May 22, 2013

MIT Places Three on Capital One Academic All-District At-Large Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Seniors Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) and Matt Hohenberger (St. Louis, Mo.) along with junior Joseph Rafidi (Los Angeles, Calif.) were selected to the Capital One Academic All-District at-large team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America last week. The trio will represent MIT on the national ballot and vie for Academic All-America honors to be voted on later this month.

Sports eligible for the at-large program are: women's bowling, women's crew, men's and women's fencing, field hockey, men's and women's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's rifle, men's and women's skiing, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's tennis, men's volleyball, men's and women's water polo, and wrestling.

A two-time Academic All-America selection, McShane is the only player in the history of the field hockey program to be a four-time All-America honoree. Named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association New England Player of the Year for the second time, she was picked as the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year after leading MIT to its third conference championship in four years. A four-time all-conference first-team award winner, McShane ranked eighth in the nation in assists per game (0.85) while contributing to a defense that had a 1.80 goals against average. Majoring in mechanical engineering, she is a residential tutor for the Women's Technology Program, was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and served as the president of Alpha Phi.

An outside hitter on the Engineers' volleyball team, Hohenberger was tabbed to the Academic All-America second team last year and has received American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America plaudits the past two seasons. He ranked third in the nation in kills per set (4.10) and was 17th in aces per set (0.45). Hohenberger closed his career as the record holder in aces (238) and aces per set (0.60) while finishing second in kills (1,495). A mechanical engineering major, he has a provisional patent for the design of a cart that will transport kegs down flights of stairs into basements of bars.

Rafidi compiled a ledger of 57-10 in epee for the MIT men's fencing team. The only Division III epee qualifier at the 2013 NCAA Championship, he finished ninth which resulted in All-America honorable mention honors and the Engineers' best epee performance since 1995. Rafidi captured third place at the New England Championship and also earned Northeast Fencing Conference first-team all-star accolades. Majoring in electrical engineering and computer science, he is conducting research for the User Interface Design Group within the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and has submitted a publication for the Computer Human Interaction 2013 Student Research Competition.