This Week in Tufts Athletics: November 19 - 25

Men’s Basketball

When: Tuesday at MIT at 7 pm  
What you need to know: The men’s basketball team (2-0) will travel to MIT (1-1) on Tuesday for a non-conference matchup with the fifth-ranked Engineers. MIT opened their season with a 90-73 loss to Endicott, but bounced back with an 86-55 win over Eastern Nazarene College. The Engineers averaged 79.5 points through their first two games and dished out 19 assists per game. Senior guards Cameron Korb and Bradley Jomard are the offensive leaders early, as they are averaging 20.5 and 19.0 points per game, respectively.  Jomard has also grabbed an average of 7.5 rebounds per game in the team’s two contests. The Jumbos picked up wins over St. Joseph’s of Maine and Roger Williams this past weekend in the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament.  Freshman Carson Cohen was named the Tournament MVP after averaging 18.5 points per game and 6.5 assists per game.  Sophomore Luke Rogers was huge in the championship game and turned in 32 points and 17 rebounds, was named to the All-Tournament team and picked up NESCAC Player of the Week honors.   Last year when the two teams met, the Engineers topped the Jumbos 93-83.

Women’s Basketball

When: Tuesday vs. Skidmore at 6 pm and Sunday vs. Brandeis at 2 pm
What you need to know: After picking up two wins to open their season this past weekend, the No. 6 women’s basketball team will host Skidmore on Tuesday and Brandeis on Sunday to open their home slate.  First up is Skidmore, who is off to a 1-3 start, having dropped their first three games before defeating Salem State 55-51. The Thoroughbreds have averaged 42.8 points and 56.3 point per game through four games this season. Sophomore guard Sydney Tsutsui is Skidmore’s leading scorer averaging 7.8 points per contest. After the matchup with Skidmore and a break for Thanksgiving, the Jumbos will host Brandeis on Sunday afternoon. The Judges opened the year hosting the Brandeis Invitational this past weekend, beating Rivier but falling to Western Connecticut State. Senior guard Sarah Jaromin is turning in a team-leading 16.5 points per game. Sophomore guard Camila Casanueva and freshman forward Shannon Smally also average double-figure point totals for the Judges through two games. The Jumbos will look to carry the momentum from two big wins this past weekend into the holiday week.  As usual the Jumbo defense is stingy, having only allowed 40.5 points per game through their first two games.   Junior guard Erica DeCandido, sophomore forward Emily Briggs and senior guard Jac Knapp all have averaged more than 10 points a night. DeCandido also leads the team in rebounds with 7.5 per game. The Jumbos beat Skidmore 88-80 when they last played in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in 2016. The Jumbos and the Judges played last year, and Tufts won, 62-41.  

Hockey

When: Tuesday at Babson at 7 pm and Friday at Saint Anselm at 4 pm
What you need to know: With two games under their belts the hockey team has a busy week taking on No. 14 Babson and Division II Saint Anselm.  It starts with a trip to Babson on Tuesday for a 7 pm game with the Beavers (6-0-1), who have won their last five. Babson boasts an explosive offense that is averaging 3.71 goals per game. Sophomore forward Nick Rosa has a team-high seven goals and tallied 12 points. Freshman Mike Egan has been the Beavers top facilitator as he’s dished out seven assists. Four other Beavers have recorded five or more points. Babson’s senior goalies Matt Pompa and Bryan Bothcer have both played well this season in net as they have saved 116 and 83 shots, respectively. After the Thanksgiving holiday, the Jumbos will head up to Saint Anselm (5-3) for a Friday contest with the Hawks.  Riding a two game winning streak, senior Bryan Green leads the team’s balanced offense in assists (5) and points (7). Senior goalie Colin Soucy has stopped 128 shots and won four games.  The Jumbos fell to Babson, 3-1, when the two teams played last year.

 

 

Brett Rojas, Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team scored a combined seven goals in its NCAA Sweet 16 and Elite 8 victories at Bello Field over the weekend. Rojas made key offensive contributions to both games. After a scoreless first half in the third-round game against Amherst on Saturday, Rojas scored the game’s first goal in the 57th minute pointing Tufts towards a 3-0 victory. He then assisted the first two Jumbo goals during a four-goal first half in Sunday’s 4-0 NCAA Quarterfinal victory against Montclair State that sent the Jumbos to the “Final Four.”

