This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 18 - 24

MEDFORD – Its been over four weeks since all winter sports teams were in action the same week, but they are all back at it this week.  And, after a slow start to the week with no contests until Friday, Tufts Athletics will be busy this weekend!  Men’s and women’s basketball both have another big NESCAC weekend coming up.  Men’s hockey will host another two NESCAC opponents at the Malden Valley Forum this weekend.

Men’s and women’s track and field will head up to the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday.  Both men’s and women’s swimming and diving host Wheaton in a dual meet on Saturday which will be Senior Day at Hamilton Pool.  Both men’s and women’s squash will take the courts again this weekend.  Women’s fencing will also resume competition, heading to Boston College for a multi-meet on Saturday.

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MEN'S HOCKEY: Friday vs. Trinity & Saturday vs. Wesleyan



--The men’s hockey team had a busy week last week with a three game home stand at the Valley Forum II.  The Jumbos beat Suffolk, 4-0, lost to Amherst, and then tied with Hamilton, 1-1.  The Continentals were receiving votes in the most recent US College Hockey Online national poll.  The Jumbos are now 4-1-2 in their last seven games, and will look to carry that momentum into this week with two big NESCAC games at home this weekend.

--Junior Mason Pulde had continued his great junior season in goal this week for the Jumbos. Pulde earned his second shutout of the year with 32 saves against Suffolk and then made a career-high 53 saves, including a remarkable 25 in the third period, in the 1-1 tie with Hamilton.  In his 125 minutes played for the two games, Pulde made 76 saves while allowing just one goal.  Those numbers compute to a stellar .987 save percentage and a 0.48 goals against average.  For the season his .955 save percentage ranks third nationally and in the NESCAC.  He has a 1.45 goals against average which is fifth in the county and third in the league.  

--Offensively for the Jumbos, seven different Jumbos scored goals.  Sophomore Brian Brown scored his team-leading fifth goal against Suffolk.  Senior co-captain Stewart Bell scored his fourth goal of the season in the 1-1 tie with Hamilton.  Sophomore Chad Goldberg picked up three assists against Suffolk and then another one against Amherst on Saturday afternoon.  In their five games since the holiday break, the Jumbos have scored 13 goals and allowed their opponents just seven.

--First up for the Jumbos this week will be a tough Trinity team.  The Bantams were ranked No. 8 in the most recent USCHO poll, and have won five of their last six games with that lone loss being a 3-2 edging by No. 9 Williams earlier this month.  The Jumbos got narrowly lost, 3-2, to the Bantams to open up the season this year at Trinity.  Junior Matt Pugh and sophomore Oliver Takacsi-Nagy were the goal scorers for the Jumbos.  Trinity has the advantage in the series, 17-3-1, but the Jumbos will be looking at add a fourth loss to that on Friday night.

--Junior Ethan Holdaway and sophomore Anthony Sabitsky are the point leaders for the bantam offense. Holdaway has eight goals and five assists while Sabitsky has scored six times and assisted seven others for 13 points.  Junior Ryan Cole, the NESCAC Player of the Year last year, has six goals and six assists this season.  In goal time has been split pretty evenly between senior Nathaniel Heilbron and sophomore Alex Morin.  Heilbron has a 3-2-1 record with a .897 save percentage and a 2.86 goals against average, and Morin is 7-1-0 this season with a .936 save percentage and an 1.72 goals against average.

--After the contest with the Bantams the Jumbos will look to top Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon with a 4 pm scheduled start.  The Cardinals are 0-7-7 overall this year with a 0-2-5 mark in NESCAC contests.  One of those five NESCAC ties was with the Jumbos earlier this year as the two teams played to a 1-1 tie the opening weekend of the season.  They picked up two more ties this past weekend as they played to a 3-3 tie with Bowdoin and then ended their game with Colby in a 2-2 tie.  The Cardinals have a slight advantage in the series against the Jumbos, 9-8-2, dating back to 1999.  

--Junior James Kline is leading the Cardinal offense with eight goals and three assists and senior Jay Matthews has added four goals and four assists this year.  In net for the Cardinals, junior Dawson Sprigings has played a majority of the minutes and owns a 0-5-7 record with a .896 save percentage and a 2.94 goals against average.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Friday vs. Wesleyan & Saturday vs. Connecticut College

--The women’s basketball team has lost two games this season—one to Bowdoin and one to Connecticut College.  When they faced off again against Bowdoin this year they righted the ship and picked up a win.  They will look to do the same this weekend when they face off with Connecticut College again.  The Jumbos will host Wesleyan on Friday night at 7 pm and then Connecticut College on Saturday at 3 pm.  

