Cambridge, Mass. (November 8) – Four members of the No. 21 MIT women's soccer program were named to the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District squad as seniors Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) and Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) as well as juniors Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) and Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.) all made the list when CoSIDA released its selections earlier this afternoon. All honorees were voted to the First Team by Sports Information Directors from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
All four student-athletes will now appear on the national ballot for selection to the Google Cloud Academic All-America team which will be voted on by SID's from across the country and will be released on Tuesday, December 4. Nichols, Mueller, Berzolla and Reilly were the only four student-athletes chosen from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) and MIT was tied for first with Johns Hopkins University for most selections in Division III women's soccer from across the nation.
Nichols, now a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, is an aerospace engineering major with 3.92 grade point average on a 4.00 scale. The senior captain, who was also recently named the NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year, was one of the best defenders in New England all season. Nichols guided the Engineers to a 0.78 goals against average and to ten shutouts, both of which were best in the league in 2018. Offensively, Nichols tallied four goals and one assist for nine points. When Nichols is not playing soccer, she is a Tutor for the Petey Greene Program for adults at MCI-Framingham and is an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Previously, Nichols has served as a software engineering intern at Kitty Hawk-Flyer, has completed research at the University of Auckland, has been a systems engineering intern at Lockheed Martin and has been a research and lab assistant at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Mueller, now a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection is a mechanical engineering major with a 4.00 GPA. The senior has played in and started each game in between the pipes for MIT this season. In 21 games, Mueller has gone 16-2-3, made 62 saves for a save percentage of .785 and recorded a goals against average of 0.85 over 1791:42 minutes. Off the field, the senior keeper has served as an instrument and accessories design intern at Intuitive Surgical, has done a mechanical engineering externship at SharkNinja, has served as a mechanical engineering R & D intern at Integer and Greatbatch Medical and has competed in the 2.007 MIT robot competition. Mueller has also been a mentor for Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE), the Committee Chair for Maseeh Hall Wellness and has been a youth soccer coach.
Berzolla, now a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.92 GPA. In 15 matches this year, the junior has posted three goals and seven assists for 13 points as Berzolla's seven assists currently rank second on the team and fourth in the NEWMAC. Off the field, Berzolla is currently a Teaching Assistant and Tutor for four classes at MIT, is the Head of Athletic Promotion for SAAC and is a SAT/ACT prep tutor for Greenwich SES. Berzolla has completed an engineering internship at Cor Medical Ventures LLC, a research internship at the Feinstein Institute of Medical Research and an engineering internship at Geri Goldman Engineering. As a freshman, Berzolla was a member for the MIT women's lacrosse program.
Reilly, who earned her first career CoSIDA Academic All-District accolade, is computer science and molecular biology major with GPA of 3.76. This fall, Reilly has appeared in 19 matches and has posted a career high nine assists and 21 points to go along with six goals. Her nine assists lead the team and are good enough for second in the NEWMAC, while she is ranked third in points and fourth in goals for MIT. Off the field, Reilly is the Treasurer for Colleges Against Cancer and is an undergraduate researcher at the Koch Institute of Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. Reilly has also served as an undergraduate researcher for the Johnson & Johnson Summer Scholars Program and as a summer analyst for Intrepid Investment Bankers.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas (295) 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.
No. 21 MIT (16-2-3) will travel to Amherst College for the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer Championship Tournament this weekend and will play Vassar College (9-7-1) in its first match on Saturday at 1:30 pm.