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A Strong Start

A Strong StartTufts’ athletic teams are posting strong performances so far this fall as they head into Homecoming Weekend. Medford/Somerville, Mass.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [09.29.03] Tufts' tennis and football teams are undefeated. The women's soccer team won four of its first five games and the University's sailing teams have continued their dominance. For many of Tufts' fall sports teams, September has provided a very strong start.

"So far, so good," Tufts' Martha Whiting - head coach of the women's soccer team - told The Boston Globe.

Off to a 4-1 start after winning four straight games, the women's soccer team is currently ranked 13th in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

"We're where we need to be at this point, but we have to keep getting better by continuing to play smarter," Whiting told the Globe. "We've only been together a month and we're working together game by game developing team chemistry and it's getting better every day. That's how a coach wants it to be."

Tufts' women's tennis team - ranked 8th in the country last year - has posted four straight wins in September to start off the season with an undefeated record.

With wins over Hamilton and Bates, the football team is also undefeated, heading into next week's Homecoming game against Bowdoin. In Tufts' first game of the year, Junior running back Steve Cincotta set a school and NESCAC record with 45 rushing attempts, gaining 166 yards.

This past weekend, on their home course at Tufts' Veterinary School in Grafton, Mass., the men's and women's cross country teams each posted strong results. The women's squad, led by Lauren Caputo's second place finish, placed first as a team, while the men's squad, led by Nate Brigham's fourth place finish, placed second overall.

Following more than a dozen top-ten finishes this year- including a first place finish this past weekend - Tufts' sailing teams have posted strong performances. The women's team was ranked 5th in the country and the co-ed team was ranked 7th in the country in the most recent national collegiate sailing poll.

Like many of her fellow coaches, Whiting says the strong starts need to be followed up with more hard play throughout the remainder of the season.

"We want to peak at the right time," she told the Globe.

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