KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Four Engineers were honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American (NSCAA) this week for their accomplishments both on the field and in the classroom. Junior Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) was named to the Scholar All-East Region first team, while classmate Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) was tabbed to the fourth team. Seniors Kaitlyn Nealon (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.) were Honorable Mentions.
In order to be eligible for this award, a student-athlete must be at least a junior, have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 (4.0 scale) or higher, and have started more than 50 percent of the team's games, while also being a significant contributor to the team.
Krishnamachar, fresh off becoming the first MIT women's soccer player to be named a first team Scholar All-American by the same organization, is just the second Engineer to be selected to the Scholar All-East Region first team, the last being Lauren Hernley '11 in 2010.
A first-time honoree, Battipaglia had a strong junior season. Appearing in and starting all 21 games this season, she scored two goals and one assist for five points, with both of her goals being game-winners. She was named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference second team for the first time in her career and to the Academic All-Conference team for the second straight year. Most recently, she was tabbed to the NSCAA All-New England Fourth team.
Nealon, a second team CoSIDA Academic All-American selection for the second consecutive year, appeared in and started 18 games throughout her senior season. She was a pivotal part of the dangerous Tech defense that had MIT ranked top in the conference with just nine goals allowed and a .40 goals against average. She was selected to play in the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Senior Bowl earlier this month.
Also picked to appear in the NEWISA Senior Bowl, Dias Carlson played in and started all but one game throughout the season. With her three goals and team-leading six assists, she was second among the Engineers with her 12 points. She was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team for the second year in a row and was tabbed to the NEWMAC All-Conference first team. Dias Carlson was also one of three MIT women's soccer players to be selected to an NSCAA All-New England team, being named to the fourth team.