Nov. 9, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA - Six members from the University of Massachusetts Boston women's soccer team were named to the 2010 Little East Conference All Star teams and freshman forward Tayla Andrews (Plymouth, MA) was recognized as the LEC Rookie of the Year, it was announced today by the conference office. Senior defender Samantha Place (Newton, NJ) was selected a LEC First-Team All Star while senior forward Kristen Mulry (Holbrook, MA), senior midfielder Kimberly Campbell (East Bridgewater, MA), freshman midfielder Samantha Cristoforo (Rockland, MA), freshman defender Alli Modzelewski (Newtown, CT) and Andrews were selected LEC Second-Team All Stars.

Andrews' Rookie of the Year honor marks the second time in three seasons that a UMass Boston player has been tabbed the conference's top rookie as Mulry earned the same honor in 2008. The forward leads the Beacons and ranks third in the Little East Conference with 15 goals on the year which is the third highest single-season goal total in program history. Her 33 total points ranks first among teammates, fourth overall in the conference and stands third all-time at UMass Boston for points in a single season. She has averaged 1.50 points per game as well as 0.68 goals per game, both ranking fourth in the LEC. The Plymouth, MA native was honored on three separate occasions as the conference's Rookie of the Week and tied the UMass Boston program record with six multi-goal outings on the year. Her five game-winning goals lead the team, rank tied for first in the LEC and second all-time for a single season in UMB annals. During the 2010 campaign, the Beacons did not lose a game in which Andrews netted a goal in, going a combined 8-0-1 in those contests.

After being named to the Second Team backfield unit for the two previous season, Place earns a spot on the first team to become the first player in school history to earn All-Conference honors in each of her first three years of collegiate soccer. The junior has appeared in 21 of 22 matches and been an integral part of a defensive unit that has recorded nine shutouts on the season to tie the program record for clean slates. Place was named the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice this year for her play during the weeks of September 19-25 and October 24-30 and played every minute in a six match stretch in which UMass Boston did not allow a goal in over 514 minutes of action, a new program record. A Kittatinny High School product, she has notched a total of three points on the year on three assists. Two of her assists came in the final regular season conference game of the campaign when the Beacons defeated Rhode Island College, 2-0, to secure a home-field playoff berth for the third consecutive season.

For her career, Place has played in 56 matches, while making 43 starts. The New Jersey native has 15 points on four goals and seven assists and has helped the UMass Boston defense record a 1.35 goals against average over three campaigns.

Mulry earns a spot on the LEC Second Team as a forward for the second time in her career after being selected to the First Team a year ago following a Second Team selection in 2008. Like Place, Mulry is the first player in school history to earn All-Conference honor in each of her first three years of collegiate soccer. The junior, who earned the Offensive Player of the Week honor during the week of October 24-30, currently ranks second on the Beacons and is tied for eighth in the LEC with nine goals while her 20 overall points ranks second among teammates and ninth in the conference. The point total also ranks tied for seventh all-time at UMass Boston for points registered in a single season. The Holbrook, MA native had three multi-goal outings on the season, all coming in UMass Boston wins.

In three seasons, Mulry has established herself as one of the most prolific scorers of all-time at UMass Boston. She has netted 40 goals and racked up 86 points for the highest total for both in school history, while owning the program standard with 12 multiple-goal efforts, including three hat tricks. Her eight career game-winners place her second among the Beacons' career leaders as well.

Campbell joined the Beacons last season after transferring from Massasoit Community College and has been a two-year starter in the midfield for UMass Boston. The senior earns a spot on the LEC Second Team with a season total of seven points on two goals and three assists. All three of her assists came in the Beacons 11-0 victory over Wheelock College on October 7, tying the UMass Boston single-game assists record. She netted the game-winning goal in the Beacons 2-0 win over Emerson College on October 13 as well as in a 6-0 win over Becker College on September 28.

During her two years with the program, Campbell has recorded 13 career points on four goals and five assists. She's appeared in 42 games, starting 39 contests and has been a part of 27 wins, the most by any player over a two-year span while at UMass Boston.

Cristoforo is named to the LEC Second Team to become the first UMass Boston freshman to make an all-conference squad as a midfielder since the conference added women's soccer in 1991. The Rockland native is enjoying a productive rookie campaign with 11 total points on three goals and a team-high five assists. She ranks tied for eighth in the LEC with five assists and stands tied for eighth all-time for assists in a single-season by a UMass Boston player. The center-midfielder netted the game-winning goal in a pivotal conference matchup vs. Plymouth State University in the Beacons 1-0 victory on October 23. UMass Boston is 7-0-1 in games that Cristoforo has recorded a point in this season.

Modzelewski becomes only the second freshman in the program's history to be named to the LEC Second Team as a defender, joining Place who accomplished the feat in 2008 on the esteemed list. The Newtown, CT native began the season on the forward line but over the final half of the season transitioned into the Beacons' backfield to become a major force in a unit that has recorded a 0.32 goals against average over its final six matches. Since becoming an everyday centerback for the Beacons, UMass Boston recorded five shutouts which included a stretch of four consecutive clean slates. In her first season with the Beacons, Modzelewski has notched two total points on one goal. Her first collegiate tally came on September 11 vs. Wellesley College in the Wellesley College Invitational.

UMass Boston is enjoying one of its greatest seasons in program history, standing at 13-5-4 overall. The Beacons won a Little East Conference tournament quarterfinal match over the University of Southern Maine, 1-0, to advance to the conference semifinals for the third straight season. In the semifinal matchup against the number-one seeded Eastern Connecticut State University Warriors, the Beacons played 110 minutes of even soccer, notching a 1-1 draw against the eighth ranked team in the country before prevailing in a penalty kick shootout, 3-1, to advance to the program's first ever appearance in the Little East Conference Championship game. In an extremely well played match, the Beacons fell in the finals, 1-0, to Western Connecticut State University on November 7. UMass Boston earned their second consecutive ECAC New England tournament bid, earning their highest berth as the third seed and for the first time will host a game vs. Norwich on Wednesday, November 10 at 1:00 p.m. at the Clark Athletic Center field on the campus of UMass Boston. The Beacons are one victory shy of matching last year's program record win total of 14 and have compiled statistics this season that rank among the program's all-time best including goals (47), assists (34), points (128), shutouts (nine), goals against average (1.04) and corner kicks (76). The Beacons' defense has been one of the biggest reasons for their success this year, ranking fourth in the LEC in goals against average that saw a program-record streak of 514 minutes without a goal allowed from October 19 to November 4, which included four consecutive shutouts. UMass Boston's offensive output has been on point as well with an average of 2.14 goals per game. The Beacons also have five players with 10 or more points for only the second time in school history.