November 19, 2009

Three Engineers Named CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -  Three MIT women's soccer players have been named to the 2009 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 1 Teams. Lauren Hernley, Katie Pesce, and Liz Theurer were all recognized for their achievements on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.

A midfielder, Hernley, who was named to Academic All-District First Team, was honored as 2009 Player of the Year by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Currently a junior, Hernley is also a two-time recipient of both All-Conference and Academic All-Conference honors. As Community Service Chair of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Hernley has helped organize a number philanthropic events for the MIT community.

Pesce, a senior and 2009 Second-Team selection, has been named Academic All-District during each of her three years of eligibility. A 2009 All-Conference selection and three time Academic All-Conference honoree, Pesce started in all 76 MIT matches over the last four years. Pesce is also a member of the Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Theurer, a senior forward, was named to the Academic All-District Third Team. The 2006 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year has been named All-Conference twice and Academic All-Conference on three occasions. Finishing the season third on the team in goals and points, Theurer is expected to graduate in June with degrees in both mechanical engineering and mathematics.

Pesce and Hernley served as co-captains of this year's team, leading the Engineers to their first NEWMAC Tournament crown and first NCAA National Championship Tournament appearance in program history.