KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time since the 2013 season a total of three members of the women's soccer program earned United Soccer Coaches All-Region honors, after a historic campaign for the Beacons, which culminated in the program's second Little East Tournament crown.
Earning a spot on the Second Team were sophomores Dani Anderson (St. Augustin, Fla.) and Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.). Fellow sophomore Grace McGettrick (Marshfield, Mass.) landed on the Third Team after a standout campaign as the Beacons top point earner.
Crawford, became just the fourth Beacon and first since Krista Ledin '14 to earn multiple All-Region selections. Ledin was a three-time honoree, during what is still called one of the greatest careers in the history of UMass Boston athletics.
In 2019, head coach Amy Zombeck continued her revitalization of the women's soccer program. With a team made up of primarily underclassmen, the Beacons dominated the New England region, and posted the program's first-ever unbeaten Little East Conference record (7-0-1). They would then blank both Eastern Connecticut State University and Western Connecticut State University to earn their second-ever trip to the NCAA Division III Tournament. They would also earn the program's fourth LEC Regular Season crown as well.
For Anderson, her first season on the harbor campus was impressive for the back, who transferred to UMB from Division I Jacksonville State University. The Florida native helped the Beacons defense to an impressive 13 shutouts and an unbeaten streak that ranked amongst the longest in Division III. Named the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Week once, Anderson started in all 22 matches in her first season on the harbor campus. On the year, Anderson registered a combined five goals with three going down as the deciding tally. The biggest goal of her Beacons career came in the title match against WCSU when she buried a penalty kick goal in the 29th minute.
In her sophomore season, Crawford started in 21 of the 22 games played by the Beacons. During that stretch, the Kingston, MA native registered four goals and 13 assists. As one of the top playmakers in the Little East Crawford's 13 helpers leads the LEC. In the 5-0 rout of Framingham State University, Crawford registered a career-high seven points (2g, 3a) on her way to earning a LEC Offensive Player of the Week honor. In the Little East Tournament she combined for three assists, first tallying two in the semi-final win over Eastern Connecticut State University. She then helped the Beacons cruise to the program's second Little East title with an assist in the 4-0 win over the Colonials. In just two short seasons, Crawford sits with 43 career points, which has her sitting eighth in program history. To-date she needs just five assists to break the all-time career mark of 31 set by All-American Krista Ledin '14.
McGettrick's emerged as eoe of the most consistent players for the Beacons. Just the fifth student-athlete in UMass Boston history to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, McGettrick was the driving force behind UMB's title run. Appearing in all 22 games for the Beacons, McGettrick has compiled a career-high 14 goals and 30 points. Her seven game-winning goals has her tied for second for most game-winners in a single season, while her eight career match deciding scores has her tied for fourth. Her 30 points is the most of any Beacons player since the 2014 season. She became the first player to record 10 or more goals in a season since Ledin in 2014, and is just the 11th player in program history to record 14 goals in a single season. She found the back of the net once in both of the Beacons tournament wins.
UMass Boston's 2019 season came to an end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament when they were handed a 3-0 loss by nationally-ranked and "Sweet-16" participant Stevens Institute (NJ).