MEDFORD, Mass. – Senior co-captain Conor Coleman of Tufts University Men's Soccer has been named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Week after his performance in the semifinal and final games of the NESCAC tournament. This is the first time the senior defender has earned the honor in his career.
Coleman led the Jumbo defense to two shutouts this weekend in wins over Hamilton (4-0) and Middlebury (1-0) to win the program's first-ever NESCAC championship. The shutouts were the team's 16th and 17th of the season.
Coleman and the rest of Tufts' backline was able to limit their opponents to just four shots on goal throughout the two games. There were multiple occasions, especially in the final against Middlebury, where the only thing standing between the opposition and a quality shot on goal was Coleman and his defensive pressure.
He was active on offense during the weekend as well. In the semifinal against Hamilton he had two shots on goal off headers on set pieces. His height and size created mismatches for the opposing defense allowing the rest of the Jumbo offense to free up and get quality looks.
Out of the 20 Jumbos to record at least a point this season, Coleman is eighth on the team with six points from two goals and two assists. Both goals came on penalty kicks, the first in overtime to win the game in the second match of the season against Colby, and the second in the NESCAC quarterfinal 3-0 victory over Bates. The assists came against Mount St. Vincent and in the already mentioned game against Bates.
The last member of Tufts men's soccer to win the NESCAC POTW award was Gaston Becherano last season on Oct. 17 after scoring three goals in two games.
After winning the conference title, head coach Josh Shapiro's Jumbos received one of two first-round byes into the 62-team NCAA Tournament field and earned the right to host the first and second rounds. The other two teams coming to Medford to play in the opening rounds are Saint Jospeh's College (Maine) and Mitchell College. They will face each other in a first round game with the winner advance to play Tufts in the second round.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern