Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Written by Michael Douglas


MEDFORD - Junior goalkeeper Meg McCourt (Rochester, NY/Brighton) of the Tufts University Women's Soccer team has been named Co-Player of the Week by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) for her outstanding play in Tufts' two wins over New England-ranked teams last week. McCourt shared the award with fellow goalkeeper Brenna Shields of Trinity College. It was the second time in three weeks that a Tufts player has earned the honor, following classmate Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA/Medway) earning the title on Oct. 13.

The Jumbos began the week with a 3-0 victory over Keene State College, then ranked seventh in New England, last Tuesday (Oct. 21). The shutout was largely keyed by McCourt's stellar play in front of the net, recording six saves including four in the second half. It was McCourt's third solo shutout of the season. She also shut out Gordon College for 78 minutes before being replaced with a 7-0 lead late in the second half on Sept. 9.

In Tufts' 2-1 victory over conference rival Middlebury College on Saturday (Oct. 25), McCourt recorded four saves and held the high-scoring Panthers to one lone goal late in the second half. Middlebury entered the week with the NESCAC's top-scoring offense, averaging 3.33 goals per game, and was ranked fourth in New England. In the two matches, McCourt recorded a save percentage of 90.9 and a 0.50 goals against average.

In her second season as a full-time starter, McCourt has accrued a 9-4 record with 52 saves. She is currently ranked ninth in the NESCAC with a 1.31 goals against average. Last season, she recorded a goals-against-average of 0.67 in leading the Jumbos to a 13-4-1 record, including 6-2-1 in NESCAC play. Over her three-year career, McCourt has allowed 0.98 goals per game, with 116 saves, and holds a 23-9-1 record, including 12 shutouts.

Head coach Martha Whiting's Jumbos (9-4, 4-4) have already clinched a spot among the conference's seven playoff squads heading into this weekend's final regular-season match at Colby (Nov. 1). If the past week was any indication, McCourt and the rest of the Jumbos are getting hot at exactly the right time to make some noise in the conference tournament and beyond.