This Week in Tufts Athletics: April 3 - 9

MEDFORD – It’s a busy week for spring Jumbo teams, both on the road and at home including the coed sailing team hosting the New England Team Racing Championships on Saturday and Sunday at the Bacow Sailing Pavilion with four bids to nationals on the line for those teams competing this weekend.

Men’s lacrosse plays two home games on Bello while women’s lacrosse hits the road for three games this week.  Baseball has a full schedule with games on Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and softball will have a busy weekend with games on Friday and Saturday at home and Sunday on the road.  Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams will head up to Bates on Saturday with MIT.  Men’s and women’s tennis head up to Middlebury on Sunday, but first the women will head to Wellesley on Wednesday.  Both the men’s and women’s crew teams will race both Saturday and Sunday at home this weekend.  The women’s sailing team is back on the water at Connecticut College and the golf team will compete in the Hampton Inn Invite.

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Coed Sailing Hosts the NEISA Team Racing Champs



 

It’s a big weekend of sailing on Upper Mystic Lake.  The Jumbos are hosting the NEISA Team Racing regatta for the first time since 1986 and with much of the best competition in the nation concentrated in New England, this regatta will be far more competitive than the lat time.  Twelve teams, including number one Yale and number two Boston College are among the many ranked teams that will be at the regatta competing for qualifying spots for this year’s nationals which are in late May.

For team racing, the each race will have two teams consisting of three boats.  These three boats maneuver against the other team in order to achieve a winning combination of finishes.  For example, a second, third and fifth, is one point better than a first, fourth and sixth.  Things can get interesting on the water with boats trying to block others to force a later finish.  Complex rules can come into play as every encounter has a right-of-way boat and a give-way boat and if there is a collision, however slight it is, a protest can ensue and an immediate call will be made from umpires in close umpire boats that follow every move.

Okay, so about the competition.  Yale’s top skipper is senior Ian Barrows, and is possibly the best skipper in the country.  Yale is the favorite to win this weekend, which would be their fifth straight, which would also break Tufts’ record of four straight from 1993 to 1996.  Boston College is led by senior Erika Rieneke, who is a four-time winner of the women’s singlehanded nationals.  Dartmouth, who won the team racing regatta the Jumbos were at this past weekend at MIT, is likely to finish in the top four and is led by Charles Lulamiere.  Tufts, Bowdoin, MIT and Roger Williams will all be right there fighting for a qualifying spot.  Harvard, Boston University, Brown and Connecticut College will also by there as they have qualified and could upset any team.

For the Jumbos Griffin Rolander and Emily Shanley-Roberts, Sacott Barbano and Ian Morgan and Alex Tong  and Lara Dienemann are the expected pairs for the weekend.  If it gets windy, alternate crews of Aaron Klein and Florian Eenkema Van Dijk will be ready for action.  Former Tufts sailors will be among the umpire crew and race committee.  Racing will take place right in front of the Bacow Sailing Pavilion on Upper Mystic Lake which is just about two miles from campus.  Racing begins at 10:30 on Saturday with a complete round-robin of all twelve teams.  Sunday also starts at 10:30 with a gold fleet of the top eight, and if time permits, a silver fleet of the remaining top six.  The top four teams earn a bid to nationals at the College of Charleston May 27-29.

Big Road Week for Women's Lacrosse




The women’s lacrosse team looks to be hitting their stride and they will look to take that into a big road week.  The Jumbos picked up their first NESCAC win this past Sunday, topping Connecticut College, 17-4.  Freshman Emily Games stayed tallying nine points off five goals and four assists to help the Jumbos in the win. Games now has a team-leading 24 points for the Jumbos with 18 goals and six assists this season. Sophomore Dakota Adamec has scored 18 times and helped two others and senior Kate Mackin has 17 goals this season.  This week the Jumbos will travel to Williams on Wednesday for a 5:30 pm start.  Then this weekend the Jumbos head to No. 15 Hamilton on Saturday for a 12 pm start, and will stay and take on No. 9 Cortland State on Sunday at noon.

