MEDFORD – With spring sports in the middle of their seasons, it’s another full week in Tufts Athletics. Men’s lacrosse has a critical matchup with Bates on Bello on Tuesday night, baseball hosts UMass-Dartmouth for two on Monday and then Bowdoin for a three game series this weekend and women’s lacrosse will host Wesleyan in a vital NESCAC game on Saturday.
Both men’s and women’s tennis have several matches at home this week. Softball has seven games on the schedule this week, but they are all on the road. Men’s and women’s track will hit the road this weekend again. Men’s and women’s crew head out to Lake Quinsigamond for the Baker Cup. Both coed sailing and women’s sailing will be back on the water as well this weekend. The golf team will compete in the Bentley College Invitational on Tuesday and the Johnson and Wales Invitational this Saturday and Sunday.
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Men's Lacrosse Takes on Two Ranked Teams
It’s a huge week for the men’s lacrosse team. After getting off to the best start in program history, the No. 2 ranked Jumbos suffered their first set back this past Saturday, falling to Amherst, 21-15, on the road. They will look to get back in the win column this week with two games against ranked teams. First, on Tuesday, No. 4 Bates travels down to Medford for a 7 pm start with the Jumbos. Then on Saturday the Jumbos will hit the road to take on No. 11 Wesleyan. The last time the Jumbos lost two in a row was back during the 2013 season, so watch for the Jumbos to come out on a tear this week.
First up will be Bates, who is undefeated and ranked No. 4 in the most recent national poll. The Bobcats are 10-0 this season, but the last two were close, as they beat Middlebury 15-12 and just barely edged Bowdoin, 13-12. The Jumbos and the Bobcats played a close one last year, as the Bobcats snuck away with a 19-18 double overtime win. The year before the Bobcats won in the regular season as well, but the Jumbos got their revenge, beating the Bobcats in NCAA Tournament play. The Jumbos have a 13-3 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999. The senior duo of Charlie Fay and Kyle Weber have been leading the Bobcat offense as Fay has 35 goals and 12 assists and Weber has scored 34 times and helped ten others. Freshman Matt Chlastawa is having a big rookie season, scoring 21 times and adding nine assists. Sophomore Mitchell Drake has played a majority of the minutes in goal for the Bobcats, and has a 57.7 save percentage and a 10.90 goals against average.
After the midweek contest the Jumbos will get ready for a trip to No. 11 Wesleyan on Saturday. The Cardinals currently have an 11-1 record. That lone blemish is a season-opening 15-14 loss to Bates. Most recently, Wesleyan topped No. 15 Bowdoin, 10-9, this past Saturday. Junior Harry Stanton is leading the Cardinal offense with 42 goals and 16 assists. Classmate Taylor Ghesquiere is helping with 33 goals and sophomore Carter Hawthorne has scored 24 times, but also has 30 assists this season. In goal for the Cardinals senior Ted Bergman has played most of the minutes. He has a 60.0 save percentage and an 8.01 goals against average. The Jumbos won, 13-12, when they took on the Cardinals last year, and have the 14-9 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.
Softball With Vital Road Week
It’s arguably the most important week of the season thus far for the softball team. On Monday the Jumbos head out to Williamstown to take on defending NESCAC Champion, Williams. Wednesday they will head over to take on No. 25 MIT and this weekend the Jumbos head up to Maine to take on Bowdoin in a must-win three-game series with the Polar Bears. Heading into the week with a 14-9 record, the Jumbos had a rough weekend in Connecticut, falling three times to NESCAC East rival Trinity.
But, it’s a new week and the Jumbos will travel out to Williamstown on Monday to take on the Ephs twice. With a 19-9 record heading into Monday, the Ephs have won their last 11. The Jumbos and the Ephs are pretty familiar with each other, as the two teams played five times last year. The Ephs won both times during the regular season and then beat the Jumbos in the first round of the NESCAC Tournament. But, the Jumbos came back and downed the Ephs, 13-6, later in tournament play, only to fall, 8-3, in the NESAC Championship game. The Ephs graduated a good amount of that team, but welcome back junior Lexi Curt who has a team-leading .448 batting average with a team-leading 30 RBI this season. Rookie Rebecca Duncan is hitting .414 and also is leading the Ephs in the circle, with a 2.02 ERA and eight wins this season.
After the trip to Williams on Monday the Jumbos will get ready to take on No. 25 MIT on Wednesday on the road again. The Engineers won the New England Super Regional last year, and went to the College World Series. But, they graduated their work horse in the circle from that team and are putting the pieces together this season to try and find that wining formula. So far its been working okay, as the Engineers are 18-4. They recently split a double header with Wheaton this past weekend. Junior Jasmin Joseph is leading the offensive efforts for the Engineers with a .500 batting average while freshman Michelle Wist is hitting .483 with a team-leading 19 RBIs. On the mound sophomore Ravenne Nasser has the most innings pitched and a 1.20 ERA with a team-leading nine wins. The Jumbos split with the Engineers last year, falling 6-3, but then winning 11-2.
