MEDFORD – Senior co-captain Gavin Tasker, senior forward Joe Braun, junior midfielder Calvin Aroh, and junior defender Biagio Paoletta of the Tufts University men's soccer team have been named to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches first team All-New England Region.
Head Coach Josh Shapiro's Jumbos are headed back to Greensboro, North Carolina for the NCAA "Final Four" this week. All four honorees have played lead roles in helping the Jumbos advance. Tufts is averaging 2.36 goals per game while allowing just 0.70 goals against per game.
The Jumbos' four first-team selections are twice as many as the team with the next most (Salve Regina's two). Tufts' four honors overall are also the most in the region.
Tasker is earning his second All-New England first team honor. He has also been named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference first team this season. He has started in all 22 games for the Jumbos and has tallied three goals and a team-high eight assists for 14 points. Tasker has earned an assist in three of the last five games.
Braun is also returning to the All-New England Region first team. He was named to the NESCAC All-Conference first team as well. In 18 starts this season Braun has tallied a team-high six goals and added six assists for a team-best 18 points. He scored the game-winning goal with less than three minutes to play in the NESCAC Championship. Braun has tallied two goals and an assist in his last five games.
Aroh joins the All-New England Region first team for the first time in his career. He also earned All-NESCAC honors for the first time in his career this season. The center-midfielder has two goals and an assist in 21 starts. He has also helped the Jumbos defensively as they have allowed just 16 goals to this point. In the NCAA second round, Aroh fired home the game-tying goal in the 55th minute against WPI.
Paoletta collects another accolade as he receives the All-New England Region honors for the first time in his career. Earlier in the season, he was named to the NESCAC All-Conference first team. Primarily playing the center-back position, the junior plays major minutes for the brown and blue, brining toughness, physicality, and knowledge to the backline. Offensively, he has two goals and one assist on the season.
Head Coach Josh Shapiro's squad enters the Final Four with an 18-2-2 record which includes winning the program's second NESCAC title in the last three years. Tufts has outscored their opponents 12-4 in four NCAA Tournament victories thus far.
The Jumbos are 64-14-14 since 2016 with these players are on the roster, including winning nine consecutive NCAA Tournament games. The Jumbos are in their ninth NCAA Tournament appearance overall.
Tufts will meet Calvin College on Friday night in Greensboro. Last season's national championship game rematch is set to kickoff at 7:45 pm.