Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2000

Drucker named First Team All-New England for men's team

MEDFORD – A bevy of soccer post-season awards were announced recently, and the Tufts University teams were well represented.

Most prominent is the selection of senior midfielder Sara Yeatman (Santa Monica, CA) as a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) First Team All-American. She is the first All-American First Teamer in the 22-year history of the women's team. Senior goaltender Randee McArdle (East Nassau, NY) was picked as an NSCAA Third Team All-American.

McArdle, Yeatman and junior forward Lynn Cooper (Wilton, CT) were all named to the NSCAA All-New England First Team. Freshman forward Jess Trombly (Nashua, NH) was named to the Second Team.

On the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association's (NEWISA) annual All-Star teams, McArdle and Yeatman were First Team, and Cooper was on the Second Team.

For the men, senior midfielder David Drucker (Potomac, MD) was chosen to the NSCAA First Team.

Both men's and women's soccer had magical seasons this fall. The women's team, coached by Martha Whiting, advanced to the NCAA Division III National Championship Game. Though they lost to College of New Jersey, 2-1, on a goal with three seconds left in the game, Tufts enjoyed its best season ever with an 18-4-1 record and its second NCAA New England Region title. Head Coach Ralph Ferrigno's men were surprise winners of the 2000 ECAC New England Championship. After entering the tournament as the seventh seed among eight teams, Tufts beat Babson (3-1), Keene State (1-0) and host Bowdoin (3-1) to win the crown.

Yeatman, a three-time All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) recipient, scored 11 goals with three assists for 25 points. She scored the game-winning goal in the NCAA New England final against Wheaton, a 3-1 Tufts win. McArdle, who became the team's all-time leader with 24 shutouts, had NCAA Tournament shutouts over University of New England, Bowdoin, William Smith and Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She posted a 0.76 goals against average for the year.

Cooper led Tufts in scoring for the third straight season, scoring 11 goals with six assists for 28 points. She scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the NCAA National Semi-finals against Wisconsin-Stevens Point, one of her four tallies in the tournament overall. Trombly, the NESCAC Rookie of the Year, had six goals and a team-high eight assists for 20 points. She scored the game-winner against William Smith in the national quarterfinals.

Despite missing three games, Drucker compiled six goals with eight assists for 20 points. He scored a goal with an assist at Babson in the first round of the ECACs. The co-captain helped Tufts to an 11-5-2 finish overall. The men's All-American team has yet to be announced.