WORCESTER – WPI senior goalkeeper Gabriela Hoops (Stonington, CT) headlined the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) All-New England first team and junior midfielder Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, MA) repeated as a second team honoree, as announced Tuesday afternoon.
Hoops, who also played in the organization's senior bowl, was the inaugural NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and moved up to the All-NEWMAC first team after spending the last two on the second following a 10-6-2 campaign. The co-captain completed the regular season ranked second in save percentage in 940 minutes played in NEWMAC matches that featured a career-high 19 stops in a 2-2 tie versus MIT. Four of Hoops' six shutouts were in conference play, including a double OT draw at Wellesley.
For her career, Hoops posted a 35-14-9 record with 24 shutouts and shared seven more while boasting a 0.63 goals against average in 60 starts and 64 games played. Hoops also made 238 saves in nearly 5518 minutes of action. The senior also went 19-9-6, which included an 8-1-1 record in 2016, in NEWMAC regular season contests. The Engineers won, and hosted, their first-ever conference tournament game that saw Hoops register a 1-0 shutout of Springfield en route to their first-ever NEWMAC tournament title with a 3-1 win over MIT. A week later in the NCAA tournament, Hoops made eight saves in a scoreless draw with Trinity at William Smith.
McCrea, 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 and recently added United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East team accolades to her resume.
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.
NEWISA Release (PDF)