This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 25 - 31

MEDFORD – We are in the middle of a busy winter season and this week is no different.  All the winter sports teams will be in action this weekend.  Men’s and women’s basketball both have midweek contests and then a weekend match up with Bates.  Men’s and women’s track and field will host the Tufts Stampede at the Gantcher Center this weekend.

The men’s hockey team hits the road for a big NESCAC road weekend.  Men’s and women’s swimming and diving will travel up to the Middlebury Invitational.  Men’s and women’s squash will both have mid week competition before traveling up to Colby on Saturday.  The women’s fencing team will face off with NYU at Brandeis this weekend.

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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Thursday at Newbury & Saturday vs. Bates




--The men’s basketball team will return home this week for the first time in five games.  The Jumbos host Bates on Saturday afternoon at Cousens Gym.  But, before that they will travel over to Newbury on Thursday for a 7 pm tip off with the Nighthawks.  

--The Jumbos had a NESCAC filled week last week, falling to defending NESCAC Champion Wesleyan in overtime on Friday night but then topping Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon.   On Friday against Wesleyan junior tri-captain Tom Palleschi had 19 points while sophomore Vincent Pace added 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds.  Against the Camels on Saturday, senior tri-captain Ryan Spadaford finished with 18 points while Palleschi and senior tri-captain Stephen Haladyna both had 12 points.

--With a little more than half of their conference schedule complete, the Jumbos are in fourth place in the conference standings.  Trinity sits at the top with a unblemished 5-0 mark while Amherst and Middlebury are tied for second place with a 4-1 mark and the Jumbos 4-2 record puts them in fourth place.  Things will go down to the wire, as Connecticut College, Wesleyan and Williams are all tied for fifth place with a 3-3 mark and Bates is in eighth with a 2-4 record in conference tilts.

--The Jumbos will have a break in their conference play this week as they make a midweek trip over to Newbury for a 7 pm tip off on Thursday evening.  The Nighthawks are struggling a bit this year, with a 2-15 mark overall and a 1-8 conference record. Their wins have come over Lesley at the beginning of December, and Connecticut College in late November. But their last three games have been close, as the Nighthawks have been within eight in each of their last three games.

--The Jumbos won, 80-53, when the two teams faced off last year, and have the advantage in the series, 5-0, dating back to 1999.  Leading the Nighthawk offense is Jeduan Langston, averaging 17.8 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game.  Kenny Ramos is helping with 14.6 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game.  

--After the contest with the Nighthawks the Jumbos will get ready to host Bates in Cousens Gym on Saturday with a 2 pm scheduled start.  The game against the Bobcats is the Jumbos first at home in five games, with their last home contest being back on January 9 against Colby.  The Jumbos fell to the Bobcats last year when they faced off, and will be looking for a little revenge this year.  The series between the two teams is locked at 9-9, dating back to 1999.  

--The Bobcats own a 9-9 overall record with a 2-4 NESCAC mark this season. Their two conference wins have come over Hamilton and Colby.  Most recently they dropped a NESCAC weekend, falling to Connecticut College and Wesleyan. Mike Boornazian is the point leader with 14.9 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game.  Marcus Delpeche is helping with 11.6 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game.  

WOMEN'S SQUASH: Wednesday vs. Wellesley & Saturday at Colby




--The No. 26 women’s squash team started off their second semester schedule on the right foot on Saturday, picking up wins over No. 24 William Smith and No. 27 Mount Holyoke.  The Jumbos will look to continue those winning ways this week as they have a big week ahead with the chance for some potential upsets.  On Wednesday the Jumbos will face of with No. 22 Wellesley and they will then make a trip up to Colby on Saturday for a 1 pm match with the Mules.

--This past week the Jumbos topped William Smith, 5-4, and then Mount Holyoke, 6-3.  Rookies Zarena Jafry, Hannah Burns and Sahana Karthik, along with sophomore Claudia Udolf all picked up two wins for the Jumbos over the weekend.  Also winning for the Jumbos once over the weekend was senior co-captain Paget Stanco and rookies Chista Irani and Isabella Libassi.  

