Sports Briefs


The Carnegie Mellon football team traveled to Thiel for a game on Saturday. The Tartans dominated the Tomcats by a 73–19 margin. The fourth straight win for the Tartans brought their overall record to 5–3 and their Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) record to 5–2.

The second biggest scoring day in Tartan history was also a record setting day for several players. Sophomore running back Sam Benger broke the single-season rushing record for the Tartans. His 166 rushing yard performance brought him to a season total of 1,453 rushing yards, surpassing the previous record of 1,326 set by Travis Sivek in 2006. Junior defensive end Brian Khoury made 3.0 sacks against Thiel, bringing his season total to a school record, beating 13.5 sacks and besting the previous 11.0 mark held by Chris Balouris in 1989 and tied by Anima Nwankwo in 1998. Junior placekicker Gabe Renna converted all eight extra point attempts on the day, bringing his season total to 36, beating out Nate Greenstein’s 32 extra point kicks in 2006.
The Tartans will next compete at home against the University of Chicago on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Women’s Soccer

The Carnegie Mellon women’s soccer team suffered their first loss of the season against the Washington University in St. Louis Bears.

The game was a pure defensive battle from the moment the game started to the last whistle at the end of double overtime. Both offenses had opportunities, with the Tartans taking 13 shots and seven on goal compared to the Bears’ 20 shots and six on goal. Washington goalkeeper Lizzy Crist and junior goalkeeper Katie Liston each made a number of saves throughout the game; however, Liston’s first goal allowed since Oct. 6 ended up being the determining factor in the 1–0 loss.

The team got back to winning on Sunday, riding a four-goal second half to a 4–1 victory.

The Tartans are now 14–1–1 overall and 5–1 in University Athletic Association (UAA) play. The Tartans will wrap up the regular season at Case Western on Saturday, Nov. 7.

Men’s Soccer

The Carnegie Mellon men’s soccer team handily defeated Washington and St. Louis 3–1 on Friday.

After an evenly matched first half in which the Tartans fell behind 1–0, the offense took charge in the second half. First-year defender Greg Bellwoar headed in a free kick from junior midfielder Tristan Lockwood in the 54th minute. First-year midfielder Anthony Gulli got the lead for the Tartans off a pass from first-year midfielder Zack Masciopinto in the 71st minute. Senior forward William Webb sealed the victory for the Tartans in the 80th minute, taking in the rebound from a Masciopinto header attempt. First-year goalkeeper Alec Lam took over in goal for senior goalkeeper Eric Bykowsky late in the first half. Lam made six saves as the Tartans built up their lead.

On Sunday, the Tartans defeated the University of Chicago 1–0.

The Tartans will close out the season at Case Western on Saturday, Nov. 7.