This Week in Tufts Athletics: March 5 - 11



Women's Basketball 

When: Friday vs. Messiah at Scranton at 5 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbos have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCCA Tournament for the seventh straight year and will be taking on Messiah. The Falcons sit at 27-2 on the year after having beat Oberlin College and Emory & Henry College in the first two rounds of the tournament. They are also two-time MAC Commonwealth Conference reigning champions. They are led by sophomore Leah Springer who is averaging a team-high 14.6 points per game. Junior Alecia Rohrer contributes 12.9 points while also grabbing 10.4 rebounds and blocking 2.1 shots per game. The last time these teams faced off in the NCAA tournament was back in 2008 in the quarterfinals. Messiah won the contest 55-49 despite a strong second-half form the Jumbos. Whichever team wins this time around will move on to the quarterfinals against the winner of Scranton and Bowdoin on Saturday.  

Men's Track and Field 

When: Friday and Saturday at NCAA Championships at Birmingham Southern
What you need to know: The men’s track and field team will be participating in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend in Alabama.  Six members of the men’s team will compete this weekend.  Seniors Drew DiMaiti and Stefan Duvivier and juniors Anthony Kardonsky, Colin Raposo, Christian Swenson and Hiroto Watanabe will represent Tufts.  All six have previous NCAA Championship experience. Tufts is entered in five events total.  DiMaiti will lead off for the Jumbos in the 400 meters with the prelims on Friday at 4:05 pm.  He is seeded 15th.  Second up is Watanabe in the 800 meters prelims on Friday at 4:45 pm.  He enters the race third with a 1:50.98 and he was an All-American in this event last year with an eighth-place finish.  Kardonsky, is competing for the first time individually, with the 200 semi-finals on Friday at 5:15 pm.  He is ranked 13th entering the race.  The Jumbo DMR will run in a straight final on Friday at 7:10 pm.   Tufts is the eighth seed in the event, with the lineup of Swenson, DiMaiti, Watanabe and Raposo.  Duvivier has the highest previous finish at Nationals among the group.  He was third outdoors last season. He will be in action on Saturday starting at 4:30 pm.  His school-record matching season-best of 6’10 3/4” (2.10m) is tied for fifth on the NCAA performance list.  Tufts placed 18th at the NCAA Indoor Championships last season. 

Women's Track and Field 

When: Friday and Saturday at NCAA Championships at Birmingham Southern 
What you need to know: The women’s track and field team will also head to Alabama this weekend for the Division III Indoor Championships.  The women are sending six participants, the most the team has sent since the 2010-11 seasons.   Senior co-captains Brittany Bowman and Annalisa DeBari, junior Sarah Perkins, sophomores Julia Gake and Rhemi Toth and freshman Olivia Martin will represent the Jumbos at the meet.  Bowman is looking to extend her streak of All-American honors to five straight sport seasons.  She is running in the straight finals for the 5,000 meters on Friday at 6:05 pm and the 3,000 meters at 5:45 pm on Saturday.  She’s the fourth seed in the 3,000 and has a time ranked seventh in the 5,000. DeBari, who was fifth in the NCAA indoor 60-meter hurdles for All-American honors last season, will look to repeat the feat this weekend.  Her school-record time of 8.80 seconds this winter is seeded fourth. She will run in the preliminaries on Friday at 2:45 pm attempting to get into the final on Saturday at 3:10 pm. The Jumbo DMR will be making their first NCAA appearance.  The line-up of Toth, Gake, Martin and Bowman ran a qualifying mark last Saturday that is the 10th-ranked time in the event at NCAA’s.  With Bowman attempting her impressive double in the 3K and the 5K this weekend, the Jumbos will substitute Perkins in the 1,600-meter anchor role on Friday. The Jumbos have the potential to post of their better team finishes in recent years.  They were 24th at the NCAA indoor meet in 2016.

Men's Lacrosse 

When: Tuesday vs. Keene St. 7 pm and Saturday at Stevens at 12 pm
What you need to know: The men’s lacrosse team has two games this week. First, Keene State will be come to Medford on Wednesday. The Owls are 1-1 on the year and have gotten big contributions from Paul Beling (eight points), Hunter Arnold (seven points), and Anthony Marcella (seven points) so far. Tufts beat Keene in the second round of the NCAA tournament last year, 26-14. Stevens is 3-0 this season and are ranked 16th in the country. The Jumbos are ninth. Max Bailey leads the Ducks with 14 points off four goals and ten assists. Tufts beat Stevens in last year’s season opener by a score of 19-6.

Women's Lacrosse 

When: Thursday at Endicott at 7 pm and Saturday vs. MIT at 12 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbos start their week with a road game at Endicott. The Gulls are 2-0 on the year after Jennifer Lacroix and Alex Fitzgerald put up nine and eight goals in the first two games respectively. Tufts hasn’t played Endicott since 2015 when the Jumbos got the 18-5 win. MIT is currently 1-1 and will have played a third game before they face off against Tufts on Saturday. Emily Young (13 points) and Kaite Notarangelo (10 points) have been the main sources of offense for the Engineers. The Jumbos beat MIT last season 18-5. 



