This Week in Tufts Athletics: November 27 - December 3


Men's Basketball

Tuesday at WPI at 7 pm, Thursday at Newbury at 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday hosting Big Four Challenge—Saturday vs. Salem State at 3 pm and Sunday vs. TBA at 1 pm or 3 pm 
What you need to know:  The No. 6 men’s basketball team has a busy week ahead of them.  The Jumbos will head to WPI and Newbury this week before hosting Salem State, Brandeis and Babson for the Big Four Challenge on Saturday and Sunday. First up for the Jumbos will be WPI on Tuesday night.  The Engineers are 2-2 this year most recently falling to Albertus Magnus in overtime this past Saturday. Freshmen Jake Needleman and Reid Walker are leading the offensive efforts, both averaging 12 points per game and sophomore Jake Wisniewski is helping with 11.3 points per game.  The Jumbos won, 75-71, last year when the two teams played.  On Thursday the Jumbos will travel to Newbury, facing off with the Nighthawks who are 0-2 so far this year with losses to Nichols and Emerson.  Senior Daivon Edwards is leading the offense with 25 points per game and classmate Jeduan Langston is helping with 20.5 points per game.  The Jumbos won, 113-74, last year. On Saturday and Sunday the Jumbos will welcome Salem State, Brandeis and Babson to Cousens Gym for the Big Four Challenge.  The Jumbos take on Salem State on Saturday while Babson and Brandeis face off.  Saturday’s winners and losers will play on Sunday. The Jumbos beat Brandeis in the opening round of play last year, and fell to eventual national champion Babson in the title game.  Salem State is 3-1 this year, that lone loss coming to Williams earlier in November.  The Vikings have four players averaging double digit points this year with Shaquan Murray and Drew Healy leading the cause with 15.8 points per game each.  The last time the Jumbos and the Vikings met was in the opening round of this tournament in 2015 when the Jumbos won 90-77.  Brandeis is off to a 1-2 start this year, falling to Suffolk and Becker before picking up a win against Lasell.  Babson is 3-2 so far this year, with losses to Endicott and Bowdoin.  The Jumbos fell to the Beavers in the championship game of this tournament last year (91-78) and in NCAA Tournament play (87-80).  At this tournament in 2015 the Jumbos beat the Beavers in the championship game on an overtime buzzer-beater three. 

Women's Basketball 

When: Friday vs. Rochester at Williams Tournament at 6 pm and Saturday vs. Bridgewater State at Williams at 1 pm
What you need to know: The No. 1 women’s basketball team picked up another two wins this past week and will now have all week to prepare to head out to the Williams Tournament on Friday and Saturday.  The Jumbos face off with No. 21 Rochester on Friday and Bridgewater State on Saturday.  Rochester is 3-0 this year, having beaten Capital and No. 5 Thomas More (61-58) along with a win over William Smith.  Alexandra Leslie is averaging 19 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game and Lauren Deming is helping with 15.3 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game for the Yellow Jackets.  On Saturday the Jumbos will face off with Bridgewater State.  The last time the Yellow Jackets and the Jumbos played was back during the 2013-14 season when the Jumbos won 61-57. On Saturday the Jumbos will take on the Bears who are 1-2, having won their season opener over Endicott but then falling to Colby-Sawyer and Rhode Island College.  Destiny Fitzgerald is leading the offense with 13.7 points per game and Chanelle Melton is adding ten points per game.  The Jumbos won, 51-36, last year when they took on the Bears. 


When: Friday vs. Williams at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Middlebury at 4 pm
What you need to know: The men’s hockey team will look to pick up a couple of conference wins this weekend when they host Williams and Middlebury. The Ephs are first, visiting the Valley Forum on Friday for a 7 pm start. Williams is off to a 3-0 start this year with wins over Bowdoin, Colby and Babson.  Senior C.J. Shugart has a team-leading three goals and junior Roberto Cellini has score twice and helped two others.  Junior Michael Pinios is in between the pipes for the Ephs has owns a .939 save percentage and a 1.50 goals against average. The Jumbos tied and lost when they faced off with Williams last year.  On Saturday the Jumbos welcome Middlebury for a 4 pm start. The Panthers are 0-4 this year, including a season opening 9-1 loss against Colby.  The Panthers have been outscored 22-5 in their first four games this year. Freshman Michael Fahie is the offensive leader with two goals and two assists this year.  The Jumbos won 5-3 and fell 1-0 when they played the Panthers last year.


Men's Track and Field

When: Saturday at BU Season Opener
What you need to know: The men’s track and field team will open their 2017-18 campaign on Saturday when they head to Boston University for the BU Season Opener on Saturday.  The Jumbos did not send anyone to this event last year.

Women's Track and Field

When: Saturday at BU Season Opener
What you need to know: The women’s track and field team will send a small contingent over to Boston University on Saturday for the BU Season Opener.  Coming off the cross country season, some of the Jumbos distance runners will head over looking for good results as the cross country season has just ended.  Running in the 5K will be senior Brittany Bowman, junior Natalie Bettez, junior Caitlin Porrazzo, senior Franchesca Burgos and sophomore Jennifer Jackson. Seniors Evie Heffernan and Eliza Lawless will compete in the 3K.  At last year’s race Bowman finished 15th in the 5K but ran the fourth best time in Division III early in the season. 

