This Week in Tufts Athletics: April 30 - May 6




When: Monday vs. Eastern Connecticut State at 3 pm, Wednesday at UMass Dartmouth at 3:30 pm and Sunday at Middlebury at 12:30 pm and 3 pm
What you need to know: Baseball will wrap up their regular season with four games this week starting on Monday against Eastern Connecticut State. Eastern Conn. is 19-13 on the year having already played and beat NESCAC opponents Trinity and Wesleyan. Last season, the Jumbos lost to the, 13-4, in Connecticut. On Wednesday, Tufts will take on UMass Dartmouth. The Corsairs are 20-12 on the season and have already beaten the Jumbos once, 9-8 back on April 22. Tufts will then finish off the regular season with a double-header on Sunday at Middlebury. The Panthers are 13-13 and 5-4 in the NESCAC West Division. Last season, the Jumbos split a pair of games with them, losing the first 4-0, but winning the second 6-1. The Panthers are in third place in the NESCAC West standings with three games left to play, so they still have a chance to make the tournament.  The Jumbos could face off with the Panthers if they do make the tournament, so this weekend’s contest could be a fairly informative one. 



When: Monday vs. MIT at 3 pm and 5 pm, Tuesday at Wheaton at 3 pm and 5 pm and Friday through Sunday at NESCAC Tournament at Amherst
What you need to know: The No. 21 softball team will wrap up their regular season this week and head to Amherst for the NESCAC Tournament this weekend. First, they will play a pair of rescheduled games against MIT. The Engineers are 29-5-1 on the season and ranked as the 19th team in the country and the No. 1 team in the New England Region. They are led by sophomore Sarah Von Ahn who is hitting .410 on the season with team-high 50 hits and 33 RBIs. The Jumbos beat MIT twice last season in a pair of games in mid-April. Then on Tuesday the squad will play their final regular season games against Wheaton who is 13-21 on the year. Last year, Tufts came away with two victories over the Lyons by the scores of 1-0 and 2-0.  The Jumbos then head to Amherst this weekend for the eight-team single elimination conference tournament.  Tufts, the No. 1 seed in the East, will open up with Wesleyan, the fourth seed from the West, on Friday at 5 pm.  Wesleyan is 14-15 overall this year and 2-8 in NESCAC play.  Rielly Wieners leads the offensive efforts with a .386 average and 15 RBIs. On the mound senior Julie McDonald and freshman Danielle Rinaldi have split starts and McDonald owns a 2.33 ERA while Rinaldi has an ERA of 3.19.  The other game on Friday features East No. 4 Bates and West No. 1 Amherst.  Saturday features four games with the winners of the first two games of the day taking on the winners of Friday’s games.  Two teams will play for the conference title on Sunday at noon.


Men's Lacrosse

When: Saturday NESCAC Semifinal vs. Amherst at Wesleyan at 3 pm
What you need to know: The No. 6 men’s lacrosse will be looking to return to the NESCAC Championship game which they last won in 2016. To do so, they will have to get by the second-seeded Amherst in the semifinals. The Mammoths come into the matchup 14-2 on the year and are the team to hand the Jumbos their lone loss of the season, 20-16, back on April 14. Amherst is led by a pair of attackmen, junior Evan Wolf and sophomore Colin Minicus, who have 84 and 82 points on the year respectively. If Tufts can beat the Mammoths, they will take on the winner of one-seed Wesleyan and four-seed Williams in the conference championship game on Sunday. The Jumbos are the three-seed in the tournament.  Tufts (nationally ranked No. 6), Amherst (No. 4) and Wesleyan (No. 5) all finished in a three way tie for first place in the NESCAc standings.  In all tie breakers the three teams were equal forcing the conference to decide seeds by drawing out of a hat.  Amherst beat the Jumbos, the Jumbos beat Wesleyan and Wesleyan beat Amherst, so this weekend will be an exciting one for the NESCAC men’s lacrosse semifinals and final.



Women's Tennis 

When: Friday NESCAC Tournament First Round hosted by Amherst at 9 am
What you need to know: The women’s tennis team will take part in the first round of the NESCAC Tournament this Friday at Amherst. Seeds three through six will play in the first round with the winner of each match advancing to play against the top two seeds. The Jumbos look like they can be no worse than the fourth seed. Tournament matchups will be announced this week. Last season, the team beat Amherst in the first round before falling to Williams in the semifinals.

