Friday, December 5, 2003
Written by Elliott Wiley, Jr.


MEDFORD -- Today, the New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association released its All-New England Division III teams and Tufts was well represented. Senior co-captain defender Jessica Lovitz (Fairfield, ME/Laurence) and senior forward Jess Trombly (Nashua, NH/Bishop Guertin) named to the First Team, and junior forward Jen Baldwin (Medway, MA/Medway) represented the Jumbos on the Third Team.

Lovitz anchored a Tufts defense that surrendered an average of 1.17 goals per game. Her presence was always felt as she started in all 15 games for the 9-5-1 Jumbos. The back line allowed only nine shots at the goal on average per game. The Jumbos shut out five opponents. Head coach Martha Whiting says her co-captain communicates well and is very vocal on the field. Lovitz is a two-time All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) First Team pick.

Trombly demands the opposing team's respect even when not scoring goals or creating scoring opportunities. Her athletic prowess, which shows when she runs, possess a constant threat. As Lovitz did, Trombly started all 15 games and finished tied for second on the team in scoring with 14 points on six goals and two assists. She led the team with 46 shots. At WPI on September 30, she scored twice including the game winner in the second overtime. She also scored the game-winning goal against Middlebury on October 25.

Baldwin led the in goals (seven) and assists (six) for a total of 20 points, also the team high. She tied for sixth in the NESCAC in points per game, was fifth overall in assists per game, and tied for 11th in goals per game. The junior was named NESCAC Player of the Week on October 13 after scoring three goals and one assist in two games. Against 13th ranked Brandeis, Tufts scored a total of five goals with two off Baldwin's foot and another off her assist. She also scored twice in an early NESCAC win at Connecticut College.

Although the Jumbos will lose Lovitz and Trombly to graduation in May, Baldwin will be back next year as the team will seek its fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament.