This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 29 - February 4








 

 

 

Men's Basketball

When: Tuesday vs. UMASS-Dartmouth at 7 pm, Friday vs. Amherst at 7 pm, and Saturday vs. Hamilton at 3 pm
What you need to know: The men’s basketball team has a busy week coming up as they will play in three games, all at home. Their week starts on Tuesday when UMASS-Dartmouth comes to Medford. The Corsairs are 11-8 this season and 4-5 in their conference play. They are led by a pair of forwards, Arinze Obiora and Joshua Imadiyi, who are averaging 17.2 and 16.7 points per game respectively. Last time these teams faced off, the Jumbos fell 91-82 in January of last season. On Friday, a set of two NESCAC games that will be important for seeding in the conference tournament begins with Amherst at 7 pm. The Mammoths are 12-6 this season and 4-2 in NESCAC play. Michael Riopel leads their team with 13.1 points per game and Johnny McCarthy grabs a team-high 7.2 rebounds per contest. The Jumbos dropped a February game against Amherst last season, 84-71. Hamilton comes to town on Saturday. The Continentals are 17-2 and 4-2 in NESCAC on the season. Kena Gilmour leads the team in both points and rebounds per game with 16.8 and 6.8. The last time these two teams faced off was in last year’s NESCAC tournament. The Jumbos got the win in the quarterfinals, 81-63. Tufts is currently in sixth place in the NESCAC standings and could make up some ground with wins this weekend over these two conference foes. 

 


Women's Basketball 

When: Monday vs. Babson at 7 pm, Friday at Amherst at 7 pm, and Saturday at Hamilton at 3 pm
What you need to know: The women’s basketball team has an action-packed week ahead of them with three games total, all on the road, and two against NESCAC teams. Their first game of the week is their final non-conference matchup of the season against Babson at home on Monday. The Beavers are 13-6 on the season and 9-2 in their conference play. Payton Ouimette is averaging a double-double this season and leads them in both points per game (14.3) and rebounds (12.7). Last season when these teams faced off, the Jumbos got the W, 60-46. Friday begins the home stretch of the regular season with three games in three days, starting with Amherst. The Mammoths are currently 20-0 and 6-0 in NESCAC play. They are the reigning Division III National Champions and the last time they faced the Jumbos was in the Championship game last season, beating the blue and brown, 52-29. They are led by Hannah Fox and Madeline Eck who are averaging 11.9 and 11.8 points per game respectively. On Saturday the Jumbos travel to Hamilton. The Continentals are 13-7 and 1-5 in NESCAC play on the season. Halie Serbent leads them with 10.7 points per game. The last time these teams faced off was last January when Tufts came away with a 70-42 win. The Jumbos currently sit in second place in the NESCAC standings and could potentially jump up to first with two conference wins this week.

 

Hockey 

When: Friday vs. Connecticut College at 7 pm and Saturday at Connecticut College at 7 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbos will face the Camels twice this week, first at home on Friday and then they will travel to Connecticut on Saturday. Connecticut College is 8-9-1 on the season, but 7-4-1 in NESCAC play. The Camels have three players tied for the team lead in points with 15. Paul Capozzi (eight goals, seven assists), Jacob Moreau (seven goals, eight assists), and Ryan Petti (six goals, nine assists) have all done a lot of the heavy lifting for Conn this season. Last season, Tufts swept the Camels with 3-0 and 2-1 wins when they faced them on back to back days in February. The Jumbos are led this season by Brian Brown (seven goals, six assists) and Tyler Scroggins (six goals, six assists) and are 3-2-2 in their last seven games. They’ll look to continue that success this weekend.

 

Men's Track and Field 

When: Friday at the Cupid Challenge and NEICAAA Championships and Saturday at the Cupid Challenge and NEICAAA Championships
What you need to know: The men’s track and field team will be hosting the Cupid Challenge this weekend as well as taking part in the NEICAAA Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. These are both two-day events after hosting the Branwen Smith-King Invitational this past weekend. Matt D’Anieri, Kevin Quisumbing, and Matthew Manteiga all won events for the Jumbos last week and Anthony Kardonsky, who ran at Boston University’s John Thomas Terrier Classic, tied the Tufts University men’s indoor track and field record in the 20 meters.  Joining the Jumbos this weekend at Tufts for the Cupid Challenge will be Amherst, Brandeis, Connecticut COllege, Middlebury, MIT, Williams and WPI.  Additionally Geneseo State, Haverford, Plymouth State, Universite Quebec a Montreal and Widener are sending small contingents and Coast Guard, Mt. Holyoke and Yale are participating in teh multi only. The multi events will start at 5 pm on Friday.  On Saturday, the multi hurdles will begin at 9 am, multi pole vault at 9:45 am and the remaining track and field events beginning at 11 am. 

