Date: Friday, November 16, 2001
Written by Julie Fox


MEDFORD – Ten Tufts University fall athletes were named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic Team. The team consists of five men and five women from each school in the NESCAC, all who are significant contributors to their teams and carry a 3.35 grade point average or better.

This fall's Tufts representatives are senior cross country runners Heather Ballantyne (Winchester, MA/Winchester), J. R. Cruz (Centereach, NY/Centereach), and Ben Smith (Noank, CT/Fitch); junior runner Aly White (Canton, MA/Canton); senior soccer players Lynn Cooper (Wilton, CT/Wilton) and Becky Mann (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield); junior soccer player Matt MacGregor (Little Compton, RI/Middletown); junior golfer Arun Lamba (Weston, CT/Weston); senior football player Scott Mittenthal (Atlanta, GA/Westminster); and senior field hockey player Barbara Szajda (Farmington, CT/Farmington).

Ballantyne, a geological sciences major, was a co-captain of this year's team. She was a top-five finisher for Tufts in every race she ran, finishing first for Tufts in two races. She was 31st overall in the Codfish Bowl on September 22nd and finished 15th overall in the Jumbo Invitational on September 29th. Cruz, who is majoring in biopsychology, was also a co-captain of his team, which qualified for the NCAA Championship Race. He was named to the All-NESCAC First Team and finished seventh overall in the New England Championship Race on November 10th.

Smith was the other co-captain of the men's cross-country team. He turned in many strong performances as well, finishing second overall in the Jumbo Invitational on September 29th and finishing 30th overall at the New England Championships. Smith consistently finished in the top five for the Jumbos. White was also a strong runner this year. The psychology major finished in the top five Tufts runners four times, and turned in her best finish at New Englands, finishing 44th overall.

Cooper, a comparative religion and English double-major, was a co-captain of the women's soccer team this season. She finished the season with four goals and one assist, and ended her career with 34 goals and 17 assists for a total of 85 points (second all-time at Tufts). Mann helped keep the game flowing as a midfielder for the soccer team. The psychology major finished the season with one goal and three assists for a total of five points.

MacGregor, an International Relations and history double-major, was a tri-captain of the men's soccer team this season. He was named the NESCAC Player of the Week for the week ending October 14th. He finished the season with eight goals and six assists, including both goals in a 2-1 overtime victory over NESCAC rival Wesleyan on October 10th. Lamba, a physics and economics double-major, was an important contributor to the golf team this season. He was the top finisher for the Jumbos at the New England Championships, with a score of 80-80 160, good for a 65th place finish overall out of 229 competitors.

Mittenthal, majoring in biology, was a co-captain of the football team that placed third in the NESCAC this season with a record of 6-2. Mittenthal was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team and led the team in tackles with 59 (32 solo). Three of these tackles were for losses, and he recorded one sack. Szajda played midfield for the field hockey team and was also one of the tri-captains. The biology major finished her career with five goals and six assists for a total of 16 points.