October 28, 2003
Written by Michael Douglas
- Junior goalkeeper Meg McCourt
(Rochester, NY/Brighton) of the Tufts University Women's Soccer team has
been named Co-Player of the Week by the New England Small College Athletic
Conference (NESCAC) for her outstanding play in Tufts' two wins over New
England-ranked teams last week. McCourt shared the award with fellow goalkeeper
Brenna Shields of Trinity College. It was the second time in three weeks that a
Tufts player has earned the honor, following classmate Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA/Medway) earning the title on Oct. 13.
Jumbos began the week with a 3-0 victory over Keene State College, then ranked
seventh in New England, last Tuesday (Oct. 21). The shutout was largely keyed by
McCourt's stellar play in front of the net, recording six saves including four
in the second half. It was McCourt's third solo shutout of the season. She also
shut out Gordon College for 78 minutes before being replaced with a 7-0 lead
late in the second half on Sept. 9.
Tufts' 2-1 victory over conference rival Middlebury College on Saturday (Oct.
25), McCourt recorded four saves and held the high-scoring Panthers to one lone
goal late in the second half. Middlebury entered the week with the NESCAC's
top-scoring offense, averaging 3.33 goals per game, and was ranked fourth in New
England. In the two matches, McCourt recorded a save percentage of 90.9 and a
0.50 goals against average.
her second season as a full-time starter, McCourt has accrued a 9-4 record with
52 saves. She is currently ranked ninth in the NESCAC with a 1.31 goals against
average. Last season, she recorded a goals-against-average of 0.67 in leading
the Jumbos to a 13-4-1 record, including 6-2-1 in NESCAC play. Over her
three-year career, McCourt has allowed 0.98 goals per game, with 116 saves, and
holds a 23-9-1 record, including 12 shutouts.
coach Martha Whiting's Jumbos (9-4, 4-4) have already clinched a spot among the
conference's seven playoff squads heading into this weekend's final
regular-season match at Colby (Nov. 1). If the past week was any indication,
McCourt and the rest of the Jumbos are getting hot at exactly the right time to
make some noise in the conference tournament and beyond.