August 25, 2014

UMass Boston Women's Soccer Preseason Capsule

Little East Conference Preseason Poll

Schedule Preview

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BEACONS

1. Senior forward Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) will be looking to add a few more records to her name this season. After resetting the UMass Boston and Little East Conference single season (32 goals, 69 points) and career records for points (81 goals, 173 points) and goals over the past three seasons, Ledin needs just 13 goals and 50 points to break into the top-25 in NCAA Division III women's soccer history.

Over the past three seasons, Ledin ranks second in the country (DI, DII, DIII men's and women's) in goals and tied for second in points. St. Norbert College's (Division III) Katie Vanden Avond (91 goals and 199 points) is the only player with more goals and points, and Dessie Dupuy of Lynchburg College (Division III) is tied with Ledin with 173 points over the past three years.

2. UMass Boston has a chance to become just the second team in Little East Conference women's soccer history to win three-consecutive regular season titles. Since the conference began sponsoring women's soccer in 1996, only two programs have repeated as regular season champions-Western Connecticut and UMass Boston, with the Colonials winning three in a row from 2006 to 2008.

3. Junior goaltender Kristen Spain (Quincy, Mass.) has a chance to make some history of her own. The junior keeper already holds the school career marks for career wins (31) and shutouts (14) and stands second in games played and third in career minutes.  She needs to appear in 15 games and 734 minutes to become the program record holder in games played and minutes played.

4. The Beacons new roster will feature 11 new faces, one of their largest classes in program history. In addition to the team's six freshman, UMass Boston added five transfers from Division II schools, junior colleges and community college programs.

5. Ninth-year head coach Amy Zombeck's team is looking to continue their historic run. Over the past five years, the Beacons have gone 75-27-7, which ranks second in the Little East Conference for wins, while the program ranks first in the LEC in that span for winning percentage (.730) and fewest losses. 

UMass Boston has also not posted a tie in each of their past two seasons, which sets a new program record. Heading into the season, the Beacons are carrying a 43-game streak without a tie and are 34-9 during that span. 

 

FOLLOWING ALONG: In addition to following the Beacons women's soccer team on UMass Boston Athletics's social media accounts, fans can also follow along on twitter (@UMBWomensSoccer). 

 

GET TO KNOW YOUR 2014 WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM:

 

#1 Dani Perkins   
#2 Kara Peters
#3 Elisa Brooks 
#4 Andreina Tuccella
#5 Brittany Castillo  
#6 Patrizia Tuccella
#7 Roisin Henry

#8 Ericka Garufi

#9 Cassandra Levesque
#10 Marina Kelly
#11 Amanda Pugliese
#12 Krista Ledin
#14 Cindy Cortés
#15 Hannah Petersen
#16 Alexandria Levesque
#17 Ashley Ferreira
#18 Zoe O'Leary
#20 Song Ebbesen
#21 Natasha Stibor
#22 Nicole McMinamin
#23 Sam Bendick
#30 Kristen Spain