Lauren Hernley Named Women's Soccer Player of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced its 2009 women's soccer post-season awards on Tuesday. MIT junior Lauren Hernley received accolades as NEWMAC Women's Soccer Player of the Year, and the Engineers picked up five awards total.

As co-captain, Hernley started every match of MIT's 12-5-2 season while leading the team in assists in NEWMAC matches. Hernley ranked among the top four Engineers in goals, assists, points, and shots for the year. Last weekend, her leadership helped MIT to clinch its first NEWMAC tournament championship and NCAA National Championship Tournament berth.

Hernley also received her second All-Conference honors with selection to this year's First-Team. Joining her on the First-Team was freshman Emily Kuo, MIT's leader in goals, assists, and points.

Senior co-captain Katie Pesce was awarded Second-Team honors for her performance at midfield this season. Joining Pesce on the Second-Team, Sophomore Alisha Lussiez received her second All-Conference appointment.

MIT's four All-Conference selections and five overall awards matched those of Wheaton College, which placed four team members on the First-Team including Rookie of the Year Cassey Muse. Wellesley's Tony Mohammad was named Coach of the Year, while the U.S. Coast Guard Academy was recognized with this year's Sportsmanship Award.