Cambridge, Mass. (December 20) - For the second straight season, MIT senior captain Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) was the overall leading vote getter of the 33 student-athletes selected to this year's New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association's (NEWISA) All-Region teams. Nichols, who also earned a spot on the First Team, was joined on the First Team by junior Sophia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.), while junior Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) and first-year Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.) were placed on the Second Team.
MIT was tied for first with Endicott College as the Engineers and the Gulls both had four honorees this fall. Additionally, with four selections from MIT, the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) was represented 12 times on this year's All-Region teams.
All four Engineers, who were also named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference teams, guided MIT to its second straight league championship, to an overall record of 17-3-3 and to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history. At the end of the season, the Engineers were ranked No. 20 by the United Soccer Coaches nationally.
On the defensive side of the ball, Nichols guided the Engineers to a 0.79 goals against average and to ten shutouts, both of which were best in the NEWMAC this fall. while offensively Nichols tallied five goals and one assist for 11 points.
Struckman, one of the best midfielders in New England this fall, registered a career-high 15 goals and 30 points. Her 15 goals led the offensive effort for MIT in 2018, were the second-most by a student-athlete in the NEWMAC and put her at sixth in the record book for most goals in a single season. Additionally, her 30 points ranked third in the league this season.
In 17 matches this year, Berzolla posted four goals and eight assists for 16 points. Her eight assists were second-most on the team and third in the NEWMAC.
In her first season with the Engineers, Groff tallied 13 goals and five assists for a team-best 31 points. Her 13 goals and 31 points were third best in the NEWMAC this fall, while her six game winners was one shy of Amanda Wright from Springfield College. Back in September, Groff scored three goals in a span of 51-seconds, which now ranks as the second-fastest hat trick for a single student-athlete in NCAA Division III women's soccer history.
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