Player of the Year Hernley Leads Class of All-Conference Engineers

Player of the Year Hernley Leads Class of All-Conference Engineers

Cambridge, Mass. – MIT senior midfielder Lauren Hernley has been named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's soccer player of the year for the second year in a row. With the honor, Hernley also earns an automatic spot on the NEWMAC All-Conference team, where she is joined by four other Engineers.

Forwards Alisha Lussiez and Emily Kuo and goalie Meghan Wright join Hernley on the NEWMAC First Team, while lockdown defender Andrea Park has earned a spot on the All-Conference Second Team.

A senior two-time captain from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Hernley scored eleven goals, tied for third in the conference. Her three assists gave her 25 points, fourth in the NEWMAC, and she co-led the conference with five game winning goals. Hernley finishes her MIT career in the top-10 in school history for points and goals. She was also named to the COSIDA Academic First Team All-Region for the second year in a row.

The potent offensive tandem of Kuo and Lussiez accounted for a considerable amount of the MIT offensive production this season. Lussiez, a junior from Livonia, Michigan led the conference in offensive production this season. She knocked in 14 goals and picked up seven assists for 35 points. Four of her goals were game-winning tallies, good for third in the NEWMAC. Lussiez earned COSIDA Academic Third-Team All-Region honors this year.

Kuo added 11 goals of her own, tied with Hernley for third in the conference. The sophomore from Chicago, Illinois was second in the NEWMAC in shots, third in points, and tied with Lussiez for second in helpers. Kuo has now earned First-Team All-Conference honors in her first two years as a member of the MIT squad.

Wright, a sophomore goal-keeper from Devon, Pennsylvania, set an MIT record for shutouts in a season, posting 13 cleans sheets in 19 games played. She allowed just six goals all season, and led the NEWMAC in goals against average (0.33) and save percentage (.917). Wright ranks sixth in the nation in GAA and eighth nationally in save percentage and was recently named COSIDA Academic First Team All-Region. 

Sophomore Andrea Park anchored an MIT defense that gave up only seven goals and set an MIT record with 14 shutouts. The Irvine, California, native excelled defensively in her own end and pushed the offense into the attacking zone. A master of free kicks, Park continually delivered brilliant balls into the opponents' box, and as a result, led the NEWMAC with 9 assists. Park also added a goal to cap a great campaign with 11 points.
2010 NEWMAC Women's Soccer All-Conference Team:

Athlete of the Year: Lauren Hernley, MIT

Rookie of the Year: Megan Forti, WPI

Coach of the Year: John Gibson, Springfield

Sportsmanship Award: Coast Guard


1st Team

Lauren Hernley, MIT, MF, Sr., Elizabethtown, Pa.

Emily Kuo, MIT, F, So., Chicago, Ill.

Alisha Lussiez, MIT, F, Jr., Livonia, Mich.

Meghan Wright, MIT, GK, So., Devon, Pa.

Brittany Collins, Springfield, F, Sr., Vernon, Conn.

Courtney Price, Springfield, D, Sr., Enfield, Conn.

Chelsea-Ann Patry, Wellesley, M, So., Warrenton, Va.

Alessia Viscomi, Wheaton, B, Sr., Newton, Mass.

Emily Hough, Wheaton, F, Sr., Norwich, Vt.

Megan Forti, WPI, Forward, Fr., Lynn, Mass.

Kristen Garza, WPI, Forward, Sr., Kingston, Mass.


2nd Team

Amy Festa, Babson, F, So., Medfield, Mass.

Annie Kenney, Babson, M, Jr., Weston, Mass.

Lisa Wojnar, Babson, GK, Jr., Bellaire, Texas

Megan O'Rourke, Clark, Center Midfielder, Sr., Somerset, Mass.

Joanna Clark, Clark, GK, Sr., Windham, Maine

Andrea Park, MIT, D, So., Irvine, Calif.

Jacquelyn Archibald, Mount Holyoke, F, Sr., Marshfield, Mass.

Gina Calabrese, Springfield, D, Sr., East Longmeadow, Mass.

Jackie Moscardelli, Springfield, M, Jr., Weymouth, Mass.

Ariel Chao, Wellesley, M, Fr., Carlsbad, Calif.

Cassey Muse, Wheaton, F, So., Candia, N.H.