Top 13 of 2013: Women's Soccer Captures Second-Straight LEC Regular Season Crown
This is the eleventh in our Top 13 of 2013 series. Every day for the rest of 2013, we will count down the Top 13 moments/games of the year, with each program represented. With three Little East Conference Titles, several huge upsets over nationally ranked teams and some dramatic finishes-2013 was another step forward for UMass Boston Athletics.
In the 27-year history of the Little East Conference, only three UMass Boston programs have been crowned Regular Season Champions.
Women's Soccer claimed their place as only the second program in school history to have won back-to-back Little East Crowns and the third women's soccer program in LEC history to accomplish the feat, with a dominant win over Rhode Island College on Senior Day.
Amy Zombeck's squad headed into their Senior Day Game needing a victory over the Anchorwomen to secure their second-straight title and to make their mark in Little East Conference and UMass Boston history.
Rather than displaying nerves or emotions in a high-pressure game on their Senior Day, the Beacons' senior quartet of Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.), Sam Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.), Alli Modzelewski (Newtown Conn.) and Julie Nutting (Rockland, Mass.) led the winning effort with a combined three goals and two assists in a 7-0 victory.
Modzelewski opened the scoring just over 20 minutes into the contest, when she knocked a sliding shot past the Rhode Island College goalie for her first career game-winning marker and a 1-0 lead.
Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) padded the Beacons' lead with three-straight goals over a 30-minute span, to give UMass Boston a 4-0 lead early in the second half. The hat trick marked her fourth of the season and pushed her over the 30-goal mark for the year, as she became the first player in Little East Conference history to accomplish the feat.
Andrews took over from there, as the senior All-Conference forward tallied two second-half goals to lead the Beacons.
In between Andrews' two tallies, junior Ericka Garufi (Milton, Mass.) scored at the 58:40 mark on a pass from Cristoforo. The Cristoforo assist gave the Rockland, Mass. native her 30th career assist, moving her into first place all-time in the UMass Boston record books.
The Beacons' huge 7-0 victory capped off their program-record nine-game winning streak, as the 2013 squad moved into second-place in program history with their 15th win on the year.