Friday, November 14, 2003
Written by Michael Douglas

THREE TUFTS PLAYERS NAMED ALL-NESCAC IN WOMEN'S SOCCER

MEDFORD - The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced it's Women's Soccer All-Conference teams for the Fall 2003 season. Three members of the Tufts University squad were awarded all-conference honors. Seniors Jess Trombly (Nashua, NH/Bishop Guertin) and Jess Lovitz (Fairfield, ME/Lawrence) were named to the All-NESCAC First Team, while junior Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA/Medway) was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team.

Trombly was selected to the First Team for the second straight season. The senior forward was second on the squad in scoring with fourteen points on six goals and two assists. She had a number of solid performances in NESCAC play this season. She scored the eventual game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Middlebury on Oct. 25. Her goal in the Jumbos' first conference match of the season contributed to a 2-1 victory over Amherst (Sept. 13). She also scored a goal in Tufts' 4-2 loss to Bates on Sept. 28. Overall, she scored three goals in NESCAC play. Trombly was also named to the All-NESCAC First Team in 2002, to the NESCAC Second Team in 2000, and NESCAC Rookie of the Year in 2000. She finished her career third on the program's all-time scoring list with 22 goals and 14 assists for 58 points.

Lovitz was also a repeat selection to the All-NESCAC First Team. The senior co-captain and defender started all 15 games and was the leader of a Tufts defense that allowed 1.17 goals per game. The defense allowed less than 10 shots at the net per game, with 136 allowed in 15 games. The Jumbos also shut out five opponents this fall. Last season Lovitz was also named to the First Team, when she helped the Jumbo defense allow only 0.71 goals per game, second-best in the NESCAC. The four-year player started 62 of her 68 career games at Tufts.

An All-NESCAC First Team selection last season, Baldwin was a Second Team selection in 2003. She led the squad with 20 points on seven goals and six assists, and was tied for sixth in the conference in scoring with 1.33 points per game. She was also fifth in the league with 0.40 assists per game. She was a major contributor to Tufts' NESCAC success all season. She scored the eventual game-winning goal in Tufts 2-1 victory over Amherst on Sept. 13. The junior also scored two goals in Tufts' 3-0 victory at Connecticut College on Sept. 20. Baldwin finished the season with four goals and three assists in NESCAC play, and was named NESCAC Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 13, after scoring three goals and an assist over two matches: a 5-2 victory over 13th-ranked Brandeis on Oct. 8 and a 2-1 loss to Trinity on Oct. 11. Last season, Baldwin was named to the All-NESCAC First Team after leading the Jumbos with 22 points on nine goals and four assists.

The Jumbos finished their season at Amherst College with a penalty strokes loss in the opening round of the NESCAC tournament. The Jeffs went on to capture the NESCAC title. Head Coach Martha Whiting's Jumbos finished the season with a 9-5-1 overall record, including a 4-5 record in NESCAC play for seventh place. The squad qualified for the postseason for the fourth straight season under Coach Whiting, whose teams have posted a 57-25-4 overall record during her four-year tenure. With Baldwin leading a talented group of returning players, the Jumbos will look to extend that streak to five in the 2004 season.

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