This Week in Tufts Athletics: March 26 to April 1








 

  

Baseball

When: Wednesday at Mass. Maritime at 3 pm and vs. Trinity on Friday at 3 pm and Saturday at 12 pm and 2:30 pm 
What you need to know: The baseball team will start this week off when they travel to Mass. Maritime on Wednesday. Last season, the Jumbos got the best of the Buccaneers when they came to Medford, 8-2. This year, the Buccaneers are currently 5-6 and hitting .269 as a team.  Senior Logan Sullo leads the offensive efforts hitting .500 in 12 at bats with a team leading four RBIs. Starting on Friday, Tufts will play three games over two days against NESCAC opponent Trinity. The Bantams are 3-7 on the year, most recently splitting with Westfield State after coming back from their spring trip to South Carolina with a 2-6 mark.  The Bantams are led by sophomore Matt Koperniak, who is hitting .432 with one home run and five RBIs. He is at least tied for the team lead in hits, doubles, home runs, and stolen bases. Last season, the Jumbos swept the Bantams, winning all three games in the regular season and topping them in the NESCAC Tournament as well.

Softball

When: Friday vs. Bowdoin at 4 pm and Saturday vs. Bowdoin at 12 pm and 2 pm 
What you need to know: After a spring break trip where the softball team racked up 11 wins, they will be returning home for their first games in Medford this season against Bowdoin on Friday and Saturday. The Polar Bears are 13-3 and boast a couple of big bats. Junior Caroline Rice is second on the team with a .420 batting average and is tied for the team lead with 12 RBIs. Senior Lauren O’Shea also has 12 RBIs as well as two home runs. Kate Hoadley has started five games on the mound for Bowdoin and has registered four wins, 28 strikeouts, and an ERA of 0.88. Last season, the Jumbos took two of three from the Polar Bears when they played in Maine.

Men's Lacrosse

When: Saturday vs. Connecticut College at 1 pm
What you need to know: Coming off a double overtime win over nationally ranked Cortland and a conference win over Trinity the undefeated men’s lacrosse team will look to carry that momentum into the upcoming week.  The No. 3 Jumbos will take on NESCAC foe and No. 20 ranked Connecticut College Saturday at Bello Field. The Camels are 6-1 on the season and 3-1 in NESCAC play, that lone loss coming 11-9 to Williams who was receiving votes in the most recent national poll. Junior PJ Kelleher has 24 points on the year from 10 goals and 14 assists. Junior Jordan Foster leads the team in goals with 16. Last season, the Jumbos won the matchup, 12-6, when they traveled to Connecticut.

Women's Lacrosse 

When: Thursday at Endicott at 7 pm and Saturday at Connecticut College at 12 pm
What you need to know: The women’s lacrosse team is coming off a 1-1 week where they topped No. 9 Trinity but fell to No. 11 Washington and Lee.  The Jumbos will hit the road this week with Endicott on Thursday and Connecticut College on Saturday. The Gulls are currently 5-2, with their only two losses coming against NESCAC opponents in No. 18 Bowdoin and Connecticut College. They are led by sophomore midfielder Jennifer Lacroix who leads the team in goals (28), assists (9), and points (37). She is also second on the team with 27 draw controls. The Jumbos haven’t played Endicott for a few seasons, the last time coming back in 2015, which resulted in an 18-5 Jumbo victory. The Camels sit at 2-5 on the year and 0-4 in conference play. Junior midfielder Jamie Navoni has twice as many points as anyone else on the team with 28 off of 26 goals and two assists. Last season, Tufts won the matchup between the two teams by a score of 17-4. 

Women's Tennis 

When: Thursday vs. Trinity at 3:30 pm and Saturday at Brandeis at 9 am and vs. Bates at 2 pm
What you need to know: The women’s tennis team came back to Medford after a spring break trip out west where they put together a 2-1 record.  They were edged, 5-4, by No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, and picked up wins over Whitman and No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer. The No. 8 Jumbos will start their week against the Bantams who are 3-3 on the season. Tufts beat them last year by a score of 9-0. Then on Saturday they will face both No. 20 Brandeis and Bates. The Judges, who beat Trinity last weekend 8-1, are 6-2 so far. Last year, the Jumbos got the best of Brandeis, 6-3. And finally, Tufts will end their week against Bates at home. The Bobcats are 7-3, but fell to the Jumbos last season, 8-1.

Men's and Women's Track and Field

When: Saturday at Tufts Snowflake Classic
What you need to know: Both the men's and women's track and field teams are back after spending some time in warmer climates.  The men were in California where Drew DiMaiti posted the nation's top time in the 400 hurdles and senior Annalisa DeBari ran top ten times in the 200 meters and 100 meter hurdles.  This Saturday Tufts will host their annual Snowflake Classic. Last season, the women came in second and the men won the event. Both teams are coming off strong performances in their respective events from last weekend and will be looking to keep up that momentum when they compete at home in a few days. Joining the Jumbos in Medford for the meet will be Amherst, Babson, Brandeis, Bridgewater State, Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Connecticut College, Emmanuel, Endicott, Fitchburg State, Keene State, Mount Holyoke, Nichols, Plymouth State, Regis, Smith, St. Joseph’s, Trinity, Tufts, UMass-Boston, University of Southern Maine, Wesleyan, Westfield State, Wheaton, Wheelock, WPI and Worcester State.  

