon and then found the back of the net in the 40th and 59th minutes en route to a 5-0 victory. Last Saturday, Duffy posted a hat-trick in a 5-4 loss to NEWMAC foe Babson. She scored after 1:25 elapsed in the game and then eight minutes into the second half before tying the score at four with 11:25 left to play.


Sept. 11, 2012
Kale Rogers, Water Polo

Freshman Kale Rogers tallied 19 goals, 13 of which came against Division I opponents, this past weekend at the Princeton Invitational. He recorded six-goal outings in wins over George Washington (13-6) and Johns Hopkins (13-11), a five-goal performance in a 14-8 loss to the host Tigers, and had two of MIT's four goals in a loss to Cal. 


Sept. 4, 2012
Kristine Bunker, Volleyball

Kristine Bunker totaled 30 kills, a .556 hitting percentage, and 10 blocks en route to all-tournament honors as MIT captured the Regis Pride Invitational championship this past weekend. She opened the tournament with four kills and a .667 hitting performance in two sets of a sweep of Husson and then generated 11 kills, a .562 hitting percentage, and five blocks in a 3-1 win over Worcester State. The next day, Bunker notched five kills and a .500 hitting percentage in two sets of a sweep of Regis before tallying 10 kills, a .533 hitting performance, and four blocks in a 3-1 victory over WPI in the championship match.