NCAA Tournament First Round
Tufts 4    Nichols 0

At Kraft Field, Medford, MA
Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Nichols (13-8)





Tufts (13-3-1)





Scoring: T, Jen Baldwin (Sarah Gelb) 21:00; T, Lindsay Garmirian (Becca Doigan) 34:35; T, Cara Glassanos (Lindsey Wolejko) 37:55; T, Sarah Callaghan (Wolejko) 82:21.

Saves: N, Natalie Lavin (84 minutes) 6, Samantha Kane (6 minutes) 1; T, Meg McCourt (90 minutes) 3.

Shots: N, 5; T, 36.

Corner Kicks: N, 0; T, 13.

MEDFORD The NESCAC champion Tufts University Women's Soccer team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-0 victory over Nichols College in the first round on Wednesday at Kraft Field. The Jumbos, seeded third out of six in the New England region, will play #2 Keene State College in the second round on Saturday (Nov. 16) at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. Game time is 1:30 pm.

Tufts scored three goals within a 17-minute span in the first half to take charge of the game against Nichols. Playing in miserable rain and cold conditions, the Jumbos dominated with wide advantages in shots (36-5), corner kicks (13-0) and on the scoreboard. They improved to 13-3-1 overall. Nichols College's season ended with a 13-8 record.

Red-hot Tufts sophomore Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA) scored her fourth goal in the last three games, and ninth this season, to put the hosts up 1-0. She collected a loose ball and put a shot into the far corner in the 21st minute. Less than a minute later Baldwin got the ball alone in front of the Nichols net, but her shot was right at Bison keeper Natalie Lavin (Barre, VT). No goal, but Tufts was on its way to posting a 23-1 margin in shots for the first half.

In the 34th minute, junior Jumbo Becca Doigan (West Bloomfield, MI) sent a long ball up the middle of the field that sophomore Lindsay Garmirian (Amherst, MA) sped past a defender to retrieve. In alone on Lavin, Garmirian scored her second goal in as many games for a 2-0 Tufts lead. Just three minutes later it was 3-0 after the Jumbos earned a corner kick, taken by sophomore Lindsey Wolejko (East Lyme, CT). Her kick ended up at the right post, where senior co-captain Cara Glassanos (Hingham, MA) was perfectly placed to chip it in.

Tufts recorded its eighth shutout of the season and fifth in the last six games. Nichols had its best scoring chance with 16 minutes remaining in the second half when leading scorer Kristine O'Coin (Spencer, MA) took a strong, open shot from 20 yards out that Tufts keeper Meg McCourt (Rochester, NY) had to leave her feet to grab. O'Coin's two shots were the most for the Bison.

The Jumbos wrapped up the scoring in the 82nd minute when freshman Sarah Callaghan (Northborough, MA) headed in a direct kick from just outside the box by Wolejko, who earned her second assist of the game. Four different players scored goals for Tufts, including two by freshmen. Baldwin had six shots, followed by five from Garmirian.

Making their third NCAA appearance in the last five years, Tufts improved to 6-2-2 in the tournament (the two ties going to the penalty kicks round where they won). It was the first NCAA appearance for Nichols College, champions of the Commonwealth Coast Conference.