Coed Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday at Marchiando Team Race at MIT
What you need to know: The co-ed sailing team will look to continue their strong spring season at MIT this weekend.  The Jumbos finished fifth at the Sharpe Trophy Team Race at the beginning of March and second at the Wood Trophy Team Race.  This past weekend they were eighth at this Aaron Szabecki Team Race at Old Dominion.  Last year at the MIT race, the Jumbos took eighth place out of 16 teams.

Women's Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday at Dellenbaugh Trophy at Brown
What you need to know: The women’s sailing team has finished in the top three teams in two of their three events this spring and will look to continue that trend this weekend at Brown. The Jumbos finished third at the Harvard Team Race at the beginning of March and then second when they hosted the Duplin Trophy this past weekend.  Last year at Brown, they came in eighth out of 18 teams.

  

 

Frank Hattler, Senior, Men's Lacrosse 

Hattler scored a career-high seven goals including the game-winner in double overtime as Tufts won an NCAA North showdown against Cortland at Bello Field on Sunday, 16-15. Hattler scored two goals each in the second, third and fourth quarters as the Jumbos and Red Dragons went back-and-forth in a tremendous contest. Both squads had multiple possessions in overtime before Hattler picked up a loose ground ball and fired home a goal at 1:02 of the second overtime to win it for the hosts. He also had an assist in the game, as well as two goals in Tufts' 16-14 NESCAC victory at Trinity College on Saturday. His nine-goal week gives him 14 for the season.

 

 

 
  

Mina Karamercan, Junior, Women's Tennis 

Karamercan was undefeated in singles and doubles as the eighth-ranked Tufts University women's tennis team played a pair of national top 5 teams in California last week. In the Jumbos' rousing 5-4 victory at #5 Pomona-Pitzer on Friday, Karamercan and teammate Otilia Popa helped Tufts earn a 2-1 advantage in doubles with an 8-4 victory at #1. Then in singles Karamercan won easily at #2 to help the Jumbos secure the victory. In the team's close 5-4 defeat at third-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Wednesday, Karamercan and Popa won 8-4 versus Lindsay Brown and Nicole Tan, CMS' #13 nationally ranked doubles pair. Karamercan, #21 nationally in singles, then defeated #36 Lindsay Brown in the third set of #3 singles.

 

 

 

   The men’s swimming and diving team had their best finish at the NCAA Championships since 1982, coming in seventh. Ten Jumbos earned All-American honors with Roger Gu receiving the honors in six events and Kingsley Bowen in five. 

    Anna Kimura of women’s swimming and diving competed at the NCAA Championships and came in 12th in the 200 breaststroke to earn honorable mention All-American honors.  

    Softball picked up seven wins last week in their trip to Florida, including a 10-3 victory over No. 10 Wisconsin-Whitewater. Freshman Kristi Van Meter was named the NESCAC Pitcher of the Week for her performance on the trip.  

 

    Frank Hattler scored seven goals with the final one coming in double overtime to give men’s lacrosse the 16-15 win over SUNY Cortland, their second win of the weekend. He was named the NESCAC Player of the Week. The Jumbos also topped Trinity in NESCAC play on Saturday. 

    Women’s lacrosse defeated No. 4 Trinity, 12-9, off five goals from Dakota Adamec.  The Jumbos started the week with a setback to No. 11 Washington and Lee.  

    The No. 17 men’s tennis team headed west for the week of spring break.  They picked up wins over Connecticut College, No. 23 Sewanee and Whittier, but fell to No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. 

 

    The No. 8 women’s tennis also headed west for spring break, spending the week in California and playing three matches.  The Jumbos beat Whitman, 7-2, and edged No. 5 Pomona-Pitzer in a back and forth 5-4 contest.  The lone loss of the week came to No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 5-4. 

    Men’s track and field senior Drew DiMaiti ran the fastest time in the country in the 400-meter hurdles as the Jumbos came in second at the PLNU Invitational.

    Women’s track and field senior Annalisa DeBari posted a pair of top 10 national marks, in the 200 meters and the 100-meter hurdles, at the Sheraton UNF Spring Break Invitational on Friday. 

 

    Women’s sailing finished in second place in the Dublin Trophy.  Tufts' three teams for the weekend were senior skipper Molly Pleskus with junior crew Taylor Hart, senior skipper Emily Shanley-Roberts with freshman crew Linsday Powers and freshman skipper Talia Toland with senior crew Lucy Robison.