MEDFORD – Jumbos Marguerite Salamone, Sophie Schoeni and Gillian Roeca have been recognized as New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference field hockey recipients announced today.
Salamone is one of 11 players on the NESCAC first team and was also voted as the conference's Defensive Player of the Year. Schoeni and Roeca were selected to the second team. The conference awards are the first for each player.
The Defensive Player of the Year Award for Salamone is the second time in the last three years that a Jumbo has earned this honor. Issy Del Priore was the recipient in 2017.
Salamone's work at both ends of the field has been vital to the Jumbos' success, which includes a 14-4 record, NCAA Tournament first-round bye, NESCAC runner-up finish and the #4 national ranking by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. The Jumbos allow a 0.93 goals against average which is a top 20 mark nationally. On offense, Salamone's seven assists are tied for fourth in NESCAC and she's added four goals for 15 points. All but one of her assists came in conference games. She is the inserter on Tufts corners.
Roeca has emerged as one of the league's top scorers this fall with 10 goals and two assists for 22 points (seventh in NESCAC). Her six game-winning goals are tied for the conference lead and she had a hat trick in Tufts' win against Connecticut College on October 19. Schoeni is also a force on defense for Coach Tina Mattera's team. The Jumbos have allowed opponents less than four shots on goal per game this season with Schoeni's tackles in the midfield often interrupting possessions. A strong presence on Jumbo corners as well, her 22 shots are fourth-most on the team.
Tufts will travel to Baltimore for a second-round NCAA game at Johns Hopkins University against either Rochester of Denison on Saturday.