This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 15 - 21








 

 

Men's Basketball

When: Saturday vs. Bates at 2 pm
What you need to know: The men’s basketball team is coming off a big NESCAC weekend as they beat No. 4 Williams and were closely edged by No. 14 Middlebury.  The Jumbos will have all week to prepare for a Saturday game against Bates.  The Bobcats are 8-8 overall and 1-3 in NESCAC play this season, most recently having lost to both Williams and Middlebury this past weekend.  Jeff Spellman is leading the Bobcat offense averaging 17.4 points per game and Tom Coyne is helping with 13.1 points per game.  Nick Lynch turns in 8.8 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game. The Jumbos fell to the Bobcats on the road, 84-72, last year.


Women's Basketball 

When: Monday at UMass-Dartmouth at 1 pm and Saturday at Bates at 3 pm
What you need to know: The No. 8 women’s basketball team picked up three wins this past week and improved to 14-2 overall and 3-1 in NESCAC play this year.  They will take on UMass-Dartmouth on the road on Monday afternoon. The Corsairs are 11-2 this season, those two losses coming to Roger Williams and Bowdoin. Junior Nakira Examond is leading the offense with 19.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game and senior Alicia Kutil adds 19.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game of her own.  The last time the two teams played was back in the 2008-09 season, when the Jumbos won, 66-60.  After the Monday contest the Jumbos will have the week to get ready to travel to Bates on Saturday.  The Bobcats are 6-11 overall and 1-3 in NESCAC play so far this year.  Most recently they fell to Williams, but they did beat Middlebury on Friday night.  The Bobcats have lost five of their last six games. Nina Davenport is averaging 18.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and Melanie Binkhorst turns in 10.8 points per game. The Jumbos won, 73-44, when the two teams played last year.

Hockey 

When: Friday vs. Trinity at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Wesleyan at 4 pm
What you need to know: The hockey team is coming off the best week of their season, playing to a 2-2 tie with No. 2 Endicott, beating Amherst and winning over No. 6 Hamilton.  They will look to take that momentum into another home NESCAC weekend.  First up is No. 7 Trinity on Friday night.  The Bantams are 9-3-2 overall and 6-1-1 in NESCAC play this year.  They have won their last three games, picking up wins over Middlebury, Colby and Bowdoin.  Five different players have double-digit points for the Bantams this year, led by 14 from sophomore Liam Feeney.  Senior Anthony Sabitsky and sophomore Barclay Gammill have a team-leading seven goals. The Jumbos fell to the Bantams 5-1 to open the season this year. After Friday nights game the Jumbos will get ready for Wesleyan on Saturday. The Cardinals are 8-2-3 overall and 4-2-2 in NESCAC play this year.  Most recently they beat Bowdoin and Colby this past weekend.  Senior Dylan Holze has a team-leading and conference-leading 21 points this year coming from 12 goals and nine assists.  The Cardinals and the Jumbos played to a 3-3 tie earlier this season. 

Men's Track and Field 

When: Saturday at Bowdoin Invitational 
What you need to know: The men’s track and field team had a successful opening weekend this past Saturday, hosting the Tufts Invitational #1 where they won five events.  Junior Anthony Kardonsky took first place in the 200 meter dash.  Senior co-captain Drew DiMaiti finished first in the 400-meter dash.  In the 1000 meter run junior Christian Swenson won, and junior Josh Etkind won the 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Michael Mecha won the long jump and senior Stefan Duvivier won the high jump.  The Jumbos are back in action this weekend as they travel up to Bowdoin for the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday. The Jumbos finished third out of five total teams up at Bowdoin last year.

Women's Track and Field 

When: Saturday at Bowdoin Invitational 
What you need to know: The women’s track and field team had a good opening day at home this past Saturday, hosting the Tufts Invitational #1 and coming away with wins in four different events.  Sophomore Rhemi Toth won the mile with a team that was ranked tenth nationally early in the season.  Senior Eliza Lawless took first place in the 3,000 meter run.  The 4x800 meter relay team of Lauren Diaz, Nicole Kerrigan, Alexandra Wolf and Julia Noble took first place.  Additionally the 4x4 team of Annalisa DeBari, Nehalum Kunkle-Read, Julia Prusaczyk and Julia Gake won.  Junior Sydney Ladner won the pole vault.  The Jumbos will be back in action this weekend as they travel up to Bowdoin for the Bowdoin Invitational this weekend.  The Jumbos finished third out of five teams at this event last year.

Men's Swimming and Diving

When: Tuesday at Boston College at 6 pm and Saturday vs. Wheaton at 12 pm
What you need to know: The men’s swimming and diving team will be back in action on Tuesday with a trip to Boston College and then a home meet against Wheaton on Saturday. The Jumbos finished the first semester well, having won meets against Coast Guard and Middlebury, finishing third at the MIT Invitational, and then picking up wins over Wesleyan, WPI and Williams.  The win over Williams was the program’s first ever dual meet win over the Ephs. The Jumbos lost to Boston College last year, but they beat Wheaton when they faced off with the Lyon last season.