Women's Track and Field 

When: Friday at the Cupid Challenge and NEICAAA Championships and Saturday at the Cupid Challenge and NEICAAA Championships
What you need to know: The women’s track and field team will be traveling to the Cupid Challenge this weekend to take part in the NEICAAA Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. The team will be taking part in both of these two-day events after playing host for the Branwen Smith-King Invitational last weekend. Annalisa DeBari, Nehalem Kunkle-Read, Raquel Whiting, and Julia Gake came in first in the 4x400 meter relay last week and will look to continue that success this weekend. Joiningg the Jumbos this weekend at Tufts for the Cupid Challenge will be Amherst, Brandeis, Connecticut COllege, Middlebury, MIT, Wellesley, Williams and WPI.  Additionally Geneseo State, Haverford, Plymouth State, Universite Quebec a Montreal and Widener are sending small contingents and Coast Guard, Mt. Holyoke and Yale are participating in teh multi only. On Saturday, the multi hurdles will begin at 9 am, multi pole vault at 9:45 am and the remaining track and field events beginning at 11 am. 

Men's Swimming and Diving 

When: Friday and Saturday at the Middlebury Invitational
What you need to know: The men’s swimming and diving team will be traveling to Vermont to take part in the Middlebury Invitational. It will have been a while since the team competed, their last event coming on Jan. 20 against Wheaton College. They won the match 180-112. Last year, the Middlebury Invitational was a non-scoring meet, but the Jumbos still performed well, earning 10 first-place finishes at the two day event. They’ll look to repeat that success this time around.

Women's Swimming and Diving

When: Friday and Saturday at the Middlebury Invitational
What you need to know: The women’s swimming and diving team will be competing at the Middlebury Invitational in Vermont this Friday and Saturday. The last time out the Jumbos defeated Wheaton College, 173-120, on Jan. 20. Last season, the Middlebury Invitational was a non-scoring meet, but that didn’t stop them from giving their best. The team picked up 11 top-five finishes at the two-day event, with Grace Goetcheus and Colleen Doolan among those at the event last year who will be competing again this weekend.

Men's Squash 

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the NESCAC Championship at Hamilton
What you need to know: The men’s squash team will be taking part in the NESCAC Championship this weekend at Hamilton College. Last season, Tufts fell to Wesleyan in the first round of the NESCAC Championship, 7-2. They then proceeded to win a couple of Consolation Round games against Hamilton, 6-3, and Connecticut College, 7-2. This season, seeds 7-11 will play in the first round of games on Friday, with seeds 1-5 receiving a bye to the quarterfinals. All teams are guaranteed at least three matches at the event with consolation games taking place for the teams who get knocked out before the finals.  The Jumbos picked up NESCAC wins over Wesleyan and Connecticut College this year.  They are currently ranked No. 27 in the College Squash Association national rankings, with No. 28 Bowdoin, No. 20 Connecticut College and No. 31 Wesleyan below them. Seeings for the tournament will be released later this week. 

Women's Squash 

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the NESCAC Championship at Hamilton
What you need to know: The women’s squash team will be traveling to Hamilton College to play in the NESCAC Championship this weekend. Last year, the Jumbos were the six seed and won their first round game over Connecticut College, 9-0. They then dropped their quarterfinal match against Middlebury before playing in a couple consolation round contests against Bowdoin and Colby. This season, seeds 7-11 will play in the first round of games on Friday, with seeds 1-5 receiving a bye to the quarterfinals. All teams are guaranteed at least three matches at the event with consolation games taking place for the teams who get knocked out before the finals. Seedings will be announced later this week, but this year the Jumbos have picked up wins over Hamilton, Wesleyan, Connecticut College, Bowdoin and Colby. The Jumbos are currently ranked No. 17 in the College Squash Association national rankings, and the only NESCAC schools ranked above them are No. 3 Trinity, No. 11 Williams, No. 13 Middlebury and No. 15 Amherst.  

  

 

Nik Nugnes, Senior, Men's Hockey

Tufts earned three out of four points on the road in NESCAC play during the weekend with a 4-2 win at Williams and a 1-1 tie at Middlebury. Nugnes played all 125 minutes and recorded a 1.44 goals against average and .950 save percentage, allowing just three goals and stopping 57 of 60 shots. He had 25 saves at Williams, including all 10 shots he faced in the third period when Tufts scored twice to win. He saved 32 of 33 shots at Middlebury including 13 in the first period.





  

Bridget Marturano, Senior, Women's Fencing 

In Tufts' first Northeast Fencing Conference action of the season at Boston College on Sunday, Marturano posted a .722 winning percentage in her six sabre matches. She earned a 13-5 overall record including perfect 3-0 marks against Vassar, Brandeis and MIT. She won two out of three versus Dartmouth and Brown. Marturano is vying to qualify for her fourth consecutive NCAA Regional this season.

 

 

 

 

   The men’s basketball team picked up two wins last week, both on the road. First, they took down Lesley by 23 points on Monday night and followed it up by beating Connecticut College by 32 Friday evening.  

   The women’s basketball team grabbed two NESCAC wins last weekend, defeating Connecticut College on Friday and Wesleyan on Saturday which was both Senior Day and Alumni Day in Cousens Gym. 

   Men’s ice hockey compiled a win and tie last weekend. They beat Williams 4-2 and then tied Middlebury, 1-1. Tyler Scroggins scored two goals in win over Williams.

   Men’s track and field finished second out of 14 teams at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational. Anthony Kardonsky also tied the Tufts University men’s indoor track and field record in the 200 meter at Boston University’s John Thomas Terrier Classic.

   Women’s track and field placed fifth of 16 teams at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational, claiming first place in 4x400 meter relay.

   Women’s squash defeated NESCAC foe No.22 Colby in a close matchup, 5-4, and beat Bowdoin, 6-3.