MIT-Y Mavericks

Sam Chambers
What do Stephanie Guo ’13, Jack Simmons ’14, Shannon Francis ’15, Joe Faraguna ’16, Margaret Trautner ’16, and Leah Vogel ’16 have in common and rank number one in?  All six St. John’s alums participate in NCAA athletics for the Engineers of MIT, the school with the most active Maverick college athletes (6).
Guo, a former track and field athlete, Francis, Vogel, and Simmons all play lacrosse in the spring.  Vogel and Simmons double up with soccer in the fall.  Trautner and Faraguna are also dual sport athletes in cross country and track and field.
 
MIT ranks 9th in SJS NCAA total alumni participation. Meryl Gibbs ’12 (volleyball), Angela Ha ’11 (softball), and Philip Crain ’08 (sailing) all competed for the Engineers in the NEWMAC conference.  The current crew of Mavericks at MIT credit St. John’s for their ability to compete at the next level as a complete student athlete. 
 
“Learning to study while traveling, learning to find and work with smart people, and having experience talking to a coach who understands academic constraints and prioritizes academics is what I learned at SJS that helped me the most in college,” said Simmons.  
 
“SJS sports did a good job preparing me for the challenges of being a NCAA student athlete,” said Guo. “The practice hours are very similar, and I think the SPC conference was a challenging one.  The coaches at St. John's were also fantastic.”
 
“MIT is a really great place for student athletes because it's one of the absolute best universities in the world,” said Trautner.  “You get a top rate education, and it's DIII, so overall the time commitment is less than that at a DI school, allowing academics to take full priority,” said Trautner.
 
Women’s Soccer, Women’s and Boys’ Cross Country were all ranked #1 in the NEWMAC pre-season polls.   This past week found freshman Vogel in her first minutes of NCAA competition and veteran Simmons dishing out two assists to get the team off to a 2-1 start.
 
“We won our first conference game of the season yesterday against WSU,” said Vogel.  “I also played my first minutes as an NCAA athlete, and I have to say that this was the highlight of the season so far.”
 
Men’s and Women’s Cross Country start competition at the Purple Valley Classic on Septemer 24th at Williams College and end the regular season on October 29th at the NEWMAC championships held at Smith College.   Soccer also finishes up the regular season on October 29th before the NEWMAC tournament begins.
 
“I love being a NCAA athlete,” said Simmons.  “I loved it so much that I joined another sport because off season was so empty. My favorite memory was our conference championship for lacrosse when we were down by 7-12 with 7 minutes to go. Our coach called a timeout and told us to get our heads in the game and fix it.  We came back and beat the reigning champions (and arch rivals who we hadn't beaten in 10 years) at their home field 13-12 to move on to the NCAA tournament.”
 
When the spring season arrives all six Maverick/Engineers will represent their school in the athletic arena. For the love of the game, memorable moments, and courageous comebacks, St. John’s will always be a part of their journey to where they are now as a student athlete. 

NCAA CURRENT MAVERICKS
SCHOOL ALL TIME LIST BY SCHOOL CURRENT PLAYERS
 
MIT 9 6
W & L 26 5
HARVARD 14 5
AMHERST 7 5
STANFORD 14 3
SEWANEE 12 3
WILLIAMS 12 3
PRINCETON 14 2
SMU 5 2
NORTHWESTERN 4 2
PENN 4 2
COLUMBIA 3 2
GEORGETOWN 3 2
TUFTS 3 2
WAKE FOREST 3 2
DAVIDSON 7 1
MIDDLEBURY 6 1
TRINITY UNIVERSITY 5 1
TRINITY COLLEGE 2 1
CARLETON COLLEGE 1 1
HBU 1 1
MERCER 1 1
JOHNS HOPKINS 1 1
CAMBRIDGE 1 1


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