Kansas City, Mo. (December 1) – MIT senior forward Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has been named to the United Soccer Coaches Division III Women's Soccer All-America Third Team as the association released its selections last night at the NCAA Championship banquet in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Struckman becomes the third student-athlete and fourth overall selection in program history to be named an All-American. The senior captain is also the first student-athlete to be named an All-American since the 2014 campaign when Ambika Krishnamachar '15 earned her second All-America honor of her career. Struckman joins Emily Kuo '13, and Krishnamachar as the only All-Americans in program history.
Struckman, who was one of 46 women's soccer student-athletes from across Division III to be named an All-American, is the only representative from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) on the three teams and is one of seven selections from the region. Struckman is joined by Danielle Sim of Williams College, Nikki Wilson of Bowdoin College, Autumn Sorice of Western Connecticut State University, Emily Bowers of Tufts University, Carly Zdanek of Lasell College and Natasha Albaneze of Williams College from New England on the list.
In 23 games this year with the Engineers, Struckman registered a career-high 14 goals and a career-high 31 points to go along with three assists. Struckman, who was named as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Year for the second straight season, ended her career with 37 goals, 21 assists and 95 points. In the record book, she closed her career ranked fifth in all-time assists and points as well as sixth in goals.
Struckman, who became the first student-athlete to reach 30 points in a single season for the Engineers since 2012, helped MIT 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). Additionally, the senior helped the Engineers claim their first NEWMAC Championship title since 2011 and aided MIT in reaching the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.
The senior captain guided MIT to its best season in program history in back-to-back seasons and was part of a class that registered the most wins for a senior class. In four years with MIT, Struckman and the senior class tallied a record of 63-19-7 for a winning percentage of .747.
Struckman's offense helped the Engineers rank in the top-10 nationally in total assists, total goals, total points, win percentage, and shots on goal per game. She also guided the team as the Engineers led the NEWMAC in a number of statistical categories including goals, assists, points, shots per game, shots on goal per game, scoring offense, points per game and assists per game.
Struckman and the Engineers were one of eight teams to reach 20 wins in the country this year. All eight teams were in this year's NCAA Tournament and reached at-least the Round of 16 as MIT was joined by Hardin-Simmons, TCNJ, Chicago, Williams, Ohio Northern, Wisconsin-Lacrosse and Lynchburg in the 20+ win club.