MEDFORD – Senior defender Sarah Maloney and junior forwards Sophie Lloyd and Liz Reed of the Tufts University women's soccer team have been named to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches First Team All-New England Region.
These three Jumbos were crucial to the success of the Jumbo team that made it the NCAA "Sweet 16." It was the first time the Jumbos had reached the Sweet 16 since 2005. Head coach Martha Whiting's Tufts team averaged 2.20 goals per game while allowing .078 goals against.
The three Jumbos named to the first team tied for the most in the region along with MIT and Middlebury.
Maloney, who was the vocal leader on the field and the leader in the Jumbo backline, returns to the All-New England Region first team. She was also named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference first team. Maloney started in 19 games this season with one goal and one assist in additiont o her play on Tufts' stingy defense. She tallied an insurance goal in the Jumbos' 3-1 win over SUNY Cortland in the NCAA first round.
Lloyd also returns to the All-New England Region teams. She was named to the first team this year while she was named to the second team last season. Lloyd was selected to the NESCAC All-Conference first team as well. She started in all 20 contests for the Jumbos while scoring nine goals and having seven assists for 25 points. Lloyd had a six-point game (two goals, two assists) against Lasell. Down the stretch, she tallied goals in four of the final six games for the Jumbos and had points in five of them, including two overtime game-winners in the regular-season finale and the NESCAC quarterfinals.
Reed earns a spot on the All-New England Region first team for the second time in her career. She was also named to the NESCAC All-Conference first team this fall after leading the Jumbos in goals (10), assists (9), and points (29). The junior started in all 20 contests this season. Reed had a hand in Jumbo goals in 13 games this season. She had four points in three NCAA Tournament games this season including two assists against SUNY Cortland and a goal against Williams in the Sweet 16.
With a 7-2-1 record in NESCAC, Tufts earned the #1 seed for the conference tournament. Coach Whiting's squad received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they won their first and second round games over SUNY Cortland and TCNJ. The 14 wins overall are the most for the program since the 2005 season and are tied for the third-most in program history.