Dec. 5, 2006
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - On the heels of one of the program's most successful seasons in recent memory, senior Kat Vater and junior Amy Ludlum added more accolades in support of their outstanding play by being named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III All-New England team. In addition, Vater was tabbed to play in the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association Senior Bowl.
Vater, who earned First Team All-Conference honors, 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.
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.Ludlum was named Second Team All-Region with Vater securing a spot on the Third Team.
The NEWISA Senior Bowl was played on Sunday, Dec. 3, at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass. The New England Intercollegiate Soccer Association, which was formed during the 1970's, has held this annual event to honor those players who for four years have helped contribute to the growth of soccer in New England. Vater's selection was confirmed after a three week period of nominations and voting done by coaches throughout New England at each division.