December 13, 2013

Bingham Receives NSCAA All-America Honors

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A day after being named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-Star First Team, sophomore Sean Bingham (Garden City, N.Y.) was selected to the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division III Men's All-America Third Team, as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Friday morning. He is just the third MIT men's soccer player to be named an All-American, after Ben Lewis '13 last season and Nick Nestle '03 in 2003.

Bingham had quite the season: he broke a decade-old record for goals in a season with 21 and points in a season with 45, leading the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in both categories. Although he has only played two seasons so far, he is tied for fourth in the MIT record book in career goals with 37. He was also named the conference's Athlete of the Year and was tabbed to the All-Conference first team. A few days before being named to the ECAC All-Star team, he was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-New England first team.

With its record of 6-0-1 in conference games, the Engineers earned the regular season title and the right to host the NEWMAC Tournament for the first time in 10 years. After advancing over Coast Guard in penalty kicks in the semifinals and falling to Wheaton in the finals, MIT received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, making its fourth national appearance in program history. Tech was defeated by Western New England in the first round, ending the season with a record of 13-5-2. The Cardinal and Gray remained undefeated in an impressive 12 consecutive games, winning or tying each game from Sept. 21 through Nov. 9. For guiding the team to such a successful season, Mike Singleton was named the NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career.