This Week in Tufts Athletics: December 4 - 10









 

 

Men's Basketball

When: Wednesday at Emerson at 7:30 pm and Thursday at Mass-Boston at 7 pm 
What you need to know: The men’s basketball team had a very busy week last week, picking up wins over WPI, Newbury and Brandeis and falling to Salem State.  The Jumbos will hit the road this week, with a Wednesday matchup at Emerson first.  The Lions are 5-2 so far this year, having fallen to Bridgewater State in overtime and most recently, Amherst.  Junior Geoffrey Gray is averaging 20.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, and sophomore Jack O’Connor is helping with 18.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. The Jumbos won, 87-72, when they faced off with the Lions last year.  On Thursday the Jumbos will take a trip to Mass-Boston for a 7 pm tip off.  After winning their first three games of the year, the Beacons have lost their last three, falling to Bridgewater State, MIT and Keene State for a 3-3 record on the year so far.  Freshman Charles Mitchell is the offensive leader this year with 12.7 points per game and classmate Michael Boyd is helping with 10.8 points per game.  The Jumbos lost a close, 76-74, battle as the Beacons got a go-ahead jumper with 1.9 seconds on the clock last year.


Women's Basketball 

When: Wednesday at WPI at 7 pm and Saturday vs. University of New England at 2 pm 
What you need to know:  Senior Melissa Baptista scored her 1,000th career point as the No. 1 women’s basketball team picked up wins over No. 9 Rochester and Bridgewater State at the Williams Invitational this past weekend.  This week the Jumbos will travel to WPI on Wednesday and then host local-rival University of New England on Saturday.  First up is WPI who is 5-1 this season, that loss coming this weekend at Smith.  Senior Ama Biney is leading the offense for the Engineers with 13.3 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game.  Helping is classmate Madison Beck with 12.4 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game.  The Engineers and the Jumbos didn’t play last year.  On Saturday the Jumbos will welcome University of New England to Cousens Gym.  The Nor’easters are 6-1 this season with that lone loss being a big one to No. 17 Bowdoin, 91-59.  Olivia Shaw is leading the offensive efforts with 15.6 points per game and 8.9 rebounds per game and Sam MacDonald is helping with 14.7 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game.  The Jumbos won, 76-50, up in Maine last year. 


Hockey

When: Friday at Bowdoin at 7 pm and Saturday at Colby at 3 pm
What you need to know: Off to somewhat of a slow start, the hockey team will look to hit the gas pedal this weekend with a NESCAC road weekend.  On Friday the Jumbos will travel up to Bowdoin for a 7 pm start and then head up to Colby on Saturday for a 3 pm start with the Mules.  First up is Bowdoin who is off to a 2-5 start this year with wins over Middlebury and Saint Anselm, but most recently falling to Colby twice this past weekend.  Sophomore Thomas Dunleavy has score three times and senior Daniel McMullan and freshman Bradley Ingersoll have both score twice for the Polar Bears.  Senior Peter Cronin and freshman Alex Zafonte have split time in goal as together they have a .908 save percentage and a 3.14 goals against average. The Jumbos split with the Polar Bears last year, falling 4-0 but picking up a 3-1 win later in the season. On Saturday the Jumbos will head up to Colby to take on the Mules who are 4-2 so far this season.  Those two setbacks have come to Williams, who is receiving votes in the most recent D3hockey.com national poll, and UMass-Boston, who is ranked No. 9.  In those wins the Mules have outscored their opponents 24-5.  Senior Mario Benicky has scored a team-high four times, but sophomore Kienan Scott (three goals, five assists) and junior Nick O’Connor (three goals, four assists) are the point leaders for the Mules.  Senior Sean Lawrence has played a majority of the minutes in goal and owns a 1.60 goals against average and a .949 save percentage. The Jumbos won, 3-1, and lost, 3-2, when they played the Mules last year.

 
Men's Swimming and Diving

When: Saturday at Wesleyan with WPI and Williams at 1 pm 
What you need to know: The men’s swimming and diving team had a busy weekend with the three day MIT Invitational where the Jumbos finished THIRD (?) out of six total teams.  They will now have the week to prepare for their last activity of the semester, as they head to Wesleyan with WPI and Williams on Saturday.  At this event last year the Jumbos beat Wesleyan but fell to Williams and WPI.  Williams opened their season on November 18 against Union and then fell to Division I Boston College this past weekend.  WPI has a ton of time in the pool this season, having finished first at the Worcester City Championship and second at the WPI Gompei Invitational and also putting together a 5-2 record in dual meets.  Wesleyan finished third at the CT Cup Meet this past weekend and has lost to Trinity, Bates and Amherst this year.  This weekend’s meet will be the last of the semester for the Jumbos who will then take a break until January 16 when the Jumbos will open their second semester schedule with a trip to Boston College. 

