This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 3 - 9

MEDFORD – After a really busy two weeks things will be quieter around Medford this week.  But, that doesn’t mean our teams aren’t playing, they are just hitting the road this week.

Volleyball will be the lone team to play at home this week with a Tuesday night match before hitting the road for the weekend.  Football travels to Bowdoin as field hockey, men’s soccer and women’s soccer all take on Middlebury on Saturday.  Men’s and women’s cross country will head to Westfield State for the James Earley Invitational.  Men’s tennis is going up to Maine for the Bates Invitational and coed sailing will be at Rhode Island for the Moody Trophy.

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Football Hits the Road for First Away Game

After two fourth quarter comebacks at home, the football team will hit the road this week for a contest at Bowdoin.  The Jumbos picked up wins over Wesleyan and Bates to start the season, as senior running back Chance Brady was the hero during the Wesleyan game and sophomore quarterback Ryan McDonald scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter against Bates.  Senior Willie Holmquist was named the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week after knocking home a 48-yard field goal on Saturday, the longest by a NESCAC kicker since 2008 when Trinity’s Adam Cox nailed a 48-yarder.

Brady  has carried the Jumbo offense so far through two games with 291 yards to average 145.5 yards per game.  Senior Alex Snyder and McDonald have both seen time at quarterback and the Jumbos haven’t seemed to find the perfect mix just yet, so it will be interesting to see how week three works out offensively for the Jumbos.  Freshman Greg Holt and junior Steve DiCienzo have led the Jumbos defensively.

The Polar Bears have lost both of their games so far this season, falling to Middlebury 40-3 to open their season on the road and then losing to Amherst this past Saturday, 31-10, in their home opener. Bowdoin was 2-6 last year, and the Jumbos were able to pick up a 43-24 win on the road in Maine.  The Jumbos have the advantage in the series, 58-49-2, dating back to 1889.  The Bowdoin offense struggled through the first two games, only managing one touchdown which came in the fourth quarter against Amherst this past Saturday.  Senior Tim Drakeley and sophomore Noah Nelson have both taken snaps at quarterback this season.  Freshman Nate Richam is leading the Polar Bear’s rushing game with 82 yards through two games. 

The Jumbos defense has played strong through two games, and while they have some things to figure out offensively, they will look to come out of Saturday with another win over the Polar Bears. 

Tufts at Bowdoin:  VIDEO

Volleyball Has a Full Week With Three Matches

The volleyball team will be the only exception to the quiet around Tufts rule this week.  The Jumbos have three matches on the docket during a week when no team has more that one game this week.  On Tuesday, Rivier will visit Cousens Gym for a 7 pm start.  The Jumbos will then hit the road with a contest against Hamilton on Friday night and then a trip to Middlebury on Saturday.  With an overall record of 11-1 and a NESCAC record of 5-0 the Jumbos are off to a hot start, and will look to keep that going this week.

First up will be a match with Rivier, which will be the first time these two teams meet in program history (dating back to 1999). The Raiders are also off to a hot start this season, currently owning a 16-1 record with that lone set back coming to Johnson and Wales back near the end of September. Senior middle hitter Lauren Silverman is averaging 3.28 kills per set while adding 1.05 blocks per set.  Classmate and fellow middle hitter Dana Mott is helping with 3.07 kills per set.

After the contest with the Raiders the Jumbos will turn their focus back to NESCAC play as they travel to take on Hamilton on Friday and Middlebury on Saturday.  First up will be the Continentals, who are 5-4 overall and 2-2 in conference play this year.  They have picked up conference wins over Trinity and Connecticut College but have fallen to Wesleyan and Middlebury.  The Jumbos have won the last 16 times they have faced off with Hamilton, including a 3-0 win last year.
The Jumbos will wrap up their week with a trip to Middlebury where they will be hoping to avenge two losses from last season.  Then Panthers beat the Jumbos both in the regular season and in the NESCAC tournament last year and the series between the two teams is locked 10-10 dating back to 1999.  The Panthers are 10-3 overall with a 3-1 conference mark so far this season.  They fell to Wesleyan, 3-2, but have picked up conference wins over Hamilton, Connecticut College and Trinity. Sarah Staver is leading the NESCAC with 1.15 blocks per set and Chellsa Ferdinand is a top the conference standings with 0.64 service aces per set.

