CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Meghan Wright (Devon, Pa.) and sophomores Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.) and Kaitlyn Nealon (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) were selected to the Capital One Academic All-District women's soccer team as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America on Friday. As a result, they will represent MIT on the national ballot and will contend for Academic All-America honors to be voted on later this month.
The Engineers' starting goalkeeper, Wright has compiled a 13-2-2 record, 0.57 goals against average, .897 save percentage, and eight shutouts this season. An aerospace engineering major with a concentration in history, she was a teaching and lab assistant for the electrical engineering group in the MIT Women's Technology Program where she helped students with labs and homework in addition to preparing and giving three lectures. Wright also conducted research in MIT's Sports Innovation Lab with the cycling group, studying the aerodynamics of racing bike frames as well as working with athletes to decrease their overall drag by making technique fixes using the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel.
In the midfield, Dias Carlson has totaled three goals, including two game-winners, and three assists for nine points which ranks third on the team Majoring in mechanical engineering, Dias Carlson is conducting a UROP in the D-Lab and has received a Public Service Center Expedition Grant.
Appearing in 18 games with 12 starts, Nealon is a member of MIT's defense that has registered eight shutouts and a 0.65 goals against average. She is majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in economics and a concentration in biological engineering. A teaching assistant for freshman physics, Nealon is also an associate advisor in Burton-Conner residence hall where she works with freshman advisors to mentor their students throughout their first year at MIT.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas and ranks third across all NCAA divisions with 175 honors. The women's soccer team has received three awards since it became a varsity program in 1985.