Four Jumbos Earn All-Region Field Hockey Recognition

Beth Krikorian MEDFORD - Four Jumbos were announced today as National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Region selections - Beth Krikorian, Sophie Schoeni and Marin Waddington on the first team, and Gillian Roeca on the second team.

The All-Region recognition is the second for Roeca and Schoeni, who were on the first and second teams, respectively, in 2019. Krikorian and Waddington are first-time All-Region honorees.

All four players were leaders of head coach Tina Mattera's Tufts squad that finished 15-5 this season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament "Elite 8."

Krikorian (pictured) scored eight goals with six assists for 22 points in 20 games. She also was an excellent first-line of defense for the Jumbos, often breaking up opponents attempting to clear their zone and turning it into offense. She scored the lone goal in Tufts' 1-0 win over Amherst on October 16.

Schoeni, voted New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the Year this fall, scored three goals with five assists for 11 points and helped Tufts post a 0.69 goals against average in conference play. Three times this season she had multi-point games.

Waddington was a force defensively as Tufts had shutouts in 11 of their 20 games. Opponents barely averaged six shots per game against Tufts with Waddington and her defensive mates cutting them off before getting into the shooting area. She was also key to the offensive transition with her ball striking.

Roeca's 40-point season (15 goals, 10 assists) is fifth-most in Tufts history and the most productive year since 2010. Her 15 goals are the sixth-best season and the 10 assists are tied for fifth-most. She had seven goals with eight assists for 22 points in 10 NESCAC games.

Tufts' four honorees are tied four the second-most in the region. It's the most for a Tufts team since 2016.

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