December 13, 2010

Four Engineers Earn All-New England Honors

Cambridge, Mass. – The New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) has announced their 2010 All New-England Soccer Teams today, and four members of the MIT team have been recognized for their play this season.

Senior Lauren Hernley was the leading vote getter among all half-backs, or midfielders, with sixteen votes, earning herself a spot on the First Team. She was joined by sophomore forward Emily Kuo. Sophomore goalkeeper Meghan Wright and junior striker Alisha Lussiez each nabbed spots on the All-New England Second Team.

This is the fourth year in a row that MIT has had a player named to the All-New England team, dating back to 2007. It is the first time in school history that more than one Engineer has been tabbed in a season. Lauren Hernley, who was also a First Team selection last year, becomes the second MIT player to be named to the All-Region team twice, following Monica Morrison, who earned second team honors in both 2002 and 2003.

A senior two-time captain from Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Hernley scored eleven goals this season, tied for third in the conference. Her three assists gave her 25 points, fourth in the NEWMAC, and she co-led the conference with five game winning goals. Hernley finishes her MIT career in the top-10 in school history for points and goals. She was named NEWMAC player of the year for the second consecutive year, and was named to the First Team of COSIDA's Academic All America.

Emily Kuo added 11 goals of her own this season, tied with Hernley for third in the conference. The sophomore from Chicago, Illinois was second in the NEWMAC in shots, third in points, and tied for second in helpers. Kuo earned First-Team All-Conference honors in her first two years as a member of the MIT squad.

The potent offensive tandem of Kuo and Alisha Lussiez accounted for a considerable amount of the MIT offensive production this season. Lussiez, a junior from Livonia, Michigan led the conference in offensive production this season. She knocked in 14 goals and picked up seven assists for 35 points. Four of her goals were game-winning tallies, good for third in the NEWMAC. Lussiez earned COSIDA Academic Third-Team All-Region honors this year.

Wright, a sophomore goal-keeper from Devon, Pennsylvania, set an MIT record for shutouts in a season, posting 13 cleans sheets in 19 games played. She allowed just six goals all season, and led the NEWMAC in goals against average (0.33) and save percentage (.917), setting new MIT single-season marks in each category. Wright finished the season fifth in the nation in GAA and sixth nationally in save percentage and was honored with a spot on the COSIDA Academic First Team All-Region. 

The NEWISA All-New England team is made up of the best women's soccer players from Division 3 schools, as voted on by 35 coaches across the region. Thirty-eight players were selected to three teams, more than the traditional 11 per side because of ties in the voting process. Four players, who received a significant number of votes that would have qualified them at other positions than what they were nominated for, were named honorable mentions.  

The NEWISA also announced the winner of the 2010 New England Coach of the Year vote, which was another tie between Chris D'Ambrosio of Eastern Connecticut State and John Gibson, from MIT's NEWMAC rival, Springfield College.