Hernley Earns Awards from NSCAA, NEWISA and ECAC
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Lauren Hernley, co-captain of MIT's women's soccer team, added three more honors in recognition of her dominant performance at center midfield this season. Having already received Player of the Year recognition from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), she picked up all-region honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA), and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).
Hernley received NSCAA All-New England Region Third Team honors, becoming the tenth player in the program's history to make the cut. She was also selected as a Second-Team Scholar in the College All-East Region, becoming the NEWMAC's only representative on the top two teams.
In a poll of 35 coaches from the region, NEWISA named Hernley to the 2009 All-New England Division III First Team. She became the third Engineer in as many years and the fifth overall to be chosen for the award.
Hernley also copped ECAC Division III New England Women's Soccer All-Star accolades. Her Second-Team selection marks the first ECAC award in the program's history. The ECAC consists of approximately 300 colleges and universities across all three divisions, extending from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois.
The 2009 season marked MIT's first NEWMAC Championship and NCAA Tournament berth. The Engineers tied the institute record with four consecutive shutouts, including wins over Wheaton College and Springfield College en route to the conference crown. The Cardinal and Gray's historical postseason run came to an end in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, when it fell to the Profs of Rowan University, 3-0.