Men's Tennis

When: Saturday at MIT at 1 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbos kick off their spring season with a road contest against MIT on Saturday. Two years ago, Tufts fell to MIT in a close match, 5-4. Earlier this season at the MIT Invitational, the doubles pair of Benjamin Battle and Zach Shaff advanced to the quarterfinal rounds of the tournament hosted by the Engineers.  The Jumbos competed in three invitational the ITA Regional Championships this fall.  At the Middlebury Invitational sophomore Ben Biswas won a singles and a doubles title.  Closing out the fall season freshmen Boris Sorkin and Carl-Herman Grant won singles titles while Sorkin and sophomore Ethan Bershtein teamed up to win a doubles bracket.  The Jumbos welcome back their singles lineup from last season as seniors Rohan Gupte, Zain Ali and Dan Coran all played at the top of the Jumbos singles lineup last year.  Gupte and Ali also paired up to play at the No. 1 doubles position. 

Women's Tennis

When: Saturday vs. Middlebury at 12 pm and Sunday at Wellesley at 1 pm
What you need to know: The women’s team will start their season at home against conference foe Middlebury on Saturday.  The Jumbos welcome back senior Lauren Louks and junior Mina Karamercan who played at the top of their singles lineup last season.  Also back for the Jumbos are juniors Tomo Iwasaki and Otilia Popa and sophomore Katherine Wiley who were staples of the singles lineup last season.  Joining the squad this year are three new faces in freshmen Margot Shea, Kiara Rose and Patricia Obeid.  The Jumbos played in two invitationals this fall in addition to the ITA Regional Championships.  Last season, the Jumbos fell to the Panthers 9-0 on the road.  The Panthers squad last year advanced to the NCAA Tournament semifinal where they were edged by eventual national champion, Williams, 5-4.  Tufts did beat Wellesley, 7-2, when they took on the Blue last year.  The Jumbos will play twice this weekend and then will head to California for spring break where they will play four matches over the course of the week. 

Women's Fencing

When: Sunday at NCAA Regional at Brandeis 
What you need to know: The women’s fencing team will be competing at a regional this Sunday. With no team scoring at regionals, the Jumbos will be competing as individuals in each event. Last year, Tufts had athletes compete in the epee, saber, and foil divisions.  



Stefan Duvivier, Senior, Men's Track and Field 

Hovering near the qualifying line for the NCAA indoor high jump, Duvivier left no doubt that he'd be competing in Alabama this weekend. At the Tufts National Qualifying Meet on Saturday (Mar. 3), he matched his school record in the event with 6'10 3/4" (2.10m) clearance. The mark is tied for the fifth-best in the nation this season and earned him a berth into the NCAA Indoor Meet at Birmingham Southern College this weekend (Mar. 9-10). Third in the event at the NCAA Outdoors Meet last season, he will be in the running for another All-American honor this week.




Annalisa DeBari, Senior, Women's Track and Field 

For the second time in two weeks, DeBari broke Tufts' indoor 60-meter hurdles record on Saturday (Mar. 3) at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet. After her 8.83 mark at the New England Division III Championships on February 17 nipped the previous Jumbo record (8.84) set by Marilyn Allen in 2016, DeBari lowered it to 8.80 seconds at the Gantcher Center on Saturday. The time qualified fourth in the event for the NCAA Championships coming up this weekend (Mar. 9-10) in Birmingham, Alabama. Fifth in the 60 hurdles at the 2017 NCAA indoor meet, DeBari will attempt to repeat the All-American feat this weekend.




   The women’s basketball won a pair of first and second round games in the NCAA Tournament in Cousens Gym against Westfield State and Ithaca College this weekend helping them advance to the NCAA Sweet 16. 


   Men’s lacrosse opened their season with a dominant 23-5 win over Hamilton and saw three Jumbos, Matt Treiber, Danny Murphy and Ben Connelly, come away with four points each.  

   Dakota Adamec earned NESCAC Co-Player of the Week Honors for her eight goal, one assist performance in women’s lacrosse’s 17-4 win over Hamilton.

   Men’s track and field saw two individuals and a relay team improve their national ranking at the Tufts National Qualifying meet last weekend.  The Jumbos will send six to the NCAA Indoor Championships this weekend in Alabama.  


   Annalisa DeBari broke her own school record in the 60-meter hurdles at the same National Qualifying meet.  The women also have six qualified that will compete in the NCAA Indoor Championships this coming weekend.  


   Baseball’s Nick Falkson sat down with New England Baseball Journal for a question and answer session. You can read it HERE.  


   Senior Anna Kimura of the women’s swimming and diving team qualified to compete in the NCAA Championships starting March 21st.  Kimura will be the lone Jumbo representing the women’s team.  The men’s squad has 11 different Jumbos that have qualified to compete in the national meet.