Tufts 5              Brandeis 2

At Medford, MA
Wednesday, October 8, 2003

Brandeis (9-1) 1 1 = 2
Tufts (6-2) 3 2 = 5

SCORING: T, Jessica Trombly (unassisted) 7:47; B, Melissa DeLowe (unassisted) 14:24; T, Jen Baldwin (Tromby, Sarah Gelb) 34:37; T, Gelb (Baldwin) 35:19; B, Lisa Kaplin (unassisted) 61:00; T, Baldwin (unassisted) 67:38; T, Sarah Callaghan (unassisted) 88:57.

SAVES:  T, Meg McCourt (90 min.) 8; B, Natasha Pieciak (45 min./3 GA) 5; Mari Levine (45 min. 2 GA) 4.

SHOTS: T, 15; B, 12

CORNER KICKS: T, 4; B, 10.

MEDFORD Junior Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA) scored two goals and set up another as the Tufts Women's Soccer Team handed 13th ranked Brandeis University its first loss of the season, 5-2, at Kraft Field on Wednesday. The win was the seventh straight in the series for the Jumbos (6-2) dating back to 1997. The Judges dropped to 9-1.

Both teams came out flying. Tufts capitalized first, with senior Jessica Trombly (Nashua, NH) netting her fifth goal in the seventh minute. Brandeis answered seven minutes later on a corner kick by senior leading scorer Melissa DeLowe (San Ramon, CA) that found the net untouched for a 1-1 score. It was her 11th goal of the season. The momentum turned in Tufts' favor when Baldwin and junior Sarah Gelb (Hermosa Beach, CA) scored just 42 seconds apart in the 34th and 35th minutes for a 3-1 Jumbo lead at the half. Baldwin assisted the third goal with an easy cross to a wide open Gelb.

Brandeis had the better of the play early in the second half, and took advantage of careless Tufts defense to pull within a goal. Freshman Lisa Kaplin (Armonk, NY) booted in a ball left out front at 61:00 even to make the score 3-2. Baldwin was there with an answer for Tufts, finishing a scoring chance with a rocket the ricocheted off the crossbar and in at 67:38. She also created the final goal when she arrived to a loose ball at the same time as Brandeis keeper Mari Levine (Hopkinton, MA). Tufts sophomore Sarah Callaghan (Northborough, MA) scored after the ball squirted loose.

The five goals by the Jumbos matched the amount that the Judges had given up in their previous nine games this season. Sophomore Natasha Pieciak (Three Rivers, MA) started in goal for the Judges and made five saves in 45 minutes. Levine came on in relief and stopped four shots. Tufts junior Meg McCourt (Rochester, NH) made eight saves to gain the victory.