Three Engineers Receive NSCAA Regional Scholar Honors

Senior Andrea Park, Junior Kaitlyn Nealon, Junior Rachel Dias Carlson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Andrea Park (Irvine, Calif.) and juniors Kaitlyn Nealon (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) and Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.) were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Women's Scholar All-East Region Honorable Mention Team on Tuesday. They join Lauren Hernley '10 and Alisha Lussiez '12 as the only MIT women's soccer players to be recognized for this achievement.

In order to be eligible for this award, a student-athlete must be at least a junior, have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher and have started more than 50 percent of the team's games.

Park, a staple of the MIT defense for the past four years, was one of only five Engineers who played and started all 21 games during the 2012 season. Throughout her career, she was named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team, was a three-time NEWMAC All-Conference honoree, a NEWISA second team All-New England recipient and a CoSIDA Academic All-District nominee. She was also recently named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Division III All-Star Team.

Nealon, also an important part of the Engineers' defense that allowed only 18 goals throughout the season, played in 18 games, starting 16 of them. She was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team and, last month, was named CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America, marking the second time in her career that she has appeared on the national ballot, as she was a third team honoree as a sophomore. She was also selected to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team.

Dias Carlson played a large role in the midfield this season, appearing in 16 games and starting 14 of them, earning an assist along the way. She was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team both as a sophomore and a junior and was named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team.

The Engineers, who made it to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in program history, ended their season with a record of 14-4-3, which is tied for first in the MIT record book for most wins.