 

 

 

Mary Hufziger, Swimming

Making her collegiate debut for the Tufts women’s swimming team in a dual meet against Middlebury College on Sunday, freshman Mary Hufziger broke a Hamilton Pool record with her 1:56.90 time to win the 200 freestyle. She also had the best time of the day in the 500 freestyle with a 5:14.14 finish. In two relays, she led off the 400 freestyle relay which had the fastest time of 3:40.32, and she swam the anchor leg of the winning 200 medley relay (1:49.92). These performances helped Tufts defeat the Panthers 167-116.

 

 

 

The men’s soccer team is headed to the Final Four once again and all because of two big wins this past weekend on Bello Field in Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight action.  On Saturday the Jumbos faced off with NESCAC foe Amherst, and after a scoreless first half junior Brett Rojas broke open the scoring with this goal that picked up play of the week honors: 

 

 

  Field hockey traveled to the Final Four this past weekend, picking up a 3-1 win over Johns Hopkins to advance to the Championship game on Sunday.  Unfortunately, the Jumbos fell to Middlebury on Sunday 2-0 and finished as the national runner-up.  

  Tufts men’s soccer defeated Amherst 3-0 in the NCAA Sweet 16 on Saturday behind goals from three different players. On Sunday the Jumbos scored four first half goals to down Montclair State, 4-0, and advance to the Final Four.  

  Men’s cross country finished 25th at the NCAA Championship in Wisconsin in their first appearance since 2015 and their 15th in program history. Senior Brian Reaney (Portsmouth, N.H.) was the Jumbos top finisher with a time of 25:34.5.  

  Women’s cross country placed 12th at the NCAA Championship in Wisconsin on Saturday. Senior Natalie Bettez (Bolton, Mass.) finished 45th overall to round out her great senior season. 

  Men’s basketball opened the 2018-2019 campaign by winning the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament at Roger Williams.  The Jumbos topped Saint Joseph’s of Maine, 88-83, on Friday and then Roger Williams 88-84 in the championship game Sunday. Freshman Carson Cohen (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored a team high 22 points in his collegiate debut and was named Tournament MVP. Sophomore Luke Rogers (Boxborough, Mass.) posted career-highs in points (32) and rebounds (17) in the win over Roger Williams and was named to the All-Tournament team and the NESCAC Player of the Week

 

 

  The No. 6 women’s basketball team opened the 2018-2019 season with a convincing 89-51 win over Springfield. Junior Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) led the Jumbos with 19 points and six assists against the Pride. Senior Katie Martensen (Simsbury, Conn.) was Tufts leading scorer in the Jumbos 90-30 victory over Lasell on Saturday. The Jumbos collected 58 rebounds against the Lasers.  

 

  The No. 27 men’s squash team defeated Wesleyan 8-1 in their season-opener on Saturday. Freshman Marco Rodriguez (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) won in his collegiate debut. The Jumbos then upset No. 23 Colby, 5-4, on Sunday. Senior Alan Litman (Merion, Pa.) picked up one of the Jumbo wins. 

  The No. 19 women’s squash team began their season with a 9-0 win over Wesleyan on Saturday. Junior co-captain Claire Davidson (Newport, R.I.) won a five-game battle in the number one spot. The Jumbos then defeated Colby 8-1 on Sunday. Senior Zarena Jafry (Bolton, Mass.) was one of eight Jumbos to win. 

  Men’s swimming and diving opened their season with a 168-89 victory against Middlebury on Sunday. Junior Roger Gu (Ashland, Mass.) and senior All-American Kingsley Bowen (Pepper Pike, Ohio) performed tremendously as they each picked up wins in multiple events including the 50 freestyle and 50 butterfly. Gu was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week.  

  Women’s swimming and diving won their season opener 167-116 against Middlebury on Sunday. Sophomore Abby Claus (Summit, N.J.) set a pool record with a time of 2:11.24 in the 200 individual medley. Sophomore Sasha Fong (Santa Rosa, Calif.) also set a pool record mark of 26.34 in the 50 butterfly.