 

Women's Swimming and Diving
 

When: Saturday at Wesleyan with WPI and Williams at 1 pm 
What you need to know:  The women’s swimming and diving team also had an incredibly busy weekend at the three-day MIT Invitational.  The Jumbos finished THIRD (?) our of seven total teams.  The women will now have the week to prepare for a trip to Wesleyan on Saturday where they will face off with the host Cardinals, along with Williams and WPI.  At this event last year the Jumbos topped Wesleyan and WPI but fell to Williams.  Williams has wins over Springfield and Union this year, and most recently they fell to Division I Boston College this past weekend.  WPI has a ton of time in the pool on record this season having finished in third place at the Worcester City Championships and second at the WPI Gompei Invitational and compiling a 4-5 record in dual meets.  Wesleyan finished third at the CT Cup Meet this past weekend and has a win over Trinity and losses to Bates and Amherst this year. This weekend’s meet will be the last of the semester for the Jumbos, as they will then take a break till January 16 when they open their second semester schedule with a trip to Boston College. 

  

Women's Fencing

When: Tuesday at Harvard with Wellesley at 6 pm 
What you need to know: The women’s fencing team will open their 2017-18 season on Tuesday with a trip to Harvard to take on the Crimson and Wellesley.  The Jumbos finished fourth at the NEIFC Championships last year and sent seven team members to the NCAA Regional.  The Jumbos return seniors Grace Tellado, Bridget Marturano and Nayab Ajaz and junior Zoe Howard who all competed at the regional meet last year.  First up for the Jumbos will be a match at Harvard with Wellesley.  The Jumbos fell to Harvard, 25-2, last year, but did beat Wellesley, 14-13, when they took on the Blue.  Harvard has two meets so far this year under their belts, having opened their season earlier in November at the PSU open and facing off this past weekend with Vassar, NYU, Penn State, Sacred Heart, Penn, Princeton and Temple at the Tradition Tournament. Wellesley has three weekends of fencing behind them, having participated in the LIU Post Invitational, the Vassar Invitational and the Northeast Fencing Conference Meet #1 all in November. 

 

 

Raghav Kumar, Sophomore, Men's Squash 

Sophomore Raghav Kumar was big for the squash team this weekend.  On Saturday the Jumbos, who were ranked No. 29 in the College Squash Association national rankings, took on No. 25 Wesleyan and won.  Kumar played in the No. 1 spot for the Jumbos and picked up a big five game win.  He won the first game in extra points, 12-10, and then dropped the next two, 6-11, 8-11.  But, he then made a comeback, winning the next two games, 11-7, 11-9.  The win help the Jumbos pick up a 7-2 win over the Cardinals on the road. 



  

Melissa Baptista, Senior, Women's Basketball

Senior Melissa Baptista collected her 1,00th career point this weekend in the No. 1 women’s basketball team’s win over Bridgewater State on Saturday.  Baptista made a layup with 6:23 left in the second quarter to notch her 1,000th career point.  She is the 14th player in program history to join the 1,000-point club.  Baptista finished the game with 12 points and five rebounds.  She also helped the top-ranked Jumbos pick up a win over No. 9 Rochester on Friday night with 13 points, ten rebounds and three blocks.  

 

 

Down by one with just 2.7 seconds on the clock the Jumbos threw a long pass across half the court, called a timeout and then inbounded the ball to senior Vincent Pace who sunk a three at the buzzer to knock off Brandeis, 76-74, in the consolation game of the New England Big Four Challenge this weekend.  Watch it here: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   The men’s basketball team had a busy week.  They picked up road wins over WPI and Newbury during the week and then hosted the New England Big Four Challenge in Cousens Gym over the weekend.  The Jumbos fell to Salem State in the opening round, but beat Brandeis in the consolation game on Sunday on a buzzer-beating three from senior Vincent Pace.  

 

  The No. 1 women’s basketball team hit the road for the Williams Invitational this weekend and the Jumbos picked up two more wins.  On Friday they knocked off No. 9 Rochester and then in Saturday’s win over Bridgewater State, senior Melissa Baptista scored her 1,000th career point. 

 

  Senior Brittany Bowman of the women’s track and field team picked up right where her cross country season left off.  She ran the 5,000 meters in under 17:00 for the first time in her career.  Running on Boston University’s banked track, Bowmans time of 16:58.08 was converted to 17:05.92 for national qualifying purposes and is the second best time in Division III early in the season.  


  The men’s swimming and diving team finished third out of six total teams at the MIT Invitational this past weekend. The Jumbos finished behind first-place MIT and second-place NYU, but ahead of RPI, Wheaton and Keene State. 
 

  The women’s swimming and diving team finished third out of seven total teams at the MIT Invitational Friday through Sunday.  NYU took first and MIT second, as the Jumbos finished third with RPI, Wheaton, Wellesley and Keene State behind them. 

 

  The No. 28 men’s squash team picked up a big 7-2 win over No. 25 Wesleyan on the road on Saturday.  Four of the seven Jumbos’ wins came in just three games. 
 

  The No. 19 women’s squash team picked up two big wins this past weekend.  They started with a 9-0 blanking of No. 20 William Smith, and followed that with a 5-4 win over No. 21 Wesleyan later that afternoon.