Cambridge, Mass. (November 8) – Five members of the No. 5 ranked MIT women's soccer program have been named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District team as Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.), Karenna Groff (Weston, Mass.), Sarah Moseson (Morristown, N.J.), Maya Nielan (Danville, Calif.) and Montana Reilly (Los Angeles, Calif.) all made the list when the organization released its selections yesterday. All honorees on this year's All-District Team were voted to the squad by Sports Information Directors from Maine and Massachusetts.
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.
All five student-athletes will now appear on the national ballot for selection to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team which will be voted on by Sports Information Directors from across the country and will be released on Tuesday, December 3. Student-athletes from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) made up nine of the 12 selections on this year's All-District team as WPI had three honorees.
Berzolla, now a three-time All-District honoree, is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.92 grade point average. On the field this season, the senior captain ranks second on the team in all offensive categories as she has eight goals, seven assists and 23 points. Off the field, Berzolla serves as the Founder and Director of the MIT Step Ahead Chapter, as the Co-President of SAAC and as a Teaching Assistant for four classes at MIT. She previously completed research as the Whitehead Institute and served as an intern at Cor Medical Ventures LLC, at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, at Geri Goldman Engineering and at Cokono Security.
Reilly, who was placed on the All-District team for the second straight season, is a computer science and molecular biology major with a 3.84 grade point average. This season, Reilly has tied her career-high with eight goals to go along with a pair of assists for 18 total points. She ranks second on the team in goals, fourth in points and fourth in assists. Off the soccer field, Reilly has served as a Consulting Intern at Oliver Wyman, as a researcher with the Johnson & Johnson Summer Scholars Program as a researcher at the Koch Institute and as analyst at Intrepid Investment Bankers.
Groff is a biological engineering major with a 3.84 grade point average. On the field this season, the sophomore leads the NEWMAC with 36 points as she has tallied 15 goals and six assists. Groff became the fourth student-athlete in program history to register back-to-back 30+ point seasons with the last being Amy Ludlum in 2006-07. Off the field, Groff serves as a researcher in the Sahin Laboratory at Boston Children's Hospital and as an Emergency Medical Technician for MIT EMS. She is also involved as the Director of Community Service for Alpha Phi, Camp Kesem, GlobeMed, the MIT Student-Athlete Leadership Program and Colleges Against Cancer - Relay for Life. Once soccer season is over, she will compete for the first time as a member of the MIT women's basketball team.
Nielan, mechanical engineering major with a 4.00 grade point average, and Moseson, a business analytics major with a 3.76 grade point average, have been a crucial part of the MIT defense this season as the Engineers rank first in all of Division III women's soccer in goals against average (0.14) and shutout percentage (0.857). As a group, Nielan, Moseson and the entire back line has posted 18 shutouts in 21 matches this season and broke the single season program records for most shutouts in a year and most consecutive shutouts. This is the first time in both of their careers that they have been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team.
Off the field, Nielan is currently the Director of Chapter Facilities for Alpha Phi and is a Gordon Engineering Leader with the Gordon MIT Engineering Leadership Program. Previously, the junior has served as a mechanical engineering intern at X1Wind in Barcelona, Spain, as a researcher in the MIT Global Engineering and Research Lab and as a computing science intern at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories in California.
Moseson currently serves as the Head and Co-Founder of New Member Education for Start Labs, MIT's largest entrepreneurship club, as an Executive Leader for the Leadership Training Institute and is a member of the Sloan Business Club. Previously, Moseson served as a True Entrepreneur Corp Fellow and Data Analyst for True Ventures/Better Place Forests, as a Digital Product Manager for LYVE Ltd. in Bangkok, Thailand, as a Junior Associate Marketing Strategist and Analyst for SapientRazorfish and as a Brand Strategist for Traveler Pack.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas (318) and ranks second across all NCAA Divisions only behind the University of Nebraska.
No. 5 MIT (18-1-2) continues its quest for its third straight NEWMAC Championship title on Saturday, November 9 as the top-seeded Engineers host third-seeded WPI at 5:00 pm on Roberts Field.