Westwood, MA --- Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, MA) became WPI's first women's soccer player to be selected first team all-conference as the NEWMAC revealed is post season honorees on Wednesday afternoon. McCrea was joined on the first team by Leah Beauton (Colchester, CT) while Annika Keck (Oakland, CA) drew second team praise and senior Jill Comeau (North Reading, MA) was the Crimson and Gray's representative on the conference's All-Sportsmanship Team.
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. The midfielder joins recent Hall of Fame inductee 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 finishes her outstanding career with 37 goals and 98 points, both second in school history. Just last week the senior selected to the CoSIDA Women's Soccer Academic All-District I team for the second time.
Beauton traded her second team All-NEWMAC selection a year ago for first team honors this fall. The forward shared team-high scoring honors with McCrea with 13 goals. Beauton netted the game-winning markers in victories over Trinity, Rhode Island College, Smith and Fitchburg and tallied an assist in the opener versus Salem State. The junior scored goals on multiple occasions and found the back of the net in a NEWMAC quarterfinal triumph over Wheaton.
Keck emerged as one of the top backs in the conference during her freshman campaign, anchoring a defense that allowed just 17 goals in 22 games in 2019. The center back played a huge role as the Crimson and Gray won a pair of NEWMAC Tournaments games to reach their first NEWMAC final since 2016. The rookie back netted a pair of goals in a 4-0 victory over Wheaton in the quarterfinals before adding another goal over a corner kick in a 4-0 triumph over Babson in the semifinals.
Look for more on the All-Sportsmanship team later this month.
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 under seven-year head coach Steph Riley-Schafer.