Cambridge, Mass. (November 1) – The No. 24 nationally-ranked MIT women's soccer team has broken the single season program record for most New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference selections as the Engineers had 18 student-athletes honored this fall.
Not only did MIT break the single season record with 18 selections this year, the Engineers also led the conference in honorees as the second most came from Clark University which had 15 student-athletes on the list this fall. Across 11 teams in the league, a total of 103 student-athletes were picked to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team in 2018.
Seniors Allie Hrabchak (Princeton, N.J.), Shannon Miller (Pittsford, N.Y.), Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.), Sarah DiIorio (Scotch Plains, N.J.) and Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) were all named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team for the third straight season, while senior Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) and juniors Lily Bailey (Danvers, Mass.), Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.), Chessa Hoekstra (Portland, Maine) and Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.) all earned Academic All-Conference honors for the second time. The Engineers had eight first time selections in Eva Anderson (Edina, Minn.), Courtney Byrne (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Sarah Moseson (Morristown, N.J.), Alexandra Forsey-Smerek (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), Maya Nielan (Danville, Calif.), Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.), Brittany Sacks (Calabasas, Calif.) and Kiara Wahnschafft (Winchester, Mass.).
Honorees must have met the following criteria to be eligible: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.5/4.0 scale or a 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2017 spring semester, achieved second-year academic status at their institution and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.
No. 24 MIT (14-2-3) will host the NEWMAC semifinals tonight against fourth-seeded Coast Guard at 7:00 pm. Tonight will mark MIT's tenth semifinal appearance in the past 11 seasons as last year there was no semifinal match contested on its side of the bracket.