--Currently ranked No. 10 in the national poll, the Jumbos have won their last eight after falling the Camels in the middle of December. This past weekend the Jumbos hosted Middlebury and Hamilton and beat both teams easily.  On Friday against the Panthers sophomore Lauren Dillon was the point leader with 12 points and on Saturday against the Continentals junior Michela North scored 17 points with eight rebounds.

--First up for the Jumbos will be Wesleyan, who is 7-8 overall with a 1-3 mark in NESCAC play so far this year.  The Cardinals opened up NESCAC play falling to Middlebury and Hamilton and then lost to Amherst but beat Trinity this past weekend.  The Jumbos won when the two teams played last year, but the series is locked 8-8, dating back to 1999.  

--Brenna Diggins is leading the Cardinal offense with 9.8 points per game and Maeve Vitale and Danielle Gervacio are adding 8.9 points per game each.  Diggins is also averaging 5.8 rebounds per game and Kaylie Williams is averaging 6.3 rebounds per game and 8.2 points per game.  

--On Saturday the Jumbos will have their rematch with the Camels.  When the two teams faced off earlier this season, the Camels picked up a 61-55 victory on their own court.  But, now they will visit Medford, a place the Jumbos haven’t lost since February 11, 2014. The series between these two teams is also locked at 8-8 after the Camels won the last meeting.  The Jumbos won last year, 71-57.  

--The Camels, who were receiving votes in the lates poll, are 13-2 overall this year with a 3-1 conference mark.  They lost to Chapman at the end of December, and then more recently were topped by No. 2 Amherst, 72-61, this past weekend.  

--Mairead Hynes is the offensive leader with 14.3 points per game and 8.0 rebounds per game while Liz Malman is adding 13.1 points per game and Kyle Caouette is helping with 11.5 points per game.

MBBALL: The No. 19 men’s basketball team has another big NESCAC weekend on the schedule this week.  The men split last weekend, falling to Middlebury in overtime on Friday night, but then bouncing back and topping Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.  The Jumbos will look for two more big conference road wins this weekend as they travel to Wesleyan on Friday night for a 7 pm contest and then visit Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon for a 3 pm tipoff.  

On Friday against Middlebury it was sophomore Vincent Pace that led the Jumbos with 22 points and 15 rebounds.  Junior tri-captain Tom Palleschi and senior tri-captain Stephen Haladyna both added 15 points to the effort.  Saturday against Hamilton Pace turned in 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while junior Tarik Smith added 17 points to the winning cause.  Pace is second in the conference, averaging 19.5 points per game.  Palleschi is also second in the conference with 8.9 rebounds per game and leading the conference with 3.5 blocks per game.

First up for the Jumbos this week will be Wesleyan, who has put up a 13-4 overall mark, but struggled a bit in early conference play, owning a 1-4 record.  The Cardinals fell to Middlebury but then topped Hamilton in overtime to open up NESCAC play.  Most recently they lost to Amherst on Friday night, lost to Trinity on Saturday, but then faced off with Amherst again on Monday and topped the Purple and White. BJ Davis is leading the offense with 16.7 points per game while Joseph Kuo is adding 11.5 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game.  The Jumbos won last year when the two teams faced off, and they own a 14-7 advantage in the series.  The last Cardinal win came during the 2005-06 season.

After the contest with the Cardinals the Jumbos will travel to Connecticut College for a 3 pm contest with the Camels.  The Camels are 11-5 this year overall, with a 2-2 conference record after two weekends of play.  They opened conference play with wins over Hamilton and Middlebury but then more recently fell to both Trinity and Amherst.  Lee Messier is averaging 13.9 points per game with Tyler Rowe adding 13.3 points per game to lead the Camel offense.  Zuri Pavlin is the rebounding leader with 7.9 per game, and is also averaging 10.3 points per game.  The Jumbos won last year when the two teams played, 69-48, and they have a 14-1 advantage in the series dating back to 1999.  That lone Camel win was in overtime during the 2001-02 season.

WTRACK: The women’s track and field team hosted their first of four indoor meets at the Gantcher Center this past weekend, and finished second out of seven teams.  Only Division I UMass-Lowell finished ahead of the Jumbos.  Junior Alexis Harrison led the Jumbos with her 60-meter dash performance, a time that landed her on the national list in her first competition of the season.  Senior Audrey Gould ran a mile time that put her 24th on the national list and was third at the meet.  Classmate Olivia Beltrani ran a national mark in the 3,000 meters as well.  Senior Mary Ellen Caruso made the national top 30 with her triple jump mark, which was a second place effort at the meet.

