Teams: Women's Soccer: Press
Thursday, November 8, 2007
WOMEN'S SOCCER READY TO MAKE FIFTH NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE
MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's soccer program has
established itself to the point that anything short of an NCAA
Tournament berth is a disappointment. The Jumbos will make their
fifth NCAA Tournament appearance overall, and the fourth under Coach
Martha Whiting, on Saturday when they play a first round game
against Emmanuel College. Hamilton College in Clinton, New York is
the host site, and the Continentals will play Moravian in another
first round game.
Tufts and Emmanuel will play the second game on Saturday, with an
approximate 1:30 pm starting time. The winner will face either
Hamilton or Moravian in the second round on Sunday at 1:00 pm.
The Jumbos earned an at-large berth into the NCAA's with a 12-3-1
record. The season featured an eight-game winning streak as the team
vied for first place in the New England Small College Athletic
Conference (NESCAC). They finished in second with a 7-2 record. In
the conference tournament, after battering Connecticut College 6-0
in the first round Tufts was eliminated on penalty kicks against
Bowdoin in the semi-final round.
Sophomore Cara Cadigan (Nahant, MA/Swampscott) has had a
remarkable season for the Jumbos. After missing her freshman season
in 2006 due to knee surgery, this fall she has set a single-season
record for goals with 17. She has scored 10 game-winning goals and
has goals in 13 of 16 games overall. Four times she has scored two
or more in a game. Her 39 points overall (with five assists) are two
shy of the Tufts single-season mark.
The Jumbos also have a strong veteran presence with senior
co-captains and All-Conference performers Martha Furtek (East
Falmouth, MA/Falmouth) and Annie Benedict (Millburn,
NJ/Millburn), along with classmates Lauren Fedore (East
Lansing, MI/East Lansing), Rebecca Abbott (New Orleans,
LA/Benjamin Franklin), Jessie Wagner (Sudbury,
MA/Lincoln-Sudbury), Joelle Emery (Bedford, NH/Derryfield
School), Julia Brown (Newton, MA/Newton North). Those six
and junior Maya Shoham (West Hartford, CT/Hall) played for
the 2005 Jumbo team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament Final Four
for the second time in the program's history.
The 2007 season has also seen the emergence of sophomore Ali
Maxwell (Exeter, NH/Phillips Exeter), who leads the team with
seven assists and has scored four goals for 15 points. Sophomore
Fanna Gamal (Albany, CA/Head Royce) has also been productive
with two goals and five assists. Sophomore Whitney Hardy
(Truckee, CA/Truckee) has seen action in all 16 games, making
eight starts. Starting goalkeeper Kate Minnehan (Hopkinton,
NH/Hopkinton), who has a 0.80 goals against average, is another
member of a strong sophomore class. First-year Sarah Nolet (Los
Altos, CA/Los Altos) has been a regular from the start and
classmate Geneva DeGregorio (Whately, MA/Frontier) has played
in every game.
Tufts hosted the Final Four in 2000 and lost in the final seconds
of the championship game to College of New Jersey. In all, Tufts has
a 9-4-3 record in NCAA play. Since earning their first berth in 1998
under Coach Bill Gehling, now the Athletic Director at Tufts, the
Jumbos have been invited four times since 2000.
Neighbors in Greater Boston, Tufts and Emmanuel will travel to
upstate New York to meet. The Saints, members of the Great Northeast
Athletic Conference, are 17-2-2 overall and won their conference
tournament. The Jumbos are the most experienced team at the
regional. Host Hamilton College of the Liberty League and Moravian
College of the Landmark Conference, along with Emmanuel, each earned
their second NCAA berths.
Whiting earned the 100th victory of her coaching career and has
an outstanding 100-40-12 mark in her ninth season with the Jumbos.
She is a 1993 Tufts graduate and former team MVP as a goaltender.