The Jumbos will round out the week with a three-game series up at Bowdoin this weekend. They are must win games for the Jumbos if they want to make the NESCAC Tournament as they need to beat Bowdoin three times to edge the Polar Bears for the No. 2 seed in the East. The Polar Bears are 21-6 this season and have won their last ten, including a three game sweep of Colby this past weekend. Senior Marissa O’Toole is leading the Polar Bear offense with a .451 batting average with a team-leading 26 RBIs. Rookie Allison Rutz is hitting .437 and sophomore Caroline Rice has a .36 batting average this year. The Jumbos won all three times they faced off with the Polar Bears last year, 7-5, 11-6 and 11-3. The last time the Jumbos fell to the Polar Bears was back during the 2011 season, when Bowdoin pulled out a 2-1 win in game three of the series.
WLAX: Tuesday at Bates at 4:30 pm and Saturday vs. Wesleyan at 12 pm
What you need to know: The No. 20 women’s lacrosse picked up a critical NESCAC win this past Saturday over Amherst and will look to carry that momentum into this weeks two NESCAC games. On Tuesday the Jumbos travel up to Bates for a 4:30 pm start with the Bobcats. With a 6-6 record overall and a 1-6 mark in NESCAC play this year, the Bobcats have lost their last three with setbacks to Hamilton, Bowdoin and Middlebury. They sit in ninth place in the conference standings. Junior Camilla Belletete has a team-leading 26 goals and eight assists and classmates Allison Dewey and Teal Otley have both helped with 18 scores each as well. The Jumbos won, 6-5, when they faced off with the Bobcats last year and have a 15-2 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999. After the midweek contest the Jumbos will get ready to host Wesleyan this weekend. The Cardinals are 9-4 overall with a 5-3 NESCAC record this season. They were receiving votes in the most recent Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll, but also just knocked off No. 8 Bowdoin this past weekend, 14-7. Freshman Abby Manning has a team-leading 27 goals while senior Meredith Smith is helping with 24 scores and classmates Rachel Aronow and Liana Mathias have both scored 20 times. The Jumbos won, 13-10, when they faced off with the Cardinals last year.
BASEBALL: Monday vs. UMass-Dartmouth at 12:30 and 3:30, Friday vs. Bowdoin at 3 pm and Saturday vs. Bowdoin at 12pm and 3 pm
What you need to know: The baseball team had little time to rest last week, picking up a win over Roger Williams on Tuesday, playing to an 8-8 tie with MIT on Thurday and taking two out of three from Colby on the road this weekend. Senior Speros Varinos has won all six of his starts this year and Will Shackelford and Nick Falkson are hitting .431 and .418 for the Jumbos, respectively, so far this season. First up for the Jumbos this week will be the Corsairs of UMass-Dartmouth who come to Medford for two on Monday. The Corsairs are 16-11 heading into Monday’s games including winning their last three. This past Saturday they took two from Plymouth State. The Jumbos won both games, 9-5 and 13-8, when they faced off with the Corsairs last year on Patriots Day. After Mondays games the Jumbos will get ready to host Bowdoin for a three game series this weekend. The Polar Bears travel down to Medford with a 10-12 record, but have won their last four, including a three game sweep of Trinity this past weekend. Sophomore Cody Todesco is hitting .382 and classmate Brandon Lopez is helping with a .333 mark and a team-leading nine RBIs. Lopez also has a team-leading three wins on the mound for the Polar Bears. The Jumbos two of three last year, winning 4-3 and 16-0, but falling 5-2 in the finale.
MTRACK: Friday at Larry Ellis Invite at Princeton and Saturday at Trinity College Invite at 10 am
What you need to know: The men’s track and field team split up a bit this past weekend. Some Jumbos were in Connecticut on Friday for the Silfen Invitational while a majority of the team was at home on Saturday for the Sunshine Classic. The Jumbos finished first out of six teams as junior Andrew DiMaiti ran the nation’s third fastest time in the 400-meter hurdles. This weekend it looks to be much of the same for the Jumbos as select runners will head to Princeton for the Larry Ellis Invite on Friday while the entire team will be at Trinity on Saturday for the Trinity College Invite.
WTRACK: Saturday at Trinity College Invitational at 10 am
What you need to know: It was a successful week for the women’s track and field team as the Jumbos sent some select runners to the Silfen Invitational on Friday at Connecticut College while others were at home on Saturday for the Sunshine Classic. The Jumbos finished first out six teams as Brittany Bowman shined in the 5K. This weekend will be similar for the Jumbos as they will send some team members to Princeton on Friday for the Larry Ellis Invite and the Jumbo team will head to Trinity on Saturday for the Trinity College Invite.
