November 2, 2012

Hammond and Diamantoni Named to COSIDA Academic All-District Team

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.  – Senior Chris Hammond (Wilmington, Del.) and sophomore Nick Diamantoni (Belle Mead, N.J.) were named to the Capital One Academic All-District men's soccer team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Thursday night. They will represent MIT on the national ballot and will vie for Academic All-America honors to be voted on later this month.

A pivotal member of MIT's defense, Hammond has started and played in 14 of the 17 games this season, scoring three goals and earning three assists. This will be the second time that he has appeared on the national ballot in his time at MIT, as he was also named to the All-District team last year. A mechanical engineering major and an energy studies minor, he has held internships with Ultra Electronics Ocean Systems, W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. and Shell Oil Company.

Diamantoni has played in all 17 games this season and has started 13 of them. He scored the game-winning goal against Wheaton at the NEWMAC quarterfinals, bringing his season total to five goals and seven assists to total 17 points.  Majoring in mechanical engineering with minors in biological engineering and Spanish, he conducted immunology research in Hidde Ploegh's lab at the Whitehead Institute. He is also a freshman leadership program counselor.

MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and ranks third across all NCAA divisions with 188 honors. The men's soccer team has received 13 awards since 1990.