First up for the Jumbos will be a trip to Williams on Wednesday.  The Ephs are 4-4 this year, most recently beating MIT but falling to Colorado College at the end of March.  With a 1-3 NESCAC record, the Ephs have beaten Connecticut College, but falling to Trinity, Bowdoin and Bates in NESCAC play this year. Sophomore Emma Tenbarge is leading the Ephs offense with 25 goals and two assists this season.  Freshman Kara Wollmers has added 18 scores and senior Jenna Chodos has scored 16 times this season. Time in goal has been a bit split between three different Ephs this season.  Senior Margaret Draper has started four games and has a save percentage of 46% and a 11.39 goals against average.  Freshman Kami Cisneros and sophomore Ana Alvarenga have also both started two games each. The Jumbos beat Williams, 9-5, last year when the two teams faced off. The Ephs have the 14-6 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999, but the Jumbos have won the last two times the teams have played.

After Williams the Jumbos will get ready to face two ranked teams this weekend.  First up is No. 15 Hamilton on Saturday.  The Continentals are 6-3 this season, with those losses coming to No. 14 William Smith, Wesleyan and No. 5 Gettysburg earlier in March.  Since then they have topped No. 8 Bowdoin and Amherst who was receiving votes in the most recent Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll. Offensively for the Continentals, six different players have double digit goals including a team-leading 15 from senior Morgan Fletcher.  In goal sophomore Hannah Burrall has started all nine games and owns a 49.4 save percentage and a 6.15 goals against average.  The Jumbos were just edged, 13-12, when they faced off with Hamilton last year.  Hamilton has a 6-3 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.

The women round out a busy and competitive week with a trip to Cortland State on Sunday afternoon.  The Red Dragons are 6-2 this year, and those two losses have come to top-ranked Franklin Marshall and No. 10 Ithaca in overtime. Kristen Ohberg has a team-leading 35 points from 21 goals and 14 assists this season.  In goal Jaclyn Beshlian has started all eight games and has a 49.6 save percentage and an 8.10 goals against average this season.  The Jumbos fell, 18-10, last year when they played the Reg Dragons, and have a 0-4 record in the series, dating back to 1999.  








 


MLAX: Wednesday vs. Williams at 4:30 pm and Saturday vs. Hamilton at 1 pm
What you need to know: The second ranked men’s lacrosse team remained perfect last week, picking up wins over Western New England and Connecticut College to improve to 9-0.  The Jumbos will look to keep it going this week taking on Williams and Hamilton at home.  The Ephs are up first and will visit Bello Field at 4:30 pm on Wednesday.  They bring a 5-3 record into Wednesday’s game, with a recent win over Carthage snapping a three game losing streak.  Senior Michael Fahey is leading the offense with 22 goals and 18 assists and freshman Kevin Stump has scored 19 times and helped six others this season. Freshman George Peele has played nearly every minute in goal for the Ephs, and owns a 47.5 save percentage while relinquishing 12 goals per game. The Jumbos won twice when the two teams faced off last year, once in the regular season and once in the NESCAC semi-finals, and they have a 15-6 advantage in the series with the Ephs, dating back to 1999. After the midweek contest the Jumbos will get ready to host Hamilton on Saturday for Senior Day on Bello Field.  Hamilton comes into Saturday’s game with a 3-6 mark, most recently having falling to fourth ranked Bates this past Sunday. Prior to that, a win over St. John Fisher that Tuesday snapped a five game losing streak for the Continentals. Sophomore Clay McCollum is leading the offense with 18 goals this season and classmate Henry Hill and freshman Chris Conley have both helped with 11 each.  Senior John Schisler and junior Noah Weissmann have split time in goal this season as Schisler owns a 45.3 save percentage and Weissmann a 51.1 save percentage.  The Jumbos won, 19-10, last year and have a 6-1 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.

