Westwood, Mass. (April 18) - The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) has announced its 2020 Spring All-Sportsmanship selections. The award is intended to recognize one student-athlete from each institution in every sport that best demonstrates the ideals of the NEWMAC and its Code of Conduct, regardless of their overall performance or statistics for the season.
MIT's spring honorees include junior Katie Collins (Newton, Mass.) from the women's track and field team, junior Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) from the men's track and field team, sophomore Ashley Teng (Tustin, Calif.) from the women's tennis team, senior Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) from the men's tennis team, junior Kyle Higgins (Shoreham, N.Y.) from the men's lacrosse team, senior Leah Vogel (Houston, Texas) from the women's lacrosse team, senior Sarah Von Ahn (West Linn, Ore.) from the softball team and senior Zack Kopstein (Tiburon, Calif.) from the baseball team.
Collins, a brain and cognitive sciences major on the women's track and field team, qualified for the 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship in the 3,000m and 5,000m. Now a four time USTFCCCA All-Region selection, Collins earned Second Team All-Conference honors in the 5,000m at the 2019 NEWMAC Championship.
Shaoul, an electrical engineering and computer science major on the men's track and field team, qualified for the 2020 NCAA Division III Indoor National Championship in the long jump and the triple jump and was seeded sixth in the triple and 20th in the long, respectively. Shaoul, a three time NCAA Division III National Champion and a five time All-American, is making his second appearance on the NEWMAC All-Sportsmanship team in three years.
Teng, a mechanical engineering major on the women's tennis team, finished her 2019-20 season with a 5-1 record in singles action with two wins over nationally ranked teams including No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer and No. 10 Brandeis. Teng was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference First Team at No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles at the end of the 2018-19 season and has earned two NEWMAC Athlete of the Week awards over her career.
Go, a mechanical engineering major on the men's tennis team, closed his career as a three time NEWMAC All-Conference selection and with 77 victories on the court. In four years on the team, Go helped the Engineers to three NEWMAC Tournament championships and to two appearances in the NCAA tournament regional final.
Higgins, an aerospace engineering major on the men's lacrosse team, appeared in two games as a defender in 2020 and recorded a pair of ground balls which came in a 12-9 win over Curry on March 10. Off the field, Higgins completed a UROP working with carbon fiber and foam to create a safer football helmet.
Vogel, a mechanical engineering major on the women's lacrosse team, started in all 54 games that she appeared in over four years with the Engineers. Over her career, the senior was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference team twice and statistically recorded one assist, 61 ground balls, 24 draw controls and caused 39 turnovers.
Von Ahn, a mathematics with computer science major and two time CoSIDA Academic All-American on the softball team, appeared in 120 games and in three seasons posted a batting average of .318 to go along with three home runs, 73 RBI, eight triples, 27 doubles, 52 runs and 118 hits. The senior is one of 11 student-athletes in program history to record at least 100 hits and ranks sixth all time in the category. In 2018, Von Ahn helped the Engineers collect their first NEWMAC Championship in program history and reach the College World Series for the second time.
Kopstein, a mechanical engineering major on the baseball team, has been named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference team twice and closed his career by appearing in 33 games. The senior pitcher posted a record of 10-5 in 124.1 innings on the mound and struck out 95 batters. In 2019, Kopstein led MIT to its first NEWMAC title since 2015 as the Engineers qualified for the NCAA tournament for the sixth time.
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