WashU Lands Seven on All-UAA Team; Crist Named MVP

WashU Lands Seven on All-UAA Team; Crist Named MVP


St. Louis, Mo., Nov. 8, 2018 – Senior midfielder Maggie Crist earned 2018 University Athletic Association (UAA) Most Valuable Player accolades to highlight seven Washington University in St. Louis student-athletes named to the all-UAA Women's Soccer Team, as announced Thursday by the league office.

In addition, freshman back Gabbie Cesarone was named the UAA Rookie of the Year and head coach Jim Conlon and assistant coaches Rebekah RollerTheresa Kaiser and Emily Bozdeck were tabbed the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year.

Crist is the first WashU student-athlete to earn MVP honors since 2015 and the 12th in school history to earn UAA MVP honors.

Crist, a three-time all-UAA selection, has started all 17 games as a holding center mid for the Bears. She has five goals and five assists for 15 points, and scored game-winners in a 1-0 win at Rochester Oct. 7 and a 2-0 victory over Chicago Nov. 3. 

A two-time UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week selection, she has also been part of the back line that has recorded 13 shutouts and allowed four goals in 17 games played. As a team, WashU ranks fourth in NCAA Division III in goals against average (0.235) and seventh in shutout percentage (0.765). 

Joining Crist on the first team was junior forward Taylor Cohen and senior midfielder Darcy Cunningham.  

Cohen, a two-first team all-UAA selection, leads the conference with 11 goals and seven assists for 29 points. She is also tied for the lead with four game-winners. She scored the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win at Carnegie Mellon Oct. 14 and in a 1-0 victory over Brandeis Oct. 26. 

Cunningham, a two-time first-team all-UAA honoree, started 14 of 15 games played and had seven goals and seven assists for 21 points. She netted three game-winning goals, including in the 3-0 win at No. 22 Loras (Aug. 31) and in a 2-1 overtime victory vs. Emory Sept. 29. Cunningham was second in the UAA in assists and shots (68) and fourth in game-winning goals. 

WashU was well represented on the second team by Cesarone, sophomore goalkeeper Emma Greenfield and senior back Hannah Menard

Cesarone, the fourth player in school history to earn UAA Rookie of the Year honors, has started all 17 games at center back. She has been part of the defense that has allowed just four goals on the season with 13 shutouts. 

Greenfield, a two-time second-team all-UAA honoree, has a 17-0 record with a 0.25 goals against average with 11 shutouts. She ranks first in the conference in goals allowed (4) and goals against average. Greenfield has made 14 saves in 1464:52 minutes played, including a season-high three in a 4-1 win vs. Rhodes Sept. 15. 

Menard has 16 starts on the back line and has two goals and three assists for seven points. She scored game-winners in the 5-0 victory over Franklin Sept. 8 and in a 4-1 win over Rhodes Sept. 15. Menard also had the game-winning assist in a 2-0 win over No. 20 Chicago Nov. 3. She was named the UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week on Oct. 29, and is part of the back line that has recorded 13 shutouts this season.

Senior midfielder Jessica Kovach rounded out the honorees by earning honorable-mention all-UAA accolades. 

Kovach started 15 of 16 games played in the midfield and has three goals and three assists for nine points. She had a pair of goals, including the game-winner in a 4-0 win at Fontbonne Sept. 20. Kovach also scored the game-winner in a 5-0 win at Millikin Sept. 12. 

WashU posted a 17-0 record in the regular season, capturing its fourth-straight and 13th conference title in school history. The Bears are the fourth team in conference history to go 7-0 in conference play, joining the 2006 and 2013 WashU squads and the 2001 Rochester team.

Top-ranked WashU hosts Westminster (Mo.) Saturday at 5 p.m. in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.