Former Tribunes capture national titles

Former Tribunes Elin Eklund, left, and Chloe Crook helped their respective teams earn national title this fall.
Former Tribunes Elin Eklund, left, and Chloe Crook helped their respective teams earn national titles this fall.

ROCHESTER -  A pair of former MCC women's soccer stars helped their current teams claim national championships this season - one as a player and the other as a coach.

Elin Eklund, a May 2018 grad of Monroe, helped lead the University of Bridgeport Purple Knights to the NCAA Division II national title earlier this month. The midfielder from Gothenburg, Sweden, assisted on Bridgeport's lone goal in a 1-0 win over Grand Valley State to give the Knights their first-ever NCAA team national title. She appeared in all 25 matches and tallied four goals and six assists.

Eklund had a stellar two-year career with the Lady Tribunes. In 33 games, she totaled 30 goals, 25 assists, and 85 points while leading MCC to a 27-6-3 record, a pair of Region III championships, and a third-place finish at the 2016 NJCAA Division I national tournament.

A two-time first team All-Region selection, Eklund also earned honors at the national level. She was a 2016 first team NSCAA All-American, and a second team selection by United Soccer Coaches in 2017.

Crook is in her first season as an assistant coach with William Carey University, an NAIA school located in Hattiesburg, Miss.  The Lady Crusaders claimed their first national title with a 1-0 win over Keiser University on Dec. 2.

Crook was a standout goalkeeper for the Tribunes during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The native of London, England backstopped Monroe to a pair of regional championships and appearances in two consecutive NJCAA Division I national tournaments. She appeared in 35 games in her two seasons, finishing with a 0.68 goals against average and an .871 save percentage. She was a two-time All-Region selection as well as a 2012 second team NJCAA All-American.