This Week in Tufts Athletics: November 27 - December 2

Men’s Soccer

When: Friday vs. Rochester at Greensboro, N.C. at 1:45 pm 
What you need to know: The men’s soccer team heads a bit south this weekend, heading down to North Carolina to compete in the NCAA Final Four.  The Jumbos (16-0-3) will face off with Rochester on Friday at 1:45 pm.  Coming into the weekend, the Jumbos have won games over Stevens, Amherst and Montclair State in the NCAA Tournament play and have outscored their opponents 8-0. The Jumbos will be playing in the Final Four for the third time in program history, and each of the two times before the Jumbos went on to win the National Championship.  But, first up for the Jumbos is Rochester (16-2-2) who is coming off a 2-1 win over top-ranked and previously undefeated, Messiah in Elite Eight action. The Yellow Jackets have averaged 1.85 goals per game and 13.4 shots per game. Senior midfielder Bryce Ikeda has a team-high seven goals and six assists for 20 points. Forward Aidan Miller, midfielder Josh Cooley and midfielder Ulrik Koren all have double-digit points for the Yellow Jackets this season. Defensively, Rochester has only allowed 12 goals on the year.  Senior backs Nik Angyal, Milan Fatschel and junior Christian Baltier lead the Yellow Jackets backline. Angyal has tallied six assists over the course of the season.  Senior goalie Patrick Conway has started all 20 games and recorded 55 saves. Tufts offense has ramped up the pressure as they have scored three or more goals in four of the past six games. They are averaging 2.16 goals per game and 19.1 shots per game. Junior forward Joe Braun leads the Jumbos with nine goals and 22 points. Fellow juniors Gavin Tasker and Brett Rojas, and sophomore Travis Van Brewer each have more than 10 points. The Jumbo defense has only let nine shots get past senior goalie Conner Mieth. Seniors Sterling Weatherbie and Jackson Najjar, and sophomore Biagio Paoletta have been a vital part of an experienced back line. Mieth has 51 saves and has posted nine shutouts. The winner of the Tufts/Rochester game plays the winner of Chicago (18-2-1) and Calvin (21-1) on Saturday at 2:30 pm for the national title. Chicago’s Max Lopez and Matthew Koh each have scored over 35 points this year. Calvin’s Bobby McCaw has recorded 52 points in the Knights explosive offensive attack. 

Men’s Basketball

When: Tuesday vs. WPI at 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday at New England Big Four Challenge
What you need to know: The men’s basketball team is off to a 2-1 start and will host their home opener against WPI on Tuesday night. The Engineers are currently 4-0 and have averaged 86.8 points per game and have scored over 85 points in three of four games this season. Five different players are scoring in double-digits for the Engineers so far this season, including guard Kahleb Downing who leads the team with 18 points a night.  Tufts defeated WPI last year, 88-67. After the midweek contest, the Jumbos will turn their focus to the New England Big Four Challenge on Saturday and Sunday at Babson.  Salem State and Brandeis play in the other game on Saturday.  Saturday’s winners and losers play on Sunday.  The Jumbos open up play against host Babson on Saturday afternoon.  The Beavers are averaging 82.6 points per game and are led by sophomore forward Andrew Jawroski and his 22 points a night. Helping that cause is senior Brandon Johnson who is averaging 10.8 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game.  The Jumbos and the Beavers didn’t play last year, but the season before the Beavers won in the championship game of the Big Four Challenge and in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.  On Sunday the Jumbos will play either Brandeis or Salem State . The Judges are off to a 3-1 start this year, their best start since the 2015-16 season.  Senior guard Corey Sherman is leading the offensive efforts with 13.3 points per game while three others are averaging double-digits points. The Jumbos beat the Judges, 76-74, last season behind a buzzer-beating three. Salem State has struggled a bit at the start of this season, with a 2-4 record.  Two of those losses have come to NESCAC teams as the Vikings have fallen to Williams (91-79) and Bates (93-73).   Two junior guards are leading the offensive efforts for the Vikings, as Sean Bryan is helping with 24.7 points per game and Hakeem Animashaun is turning in 15.8 points per game.  Last year the Jumbos faced off with Salem State in the opening round of the Big Four Challenge and fell, 77-67/.  The Jumbos are coming into the week with a balanced offense as five players are averaging 11 or more points per game through three games this season.  Freshman guard Carson Cohen is leading the offense with 17 points per game while sophomores Brennan Morris and Luke Rogers are both averaging 16.3 points per game.

