Wellesley 2nd/11 in NEWMAC Championships
The Blue finished 2nd behind the MIT Engineers for the sixth consecutive year in the NEWMAC Championship 5k meet, which Smith hosted on Saturday. The Engineers took their eighth straight victory, claiming the first five individual sports and earning a perfect team score of 15. Wellesley finished close behind, with all five scoring runners in the top 25. First for the Blue was Priyanka Fouda ’16, who placed 7th with a season-best time of 18:52, followed by a strong 19:00 performance by Taylor Bickford ’15, good for tenth place. Rounding out the Blue’s top five were Mary Keenan ’17 in 16th place, Nicole Chui ’15 in 20th place and Alice Zhou ’17 in 24th place. Wellesley, who tallied a team score of 77 points, secured a commanding lead over third place Wheaton, who trailed behind with a team score of 120. With their top-14 finishes, Fouda and Bickford represented the Blue on the NEWMAC All-Conference team. In their last meet before the NCAA Regionals, the Blue will compete in the ECAC Championship meet this Saturday.
Blue fencing started its season on Saturday at “The Big One” invitational hosted by Smith. The Blue finished strong in all three categories. Pamela Wang ’15 led the Blue in women’s foil, finishing sixth overall, and falling only to the overall winner, Nagusa Ogata, from Boston University. Taylor Hood ’18 and Camille Samulski ’16 also had strong showings in foil, finishing in 15th and 26th places out of 72 competitors. In women’s epée, Charlotte Treadwell ’16 and Kathryn Ledbetter ’15 finished in 15th and 16th place, respectively. In women’s sabre, Madeleine Barowsky ’18 set the pace for the Blue, finishing 16th overall. Blue fencing will compete again on Nov. 9 at the 2014 Vassar Invitational.
Wellesley 3, Springfield 2
Blue volleyball defeated the Springfield Pride during Senior Day on Saturday at Keohane Sports Center. The Blue finish their regular season at 16-10 overall and 6-4 in NEWMAC play. Saturday’s win against Springfield did not come easily. Springfield won the first set 25-23, but the Blue won the second, third and fifth sets to secure their victory. Sydney Carfagno ’15 lead the Blue in points, tallying 22 kills and 14 digs, followed by Brooke Fieldman ’17, who added 21 kills of her own to go along with 11 digs and 2 aces. Other key players in the Blue’s victory were Taylor Jais ’17, who led the team with 17 digs, and Maddie Koh ’17 with a whopping 56 assists. Wellesley volleyball traveled to Wheaton College for the first round of the NEWMAC Championship Tournament on Tuesday, upsetting the Lyons 3-1. Wellesley will move on to the semifinals this Saturday hosted by MIT at 1 p.m.
Wellesley 1, Springfield 1
After a similar 1-1 tie at Coast Guard last Tuesday, Blue soccer finished its final game of the season on Saturday in a 1-1 draw against the Springfield Pride at the Wellesley Outdoor Fields Complex. This time, a goal scored by Sumner Hanula ’17 lent the Blue the lead in the 25th minute of play. Springfield quickly scored an equalizer, tying the game in the 35th minute. Springfield held a 12-7 advantage in shots during the match, but neither team was able to break through the other’s defense to win the game. Blue soccer ends its season 8-7-5 overall and 2-5-3 in NEWMAC play.
Wellesley 1, Virginia 8; Wellesley 7, Mount Holyoke 2; Wellesley 9, Smith 0
Blue squash opened its season 2-1 on Saturday at Harvard University’s Murr Center. The Blue fell to the Virginia Cavaliers 1-8 in their first match of the afternoon. Phyllis Lin ’18 was the only Wellesley player to post a win against the Cavaliers. The Blue won its next match against the Mount Holyoke Lyons 7-2. Lin, Sarah Zhang ’18 and Rhea Advani ’17 each recorded four game victories at the No. 1, 2 and 3 positions respectively, while Navisha Gupta ’17 and Ruby Feng ’17 sealed the deal for the Blue. Wellesley finished the day sweeping the Smith Pioneers 9-0, tallying victories at all but the No. 1 position. Blue squash will next play Friday night against the Boston College Eagles at Dana Hall School.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Blue swimming and diving opened its season at the New England Invitational hosted by WPI on Saturday. Dorothy Ren ’16 was the only Blue swimmer to clinch a first place spot, taking the 50-fly in 26.68. Solid Blue relay performances were the 200-medley relay, consisting of Ren, Charlotte Harris ’16, Keelin Nave ’15 and Leah Harris ’17, who finished third with a time of 1:52.51, and the 400-medley relay, consisting of Ren, Harris, Nave and Sharon Wu ’17, who finished third with a time of 4:11.00. The Blue also came up big in the 1000-free and 500-free with Leah Furman ’17 finishing second in both events. Wu, Ren and Nave also took second place finishes in individual events, with Wu finishing the 50-back in 28.73, Ren finishing at 1:01.12 in the 100-back and Nave finishing at 1:01.65 in the 100-fly. Blue swimming and diving will compete again on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Clark.
Wellesley 4, UMass Dartmouth 0
Blue field hockey closed out its regular season on Wednesday defeating the UMass Dartmouth Corsairs 4-0 at the Wellesley Outdoor Fields Complex. Wellesley field hockey took an early lead with a goal scored by Lallie Lukens ’15 at 5:45 and continued to build its lead with two goals, one scored by Nathalie Gruet ’15 and another by Courtney Peterson ’17. Goalie Lucy Hurlock ’17 recorded four saves in the first half, which kept the Corsairs scoreless. The Blue finish their season unbeaten at home, and 16-2 overall as they enter the postseason ranked 10th in the country. Wellesley field hockey will host its first postseason game on Saturday in the semifinals of the NEWMAC tournament.
Photo courtesy of Julie Williams