CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Following the most successful season in program history, MIT's Cheryl Silva was named the New England East Region Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) yesterday. Silva, who previously received similar accolades from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), helped lead the Engineers to an Institute record, 18 wins, and the first ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Freshman Molly McShane had previously been named the New England East Player of the Year by the NFHCA, giving Tech both the top player and coach in the region.
The Cardinal and Gray reached historic new heights this season under Silva's leadership, defeating Springfield College, 4-2, to capture the NEWMAC Championship for the first time in the league's 12 year history. That win propelled the Engineers into the NCAA Tournament for the first time where they earned an opening round victory over Nichols College before bowing out to eventual national semifinalist, Tufts. Silva, who has been roaming the MIT sidelines for 19 years, received NEWMAC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in her career while this is the first time she has been recognized by the NFHCA.
Tech set new standards for wins (18), consecutive wins (nine) and goals scored (79) during its remarkable run. McShane became the program's first All-America since 2004 and was one of four All-Region selections. McShane, along with teammates Keri Dixon, Kimberly Barker and Anna Teruya were named to the NEWMAC All-Conference team as well.