KANSAS CITY, Mo.—For the first time in five years, UMass Boston women's soccer placed two players on the United Soccer Coaches All-New England Team, the organization announced on Monday.
Senior Jaclyn O'Grady (Somers, Conn.) and freshman Allie Crawford (Kingston, Mass.) each were recognized for the first time. O'Grady was named to the Second Team, while Crawford earned a spot on the Third Team.
The duo helped UMass Boston post their first winning season since 2014 and earn their fourth-ever trip to the Little East Conference Championship Game.
UMass Boston was the only Little East Conference school to have multiple honorees. Western Connecticut State University junior back Jasmine Grey (Third Team) was the only other LEC player to be recognized. Crawford was also one of only two freshman to earn a spot on the All-Region team, joining Springfield College's Kaleigh Dale (First Team).
O'Grady put together the best season of her career as a senior. The Beacons "utility" player earned a spot on the Second Team as a back after helping UMass Boston post seven shutouts and a 1.21 goals against average. She split her time this season between the back line, the midfield and as a center forward. O'Grady tied for the team-lead with seven goals and finished second with six assists and 20 total points. She also added two game-winning tallies.
The senior proved to be one of the most clutch players on a team that was known for their propensity for late-game theatrics. Three of her seven goals came in the 84th minute or later, including the game-tying goal against UMass Dartmouth in the 89th minute and the game-winning goal in overtime against Rhode Island College. She recorded a season-high four points on October 16, when she recorded two goals, including the game-winning goal-against Curry College.
O'Grady finishes her career fifth in program history in career goals (19) and sixth in points (50). Her seven career game-winning goals are tied for fourth in program history.
Crawford proved to be one of the most impressive freshmen on a Beacons team that featured 15 of them. She appeared as a key cog in the midfield in all 22 games and finished second on the team with 21 starts. The freshman playmaker was at her best when she was going forward, as she led the entire Little East Conference and ranks seventh in the nation with her 14 assists. He 14 assists set a single-season program record, breaking All-American Krista Ledin's ('14) mark of 12 assists in 2012. Crawford also added four goals, for a team-leading total of 22 points.
After not recording a point in her first five career games, Crawford registered at least one point in 12 of her final 17 games. Crawford was especially clutch in close games, as she recorded an assist on the game-winning goal in six of the Beacons' 14 wins and an assist on the game-tying goal against UMass Dartmouth. Some of her biggest contributions including the primary assist on the game-winning goal against conference foes Castleton University and Rhode Island College in overtime and an assist on the game-winning goal in the LEC Semifinals.
Crawford was also honored by the New England Soccer Journal, as she was named to their All-New England Rookie Team as a starting midfielder.