The Jumbos won three events, including freshman Julia Noble in the 1,000 meters, Noble junior Hannah Loss, senior Sydney Smith and sophomore Julia Prusaczyk winning the three-team 4x4, and Gould, junior Kelly Fahey, sophomore Eliza Lawless and sophomore Margot Rashba winning the three-team 4x8.  

This weekend the Jumbos will hit the road and will head up to Maine for the Bowdoin Invitational.  Competition begins at 12 pm on Saturday afternoon.

MSQUASH: The men’s squash team returns to action this week after a restful break for the holidays.  The Jumbos finished their first semester schedule on fire, winning six of their last seven matches, including picking up NESCAC wins over Hamilton and Connecticut College.  Hoping to pick up right where they left off last semester, the Jumbos will host Connecticut College on Sunday at the Belmont Hill School with a 1 pm start.

Senior co-captain Aditya Advani was 4-2 for the Jumbos during the first semester in the first position.  He picked up wins over Hamilton, Brandeis, Haverford and Connecticut College. Rookie Aidan Porges turned in seven wins for the Jumbos anywhere from the third position to the fifth position.  He picked up a big five game win over his Stanford opponent in the fifth position and did the same thing against Connecticut College.  Classmate Alan Litman also turned in seven wins for the Jumbos during the first semester of play, including a win in the first position against Bryant, two wins in the second position and four wins in the third position.

The Jumbos will open play this weekend when they host Connecticut College on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm at the Belmont Hill School.  When the Jumbos and the Camels faced off to end last semester’s schedule, the Jumbos came away with a 8-1 win and that lone win for the Camels was in five games in the second position.  The Jumbos will look for similar results this weekend to open their second semester docket.

MTRACK: The men’s track and field team won their first meet of the season this past Saturday at the Gantcher Center.  The Jumbos won five events, including two freshmen winning events in their collegiate debuts.  Josh Etkind was first in the triple jump with a mark that placed him in the national top 30.  Nico Agosti ran 52.52 in the 400 meters to win by three-tenths of a second.  The 4x400-meter relay featuring All-Americans Andrew DiMaiti, Francis Goins and Alex Kasemir along with junior Nick Usoff debuted with a 3:30.30 for another tight victory.  Another returning All-American, senior Veer Bhalla, posted the other Tufts win with a 2:30.12 finish in the 1,000 meters.

The Jumbos will look to continue that success this weekend when they travel to Maine to compete in the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday.  Events are scheduled to begin at 12 pm.

The women’s squash team will have their hands full in their first weekend back after over a month long break.  The women finished off their first semester schedule with a win over Connecticut College on December 6th and will be back at it this weekend with three matches on the schedule—William Smith, Mount Holyoke and Connecticut College.

The Jumbos played to a 4-4 record in their first semester of play, topping Boston College, Boston University, Haverford and Connecticut College.  The Jumbos played some tough competition in Virginia, No. 19 Hamilton, No. 23 St. Lawrence and No. 25 Dickinson.  The Jumbos were ranked No. 26 in the most recent College Squash Association national poll.

Freshman Lauren Banner had a great first semester for the Jumbos winning six of her eight matches and playing anywhere in the line up from the third position to the sixth position.  Classmate Claudia Udolf won four of the five matches she played in.  Senior captain Paget Stanco and rookie Zarena Jafry split time in the number one position.  Stanco won two matches at the first position and one at the second, and Jafry turned in two wins in the second spot and one in the first position for the Jumbos during the first semester of play.

First up for the Jumbos this semester will be two matches at Mount Holyoke on Saturday.  First will be a 12 pm start with William Smith, followed by a 2 pm showdown with host Mount Holyoke.  The Jumbos will then come home, as they host Connecticut College on Sunday at the Belmont Hill School at 1 pm.  The Jumbos topped the Camels 7-2 when the two teams faced off earlier this year.

Kingsley Bowen, Freshman, Men’s Swimming and Diving

Kingsley Bowen was the team leader for the men’s swimming and diving team this past week, with a combined two wins, three seconds and a third individually.  He was also part of a relay second and third.  His time of 52.77 seconds in the 100 individual medley at Boston College won the race by over three seconds and broke a 20-year Tufts record by more than one second.  Bowen’s time is #2 in the conference this season.  Three of Bowen’s swims at BC were his season’s best.  He timed 23.18 seconds for second place in the 50 butterfly, also the second-best in the league for 2015-16 He also posted a 24.04 which won the 50 backstroke and is #4 in NESCAC.

