This Week in Tufts Athletics: November 20 - 26

Men's Basketball





When: Tuesday vs. MIT at 7 pm
What you need to know: After traveling out to St. Louis this past weekend to open their 2017-18 campaign at the 34th Annual Lopata Classic, the No. 6 Tufts men’s basketball team will open their home slate on Tuesday when they host local rival MIT in Cousens Gym at  7 pm.  The Engineers were receiving votes in the preseason national poll, and are off to a 2-0 start this season with wins over Bridgewater State and Eastern Nazarene.  The Engineers also scrimmaged Division I Harvard, and fell 73-64 earlier in November. Freshman Hamilton Forsythe is averaging 20.5 points per game in the first two games and Bradley Jomard is helping with 17 points per game.  The Jumbos won, 74-66, when the two teams faced off last year. 


Women's Basketball


When: Tuesday at Emerson at 5:30 pm and Sunday at Brandeis at 1 pm
What you need to know: After winning their first two games at home in the Tufts Tip Off Tournament, the No. 1 ranked Jumbos will travel to Emerson on Tuesday and Brandeis on Sunday.  The Jumbos beat Roger Williams, 78-49, and Regis, 81-41, this past weekend in tournament play as junior Jac Knapp was named the tournament MVP averaging 16.5 points per game 3.5 rebounds per game and 3.5 steals per game. The Lions are up first this week and are 1-2 so far this season having beaten Gordon but lost to Middlebury and Ave Maria in the Emerson Tip-Off Classic this past weekend.  Junior Natalie Busch is averaging 13.7 points per game and senior Maya Savino is helping with 11 points per game. The Jumbos won, 77-47, when the two teams played last year.  Then after Thanksgiving the Jumbos have a Sunday trip to Brandeis who is 2-1 this season.  The Judges fell to Roger Williams, 61-60 in their home opener and then picked up wins over Mitchell and Eastern Nazarene in the Brandeis Tip-Off Tournament this past weekend. Sophomores Katie Goncalo and Hannah Nicholson are leading the offensive efforts, turning in 10.7 points per game.  The Jumbos won last year, 53-37, when the two teams faced off.



When: Tuesday vs. Babson at 7 pm, Saturday and Sunday at WSYB/Catamount Radio Invitational—Friday vs. Brockport at 4 pm
What you need to know: The men’s hockey team started their season on the road this weekend, falling to Trinity and playing to a 3-3 tie with Wesleyan.  The Jumbos will now open their season at home on Tuesday before heading up to the WSYB/Catamount Radio Invitational on Friday and Saturday.  First up is Babson, who is 4-2-1 this season.  This past weekend the Beavers beat Skidmore and tied with Hobart.  Seniors Rob Devaney and Charlie Ackerman are the point leaders with eight points each coming from four goals and three goals, respectively.  The last time the two teams played was back during the 2011 season. Then the Jumbos will head up to Castleton this weekend to play in the WSYB/Catamount Radio Invitational with Brockport, Castleton and King’s.  The Jumbos face off with Brockport at 4 pm on Friday with King’s and Castleton playing at 7 pm on Friday.  Friday’s winners play at 4 pm on Saturday in the championship game with the consolation game taking place before that at 1 pm.  The Jumbos opened up play in this tournament last year with a 4-1 win over Brockport before falling, 3-1, to Western New England in the championship game.  Brockport is 4-2-1, but have lost their last two to SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton. Aidan Verbeke is the point leader for the Golden Eagles with 12 points from six goals and six assists.  Zac Sikich and Connor Hutchins both have 11 points this season. The Jumbos got goals from four different people this past weekend as both Craig Uyeno and Charley Borek both scored their first collegiate goals.





Roger Gu, Sophomore, Men's Swimming and Diving

Sophomore Roger Gu of the men’s swimming and diving team went undefeated in eight races over the weekend.  Gu won the 50 and 100 freestyles versus both Coast Guard on Saturday and Middlebury on Sunday.  He also anchored four relays that had the best times at the meets.  On Saturday Gu broke the Hamilton Pool record in the 50 freestyle with a 20.70, erasing the previous mark of 20.89 held by Wheaton College’s Barrett Roberts from 2007.  The 3:27.16 time Gu helped record in the 400 medley relay was also a pool record, improving upon the 3:31.92 mark that an MIT foursome posted in 2010.  



Brittany Bowman, Senior, Women's Cross Country

Senior tri-captain Brittany Bowman was once again huge for the Jumbos.  Bowman finished 11th overall at the NCAA Division III Championship at Principia College’s North Farm Course this past Saturday.  Bowman’s 11th place finish helped the Jumbos finish 11th overall, which was the best finish among NESCAC teams and the second best among New England teams.  The seventh-place finish matches the second-best ever by the Jumbos.  Bowman earned All-American honors for the second time in her cross country career. 





  Behind an 11th place finish from senior Brittany Bowman the women’s cross country team finished seventh overall and was the first NESCAC finisher at the NCAA Championships this past weekend in Elsah, Illinois.  Bowman earned the second All-American honor of her cross country career. 


  The men’s soccer team hosted NCAA Sectional play at Bello Field on Saturday and Sunday.  The Jumbos beat Johns Hopkins on Saturday in penalty kicks to move on to the Elite Eight and play for a chance to go to the Final Four.  The Jumbos suffered a heartbreaking double overtime loss to Brandeis on Sunday. 

  A trip out to St. Louis for the 34th Annual Lopata Classic opened the season for men’s basketball. The Jumbos began play with a 83-68 win over Webster on Friday.  They then faced off with host and No. 9 WashU on Saturday in the tournament championship.  The Jumbos erased an 18 point deficit, but weren’t able to complete the comeback, falling 98-94.  Sophomore Eric Savage was named the NESCAC Co-Player of the Week for his performance over the weekend.  


  The women’s basketball team also opened their season this weekend, but they did at home as they hosted the Tufts Tip Off Invitational with MIT, Regis and Roger Williams.  The Jumbos started with a 78-49 win over Roger Williams.  Then on Saturday they picked up an 81-41 win over Regis.  Junior Jac Knapp was named the tournament MVP. 



  The men’s hockey team hit the road this weekend to start their 2017-18 campaign.  They suffered a 5-1 setback to Trinity on Friday night before playing to a 3-3 tie with Wesleyan on Saturday. 


  The men’s squash team had a busy weekend, opening their season with four matches in three days.  They started with a setback to Amherst and Hamilton, but then picked up wins over Bard and Boston College on Sunday. 


  The women’s squash team also had an incredibly busy opening weekend with five matches in three days.  The Jumbos fell to Amherst to open the season, but then picked up wins over Mount Holyoke and Hamilton on Saturday and Wellesley and Boston College on Sunday. 


  The men’s swimming and diving team opened their season with wins over Coast Guard on Saturday and Middlebury on Sunday.  Sophomore Roger Gu was named the NESCAC Co-Performer of the Week for his eight wins over the weekend. 

  Also in the water this weekend the women’s swimming and diving team picked up two wins.  On Saturday the Jumbos beat Coast Guard and then followed that with a trip up to Middlebury to bring home a win on Sunday. The freshman class combined to win eight races at Middlebury.