BASE: Thursday vs. MIT at 6 pm, Saturday vs. Lesley (DH) at 12:30 pm and Sunday vs. Keene State at 1 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbo baseball team has stayed hot, picking up four more wins this past week to improve to 12-2 on the season and moved up to No. 8 in the D3baseball.com national poll.  Wins over Mass Maritime and Salem State sandwiched the Jumbos taking two of three this past weekend from NESCAC rival Trinity.  The Jumbos only loss this past week was a 9-6 setback to Trinity. The Jumbos will be just as busy this week, starting with a Thursday game against local rival MIT. The Engineers are 8-4 this season, most recently splitting with Clark.  Kyler Kocker is hitting .421 for the Engineers in seven games while Matt Johnston has played all 12 games and is hitting .396 for the Engineers.  On the mound, senior David Hesslink has picked up the most wins for the Engineers with four.  The Jumbos and the Engineers split last year, with MIT picking up a 13 inning 5-4 win on the team’s spring break trip and the Jumbos winning, 3-2, when the two teams faced off back north.  The Jumbos have the 6-2 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.  On Saturday the Jumbos host Lesley for two games.  The Lynx are 11-4 this season, most recently having taken two from Daniel Webster this past Sunday. Freshman Brendan Fairchild is hitting .467 for the Lynx, while sophomore Matthew Bavaro and junior Justin Clark are both hitting .417. On the mound junior Tom Muratore has a team leading five wins.  This will be the first time in program history, dating back to 1999, that the two teams have faced off.  The Jumbos wrap up their week with a single game against Keene State on Sunday.  The Owls are 8-10 this season, most recently falling to Amherst this past Monday.  Freshman Connor Walsh is hitting .400 for the Owls with a team-leading 17 RBIs.  On the mound senior Michael Crimi has a team leading three wins and a 1.39 ERA. The Jumbos split with the Owls last year, winning, 3-2 but falling 9-7.  The Jumbos have the 3-1 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.

SOFTBALL: Friday vs. Colby at 4 pm, Saturday vs. Colby (DH) at 12 pm and Sunday at Williams (DH) at 1 pm
What you need to know: The softball team got back from Florida with a 9-5 mark after winning their last four down south.  But, they have yet to play a game back at home as all five of their scheduled games last week were washed out. The Jumbos have a full week ahead of them, as they have five home games and a trip our to Williams for a doubleheader.  First up will be Eastern Connecticut State who visits Spicer Field on Wednesday for two starting at 3:30 pm. The Warriors are 3-11 this year, most recently having split with Rhode Island College to pick up their third win of the season.  Kristyn Ryan is hitting .395 for the Warriors and Gina Georgetti is helping with a .357 batting average.  Sara Pisanelli has a team-leading nine RBIs this season.  The Jumbos and the Warriors didn’t play last year, and the last meeting between the two teams was back during their spring break trip during the 2014 season when the Jumbos won, 7-2. After the contest with the Warriors the Jumbos will get ready for NESCAC play.  They start on Friday and Saturday with a three game series with Colby. The Mules will come down to Medford for one on Friday and two on Saturday. Colby is 5-8 so far this season, most recently having split with Husson last Friday.  The Mules will play two against Maine-Farmington before heading down to Medford this weekend. Robin Spofford is leading the Mule offense with a .513 batting average this season.  Skylar Labbe is behind her, hitting .375.  In the circle Julia Saul and Wiley Holton have split time and starts.  Saul has a 3.33 ERA in 42 innings pitching and Holton owns a 6.43 ERA in 32.2 innings pitched. The Jumbos won all three times when they faced off with the Mules last year, and have the 42-2 advantage in the series dating back to 1999.  The last Mule win came back in 2006 and was a 3-2 win in nine innings.  After the three game series with the Mules the Jumbos will travel out to Williams to take on the defending NESCAC Champion Ephs on Sunday. The Ephs are 9-9 this season, most recently having beat NESCAC rival Wesleyan twice this past Sunday.  Lexi Curt is the offensive leader for the Ephs, hitting .419 with a team-leading 13 RBIs.  Freshman Rebecca Duncan is helping, hitting .367 and sophomore Mackenzie Murphy is hitting .356 this year.  In the circle for the Ephs, Duncan and Murphy have both started six games.  Duncan has an era of 1.70 in 53.2 innings pitched while Murphy’s ERA is 4.96 in 36.2 innings of work.  The Jumbos played Williams four times last year and the Ephs won three of those, but the Jumbos have the 26-18 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.

MTRACK: Friday at Sam Howell Invite at Princeton and Saturday at Bates with MIT and RPI at 10 am
What you need to know: After hosting a huge meet this past weekend at the Ellis Oval and Dussault Track, and winning that meet, the Jumbos will hit the road this weekend.  Seniors Tim Nichols and Luke O’Connor will travel to Princeton on Friday for the Sam Howell Invite looking to run NCAA caliber marks in the 5k and the 10k, respectively.  The rest of the team will head up to Bates this weekend to take on MIT, RPI and the host Bobcats.  The Jumbos will rest some of their team this week and some others will compete in events they normally don’t, so where the Jumbos finish team wise this weekend is up in the air.

