Tuesday, October 11, 2005

ROSS NAMED NESCAC'S WOMEN'S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE WEEK

MEDFORD Junior Annie Ross (Newton, MA/Newton South) has been the backstop of a Tufts defense that has allowed a conference-low 0.76 goals per game this fall.  After back-to-back shutouts this past week, Ross was selected as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Soccer Player of the Week on Monday.

In the last week of play, the Tufts netminder blanked both Brandeis and 20th-ranked Bowdoin College for a total of four shutouts so far this season.  In one of her most impressive performances of the year, Ross made 10 saves against Bowdoin on Saturday in adverse weather conditions, not allowing a strong Polar Bear team to net a single tally in a 3-0 win by the Jumbos. She also had one save in the team's dominating effort versus Brandeis.

Ross has allowed just one goal in Tufts' last four matches, a span of 373 minutes, helping her to lead the league with a 0.76 goals-against average.  None have been in the run of play, as the lone goal game on a corner kick by Bates. Ross, a junior in her first season as the starter, stands third in NESCAC in save percentage (.851).

Ross is the second Tufts player to garner Player of the Week honors, following tri-captain Ariel Samuelson (Newton, MA/Newton North), who was recognized for her efforts on September 19. As is often the case when a goaltender is recognized, the defensive play in front of her is equally important. Tufts defenders Joelle Emery (Bedford, NH/Derryfield School), Jen Fratto (Waltham, MA/Waltham), Annie Benedict (Millburn, NJ/Millburn) and Jessie Wagner (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln Sudbury) have jelled as a group in front of Ross.

Tufts, ranked seventh nationally and first in New England, currently stands tied for first place in NESCAC with a 4-1 conference record (8-1 overall). The Jumbos are in the midst of a record tying eight-game win streak. They will attempt to set a new winning streak record on Saturday at home against Trinity.

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