This Week in Tufts Athletics: February 12 - 18








 

 

 

 

Men's Basketball

When: Saturday at Hamilton at 3 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbos finished their regular season with a win Sunday over Trinity and will now head into the NESCAC tournament as the six seed. They will travel to Hamilton, the three seed, to take on the Continentals in the quarterfinals. Amherst, Williams, Hamilton, Wesleyan and Middlebury all finished with identical 7-3 records in NESCAC regular season play.  The tiebreaker was head-to-head competition amongst the five, and Amherst won that to take the top seed with Williams second, Hamilton third, Wesleyan fourth and Middlebury fifth.  Tufts finished the regular season with a 17-7 record as they went 6-4 in NESCAC play. Hamilton is 20-3 and 7-3 in NESCAC. These two squads faced off just two weekends ago when the Continentals came to Medford and beat the Jumbos, 74-57. Hamilton is led by sophomore guard Kena Gilmour and a pair of junior forwards in Michael Grassey and Peter Hoffmann. Gilmour leads the team in both points and rebounds, with 17.4 and 7.0 per game respectively. Grassey is averaging 13.7 points per game, while Hoffmann checks in with 13.2. These teams matched up in last year’s NESCAC quarterfinals as well, with the Jumbos taking that contest, 81-63. The winner on Saturday will advance to the semifinals the following weekend, which will be hosted by the highest remaining seed in the tournament.


Women's Basketball 

When: Saturday vs. Connecticut College at 3 pm
What you need to know: Similar to men’s basketball, the women’s team wrapped up their regular season with a win over Trinity on Sunday. They now turn their attention to the NESCAC tournament, in which they are the third seed and will host sixth-seeded Connecticut College in the quarterfinals. The Jumbos finished the regular season with a 21-3 overall record and 8-2 in NESCAC play. Connecticut College finished 15-8 and a 4-6 mark in NESCAC. The Camels are led by Mairead Hynes’ 15.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Sami Ashton leads the team in assists with 3.4 per game. In their January matchup, Tufts got the best of Connecticut College, 75-54, when they faced off here in Cousens Gym. The winner will play in the semifinal round the following weekend, hosted by the highest remaining seed. The Jumbos have advanced to the NESCAC Final in each of the past four seasons.

 

Hockey 

When: Friday vs. Bowdoin at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Colby at 4 pm
What you need to know: The hockey team will finish their regular season this weekend with back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday against Bowdoin and Colby. Bowdoin is currently 8-14 and 5-11 in conference play. The Polar Bears are led by Cody Todesco’s 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) and Bradley Ingersoll’s 13 points (five goals, eight assists). Earlier this season, the Jumbos fell to Bowdoin in a 3-0 contest. Colby is sitting at 11-10-1 and 8-7-1 in NESCAC play. The Mules have four players with at least 19 points, but are led by Kienan Scott with 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) and Phil Klitirnos with 20 points (five goals, 15 assists).  Colby also got the best of Tufts when they faced off earlier this season back in December. With two wins by the Jumbos this weekend, the squad can slip into the NESCAC tournament as the eight seed. They are currently ranked ninth in the conference with Bowdoin claiming the final tournament spot in eighth.

 

Men's Track and Field 

When: Friday and Saturday at the New England Division III Championships at Middlebury
What you need to know: The men’s track and field team will compete at the New England DIII Championships this weekend. Last season, the Jumbos came away with its fifth championship in team history and first since 2008 at this event which they hosted in the Gantcher Center. They finished with a team score of 127, ahead of second place MIT (84) and third place Bowdoin (56). Last week, the squad competed at two events, the David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Friday and the Gordon Kelly Invitational on Friday and Saturday.  The Jumbos have been steadily improving this season and should be ready for championship season to begin this weekend.  This past weekend Drew DiMaiti improved his 400 meter time and the distance medley team broke the school record.  Senior Stefan Duvivier, who was an All-American last year in the high jump, own that event at MIT and is improving on his marks each week.  Hiroto Watanabe posted a national mark and career best in the 800 meters at the Cupid Challenge at the beginning of February. After this weekend’s New England Division III Championships the Jumbos will have two last chance qualifying meets before the NCAA Championships March 9 and 10 at Birmingham Southern. 

Women's Track and Field 

When: Friday and Saturday at the New England Division III Championships at Springfield
What you need to know: The women’s track and field team will also be competing at the New England DIII Championships this weekend. Their competition will be at Springfield as the men travel to Middlebury. The Jumbos tied for third at the event last season, with Middlebury and Bates, finishing with 62 points. MIT won the event with a score of 149 and Williams came in second with 140. This will be another busy weekend for Tufts, as they competed at both BU and MIT last weekend.  The Jumbos have been improving each week and should be ready for championship season to start this weekend.  Senior Annalisa DeBari continues to improve her 60 meter hurdle mark each week and is currently in the top in the top ten in the nation in the event.  Senior Brittany Bowman broke the school record for the indoor mile this past weekend at Boston University and the distance medley relay team also posted a national top time this past weekend.  After this weekend’s New England Division III Championships the Jumbos will have two last chance qualifying events before the NCAA Championships on March 9 and 10 at Birmingham Southern. 