--First up for the Jumbos this week will be Wellesley on Wednesday at MIT at 6:30 pm.  The Blue are 7-4 this year, but have won three of their last four to open their second semester schedule.  The Blue fell to St. Lawrence, but then topped Connecticut College, William Smith and Smith this past weekend.  Wellesley won last year when the two teams faced off, 7-2, but with a lot of new faces this year and a different line-up the Jumbos will hope for different results.

--After the contest with the Blue, the Jumbos will turn their focus to NESCAC rival Colby.  The Mules and the Jumbos played twice last year, once during each semester.  During the first semester, the Mules won, 5-4, and then pulled off an 8-1 victory later on in the second semester of play.  

--The Mules are 6-5 so far this year, but this past weekend their matches with Drexel, Franklin & Marshall and George Washington were all cancelled because of the snow storm.  So, the last time the Mules took the court was when they topped William Smith, 9-0, on January 17







HOCKEY: The men’s hockey team finished up a five game home stand this weekend, and picked up a NESCAC win over Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.  The Jumbos fell to No. 8 Trinity on Friday night in a close, 3-2, contest.  Since the second semester started the Jumbos are 4-2-1 and will look to continue those winning ways this weekend when they travel to No. 9 Williams on Friday night and then head to Middlebury on Saturday afternoon.  The Jumbos will start at 7 pm on Friday night with the Ephs and then Saturday’s contest with the Panthers is scheduled for a 4 pm start.

The Jumbos got six goals from six different players this weekend.  Rookies David Lackner and Ryan Wolter scored against Trinity on Friday night.  On Saturday against Wesleyan sophomores Dan Kelly and Chad Goldberg and juniors Matt Pugh and Patrick Lackey all scored a goal in a 4-1 win over the Cardinals.  Freshman Clay Berger picked up an assist in each of the games this weekend and eight other Jumbos tallied assists over the two games.

First up for the Jumbos this week will be a trip to Williamstown to take on the Ephs.  Williams was ranked No. 9 in the most recent US College Hockey Online national poll, and has an 11-4-1 overall record and 7-2-1 conference mark this year.  They are currently in second place in the conference standings.  The Jumbos and the Ephs faced off earlier this year, and the Ephs topped the Jumbos, 2-0.  The Ephs have the advantage in the series, 17-3-0, dating back to 1999.  Sophomore David Italiano is the point leader for Williams with six goals and eight assists this season.  

Senior Zander Masucci has added three goals and seven assists and junior Tyler Young and sophomore C.J. Shugart have both scored fives times. Time in goal has been split between freshman Michael Pinios and senior Noah Klag.  Pinios has a 7-2-0 record with a .959 save percentage and a 1.11 goals against average, while Klag owns a 4-2-1 record with a 1.70 goals against average and a .944 save percentage.

After the contest with the Ephs, the Jumbos will travel over to Middlebury and look to avenge a 3-2 loss earlier this season.  When the Panthers paid a visit to the Valley Forum earlier this year, the Jumbos were winning 2-0 before they surrendered three third-period goals and ended up falling, 3-2. The Panthers are currently in fourth place in the conference standings, with a 5-7-4 overall record and a 4-2-4 mark in NESCAC games.  The Panthers have struggled a bit recently, and are 2-5-1 in their last eight games.  Most recently they fell to Bowdoin, 2-1, but topped Colby, 4-2 this past weekend.  The Panthers have the advantage in the series, 16-2-4, dating back to 1999.  

Senior Evan Neugold is the point leader for the Panthers with four goals and nine assists this season.  Sophomore Vincent Gisonti has scored six times and assisted five others while senior Ronald Fishman has two goals and eight helpers this season.  In net for the Panthers, sophomore Stephen Klein has played a majority of the games (11) with senior Liam Moorfield-Yee seeing time in five games this season.  Klein has a 4-6-1 record with a .917 save percentage and a 2.54 goals against average.  Moorefield-Yee is 1-1-3 with a 2.30 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.

