This Week in Tufts Athletics: April 10 - 16

MEDFORD – Spring finally arrived with some warmer weather this weekend, and Jumbo spring teams are fully into the swing of things.  Men’s and women’s track and field will host the Sunshine Classic this weekend at home to highlight an exciting week for the Jumbos.

Women’s tennis welcomes top-ranked Emory to Medford on Friday and has three home matches this week.  There are more races on the Malden this weekend for men’s and women’s crew, and the women will host Bates and Wesleyan, who are tied for No. 1 in the national rankings, along with fourth-ranked Wellesley on Saturday.  No. 2 men’s lacrosse travels to take on No. 11 Amherst on Saturday.

Women’s lacrosse has two more games on the schedule at home this week.  Baseball and softball both have full weeks with games on Tuesday followed by another conference series this weekend as baseball heads to Colby and softball travels to Trinity.  Men’s tennis has a full week of taking on ranked teams as they host No. 8 Wesleyan and No. 9 Williams.  Both women’s sailing and coed sailing will be back on the water this weekend.

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Week Full of Ranked Teams for Women's Tennis



 

The women’s tennis team is off to a great start to 2017.  The Jumbos are ranked in the top ten in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national poll, sitting at No. 7 with an 8-2 record so far this season.  Those lone losses came to top ten teams, as the Jumbos fell to No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer on their spring break trip and were recently blanked by No. 9 Middlebury, 9-0, this past Sunday.  The Jumbos play a tough schedule, taking on ranked teams nearly every week, and this week is no exception.  Paying a visit to Medford on Tuesday will be No. 21 MIT.  After that, the women will get ready to welcome No. 1 Emory on Friday and No. 6 Wesleyan on Saturday.

MIT is up first for the Jumbos and the Engineers are 11-4 this season.  They played their conference schedule in the fall, so recently the Engineers have been trying to take on some of the best teams in the nation to stay sharp.  They have lost four of their last five, but those losses have come to No. 18 Brandeis, No 5 Pomona-Pitzer, No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and No. 6 Wesleyan.  The Engineers beat the Jumbos, 6-3, last year when the two teams faced off in a closely contested match where five different sets went to a tiebreaker.

After the Jumbos take on the Engineers they will get ready for a busy weekend at home.  First up will be top-ranked Emory at home on Friday.  The Eagles are 7-4 this year, but those losses aren’t to Division III teams.  They have fallen to NAIA Georgia Gwinnett, Division II UC San Diego, Division I Coastal Carolina and Division I Charleston Southern.  The Jumbos and the Eagles didn’t face off last year.

The women will wrap up the weekend with a match against Wesleyan on Saturday.  The Cardinals are 6-1 this spring, and that loss came recently as they fell to No. 3 Williams this past Sunday, 6-3.  The Jumbos and the Cardinals played a close one last year, and the Cardinals came away with a close 5-4 win, so the Jumbos will be looking for a little revenge on their home courts this season.

Undefeated Men's Lacrosse Battles Amherst



 

The No. 2 men’s lacrosse team is off to the best start in program history.  With a perfect 11-0 record, the Jumbos have proved to everyone they are just as strong despite graduating eight All-Americans from a team that made it to the national championship game last spring.  Up this week for the Jumbos will be conference rival Amherst, who would love nothing more than to deal the Jumbos their first loss of the season.  But, Tufts boasts the nations second best scoring offense, averaging 18.09 goals per game.  With two goalies that have slit time all season and have nearly identical numbers, the Jumbos are giving up less than ten goals per game. Things look good.

Amherst is currently No. 13 in the national poll and the Mammoths have an 8-3 record this year.  Those losses have come to No. 4 Bates, No. 11 Wesleyan, and No. 5 RIT.  Sophomore Jack Norton has 25 goals this season and senior Chris Albanese has scored 22 times.  Freshman Colin Minicus has 18 goals and a team-leading 23 assists for the Mammoths.  In goal for Amherst senior Cody Tranbarger has played a majority of the minutes and has an 11.09 goals against average and a 54.5 save percentage.  The Jumbos won, 16-11, last year when the two teams faced off and they have the 17-4 advantage in the series dating back to 2000.