Women's Swimming and Diving 

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at NESCAC Championships at Williams
What you need to know: The women’s swimming and diving team will compete at the NESCAC Championships this coming weekend, after having a break from competition last weekend. Last season, while the Jumbos finished eighth at NESCACs, Grace Goetcheus, then a freshman, broke three program records during the three-day event.   The Jumbos took this past weekend off after swimming at Middlebury the first weekend of February.  This season the Jumbos have picked up dual meet wins over Wheaton, Wesleyan, WPI, Coast Guard and Middlebury this season. 

Women's Squash 

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at CSA Nationals at Harvard
What you need to know: The Jumbos beat Boston University, 9-0, last week and now turn their attention to the College Squash Association Team Nationals this weekend. The Jumbos are 13-6 on the season and ranked 17th overall in the CSA national rankings. Last year, Tufts advanced to the semifinals of the Walker Cup at Nationals. They finished the weekend off with a 6-3 win over William Smith in the third-place game.  The Jumbos will likely compete for the Walker Cup again this year, which features teams ranked 17th through 24th.  They could be a favorite to win that, which would be the first time in Walker Cup history the Jumbos were able to claim the title.  The women did win the Epps Cup which features teams ranked 25 through 32 back in 2015 and since then have improved their national ranking all the way up to 17. 

 

  

 

Drew DiMaiti, Senior, Men's Track and Field  

DiMaiti had a great two days at Boston University's David Hemery Valentine Invitational. On Friday night, he ran the second leg of Tufts' distance medley relay that broke the school record. Tufts' time of 9:54.92 replaced the eight-year old previous school record of 9:56.97 from 2010. The time is currently the #2 mark for Division III in the country. Then on Saturday, DiMaiti improved his national qualifying time in the 400 meters to 48.80 seconds, which is his indoor career best. He is tied for 14th nationally.

 



  

Brittany Bowman, Senior, Women's Track and Field  

Continuing a blistering start to her indoor season at Boston University's David Hemery Valentine Invitational, Bowman ran a school record and the nation's second-fastest Division III time in the mile on Friday and was part of a #4 in the nation distance medley relay mark on Saturday. Bowman's 4:51.69 finish in the mile improved upon Tufts' 11-year old previous record of 4:53.45 set by Cat Beck in 2007. Bowman then anchored the DMR to an 11:50.41 time in a race stacked with DIII national-qualifying foursomes. 

 

 

 

 

   Tufts Athletics announced its first class of inductees into the Tufts Athletics Hall of Fame this week.  Eleven individuals and two teams make up the inaugural class.  

   The men’s basketball team finished their regular season with a 76-71 win over Trinity to claim the six seed in the NESCAC tournament.  Five teams finished the regular season with identical 7-3 NESCAC records, which forced the Jumbos, who were 6-4, down to the sixth seed.  

 

   The women’s basketball team beat Trinity, 59-40, to finish the regular season with 21 wins and as the third seed in the NESCAC tournament. 

   The men’s track and field team had a solid weekend at two different venues.  Senior Stefan Duvivier had his best high jump of the season and sophomore Kevin Quisumbing won the shout put and had a season-best and personal-best in the weight throw at MIT.  Senior Drew DiMaiti ran an indoor personal record in the 400 meters at BU on Saturday with a time that was #10 on the national list as of Saturday evening.  And at BU on Friday the distance medley relay team broke the school record and ran the second-fastest time in the country.  

   The women’s track and field tem also had a busy weekend.  On Saturday at MIT senior Annalisa DeBari improved her national ranking in the 60-meter hurdles.  Over at Boston University on Saturday the distance medley relay team ran a top national time.  And on Friday night at BU, senior Brittany Bowman ran a school record and the second fastest mile in the nation with a time of 4:51.69. 

   Men’s and women’s Squash both defeated Boston University, 9-0, on Saturday. 

   The women’s fencing team came away with wins against Boston University, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire at the Northeast Fencing Conference Multi-Meet on Saturday.  

   The United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced their 2017 NCAA DIII Cross Country team and individual All-Academic awards. The Tufts University men's cross country team earned the honor, as well as six Jumbos who received the award as individuals. 

   The Tufts women’s cross country team was named a 2017 NCAA Division III All-Academic team by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.  Six Jumbos earned the award as individuals as well.