WBBALL:  The No. 10 women’s basketball team has won their last ten, and this weekend avenged a loss to Connecticut College from earlier this season.  The Jumbos have now beaten both teams that beat them earlier this season and have a 15-2 overall record with a 6-0  mark in NESCAC play.  

The Jumbos opened up their weekend with a win over Wesleyan at home on Friday night.  Junior Michela North scored 15 of her 17 points in the first half and collected ten rebounds to help the Jumbos top the Cardinals, 64-42.  On Saturday the Jumbos out-scored Connecticut College 15-0 in the final 5:12 of regulation to take an exciting 56-47 win over the Camels, avenging a loss from earlier this season.  Sophomore Melissa Baptista scored five straight points giving the Jumbos a 48-47 lead at 3:22 of the fourth.  Sophomore Lauren Dillon scored the final eight points with a three-pointers and five free throws to give the Jumbos a nine-point win.  

First up for the Jumbos this week will be a mid-week contest with Emmanuel in Cousens Gym on Tuesday night.  The Saints are 14-4 this year and have won their last nine games.  Their last loss came back at the beginning of December to NYU.  They also fell to Amherst at the beginning of December.  The Jumbos won when the two teams faced off last year, 76-52, and have a 9-3 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999. The last Emmanuel win came during the 2006-07 season.  Sarah Higgins leads the Saint offense with 14.4 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game.  Lena Negri is adding 10.9 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game.

After the contest with the Saints the Jumbos will turn their attention to Bates, who they will visit on Saturday afternoon. The Bobcats are 6-11 this year with a NESCAC record of 2-4.  They have picked up conference wins over Wesleyan and Hamilton, while falling to Bowdoin, Colby, Connecticut College and Middlebury.  The Jumbos won when the two teams played last year, 64-51, and have the series, 13-9, dating back to 1999.  The last Bobcat win came during the 2009-10 season. Nina Davenport is leading the Bates offense with 15.4 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game.  Bernadette Connors is adding 9.8 points per game, while Allie Coppola is averaging 9.5 points per game and 9.5 rebounds per game.

MSQUASH: The men’s squash team opens up their second semester schedule this weekend, and they begin with some tough but beatable competition. The Jumbos are currently ranked No. 27 in the College Squash Association rankings.  The Jumbos had a great first semester, playing to a 6-3 record and winning six of their last seven matches.  The Jumbos picked up NESCAC wins over Connecticut College and Hamilton.  

The Jumbos will waste no time getting right down to business this semester.  The Jumbos will open up their second semester schedule with a trip to No. 25 MIT on Wednesday.  After the contest with the Engineers they will travel up to No. 20 Colby on Saturday for a 1 pm match with the Mules.

First up will be MIT on Wednesday evening.  The Engineers are 16-6 so far this season, most recently wining their last eight including wins over Haverford, Dickinson, Stanford and Connecticut College—all teams the Jumbos have played too.  The Jumbos and the Engineers faced off two times last year, and the Jumbos won both times, 6-3.

After the contest with MIT the Jumbos will turn their attention to Colby, as they travel up to Waterville on Saturday for a 1 pm start. The Mules are 6-3 this year, and have won their last three, topping Hobart, Hamilton and Amherst. This past weekend they were scheduled to play Drexel, Dickinson and George Washington, but those matches were cancelled due to the snow storm.  The Mules and the Jumbos faced off twice last year, and the Mules won both, 9-0 and 8-1.

WTRACK: With a few weeks of competition behind them, the women’s track and field team is ready for a busy weekend.  The Jumbos will host the Tufts Stampede on Friday and Saturday at the Gantcher Center and will also send some athletes to the John Thomas Invitational at Boston University on Friday.

