January 4, 2011

Three Engineers Honored as ECAC, NSCAA Announce Women’s Soccer Final Awards

Cambridge, Mass. – Midfielder Lauren Hernley and goalkeeper Meghan Wright have been named ECAC Division III New England Women's Soccer All Stars for the 2010 season. Hernley has also been named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-East Region Scholar First Team, while forward Alisha Lussiez has earned NSCAA All-East Scholar Honorable Mention.

Hernley is completing her senior year at MIT and has a 4.7 GP, on a 5.0 scale, as she works towards a degree in mechanical engineering. She scored eleven goals this season, tied for third in the conference, which along with three assists gave her 25 points, fourth in the NEWMAC. She also 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. The two-year captain was named NEWMAC player of the year for the second consecutive season, and was named to the First Team of COSIDA's Academic All America. Hernley is the only previous Engineer to earn either of these honors, having been named to the NSCAA Scholar All-East Second Team last season, as well as to the ECAC Second Team.

Wright, a sophomore from Devon, Pennsylvania, set an MIT record for shutouts in a season, posting 13 cleans sheets in 18 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 has also been honored with a spot on the COSIDA Academic First Team All-Region. 

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, who has a 4.2 scaled GPA, earned COSIDA Academic Third-Team All-Region honors this year. She is working towards a degree in chemical and biological engineering.

The ECAC All-New England team is made up of the best women's soccer players from Division 3 schools. Fourteen players were selected to the one All-Star team, which includes four forwards, four midfielders, four defensemen, and two goalies. The ECAC also announced the superlative awards for the 2010 season. Katie Bradford of Keene State was named offensive player of the year, while Eastern Connecticut's Lauren Hickey was tabbed defensive player of the year. NEWMAC rival WPI saw their forward Megan Forti earn Rookie of the Year honors.

The NSCAA named 41 student athletes to three All-East Scholar Teams in the College Division, recognizing Division 3 colleges. Over 80 other students were named All-East Scholar Honorable Mentions. Recognition on the All-East Scholar team honors students who have both exceptional scholastic achievement and notable on-field contributions to their team.

The 2010 MIT women's soccer team finished with a 13-3-3 record and set new school marks for shutouts with 14 and fewest goals allowed (7). The Engineers logged an impressive 6-2-1 NEW England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) record and reached the conference semi-finals.