TUFTS TAKES NESCAC TITLE WITH 3-0 VICTORY OVER WILLIAMS

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
NESCAC Championship Match
Tufts 3              Williams 0

At Kraft Field, Medford, MA
Sunday, November 10, 2002

Williams (11-4-2)

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Tufts (12-3-1)

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Scoring: T, Jess Trombly (Alle Sharlip) 17:11; T, Jen Baldwin (penalty kick) 24:37; T, Lindsay Garmirian (Becca Doigan, Sarah Callaghan) 39:12.

Saves: W, Lindsay Starner 4, Clara Hard 0; T, Meg McCourt 6.

Shots: W, 20; T, 20.

Corner Kicks: W, 4; T, 5.

MEDFORD The Tufts University Women's Soccer team scored three goals in the first 40 minutes of play and went on to a 3-0 victory over the Williams College Ephs in the NESCAC Championship Match on Sunday at Kraft Field. Head Coach Martha Whiting's Jumbos (12-3-1) won their first NESCAC crown and earned an automatic berth into the 2002 NCAA Division III Tournament. Williams (11-4-2) awaits a potential at-large berth into the NCAAs, with the field announced tonight.

The Tufts attack started fast. They had numerous bids early before striking first in the 17th minute. On a corner kick, Tufts senior co-captain Alle Sharlip (Kentfield, CA) sent a sharp kick curving towards the goal that was headed into the far side of the net by junior Jess Trombly (Nashua, NH) for a 1-0 Tufts lead. It was the first goal allowed by Williams in six games since October 12.

As Tufts continued its pressure, sophomore Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA) was awarded a penalty kick when she was tripped in the box in the 24th minute. She had given Tufts a 2-1 win in the NESCAC semi-finals against Connecticut College on Saturday with a penalty kick goal early in the second overtime. Baldwin converted again, with her third goal of the tournament giving the Jumbos a 2-0 margin over Williams.

The speed of Tufts freshman Sarah Callaghan (Northborough, MA) set up the third Tufts goal in the 39th minute. She ran past her defender and sent the ball to junior Becca Doigan (West Bloomfield, MI), who continued it to freshman Lindsay Garmirian (Amherst, MA).  Her redirected shot found the right side of the cage for a Jumbo 3-0 lead. Williams had not given up three goals in a game all season. In fact, Williams hadn't given up three goals in a game since September 30, 1995 in a 3-1 loss to Trinity College. Yet Tufts, which went to the halftime break with an 11-3 advantage in shots, scored three in the first half of the biggest game of the season.

Williams had the better of the attack in the second half, putting 17 shots at the Tufts net. Freshman Elise Hansen (Peru, VT) launched a shot from wide left that Tufts sophomore keeper Meg McCourt (Rochester, NY) had to deflect wide resulting in an Eph corner 12 minutes into the second half. Sophomore Hannah Stauffer (New Canaan, CT) had six shots in the second half and junior Claire Samuel (Cleveland, OH) had five as Williams put consistent pressure on the Jumbos, but could not break through.

The shots were an even 20-20 for the match. Tufts held a slim 5-4 margin in corner kicks. Sophomore Lindsay Starner (Windham, NH) started in goal for Williams and made four saves. Freshman Clara Hard (Seattle, WA) played the second half and did not make a save. McCourt had six saves, five in the second half, as Tufts earned its seventh shutout of the season.

Tufts, which won its first NESCAC Championship, will make its third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last five years. They advanced to the NCAA Championship Match in 2000, losing to College of New Jersey, 2-1, on a goal in the final seconds.

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