Three Engineers Tabbed to NSCAA All-New England Teams
Ambika Krishnamachar, Michelle Battipaglia, Rachel Dias Carlson
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Three MIT women's soccer players were named to the 2013 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer All-New England North teams, as announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Wednesday morning. Junior Ambika Krishnamachar (Darien, Conn.) was tabbed to the first team, while classmate Michelle Battipaglia (Katonah, N.Y.) and senior Rachel Dias Carlson (Albany, N.Y.) were selected to the fourth team. The only other time in program history that three Engineers have received the honor at the same time was in 2001.Krishnamachar was voted as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Year and earned a spot on the league's All-Conference first team following a strong junior season. She played and started all 21 games, leading the Cardinal and Gray with her 11 goals and four assists for 26 points and appearing second in the NEWMAC in both goals and points. She was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Week three times throughout the season and appeared on the Academic All-Conference list.Appearing in and starting all 21 games this season, Battipaglia scored two goals and one assist for five points, with both of her goals being game-winners that were scored with just a minute remaining in the first half of action. She was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference second team for the first time in her career and to the Academic All-Conference team for the second straight year. The junior was one of the three Engineers to connect on their penalty kick to help MIT advance over Babson at the semifinals of the NEWMAC Tournament last month.Dias Carlson played and started 20 games, scoring three goals and six assists for 12 points and wrapping up her senior season first on the team in assists and second in points. She was named to the league's All-Conference first team for the first time in her four years at MIT and was also recently tabbed to the Capital One Academic All-District Division III women's soccer team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for the third consecutive year. Dias Carlson was one of six midfielders to be selected to play in the upcoming New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Senior Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 7.MIT wrapped up the regular season with a conference record of 8-1-1, earning a share of the regular season title and the right to host the 2013 NEWMAC Tournament. After earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, Tech ended its season with a record of 13-2-6 at the first round when the Rochester Institute of Technology advanced over it in penalty kicks.