Tufts vs. Rivier: LIVE STATS | VIDEO
Tufts at Hamilton: LIVE STATS | VIDEO
Tufts at Middlebury: LIVE STATS | VIDEO


MSOCCER: Saturday at Middlebury at 1 pm
What you need to know: The men’s soccer team had an up and down week.  It started with a loss to Wesleyan on Tuesday, but the Jumbos rebounded well and dealt No. 4 Amherst their first loss of the season on Saturday, 3-0.  But, on Sunday the Jumbos tied with Hamilton, 2-2.  They will have a week to rest after last weeks busy week and will look to be fresh and ready for a trip up to Middlebury on Saturday. Gaston Becherano has scored six times for the Jumbos this season, but after him seven different Jumbos have all added one goal each.  The Panthers are 5-0-2 so far this season with a 3-0-2 mark in conference play and were ranked No. 16 in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America national poll.  A tie with Amherst earlier in September (1-1) and most recently a tie with Colby this past weekend (0-0) are the only blemishes on the Panthers record.  Adam Glaser is the goal scoring leader for the Panthers with four.  Last year when the two teams faced off the Jumbos pulled out a 1-0 win, but it’s the Panthers that have the advantage in the series, 14-4-4, dating back to 1999.

WSOCCER: Saturday at Middlebury at 2 pm
What you need to know: The women’s soccer team was off to a hot start, and after suffering their first two losses of the season earlier this week the Jumbos responded with a 3-1 win over Hamilton on Sunday.  They will look to carry that momentum into a Saturday contest at Middlebury.  The Panthers are 7-2 so far this season with those two losses both coming to NESCAC opponents as they fell 3-2 in double overtime to No. 22 Connecticut College and 1-0 to Bowdoin.  Katherine Hobbs has scored five times for the Panthers this season and Adrianna Gildner and Emma Shumway have both added three goals. The Panthers have shutout their last three opponents topping Hamilton (1-0), Keene State (1-0) and Colby (3-0). The Jumbos and the Panthers tied last year 1-1 and that tie snapped a three year Middlebury winning streak.  The Panthers hold the advantage in the series, 9-5-3, dating back to 1999.

FHOCKEY: Saturday at Middlebury at 1:30 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbos had a busy week last week, picking up conference wins over Wesleyan and Hamilton, but falling in double overtime to Amherst on Saturday.  The Jumbos will have a full week to prepare for Middlebury, the defending NCAA Champions, who they travel to play on Saturday.  The Panthers, who were ranked No. 3 just behind No. 2 Bowdoin, are 6-1 this season and the lone loss is an upset by Hamilton.  But, the Panthers have played a bunch of close games including a 3-2 win over Bowdoin and a 3-2 double overtime win over Amherst. Annie Leonard is leading the scoring efforts with 11 goals and Lauren Schweppe has added five of her own.  The Panthers beat the Jumbos twice last year, 3-0 in the regular season and then 4-1 in the NESCAC Semifinals, and hold the 13-5 advantage in the series dating back to 1999.

MXC and WXC: Saturday at James Earley Invitational at Westfield State
What you need to know: This past weekend the men’s and women’s cross country teams got valuable experience on the big stage, competing in the prestigious Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University.  Both the men and the women competed in the gold division which featured many Division I and II teams.  The big race against tough competition is good preparation for the big races the Jumbos will have in the postseason.  This weekend the men and women will travel to Westfield State for the James Earley Invitational.  The NCAA Regional Championships will be held on the same course, so the Jumbos will use this week to become familiar and comfortable with the course so they are ready for Regionals in November.



