December 6, 2011

Three Earn NEWISA Division III All-New England Honors

BOSTON, Mass. – For the first time in their careers, seniors Samantha Place (Newton, N.J.) and Kristin Mulry (Holbrook, Mass.), and freshman Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) were named NEWISA Division III All-New England selections.  Mulry and Place were named First Team All-Region honorees, while Ledin was named a Second Team All-Region selection. 

Tuesday's announcement also marks the first-time in the program's history that three players were named All-Region selections in the same season.

Place led this year's all-region selections as one of only four players to receive a majority of votes at her position.  The senior sweeper capped off a very strong career, by leading the Beacons to both an LEC and ECAC tournament semi-final appearance this season.  A four-time Little East Conference selection, Place started in every single contest in 2011, and helped the Beacons post a combined 12 shutouts, which set a new single-season program record.  She also helped the Beacons tie the single-season wins record for the third straight year with 14 victories, including two five-game win streaks.

For Mulry, her all-region honor comes after one of the most memorable seasons in UMass Boston women's soccer history.  The first and only member of the 100 point club, Mulry ended her career at UMass Boston with 115 career points.  Her 51 goals scored during her time with the Beacons currently stands as the all-time career mark, while her 13 assists is third-most in the program's history.  As a junior, Mulry was instrumental in leading the Beacons to their first-ever Little East Conference championship game, after upsetting the top-ranked Warriors of Eastern Connecticut State University in penalty-kicks in the semi-final round.

In only her first season at UMass Boston, Ledin put together one of the most impressive seasons ever in the history of the women's soccer program.  Named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year, Ledin capped off her rookie year with a team and conference leading 23 goals and 50 points.  Starter in 16 of the 23 games played this fall Ledin recorded six multi-goal games, which included five hat tricks.  She also managed at least one point on 14 occasions, and drove-home the game-winning score seven times.   Her single greatest performance came against Rhode Island College, when she recorded seven points (3g, 1a) in the conference win, finishing just one point shy of tying the single-game point's record of eight.  Her 23 goals this season, set a new single-season scoring record, breaking the original mark of 20 set in 1997, while her seven game-winners also set a new single-season standard as well.