MTEN: Thursday vs. Bates at 3:30 pm and Saturday vs. Hamilton at 9 am and Coast Guard at 4 pm
What you need to know: The No. 20 men’s tennis team had a challenging week, losing close hard fought matches to No. 8 Wesleyan, 5-4, and No. 9 Williams, 6-3. The Jumbos will look to get back in the win column this week with three matches on the schedule at home. First up will be Bates on Thursday. The No. 28 ranked Bobcats are 4-7 this season, but have won their last three with wins over Brandeis, Colby and Trinity. The Jumbos won, 5-4, when they took on the Bobcats last year. After the Thursday contest the Jumbos will get ready to host Coast Guard and Hamilton on Sunday. The Jumbos topped Coast Guard, 8-1, last year when they played, but did not take on Hamilton last year. The Bears are up first and they are 5-5 this season, most recently getting blanked by No. 22 MIT. They have wins over Wheaton and Springfield in April. Hamilton has a 5-11 record this year and a 1-3 record in April. That lone win came over Oswego, as they have fallen to Hobart, No. 8 Wesleyan and No. 29 Colby.
WTEN: Wednesday at Amherst at 4 pm, Friday vs. Bowdoin at 3 pm and Saturday vs. Hamilton at 12:30 pm
What you need to know: The No. 8 women’s tennis team had a good week last week. The Jumbos topped local-rival MIT on Tueday, 7-2. On Friday they hosted No. 1 Emory and sophomore Mina Karamercan defeated the No. 1 ranked singles player in the country, but it wasn’t enough as the Jumbos fell 7-2. On Saturday they bounced back with a 6-3 win over Wesleyan. The Jumbos have another busy NESCAC week ahead of them as they travel to Amherst on Wednesday and then host Bowdoin on Saturday and Hamilton on Sunday. The Mammoths are up first for the Jumbos this week and are ranked No. 12 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national poll. With a 5-5 record, all five of the Mammoths losses have come to ranked teams. They have fallen to No. 4 Williams twice, No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer, No. 10 WashU St Louis and No. 11 Carnegie Mellon. The Mammoths won, 6-3, when the two teams faced off last year. After the midweek trip the Jumbos will get ready to host all weekend. On Saturday No. 7 ranked Bowdoin pays a visit to Medford. The Polar Bears are currently 10-3 with losses to No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, No. 12 Amherst and No. 3 Middlebury. The Jumbos won, 7-2, when they took on the Polar Bears last year. Rounding out the weekend will be a Saturday match up with Hamilton. The Continentals are 9-5 this season and haven’t broken into the national rankings. The Jumbos and the Continentals did not play last year.
MCREW: Sunday at Baker Cup vs. WPI, Skidmore, Washington College at 9 am
What you need to know: The men’s crew team was at home this past weekend, and the Jumbos first novice eight won both of its races to lead the Jumbos to five wins as they hosted Bates, Wesleyan and UNH on the Malden River. After two weeks of rowing at home the Jumbos will hit the road as they travel to Lake Quinsigamond for the Baker Cup on Sunday. Joining the Jumbos in Worcester will be WPI, Skidmore and Washington College. WPI is familiar with the water and have been at home a lot lately, as they finished in first place against Wesleyan, Colby and UMass and then beat Bates the following day. Last week the Engineers finished in second place with Williams, Conn College, Rochester and MIT. Skidmore has also been on the water a bit this spring as they have taken on Franklin and Marshall, Ithaca, St. Lawrence, Albany, Vassar and RPI this spring. Washington College opened up their season at the Murphy Cup in Philadelphia, and have raced in the Knecht Cup in New Jersey and the Kerr Cup in Philadelphia.
WCREW: Sunday at Baker Cup vs. WPI, William Smith, Skidmore, Clark at 9 am
What you need to know: The Jumbos had a challenging weekend this past weekend at home, hosting top-ranked Wesleyan and Bates and defending NCAA champion and fourth-ranked Wellesley. The Jumbos will hit the road this weekend, as they travel to Lake Quinsigamond for the Baker Cup with WPI, William Smith, Skidmore and Clark. The Jumbos, who are the No. 6 ranked team in the country, are hitting the road for the first time this spring. William Smith is tied for No. 9 in the national rankings with host WPI. The Engineers of WPI have been at home hosting regattas most of the spring. They finished in second place with Wesleyan, Colby and Smith earlier this year, and in third place when they raced Bates, Wellesley, Rochester and Trinity. Last weekend they were second with Williams, Conn College, Simmons and Rochester. Clark has been on the water the past two weekends as their varsity eight boat has finished fourth both weekends. Skidmore has faced off with Bryn Mawr, Franklin Marshall, Ithaca, St. Lawrence, Albany, Vassar and RPI. William Smith has raced Ithaca, Wellesley, Williams, Rochester and Hamilton so far this season.
