Kansas City, MO --- WPI senior Riley Doherty (Shrewsbury, MA) has been named as the men's soccer program's first-ever United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Scholar All-America, as recently revealed by the organization.
It is the latest accolade for the All-NEWMAC first teamer, United Soccer Coaches All-New England second team performer, and repeat CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree who helped guide the Engineers to a league-leading 0.53 goals against average through the conclusion of the conference tournament. Offensively, the captain and four-year starter netted the equalizer in a 1-1 draw with regular season co-champion Babson and handed out an assist in non-conference victories over UMass Dartmouth, Elmira and Mitchell.
For his career, Doherty scored four goals - one game-winner - and doled out three helpers for 11 points, and made 60 starts, in 66 games played. The 2015 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and 2017 All-NEWMAC second teamer was also tabbed as a three-time Academic All-NEWMAC performer in the classroom.
The third team honoree was the only NEWMAC student-athlete on the national scroll while he was one of three from the conference on the All-East Region second team. It is also the second time the Doherty household boasts a WPI first as Emily Doherty '16 became the women's soccer program's initial United Soccer Coaches, then NSCAA, Scholar All-America in 2015.
To be eligible for selection, the student athlete must be nominated by his or her head coach and meet the following criteria: have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career, start more than 50 percent of all games and be an elite player as supported by playing honors (i.e., all-conference) or contributions to the success of his/her team, play for a current United Soccer Coaches College Services member institution and be a junior or above in athletic standing at the current institution.
Men's Soccer (12-3-3) achieved 10 or more wins for the second consecutive year, and for the fifth time in six seasons for head coach Brian Kelley. The Engineers began the year 5-0 overall and went unbeaten (4-0-3) in conference play with ties against Babson, MIT, and eventual conference tournament champion Springfield.