Thursday, November 14, 2002

Martha Whiting named conference Coach of the Year

MEDFORD The Tufts University Women's Soccer team dominated the selections for the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) First Team, earning four of the 11 spots. The The teams were released by the conference office on Wednesday (Nov. 13) following a vote by the league's 11 head coaches. No other team had more than two players on the First Team. In addition to that, Tufts Head Coach Martha Whiting was named NESCAC Coach of the Year.

Honored for Tufts was sophomore forward Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA/Medway), junior forward Jess Trombly (Nashua, NH/Bishop Guertin), senior co-captain and back Cara Glassanos (Hingham, MA/Hingham), and junior back Jess Lovitz (Fairfield, ME/Laurence). These four were an important part of the 2002 Tufts team that won the NESCAC championship and is playing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament this weekend.

Baldwin, a transfer from Johns Hopkins, led Tufts in scoring with five goals and four assists in for 14 points in 14 games. She's since scored four goals in two NESCAC tournament and one NCAA tournament games for nine total.  She scored the loan goal in a 1-0 win over 2001 national finalist Amherst College early in the season. She scored two goals when the team exploded for a 5-1 win at Trinity, then added a goal and two assists in a 4-2 victory over Wesleyan. She was NESCAC Player of the Week twice.

Trombly joins her teammate as two of the top four NESCAC forwards named. She scored five goals with two assists in 13 regular-season contests. After a slow start scoring, she scored two goals apiece in the back-to-back NESCAC games against Trinity and Wesleyan. Trombly was the NESCAC Rookie of the Year and a Second Team pick in 2000.

Glassanos was both the leader on defense and an offensive contributor. She scored two huge goals, an overtime winner to beat previously undefeated Bowdoin on October 5 and the lone goal in the regular-season finale against Colby that helped the team earn the #1 seed in the NESCAC tournament. Her work on defense helped the Jumbos allow barely seven shots on goal per game during the regular season.

Lovitz, playing in the middle of the Tufts defense with Glassanos, is now well established as one of the league's top defenders as a junior. Tufts is second in NESCAC with a 0.73 team goals against average, with Lovitz's play a key factor. The Jumbos earned eight shutouts this season, three in NESCAC, and are currently on a run of five shutouts in six games.

Whiting, the 2000 National Coach of the Year and guiding Tufts to the national championship game, was honored by NESCAC after leading the team to the title after finishing 8-7-1 last season. A young Tufts team, with just four seniors and four juniors, lost two of its first four games but is 11-1-1 since. Tufts is 13-3-1 overall and ranked 17th in the nation, third in New England.


2002 All-NESCAC Women's Soccer Teams