All in the Family
Over the course of her first two seasons with the MCLA women's soccer program, Jess Tietgens '10 has generated some impressive statistics: MASCAC Rookie of the Year, the two-time MASCAC leader in goals and points in a single season, two broken single season scoring records in a single game, and one goal away from breaking the career goals record.
Tietgens came to MCLA as a sort of homecoming. Originally from Stamford, Vt., the three-sport standout at Drury High School in North Adams, Mass., transferred to MCLA after her first year at Westfield State College, making her the third generation in her family to attend the College. Her mother, Heather, graduated in 1983 with a degree in business administration, a concentration in accounting, and a minor in economics. Nan Witto, Tietgens's grandmother, also graduated from the College in the mid 1970s.
Her return to the Northern Berkshires was a family affair for another reason, as well: her family now has the opportunity to see nearly every game and to celebrate, first-hand, her growing list of accomplishments. Her family members, including her mother and sister, Jill, are fixtures at most of her games, both home and away.
Following in her mother's footsteps, Tietgens is a business major with a concentration in accounting. Now, with the College's close-knit community and her number-one fans just minutes away, she has settled right in at MCLA.