This Week in Tufts Athletics: September 4 - 10

MEDFORD – Summer is over and fall sports are back!  We have a special edition of This Week In Tufts Athletics, previewing our opening week of play!

 

Men's Soccer


When: Tuesday vs. Babson at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Colby at 2:30 pm
What you need to know: The defending national champions will kick off their 2017 campaign on Wednesday night under the lights on Bello.  Then on Saturday the Jumbos open up NESCAC play when they host Colby.  The Jumbos graduated their leading point scorer and the goalie who had the most career shutouts in program history.  But, there is plenty of talent returning from that championship squad and a senior goalie who played more minutes than any other last season, so they should be ready to go.  The last time the Jumbos faced off with Babson was back in 2000 when they won, 3-1.  Babson is off to a 2-0 start this year after finishing 11-5-4 last season and falling in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.  Colby and the Jumbos played to a 1-1 tie early in the regular season last year.  The Mules ended up finishing 5-8-2 last year and failed to make the NESCAC Tournament. 

Women's Soccer


When: Wednesday vs. Emerson at 4 pm and Saturday vs. Colby at 1 pm
What you need to know: The women’s soccer team is extremely excited to open their 2017 campaign on Wednesday at home.  The Jumbos welcome back a wealth of the starting lineup from last year, and have looked great in the preseason with the addition of some new faces on the squad.  First up will be a Wednesday contest against Emerson at home at 4 pm.  The Jumbos beat the Lions, 3-0, to open their season last year.  The Lions are off to an 0-2 start this year with a beginning season trip out to California to take on Whittier and Chapman.  They finished the season 10-10 last year, and fell in the NEWMAC Quarterfinals.  After the midweek contest the Jumbos will get ready to open NESCAC play as they host Colby on Saturday at 1 pm.  The Mules were 6-9 last year, and narrowly missed the cut for the conference tournament. The Jumbos won 1-0 when the two teams played last year. 

Field Hockey


When: Saturday vs. Colby at 1 pm 
What you need to know: The field hockey team is back and ready to go after falling in penalty strokes in the national championship game last season.  The Jumbos were ranked No. 2 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association national preseason poll, and even got four first place votes. The Jumbos graduated three seniors, so they are returning a majority of their starting line-up including two NFHCA All-Americans.  Saturday will be their home opener as they host Colby to begin NESCAC play.  The Mules were 6-9 overall last year, and 2-8 in conference play.  The Jumbos won 6-2 when the two teams faced off early last year. 

Volleyball


When: Wednesday at Clark at 7 pm, Friday vs. Rochester Institute at 7 pm, Saturday vs. Minnesota-Morris at 12 pm, Saturday vs. Marymount at 4 pm
What you need to know: After hosting and winning an NCAA Regional for the first time since 2009 the women’s volleyball team is excited to take the good from last year but ready to turn a page and begin the 2017 season. The Jumbos travel to Clark on Wednesday before hosting a two-day tournament in Cousens Gym on Friday and Saturday. With a good portion of the squad back from last year, the Jumbos are in a good position to be successful again this year.  Notable returners are sophomore Kelly Klimo and Brigid Bell, as Klimo was an All-NESCAC selection as a freshman last year and Bell led the team in kills. The Jumbos beat Clark last year, but the Cougars made the NCAA Tournament and fell in the second round.  After the midweek the Jumbos will get ready to host a tournament in Cousens on Friday and Saturday.  There will be two games on Friday and four on Saturday.  The Jumbos play the late game on Friday (7 pm) when they take on Rochester Institute.  They then face off with Minnesota-Morris at 12 pm on Saturday and round up the day of play with a 4 pm match against Marymount. 

Sailing


When: Saturday, September 9 and Sunday September 10th at Harry Anderson Trophy at Yale (coed) and at Toni Deutsch Trophy at MIT (women)
What you need to know: Both the coed and women’s sailing teams are brining back key sailors from last year’s squads and will be looking to improve upon their national finish this year.  Senior Alp Rodopman won the New England Single Handed championship last year and sailed at the national race.  On the women’s side, this past spring the Jumbos finished 14th at the Inter Collegiate Sailing Association National Championship.  This will be the first weekend of racing for the Jumbos!

Golf


When: Saturday, September 9 and Sunday September 10 at Derrick Invitational
What you need to know: The golf team narrowly missed the cut at the NESCAC Qualifier last fall and have had all spring to work to improve their game.  Veteran returners Aaron Corn and Taylor Nordan both return who were regular scorers for the Jumbos last season.  With three weekends to prepare for the NESCAC Tournament in Hartford, Conn. the Jumbos will hit the ground running this weekend at the Derrick Invitational in Newington, Conn.  At this tournament last year, the Jumbos finished fifth out of 11 total teams.