4 Little East Players Earn NSCAA All-New England Honors

4 Little East Players Earn NSCAA All-New England Honors

NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. -- Four Little East Conference student-athletes were recently recognized on the 2013 National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) Division III All-New England teams.  The national organization honored a total of 44 players, including 11 on each of the four teams.

University of Massachusetts Boston placed three student-athletes on the regional teams, while Keene State College earned the remaining citation. Beacons' junior Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.) was selected to the second squad, while senior Kelsie Bailey (Barre, Vt.) represented the Owls on the third team.  UMass Boston seniors Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, Mass.) and Samantha Cristoforo (Rockland, Mass.) were named to the fourth team.

Ledin is making second-straight appearance on the NSCAA All-New England, second squad.  The three-time All-Little East, first-team selection rewrote the conference record for single-season goals (32) and points (69).  Ledin also set the new UMass Boston standard for markers and points, putting an additional six goals and five points between last year's totals.  She ranks among the NCAA Division III leaders in goals per game (2nd, 1.60), while ranking third in total goals (32) and points (69).  Ledin was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III Player of the Week for the week ending October 20.  She was received national attention after setting the Beacon record for points in a single-game with 10 at Salve Regina, accounting for all five of the UMass Boston tallies.  A starter in all 20 matches, Ledin produced 11 multi-goal games and cracked the scoring column on 15 box scores.  She registered the game-winning goal in eight of the 15 Beacons victories.  Ledin also collected Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England Offensive Player of the Week honors twice on the campaign.    

Bailey is making her second consecutive appearance on the NSCAA All-New England, third team.  She became the fourth Owl and first since Megan Dempsey in 2011 to earn the Little East Defensive Player of the Year Award.  The senior from Barre, Vt. made her second straight appearance on the All-Little East, first-team and earned her third overall selection.  Bailey organized and managed the most effective defensive unit in the conference circuit, allowing the fewest goals allowed (1st, 18), in addition to the lowest goals against average (1st, 0.82), and highest number of shutouts (1st, 11).  In 22 appearances, the Owls limited the opposition to two or fewer goals 19 times.  Keene State allowed just one marker over its final six matches.  Bailey was also credited with a helper in the 4-0 win over Castleton State on Oct. 7.  She was voted the Little East Defensive Player of the Week three times in 2013.

Cristoforo is also making her second appearance on the NSCAA All-New England teams after earning third team honors as a junior. She concluded her career with another extremely solid season, starting every game in the midfield for a UMass Boston team that finished with the second-most wins in program history (15). The First Team All-Conference honoree recorded one goal and a team-high nine assists on the year to finish her career as the program-record holder for career assists with 30.

Andrews wrapped up her career with another honor after recording 17 goals, seven assists and 42 points in 20 starts. The three-time All Conference honoree added four game-winning goals to her career total and finished her career second in school history with 59 career goals, 29 assists and 148 points. In four seasons at UMass Boston, Andrews finished amongst the top five players in the Little East in goals and points on three occasions and second amongst players in the LEC in each of the past two years.

2013 NSCAA All-New England Teams
First Team
Name Position Class Institution
Adrienne Bender Forward Senior Colby Sawyer College
Scarlett Kirk Forward Junior Middlebury College
Ambika Krishnamachar Forward Junior Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kiersten Turner Forward Sophomore Bowdoin College
Julia Favorito Midfield Senior Middlebury College
Hannah Landerholm Midfield Junior Lesley University
Carla Nicasio Midfield Senior Williams College
Vickie DiNatale Back Senior Springfield College
Lindsay Kingston Back Senior Middlebury College
Shannon Skidmore Back Senior Albertus Magnus College
Elizabeth Foody Goalkeeper Senior Middlebury College
Second Team
Alexis Giusti Forward Junior Lesley University
Krista Ledin Forward Junior University of Massachusetts Boston
Bridget Lynch Forward Junior Lasell College
Miranda Taylor Forward Senior Suffolk University
Katie Lydon Midfield Senior Roger Williams University
Shelly Mirmina Midfield Senior Albertus Magnus College
Kendra Woudenberg Midfield Senior Gordon College
Sarah Apgar Back Senior Lesley University
Catharine Greer Back Junior Tufts University
Sarah Person Back Senior Endicott College
Katie Levesque Goalkeeper Sophomore Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Third Team
Mallory Costello Forward Senior Castleton State
Anya Kaufmann Forward Senior Tufts University
Dara Spital Forward Junior Brandeis University
Michelle Battipaglia Midfield Junior Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Molly Popolizio Midfield Senior Bowdoin College
Kayla Tuttle Midfield Senior University of Maine Farmington
Gabriella Verde Midfield Junior Wheaton College (Mass.)
Kelsie Bailey Back Senior Keene State College
Rebecca Stoneman Back Senior Bowdoin College
Tallon Tomasi Back Sophomore Colby Sawyer College
Katherine Donnelly Goalkeeper Junior Endicott College
Fourth Team
Tayla Andrews Forward Senior University of Massachusetts Boston
Jess Diphilippo Forward Junior Babson College
Taylor McSherry Forward Senior Gordon College
Rachel Dias Carlson Midfield Senior Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jessie Reade Midfield Senior Roger Williams University
Kayla Lynch Midfield Junior Lasell College
Samatha Cristoforo Back Senior University of Massachusetts Boston
Carley Martniak Back Senior Babson College
Julia Miller Back Senior Gordon College
Alec Spivack Back Junior Brandeis University
Jaci Lorenzen Goalkeeper Senior Saint Joseph's College (Maine)