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Monday, November 27, 2006


MEDFORD -- Senior tri-captain Jen Fratto (Waltham, MA/Waltham) of the Tufts University women's soccer team has been selected to play in the 2006 New England Women's Intercollegiate Soccer Association (NEWISA) Soccer Bowl, which will be held on Sunday, December 3 at 12 Noon at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts.

The New England Intercollegiate Soccer Association, which was formed by coaches back in the 1970's, has held this annual event to honor those players who for four years have helped contribute to their programs and to the growth of soccer in New England. Fratto was chosen during a three-week period of nominations and voting conducted by coaches throughout New England at each division. The game will consist of two teams featuring a combination of Division I, II and III players.

Fratto has been a leading contributor to Tufts' success on defense in recent years. The Jumbos ranked fifth in the league with a 1.17 goals against average this fall. The team placed fourth in the league under that category in 2005 with a 0.87 mark. In 2004, their 1.16 goals against average was sixth in NESCAC.

She started every game as a sophomore and senior. As a junior, she played in 19 of 21 games, started 18, and scored two goals with an assist for five points. That Jumbo squad advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament semi-finals in Greensboro, North Carolina.

"Fratto is a great leader in the back," said Tufts head coach Martha Whiting. "She shows tremendous composure even  in the most frantic situations.  She has been a starter since her sophomore year and her experience and leadership will be missed."