Record Seven Women's Soccer Players Named To Little East Conference All-Conference Team
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass.—For the second consecutive season UMass Boston Women's Soccer has set a new program-record for all conference selections, as Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) leads a group of seven Beacons earning All-Conference honors, the league office announced Tuesday.
Ledin is joined on the Little East Conference First Team by seniors Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.), Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.) and Alli Modzelewski (Newtown, Conn.), in addition to junior goaltender and first-time honoree Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.).
The Beacons seven overall honorees and five First Team selections both mark new program-records, after UMass Boston had six total selections last season, with four players picked to the first team.
Ledin picked up her second consecutive Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors to become only the second player in Little East Conference history to have earned the honor on multiple occasions. The junior forward led the Little East Conference in goals and points for the third consecutive season, breaking her own conference single-season records with 32 goals and 69 points during the regular season, all while becoming the all-time leading scorer in LEC history with her 81 goals and 183 career points. She set the UMass Boston single-season record with her eight game-winning goals and posted the third-most multi-goal games in single-season in program-history with 10.
The former LEC Rookie of the Year ranks third in the nation in both goals (32) and points (69), for an average of 1.60 goals per game (2nd in the nation) and 3.45 points per game (third). Ledin became the first player in Little East Conference history to be named the NSCAA National Division III Player of the Week and also earned ECAC New England Division III Player of the Week honors on two occasions.
Andrews earned her third All Conference honors and second-straight First Team selection. The senior forward from Plymouth, Mass. ends her career second in UMass Boston history with 59 goals, 29 assists and 147 points. She finished second in the Little East in goals and points for the second consecutive season, recording 17 goals and 41 points to help UMass Boston earn their second-consecutive Little East Conference Regular Season Title. In four seasons at UMass Boston, Andrews ended her career second in games played (87), career game-winning goals (14) and career multiple-goal games (17).
Cristoforo was named to the Little East Conference First Team for the second-straight season, after dominating in the midfield for the fourth-consecutive year. The senior midfielder started every contest for the Beacons and led UMass Boston with her nine assists-the second most helpers of any Little East player. Cristoforo closed out the season with 11 points, one goal and nine assists, to wrap up her career as the program record-holder with 30 career assists. She also ranks tied for second in games played (87), fifth in career points (60) and fifth in game-winning goals (seven).
Modzelewski becomes only the third player in UMass Boston program history to be named a four-time All-Conference honoree, after earning a spot on the First Team for a second-consecutive year. The senior back from Newtown, Connecticut was named the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Week on November 4 for the second time in her career and wrapped up the season with two goals, including the game-winning goal in a win over Plymouth State University. The four-year back was a part of 33 career shutouts in 80 appearances and helped UMass Boston finish the season third in the LEC with their .93 goals against average.
Spain is one of three first-time selections for the Beacons, as the junior goaltender finished amongst the league-leaders in wins, goals against average, save percentage and shutouts for a second consecutive season. The junior from Quincy, Mass. started in 19 of 20 games for the Beacons and concluded the season with a 14-5 record, including a 6-1 mark against Little East foes in the regular season. She ended the year ranked third in the Little East with her .97 goals against average, second in save percentage (.820) and tied for second with her five shutouts. In just two seasons with the program, Spain has already set the career record for wins (31) and shutouts (13) and ranks second in career games played (40).
Castillo earned the first All-Conference honors of her career after a standout season for the Beacons along the backline. The junior from Yarmouth, Mass. dominated opposing forwards, while posting the best offensive line of her career with three goals, four assists and 10 points. Despite missing the final four contests of the year due to injury, Castillo finished fourth on the team with her 10 points and tied for third with her one game-winning goal. In addition to serving as a lockdown sweeper and key offensive option, Castillo also served as the Beacons' top corner-kick taker, adding another offensive weapon to the Beacons' league-leading offense.
Garufi picked up the first All-Conference honors of her career, after appearing in all 20 games for the Beacons in her first season. The junior midfielder finished tied for third on the Beacons roster with 11 points, after recording four goals and three assists. After a slow start in Beacon Blue, Garufi came to life when it mattered, scored three goals and adding three assists in seven conference games. She enjoyed the best game of her season on September 28th, when she recorded a season-high four points, with a goal and two assists against Little East foe UMass Dartmouth.