CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (October 27) – MIT women's soccer defenders senior Elizabeth Porter (Brookfield, Conn.) and sophomore Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) have been chosen to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District First Team for their hard their hard work both on the field and in the classroom.
Porter and Nichols will now appear on the national ballot for selection to the Academic All-America team, which will be voted on by the committee and be released later this fall. For Porter, this was her second career Academic All-District selection and for Nichols, it was her first time being honored by CoSIDA on the Academic All-District team.
Porter, a mechanical engineering major with a 3.76 grade point average, and Nichols, an aerospace engineering major with a 3.84 grade point average, have both started in all 19 games for MIT this fall as key members of the defense. As a unit, the Engineers have produced nine shutouts, second best in the league, a goals against average of 0.94, which ranks fourth in the conference and have allowed 18 goals, the fourth fewest in the NEWMAC.
The duo also aided MIT in tying the longest shutout streak in program history – a stretch that lasted six games from September 24th through October 8th and featured wins over Springfield College, Tufts University, Bowdoin College, Mount Holyoke College, Wheaton College and Clark University. Along with her outstanding defense, Nichols has registered three goals this year – one of which was the game winner against Clark back on October 8th.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas (250) and ranks third across all NCAA Divisions behind the University of Nebraska and the University of Notre Dame.
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.
MIT (14-4-1, 7-1-1 NEWMAC) welcomes New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Coast Guard to Cambridge on Saturday, October 29th for Senior Day and the final regular season match of the year. The Engineers will have to wait for the results of Saturday's games to determine if they will be the top-seed and host the upcoming NEWMAC tournament next weekend or be the second-seed and host a quarterfinal contest against the No. 7 seed on Tuesday, November 1st at a time to be decided later.