This Week in Tufts Athletics: February 26 - March 4



Women's Basketball 

When:  Friday vs. Westfield State at 7 pm 
What you need to know: The women’s basketball team picked up an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.  It will be the seventh consecutive season and tenth overall appearance in the tournament for the Jumbos.  Tufts will host a four team regional in Cousens Gym on Friday and Saturday.  The Jumbos will open against Westfield State on Friday at 7 pm.  Ithaca and SUNY Geneseo will play in the other first-round game on Friday at 5 pm.  Friday’s winners will meet in the NCAA second round on Saturday at 5 pm. The Jumbos, who finished the regular season 23-4, will start NCAA Tournament play against Westfield State.  The MASCAC champion Owls will be making their third consecutive NCAA appearance and sixth overall.  They’ve yet to win an NCAA contest. Lucy Barrett is averaging 15.8 points per game and Kierra McCarthy is turning in 12.8 points per game and five rebounds per game for the Owls.  This will be the first time in program history the two teams face off, dating back to 1999.


Men's Lacrosse 

When: Saturday at Hamilton at 1 pm and Sunday at Cortland at 12 pm
What you need to know: The men’s lacrosse team will kick off the 2018 season with two road matches this weekend. The first will be on Saturday against fellow NESCAC team Hamilton. The Continentals finished last season at 4-11 and 1-9 in NESCAC play. They lost to Tufts 18-6 last April when they came to Medford. Hamilton was led last season by Clay McCollum and Chris Conley who recorded 36 and 24 points respectively. Both will be back for the Continentals this season. On Sunday the Jumbos will travel to Cortland who finished last season 17-3 and lost in the NCAA quarterfinals. The last time they faced off against Tufts was in the 2016 NCAA Tournament second round when the Jumbos came away with a 19-6 victory. Both juniors last season, Devin Phelps (90 points) and Thomas McNaney (83 points) led Cortland.

Women's Lacrosse 

When: Saturday vs. Hamilton at 12 pm
What you need to know: The women’s lacrosse team begins their season this Saturday here at home. The Continentals, who finished 12-6 and 8-2 in NESCAC play last season, are coming to town. Last season, the Jumbos fell to Hamilton 10-6 on the road in April. Dakota Adamec scored two goals for the Jumbos in the game. Darby Philbrick and Kara Pooley were second and third in scoring for the Continentals last year and will be returning for this season.

Men's Track and Field 

When: Saturday at Tufts National Qualifying Meet
What you need to know: Tufts will host a National Qualifying Meet on Saturday. The meet’s purpose is to give the athletes a chance to improve their national qualifying marks in an attempt to earn an invitation to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. Last season at this event, Hiroto Watanabe lowered his season-best in the 800 meters and Colin Raposo ran his best mile time of the year.  

Women's Track and Field 

When: Saturday at Tufts National Qualifying Meet
What you need to know: The Jumbos will take part in a National Qualifying Meet on Saturday. The meet’s purpose is to give the athletes a chance to improve their national qualifying marks in an attempt to earn an invitation to the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships. Last year, Annalisa DeBari entered the event ranked 36th in the 60-meter hurdles and improved her time all the way to eighth in the nation. Brittany Bowman also ran a 5,000 meters that put her 13th.

Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving 

When: Friday and Saturday at NCAA Zone Diving Qualifier at Middlebury
What you need to know: Both swimming and diving teams will compete this weekend at Middlebury in order to get divers qualified for Nationals. Last year for the men, Aaron Idelson came in ninth at the event in the three-meter.  He was recently named the Senior Diver of the Meet at the NESCAC Championships this past weekend when the Jumbos won their first ever NESCAC Championship.  For the women, Amber Chong has been the squad’s top diver this season and as a freshman, will be making her first appearance at the qualifying event.






Roger Gu, Sophomore, Men's Swimming and Diving

Tufts won its first NESCAC title over the weekend, ending Williams College's 15-year run as conference champions. Though many contributed to the momentous victory, Gu did so in record-setting fashion. During the meet, he set three individual school records (50 freestyle, 100 free, 200 free) and was a part of three relay records (200 freestyle relay, 400 free relay, 400 medley relay). On Friday he became the first NESCAC swimmer to go under 20 seconds in the 50 free with his 19.95 winning time. In addition to his 50 free victory, he also swam with the first-place 400 medley and 400 freestyle relays.



Jac Knapp, Junior, Women's Basketball  

With third-seeded Tufts holding on to a 46-41 lead over second-seed Bowdoin in the NESCAC semi-finals on Saturday, Knapp came up clutch down the stretch as the Jumbos pulled away for a 60-48 victory. She hit a three-pointer that put Tufts up 49-41 and then went 9 for 10 from the free throw line to help the Jumbos pull away. She also had an offensive rebound and three defensive boards in the closing minutes. Knapp finished with a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds. She added nine points, six rebounds and two steals in Tufts' 44-40 loss to Amherst in the NESCAC final. Knapp played all 40 minutes in both games.




    Women’s basketball defeated the two seed Bowdoin in the NESCAC semifinal to make their fifth straight appearance in the conference finals.  They fell to Amherst in the title game, but the Jumbos received an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament and will host regional play in Cousens Gym this weekend.  




   Drew DiMaiti and Stefan Duvivier of the men’s track and field team both improved their national rankings at the BU Last Chance Qualifier.  


   Men’s swimming and diving won the NESCAC Championships for the first time in their history, breaking Williams’ 15-year stranglehold on the conference title. 

   Men’s squash came in third at the CSA Team Nationals in the Conroy Cup after beating Haverford in the third place game.  They opened up play with a win over Connecticut College, but fell to Hobart in the semifinal match. 

   Women’s fencing finished seventh at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championships.

   Seniors Lauren Dillon and Melissa Baptista along with men’s senior Vincent Pace were all name All-NESCAC First Team selections.  Additionally, freshman Emily Briggs was named the Rookie of the Year.