This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 22 - 28








 

 

 

Men's Basketball

When: Monday at Lesley at 8:30 pm, Friday at Connecticut College at 7 pm and Saturday at Wesleyan at 3 pm 
What you need to know: The men’s basketball team scored a season-high 97 points on Monday night, picking up a win over Lesley on the road.  They will look to keep that scoring up as they hit the road for a NESCAC weekend.  On Friday the Jumbos take on Connecticut College at 7 pm. The Camels are 6-11 overall and 0-5 in NESCAC play this year.  They have lost five of their last six. Junior David Labossiere is leading the offense with 16.6 points per game, the fifth best mark in the conference.  Freshman Dan Draffan is helping with 13.1 points per game and Labossiere is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game with Draffan turning in 5.6 rebounds per game.  The Jumbo won, 100-83, when the two teams faced off last year.  On Saturday Tufts will travel over to take on No. 14 Wesleyan. The Cardinals are 13-4 overall this season with a 3-2 mark in NESCAC play. Those two conference losses have come in close games with No. 11 Williams and No. 18 Hamilton. Junior Jordan Bonner is leading the Cardinal offense with 15.8 points per game and senior Nathan Krill is helping with 12 points per game while freshman Austin Hutcherson scores 11.7 points per game. Krill is also averaging nine rebounds a game and 1.2 blocks per game.  The Jumbos won, 77-73, when the two teams played last year in Cousens Gym. Middlebury is currently in first place in the conference standings with Hamilton in second and Tufts, Wesleyan and Williams in a tie for third place.


Women's Basketball 

When: Friday vs. Connecticut College at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Wesleyan at 3 pm 
What you need to know: The No. 8 women’s basketball team will be back in Cousens Gym this weekend with a home NESCAC weekend.  The Jumbos start the weekend by hosting Connecticut College at 7 pm on Friday. The Camels are 11-5 this year with a 2-3 mark in conference play.  They have beat Williams and Hamilton, but have fallen to Middlebury, Amherst and Wesleyan.  Senior Mairead Hynes is leading the offensive efforts with 16 points per game and sophomore Sami Ashton is helping with 11 points per game.  Hynes is turning in 5.5 rebounds per game and Ashton 5.1. The Jumbos won, 72-48, last year when the two teams played. After the Friday night contest, the Jumbos will get ready to host Wesleyan on Saturday at 3 pm. The Cardinals are 12-5 overall this year and 2-3 in conference play.  They lost to Williams, Middlebury and Amherst but have picked up wins over Hamilton and Connecticut College. Junior Olivia Gorman is leading the offensive efforts with 12.6 points per game and senior Maddie Bledsoe is helping with 11.5 points per game while classmate Maeve Vitale turns in 10.1 points per game.  Bledsoe is also adding 11 rebounds per game to her efforts. The Jumbos won, 80-45, when the two teams played last year. 

 

Hockey 

When: Friday at Williams at 7 pm and Saturday at Middlebury at 4 pm 
What you need to know:  The hockey team just finished up a long home stand and will hit the road this weekend to take on Williams and Middlebury.  First up will be the Ephs who are 10-6 overall and 6-4 in conference play.  Most recently the Ephs dropped a tough conference weekend, falling to Bowdoin and Colby.  Junior Roberto Cellini has a team-leading 17 points and senior David Italiano has helped with 14 points. In goal junior Michael Pinios and senior Stephen Morrissey have split time as Pinios has a .921 save percentage and a 2.35 goals against average and Morrissey owns a .919 save percentage and a 2.68 goals against average. The Jumbos fell to the Ephs, 4-2, when they hosted them earlier this year.  On Saturday Tufts will make the trip up to Middlebury to take on the Panthers who are 4-12 overall and 2-8 in NESCAC games this year.  Most recently the Panthers split the weekend, beating Colby but falling to Bowdoin. Sophomore Owen Powers and freshman Michael Fahie are leading the offense with eight points each. The Panthers won earlier this year when the two teams faced off. 

 

Men's Track and Field 

When: Saturday hosting Branwen Smith-King Invitational and Saturday at John Thomas Invite at Boston University 
What you need to know: The men’s and women’s track and field team are hosting the newly named Branwen Smith-King Invitational this weekend in the Gantcher Center.  The Jumbos will host some of the best teams in New England for the one-day meet and will have a dedication ceremony at 10:30 am.  Additionally the meet will feature an alumni mile which will start immediately after the last heat of the men’s miles. Field events start at 10 am and track events begin at 10:30 am.  Joining the Jumbos will be Amherst, Assumption, Brandeis, Connecticut College, Fitchburg State, Hunter, Keene State, MIT, Newbury, Plymouth State, Regis, Stonehill, Wentworth, Wesleyan and Worcester State. Additionally, senior Andrew DiMaiti and junior Anthony Kardonski will head over to Boston University on Saturday for the John Thomas Invite.  DiMaiti will run in the 400 and the 200 and Kardonsky will compete in the 200 and the 60.

Women's Track and Field 

When: Friday at John Thomas Invite at Boston University and Saturday hosting Branwen Smith-King Invitational 
What you need to know:  The women’s and men’s track and field team will host the newly-named Branwen Smith-King Invitational in the Gantcher Center on Saturday.  The Jumbos will welcome some of the best competition in New England to the event they are dedicating to former Associate Athletic Director Branwen Smith-King.  The dedication will happen at 10:30 am.  Field events start at 10 am and track events will begin at 10:30 am.  There will also be an alumni mile that will start right after the last heat of the men’s mile. Joining the Jumbos will be Amherst, Assumption, Brandeis, Connecticut College, Fitchburg State, Hunter, Keene State, MIT, Newbury, Plymouth State, Regis, Smith, Stonehill, Tufts, Wellesley, Wentworth, Wesleyan and Worcester State.  Additionally on Friday, senior Brittany Bowman will head over to Boston University to compete in the John Thomas Invite.

