This Week in Tufts Athletics: November 12 - 18

Men’s Soccer 

When: Saturday vs. Amherst in NCAA Third Round at 11 am
What you need to know: The second ranked men’s soccer team will play NESCAC opponent and No. 18 ranked Amherst on Saturday in the NCAA “Sweet 16.” Amherst (14-4-1) and Tufts (14-0-3) played on September 29 with Tufts collecting a 2-1 victory. Sebastian Derby netted the lone goal for the Mammoths. Travis Van Brewer and Mati Cano each scored for the Jumbos.  In NCAA Tournament play, Amherst defeated Bridgewater State 1-0 in first round play and was then victorious against St. Joseph’s of Maine, 4-2, in the second round. Amherst’s Fikayo Ajayi scored two goals and tallied two assists in the win over St. Joseph’s. The Mammoths have scored 42 goals on the year. Freshman goalie Bernie White has only allowed 12 goals this season. The Jumbos opened up NCAA Tournament play with a 1-0 win over Stevens Institute of Technology on Sunday. Junior midfielder Gavin Tasker netted the Jumbos game-winning goal against Stevens off a pass from sophomore back Biagio Paoletta. The goal was Tasker’s fifth of the season. Joe Braun leads the Jumbos with eight goals and 20 points. The Jumbo defense has been great this year as they have only allowed nine goals. Senior goalie Conner Mieth made 44 saves in goal. The winner of the Amherst/Tufts game plays the winner of Saturday’s other game between NJAC conference foes Ramapo (17-3-2) and No. 7 Montclair State (17-1-4) on Sunday for a trip to the “Final Four.” Ramapo’s Joseph Fala netted a team high 27 goals and 61 points. Montclair State’s Rafael Terci and Chaz Burnett are tied for the team lead with 33 points.  Montclair State picked up a 2-0 win over the Roadrunners in regular season play this season, and then a 5-0 win over the Roadrunners in the NJAC Championship, so Saturday’s game will be the third of the year between the two teams.  

Field Hockey 

When: Saturday vs. John Hopkins in NCAA Final Four at 11 am in Manheim, Pa.
What you need to know: The fourth-ranked field hockey team traveled to sixth-ranked Salisbury this past weekend, and picked up wins over Smith, 3-0, and Salisbury, 1-0 in penalty strokes, to advance to the NCAA “Final Four.”  Heading to the Spooky Nook Sports Complex, the Jumbos (18-2) will face off with No. 9 Johns Hopkins (19-2) on Saturday.  The Blue Jays defeated FDU Florham 4-0 in the NCAA Second Round and knocked off undefeated Messiah 3-2 in double overtime to advance to the Final Four. Johns Hopkins senior midfielder Grace Hillman netted the game-winning goal against Messiah. The Blue Jays have a balanced offensive attack as they have four players who have over 20 points on the year. Goalie Jodie Baris has posted an impressive 19 wins and only allowed 18 goals. The Jumbos defense has been phenomenal all season long led by senior Issy Del Priore. Offensively, senior forward Gigi Tutoni has a team high 24 points. Six members of the Tufts offense have double0-digit points to lead the balanced offense. Tufts freshman goalie Andie Stallman has only allowed two goals in 10 starts and has been tough to get the ball past. The other Final Four matchup features No. 2 Middlebury (19-1) and No. 3 Rowan (22-0). Middlebury’s Erin Nicholas has a team high 41 points. Rowan has been led by Rachel Galante who has 66 points on the year. Tufts is looking for a win on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s national championship game.

Men’s Cross Country 

When: Saturday at NCAA Championship in Winneconne, Wis. at 1:15 pm
What you need to know: The men’s cross country team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship on Saturday. This is the first time the Jumbos will be in the NCAA Championship since 2015, when they placed 17th overall. At the NCAA Regional on this past Saturday, the Jumbos finished fifth out of 58 teams with a score of 150. Senior tri-captains Colin Raposo (25:47.64) and Brian Reaney (25:48) each posted top 25 finishes as they placed 24th and 25th respectively. The Jumbos have a veteran roster with six of the seven runners that raced in the Regional being seniors, so they will look to lean on their veteran leaders. But, this will be the first trip to the NCAA Championship for all Jumbos competing this weekend. 

Women’s Cross Country 

When: Saturday at NCAA Championship race in Winneconne, Wis. at 12:15 pm
What you need to know: The women’s cross country team ran well enough this past weekend to earn an at-large bid and will travel this weekend to Winneconne, Wisconsin for the NCAA Championship. This will be the sixth straight season the Jumbos team will run in the NCAA Championship. After finishing fifth out of 57 teams at the NCAA Regionals in Brunswick, Maine this past Saturday, the Jumbos will look to carry that strong performance into the national race this weekend. Senior Natalie Bettez (21:26.83) finished fourth overall and junior Lydia Heely (22:25.86) placed 16th at the Regional race. At last year’s championship race the Jumbos finished seventh out of 32 teams. Seniors Olivia Barnett, Kelsey Tierney, Bettez and junior Lydia Heely all competed in the Championship last year. The Jumbos strong season has featured a win in their season-opening race, as well as finishes in the top half of all other races. Bettez has had a great senior season, winning the All-New England Championship among competitors from all three divisions and has finished as the top Jumbo in every race she ran in. 