BASEBALL: Tuesday vs. Roger Williams at 3 pm, Friday at Colby at 3 pm and Saturday at Colby at 12 pm and 3 pm
What you need to know: The No. 7 baseball team if off to a hot start, and this week will be no let up for the Jumbos.  First up is visiting Roger Williams on Tuesday, after which the Jumbos will get ready for a three game series at Colby this weekend.  First up are the Hawks of Roger Williams, who are 9-15 so far this season.  The Hawks have won their last three, taking two from Eastern Nazarene and one fro Eastern Connecticut State this past weekend.  Justin Stone is leading the offense hitting .371 and Anthony Dominguez has a team-leading 14 RBIs.  The Hawks won last year, 8-5, which was the first time the two teams faced off in program history, dating back to 1999.  After the midweek contest, the Jumbos will get ready for another NESCAC series, as they head to Colby for one on Friday and two on Saturday. The Mules are 5-13 this year, but they did just pick up a 7-0 win over Maine-Farmington after losing two of three at Trinity this past weekend.  Matt Treveloni is leading the offense with a .367 average and senior Ryder Arsenault is hitting .314.  The Jumbos won all three times when the two teams faced off, but the first one was a close, 7-6 ten-inning win.  The Jumbos have the 42-8 advantage in the series with the Mules dating back to 1999.

SOFTBALL: Tuesday at Babson at 3 pm and 5 pm, Friday at Trinity at 4 pm and Saturday at Trinity at 12 pm and 2 pm
What you need to know: The softball team finally got playing back in New England this weekend after a long stint of no games because of the cold and wet weather.  The Jumbos picked up four NESCAC East wins, three over Colby and one over Bates to improve to 13-5 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in NESCAC play.  Senior Maggie Hoffman continues to swing a hot bat, hitting .519 this season and classmate Cassie Ruscz is hitting .462 with five homeruns and 18 RBIs.  The Jumbos will travel to Babson on Tuesday before heading to Trinity for a three-game series this weekend.  First up are the Beavers, who are 14-8 this season, recently taking two from Coast Guard this past Saturday.  Annie Quine is hitting .353 for the Beavers and Leslie Moore is helping with a .348 average.  The Jumbos and the Beavers split last year as the Beavers took game one, 9-6, but the Jumbos came back and won game two 11-2 in five innings.  After the midweek the Jumbos will get back to conference action with a trip to Trinity.  The Bantams are 12-9 this year, and 4-4 in the month of April.  They took three from Bates this past weekend, but fell to Bowdoin once on Sunday.  Meaghan Race is hitting .339 for the Bantams and sophomore Courtney Erickson is helping with a .328 average with four home runs this year.  Freshman Lindsay Golia and junior Rachael Smith have split most of the time in the circle for the Bantams and Golia has a 2.19 ERA while Smith’s ERA is 4.56.  The Jumbos won all three times the two teams played last year, but game one was a 4-3 eight inning win.  The Jumbos have the 45-5 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.

WLAX: Wednesday vs. Keene State at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Amherst at 1 pm
What you need to know:  The women’s lacrosse team won two of their three games this past week, including a 13-11 win over ranked Cortland State which snapped an 83 game home winning streak for the Red Dragons.  The strong week helped the Jumbos break into the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll at No. 20. The Jumbos will look to carry that momentum into a big week at home.  They start with a Wednesday contest against Keene State and then host Amherst on Saturday. First up will be Keene State who is 3-7 this year.  But, those three wins have been the Owls last three games, so it seems like they have put things together a bit.  Junior Taylor Farland is leading the offense with 25 goals and 11 assists while sophomore Chelsea Lewis has helped with 22 goals.  The Jumbos won 23-7 last year when the two teams faced off.  After the Owls the Jumbos will get ready to host Amherst on Saturday.  The Mammoths are 4-6 this year and have lost their last three, falling to No. 5 Middlebury, Wesleyan who is receiving votes and No. 16 Colby. Senior Claire Cagnassola is leading the offense with 16 goals while junior Julia Crerend has scored 15 times.  Those are the only two Mammoths with double-digit scoring numbers.  The Jumbos fell, 7-6, last year, but won in overtime the year before, so things have been close between these two teams the past couple years. Amherst has a 15-5 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.

MTRACK: Friday at Silfen Invite at Connecticut College, Saturday at Tufts Sunshine Classic
What you need to know: The men’s track team continues to post phenomenal marks.  Senior Tim Nichols won the 10K this past weekend at Princeton’s Sam Howell Invite with a time that is not only the best in the country but shattered the previous Tufts record and is the only sub 30 minute time in program history.  Sophomore Josh Etkind then broke a 15-year old 110-meter hurdle record on Saturday and the Jumbos had a good day up at Bates.  This weekend the Jumbos will split up a bit again, sending some athletes to Connecticut College on Friday for the Silfen Invite and then the rest will be at home on Saturday for the Tufts Sunshine Classic.  Sophomore Hiroto Watanabe and Roman Lovell will head to Connecticut College to run in the 800 meters and Colin Raposo will compete in the 1500 meters.  The Jumbos will welcome some alumni back to Medford on Saturday for the meet, including Matt Rand, who was a three-time All-American who graduated in 2013 and will be running the 5k this weekend.  Also joining him will be Jamie Norton, a two-time All-American and former Jumbo coach, who graduated in 2014 and will be running the 1500 this weekend.  Senior Blake Coolidge will run in the 100 meters and the 200 meters this weekend and Andrew DiMaiti and Nick Usoff will compete in the 400 meter hurdles.  Additionally, Rob Jones will look to post a good time in the 100 meters.

