Date: Tuesday, December 14, 1999


MEDFORD – Senior co-captain Matt Adler (Princeton, NJ/Burke Mtn. Academy) of the Tufts University men's soccer team and sophomore Lynn Cooper (Wilton, CT/Wilton) of the women's soccer team were recently recognized for their outstanding play in 1999 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Adler was named a Third Team All-American and to the All-New England First Team by the NSCAA. He led the Jumbos in scoring for the third straight season with ten goals and four assists for 24 points. During the season Adler became the Tufts soccer program's all-time leader in goals and points scored with 44 and 106, respectively. He surpassed the marks originally set by current Tufts athletic director Bill Gehling in 1973. It was the second time in his career that he was named an All-American including 1997 when he was honored as a Second Teamer.

The Tufts men earned their sixth straight post-season berth and advanced to the semifinal round of the ECAC New England Playoffs. Head coach Ralph Ferrigno's team finished 10-5-1 after losing at Middlebury in the quarterfinals.

"Matt battled injuries throughout his career, and his senior season was no different," Ferrigno said. "Setting those records and earning these accolades is not only an indication of his talent, but also of his desire."

Cooper, named to the NSCAA All-New England Region Second Team, led the women's team in scoring for the second year in a row with 24 points on nine goals and six assists. She tied a team record with three goals versus Curry on October 19 and her 24 points tied for the fifth-best single-season in team history. Including goals and assists, she scored points in 10 of the team's 15 games this season including six in a row in the middle of the year when the team went 5-1. In 31 career games she has 48 points (19g, 10a).

The Tufts women earned their fourth straight post-season berth and lost to Clark in the first round of the ECAC New England Playoffs. The Jumbos finished 9-5-1 overall.

"Coop can finish and make the right decisions to set up scoring chances," head coach Martha Whiting said. "She's a very skilled player who's made a big impact on our program in just two years."