Tuesday, March 6, 2012

MIT Athletics Thriving

Seven MIT athletic teams are currently ranked in the top-25 in their respective sport:

#3 – Men's Basketball
#3 – Women's Indoor Track & Field
#4 – Men's Swimming & Diving
#5 – Men's Volleyball
#6 – Women's Swimming & Diving
#7 – Men's Indoor Track & Field
#25 –Men's Tennis

Read more here: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/sports-shorts-0306.html

Engineers Advance to Sweet 16

Senior Noel Hollingsworth erupted for 27 points in the first half versus Farmingdale State (Pic: Tom Gearty)

For the first time in program history, the MIT Engineers advanced to the Sweet 16 with a dominating win over Farmingdale State, 83-63, on Saturday in Oneonta, NY. Farmingdale State had beaten MIT in the 2nd Round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament, but this time around MIT shot 53% from the field and out-rebounded the Rams (who were 4th in the nation in rebounding) by 10.

6'8" Will Tashman held 7'0" A.J. Matthews to only 4 points and 1 rebound in the first half (Pic: Tom Gearty)

Preseason All-American Noel Hollingsworth proved why he is one of the best centers in the country, dropping a career-high 37 points in the win.  Fellow big-man Will Tashman knotted 16 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists, but more importantly shut down 7-foot center A.J. Matthews, who had 33 points and 19 rebounds the night before (Tashman held him to 11 points and 5 rebounds). Matthews' Highlight Video:

Point Guard Mitchell Kates had 11 points and 11 assists in the win, while Jamie Karraker connected on 4 three's to reach 99 three-pointers on the season, an MIT record. Dan Mccue provided stifling defense to shut down Farmingdale's athletic wings.

Junior Mitchell Kates led the offense with 11 assists (Pic: Tom Gearty)

Jamie Karraker connected on his program-record 99th three-pointer (Pic: Tom Gearty)

Senior Dan Mccue provided intense defensive pressure the entire game for the Engineers (Pic: Tom Gearty)

MIT, now 27-1, travels to Lancaster, PA to face the College of Staten Island in the Sweet 16. Tip-off is set for Friday at 5:30pm at Franklin and Marshall College.

MIT heads to the Sweet 16 for the first time ever (Pic: Tom Gearty)