WTRACK: Friday at Silfen Invite at Connecticut College, Saturday at Tufts Sunshine Classic
What you need to know:  The women’s track and field team also was up in Maine this past weekend and the 4x4 relay killed the competition and won by nearly seven seconds.  The Jumbos will stay a little more local this weekend, as some Jumbos may head to Connecticut College on Friday for the Silfen Invite, but a majority of the Jumbos will be at home on Saturday for the Tufts Sunshine Classic.  The Jumbos welcome Colby, Newbury, Nichols, UMass-Boston and Wheaton in addition to some alumni who may be competing this weekend.  The Jumbos will look to continue to post some national qualifying marks, as temperatures warm up and conditions get better.  Field events begin at 10 am and track events start at 11 am at the Clarence “Ding” Dussault Track and Field Complex.



MTEN: Saturday vs. Wesleyan at 9 am and Sunday vs. Williams at 1 pm
What you need to know:  The No. 19 men’s tennis team had a relatively quiet week this week, taking on No. 4 Middlebury on the road on Sunday.  The duo of Rohan Gupte and Zain Ali picked up an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles and freshman Nathan Niemiec won at No. 5 singles, but it wasn’t enough as the Panthers snuck away with a 7-2 win.  The Jumbos will look to get back in the win column this week as they host No. 8 Wesleyan on Saturday and No. 9 Williams on Sunday. Wesleyan is off to a 7-1 start so far this season with that lone loss coming in the Cardinals first match of the season against No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.  The Jumbos fell, 8-1, when the two teams faced off last season during the regular season and 5-3 in the first round of the NESCAC Championships.  After the Saturday contest the Jumbos will get ready to host visiting Williams on Sunday.  The Ephs are 8-4 this season, but all four of those losses are to ranked teams as they have fallen to No. 5 Chicago, No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, No. 4 Middlebury and No. 8 Wesleyan this past Sunday. The Jumbos were edged by Williams, 7-2, last season when the two teams played.

MCREW: Saturday vs. Bates, Wesleyan and New Hampshire at 9 am
What you need to know: The men’s crew team opened up their 2017 spring schedule this past weekend at home, taking on Coast Guard on Saturday and UMass, Middlebury and Amherst on Sunday.  The Jumbos were able to win some races and will look to carry that momentum into another race day on the Malden this week.  On Saturday, Bates, Wesleyan and New Hampshire will visit Tufts for a 9 am start time.  Bates started their season at the end of March in Philadelphia with the Murphy Cup.  They recently took on Boston College and the Harvard lightweights, and this past weekend they were at the WPI Invitational.  Wesleyan also opened their season at the Murphy Cup in Philadelphia at the end of March.  Since then the Cardinals finished second with WPI, Colby, UMass and Hamilton this past weekend.

WCREW: Saturday vs. Bates, Wesleyan and Wellesley at 9 am
What you need to know: The women’s crew team started off their spring schedule on the right foot, winning all of their races on Saturday and Sunday on the Malden River.  On Saturday the Jumbos beat Trinity, Coast Guard and Simmons.  On Sunday they took on Middlebury and Amherst.  The Jumbos will look to carry that momentum into this week as they have a huge Saturday on the water.  The Jumbos will host No. 1 Bates and No. 1 Wesleyan, along with No. 4 ranked and defending national champion Wellesley on Saturday. Bates and Wellesley rowed against each other this past weekend and the Bobcats won.  Bates opened their season at the end of March at the Murphy Cup in Philadelphia, then taking on Simmons and the Harvard lightweights and last weekend competing in the WPI Invitational. Wesleyan also opened their season at the Murphy Cup in Philly at the end of March. Since then they finished first with WPI, Colby, Smith, and Hamilton this past Saturday. The Blue have two weekends of racing under their belts.  They opened the season at the beginning of April against William Smith and Williams.  They then raced with WPI, Bates and Trinity this past weekend.  


WSAIL: Saturday and Sunday at Presidents Trophy at BU
What you need to know: This past weekend the Jumbos women’s sailing team was at the Coast Guard Academy competing in the Emily Wick Trophy where the Jumbos finished eighth out of 20 teams.  The Jumbos will be back on the water this weekend as they stay local and head over to Boston University on Saturday and Sunday for the President’s Trophy.  The Jumbos finished sixth out of 17 total teams at this regatta last year.


CSAIL: Saturday and Sunday at Thompson Trophy at Coast Guard
What you need to know: After a phenomenal weekend at home, where they hosted and finished second at the NEISA New England Team Racing Championships, the Jumbos will look to stay hot this week.  This past weekend’s second-place finish earned the Jumbos a bid to the team racing nationals which take place later in May. The Jumbos will head to Coast Guard this weekend to compete in the Thompson Trophy.   They finished eighth out of 17 total teams at this regatta last year.










