Garcia and Gauthier Earn LEC First Team Honors

Garcia and Gauthier Earn LEC First Team Honors

PAWTUCKET, R.I.—For the second-consecutive season, UMass Boston senior Kristy Garcia (Miami, Fla.) and sophomore Katie Gauthier (West Boylston, Mass.) were named to the Little East Conference All-Conference Team, the league office announced Tuesday morning.

Garcia and Gauthier were named to the LEC First Team for doubles, while Garcia was named to the LEC First Team for singles for a second-straight season.

The pair helped lead UMass Boston to their third-straight LEC Tournament appearance, and a 3-5 overall mark in Little East play. 

Garcia earned her third-straight LEC singles and doubles honors after putting together her best season to date. For her career, Garcia has been named to the LEC First Team twice for singles and once for doubles, and LEC Second Team three times overall. 

She posted an 8-2 record during singles play at number one singles, including a 6-2 record during LEC league play. Garcia tacked on eight more wins during doubles play, including an impressive 7-1 mark against LEC foes during the regular season. Her 76.2 winning percentage (16-5) stands as the fourth-best winning percentage for a single-season in program history.

Garcia opened the season red-hot. She won each of her first seven singles matches and started the year 13-1 through the team's first seven matches. Garcia's conference wins in singles included a huge 6-0, 6-4 win over Western Connecticut State University's Emma Chapman in a match that clinched the Beacons' LEC Tournament berth. 

For her career, Garcia ranks second in program history in overall wins (66), singles victories (35), doubles wins (31) and singles matches played (63). She also sits third overall with her 121 career matches played.

Gauthier picked up her first career LEC First Team honors, after being named to the LEC Second Team as a freshman. She teamed up with Garcia for an 8-3 overall record and a 7-1 mark at number one doubles during the LEC Regular Season. The Beacons' seven conference wins ranked tied for second amongst all LEC doubles teams and first overall at number one doubles.

After splitting their first two results, Gauthier and Garcia won five-straight matches and seven of eight to close out the regular season. The duo earned a win against four of the other five LEC playoff teams and limited five of their eight conference foes to winning four games against or less. In a matchup of the top two doubles teams in the conference, Gauthier and Garcia beat Western Connecticut State's previously undefeated doubles team 8-1 on October 14.

The Beacons will finish out their 2017-18 season in the spring, when they resume action over Spring Break.