Westwood, Mass. (May 30) -- For the third straight year, MIT has captured the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Men's and Women's Presidents Cups, as announced this afternoon at the league's annual meetings. This is the fourth time since the inaugural season in 2012-13 that MIT has swept both NEWMAC Presidents Cups and is the fifth time the men and women have individually won the award.
"The NEWMAC is one of the most competitive conferences in the country and that is evident by how many of the league's student-athletes and teams compete on the national level each year," said Julie Soriero, MIT Director of Athletics. "This has been a historic year for MIT Athletics with three Elite Eight berths, three Sweet 16 appearances and 14 NEWMAC Championships. We are proud of the accomplishments of our student-athletes, staff and coaches and receiving the Presidents Cups this year in such a competitive conference is something we take great pride in. Representing the NEWMAC at the highest level is something that our conference schools do across the board and we are proud to receive this honor."
In 2017-18, MIT captured a league-record 14 NEWMAC Championships with a school-record 104 All-Americans, 204 All-Conference honorees and 17 teams making NCAA appearances. In addition, the Engineers have five national runners-up, one NCAA Elite 90 Award, 239 Academic All-Conference selections, 25 Athletes of the Year, six Coaches of the Year, five Regional Coaches of the Year and one National Coach of the Year (Carol Matsuzaki). Women's cross country placed fourth at the NCAA Championship, while women's soccer, women's volleyball and field hockey all reached the NCAA Sweet 16. Men's basketball and women's tennis reached the Elite Eight, along with softball advancing to the World Series and finishing seventh overall. Men's swimming and diving finished fifth at the NCAA Championship, while the women's swimming and diving team was sixth at NCAA's.
"This has been a fantastic year for the MIT Athletics program and the accomplishments are extremely impressive," said MIT Chancellor Cynthia Barnhart. "I would like to congratulate our student-athletes, coaches and staff on the tremendous achievement of earning this year's NEWMAC men's and women's Presidents Cups. The NEWMAC features some of the highest-level performers in the country and to succeed there is a testament to the hard work and dedication put forward by all those associated with our athletic programs. It is truly an honor for MIT to receive the 2018 NEWMAC Presidents Cups."
On the women's side, the Engineers had the most successful year in league history as MIT began the year sweeping the fall championships in cross country, field hockey, soccer and volleyball. Swimming and diving captured its eighth straight league crown, while women's basketball won its first to advance to the NCAA Tournament. In the spring, women's tennis won its ninth NEWMAC Championship, along with softball capturing its first and track and field winning for the 10th straight year.
For the men, MIT won NEWMAC Championships in basketball, cross country, swimming and diving, tennis and outdoor track and field. For swimming and diving, this was the program's 10th straight league title, while cross country and tennis each earned their 20th straight championships. Men's basketball picked up two road wins to win its second straight title, along with an 18th consecutive NEWMAC Championship for track and field.