St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 7, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis women's soccer team had three student-athletes named to the 2018 D3Soccer.com All-America Team, as announced by the website Thursday.
Senior back Maggie Crist earned first-team honors, while senior midfielder Darcy Cunningham and senior back Hannah Menard picked up second-team honors. Crist earned the honor for the third time (2016-Second, 2017-Third), while Cunningham picked up second-team honors for the second consecutive season.
Crist, a 2018 First-Team United Soccer Coaches All-America selection, started all 22 games holding center mid for the Bears. She had six goals and six assists for 18 points, and scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win at Rochester Oct. 7 and a 2-0 victory over Chicago Nov. 3.
The 2018 University Athletic (UAA) Association MVP, Crist was also part of the back line that recorded a school-record 16 shutouts and six goals allowed in 22 games played. As a team, WashU ranks third in NCAA Division III in goals against average (0.272) and 11th in shutout percentage (0.727).
Crist, a three-time All-American, All-Region and All-UAA selection, had 10 career goals and eight assists for 28 points, and was a part of 64 shutouts in his career.
Cunningham, a 2018 First-Team United Soccer Coaches All-America selection, started 15 of 18 games played and had seven goals and seven assists for 21 points. She netted three game-winning goals in the regular season, including in a 3-0 win at No. 22 Loras Aug. 31 and in a 2-1 overtime victory vs. Emory Sept. 29.
Cunningham was third in the UAA in shots (69), fourth in assists, fifth in points and seventh in goals. A two-time All-America, All-Region and All-UAA selection, she had 20 career goals and 24 assists for 64 points, and ranks sixth in school history in assists.
Menard, a 2018 First-Team United Soccer Coaches All-America selection, started all 22 games on defense and had 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.
A first-team all-Central Region and second-team all-UAA honoree, she was named the UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week on Oct. 29 and Nov. 12, and was part of the back line that recorded a school-record 16 shutouts and six goals allowed. Menard has four career goals and five assists for 13 points, and was a part of 30 shutouts in her two seasons.
WashU posted a school-best 21-1 overall mark and advanced to the NCAA Division III Final Four for the third time in the last four years and fifth in school history. The Bears also won their 13th UAA title.
WashU set or tied six Bears' single-season records in 2018: wins, unbeaten streak (21), winning streak (21) fewest goals allowed (6), shutouts (16) and winning percentage (.955).