This past weekend at the Bowdoin Invitational the Jumbos finished third out of ten teams.  Senior Alexis Harrison’s time of 7.75 was good enough for third in the 60 meter dash, and is better than the 7.83 she ran the week before.  It also broke her own school record time of 7.78 she set in 2014. Harrison also won the long jump at the meet.  Senior Mary Ellen Caruso won the triple jump, sophomore Juilia Prusaczyk took first in the 600.  

This week the Jumbos will send select atletes over to Boston University for the John Thomas Invitational. At the Gantcher Center the Jumbos welcome Brandeis, CCNY, Colby Sawyer, Connecticut College, Fitchburg State, Franklin Pierce, Keene State, Lesley, Mount Holyoke, Plymouth State, Regis, Southern Connecticut State, Stonehill, Wellesley, Wesleyan and Worcester State.  On Friday coming for just the multi event is Adelphi, Essex, MIT, Springfield and WPI.

MTRACK: The men’s track and field team has two weekends of competition under their belts and they have a big weekend coming up.  On Friday, some select athletes will travel over to Boston University for the John Thomas Invitational.  The Jumbos will also be hosting the Tufts Stampede on Friday, January 29 and Saturday, January 30.  On Friday the multi-event begins at 4 pm and on Saturday events begin at 9 am.

Last week at the Bowdoin Invitational the Jumbos finished third behind MIT and Bowdoin.  Seniors Atticus Swett and Mitch Black both won events to help the Jumbos to the third place finish.  Swett won both the shot put and the weight throw, while Black won the 1000 meters with a time that broke his own school record set last year.

This weekend’s meet will be the second that the Jumbos host at the Gantcher Center.  Coming to compete with the Jumbos on Saturday will be Brandeis, CCNY, Colby Sawyer, Connecticut College, Fitchburg State, Franklin Pierce, Keene State, Lesley, Mount Holyoke, Plymouth State, Regis, Southern Connecticut State, Stonehill, Wellesley, Wesleyan and Worcester State.  On Friday Adelphi, Essex, MIT, Springfield and WPI will make the trip down for only the multi-event which begins at 4 pm.  The Jumbos will also send a small contingent to Boston University for the John Thomas Invitational.  A distance medley relay team will head over on Friday night and on Saturday sophomore -Andrew DiMaiti will run in the 400m while senior Mitchell Black, junior Luke O’Connor and senior James Traester will run in the mile.

WFENCE: The women’s fencing team had their first official weekend of competition last weekend, traveling to Boston College for a multi-meet.  The Jumbos were able to beat Dartmouth, 17-10, but fell to Brown, Brandeis and Boston College and were just edged, 14-13, by Vassar and MIT.

The women will be back at it this weekend as they head to Brandeis on Sunday to face off with NYU.







Atticus Swett, Senior, Men’s Track and Field

Senior Atticus Swett had a very productive day in the circle for the men’s track and field team this past Saturday, winning two events and helping the Jumbos finish third at the Bowdoin Invitational.  He won the shot put with a toss of 49’ 11 ¼” (15.22m) to start the day.  Swett then earned a victory in the weight throw as well, with a distance of 49’ 11 ¾” (15.23m).  In total the Jumbos scored 82 points and were only seven behind runner-up Bowdoin’s 89.  MIT won the event with 190 points.  

Hannah Burns, Freshman, Women’s Squash

Rookie Hannah Burns started off her second semester schedule on fire, picking up two three game wins for the Jumbos on Saturday.  To start the day, Burns picked up a win in the third position to help the No. 26 ranked Jumbos upset No. 24 William Smith 5-4.  Burns then turned in another win in the third position against No. 27 Mount Holyoke as the Jumbos won 6-3.  Burns has been a staple in the Jumbos lineup since arriving on campus, playing to a 5-3 record, mostly in the third position, during the first semester, and adding two more wins to start off this second semester.








The men’s hockey team picked up a win over Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon after being edged by defending national champion, Trinity, 3-2, on Friday night.  Six different Jumbos scored over the weekend, including freshman David Lackner scoring a short-handed goal against Trinity and classmate Ryan Wolter tallying his first collegiate goal against the Bantams.  Against Wesleyan sophomores Dan Kelly and Chad Goldberg and juniors Matt Pugh and Patrick Lackey were the goal scorers.  Rookie Clay Berger picked up an assist in both games over the weekend.

