Cambridge, Mass. (November 9) – Four members of the No. 13 MIT women's soccer team were named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District squad including senior Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.), juniors Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) and Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) and sophomore Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.). The four Engineers will now appear on the national ballot for selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team which will be voted on and be released later this fall.
On the field, Struckman, who was recently named as the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year for the second straight season, has a career-high 13 goals and 29 points to go along with three assists this fall. Not only do her goal and point totals lead the Engineers, but also led the conference heading into the NCAA Tournament this weekend. Struckman has posted four game winning goals and is one point shy of becoming the first student-athlete since Alisha Lussiez '12 to have 30+ points in a single season. Off the field, the senior captain has been a Product Management Intern at Autodesk, a Research and Development Engineering Intern at Schneider Electric and a Research Intern at Translational Genomics Research Institute. She has held the title of Social Events Chair for the MIT Women's Business Leaders and a Physics Teacher in the Global Teaching Labs in Ancona, Italy.
Nichols, the NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year has been one of the best defenders for MIT all year. Nichols' defensive efforts led MIT to a 0.68 goals against average, which led the conference this fall. Not only was her defensive spectacular, the junior registered five goals and three assists for 13 points, which was one of the top marks among defenders in the conference. Additionally, Nichols and the MIT defense has surrendered just 3.90 shots on goal per game making them one on the best defenses in the nation. Off the field, Nichols is currently doing research at the MIT Institute of Soldier Nanotechnologies and has worked as a Systems Engineering Intern at Lockheed Martin and a Research and Lab Assistant at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is also a Tutor for Unified, where she aids sophomore MIT students in understanding the concepts and real-world applications of Signals and Systems Engineering.
Berzolla, who currently ranks fifth in all of Division III women's soccer with 14 assists, also has five goals for 24 points during her sophomore campaign. Berzolla's numbers have aided the Engineers in breaking the single season records for goals (69), assists (59), points (192) and most wins (18) this fall. The sophomore is also a two-sport athlete, who also competes for the MIT women's lacrosse team. Off the field, Berzolla is a Teaching Assistant in MIT Physics 1, is the Head of Athletic Promotion for the MIT SAAC and is a Tutor at Greenwich SES, helping students with material in courses ranging from biology to calculus as well as SAT/ACT prep.
Mueller, in her first year starting between the pipes for the Engineers, has posted a record of 17-1-1, to go along with five shutouts, a goals against average of 0.58, a save percentage of 0.846 and 55 saves in 1541 minutes of action. The junior is currently a Women in Science and Engineers (WiSE) Mentor and has been a Mechanical Engineering Research and Development Intern at Integer-Greatbatch Medical as well as a Wellness Committee Chair for Maseeh Hall, has competed in the MIT 2.007 Robot Competition and a Chemical Engineering Intern at HOBO, Inc.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas (271) and ranks second across all NCAA Divisions only behind the University of Nebraska.
CoSIDA, which began its recognition of NCAA scholar athletes in the 1950's, has honored thousands of deserving recipients across all divisions in numerous sports. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a 4.00 scale, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her institution and be nominated by his/her Sports Information Director.
MIT (18-1-1) was selected as one of 16 host sites for the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament this weekend. The Engineers will take on Castleton University in the first round at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 11 and should they advance will play on Sunday, November 12 against either No. 17 Middlebury College or Western Connecticut State University at 1:00 p.m. in the second round.