Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2003
Written by LunYan Tom

WOMEN'S SOCCER EARNS HIGH RANK IN EARLY GOING

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University's Women's Soccer team places second in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas New England rankings and 13th in the national rankings this week.  Off to a great start, the Jumbos have an undefeated recorded of 3-0 in the early going.

Junior Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA/Medway) leads Tufts in scoring so far with two goals and two assists for six points.  Junior Becky Greenstein (Newton, MA/Newton South) has two goals as well, and one assist for five points.  Senior Becca Doigan (West Bloomfield, MI/West Bloomfield), and sophomore Sarah Callaghan (Northborough, MA/Algonquin) round off the top four with two goals apiece for four points.

Tufts' first game of the season on September 9, a 7-0 win against Gordon College, resulted in the most goals scored by the team since 1999.  Doigan scored twice in the game.  Baldwin scored a goal with an assist.  Overshadowed by Tufts' 39-4 advantage in shots, the Tufts defense held down Gordon, led by senior co-captains Abby Herzberg (Sebastopol, CAAnaly) and Jess Lovitz (Fairfield, ME/Laurence).  Junior keeper Meg McCourt (Rochester, NY/Brighton) earned the win with two saves in 78 minutes of play.

In the second game of the season on September 13, the Jumbos' NESCAC opener, the team defeated the Jeffs of Amherst College, 2-1.  Trombly started things off for the Jumbos scoring in the 15th minute.  Junior Lindsey Wolejko (East Lyme, CT/East Lyme) began the pass to Greenstein, which resulted in a perfectly scored second goal by Baldwin.

In their most recent game, Tufts shut out Babson, 2-0, earning a 21-4 margin in shots.  Callaghan made a wide open shot into the net, with the assistance of Baldwin.  Greenstein added the insuarance goal with a corner kick that bounced off the Babson keeper. McCourt earned her first shutout of the season, and tenth of her career.

Next up for Head Coach Martha Whiting's team is at Connecticut College on Saturday, September 20 at 1:30 pm.  Rounding out late September will be two games, the first at Bates, Sunday the 28th at 11 am, and Tuesday the 30th, 4 pm against Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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