Cambridge, Mass. (December 4) - After receiving All-District honors two weeks ago, MIT men's soccer senior midfielder and captain Wesley Woo (Palo Alto, Calif.) has been named to the Google Cloud Academic All-America Third Team as the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its selections this afternoon. Woo earned a spot on the Third Team for the first time in his collegiate career for his hard work both on the field and in the classroom in 2018.
Woo is the 19th Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-American in program history and the Engineers have had at least one selection in each of the last four seasons. With 19 all-time selections, MIT also now ranks second across all divisions for the most Academic All-Americans only behind the University of New Mexico, which has 22.
Woo, who was one of two student-athletes selected from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), will graduate in the spring with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science and currently has a 3.92 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The senior captain led the Engineers in goals with four, assists with five and points with 13 all of which marked new career-highs for the midfielder, while as a midfielder, Woo also had a large part in the defensive efforts this season as MIT produced a goals against average of 0.78, which ranked fourth in the NEWMAC.
Off the field, Woo is a Projects Mentor and Mentor Recruitment Chair of the Leadership Training Institute at MIT, has been the Secretary, Career, Political and Cultural Chair and the Vice President of the MIT Asian American Association and is the Magister and Webmaster of Sigma Chi. The senior captain has also served as a software development engineering intern at Audible, Inc., as a winter intern at SWIM, as an IAP Extern at Huna Makia in California and has traveled to Brazil to serve as a STEM Brasil Intern and as a TVML Teaching Fellow.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas (296) and ranks second across all NCAA Divisions only behind the University of Nebraska.
CoSIDA, which began its recognition of NCAA scholar athletes in the 1950's, has honored thousands of deserving recipients across all divisions in numerous sports. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her institution and be nominated by his/her Sports Information Director.
In 2018, Woo led the MIT men's soccer program to its best season since 2015 as the Engineers registered a record of 8-6-3 and reached the quarterfinals of the NEWMAC postseason tournament for the second straight season.