Alexis Harrison, Senior, Women’s Track and Field

Alexis Harrison led the Jumbos on Saturday at the Tufts Invitational at the Gantcher Center.  Harrison ran 7.83 seconds in the 60-meter dash to rank fifth in the early-season national rankings.  She was third in the face behind Division I UMass Lowell’s Alethia Moore (7.74) and Division II Merrimack’s Michaela Pernell (7.77).  Harrison also cleared 4’11 ¾” (1.55m) to tie for second in the high jump and was third in the long jump at 15’9 ½” (5.20m).  The Jumbos finished second at the meet out of seven teams.

The men’s hockey team had a busy week, and they started it off with a 4-0 blanking of Suffolk at home on Tuesday night.  Mason Pulde picked up his second shutout of the season in net and sophomore Chad Goldberg tallied three assists in the win.  The Jumbos then played to a 1-1 tie with Hamilton on Sunday afternoon.  Pulde was once again a force in the net, recording a career-high 53 saves, and senior co-captain Stewart Bell was the goal scorer.  Pulde received NESCAC player of the week honors for his stellar week in goal.

The women’s track and field team hosted their first of four events in the Gantcher Center this Saturday and five different Jumbos had marks that landed on the national list.  Senior Alexis Harrison ran 7.85 seconds in the 60 meters final to rank fifth in the early-season national rankings.  Senior Audrey Gould ran a 5:16.21 in the mile for 24th on the national list and classmate Olivia Beltrani had a national mark (#29) with a 10:35.06 in the 3,000 meters.

The men’s basketball team earned a split this weekend.  They fell to Middlebury in overtime on Friday night before rebounding with 86-60 win at Hamilton on Saturday afternoon.  Sophomore Vincent Pace led the Jumbos against Hamilton with 20 points and added eight rebounds and six assists.  Junior Tarik Smith added 17 points and rookie Ethan Feldman turned in 13 points in 18 minutes off the bench.

The men’s track and field team won their opening meet at the Gantcher Center on Saturday.  The Jumbos won five events, including freshmen winning two events in their collegiate debuts.  Josh Etkind went 44’0 ½” (13.42) for first in the triple jump.  Nico Agosti ran 52.52 second in the 400 meters to win by three-tenths of a second.  The 4x400-meter relay featuring All-Americans Andrew DiMaiti, Francis Goins and Alex Kasemir along with junior Nick Usoff debuted with a 3:30.30 for another victory.  DiMaiti also won the 600 meters. Another returning All-American, Veer Bhalla, posted the other Tufts win in the 1,000 meters.

The women’s basketball team has now won eight in a row after beating Middlebury on Friday night and then downing Hamilton 66-39 Saturday afternoon.  Against the Panthers, sophomore Lauren Dillon led the Jumbos with 12 points, five assists and three steals.  Saturday it was junior Michela North with 17 points and eight rebounds that led the Jumbos to victory.  Tufts is now off to a 4-0 start in NESCAC play. 

MSWIM: The men’s swimming and diving team took the water for the first time in about a month with a busy week taking on local rivals Boston College and MIT.  On Thursday the Jumbos traveled over to take on Boston College and then paid a visit to MIT on Saturday.  The Jumbos weren’t able to win either meet, but did have some good moments at both places.

Against Division I Boston College on Thursday the Jumbos lost 204-164, but they did win six events.  Sophomore Zachary Wallace and freshman Kingsley Bowen both won two events and senior tri-captain Michael Winget and rookie Brandon Jinn had the other Tufts victories. On Saturday at MIT divers Matt Rohrer and Aaron Idelson both posted national qualifying marks.  Rohrer qualified in the one-meter and three-meter, while Idelson qualified with his one-meter score.  The qualifying sores earned them the right to compete at the NCAA Zone Championships at Wellesley College on February 26.

The Jumbos will remain at home this weekend, hosting Wheaton on Saturday for Senior Day at Hamilton Pool with a 1 pm start with the Lyons.

WSWIM: The women’s swimming and diving team was back in action last week, taking on Wellesley and MIT at MIT on Saturday afternoon.  The Jumbos fell to both the Engineer and the Blue, but there were some individual wins for the Jumbos.  Freshman Colleen Doolan won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:08.21, winning by a convincing 3.78 seconds.  She was also the top Tufts finisher in the 100 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.  Junior diver Kylie Reiman hit the NCAA qualifying mark in the three-meter event with a score of 283.45.  She is now eligible to compete in the NCAA Zone Championships later in February.

The women will have little time off as they are back at it this weekend when they host Wheaton on Saturday at Hamilton Pool for a 1 pm start.  The Jumbos will honor their seniors before the start of Saturday’s meet.