This Week in Tufts Athletics: March 11 - 17




When:  Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Newport News, Va.
What you need to know: The baseball team will open the 2018 season with a full weekend of games in Virginia. The Jumbos are reigning NESCAC Champions and advanced to the NCAA Regional last spring. They start things off this year on Friday against Castleton. Tufts faced the Spartans in their season opener last year and came away with the 6-4 win. Castleton is already 2-4 on the year. On Saturday the Jumbos take on Marymount Saints who sit at 6-5 currently. Junior Conner Hall leads Marymount so far with his .359 average and 11 RBIs. On Sunday Tufts has a double header with the second game of the day against Marymount, but in the first the Jumbos will take on St. Vincent. The Bearcats are 3-5 and fell to Tufts last season in a 22-0 thumping.


When:  Saturday and Sunday in Clermont, Fla.
What you need to know: The Jumbos will kick their 2018 season off in Florida with a pair of double headers on Saturday and Sunday. The first game will be against the University of Chicago on Saturday afternoon. Last season, Tufts defeated Chicago 3-1. Next on Saturday will be Clarkson, currently 0-4 on the season. The Jumbos beat the Golden Knights last year on opening weekend in Florida, 17-9. Then on Sunday they start the day against Wooster, who finished last season 20-23. Tufts will wrap up the weekend against Carroll (Wis.) who sit at 2-2 on the season so far. Rosie Crane has started the season off hot for them hitting .444.

Men's Lacrosse 

When:  Saturday vs. Colby at 1 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbos will host fellow NESCAC team Colby College on Saturday at Bello Field. The Mules are 1-1 on the year and have been led by a pair of sophomores in Mason Brady and C.J. Hassan who lead the team with six points each. Last year when the Jumbos played at Colby, they won the matchup by a 10-7 score.

Women's Lacrosse 

When:  Wednesday vs. Wellesley at 3:30 pm and Saturday at Colby at 1 pm
What you need to know: Tufts will host Wellesley, who is 0-2 on the year, at Bello on Wednesday. Their top point scorer so far has been junior Lena Engbretson who had five goals and three assists. Last season, Wellesley finished the year at 9-8 and made it to their conference semifinals. Then the Jumbos will travel to No. 14 Colby on Saturday for the squad’s first road game of the year. The Mules are 1-2 with Emma Banks and Kendall Smith leading them in points with eight each. Last season, the Jumbos lost to Colby, 10-9.

Men's Track and Field 

When:  Saturday and Sunday at the Point Loma Nazarene Invite #1
What you need to know: The Jumbos will open their outdoor season this weekend at a meet they won last year. At Point Loma Nazarene last year, Tufts placed first out of the nine teams in attendance as they posted nine top 10 national marks at the event. Second through fourth place at the meet were separated by only three points, while Tufts finished way out ahead by nearly 30.

Women's Track and Field 

When:  Saturday at Spring Break Meet #1
What you need to know: Women’s track and field will begin their outdoor season at a Spring Break Meet on Saturday. Last year, for their first outdoor meet of the season the team traveled to UNLV for an Invitational tournament where Julia Kissel (Ramsey, N.J.) broke a program record in the javelin throw as a freshman.

Men's Tennis

When:  Saturday vs. Connecticut College at Arizona State and Sunday vs. Sewanee at Claremont, Calif.
What you need to know: The Jumbos will be traveling across the country for a couple of matches starting with Connecticut College on Saturday. The Camels are 0-1 on the year having lost to Babson last weekend, 5-4. The Jumbos haven’t seen Connecticut in competition since 2016 when they bested the Camels 8-1. On Sunday Tufts will make its way to California to take on Sewanee who is already 9-2 on the year, having started their competitive season in early February.

Women's Tennis

When:  Sunday vs. Whitman at Cal State-Northridge
What you need to know: The women’s tennis team will be traveling to California as well when they take on Whitman on Sunday. They have been playing since January and have compiled a 5-4 record. Last season on the Jumbos’ spring break trip they went 4-0.

Coed Sailing

When:  Saturday and Sunday at the Graham Hall Team Race at Navy at 9 am
What you need to know: The team will be traveling to Navy this weekend. Last year, they finished in eighth place out of 16 teams at the event. The Jumbos have been off to a good start this season, finishing fifth at the Sharpe Trophy Race and second at the Wood Trophy Race.



Stefan Duvivier, Senior, Men's Track and Field 

With an extraordinary performance at the NCAA Championships in Alabama on Saturday (Mar. 10), Duvivier won the national title in the high jump clearing a school-record 7'2 1/2" (2.20m). He was nearly flawless in winning his first NCAA championship, successfully making his first attempt at the first four heights. Though he had his first miss of the day in his first attempt at 6'11 ¾," he made his second attempt and then cleared his first attempt at 7'1". Rowan University's Harrison Escoffery missed on all three of his attempts at that height giving Duvivier the win. Continuing on, Duvivier made his second attempt at 7'2 ½" (2.20m) to further improve upon his school record. That is tied for the fourth-best indoor mark in NCAA DIII history.




Brittany Bowman, Senior, Women's Track and Field 

Smashing the school record in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Championships in Alabama on Friday, Bowman won her first national title with a 16:31.32 time. Her game plan to run at the front of the pack but not in the lead worked out perfectly as she settled into second place for the majority of the race. She waited until 600 meters remained and then kicked past Ithaca's Taryn Cordani to win the race. Cordani is the NCAA Division III meet record-holder in the event set last year. Bowman chopped almost 11 seconds off the previous Tufts indoor 5K record of 16:42.23 set by Cat Beck 11 years ago in 2007. After becoming the first Tufts woman to win an indoor distance title on Friday, Bowman ran in the NCAA 3,000 meters on Saturday and placed fourth (9:39.98).





   Brittany Bowman became the 5,000 meter national champion at the NCAA Indoor Championships over the weekend. The women’s track and field team finished 11th overall at the meet.

   Stefan Duvivier won the national title in the high jump at nationals with the men’s track and field team taking 13th overall. 

   Men’s lacrosse went 2-0 on the week with a couple wins over Keene St. and Stevens. Ben Connelly recorded 10 goals and six assists in the contests and was named to the USILA Team of the Week.  

   Women’s lacrosse picked up their second win of the season in a 21-10 performance against MIT. Emily Games led the way with three goals and three assists. 

   Men’s tennis won their spring opener against MIT by a score of 6-3.

   Women’s tennis picked up a 9-0 win over Wellesley on Sunday. 

   Bridget Marturano of women’s fencing finished 11th overall in the saber weapon at the NCAA Fencing Regional held at Brandeis University. Zoe Howard advanced to the third round in the foil.