Ten Engineers Earn All-NEFC Honors

Senior Rhys Borchert

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A record setting season for the MIT football team has led to a record number of Engineers earning All-New England Football Conference honors. Among the list of honorees released by the league today were the names of ten MIT student-athletes. Earning first team all-conference honors were senior Jake Laux (Dousman, Wis.) and junior Alex Warner (Rockaway, N.J.). Named to the second team were seniors Rhys Borchert (Pocatello, Idaho), Heath Gould (Las Vegas, Nev.) and Derek Vaughn (Goodlettsville, Tenn.); juniors Harris Chalat (Evergreen, Colo.), Brad Goldsberry (Elizabeth, Colo.), Justin Wallace (Palatine, Ill.) and Cameron Wagar (West Richland, Wash,); and sophomore Joe Hanley (Somers, N.Y.). Borchert was also named the Hal Chalmers Senior Student-Athlete of the Year; the sixth consecutive year the award has gone to an MIT student-athlete. 

For Laux it was the second straight year that he has earned first team all-conference honors. A linebacker, he led the team in tackles with 98 and was second in the NEFC in tackles per game. During his four years with the Engineers he established a new career record in tackles with 388. Joining Laux as an all-conference linebacker, Gould was named to the team for the first time in his career as he finished with 33 tackles for the Engineers.

Goldsberry earned two positions on the all-conference squad, getting the nod at both wide receiver and as a return specialist. As a receiver he led MIT with 51 catches this season as he became the Engineers' all-time leader in pass receptions with 155. Goldsberry also set the MIT career and single-season standards in kick return yards as he led the NEFC by averaging 23.3 yards per return. One of the top all-around offensive threats in the conference, he was second in the league in all-purpose yards, averaging 160.8 per game.

Members of MIT's offensive line, Chalat was named all-conference for a second straight year with Warner and Hanley earning their first all-conference honors. The group helped anchor an offensive line that blocked for an offensive unit that finished second in the NEFC in total offense and produced a 1,000-yard back and a quarterback that set a new record for total offense in a season.

Wallace became a three-time All-NEFC pick at running back after an outstanding season that saw him become just the second back in MIT history to record a 1,000-yard season. He closed the season with a personal best of 217 yards against Coast Guard to finish with 1,157 yards and 13 touchdowns for the season. His average of 128.3 yards per game was second in the league. 

Vaughn earned his second all-conference award along the defensive front for MIT where he made 22 tackles and led the Engineers with 2.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for a loss. He finished his MIT career among the program's all-time top-10 in tackles for loss and sacks.

A first time All-NEFC selection, Borchert was among the leaders in a secondary that led the NEFC by allowing just 141.1 passing yards per game. He led the team with nine passes broken up, had one interception and totaled 31 tackles. Majoring in Physics, Borchert was an Academic All-American in 2012 and is the 10th MIT football player to be chosen for the Hal Chalmers Senior Student-Athlete of the Year award.

Also a member of the defensive secondary, Wagar was selected for all-conference honors for the first time in his career after finishing second on the team with 61 tackles while breaking up a pair of passes and recovering two fumbles.