 

Men's Squash 

When: Friday at Bates at 6 pm, Saturday at Bowdoin at 2 pm and Sunday at Colby at 11 am
What you need to know: The No. 28 men’s squash team has a busy NESCAC weekend ahead of them.  On Friday they will travel up to take on No. 18 Bates at 6 pm.  The Bobcats are 6-2 this season, those two losses coming in their last four matches with setbacks to No. 11 George Washington and No. 19 Middlebury.  The Jumbos lost, 9-0, when they faced off with the Bobcats last year.  On Saturday the Jumbos will travel over to Bowdoin for a 2 pm start with the Polar Bears.  No. 27 Bowdoin is 2-7 this year, with that second win coming this past Saturday and snapping a six match losing streak for the Polar Bears.  The Jumbos fell to the Polar Bears, 6-3, in the Conroy Cup at the College Squash Association Team Championships last year. Sunday will feature a match with No. 23 Colby.  The Mules own a 5-5 record this year, having won three of their last four.  The Jumbos beat Colby 6-3 early last season, but fell later in the season, 8-1.

Women's Squash 

When: Friday at Bates at 7 pm, Saturday at Bowdoin at 2 pm and Sunday at Colby at 11 am 
What you need to know: The women’s squash team has a busy NESCAC weekend in Maine ahead of them.  The No. 19 ranked Jumbos will head up north to take on No. 29 Bates, No. 26 Bowdoin and No. 22 Colby this weekend.  First up on Friday at 7 pm is Bates who is 3-5 this year.  The Bobcats beat Wesleyan last weekend, but prior to that had lost three in a row. The Jumbos fell to the Bobcats, 7-2, last year.  On Saturday the Jumbos will head over to No. 26 Bowdoin for a 2 pm contest with the Polar Bears. Bowdoin is 4-6 this year, most recently having lost their last four. The Jumbos were narrowly edged, 5-4, last year when they faced off with the Polar Bears in the NESCAC Championship.  The Jumbos will wrap up the weekend with a trip up to No. 22 Colby on Sunday.  The Mules own a 5-6 record this year, most recently having lost to Hamilton and Amherst.  The Mules and the Jumbos faced off three times last year, the Jumbos winning the first, 5-4, and the Mules won the second two times, 7-2. 

Women's Fencing 

When: Sunday at Boston College Multi-Meet
What you need to know: The women’s fencing team will start second semester action this weekend and will head to Boston College for the Northeast Fencing Conference Meet.  In addition to the Jumbos and Boston College, Brandeis, Brown, Dartmouth, MIT, Vassar and the University of Florida will be at the meet. The multi-meet is the second of three conference meets this winter.  The Jumbos are currently tied for ninth place in the conference standings with Boston College, Brandeis, Brown and MIT are all tied for first place. 

 

 

Anthony Kardonsky, Junior, Men's Track and Field

Junior Anthony Kardonsky earned a pair of sprint victories as the men’s track and field team won six events overall at the Bowdoin Invitational #2 this past Saturday.  The Jumbos finished second in team scoring, behind only MIT.  Kardonsky won the 60-meter dash in 7.01 seconds, taking fractions off the time he ran the weekend before.  He also took first in the 200 meters with a 22.27 mark that was three-tenths of a second faster than his time the week before. 





  

Grace Goetcheus, Sophomore, Women's Swimming and Diving

Sophomore Grace Goetcheus had a great Saturday picking up three first place finishes for the Jumbos in their dual meet win over Wheaton.  Goetcheus took first in the 200 medley relay along with a team of Katherine Brown, Colleen Doolan and Jess lee.  The sophomore also placed first in the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke.  She was a part of scoring 39 points for the Jumbos who won the meet, 173-120.


 

 

 

 

   The No. 8 Tufts women’s basketball team picked up two more wins this week.  On Monday they earned a 74-66 win over UMass-Dartmouth on the road.  Then on Saturday they made the trip up to Bates and picked up a 67-28 win over the Bobcats

  The men’s track and field team finished second at the Bowdoin Invitational #2 this past weekend.  Junior Anthony Kardonsky won two events, senior co-captain Drew DiMaiti dominated the 600 meters, junior Hiroto Watanabe won the 800 and freshman Michael Manteiga won the long jump. 

 

  The women’s track and field team also finished second at the Bowdoin Invitational #2 this past weekend.  Sophomore Julia Gake won the 600 meters.  Gake was also the anchor leg of the 4x400 that won, as freshman Kristen Andersen, sophomore Nehalem Kunkle-Read and classmate Rhemi Toth joined Gake in the race.  

 

  The men’s swimming and diving team had a busy week, traveling to Boston College on Tuesday and getting edged by the Eagles, 191-179. Then on Saturday the Jumbos honored their seniors and beat Wheaton, 180-112

 

 

  The women’s swimming and diving team also had a full week.  They traveled to Boston College on Tuesday, but were topped by the Eagles.  But, then on Saturday the Jumbos honored their seniors on Senior Day and beat Wheaton, 173-120.  

  The men’s squash team was busy this past week.  The Jumbos picked up wins over Haverford and Connecticut College.  They also took on Dickinson and Western Ontario, but weren’t able to secure wins in those matches.  

 

  The women’s squash team went three for four this past week.  The Jumbos picked up wins on the road over Dickinson, Haverford and Connecticut College.  The only loss came to top-ranked Harvard this past Saturday.