Tim Nichols, Senior, Men’s Cross Country

Senior Tim Nichols posted a 14th place finish out of 336 runners at the eight kilometer course at the Paul Short Invitational on Saturday at Lehigh.  Nichols recorded a time of 23:58, which is the fastest time ever in program history during an eight kilometer race.  Nichols’ finish helped the Jumbos finish 25th out of 38 teams in the gold division, but they were the third Division III team.  For his performance he was named NESCAC Performer of the Week for the second time this season.


McKenzie Humann, Senior, Volleyball

Senior middle hitter McKenzie Humann helped the volleyball team pick up two more conference wins this weekend.  The Jumbos improved to 5-0 in conference play with wins over Wesleyan and Trinity this weekend. On Friday night against Wesleyan Humann turned in 11 kills with a phenomenal .550  hitting percentage.  On Saturday she added six kills and five blocks to the Jumbos 3-0 win over Trinity.  Humann is currently second in the NESCAC ranks with 1.08 blocks per set.



The men’s golf team finished fifth at the NESCAC Qualifier, just one position shy of making the conference tournament in the spring.  Senior tri-captain Owen Elliott led the Jumbos and tied for ninth place individually with a two-day total of 148.

Sophomore quarterback Ryan McDonald ran for a 15-yard touchdown at 9:04 of the fourth quarter to help the football team pick up a 12-7 win over Bates on Homecoming on Saturday.  The win was the second straight fourth-quarter comeback for the Jumbos who opened the season with a win over Wesleyan the week before.

The men’s soccer team knocked off No. 4 nationally ranked Amherst on Saturday, dealing the Purple and White their first loss of the season. Gaston Becherano, Matt Zinner and Nathan Majumder all scored for the Jumbos in the win.

The field hockey team picked up two wins this week, with a 6-0 win over Wesleyan and a 2-0 win over Hamilton.  Sophomore Gigi Tutoni, senior Annie Artz and freshman Rachel Hamilton all scored twice for the Jumbos this week.

On Sunday the women’s soccer team picked up a 3-1 win over Hamilton.  Sophomore Margaret Zahrah, junior Mariah Harvey-Brown and senior Jess Capone all scored for the Jumbos in the win.

Senior Tim Nichols and the men’s cross country team had an impressive showing at the Paul Short Invitational this past Saturday at Lehigh.  Nichols finished 14th and classmate Luke O’Connor finished 47th overall in a pool of 336 runners.  The Jumbos raced in the gold division and finished 25th overall but were the third Division III team to finish just behind Williams and St. Lawrence.

The women’s cross country team also posted great results at the Paul Short Invitational this past weekend at Lehigh. The women finished 40th in the gold division, but were the second Division III team to finish, only behind Williams.  Junior Brittany Bowman was the Jumbos’ top finisher.

The women’s crew team opened their 2016-17 season at The Green Mountain Head this past Sunday.  The race is small but the quality is high, and this year two Olympic rowers were competing.  Most of the Jumbo athletes raced in the Open 19-34 age category.  The top Tufts finisher was junior Emma Conroy in 17th place with a 22.56 flat.  First-year Emma Mitchell-Sparke raced in the under-19 age bracket and took home the bronze medal position with a 23.19.9.

The men’s crew team was also back in action this Sunday at The Green Mountain Head.  Most of the Tufts athletes raced in the Open 19-34 age category.  Notable results include a top-10 finish from junior Andrew MacMillen, who was seventh of 34 in the race with a 19:58 time.

Volleyball is still undefeated in conference play. The Jumbos picked up wins over Wesleyan, 3-2, and Trinity, 3-0, this weekend. McKenzie Humann was big for the Jumbos this weekend, finishing the week with 17 kills and a .485 hitting percentage and adding six blocks to her efforts.