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Thursday, November 13, 2008


Fanna Gamal

Sarah Nolet

MEDFORD -- Junior midfielder Fanna Gamal (Albany, CA) and sophomore defender Sarah Nolet (Los Altos, CA) of the Tufts University women's soccer team each earned first team honors when the 2008 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference selections were announced today.

In a season that started with promise, but was sidetracked by injuries, Gamal and Nolet provided the steady play that helped lead the Jumbo squad to a fourth-place finish in the conference. Coach Martha Whiting's team earned a home-field berth into the conference tournament and finished with an 8-5-1 overall record.

Nolet, whose 6-foot, athletic presence in the middle of the field alone made a difference for the Jumbos, was selected as one of three first-team defenders in the league despite playing half of the season as a defensive center-midfielder. Her leadership and performance as a center-back stabilized Tufts defensively, as the team allowed only four goals in their last five games. She also contributed offensively with a team-high 30 shots attempted for the year, scoring three goals. She had the eventual game-winner in a big early-season, non-conference victory (2-0) at Wheaton. Nolet was also had three assists for the season.

Gamal's talents at midfield were critical to the team's offensive transition. With modest statistical totals of two goals and three assists for seven points in 14 games, her field vision and passing ability did not go unrecognized by the conference's other 10 coaches. They voted her as one of the four best at her position in the league. She scored the eventual game-winning goal against Wesleyan on October 19. Of her three assists, two came in wins over Connecticut College and Wheaton. She was very active for the Jumbos with four shots in the NESCAC Tournament quarterfinal game against Bowdoin, which Tufts lost on penalty kicks.

In the team's injury-plagued season, Nolet and Gamal were two of only five Jumbos to start all 14 games.

2008 All-NESCAC Women's Soccer Teams