Jumbos advance to NESCAC Championship Game

Tufts 3    Bowdoin 1

Tufts (14-2)   2   1   =   3
Bowdoin (14-2)   1   0   =   1

SCORING: B, Alison Lavoie (Molly Perencevich) 13:45 ;  T, Cara Glassanos (Carmen Mikacenic) 26:14; T, Lynn Cooper (unassisted) 27:57; T, Cooper (Jess Trombly) 62:17.

SAVES: T, Randee McArdle 5;  B, Sarah Farmer 5.

SHOTS: Tufts14, Bowdoin 11.

MIDDLEBURY, Vermont – Tufts used two goals by junior Lynn Cooper (Wilton, CT) to avenge an early-season loss to #2 seed Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon, 3-1. With the win, the #3 seeded Jumbos advance to take on top-seeded Middlebury in the NESCAC Championship game on Sunday at noon.

Bowdoin grabbed an early lead, when Molly Perencevich finished off a run with a corner pass to Alison Lavoie, who found the bottom right corner of the net for the goal at 13:45. Tufts bounced back to tie the match when senior tri-captain Carmen Mikacenic (Seattle, WA) headed a ball into the penalty area that was finished by sophomore Cara Glassanos (Hingham, MA) at 26:14. Just under two minutes later, the Jumbos struck again, as Cooper drove a ball from the top of the box to the bottom left corner to give Tufts the lead for good. At 62:17, Cooper added an insurance goal when she received a crossing pass from freshman Jess Trombly (Nashua, NH), headed it once to settle, and then headed it again past the keeper.

Sarah Farmer made five stops for Bowdoin, while senior tri-captain Randee McArdle (East Nassau, NY) made five saves for Tufts.

The first NESCAC women's soccer championship game will be played at Allan Dragone Field on the Middlebury College campus Sunday at noon. The winner receives an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.