BRIDGEWATER, Mass.—Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) recorded a hat trick against her hometown team to lift UMass Boston to a 3-1 win over Bridgewater State University, and in the process rewrote one of her own UMass Boston and Little East records Tuesday afternoon.
The junior forward's three goal performance helped her break her own Little East Conference and UMass Boston program record for goals in a single season as she now stands at 29 goals in just 18 contests. Ledin also stands just one shy of her own Little East Conference record for points in a single-season (64).
Seniors Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.) and Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) each picked up assists in the win, while freshman KK DaCosta (Brockton, Mass.) recorded the fourth assist of her career to help UMass Boston earn their season-high eighth straight win in a row.
Junior Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) posted her 30th career win in her 38th career start, as she made three saves on four shots. Spain's 30 career victories are the most in UMass Boston history and nearly twice as many as the next closest player on the list.
Spain got significant help in the contest, as the Beacons backline of Alli Modzelewski (Newtown, Conn.), Sam Bendick (New Egypt, N.J.), Amanda Pugliese (Pembroke, Mass.) and DaCosta controlled the game from start to finish and limited the high-powered Bears offense to taking shots from well outside the box.
Kerry Condon was the hard-luck loser for the Bears, as she made 11 saves on 14 shots, including several highlight-reel plays to keep Ledin and Andrews from adding to the Beacons lead.
UMass Boston owned a 20-10 shot advantage for the game and 9-2 edge in corner kicks.
Ledin helped the Beacons move to 4-0 all-time against Bridgewater State by finishing on three of her game-high 11 shots. The forward constantly created problems for the Bears back line, as she got loose for eight shots on goal. In three career games against the Bears, Ledin has connected for five goals and one assist.
The Beacons opened the scoring at 41:32 of the first half when DaCosta sent a curving corner kick into the box and Ledin finished for her record-setting 27th goal of the season.
Bridgewater State answered shortly after halftime, as Erica Jonasson earned a penalty kick after being pushed down in the box, and the junior finished to the right side to tie the game at 1-1 in the 56th minute.
Ledin and the Beacons responded in the 68th minute, when she received a through ball from Cristoforo and sent a shot past Condon on a breakaway for a 2-1 Beacons lead.
UMass Boston sealed the win with less than five minutes to play, as Andrews fed Ledin and Ledin finished just inside the post to pick up her third hat trick of the season.
The Beacons will look to capture their second consecutive Little East Conference Regular Season Championship and home field throughout the Little East Playoffs Saturday, when the Beacons host Rhode Island College at 1 p.m. UMass Boston will honor their four seniors Andrews, Modzelewski, Cristoforo and Julie Nutting (Rockland, Mass.) before the contest.