Parts of this release are courtesy of MIT Sports Information.
AUSTIN, Texas - On Tuesday afternoon CoSIDA announced the 2017 Women's Soccer Academic All-Americans. After helping lead the MIT Engineers to a NEWMAC Title and NCAA Sweet 16 appearance while also showing successin the clasroom Lilly Mueller and Emily Berzolla were named First Team Academic All-Americans while Hailey Nichols earned Second Team honors. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Lilly Mueller, MIT
Mueller, in her first year as the starting goalkeeper for the Engineers posted a record of 19-2-1, to go along with six shutouts, a goals against average of 0.86, a save percentage of 0.782 and 61 saves in 1778 minutes of action. A mechanical engineering major, her 19 wins are the most for a goalkeeper in a single season in program history. Off the field, 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. She has also served as the Wellness Committee Chair for Maseeh Hall, has competed in the MIT 2.007 Robot Competition and a Chemical Engineering Intern at HOBO, Inc.
Emily Berzolla, MIT
Berzolla, a mechanical engineering major with a perfect GPA, had a great sophomore campaign as she finished the year ranked fifth in all of Division III women's soccer with 16 assists. The mark also tied the program record with Rebecca Hill '94 and Amy Ludlum '07. Berzolla added seven goals to her 16 assists for 30 points this fall as she was joined by Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) as the first student-athletes to record 30+ points in a single year since Alisha Lussiez '12. Berzolla is also a two-sport athlete, who also competes for the MIT women's lacrosse team. Off the field, the sophomore 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.
Hailey Nichols, MIT
Nichols, who was also named as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year, aided the Engineers to nine shutouts and a goals against average of 0.90 as a key member of the MIT defense. Nichols, an aerospace engineering major, led MIT to a 0.90 goals against average, which ranked third in the NEWMAC this fall and offensively contributed five goals and three assists for 13 points, which ranked seventh on the team. 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.