WORCESTER -- Senior goalkeeper Mandy St. Germain (Upton, MA) has been selected to the Division III Women's Soccer Academic All-America first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). The senior joins Lynn Woroby '08, Hailey Taylor '12 and Emily Doherty '16 as the fourth from women's soccer to become an Academic All-America and the only one to earn first team accolades.
St. Germain excelled in her first full-time season in net for the 16-5-1 Engineers. The senior allowed just 16 goals in 21 matches, posting a microscopic 0.77 GAA in between the pipes for the Crimson and Gray. St. Germain reached double digits in saves three times this past season, all against nationally ranked teams (10 at Tufts and 10 and 11 at MIT).
In the classroom the biomedical engineering major touts a perfect 4.00 GPA. She completed her IQP project - "A New Direction for ESF: Holistic Transition to Retirement Program" - in Australia during the spring of 2019.
St. Germain was joined on the first team by MIT's Emily Berzolla and Maya Nielan, giving the NEWMAC a nation-best three members on the first team. All three Academic All-America goalkeepers (Madison Welliver of Susquehanna - second team and Charlotte Crofton of Illinois College - third team) sport 4.00 GPAs while six of the 11 first teamers boast perfect GPAs.
St. Germain was joined by classmate Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, MA) and junior Jenna Hirshfeld (Reston, VA) on the Academic All-District 1 team and just last week she and McCrea were selected to play in this Saturday's New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Senior Bowl at Merrimack. The senior was also a two-time NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week awardee this season, earning the honor on September 9th and October 7th.
It marks the 76th time a WPI student-athlete has been named an Academic All-America and 56th occasion since 2006. She is the 52nd Engineer to earn the honor and 19th person (and 23rd time overall) to garner first team accolades.
WPI equaled the school records for victories in a season with 16 and reached the NEWMAC Tournament championship game for the second time in four seasons under seven-year head coach Steph Riley-Schafer.