MEDFORD - Following a trip to the New England Small Conference Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals, five Jumbo Women's Soccer players have been selected to All-Conference teams. The team is preparing for the NCAA Tournament and have a record of 10-5-2 which includes a 5-3-2 mark in the league.
With five players honored, this marks the most players Tufts has had selected since NESCAC became a playing conference in 2000. Tufts covers all positions with two forwards, one midfielder, one defender and a goalkeeper selected. The Jumbos have previously had four players selected to the two NESCAC teams in the 2002, 2011, and 2017 seasons.
Sophomore forward Liz Reed is receiving her first All-Conference honor after a breakout second season at Tufts. Reed has been named All-Conference first team after she more than tripled her point total from last season scoring eight goals accompanied by seven assists for 23 points. Reed's seven assists lead the NESCAC, while she ranks sixth in goals scored. She earned herself NESCAC Player of the Week on October 15 after propelling Tufts to a perfect week with three goals and two assists. Reed opened the season scoring points in six of the first seven games while recording multiple two-goal games on the year.
Junior midfielder Jenna Troccoli is also receiving her first All-Conference honor as she was named one of four All-NESCAC first team midfielders. Troccoli's role on this Jumbos team cannot be replicated. A common theme all year has been Tufts' ability to control the midfield and wear out opponents, with Troccoli anchoring this effort. Her defensive tenacity and hustle goes unmatched. The midfielder managed to get involved offensively too, scoring five points on the season. She scored one of her two goals against conference opponent Bates in September.
Junior Sarah Maloney is the Jumbos' lone defender selected to the All-NESCAC team as she was named one of four first team defenders. Maloney has started every game this season as the center-back in a line of just three for Tufts which only allowed 0.68 goal per game on the year. Despite specializing in defense, the Jumbos opted to bring the defender in for corner kicks due to her athleticism and jumping ability. This resulted in two goals for Maloney, with one header coming in the conference semifinals against Williams. However, the junior made her presence most felt on defense as an integral part in opening the season with five straight shutouts.
Senior goalkeeper Emily Bowers earned herself one of two goalkeeper spots on the All-NESCAC first-team. She set personal statistical records in goals against average at 0.70 as well as save percentage at a 0.84 mark. Bowers also recorded nine shutouts during the year, topping her previous best of seven last season. Bowers' nine shutouts leads all goalkeepers in the conference. As a four-year starter, Bowers set a Tufts record for most career shutouts with 27 total. She earned NESCAC Player of the Week on October 8 this season, after shutting out undefeated fourth-ranked Middlebury on the road. Bowers is no stranger to the All-NESCAC first team, as this is her second straight year earning the honor.
Sophomore forward Sophie Lloyd appears on the All-NESCAC second team once again, as she received the honor last season, along with NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Lloyd's 25 season points lead Tufts offensively while she is tied for second in the conference in total points, and tied for third in the conference in total goals (10). She managed to accomplish all this while missing two games in September due to an injury. The sophomore opened up the season scoring two goals in each of her first three games, resulting in three game-winning goals for Tufts. She managed to score seven points in-conference this season in just eight games with a .500 shot-on-goal percentage. Lloyd acted as the consistent finisher Tufts required in close games where they struggled to find offense.
With five players selected to Women's Soccer All-NESCAC teams, Tufts, Middlebury, and Williams complete a three-way tie for most players recognized.
Tufts will travel to Cozzens Field in Geneva. New York on Saturday to square off against Penn. State- Behrend in the first round of NCAA play at 1:30 pm.
Written by Athletic Communications Intern Garrett Kerr