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Four Little East women's soccer players were recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America last week as the organization announced its Continental Tire NCAA Division III Women's All-Region teams. UMass Boston senior Krista Ledin (Bridgewater, Mass.), Western Connecticut junior Camille Lawson (Newington, Conn.), Keene State senior Alex Haley (Laconia, N.H.) and Eastern Connecticut freshman Emily Becher (Brooklyn, Conn.) were all selected as All-New England.
With the Second Team nod, Ledin earned her third-straight NSCAA All-Region accolade, becoming the first player to achieve that mark in UMass Boston program history. The first-ever player to record 200 career points and 100 career goals, Ledin became the first soccer player in UMass Boston history to be named a three-time Little East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and a four-time First Team All-Conference honoree. In a combined 84 games played, 77 of which she was in the starting eleven, the Bridgewater native posted 105 goals and 31 assists, for an amazing 241 career points. That accomplishment made her he first player in Little East Conference history to surpass both the 100-goal mark and 200-point mark in a career.
WCSU's Lawson also earned Second Team honors. The 2014 Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Year, the junior back led the conference's top defense this season. On the year, the Colonials earned a share of the Regular Season title and garnered the top overall seed for the conference tournament. As a unit, WCSU allowed only 17 goals on the season and only three in league play while topping the conference with a 0.81 goals against average.
Haley, a midfielder, received Fourth Team honors after being named First Team All-Little East as a midfielder for the second consecutive season. Upon entering the tournament as the No. 4 seed, Keene State powered through the tournament, upsetting top-seeded Western Connecticut and downing No. 2 seed UMass Boston in the championship game to claim the tournament title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. The senior started every game on 2014, scoring four goals with two assists.
Rounding out the selections was reigning Little East Rookie of the Year Emily Becher, who was named to the Fourth Team. A first-team All-LEC pick last month, Becher led the conference in game-winning goals (7) and finished second in goals (18) and points (37). She concluded her first season by scoring at least one goal in each of the final seven matches of the year. In those final seven matches, Becher totalled 11 goals and an assist, four times recording two goals in a match. Four times named Little East Rookie-of-the-Week and once the Offensive Player-of-the-Week, Becher becomes the program's 25th All-Region player since 1988.