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BME Alumna Inducted into WPI Athletic Hall of Fame

WPI Women’s Soccer has seen great successes in its first two decades as a varsity program. This evening we celebrate its rise as we proudly induct its first student-athlete into the Hall of Fame: Megan Holmes.

WPI Women’s Soccer has seen great successes in its first two decades as a varsity program. This evening we celebrate its rise as we proudly induct its first student-athlete into the Hall of Fame: Megan Holmes.

Holmes tallied a career-best four goals in her debut season to lead the 11-7-1 Engineers with 10 helpers and ranked second on the team with 18 points.

“When Meg arrived at WPI as a freshman I knew instantly we had someone special,” says coach Stephanie Carlson. “She was a game changer from the first time she stepped onto the field.”

Despite shifting from midfield to back, Holmes’s production did not drop off. She led the team with 12 assists and 18 points en route to the first of three All-NEWMAC accolades as well as the Carolyn McCabe Award as a sophomore.

The Poly Club Award winner notched a trio of goals to go along with five helpers for 11 points in her junior year, which translated into a .500 season in conference play for the second time in three campaigns.

Holmes capped her career pacing the Boynton Hillers to their first winning season in conference play with six assists, and tied for first with 12 points as the squad hosted a NEWMAC tournament game and made the ECAC tournament for the second time in four years. For her efforts Holmes was named a Varsity Club Award winner and All-New England by the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Soccer Association.

“Our program was brought to another level and our most successful seasons were when Meg was a student-athlete at WPI,” continues Carlson.

In all, Holmes scored 13 goals and is the career leader with 33 assists for 59 points as Women’s Soccer won a program-best 37 contests including three winning seasons. As a graduate student, she scored four goals and 10 points to go along with a pair of assists to pace the field hockey squad.

Holmes was the recipient of the 2002 Ellen Knott Award in recognition of academic excellence, athletic prowess, and significant community involvement through the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. She also was given the 2004 Marietta E. Anderson Award for superior academic record in addition to having been a work-study student, a volunteer for college-sponsored activities, and a participant in recognized extracurricular activities.

A native of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, Holmes graduated from WPI in 2005 with a BS in biomedical engineering and in 2006 earned an MS in the same field. She began working at Mitralign, a start-up medical device company, in Tewksbury, Mass., where she now is a senior research and development engineering working on a novel catheter system to treat mitral valve regurgitation in the heart.

Meg lives in Nashua, N.H., with her wife, Tiffany (Warrington) Holmes ’07, and their son, Cooper. She stays active and continues to play in recreational soccer leagues, among other sports, and has enjoyed coaching middle school soccer players.

September 23, 2013

 
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