MEDFORD - After helping lead the Jumbo field hockey team to a two-seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this fall, seniors Issy Del Priore, Gigi Tutoni and Fallon Shaughnessy earned NESCAC All-Conference honors today.
For the second consecutive season, Del Priore has been recognizeded as first team All-NESCAC. Tutoni, who earned All-Conference honors for the first time, received All-NESCAC second team. Shaughnessy was also named second team, it being her first All-NESCAC honor as well. This is the second straight year that head coach Tina Mattera's squad had three players selected for All-Conference Team.
Last year's NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, Del Priore continued to provide excellent play in the Jumbos' backfield making it hard for opposing teams to create chancesl. Del Priore recorded a team-high five defensive saves, which was second in the NESCAC. This was an impressive feat considering seven teams in the conference had less than five overall. Due to her strength at her position, the Jumbos have only surrendered 10 goals in 18 games, calculating to a goals against average of 0.55. This is second in the NESCAC.
One of two co-captains, Tutoni leads the Jumbos with 12 goals on the season. With her stick skill and speed, the forward has made it tough for other teams to mark her on defense. Generating a total of 75 shots, which is second in the conference, she has been an offensive threat and is capable of creating quick shots in traffic, even when there is a cluster of bodies in front of her. Second in the conference with six game-winning goals and fifth overall with her 12 goals, Tutoni is averaging 1.33 points per game.
Also a co-captain, Shaughnessy like the others has logged heavy minutes and has started in all 18 games. Leading the Jumbos' midfield, Shaughnessy has been both pivotal on offense and defense. The Massachusetts native has excrellent vision and is able to find teammates up field through traffic to relieve any pressure that the team may be in. With her defensive play, Shaughnessy makes it tough for opposing players to get by her, as she keeps in position and makes it difficult for attackers to keep possession. The senior's play helped the Jumbo defense allow a shots against average of just 4.38 from opposing teams.
The Jumbos head to the NCAA tournament this weekend with an overall record of 16-2 after finishing NESCAC play with a 9-1 record. Both losses came to the conference champion Middlebury, including the Jumbos losing in the NESCAC championship 1-0. Tufts will be back in action this Saturday in the NCAA second round, as they face the winner of Montclair State / Smith at 2 pm. The game will be played at Sea Gull Stadium, home of Salisbury University.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Ryan Servant