Westwood, Mass. (November 7) – Fifteen student-athletes from the No. 5 nationally-ranked MIT women's soccer team have been placed on the 2019 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Academic All-Conference squad this season.
The Engineers saw ten or more student-athletes honored for the ninth time in ten seasons this year and tied with WPI with the most selections this year. Just behind MIT and WPI were Clark University and Springfield College with 13 honorees. Across 11 teams in the league, a total of 96 student-athletes were chosen to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team in 2019.
Seniors Lily Bailey (Danvers, Mass.), Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.), Chessa Hoekstra (Portland, Maine) and Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.) all earned their third straight nod to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team this year, while senior Claire O'Callaghan (Sherborn, Mass.) as well as juniors Eva Anderson (Edina, Minn.), Courtney Byrne (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Sarah Moseson (Morristown, N.J.) and Maya Nielan (Danville, Calif.) were all placed on the Academic All-Conference squad for the second time in their respective careers. In addition, sophomores Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.), Emily Larson (Ankeny, Iowa), Jessica Sonner (Naperville, Ill.), Allison Tong (Libertyville, Ill.), Anna Weinstein (Greenwood Village, Colo.) and Grace Xiong (Princeton, N.J.) all earned the honor for the first time in 2019.
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 2019 spring semester, achieved second-year academic status at their institution and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.
No. 5 MIT (17-1-2) will host the NEWMAC semifinals tonight against fourth-seeded Springfield College at 7:00 pm. Tonight will mark MIT's 11th semifinal appearance in the past 12 seasons and should the top-seeded Engineers advance to Saturday's championship match, MIT will be looking to claim their third conference title in as many seasons.