WORCESTER -- WPI seniors Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, MA) and Mandy St. Germain (Upton, MA) and junior Jenna Hirshfeld (Reston, VA) have been named to the Women's Soccer Academic All-District I team, as voted upon by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) members from Massachusetts and Maine. The trio now advancers to the national ballot for Academic All-America consideration.
McCrea, a midfielder, also earned the honor as a sophomore in 2017 while St. Germain was selected as a goalkeeper and Hirshfeld a back.
McCrea capped an outstanding career by leading the team with 29 points and sharing team-high honors with 13 goals despite missing the final three games due to injury. She finds out later this week if she joins Kristen Garza as the only player in program history to earn All-NEWMAC four times and the first to be first-team all four years. A three-time All-New England selection was an All-America as a freshman in 2016. McCrea, a mechanical engineering major with a 3.87 GPA, completed her IQP project - "Determining the Feasibility of a Plastic Reduction Certification Program" - in Costa Rica in the spring of 2019.
St. Germain excelled in her first full-time season in net for the 16-5-1 Engineers. The senior allowed just 16 goals in 21 matches, posting a microscopic 0.77 GAA in between the pipes for the Crimson and Gray. St. Germain reached double digits in saves three times this past season, all against nationally ranked teams (10 at Tufts and 10 and 11 at MIT). In the classroom the biomedical engineering major sports a perfect 4.00 GPA. She completed her IQP project - "A New Direction for ESF: Holistic Transition to Retirement Program" - in Australia.
Hirshfeld was an anchor on the backline that yielded just 17 for a team that finished 10th in the final NCAA Division III New England regional rankings. The junior boasts a 3.96 GPA while majoring in chemical engineering. Hirshfeld, a Foisie and Charles O. Thompson scholar is a Crimson Key tour guide and a member of WPI's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She is slated to complete her IQP in Namibia this spring.
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) at her current institution, must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games at the position listed on the nomination form (where applicable) and she has completed one full calendar year at her current institution and has reached sophomore athletic eligibility.
WPI equaled the school records for victories in a season with 16 and reached the NEWMAC Tournament championship game for the second time in four seasons.
CoSIDA Release (PDF)