Kansas City, MO --- WPI junior Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, MA) has been named as the women's soccer program's third United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division III Scholar All-East Region selection since 2009, as recently announced by the organization. The lone NEWMAC student-athlete on this year's second team, and one of two conference selections, joins Kristen Garza (2009) and Emily Doherty (2016).
A three time United Soccer Coaches All-New England performer and All-NEWMAC first teamer was the team's leader with 25 points and was tied with Leah Beauton with a team-best 10 goals on the year, of which three were game-winners against Salem State, Framingham State and Mount Holyoke. The midfielder also turned in a hat-trick versus city rival Worcester State. For her work in the classroom, the mechanical engineering major, and 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, earned Academic All-NEWMAC laurels for the second year in-a-row.
To be eligible for selection, the student athlete must be nominated by his or her head coach and meet the following criteria: have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career, start more than 50 percent of all games and be an elite player as supported by playing honors (i.e., all-conference) or contributions to the success of his/her team, play for a current United Soccer Coaches College Services member institution and be a junior or above in athletic standing at the current institution.
Women's Soccer began the season 5-0 and went 6-0-2 toward the end of the season for an overall mark of 11-6-2 and a conference ledger of 5-3-2. The Engineers met or exceeded 10 wins each of the past four seasons, and five of the last six, for head coach Steph Riley-Schafer.