Tuesday, October 14, 2003

BALDWIN NAMED NESCAC WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MEDFORD Junior Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA/Medway) of the Tufts University Women's Soccer team has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week for her performance in two games last week. She is the first Jumbo to win the award in five weeks so far this season.

Tufts defeated Brandeis, 5-2, on Wednesday (Oct. 8) and lost to Trinity, 2-1, on Saturday (Oct. 11). Baldwin scored three of the team's six goals during the week and assisted on another for a total of seven points. With the scoring spree, she moved into third place on the NESCAC scoring list with 18 points (seven goals, four assists) in nine games for a 2.0 average.

In the game against Brandeis, Tufts handed the 13th ranked Judges their first loss of the season. The five Tufts goals were as many as Brandeis had allowed in their previous nine games. Baldwin scored twice in the game. Her goal in the 34th minute gave the Jumbos a 2-1 lead. She scored again in the 68th minute to put Tufts up 4-2. She also assisted on the team's third goal, the eventual game-winner, by teammate Sarah Gelb (Hermosa Beach, CA/Mira Costa) in the 35th minute. The victory was the seventh straight over Brandeis by Tufts.

On Saturday, Baldwin's goal in the 51st minute tied the game against NESCAC opponent Trinity at 1-1. The two points lifted her career total to 40 in 27 games with the Jumbos. The visiting Bantams nullified Baldwin's effort with a goal in the final 20 minutes that handed Tufts a disappointing loss. The Jumbos dropped to seventh place in NESCAC with a 2-3 conference record.

Baldwin transferred to Tufts from Johns Hopkins University prior to last season. She led the Jumbos in scoring last year with 22 points on nine goals and four assists. She was selected to the All-NESCAC First Team and was a Player of the Week in the league twice.

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