WTRACK: Saturday at Bates with MIT and RPI at 10 am
What you need to know:  The women’s track and field team also hosted a bunch of teams this past weekend at the annual Snowflake Classic.  The Jumbos finished in second place, only three points behind Boston University.  The Jumbos will now get ready to head up to Maine on Saturday, joining RPI and MIT at Bates on Saturday for a quad meet.  The Jumbos will face some good competition this weekend, as MIT finished fifth at the indoor meet, Alison Hill of Bates is the top hurdler in the country and RPI has some talented athletes in many events.  The goal of the weekend will be to hit some qualifying marks, rather than compiling a high team score with the cold weather and being so early in the season.


MTENNIS: Sunday at Middlebury at 11:30 am
What you need to know:  The No. 19 men’s tennis team played two close matches this week and split.  The Jumbos fell to No. 14 Amherst, 5-4, on Saturday in the Gantcher Center.  They then came back on beat Trinity on Sunday, 5-4, on the road.  The men will have this week to prepare for a trip up to Middlebury on Sunday to take on the fourth-ranked Panthers.  With an 11-1 record this year, after their spring break trip to Texas, the Panthers lone loss of the season came to Division II St. Edwards. The Panthers will take on ninth-ranked Williams on Saturday before hosting the Jumbos on Sunday. The Jumbos fell, 7-2, when they faced off with the Panthers last season at home.

WTENNIS: Wednesday at Wellesley at 4 pm and Sunday at Middlebury at 2 pm
What you need to know:  The No. 7 women’s tennis team picked up three wins this past week, topping No. 18 Brandeis, 6-3, on Wednesday, and then downing Bates and Colby over the weekend.  The Jumbos just crept into the top ten in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings, and with the three wins this week, improve to 7-1 on the season.  The Jumbos have a midweek contest with No. 33 Wellesley before hitting the road this weekend to take on No. 9 Middlebury on Sunday. The Blue will be up first for the Jumbos, and are 10-3 this season, having played their NEWMAC Championship this fall and falling in the title match to MIT.  The Blue opened their spring portion of the schedule in California with a loss to Concordia.  The Jumbos won, 9-0, when they took on the Blue last year.  After the midweek contest the women will get ready for a trip to Middlebury on Sunday.  The ninth-ranked Panthers are 4-3 this spring and have a big weekend coming up.  They are taking on No. 3 Williams on Saturday and then the seventh-ranked Jumbos on Sunday. The Jumbos were edged, 5-4, when they took on Middlebury last year.

WSAILING: Saturday and Sunday at Emily Wick Trophy at Connecticut College
What you need to know: The women’s sailing team will hope for some warm and dry weather this weekend as they head to Connecticut College for the Emily Wick Trophy on Saturday and Sunday.  The Jumbos were at Brown this past weekend in some wet conditions and finished eighth our of 18 teams at the Dellenbaugh Trophy. On Saturday the Jumbos competed in cold and windy conditions and finished sixth on the first day, only to race in beautiful sunny conditions on Sunday, finishing eighth.  The Jumbos raced for the Emily Wick Trophy last spring, finishing 16th of 18 total teams at the race.

GOLF: Friday and Saturday at Hampton Inn Invite at Allendale Country Club in North Dartmouth, Mass.
What you need to know: The men’s golf team was supposed to open their spring slate last weekend in Rhode Island.  But, the winter storm washed that one out, so the Jumbos will open their season this weekend at the Hampton Inn Invite at the Allendale Country Club in North Dartmouth, Mass.  The Jumbos know the course, as they competed in this tournament last year finishing 14th.

MCREW: Saturday vs. Coast Guard at 9 am and Sunday vs. UMass, Middlebury and Amherst at 9 am
What you need to know: The men’s crew team will open their 2017 slate at home this weekend with races on Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday the Jumbos will host Coast Guard for a 9 am start.  Sunday UMass, Amherst and Middlebury travel to the Malden River to race with the Jumbos. The Jumbos raced Coast Guard, UMass, Amherst and Middlebury last year and beat all four teams.  Coast Guard has been on the water this spring already, as they raced MIT but lost at the end of March.

