Worcester, MA --- WPI women's soccer student-athlete Hailey Taylor has been selected to the ESPN Academic All-District I first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (Co-SIDA). The junior advances to the national ballot for All-America consideration.
It marks the second straight all-district award for Taylor, who garnered second teams honors as sophomore in 2009. She was recognized in the College Division, which is comprised of NCAA Division II and III and NAIA and junior college programs in New England, New York and Eastern Canada.
Taylor touts an impressive 3.96 GPA while majoring in chemical engineering. As a back, Taylor anchored a WPI defensive effort that allowed 11 fewer goals than a season ago. She proved her versatility by scoring the only goal of the game in the regular season finale at Smith, a victory that helped the Engineers secure the fifth seed in the NEWMAC Tournament.
The junior is a Charles O. Thompson Scholar and a member of Women's Industry Network. A two-time NEWMAC All-Academic team for soccer, Taylor also earned the honor as a member of the WPI Track and Field team last spring. She is the treasurer of WPI's chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers and also serves as a Crimson Key Tour Guide. Taylor, who is the risk manager for Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, will complete her IQP project this spring in Puerto Rico.
Taylor, a native of Colusa, CA, played scholastically at Sutter High School. She is the daughter of Mike and Krista Taylor.
Under the tutelage of 16th-year head coach Stephanie Carlson, the Engineers (8-10-1) bounced back from a 0-4 start to earned its best NEWMAC finish since 2002. The Crimson and Gray won their final five regular season contests before falling 3-0 to regionally-ranked Wheaton in the NEWMAC quarterfinals.
ESPN/Co-SIDA Academic All-District Teams (PDF)