PAWTUCKET, R.I. – A total of three players from women's soccer have earned All-Conference honors from the Little East as Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.), and Mary Jo Murphy (Worcester, Mass.) were all recognized for their standout play during the 2018 season.
The three all-conference honorees mark the most for the Beacons since the 2015 season, when the Beacons had three players recognized. O'Grady and Crawford earned First Team honors, while Second Team honors went to Murphy. This season saw UMass Boston return to the conference championship game after recording back-to-back shutouts in the first and second rounds.
For O'Grady, the postseason honor marks the third in the impressive career of the senior back. The Connecticut native proved to be the Beacons most versatile player in 2018. In UMB's defensive third, she held opponents to a 1.23 goals against, and a combined seven shutouts. When asked to move to the offensive third, O'Grady finished tied for first in goals scored with seven. She also had six assists for a team-leading 20 points, the first 20-point season for a Beacon since the 2014 campaign. Perhaps the highlight of O'Grady's senior campaign came when she scored the overtime game-winner against Rhode Island College in late October, which helped UMB secure the third-seed for the conference tournament.
Crawford's freshman season, was one of the most impressive since all-time great and future hall of famer Krista Ledin '15. The freshman midfielder turned in a solid debut year, which saw her finish tied for first in total points with 20. The Kingston native set the program record for assists in a season with 14, which also led the Little East Conference. A dynamic player, Crawford became known for her ability to hit the long-range shot, which she did on multiple occasions. She recorded her first career goal in the 3-2 win over Western Connecticut State University in the Beacons first win over the Colonials since 2013. The freshman recorded at-least one point in six-straight contests, including back-to-back three-point performances against UMass Dartmouth and Curry College.
Murphy's freshman season was one of consistency, as she played nearly every minute for UMB whenever she was in the starting line-up. Of the 21 games played by the Beacons in 2018, Murphy was in the starting-11 20 times, and served as an anchor in the Beacons defensive third. An offensive threat when asked to move up the field, Murphy posted three goals and four assists to start her off her young career. One of the most physical and aggressive backs in the line-up Murphy helped UMB to seven shutouts in 2018, which included back-to-back scoreless sheets in the Little East Tournament. In the Beacons 2-1 win over Emmanuel College, Murphy registered her first collegiate assist and goal to give UMB the huge non-conference victory. She then posted the biggest goal of her career in the 1-0 overtime win over Castleton University to give UMB their first conference win of 2018.