WSAIL: Saturday and Sunday at New England Championship at Brown at 10:30 am
What you need to know: The women’s sailing team had a great weekend, winning the President’s Trophy. The Jumbos were in fourth place after the first day of racing, but had a great Sunday to win the regatta which featured 12 teams on the Charles River hosted by Boston University. This weekend the Jumbos will look to carry that momentum into the New England Championship at Brown on Saturday and Sunday. The Jumbos finished 14 out of 16 total teams at this regatta hosted by Yale last year.
CSAIL: Saturday and Sunday at Admiral’s Cup at Kings Point at 9 am
What you need to know: The coed sailing team had a great weekend at Northeastern this past Saturday and Sunday as the Jumbos won the Oberg Trophy, finishing first out of 11 total teams. The Jumbos finished with 111 total points, with second place Vermont (134) and third-place Roger Williams (136) behind them. The Jumbos will be back on the water this weekend as they head to Kings Point for the Admiral’s Cup on Saturday and Sunday.
GOLF: Tuesday at Bentley College Invite and Saturday and Sunday at Johnson & Wales Invite
What you need to know: After a weekend off the men’s golf team will be back in action this weekend. The Jumbos last won the Hampton Inn Invite at the Allendale Country Club in North Dartmouth, Mass. as senior Owen Elliott picked up individual medalist honors to help the Jumbos win the 17 team tournament. The Jumbos are back in action this week and they will be busy. On Tuesday they travel to Newport, R.I. for the Bentley College Invitational. Then on Saturday and Sunday they will round out their spring portion of the schedule with a trip to the Johnson & Wales Invitational. The Jumbos did not golf in the Bentley College Invitational last year and finished tied for 13th of 19 total teams at the Johnson & Wales Invitational.
Andrew DiMaiti, Junior, Men’s Track and Field
Junior Andrew DiMaiti of the Tufts University men’s outdoor track an field team ran the third-fastest time in the nation so far this season in the 400-meter hurdles to lead the Jumbos at the second annual Sunshine Classic hosted at Dussault Track on Saturday. DiMaiti’s time of 52.47 seconds in the 400-meter hurdles improved upon his previous career-best mark of 53;01. He ran the race by more than four seconds over runner-up James O’Donnell from Colby.
Brittany Bowman, Junior, Women’s Track and Field
Competing in the Elite Distance Events portion of Connecticut College’s Silfen Invitational on Friday night, junior Brittany Bowman led seven members of the Tufts University women’s outdoor track and field team who were in action with a strong 5,000 meters race. Bowman ran 17:01.27 for the 5K, her career-best in the event by five seconds and currently the No. 6 time in the nation for Division III. The team’s best mark in the event so far for the outdoor season, Bowman’s time was second out of 55 entries in the event.
The women’s lacrosse team got five goals and an assist from freshman Emily Games to help the Jumbos beat Amherst, 11-7, on Saturday afternoon.
The No. 7 baseball team had a full week. The Jumbos started with a 14-2 win over Roger Williams on Tuesday as five relievers combined to allow just three hits in the win. On Thursday the Jumbos played to an 8-8 tie with local-rival MIT in a game that was called because of darkness. This past weekend the Jumbos traveled up to Maine and took two of three from NESCAC-rival Colby. The Jumbos won the opener 6-2 on Friday behind senior Speros Varinos’ sixth win of the season. On Saturday the Jumbos fell, 5-2, in the first game but took the last of the series, 12-3, over the Mules.
The men’s track and field team was at home this weekend the Jumbos finished first out of six total teams at the Sunshine Classic they hosted. Junior Andrew DiMaiti ran the third-fastest time in the nation so far this season in the 400-meter hurdles to lead the Jumbos. His time of 52.47 improved upon his previous career-best mark of 53.01. On Friday sophomore Colin Raposo of the men’s track and field team ran a career-best 3:56.32 in the 1,500 meters at Connecticut College’s Silfen Invitational.
The women’s track and field team was busy this weekend. Junior Brittany Bowman ran a career-best and the No. 6 time in the nation in the 5,000 meters and senior Lindsay Atkeson had a runner-up performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Silfen Invitational on Friday night. Then on Saturday at the Sunshine Classic at Tufts, the Jumbos finished first out of six teams.
The women’s tennis team picked up two wins this week. On the Jumbos took a 7-2 win over MIT. After falling to No. 1 Emory, 7-2, on Friday the Jumbos came back and topped Wesleyan on Saturday to improve to 3-1 in NESCAC play this year.
The men’s rowing team’s first novice eight won both of its races to lead the Jumbos to five victories overall on Saturday on the Malden River. The Jumbos hosted Bates, Wesleyan and UNH.