Women's Swimming and Diving

When: Tuesday at Boston College at 6 pm and Saturday vs. Wheaton at 12 pm
What you need to know: The women’s swimming and diving team will also be back in action this week after a break for the holidays and a completed training trip.  The Jumbos are coming off a solid first semester and will look to keep getting better. The Jumbos beat Coast Guard and Middlebury, finished third at the MIT Invitational and then beat Wesleyan and WPI, with their lone loss of the first semester coming to Williams.  This week the women will travel to Boston College on Tuesday before hosting Wheaton at home on Saturday. The Jumbos lost to Boston College but were able to beat Wheaton when they faced off with these teams last year.

Men's Squash 

When: Monday at Dickinson at 10 am, Tuesday at Haverford at 10:30 am and vs. Connecticut College at Haverford at 2 pm, Saturday vs. Western Ontario at Harvard at 4 pm
What you need to know: After a trip to California the No. 28 men’s squash team is back on the east coast with a busy week ahead of them.  The Jumbos started the week with a match against No. 17 Dickinson.  After that they will travel to No. 31 Haverford to take on the host Black Squirrels and No. 29 Connecticut College.  Then this weekend the Jumbos will take on No. 12 Western Ontario at Harvard.  The Jumbos face off with Haverford at 10:30 am on Tuesday.  The Black Squirrels are 4-1 this year, that lone loss coming to No. 16 Bates.  The Jumbos won, 7-2, when they took on Haverford last year. After the Haverford match the Jumbos will battle Connecticut College that same day.  The Camels are 3-4 this year, having won their last three matches, beating Northeastern, Wesleyan and most recently, edging Hamilton, 5-4.  The Jumbos won, 6-3 and 7-2, when they battled the Camels last year.  The men wrap up their week taking on Western Ontario at Harvard on Saturday. The Mustangs are 11-1 this season, that lone loss coming to Rochester in the middle of November.  The Jumbos did not face off with the Mustangs last year.

Women's Squash 

When: Monday at Dickinson at 10 am, Tuesday at Haverford at 10:30 am and vs. Connecticut College at Haverford at 2 pm, Saturday at Harvard at 12 pm 
What you need to know: The women’s squash team has a bsuy week back east after a trip to California last week. The Jumbos started the week with a win over No. 17 Dickinson and will look to keep that momentum going for the rest of the week.  On Tuesday they face off with Haverford and Connecticut College.  The Black Squirrels are ranked No. 30 and have a 3-2 record so far this year. Most recently they topped Swarthmore, 5-4.  The Jumbos won, 9-0, when they took on Haverford last year. After the match with the Black Squirrels the Jumbos will get ready to take on Connecticut College.  Ranked No. 24, the Camels have a 2-5 record this year with wins over Bates and Northeastern.  The Jumbos won, 7-2 and 9-0, when they faced off with the Camels last year.  A Saturday match at No. 1 ranked Harvard wraps up a busy week for the Jumbos.  The Crimson are 4-0 this season and topped the Jumbos 9-0 when the two teams played last year.

 

 

 

Nik Nugnes, Senior, Men's Hockey   

The men’s hockey team had a huge week and senior goaltender Nik Nugnes was a critical part of that.  Nugnes recorded a 1.67 goals against average and a .947 save percentage for the Jumbos in a 2-0-1 week.  He had a 33-save shutout against Amherst on Saturday.  He then made 32 stops and picked up an assist at the Jumbos toped No. 6 Hamilton, 5-2, on Sunday.  To start the week, the senior made 25 saves to help the Jumbos earn a 2-2 tie with No. 2 Endicott.





  

Rhemi Toth, Sophomore, Women's Track and Field

Sophomore Rhemi Toth had a strong season debut by winning the mile with a time of 5:15.70.  Due to the 2018 NCAA Championships being competed on a banked track in march, all distance times will be converted to faster marks this season for national ranking purposes.  Toth’s converted mile time of 5:15.61 is ranked 10th nationally early in the season. 

 





Junior Jac Knapp of the women's basketball team came up with a couple of clutch three's in the fourth quarter of the Jumbos game against Williams on Friday that helped Tufts sneak away with 47-40 win.  They are this week's play of the week, watch it here: 




   The No. 8 women’s basketball team picked up three wins this week.  It started with a road win over Worcester State.  The Jumbos then picked up NESCAC wins over Williams and Middlebury at home this past weekend. 
 

 

    The men’s basketball team knocked off No. 4 Williams on Friday night on the road.  The Jumbos fell to No. 14 Middlebury on Saturday afternoon and are 3-1 in NESCAC play through two weekends. 

 

 

    What a week the men’s hockey team had.  It started with a 2-2 tie with No. 2 Endicott on Tuesday.  The Jumbos then shut out Amherst on Saturday, 4-0, and knocked off No. 6 Hamiton on Sunday afternoon. 

    The women’s track and field team competed in their first team event of the indoor season on Saturday at home in the Gantcher Center and won four events.  Sophomore Rhemi Toth won the mile with a time that ranks 10th nationally early in the season. 
 

    The men’s track and field team opened their 2017-18 season at home on Saturday as well at the Tufts Invitational #1.  Five Jumbos brought home first place honors with a good number of nationally ranked times early in the season.