Struckman and Nichols Earn United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Accolades

Struckman and Nichols Earn United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Accolades

2017 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Teams
2017 United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East Region Teams

Kansas City, Mo. (December 8)
- The awards kept pouring in for the MIT women's soccer program when the United Soccer Coaches released its Scholar All-America and Scholar All-Region teams this afternoon.

Senior captain Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) was named to the Scholar All-America Second Team and Scholar All-East Region First Team, while junior defender Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) was named to the Scholar All-America Third Team and Scholar All-East Region Second Team. For Struckman it is her second consecutive Scholar All-America accolade, while Nichols earned the honor for the first time in her collegiate career. The duo from MIT become the fifth and sixth selections in program history as previously Ambika Krishnamachar '15 earned the award in 2013 and 2014, Michelle Battipaglia '15 earned the honor in 2014 and Struckman earned the honor for the first-time last season.

Struckman and Nichols were the only two selections from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on both the Scholar All-East Region and Scholar All-America teams. Additionally, the duo were two of seven Scholar All-America selections from New England as a total of 35 student-athletes from across NCAA Division III women's soccer were chosen. Only Hardin-Simmons University and Trinity (Texas) University had more Scholar All-Americans than MIT with three honorees.

Struckman, a mechanical engineering major, adds the Scholar All-America award to her long list of honors that she has earned this fall as she also was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America Third Team, to the United Soccer Coaches All-New England First Team, to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, as the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year, to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team and to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team. The senior closed her collegiate career with 37 goals, 21 assists and 95 points over 88 games with the Engineers. This season, she posted a career-high 14 goals and 31 points as she and Nichols helped MIT claim its first NEWMAC Championship since 2011 and reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.

Nichols, an aerospace engineering major, has also collected a lengthy list of awards this fall to go along with her selection as a Scholar All-American. Nichols was previously name to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team, to the United Soccer Coaches All-New England First Team, to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, as the NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year, to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team and to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team. Nichols was part of an MIT defense that registered nine shutouts and a goals against average of 0.90 this fall. On the offensive side of the ball, Nichols posted five goals and three assists for 13 points, which ranked seventh on the team.

Struckman and Nichols led the nationally-ranked No. 12 Engineers to their best season in program history as MIT finished 2017 with a record of 20-2-1, earned its first NEWMAC Championship title since 2011 and reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012. The duo also helped the Engineers break seven team records including win percentage (.891), most wins (20), longest win streak (12), most wins to start a season (12), goals (77), assists (62) and points (216) and aided MIT rank in the top-10 nationally in total assists, total goals, total points, win percentage, and shots on goal per game.

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