Teams: Women's Soccer: Press
Friday, November 9, 2007
THREE JUMBOS MAKE ALL-NESCAC WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAMS
Cara Cadigan named Rookie of the Year
MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's soccer team, which will play
in an NCAA Tournament first round game on Saturday against Emmanuel
College, had three players named to the 2007 New England Small
College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference teams on
Sophomore forward Cara Cadigan (Nahant, MA/Swampscott), who
set a single-season record for goals at Tufts, was elected to
the first team and picked as Rookie of the Year. She was joined on
the first team by senior midfielder Martha Furtek (East Falmouth,
MA/Falmouth). Senior defender Annie Benedict (Millburn,
NJ/Millburn) was voted on the second team.
Cadigan was eligible for Rookie of the Year after missing her
freshman season completely due to a knee injury. She came back
strong, scoring 17 goals including 10 game-winners. That broke the
previous mark of 15 goals scored by Lisa Raffin in 1981. In nine
NESCAC games, Cadigan scored seven goals and they were all-game
winners. She also had five assists overall and is the NESCAC's
leading scorer with 39 points heading into the NCAA Tournament.
Cadigan is the first Tufts Rookie of the Year since Jessica Trombly
for the 2000 season.
This is the fourth All-NESCAC selection for Furtek. She was a second
team pick in her first year, and has been on the first team in each
of the three years since. Once again she was at the center of the
Jumbos offensively, scoring three goals and assisting on four others
for 10 points. Coach Martha Whiting installed a new system for the
2007 season and Furtek's skill at midfield smoothed the transition.
Benedict was an All-NESCAC second team pick last year, too. This
fall she was one of a veteran line of Tufts defenders in front of
sophomore goalkeeper Kate Minnehan (Hopkinton, NH/Hopkinton).
Tufts is currently third in the conference with just 14 goals
allowed in 16 games this season. Their seven shutouts are tied for
third most in the league.
Tufts finished second in NESCAC this fall with a 7-2 mark. They
bring a 12-3-1 overall record into the NCAA Tournament. The Jumbos
are traveling to Hamilton College in Clinton, New York for the first
round. They play Emmanuel at approximately 1:30 pm. The winner of
that game will play either Hamilton or Moravian on Sunday at 1:00 pm
in the second round.