Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2002
BALDWIN EARNS FIRST NESCAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MEDFORD – Sophomore Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA/Medway), a transfer to the Tufts University women's soccer team this fall from Johns Hopkins University, made a good impression on her new teammates in the first week of play. She scored the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Amherst College, the #2 team in the nation, on Saturday (Sept. 14) and earned New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week for doing so.
Tufts, a 2-0 loser to Gordon College in its season-opener on September 10, rebounded with a huge win on the road at their conference rival Amherst. The Jeffs were national finalists last fall. In the 28th minute, Baldwin capitalized as she dribbled past an Amherst defender and fired a low shot into the bottom corner of the net after taking a feed from senior defender Cara Glassanos.
Baldwin led Johns Hopkins in scoring as a freshman last year with 12 goals and 11 assists for 35 points. Her point total was the third highest in team history and the 11 assists were a new school record. She was the Most Valuable Player of the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Women's Soccer Championship won by the Blue Jays. Four of her goals were game-winners. Now her first goal at Tufts was a game-winner, and Jumbo Head Coach Martha Whiting expects plenty more.
"She's such a smart player," Whiting said. "She's fast and has a great shot and all that, but more than anything she knows what to do and how to get out of trouble and score."
Baldwin was the Tri-Valley League Most Valuable Player at Medway High School in 1999 and 2000 and led the league in scoring for three years.
Tufts, the NCAA National runner-up in 2000, slipped to 8-7 last season. Members of the competitive NESCAC, the Jumbos are looking to return to the national scene for the third time in the last five years this fall.