MEDFORD – After a huge week at home for many fall teams, a majority of our Jumbo teams hit the road this week looking to continue a strong start to the fall seasons. Here is everything you need to know about what’s going on This Week In Tufts Athletics!
When: Saturday at Wesleyan at 6 pm
What you need to know: The football team opened their season in exciting form, topping Hamilton 35-28 in overtime at home this past Saturday. Junior quarterback Ryan McDonald passed for 267 yards and rushed for 92 more to lead the Jumbos. Classmate Ryan Hagfeldt scored the overtime touchdown and the Jumbo defense came up big to stop the Continentals on their own overtime attempt. The Jumbos will hit the road this week, traveling down to Wesleyan for a 6 pm start with the Cardinals who fell to Middlebury in the opening week of play. The Jumbos just edged the Cardinals in total offense for week one with the Jumbos turning in 481 yards of total offense and five touchdowns and the Cardinals finishing with 478 yards of total offense and five touchdowns. Of that 478 yards of offense for the Cardinals, 432 of those came in the air. The Jumbos will have a game under their belts and will look for similar results to last year when they edged Wesleyan 17-14 in their season-opener under the lights in Medford.
When: Friday vs. Brandeis at 7 pm
What you need to know: The No. 1 men’s soccer team picked up a conference win and tie this past weekend, and has still yet to surrender a goal this season as they improved to 4-0-1. The Jumbos have a bit of a quiet week, with a 7 pm game on Friday with Brandeis the lone contest on the Jumbos’ schedule this week. The Jumbos were ranked No. 1 in the United Soccer Coaches national poll and No. 2 in the D3soccer.com national poll. Brandeis was not ranked in the United Soccer Coaches poll but is No. 20 in the D3soccer.com poll. They have a 4-1 record this season, having won their last four after a season-opening loss to Cortland. The Jumbos won 1-0 in double overtime when the two teams played last year.
When: Saturday at Brandeis at 1 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbos have a relatively quiet week after a huge NESCAC week. The Jumbos picked up wins over Wesleyan and Trinity, and a tie with Connecticut College this past week to move to 3-0-2 this season. Currently in second place in the NESCAC standings with a 2-0-2 mark, the Jumbos will look to carry that momentum into this week. The Jumbos have all week to prepare for a Saturday contest with Brandeis, who was receiving votes in the most recent United Soccer Coaches national poll. The Judges opened up their season with a 3-2 loss to No. 20 MIT and since then have won their last five. The Jumbos and the Judges played to a 1-1 tie when the two teams played last year.
When: Wednesday at MIT at 6 pm and Saturday at Mary Washington at 12 pm
What you need to know: The No. 2 field hockey team picked up two conference wins this past weekend to move to 3-0 in NESCAC play. The Jumbos have a week off from conference play, as they travel to MIT on Wednesday and then down to No. 17 Mary Washington on Saturday. The Engineers, who were receiving votes in the most recent National Field Hockey Coaches Association national poll, are up first and are off to a 5-1 start so far. That lone loss came to No. 6 Babson this past Saturday. The last time the two teams played was back in 2009 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament when the Jumbos won, 5-1. After the midweek the Jumbos will get ready to head south to Mary Washington. The Eagles are 5-1 this year, having won their last five after a season-opening loss to Rochester. The Jumbos won, 2-0, when the two teams played in Medford last year.
When: Tuesday at Bowdoin at 7 pm and Friday and Saturday at Barker Chevrolet Classic II in Bloomington, Ill.
What you need to know: The volleyball team has a huge week ahead of them. On Tuesday the Jumbos will travel up to Bowdoin and look to remain perfect in NESCAC play. Then the Jumbos head out to the Midwest to play in the Barker Chevrolet Classic II at Illinois Wesleyan in Bloomington, Ill. The Jumbos will take on No. 12 WashU, No. 9 Milikin, Illinois Wesleyan and Wisconsin-Oshkosh (who are both receiving votes) on Friday and Saturday. Junior Mackenzie Bright led the Jumbos offensively this past weekend, picking up NESCAC Player of the Week honors for her part in helping the Jumbos pick up two NESCAC wins this weekend. The Jumbos will need to bring their best into this week as they play some of the toughest competition so far this season.
Men's Cross Country
When: Saturday at Purple Valley Classic at 11:30 am
What you need to know: The men’s cross country team opened their 2017 campaign last weekend at the Bates Invitational at Pineland Farms. The Jumbos finished in second place with five runners in the top 20. But, according to the team, the Jumbos treated the race as a workout and went in with a plan to tempo the race and begin racing all out next week. Next week is here, as the Jumbos prepare to head west on Saturday for the Purple Valley Classic at My. Greylock High School with an 11:30 am start. The Jumbos finished 14th out of 23 teams at this event last year, but they rested many of their top runners last year at this event.
Women’s Cross Country
When: Saturday at Purple Valley Classic at 11:30 am
What you need to know: The women’s cross country team has one event under their belts and one win under their belts as well. The Jumbos opened up their season at the Bates Invitational this past Saturday and finished first in the team event. Senior Brittany Bowman finished second individually to start her senior year right where she left off last year. The Jumbos will now have the week to prepare to head out to Williams for the Purple Valley Classic at My. Greylock High School on Saturday. Last year at this event the Jumbos finished fourth out of 23 total teams. Racing begins at 11:30 am this Saturday.
