Westwood, MA --- WPI's Kristen McCrea (Weymouth, MA) is one of ten women to have been nominated by their institutions to represent the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as its NCAA Woman of the Year nominee. The conference Athletic Directors will select the NEWMAC representative(s), which will be announced in July. The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors student-athletes based on academics, athletics, service and leadership.
McCrea is a 2020 graduate of WPI and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. McCrea holds multiple academic awards including being named to the Dean's List every semester and was a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference, two-time CoSIDA All-District and two-time USC Scholar All-Region honoree. The student-athlete was awarded a Charles O. Thompson Scholar, which recognizes first-year students for excellence in their academic work.
As a two-year captain and soccer student-athlete, McCrea was selected as a four-time NEWMAC All-Conference, four-time All-Region and Third Team All-American honoree. The midfielder helped the Engineers to a NEWMAC Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016.
Off the field, McCrea is a member of the National Engineering Society Tau Beta Phi, Phi Sigma Sigma Women's Fraternity and Colleges Against Cancer. The recent graduate also volunteered with and coordinated multiple projects such as WPI Community Service Day, Nelson Place Elementary School After-School Help, Victory Academy and the WPI Student-Athlete Leadership Series. McCrea was also a part of the WPI Fitness Club and was the Lead Student Worker at the WPI Bookstore.
Other NEWMAC student-athletes to be nominated along with McCrea include Caitlin Aguirre and Frances Dingivan of Wellesley, Emily Berzolla of MIT, Kristin Carosotto of Babson, Natalie Clydesdale of Emerson, Alexandra Goslin of Springfield, Adora Lawrence of Coast Guard, Hannah LeBlanc of Mount Holyoke, and Cali Nathanson of Smith.
McCrea looks to join Hall of Famer Kelly Johnson '10 and Ama Biney '18, as recent Crimson and Gray student-athletes to be selected as the NEWMAC representative.