BOSTON, Mass.—For the first time in program history, UMass Boston women's soccer has a National Player of the Week, as junior Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) earned the honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Tuesday afternoon.
Ledin was named the Disney Soccer/NSCAA Player of the Week after registering 10 goals, including three-game winning goals, in three games to lead UMass Boston to a perfect 3-0 mark.
Starting this year, the NSCAA has extended their weekly Players of the Week to include Division II and Division III players, with Ledin becoming the first Beacon and first member of the Little East Conference to earn the honors.
The junior forward rewrote the UMass Boston record books last Monday, scoring all five goals and posting 10 points to set new program marks for goals and points in a single-game in a 5-0 win over Salve Regina University.
She added her third hat trick of the season and 10th of her career in Wednesday's 5-1 over Western New England University.
Ledin finished up the week with her two most important goals, as the reigning Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year scored the Beacons second and third goals for UMB in a 3-2 win over regionally-ranked Keene State College. The win put UMass Boston in sole possession of first place in the Little East Conference, as they handed the Owls their first conference loss of the year.
With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Ledin not only leads the Beacons and the Little East Conference in goals, goals per game, points and points per game, but also ranks amongst the top four amongst Division I, II, III men and women's soccer players in all four categories.
Ledin stands second amongst Division III women's soccer players and all collegiate players with her 24 goals and 53 points, while ranking third in the country with her 1.60 goals per game and fourth in the country with her 3.53 points per game.
With four games remaining in the regular season, Ledin is just two goals (26) and 11 points (64) shy of tying her previous program and Little East Conference records for a single season that she set last year.
The Beacons return to action Thursday against Brandeis University looking to extend their season-high winning streak to six games.