 

 

Owen Elliott, Senior, Men’s Golf

Senior captain Owen Elliott continued his senior year right where he left off last fall, and picked up individual-champion honors at the Hampton Inn Invite in North Dartmouth, Mass. this past weekend.  Elliott’s 75-75-150 performance helped the Jumbos finish first out of 17 total teams at the tournament held at the Allendale Country Club.  It’s the first tournament the Jumbos have won this season, and the first they have competed in this spring.  Elliott earned All-New England honors this past fall, narrowly missing medalist honors at the New England Championship.

 

 

Emily Shanley-Roberts, Junior, Coed Sailing

Junior crew Emily Shanley-Roberts helped a great Jumbo comeback this weekend.  The Jumbos hosted the New England Team Racing Championships this past weekend on Upper Mystic Lake.  The Jumbos compiled a 15-8 record to finish only behind New England Champion Yale, after winning a tie-breaker over third-place MIT.  The Jumbos were one of eight teams to advance to the final round on Sunday, but that’s where their run nearly ended, as they only won two of their seven contests.  They were the last of six teams to advance to the final round, and that’s where they turned it around, defeating all five of their opponents to finish as the runner-up.  Shanley-Roberts crewed five races in the opening round as three different Jumbo dinghies were racing over the weekend. In the second and final round she crewed all 12 races.

 











The women’s lacrosse team picked up two wins this past week.  The Jumbos started with an 18-11 win at Williams on Wednesday night.  After a Saturday setback to Hamilton the Jumbos snapped NO. 15 Cortland State's 83 game home winning streak with a 13-11 win on the road.  The Jumbos broke into the national poll released today, and sit at No. 20.

The No. 2 men’s lacrosse team remained perfect and is off to the best start in program history after picking up two more wins this week.  The Jumbos earned a 22-13 win over Williams on Wednesday afternoon.  On Saturday the Jumbos celebrated Senior Day and picked up a 18-6 win over Hamilton.

The No. 8 baseball team picked up four more wins this past week.  The Jumbos started the week with a 10-4 win over Salem State.  They then took two from Lesley on Saturday and finished the weekend with a 10-2 win over Keene State.  The Jumbos are now 15-2 this season.

The softball team opened up their conference schedule this past weekend and picked up four NESCAC East wins.  The Jumbos started the weekend with a double header win over Colby on Saturday.  They then took one from Colby and one from Bates on Sunday.  The Jumbos outscored their opponents 38-3 over the four games this weekend.

The coed sailing team finished second at the NEISA Team Racing Championship this past weekend, punching their ticket to nationals later in May.  The Jumbos were one of four teams to earn a bid to nationals by finishing in the top four this past Saturday and Sunday on Upper Mystic Lake at the Bacow Sailing Pavilion.  The Jumbos were the last team to make the cut on Saturday, but turned it around and beat all five of their opponents to finish as the runner-up.

The golf team won the Hampton Inn Invite in North Dartmouth, Mass. this past weekend as senior Owen Elliott earned individual-champion honors on the individual side. The Jumbos were the first of 17 teams, finishing six strokes ahead of second-place Babson.


Senior Tim Nichols of the men’s track and field team kept up his stellar senior year and became the first runner in Jumbo history to finish the 10,000 meters in under 30 minutes as he ran a 29:37.09 to win the race at Princton University’s Sam Howell Invite on Friday night.  The time was 27.53 seconds faster than the previous Tufts record and ranks first national among Division III runners this year. On Saturday the Jumbos traveled up to Bates and sophomore Josh Etkind broke a 15-year old Tufts record in the 110-meter hurdles with a 14.46 which ranked second nationally as of Saturday night.

The women’s track and field team was also up in Maine at Bates and the 4x400-meters relay won by over seven seconds on Saturday.  The 4x4’s winning time of 4:03.14 was 7.20 seconds faster than second-place Bates.  The Jumbo foursome was junior Annalisa DeBari, freshman Nehalem Kunkle-Read, senior co-captain Rita Donohoe and freshman Julia Gake.
 

The No. 7 women’s tennis team split their week last week.  The Jumbos picked up a 7-2 win over Wellesley during the week, but then fell to No. 9 Middlebury on the road on Sunday.


The women’s crew team started the spring season off on the right foot this weekend.  On Saturday the Jumbos hosted and beat Trinity, Coast Guard and Simmons.  The Jumbos then closed out the weekend beating both Middlebury and Amherst on Sunday.

The men’s crew team also opened their season this past weekend.  On Saturday the Jumbos second varsity and novice boat beat Coast Guard.  On Sunday the Jumbos beat both Amherst and Middlebury, but fell to UMass.