December 7, 2011

Silva Named New England East Regional Coach of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a banner season, in which she led her team to the national quarterfinals and its second New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament championship in three years, MIT head coach Cheryl Silva was named the New England East regional Coach of the Year by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) on Wednesday. Silva, who received similar accolades in 2009, helped the Engineers win a program record 19 games, including a pair in the NCAA Division III tournament, to advance within one game of the final four.

Silva's squad compiled a 19-4 record overall, including a 6-2 mark in NEWMAC play, to earn a share of the conference's regular season crown. The Cardinal and Gray secured its second NEWMAC tournament title in three years in dramatic fashion, with a 2-1 come-from-behind, overtime win over Mount Holyoke in the finals. Silva was tabbed as NEWMAC Coach of the Year following the championship.

For the first time in program history, Tech hosted an NCAA tournament game, defeating Husson University, 7-0 in the opening round. The Engineers then downed Denison University, 4-1, in round two before falling to reigning national champion, Bowdoin College.

MIT was among the national statistical leaders in a number of categories, ranking fifth in Division III in scoring at 4.24 goals per game and sixth in goal differential (+2.99 per game). Senior Kameron Klauber (Carlsbad, Calif.) led the country in assists per game and was eighth nationally in points.

Klauber was tabbed as the Regional and NEWMAC Player of the Year and was a first team All-America honoree. Junior Molly McShane (Lake Bluff, Ill.) was tabbed to the third team All-America and four of Silva's athletes received an Academic All-Conference distinction.