WCREW: Saturday vs. Trinity, Coast Guard and Simmons at 9 am and Sunday vs. Middlebury and Amherst at 9 am 
What you need to know: The women’s crew team also kicks off their spring campaign this weekend at home.  The Jumbos host Trinity, Coast Guard and Simmons on Saturday and then Middlebury and Amherst on Sunday. The Jumbos were tied for sixth in the most recent College Rowing Coaches Association/US Rowing national poll.  Trinity was the only ranked team the Jumbos will be facing this weekend, and they sit at No. 12, but Coast Guard and Simmons are both receiving votes. Coast Guard opened their season at the end of March with a race against MIT, but fell to the Engineers.  They were supposed to race top ranked Wesleyan this past weekend but the race was postponed.  Simmons has been busy this spring, racing the MIT Lightweight at the end of March and then Bates with Harvard-Radcliffe last Sunday.  Trinity was supposed to open their season last Saturday with Coast Guard, Connecticut and Wesleyan, but that was cancelled, so the race at Tufts will be the first of the season for the Bantams. The Jumbos were edged by Trinity last year when the two teams raced, but they beat Amherst and Middlebury.  They did not race Simmons or Coast Guard last year.










 

 

Oscar Kutch, Senior, Baseball

Senior Oscar Kutch was clutch for the Jumbos at the plate this past week, going 8-for-18 with seven runs scored and six RBIs to help the Jumbos pick up three more wins and improve to 12-2 on the season.  In a win over Mass Maritime on Monday Kutch went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.  He then went 3-for-5 in the Jumbos NESCAC opener against Trinity, scoring a run and knocking in two runs.  In the Jumbos third win of the week and their second over Trinity, he was 3-for-6 with three runs scored  and three RBIs. Kutch is hitting .377 for the Jumbos this year with 14 RBI and a team-leading seven doubles and two homeruns and a team-high 24 runs scored.

 

 


Lauren Louks, Junior, Women’s Tennis


Junior Lauren Louks had a winning week for the women’s tennis team, helping the Jumbos improve to 7-1 on the season.  The Jumbos broke into the national top ten this past week in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national rankings, and currently sit at No. 7.  This past week in a 6-3 win over No. 18 Brandeis Louks won at #2 singles.  She then helped the Jumbos by winning not only at #2 singles against Bates, but also teaming up with teammate and sophomore Otilia Popa to win at #2 doubles against the Bobcats.  She closed out the weekend with two more wins in a 9-0 win over Colby.  Louks won at #2 singles again and then at #2 doubles with Popa again.

 









 

Men’s lacrosse had another big week, overcoming a slow start to beat Western New England College on Tuesday, 22-8. The Jumbos then topped Connecticut College, 12-6, on the road on Saturday as sophomore Danny Murphy scored twice and picked up three assists.

With a relatively quiet week on their hands, the women’s lacrosse team picked up their first NESCAC win, knocking off Connecticut College, 17-4, on Sunday afternoon on Bello Field.  Freshman Emily Games tallied nine points off five goals and four assists to lead the Jumbos offensively.

The baseball team stayed hot picking up three wins this week.  They started with an 8-2 win over Mass Maritime on Wednesday afternoon at the New England Baseball Complex.  The Jumbos then took two of three from Trinity in a Saturday and Sunday series with the Bantams. Senior Speros Varinos pitched well in a 10-5 series-opening win and the Jumbos used a 15-run seventh inning to pick up a 23-5 win in game two on Sunday.

The men’s track and field team hosted 18 teams in the Snowflake Classic this weekend and the Jumbos topped the field.  They were well ahead of second-lace RPI and third-place Worcester State.  Senior tri-captain Nick Usoff won the 400-meter hurdles and the javelin throw.

The women’s track and field team also had a good showing at the Snowflake Classic this past Sunday.  The Jumbos finished second with 116 points, just behind Boston University who won the meet with a score of 119. Junior Annalisa DeBari had the top performance of the day, running a 14.88 in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries, which is the ninth best nationally as of 10:15 pm on Sunday night.

The No. 19 men’s tennis team played two extremely close matches this weekend, and they won one and lost one. The Jumbos were edged by No. 14 Amherst, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon at home.  On Sunday, the men traveled to Trinity and picked up a 5-4 win over the Bantams.

The No. 7 women’s tennis team picked up three more wins this week.  The Jumbos started the week with a 6-3 win over No. 18 Brandeis on Wednesday. Then on Saturday the Jumbos beat both Bates (8-1) and Colby (9-0) on the road.