Men’s Basketball

When: Friday and Saturday at Courtyard by Marriott Tournament at Roger Williams
What you need to know: The men’s basketball will open their 2018-2019 campaign when they partake in the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament, opening play against Saint Joseph’s of Maine on Friday night at 7:30 pm. Junior Eric Savage, the second leading scorer from last season, is back and averaged 13.6 points per game last year. Junior center Patrick Racy averaged 7.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Saint Joseph’s of Maine fell, 99-91, in their season opener against Plymouth State last weekend, but got in the win column with an 89-79 win over Thomas on Tuesday night. Back for his senior year is Darian Berry, who led the Monks with 17 points per game last year. On Saturday Friday’s winners and losers will play so the Jumbos will take on either Anna Maria or the hosts, Roger Williams.   Anna Maria fell 80-72 in their season opener this past weekend.  Bobby Perette had a team high 18 points and Mike Raposo recorded a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Roger Williams has started the season with a win against Worcester State, but then fell to Coast Guard. The Hawks are led by Austin Coene who has averaged 29 points per game though the Hawk’s first two games.  

Women’s Basketball

When: Friday and Saturday at Middlebury College Tournament at Middlebury  
What you need to know: The sixth-ranked women’s basketball will travel to Middlebury, Vt. To open their 2018-19 season at the Middlebury College Tournament. The Jumbos start with a 6 pm game against Springfield on Friday night and then take on Lasell on Saturday at 2 pm.  The Pride won their first game of the year, picking up a  76-37 win over MCLA. Springfield’s Taylor Hall led the team in scoring in the season opener with 18 points. Gracie Restituyo was second on the team with 13 points. On Saturday, the Jumbos will take on Lasell, who opened their season with a win over Northern Vermont-Johnson this past Tuesday night.  After graduating their top two point scorers from last seaon, Dana Ross will likely lead the charge this year after averaging 6.2 points per game last season. The Jumbos bring back four of their top six point scorers from last season. Junior guard Erica DeCandido is the top returning scorer as she averaged 12.8 points per contest and started all 26 games she played in. Senior guard Jac Knapp helped with 10.9 points per game last year, and will be back for what she hopes is her best year yet. The Jumbos will be looking to make their eighth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, and will be fighting to bring home the program’s first national championship.  

Hockey

When: Friday vs. Trinity at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Wesleyan at 4 pm
What you need to know: The hockey team begins their season at home this weekend, taking on Trinity on Friday night at 7 pm and then hosting Wesleyan at 4 pm on Saturday.  The Jumbos bring back a good core of their team from last season, as six of their top eight leading scorers form last year are back. Junior forward Tyler Scroggins tallied a team-high seven assists and 13 points which was second best on the roster. Forwards Mason Babbidge and Charley Borak each scored four goals and distributed four assists respectively during their rookie campaigns.  The Jumbos will get tested right away as they welcome a Bantam team that finished 19-6-2 last year and made it to the NESCAC Championship. Trinity returns three of their top five-point scorers from last season. Defenseman Liam Feeney recorded 22 points and a team-high 18 assists in 27 games last year. Forwards Barclay Gammill and Ryan Pfeffer each scored 10 goals for the Bantams. After the contest with the Bantams, the Jumbos will turn their focus to Wesleyan.  The Cardinals finished last season with a 13-8-5 record, advancing to the NESCAC semifinals.  Wesleyan brings back a strong junior class that had three players each collect over 15 points. Forwards Tyler Wyatt and Walker Harris scored 25 and 23 points, respectively.  The Jumbos fell to Trinity (5-1 and 4-1) during regular season play, and they were edged 2-0 in NESCAC Quarterfinal play.  They were edged by Wesleyan, 2-1, and played to a 3-3 tie with the Cardinals last year.  

Men’s Squash

When: Saturday vs. Wesleyan at Harvard at 12 pm and Sunday vs. Colby at Harvard at 10 am 
What you need to know: The men’s squash team will open their season on Saturday at 12 pm at the Hemenway Gymnasium. The Jumbos welcome back nearly all of a roster that finished with a 10-12 record last season and competed in the Conroy Cup at the College Squash Association  Team Nationals.  Junior Raghav Kumar will be back for the brown and blue after consistently playing in the number one position last year. Co-captains Brett Raskopf and Aidan Porges will also be back after they posted numerous wins for Tufts. Wesleyan finished last year with a 5-18 record and the Jumbos defeated the Cardinals both times they met. On Sunday, Tufts will host Colby at 10 am. Colby went 11-10 a season ago and defeated Tufts in the one match they played last year. In this year’s preseason College Squash Association national rankings, the Jumbos sit at No. 27 with Wesleyan at No. 31 and Colby at No. 23. 

