JUMBOS SCORE THREE IN SECOND HALF FOR KEY LEAGUE WIN

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Tufts 3 Middlebury 1

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2001
at Medford

Middlebury (2-1, 1-1 NESCAC) 1 0 = 1
Tufts (2-1, 2-0 NESCAC) 0 3 = 3

SCORING: M, Leah Cumsky-Whitlock (Wendy Miner) 31:57; T, Alle Sharlip (unassisted) 53:37; T, Lynn Cooper (unassisted) 55:33; T, Sharlip (Sarah Gelb) 63:45.

SAVES: M, Ali Connolly 9; T, Mara Schanfield 5.

CORNER KICKS: M, 7; T, 5.

SHOTS: M, 8; T, 24.

MEDFORD – Host Tufts University scored three goals in the second half to post a key 3-1 victory over Middlebury College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's soccer action on Saturday afternoon.

Middlebury entered the game ranked 13th in this week's national poll and second in New England. The game was a match-up between last year's NESCAC tournament finalists. Middlebury won that game, 2-0, and the Panthers had the better of the play in the first half of today's game. They broke through for a 1-0 lead on a corner kick by senior Wendy Miner (Concord, MA) that leading scorer Leah Cumsky-Whitlock (Newton, MA) knocked into the goal in the 31st minute.

Tufts, the NCAA Tournament runner-up last fall, quickly fell out of the national poll after opening with a 4-1 loss at Babson. The Jumbos, who played most of that game with 10 players after a red-card ejection, are now showing that was a fluke. After a solid 2-0 win at Wesleyan on Wednesday, they took over the game against Middlebury in the second half. Junior Alle Sharlip (Kentfield, CA) and senior co-captain Lynn Cooper (Wilton, CT) scored just two minutes apart to turn the deficit into a 2-1 Jumbo lead with 34 minutes to play. Less than 10 minutes later, Sharlip tallied her second goal of the game and Tufts was suddenly up by two with 26:15 to play. They brought home the victory in front of 400 fans at Kraft Field.

The win boosted Tufts to 2-0 in the league and 2-1 overall. Middlebury suffered its first loss, dropping to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference. Senior co-captain Ali Connolly (Marblehead, MA) had nine saves in the Middlebury cage, while Tufts senior Mara Schanfield (St. Paul, MN) earned the win with five saves.

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