NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – For the third-time in the last four seasons, women's soccer has had a player earn Little East Conference Rookie of the Year honors. This season, that major award went to the conference's leading goal scorer and point earner Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.). The freshman was also named a First Team All-Conference selection as announced by the conference executive office.
Ledin was joined on the first team by senior midfielder Kristin Mulry (Holbrook Mass.) and senior defender Samantha Place (Newton, N.J.). Sophomore defender Alli Modzelewski (Newtown, Conn.) earned Second Team All-Conference honors after another strong season with the Beacons.
Ledin's Rookie of the Year honor was highlighted by her 20 goals (t-13th in DIII) and 44 points (t-27th in DIII) in a combined 21 games played. The Bridgewater native, is currently tied for most goals in a single-season at UMass, and is ranked amongst the top forwards in New England with her 0.95 goals and 2.10 points per game. Against conference opponents, Ledin recorded three of her four hat tricks, and averaged over one goal a game. Her seven point (3g, 1a) performance against Rhode Island College ranks her second all-time for most points in a single-game. Of the 15 games she started in Ledin recorded at least one point in nine of them, which included back-to-back goals in the Little East Conference tournament. Her six game-winners lead the Little East and ranks her tied for 10th in the nation.
For Mulry and Place there all-conference honors mark the fourth of their respective careers, which also makes them the first players in the program's history to be named an all-conference honoree every single season at UMass. Mulry had another strong senior season for the Beacons. Going into tomorrow's ECAC tournament game, Mulry currently has a combined 10 goals and five assists in 18 of the 21 games played this season. The all-time leading scorer in the history of UMass Boston women's soccer, Mulry became the first and only member of the 100 point club earlier this year, and has helped the Beacons to three-straight postseason appearances.
Place's career was just as dominant as she has anchored the Beacons defensive-third since the first day she arrived on campus. This season, Place started in all 21 matches for UMass and is currently ranked second all-time for most matches played in a career with 79 caps. Her hard-nose defense has helped the Beacons to a combined 36 shutouts during her four seasons in Boston.
Just as dangerous in the back field, the all-conference honor is the second in the career of Modzelewski. Another quick and athletic defender, Modzelewski played a major part in the Beacons record-setting 12 shutouts this season. Starter in all 21 matches as well; Modzelewski has shown tremendous growth in just her first-two seasons at UMass. Since coming to Boston, Modzelewski has helped UMass to back-to-back Little East Conference and ECAC New England Region tournament appearances.
Women's Soccer will look to keep their 2011 campaign going tomorrow as they host Endicott College in the first round of the ECAC New England tournament. The Beacons enter this year's tournament as the fourth-seed, while Endicott is the fifth seed. Tomorrow's match is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. and will be played on the Clark Athletic Center field.