Nov. 8, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Junior Amy Ludlum became the first women's soccer player in MIT lore to earn NEWMAC Player of the Year honors after being voted as the league's top player for the 2006 season at the conference's postseason meeting. Freshman Liz Theurer also established a milestone for the program in being selected as NEWMAC Rookie of the Year.
Ludlum's offensive production was the best in the league this season and her play resulted in a 6.5 game turn-around and a 20-point improvement for MIT in the NEWMAC standings. Ludlum finished the campaign with 17 goals and 41 points. Her point total was the highest single-season total since Kelli Griffin secured 41 points in 2001, while the 17 goals rank third-best in Tech's annuls, and is the most since Rebecca Hill finished 19 times during the 1993 campaign.
Ludlum was a two-time Player of the Week honoree during the regular season and she set an MIT single-game scoring record with nine points (four goals, one assist) in a 6-1 victory over Emerson College on Sept. 27. With one season still left in her MIT career, Ludlum ranks fourth on MIT's all-time charts in goals scored and fifth in points.
Theurer was often brilliant as Ludlum's partner up top, and the two combined to form one of the most dangerous tandems in New England. The rookie from Gainesville, Fla., was also instrumental in the Cardinal and Gray's turnaround as she paced all players in the conference with seven game-winning goals.
Theurer set an MIT rookie record with 10 goals and 23 points, while her selection as Rookie of the Year is the first such honor in the history of MIT women's soccer (Rebecca Hill was named NEW 8 Player of the Year in 1994). Both Ludlum and Theurer were named First Team All-Conference in addition to picking up two of the league's major awards.
Senior goalkeeper Kat Vater also earned First Team All-Conference honors to give MIT three First Team selections for the first time in program history. Vater was the only keeper in the NEWMAC to rank among the top three in save percentage, goals against average and saves per game. In the regular-season finale against Babson, she stopped a career-best 15 shots to help MIT secure its first home playoff game since 2002.
Vater leaves the Institute holding season and career records for save percentage, goals against average and fewest goals allowed. After earning Second Team All-Conference honors in 2004, Vater is the only goalkeeper in MIT history to earn multiple postseason accolades.