Emily Doherty first WPI woman named NSCAA Division III All-America
Senior forward Emily Doherty of Shrewsbury became the first National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III All-America in the 21-year history of the WPI women’s soccer program. The local athlete landed on the third team after being tabbed an All-New England first teamer earlier in the week.
Doherty, an industrial engineering major who was recently named an Academic All-America third team honoree and a NEWISA Senior Bowl participant, set the program record for goals (18) and points in a season (41) and ends her career ranked second in all-time with 37 goals and third with 87 points. Her 2015 goal and point totals also led all NEWMAC student-athletes overall, while her output in league play ranked second (6) and third (15), respectively. For her career, Doherty added 13 assists to go with 10 game-winners in 72 games played.
The 2014 and 2015 NEWMAC All-Conference first team honoree, and 2014-15 Poly Club Award winner, presented to the top female athlete in the junior class, has outstanding academic records along with campus involvement of a non-athletic nature. She completed her IQP, “Getting on the Right Track: An Analysis of Human Factors to Improve Reliability and Safety in Operations at Namibia’s Railway Company, TransNamib,” this past spring. The three-time NEWMAC All-Academic team member is also a member of the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.
WPI, which appeared in all three public NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Regional Rankings, tied the program’s record for wins in a single season, with an 11-5-2 overall mark under third-year head coach Steph Schafer. The Engineers defeated Springfield for the first time in program history en route to a 5-3-2 conference record and the fifth seed in the 2015 NEWMAC Women’s Soccer Championship.