Men's Swimming and Diving

When: Friday through Sunday at MIT Invitational 
What you need to know: With two wins under their belts and a few new pool records the men’s swimming and diving team will look to keep the momentum going as they head to MIT on Friday through Sunday for the three-day MIT Winter Invitational.  Friday’s session starts at 6:30 pm with Saturday and Sunday having 10 am and 5:30 pm sessions.  The Jumbos finished third out of five teams last year at this event.  MIT won the event with New York University taking second place and Keene State and Wheaton finishing in fourth and fifth place after the Jumbos.  


Women's Swimming and Diving

When: Friday through Sunday at MIT Invitational 
What you need to know: The women’s swimming and diving team picked up wins in their first two meets of the season, and with a freshman class that won quite a few events in their opening meets, the Jumbos will look for a quality finish at the three-day MIT Invitational this coming weekend.  Friday’s session begins at 6:30 pm with Saturday and Sunday both having sessions at 10 am and 5:30 pm.  The Jumbos finished third at this event last year.  They were behind first place New York University and second place MIT but ahead of Wheaton, Wellesley and Keene State.


Men's Squash

When: Saturday at Wesleyan at 2 pm
What you need to know: The No. 28 men’s squash team will head to Connecticut this weekend to take on No. 25 Wesleyan on Saturday at 2 pm.  The Cardinals are off to a 2-0 start this year with 9-0 wins over Vassar and Bryant.  Prior to their match with the Jumbos on Saturday the Cardinals will take on No. 23 Colby at 9:30 am. The Jumbos and the Cardinals faced off twice last year.  Once in the regular season when the Cardinals won, 6-3, and again in the NESCAC Tournament, which resulted in a 7-2 Cardinal win.  The match will be the last of the semester for the Jumbos before they take a break and resume play in the middle of January.


Women's Squash

Saturday vs. William Smith at Wesleyan at 11:30 am and Saturday at Wesleyan at 3:30 pm
What you need to know: The No. 19 women’s squash team should have a very competitive weekend ahead of them as they travel to Wesleyan to take on No. 20 William Smith and the No. 21 ranked Cardinals. William Smith is off to a 5-0 start this year with wins over WashU, Bard, Colgate, Vassar and Rochester.  The Herons will take on Wesleyan on Friday night and then Colby on Saturday before facing off with the Jumbos.  The Jumbos faced off with the Herons in the third place match of the Walker Cup at the College Squash Association Team Championships last year and won 6-3.  The Jumbos will wrap up their weekend and their first semester schedule with a match against Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.  The Cardinals start their season on Wednesday night at Trinity and then face off with William Smith and Colby before taking on the Jumbos on Saturday. The Jumbos faced off during the regular season with the Cardinals last year and won, 7-2.  The matches on Saturday will wrap up first semester play for the Jumbos as they will take a break till the middle of January. 


Vincent Pace, Senior, Men's Basketball

Senior Vincent Pace scored his 1000th career point on Tuesday night in the men’s basketball team’s 93-83 setback to MIT.  Pace crossed the 1000 point mark just three games into his senior season, becoming the 31st player in program history to pass the 1000 career points mark.  Just about halfway through the second half with 18 points on the night, Pace went to the free throw line and netted his 1000th career point on the first free throw.  He tallied 27 points  with three rebounds and four steals on Tuesday night. 



Erica DeCandido, Sophomore, Women's Basketball

Sophomore Erica DeCandido helped the women’s basketball team pick up two more wins this week.  On Tuesday in the Jumbos 64-38 win over Emerson she tallied 16 points and five rebounds with three steals and was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line.  Then on Sunday against Brandeis she turned in a career-high 19 points with four rebounds and three steals in the Jumbos 62-41 win over Brandeis.  She was again a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe on Sunday. DeCandido finished the week with 35 points in two games and was a perfect 16-for-16 on free throws.



Senior Vincent Pace of the men's basketball team scored his 1,000th career point on Tuesday night.  It's hard to top an accomplishment like that, so it is of course this week's Play of the Week!  Congrats Vinny!






  Senior Vincent Pace scored his 1,000th career point in the men’s basketball team’s 93-83 setback to MIT on Tuesday night.  Pace is the 31st player in program history to pass the 1,000th career point mark. 

  The No. 1 ranked women’s basketball team picked up two wins this past week.  On Tuesday the Jumbos topped Emerson, 64-38.  They then traveled to Brandeis on Sunday and picked up a 62-41 win over the Judges.  Sophomore Erica DeCandido was the offensive leader in both games for the Jumbos with 16 points and five rebounds against Emerson and 19 points with four rebounds against Brandeis on Sunday.  


  The hockey team headed up to the WSYB/Catamount Radio Invitational this past weekend at Castleton State.  The Jumbos opened up tournament play with a 5-3 setback to Brockport.  They then topped King’s, 9-3, in the consolation game on Saturday.