WORCESTER --- WPI senior Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, MA) has become the first player in program history to capture consecutive United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-East Region selections. The midfielder was named a second team midfielder for the second consecutive season after Kristen Garza (2009) and Emily Doherty (2016) had been honored previously.
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 four-time All-New England selection who was an All-America as a freshman in 2016, McCrea finished her outstanding career with 37 goals and 98 points, both second in school history. Just last month, the senior selected to the CoSIDA Women's Soccer Academic All-District I team for the second time.
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.
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.
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.