When: Saturday and Sunday at Williamstown Invitational
What you need to know: The golf team is coming off a strong weekend, finishing fifth out of 22 teams at the 34th annual Duke Nelson Invitational. The Jumbos (595 two-round total) finished behind Babson (572), Western New England (573), Trinity (577) and Williams (582). The Jumbos finished third out of seven NESCAC teams at the event. Sophomore Brandon Karr was the leader for the Jumbos, finishing one-over par to lead the Jumbos. This weekend the team will head west to the Williams Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. The Jumbos finished third at the event last year out of 18 total teams.
When: Saturday and Sunday at Middlebury Invitational
What you need to know: The men’s tennis team will open their 2017 campaign this weekend up at Middlebury for the Middlebury Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend should prepare the Jumbos for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships the following weekend on the same courts. This weekend will be the first of four fall weekends the Jumbos will be playing. With six seniors on this year’s squad the Jumbos should have a good mix of veteran leadership and some young talent. There are five freshmen on the squad this year.
When: Saturday and Sunday at New England Single-handed Championship at Roger Williams
What you need to know: Senior Alp Rodopman won the single-handed C Division leading the co-ed sailing team to a second place finish at the annual Nevins Trophy hosted by U.S. Merchant Marine Academy this past weekend. Rodopman hopefully will be ready to put forth an identical performance this weekend as he looks to win the New England Single-handed Championship. Rodopman was the run-away winner last year, qualifying for the national championship regatta. Both the co-ed and the women’s sailing teams will be at the Single-handed Championships at Roger Williams this weekend.
Brandon Karr, Sophomore, Golf
Sophomore Brandon Karr turned in a one-over par 143 for the weekend to lead the golf team to a fifth place finish out of 22 total teams at the 34th annual Duke Nelson Invitational at the Raloh Myhre Golf Course at Middlebury College. Karr shot an even-par 71 on Saturday and followed that up with a team-best one-over 72 on Sunday to lead the Jumbos. His 143 was tied for third overall among 113 golfers at the event.
Sophie Lloyd, Freshman, Women’s Soccer
Freshman Sophie Lloyd had a break out week for the women’s soccer team. The rookie scored her first collegiate goal in the Jumbos 1-1 tie with Connecticut College on Saturday. She then earned her first collegiate start on Sunday and scored the game-winning goal in the Jumbos 2-0 win over Trinity. The Jumbos finished the week 2-0-1 and are now 2-0-2 in NESCAC play this season.
The football team opened their season with an overtime thriller this Saturday! Junior quarterback Ryan Hagfeldt replaced starter Ryan McDonald in the fourth quarter and recovered his own fumble to score the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Here is this week’s Play of the Week:
The football team opened up their 2017 schedule this past Saturday with a 35-28 overtime win over Hamilton at home. Junior quarterback Ryan Hagfeldt recovered his own fumble for a touchdown and then the Jumbo defense stopped the Continentals on their own overtime attempt.
The men’s soccer team had a NESCAC full weekend. The Jumbos played to a 0-0 tie on Saturday with Connecticut College. On Sunday, the Jumbos got goals from Zach Lane and Dexter Eichhorst to top Trinity 2-0.
No one was busier than the women’s soccer team this week. The Jumbos traveled to Wesleyan on Tuesday and picked up a 1-0 win over the Cardinals. They then played to a 1-1 tie with Connecticut College on Saturday with freshman Sophie Lloyd scoring her first collegiate goal. The Jumbos wrapped up the weekend with a 2-0 win over Trinity as Lloyd turned in her second goal of the weekend and Alessandra Sadler added one as well.
The No. 2 field hockey team picked up two conference wins this weekend. The Jumbo’s week started with a 3-2 overtime loss to No. 6 Babson. But, the Jumbos responded and topped Connecticut College 5-0 on Saturday and then No. 12 Trinity, 3-1, on Sunday.
The volleyball team opened up NESCAC play this weekend, picking up 3-0 wins over Bates on Friday and Colby on Saturday. Junior Mackenzie Bright was the offensive leader for the Jumbos both days, turning in 16 kills on Friday and 13 kills on Saturday.
The men’s cross country team opened their 2017 season on Saturday at the Bates Invitational and the Jumbos finished second overall. Five Jumbo runners placed in the top 20.
The women’s cross country team also opened their season up in Maine at the Bates Invitational and the Jumbos finished first overall as senior Brittany Bowman finished second individually for the Jumbos.
The women’s tennis team started their fall play this past weekend at the MIT Invitational on Friday through Sunday. Junior Mina Karamercan won three matches to advance to the semi-finals in the singles draw. Eight singles players and four doubles pairs were in action for the Jumbos.
The golf team finished fifth out of 22 total teams at the 34th annual Duke Nelson Invitational this past weekend at Middlebury. Sophomore Brandon Karr turned in a one-over par 143 for the weekend which was tied for third overall our of 113 golfers at the event.
Senior Alp Rodopman picked up right where he left off last year for the sailing team. Rodopman won the single-handed C division leading the co-ed sailing team to second place at the Nevins Trophy hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.