MEDFORD - After leading the Tufts field hockey team to the No. 2 seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this season, senior forward Mary Travers, senior midfielder Celia Lewis and junior defender Issy Del Priore all received All-NESCAC honors announced today.
Del Priore has been recognized as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year and an All-NESCAC First Team selection. Travers also received All-NESCAC First Team honors while Lewis was named to the All-NESCAC Second Team. With two First Team honorees, head coach Tina Mattera's Jumbos had as many as any team in the league. The Jumbos' three players on the two teams overall were tied for second-most.
Del Priore anchored a Tufts defensive unit that has a league-leading 0.80 goals against average, allowing just 13 goals on the season, and eight shutouts. She tallied three defensive saves for the Jumbos which is tied for fourth-best in the conference. She recorded two defensive saves in the team's 3-0 win over Bowdoin to close out the regular season on Oct. 25. She is the first Jumbo since 2010 (Taylor Dyer) to earn the honor.
Travers is earning First Team honors for the second consecutive season. She led the Jumbos in goals (seven), assists (six) and points (20). Her six assists ranked eighth in the conference and her two game-winning goals ranked 13th. The Princeton, New Jersey native recorded a three-point game (one goal, one assist) in the team's 3-0 season opening win against Colby on Sep. 9. She also recorded the game-winning goal in the team's 2-0 victory over Amherst on Sep. 30.
Lewis was a pivotal part of both the Jumbos' offense and their impressive defense. She was fourth on the team in points (12), goals (four) and assists (four). Her three assists in conference play ranked 12th. The Houston, Texas native recorded four points (one goal, two assists) in the team's 5-0 win over Connecticut College on Sep. 19. She also added a defensive save in the Jumbos 2-0 victory over Williams on Oct. 21.
The Jumbos finished the season with an overall record of 11-5 and a NESCAC record of 8-2. They earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, but were knocked off in a quarterfinal matchup with No. 7 seeded Bowdoin, 2-1 on Oct. 28.
Written by Will Ferreira, Athletic Communications Intern