Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2000


MEDFORD -- The 2000 All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) teams for Women's Soccer and Field Hockey have been announced and seven Tufts University student-athletes were honored.

The Women's Soccer team posted a 7-2 conference record (third place) and is currently playing in the NCAA Tournament. Tufts plays Bowdoin in the NCAA New England Region semi-finals at Middlebury on Saturday (Nov. 4) at 11 am. The Jumbos beat the University of New England, 5-0, in the first round of the NCAAs. Head coach Martha Whiting's team has set a school record for wins with its 15-3 record and advanced to the NESCAC Championship Game on Oct. 29, losing at Middlebury 2-0.

Senior midfielder and tri-captain Sara Yeatman (Santa Monica, CA/Harvard-Westlake) was named to the All-NESCAC First Team. Senior tri-captain and goalkeeper Randee McArdle (East Nassau, NY/New Lebanon), senior tri-captain defender Carmen Mikacenic (Seattle, WA/Lakeside School), and freshman forward Jess Trombly (Nashua, NH/Bishop Guertin) were named to the All-NESCAC Second Team. Trombly was also named NESCAC Rookie of the Year.

Yeatman had both goals in a 2-0 win over Bates on October 1 and had the game-winning goal with 48 seconds left in a 2-1 win at Amherst. Overall she has 10 goals and three assists to lead the Jumbos with 23 points. She scored two goals to lead Tufts to a 3-0 win over Bates in the first round of the NESCAC Tournament. The NESCAC Player of the Week on October 2, she is All-NESCAC for the third straight year.

McArdle allowed just nine goals in nine NESCAC games this fall for a 0.98 goals against average. She has allowed only 13 goals in her 16 games played overall, a 0.83 goals against mark. With six shutouts this season, McArdle broke the Tufts career mark with 21 through the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Mikacenic has been the leader in the backfield for the Jumbos, who sport a 0.82 goals against average and allow barely eight shots a game. In addition to her defensive work, she scored a game-tying goal against Colby on September 23 (Tufts went on to win, 3-2, in the second OT) and also had a goal at Bowdoin on October 7.

Trombly led Tufts in scoring in NESCAC games with two goals and three assists for seven points, including a goal and an assist in the big win at Amherst. The speedy striker has five goals and six assists overall for 16 points.

The Tufts field hockey team is currently the #1 seed in the ECAC New England Tournament. Head coach Carol Rappoli's team beat Bates on penalty strokes, 1-0, in the first round on Wednesday (Nov. 1). They now host the semi-finals and championship game this weekend (Nov. 4-5), playing Wesleyan on Saturday at 11 am. The Jumbos (9-7-1 overall) were 4-5 in their conference regular-season, but upset Wesleyan in the first round of the NESCAC Tournament 2-1 in two overtimes.

Senior co-captain Colette Gaudet (Reading, CT/Joel Barlow) and junior midfielder Lindsay Lionetti (Stamford, CT / Greenwich Academy) were named to the All-NESCAC First Team. Senior defender and co-captain Amy Polerini (Longmeadow, MA/Longmeadow) was named to the All-NESCAC Second-Team.

Gaudet, who had not scored a collegiate point prior to this season, led Tufts in NESCAC scoring with nine points (3g, 3a) and also leads in overall scoring with 16 points (6g, 4a). Primarily a defender, she did most of her scoring on the potent Tufts penalty corner attack this fall. It was her penalty shot that beat Bates in the first round of the ECACs.

Lionetti responded well to replacing two-time All-American Meredith Leroux at center midfield. She scored four goals in NESCAC games, including two overtime game-winners against Colby on September 23 and Williams on October 21. All-NESCAC Second Team as a freshman in 1998, she has six goals and two assists for 14 points overall.

Polverini, like Gaudet, is a defender who also made major contributions offensively on penalty corner situations. She had two goals and three assists in NESCAC games and is 3-5-11 overall. An All-NESCAC pick for the second straight season, she scored a goal in the team's big win over then #9 in the nation Williams on October 21.