The women’s basketball team picked up two more conference wins this weekend.  First the Jumbos topped Wesleyan at home on Friday night.  Junior Michela North led the Jumbos with 17 points and ten rebounds. The Jumbos then avenged a loss to Connecticut College earlier this year by topping the Camels, 56-47 on Saturday afternoon.  The Jumbos outscored the Camels, 15-0 in the last five minutes of play to pick up the big conference win.  Sophomore Lauren Dillon scored the final eight points to help the Jumbos.

The men’s track and field team finished third at the Bowdoin Invitational this past Saturday.  Senior Atticus Swett and classmate Mitch Black each won events to help the Jumbos earn the third place finish, just seven points behind runner-up Bowdoin.  Swett won the shot put and the weight throw, while Black won the 1000 meters with a time of 2:27.92 which breaks his own school record of 2:28.24 he set last year. 

Senior Alexis Harrison led the women’s track and field team to a third place finish at the Bowdoin Invitational this past weekend.  The Jumbos finished in third behind MIT and Merrimack.  Harrison also won the long jump to help the Jumbos.

The men’s basketball team split their NESCAC weekend this past weekend, falling to defending NESCAC Champion Wesleyan in overtime on Friday night, but then edging Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon.  On Friday, junior tri-captain Tom Palleschi was the point leader with 19 while sophomore Vincent Pace added 18 points.  Against the Camels on Saturday, senior tri-captain Ryan Spadaford was the point leader with 18 points.

The women’s squash team opened up their second semester schedule this past weekend, and collected two wins.  The Jumbos, who were ranked No. 26 in the most recent College Squash Association rankings, upset No. 24 William Smith and also collected a victory over No. 27 Mount Holyoke.  Rookies Zarena Jafry, Hannah Burns, Sahana Karthik and sophomore Claudia Udolf all picked up two wins over the weekend for the Jumbos.





 

MSWIM: The men’s swim team had their last dual meet of the season this past weekend, hosting Wheaton at Hamilton Pool and celebrating Senior Day.  The Jumbos honored six seniors during a ceremony during the meet including Anthony DeBenedetto, Calvin Liang, Tyler Lueck, Cam Simko, Michael Winget and Harry Wood. The Jumbos had the best marks in 19 of the 20 events against Wheaton.  Winget led the Jumbo victory parade with three individual wins and a relay first. He won the 100 backstroke, the 50 backstroke and the 100 individual medley, and then swam on a relay team with sophomore Morgan Ciliv, freshman Kingsley Bowen and sophomore Michael Brienza to win the 200 medley relay.

This weekend the Jumbos will head up to Middlebury for the Middlebury Invitational on Friday and Saturday.  The weekend of competition will be the last for the Jumbos before they take some time off to rest and prepare for the NESCAC Championships which will be February 19-21 at Williams.

WSWIM: The women’s swim team celebrated Senior Day on Saturday with a dual meet against Wheaton College, and the Jumbos won 19 of 20 events to top the Lyons.  The Jumbos also honored seniors Shivani Bigler, Maddie Golison, Randi Katz, Moira Lavelle, Molly Levene, Sarah Mahoney, Claire Mullany, Katharine Pong and Samantha Swinton in a ceremony during the meet.  Mahoney picked up three wins in her last dual meet at Hamilton Pool, winning the 200 freestyle, the 500 free and was on the team that won the 200 freestyle relay. Rookie Colleen Doolan had three individual wins and a relay first as she won the 200 butterfly, the 100 freestyle, the 100 butterfly and was on the winning 200 medley relay team.  

The Jumbos will be back in action this weekend as they travel up to Middlebury for the Middlebury Invitational.  The weekend’s competition on Friday and Saturday will be the last for the Jumbos until they take a small break to prepare for the NESCAC Championships on February 12-14 at Middlebury.