Cambridge, Mass. (December 4) - For the second straight season, seniors Hailey Nichols (Boulder, Colo.) and Lily Mueller (Lakeville, Minn.) as well as junior Emily Berzolla (Riverside, Conn.) have all been named as Google Cloud Academic All-Americans selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for their hard work both on the field and in the classroom.
Mueller, a mechanical engineering major with a 4.00 grade point average, earned a spot on the First Team for the second year in a row, while Nichols, an aerospace engineering major with a 3.92 GPA was placed on the First Team this season after being placed on the Second Team a year ago. Berzolla, a mechanical engineering major with a 3.92 GPA, earned Third Team honors in 2018 after she was a first teamer in 2017.
The trio of Engineers are the 10th, 11th and 12th Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-Americans in program history for the MIT women's soccer team. With 12 all-time selections, MIT is now tied for eighth across all divisions with the most Academic All-Americans. Division III Hardin-Simmons, which had two honorees this year, leads the way with 23. MIT was also the only Division III women's soccer program with three CoSIDA Academic All-Americans selected and was the only New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) institution represented this year.
Nichols, who was also recently named to the United Soccer Coaches All-New England First Team and played her final collegiate match at the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association's (NEWISA) Senior Bowl, was one of the best defenders in New England all season. Nichols guided the Engineers to a 0.79 goals against average and to ten shutouts, both of which were best in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in 2018. Offensively, Nichols tallied four goals and one assist for nine points. When Nichols is not playing soccer, she is a Tutor for the Petey Greene Program for adults at MCI-Framingham and is an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Previously, Nichols has served as a software engineering intern at Kitty Hawk-Flyer, has completed research at the University of Auckland, has been a systems engineering intern at Lockheed Martin and has been a research and lab assistant at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Mueller, who was the first goalkeeper in program history to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors a year ago added her second one to her name this season. The senior keeper played in and started each game in between the pipes for MIT in 2018. In 23 games, Mueller went 17-3-3, made 66 saves for a save percentage of .776 and recorded a goals against average of 0.87 over 1971:42 minutes. Over her career, Mueller allowed just 39 goals which is the fewest allowed by any goalkeeper in program history who has played two or more seasons with the Engineers and her 0.90 career goals against average puts her third all-time in the MIT record book. Off the field, the senior keeper has served as an instrument and accessories design intern at Intuitive Surgical, has done a mechanical engineering externship at SharkNinja, has served as a mechanical engineering R & D intern at Integer and Greatbatch Medical and has competed in the 2.007 MIT robot competition. Mueller has also been a mentor for Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE), the Committee Chair for Maseeh Hall Wellness and has been a youth soccer coach.
Berzolla, who was named to the All-Conference Second Team earlier this season, had another great season as a midfielder for the Engineers. In 17 matches this year, the junior posted four goals and eight assists for 16 points. Her eight assists were second-best on the team and third in the NEWMAC. Off the field, Berzolla is currently a Teaching Assistant and Tutor for four classes at MIT, is the Head of Athletic Promotion for SAAC and is a SAT/ACT prep tutor for Greenwich SES. Berzolla has completed an engineering internship at Cor Medical Ventures LLC, a research internship at the Feinstein Institute of Medical Research and an engineering internship at Geri Goldman Engineering. As a first-year, Berzolla was a member for the MIT women's lacrosse program.
MIT is the all-time Division III leader in producing Academic All-Americas (299) and ranks second across all NCAA Divisions only behind the University of Nebraska.
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.