Head Coach Tina McDavitt
Field Hockey Office
Medford, MA 02155
Phone: (617) 627-3639
Fax: (617) 627-3614
Record at Tufts: 105-34 (8 seasons through 2011)
Assistant Coaches: Craig Rowe, Taylor Dyer, Jess Pashos, Troy Zirbel (volunteer)
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Under the leadership of Coach Tina McDavitt, the Tufts University field hockey team has continued to rise into one of the elite programs in the country. The Jumbos have been to four straight NCAA tournaments, including runs to the National Championship game in 2008 and the NCAA Semi-Finals in 2009. In that 2008 season, Tufts had the best winning percentage in the NCAA's Division III last fall with their 19-2 record (.905).
Last season, the Jumbos finished 15-3, and was ranked sixth in the national poll at the end of the year. Three members of the squad were named Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Americans, with two of them being first team selections. Tufts finished tied for first in the ultra-competitive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) with a 8-1 mark. They earned the top seed in the NESCAC tournament based on tiebreakers, and lost in the finals 1-0 to rival Bowdoin. The Jumbos lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Middlebury 3-2.
Tufts has advanced into the national spotlight during Coach McDavitt's seven years. Their 76-17 record over the last five seasons has proven that the Jumbos are national force in field hockey. The team has finished the season 15th, 4th, 4th, and 6th in the nation the last four years.
McDavitt was the NESCAC Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2009, guiding a team that scored 160 goals and allowed only 33 in 41 games. Senior forward Tamara Brown was named NESCAC Player of the Year for the second year in a row. She finished her career as Tufts' all-time leading scorer with 78 goals and 26 assists. On defense, junior defenseman Taylor Dyer was selected as NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year. Both Tamara and Taylor were first team All-Americans last season. Senior midfielder Amanda Roberts was a second-team All-American.
A 2000 Boston University graduate, McDavitt was hired as the sixth coach of Tufts Field Hockey in June 2004. At BU, she was a four-year standout and captain of the 1999 team. She led the Terriers to an undefeated America East Conference championship that season. An assistant at Holy Cross prior to Tufts, McDavitt won two Massachusetts state championships while playing for the Walpole High School team in 1994 and 1995. She was the Regional Coaching Director for USA Field Hockey's Futures Program from 2003-06. Still an active player, McDavitt is a member of US Field Hockey's national indoor team. She won a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in December 2005.
Craig Rowe, Troy Zirbel and Class of 2009 graduate Margi
Scholtes will be McDavitt's assistant coaches this fall. Originally
from Brisbane, Australia, Rowe played Division I and State
Representative hockey. Now in his sixth season working with the
Jumbos, Rowe is also the Regional Coaching Director for the Futures
Program in Massachusetts. Throughout the summer he directs and
coaches at the Champions Edge Camps under Princeton coach Kristen
Holmes-Winn along with fellow Tufts assisstant Troy Zirbel.
Scholtes had 8 goals and 23 assists as a midfielder/defensemen for
the Jumbos over a four year career. She was a two-time first team
All-NESCAC selection in 2008 and 2009 and a second team All-NESCAC
selection in 2007. She was named the NESCAC Defensive Player
of the Year in 2008. She was also named a first team
All-American in 2008 and 2009 for outstanding defensive play.