Date: Tuesday, November 16, 1999


MEDFORD - Eight Tufts University fall student-athletes were named to New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Star Teams in field hockey, men's soccer and women's soccer this week. The teams were announced on Monday following a vote by the league's 11 head coaches in each sport.

In men's soccer, senior tri-captain/forward Matt Adler (Princeton, NJ/Burke Mountain Academy) and junior tri-captain/midfielder David Drucker (Potomac, MD/Wootton) received Second Team honors. Adler, who was named a NESCAC All-Star for the third time in his career, led the Jumbos and was third in the NESCAC in scoring with 24 points on 10 goals and four assists. Drucker, who was picked to the Second Team for the second straight season, had three goals and two assists for eight points. Head coach Ralph Ferrigno's Jumbos earned their sixth straight post-season berth and finished 10-5-1 overall.

In women's soccer, senior back Sarah Stevens (Winchester, MA/Winchester) received First Team honors while sophomore forward Lynn Cooper (Wilton, CT/Wilton) and junior midfielder Sara Yeatman (Santa Monica, CA/Harvard-Westlake) both made Second Team. Stevens was a major contribution at both ends of the field, scoring a career-high 9 points (4g, 1a) and anchoring a defense that allowed a 0.83 goals against average. Cooper, a First Team All-NESCAC selection last fall, led the team in scoring for the second straight season with 24 points (9g, 6a). Yeatman, a Second Team pick for the second year in a row, was chosen despite missing four games. She had 9 points (3g, 3a) in 11 games. Head coach Martha Whiting's team earned its fourth straight post-season berth and finished 9-5-1.

In field hockey, senior midfielder/co-captain Meredith LeRoux (East Norwich, NY/Oyster Bay) was named to the First Team, and freshman forward Dana Chivvis (New Canaan, CT/Greenwich Academy) and junior back Amy Polverini (Longmeadow, MA/Longmeadow) were Second Team honorees. LeRoux, a First Team All-American and Second Team All-NESCAC last fall, picked up where she left off as the field leader for the Jumbos. Chivvis, who was also chosen as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, posted the third-best single-season scoring total in team history with 12 goals and four assists for 28 points. Polverini is the anchor of a defense that allowed 1.29 goals per game and she also contributed two goals and five assists on penalty corner opportunities. Head coach Carol Rappoli's team earned its sixth straight post-season berth, advancing to the ECAC New England Tournament finals, and finished 10-7.