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Thursday, December 10, 2009


Fanna Gamal

Sarah Nolet

MEDFORD -- The Tufts University women's soccer team is one of just three in New England to place two or more players on the 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division III All-New England Region First Team.

Senior midfielder Fanna Gamal (Albany, CA) and junior defender Sarah Nolet (Los Altos, CA) of each earned NSCAA First Team honors. Eleven players total were named to the First Team. With three honorees, Williams College was the only school with more than Tufts. Middlebury College also had two players recognized.

Gamal and Nolet each moved up to the First Team after being selected for NSCAA All-New England Third Team accolades last season. Both were deemed as among the best three players at their positions in New England this season. They were also All-New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) First Team picks this fall.

Gamal, a center midfielder, is one of the smartest and most composed players in the league. She finished 2009 with a goal and two assists, with the score coming in the conference tournament first round against Trinity to give Tufts a 1-0 lead. Nolet combines outstanding defensive skills with offensive skills on free kicks and corners.

Tufts earned the fourth seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament with a 4-4-1 regular-season record in the league. They advanced to the conference semi-finals with a 2-1 victory against Trinity in the first round. The Jumbos' season ended with a 4-2 loss to Williams in the semi-finals. Tufts was 8-7-1 overall.

2009 NSCAA All-New England Region Teams