Four Beacons Named NEWISA All-Region Honorees

BOSTON, Mass.---The accolades keep on coming for the UMass Boston women's soccer team, as the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) honored four Beacons Wednesday afternoon. 

Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.), Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.), Alli Modzelewski (Newtown, Conn.) and Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) each were named NEWISA All-New England selections.

Ledin and Cristoforo were both named to the 12-player First Team, with Ledin garnering the most votes of any forward; while Modzelewski and Andrews earned spots on the Third Team.

Ledin, a D3Soccer.com All-American, has been recognized by every major New England soccer association and became the first All-American in program history earlier this month. She led the Beacons with 26 goals, 12 assists and 64 points-setting program records in each category. It is the second time Ledin has been named a NEWISA All-Region player, after being named to the Second Team a year ago.

Joining Ledin on the first team is Cristoforo, who enjoyed her best offensive season. The junior midfielder recorded a career-high eight goals and 10 assists, en route to 26 points. She also scored five game-winning goals and was named the Little East Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player and a National Soccer Coaches of America Association Second Team All-Region selection.

Modzelewski earns her first career regional honor after being named an All-Conference defender in each of her first three years. The Little East First Team All-Conference member finished with one goal and anchored a Beacons defense that allowed just 1.22 goals per game. In three seasons, she has played in 63 of 68 games and helped the team post three of the top four best defensive seasons, in terms of fewest goals allowed, in program history.

Last but not least, Andrews earns her first regional award after helping lead the Beacons offense to a historic season. The former Little East Conference Rookie of the Year rebounded from a tough sophomore season to finish second in the conference with 21 goals, 11 assists and 53 points. Andrews also contributed four game-winners and netted the lone goal in the Little East Conference Championship Game against Western Connecticut State.

The Beacons four NEWISA All-Region selections is a program record and wraps up a busy award season for the team. UMass Boston finished 18-3 this season and earned their first ever national ranking, Little East Conference Regular Season and Tournament Titles and their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament. All four players are underclassmen and have at least one more season of eligibility.