Women’s Squash

When: Saturday vs. Wesleyan at Harvard at 12 pm and Sunday vs. Colby at Harvard at 10 am
What you need to know: The women’s squash will open their 2018-2019 campaign on Saturday when they take on Wesleyan.   The Jumbos are coming off a season where they finished the year by placing third in the Walker Cup at the College Squash Associations Team Nationals to earn a No. 19 national ranking.  The brown and blue bring back juniors Claire Davidson and Catherine Shanahan who each won multiple matches a season ago. Sophomore Julie Yeung is also back, after spending much of her rookie campaign in the top spot for the Jumbos. The Jumbos defeated Wesleyan both times they competed last year. Wesleyan posted an 11-13 record a season ago. On Sunday, Tufts will play against Colby at 10 am. Colby went 9-12 last year and lost to Tufts in their lone match. The Jumbos are opening the season ranked No. 19 in the College Squash Association national rankings, with Wesleyan at No. 20 and Colby at No. 23.  

Men’s Swimming and Diving

When: Sunday vs. Middlebury at 11 am 
What you need to know: The men’s swimming and diving will open their season on Sunday when they host Middlebury. The Jumbos are coming off a season in which they won the program’s first NESCAC Championship and finished seventh at the NCAA Championships.  Back for the Jumbos is senior Kingsley Bowen who is one of seven returning All-Americans this season.  Bowen, along with junior Roger Gu, were big for the Jumbos last year, as Bowen swept the conference championships in the backstrokes and collected a pair of third-place finishes at the NCAA meet.  Gu broke two conference records at the conference meet last year and was the national runner-up in the 100 free.  The Jumbos picked up a win, 175-100, over Middlebury to open their season last year. 

Women’s Swimming and Diving

When: Sunday vs. Middlebury at 11 am
What you need to know: The women’s swimming will begin the 2018-2019 campaign on Sunday as they host Middlebury. The Jumbos are coming off a season where they finished fourth in the NESCAC Championship and had swimmers compete in the NCAA Championships.  Senior Colleen Doolan returns after a solid junior year where she was a finalist in five NESCAC events.  The Jumbos strength last season was their depth, as they had nine different swimmers competing in final events at the conference meet last year.  In addition to Doolan, sophomore Jackie Crater also qualified for five finals last season and classmate Sasha Fong competed in four with fellow classmate Lily Kurtz swimming in three.  Last year the Jumbos defeated the Panthers 155-134 in dual meet action.

Gavin Tasker, Senior, Men’s Soccer

Tasker achieved academically and athletically for the Jumbos last week. On Thursday he was announced as a Google Cloud Academic All-District® team member as well as a first team selection to the NESCAC All-Conference team. Then on Sunday his goal in the 81st minute lifted Tufts to a 1-0 victory against Stevens in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Bello Field.

 

 

 

Fallon Shaughnessy, Senior, Field Hockey

For someone who’s only scored one goal during regulation and overtime in her career – and it came when she was a freshman – Shaughnessy sure knows how to tally in penalty strokes. The senior co-captain's two goals in the penalty strokes round in the NCAA quarterfinals at Salisbury on Sunday helped the Jumbos eliminate the Sea Gulls and move on to their fifth NCAA “Final Four.”

 

 

 

  Football coasted to a 35-13 victory on Saturday in their season finale against Middlebury to finish the season 7-2.  Senior quarterback Ryan McDonald (Annandale, N.J.) threw for five touchdowns, breaking the Tufts record for touchdowns on the season and career touchdowns. He was named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week. The victory was the 25th for the Tufts seniors, tying them with the 1982 seniors for the most victories by a Jumbo football class. 

  The men’s soccer team defeated Stevens Institute of Technology 1-0 on Sunday in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Junior midfielder Gavin Tasker (Concord, Mass.) netted the Jumbo game-winning goal in the 81st minute. 

 

  Women’s soccer sophomore midfielder Liz Reed (Lynnfield, Mass.) netted two goals in the Jumbos 2-0 victory against Penn St.-Behrend in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament.  The Jumbos season came to an end on Sunday with a 1-0 double overtime loss to No. 10 William Smith.  

  The field hockey team opened up NCAA play with a 3-0 win over Smith on Saturday.  The Jumbos then topped Salisbury 1-0 in penalty strokes on Sunday to advance to the “Final Four.” Freshman Andie Stallman (Providence, R.I.) and senior Issy Del Priore (Dallas, Pa.) were stellar defensively for the Jumbos.  

  Men’s cross country finished fifth at the NCAA Regional at Bowdoin College on Saturday with a score of 150. Seniors Colin Raposo (Burlington, Mass.) placed 24th and senior Brian Reaney (Portsmouth, N.H.) finished 25th. The fifth place finish earned the Jumbos an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships this weekend.  

  Women’s cross country placed fifth at the NCAA Regional at Bowdoin College on Saturday, scoring 159 points. Senior Natalie Bettez (Bolton, Mass.) finished fourth overall and junior Lydia Heely (Medway, Mass.) placed 16th. The Jumbos were granted an at-large bid into the NCAA Championships this weekend after their strong regional finish.