Cambridge, Mass. – Midfielder and Captain Lauren Hernley has been named to the COSIDA ESPN Academic All-America First Team. Hernley becomes the third player in MIT women's soccer history to earn All-America honors, joining Amy Ludlum (07) and Jeri Ikeda (87), and is the first to be selected in the First Team.
MIT has a strong history of placing student-athletes on the All-America list. Hernley becomes the 166th Engineer to be honored, which solidifies MIT's place as the leader among Division III programs. Earlier this month, sophomore goalkeeper Meghan Wright joined Hernley on the All-District First Team, while junior forward Alisha Lussiez was named to the All-District Third Team.
A senior from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Hernley is a two time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) player of the year. She finishes her career in the top ten in career goals and points and helped to lead the Engineers to the NEWMAC championship and their first NCAA appearance in 2009. She has previously been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-East Scholar and New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) All-New England teams, in addition to two COSIDA ESPN All-District selections. Hernley served as the captain of the MIT women's soccer team for her junior and senior seasons and is also a member of Tech's swimming and diving team.
Hernley is pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering and is a member of Pi Tau Sigma, the International mechanical engineering honor society. She has served as a research assistant at MIT's Device Research Lab and as an intern at the Exelon Nuclear Three Mile Island Generation Station. Hernley is also on the executive committee of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
Wright earned First Team honors and appeared on the National ballot as a sophomore after a record-setting season in which she posted 13 shutouts and allowed only six goals. Wright set school records in goals against average (.33), shutouts, goals allowed, and save percentage (.917) in a season. The native of Devon, Pennsylvania finished the season ranked fifth in the nation in save percentage and sixth in goals against average. Wright stopped three shootout attempts in MIT's NEWMAC tournament first round victory over Wellesley and posted another shutout in the semi-finals match against Babson.
Wright, a two sport athlete who also plays lacrosse for the Engineers, is studying aerospace engineering. She has done undergraduate research at MIT's Sports Innovation Lab and is also the corresponding secretary of the Alpha Phi sorority on campus.
The NEWMAC scoring leader for the 2010 season, Lussiez earned her first Academic All-District nod after scoring 14 goals and 7 assists for the Engineers. Lussiez, a junior from Livonia, Michigan, was in the top 100 players in the nation in goals and points per game, and is creeping her way up the MIT record books, now fifth in career points and career goals. Lussiez started out the season on a roll, scoring 11 goals in the team's first ten games and earning NEWMAC player of the week honors in the middle of September.
Lussiez is pursuing a degree in chemical and biological engineering and her pursuit of knowledge and experience has taken her across the ocean. She worked as a summer research intern at the Curie Institute in Paris, France, as well as at the University of Michigan Biomechanics Research Laboratory. She wrote a grant for researching ACL injuries in each gender and dissected a female knee as part of her research. Lussiez is also an MIT Association freshman advisor.