Men's and Women's Track and Field

When: Friday and Saturday at New England Division III Championships at MIT
What you need to know:  Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams are coming off strong performances this past weekend at the NESCAC Championships.  The women finished second while the men were the third place team.  This weekend the teams will compete at the New England Division III Championships on Friday and Saturday at MIT. The men placed second at last year’s event, while the women will look to improve upon their tenth-place finish.  Both teams will also be looking to have team members improve on their personal marks in hopes of qualifying for the national event in May. After this weekend the Jumbos will have two more chances to hit qualifying marks before the NCAA Championships Thursday, May 24-Saturday May, 26 in LaCrosse, Wis.

Men's and Women's Crew

When: Saturday at New England Rowing Championships in Worcester, Mass
What you need to know: The men’s and women’s crew teams will compete in the New England Rowing Championship on Saturday. Both teams had solid performances at the event last year and will be looking to improve upon them this time around. The men rowed at this exact venue last weekend against Division I Holy Cross and St. Joseph’s as well as NESCAC opponents Williams and Bates.  This weekend’s race is the second to last event of the season for the men as they wrap up their season on May 11 with the National Invitational Rowing Championships. The women head into this weekend with a weekend of rest under their belts.  They were last on the water on April 22 at Lake Quinsigamond when they raced WPI, Clark, Skidmore and William Smith.  The Jumbos have this weekend’s championships along with the National Invitational Rowing Championships before hopefully qualifying for the NCAA Championships in Sarasota, Fla. May 25 and 26.



R.J. Hall, Junior, Baseball

In a critical NESCAC East series at Bates where Tufts needed to win 2 games to get a conference championship berth, Hall pitched a gem in the opener on Friday night allowing just two hits and no runs with 13 strikeouts as Tufts won 5-0. He retired the final 13 batters he faced. Hall allowed only a two-out first-inning single and a two-out base hit in the second, and did not allow a hit from the third through the eighth. Tufts won the series 2 games to 1 to earn their fifth straight NESCAC East title.






Annalisa DeBari, Senior, Women's Track and Field

DeBari broke a New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship meet record that was set by another Jumbo 35 years ago and contributed in three other events to Tufts’ second-place finish at the meet. Her 14.32 time in the 100-meter hurdles preliminaries broke the previous meet record of 14.35 set by Jumbo alum Heather Sibbison in 1983. DeBari won the event with a 14.33 in the final. She was also fourth in the 200 and ran with the 4x4 and 4x1 relays that were second and sixth, respectively.






   Baseball beat Bates in a three-game series, two games to one, to claim the NESCAC East Division Title.  Junior pitcher R.J. Hall (Marietta, Ga.) helped the Jumbos secure their spot in conference postseason play, allowing just two hits and striking out 13 across eight scoreless innings in game one. The Jumbos then fell in the first game on Saturday, 5-0, but bounced back in the critical game three (12-2) to win the series. Hall was named the NESCAC Pitcher of the Week for his performance. 


    Softball won two of their three games against Trinity with the third getting postponed. Over the two games the Jumbos only allowed three runs while scoring 14.  

    The No. 6 men’s lacrosse team had a big two win week.  They started with a 19-11 win to wrap up the regular season on Wednesday.  Then on Saturday they beat Middlebury, 16-12, in a NESCAC Quarterfinal matchup at Bello Field. Junior Danny Murphy (Hauppauge, N.Y.) led the way with three goals and five assists on the afternoon.  He was named the NESCAC Player of the Week. 


    Both men’s and women’s tennis ended their regular season with wins over the weekend. The men beat Colby on Sunday, 8-2, and the women defeated Bowdoin, 6-3.  

    The men’s and women’s track and field teams had successful weekends as the men placed third at the NESCAC Championship and the women finished second. Annalisa DeBari (Melrose, Mass.), Brittany Bowman (Camden, Maine), and Evelyn Drake (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) all won individual titles for the women and Stephan Duvivier (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Josh Etkind (New City, N.Y.), and Henry Hintermeister (North Berwick, Maine) did the same for the men. 


    The golf team competed at the NESCAC Championship for the first time in program history this weekend finished fourth out of four teams.  The Jumbos qualified for the championship by finishing third at the NESCAC Qualifier this past fall. The qualifier was instituted back in 2007.  Prior to that, all of the league’s teams played in the championship event.