Tuesday, October 11, 2005
– Junior Annie Ross (Newton, MA/Newton South) has been the backstop of a Tufts defense that has allowed a
conference-low 0.76 goals per game this fall.
After back-to-back shutouts this past week, Ross was selected as the New
England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Soccer Player of
the Week on Monday.
the last week of play, the Tufts netminder blanked both Brandeis and 20th-ranked
Bowdoin College for a total of four shutouts so far this season.
In one of her most
impressive performances of the year, Ross made 10 saves against Bowdoin on
Saturday in adverse weather conditions, not allowing a strong Polar Bear team to
net a single tally in a 3-0 win by the Jumbos. She also had one save in the
team's dominating effort versus Brandeis.
has allowed just one goal in Tufts' last four matches, a span of 373 minutes,
helping her to lead the league with a 0.76 goals-against average. None have been in the run of play, as the lone goal game on a
corner kick by Bates. Ross, a junior in her first season as the starter, stands
third in NESCAC in save percentage (.851).
is the second Tufts player to garner Player of the Week honors, following
tri-captain Ariel Samuelson (Newton, MA/Newton North), who was recognized for her efforts on September 19. As is often the
case when a goaltender is recognized, the defensive play in front of her is
equally important. Tufts defenders Joelle Emery (Bedford, NH/Derryfield
School), Jen Fratto (Waltham, MA/Waltham), Annie Benedict
(Millburn, NJ/Millburn) and Jessie Wagner (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln Sudbury)
have jelled as a group in front of Ross.
ranked seventh nationally and first in New England, currently stands tied for
first place in NESCAC with a 4-1 conference record (8-1 overall). The Jumbos are
in the midst of a record tying eight-game win streak. They will attempt to set a
new winning streak record on Saturday at home against Trinity.