Women’s Basketball

When: Friday and Saturday at Williams Tournament 
What you need to know: The No. 6 women’s basketball team is off to a hot start, with four wins under their belts.  Most recently the Jumbos scored the most points in program history in a big win over Brandeis.  The Jumbos will look to bring that momentum into this week as they have the week to prepare for the Williams Tournament on Friday and Saturday.  The weekend starts with an 8 pm game against New England College.  The Pilgrims come into the game with a 2-3 record. Junior guard Rene Hudson is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 16.2 points per game while Daieia Boutwell is helping with eight points a game. Saturday’s results will determine whether or not the Jumbos face off with Alfred or Williams on Saturday. Alfred is currently, 1-3 this season, with that lone win coming over Buffalo State before the Thanksgiving break.  Junior guard Jamie Wilcox is carrying the offense with 23 points per game. Williams is 2-2 this season  with wins over Skidmore and Eastern Connecticut State. Guards Maggie Meehan and Lauren Volstal are both averaging over 10 points a night. The Jumbos topped the Ephs, 47-40, when the two teams played last year.  The Jumbos come into the weekend averaging 91.8 points per game, and have three players averaging double-digit points.  As usual the Jumbos also boast a strong defense, allowing opponents just 46.3 points per game and forcing 21.3 turnovers per game.  

Hockey

When: Tuesday vs. Saint Michael’s at 7 pm, Friday at Williams at 7 pm and Saturday at Middlebury at 4 pm 
What you need to know: The hockey team picked up their first win of the season, and it was a shutout, downing St. Anselm 3-0 this past weekend.  The Jumbos are now 1-3 and will look to use that win to bring some momentum into a busy week.  The Jumbos start by hosting St. Michael’s on Tuesday at 7 pm. The Purple Knights are 1-6-1 and come into Tuesday’s game averaging 2.5 goals per game. Sophomore forward Brandon Mitchell has tallied a team-high six points. The Jumbos did not face off with St. Michael’s last year, but the two teams played the year before and they played to a 2-2 tie.   After the midweek contest the Jumbos will get ready to hit the road for a NESCAC weekend at Williams and Middlebury.  First up on Friday at 7 pm are the Ephs, who are 3-1 so far this season.  The Ephs offense has been solid, averaging 3.0 goals per contest. Senior forward Marcus Mollica has team-highs in goals (6) and points (7). Senior goalie Michael Pinios has collected 88 saves in net for the Ephs. The Jumbos and Ephs split the season series last year, with the Jumbos losing 4-2 early in the season but then beating the Ephs, 4-2, later in the season at home. After the Friday contest the Jumbos will travel up to Middlebury.  The Panthers are currently 2-2 this season, having split their opening NESCAC weekend with a win over Colby but a loss to Bowdoin.  Freshman forward Zach Shapiro has a team-high three goals. Junior goalie Brian Ketchabaw has started three of the Panther’s four games and has stopped 75 shots. Middlebury won, 2-0, the first time the two teams played last year, but they played to a 1-1 tie the second time they met.  

Men’s Swimming and Diving

When: Friday through Sunday at the MIT Invitational 
What you need to know:  After a season-opening dual meet win over Middlebury and a weekend off around Thanksgiving, the men’s swimming and diving team will head down the road to the MIT Invitational this Friday through Sunday.  The Jumbos finished third at last year’s invitational, behind the host Engineers and NYU.  There were six teams total last season at the event where senior Kingsley Bowen and junior Roger Gu were the most successful Jumbos. That duo picked up right where they left off, winning multiple events against Middlebury to begin the season. In the season opening meet freshmen Nate Tingen, Joseph Kim and Tar Tar Jarusinchai all won events in their collegiate debuts and will look to keep it going this weekend at MIT. The Jumbos have this weekend’s invitational and then a tri-meet with Wesleyan, WPI and Williams on December 8th to wrap up their first semester schedule. 

Women’s Swimming and Diving

When: Friday through Sunday at the MIT Invitational 
What you need to know: The women’s swimming and diving team also heads down the street this weekend for the three day MIT Inviational on Friday through Sunday.  The Jumbos are coming off a season-opening dual meet over Middlebury where they broke three pool records.  Mary Hufziger broke the 200 freestyle record, Abby Claus broke the 100 backstroke pool record and sophomore Sasha Fong broke the 50 butterfly pool record.  In addition to their pool records those three also were multiple event winners for the Jumbos against Middlebury.  Last season in the MIT Invitational, the Jumbos placed third out of seven total teams. 

Men’s Track and Field

When: Saturday at BU Sharon Colyer-Danville Season Opener
What you need to know: The men’s track and field team will open their season this weekend at Boston University for the Sharon Colyer-Danville Season Opener.  The Jumbos will likely send just part of their squad to BU on Saturday.  The Jumbos are coming off a season in which they wno the Division III Indoor New England Championships and sent a bunch of athletes to the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships.  Senior Hiroto Watanabe is back after earning All-American honors in the 800 meters last season.  The Jumbos also bring back most of their DMR foursome as senior Christian Swenson, junior Matt D’Anieri and senior Colin Raposo are all back after finishing eighth at the national event last winter.  Senior Anthony Kardonsky is also back with NCAA Championship experience under their belts.  The event at BU is the lone event on the schedule for the men this December.  They will be training and hit the ground running in January with two home meets in January and two in February that compliment and full and competitive indoor schedule.   

Women’s Track and Field

When: Saturday at BU Sharon Colyer-Danville Season Opener
What you need to know:  The women’s track and field team will start their season on Saturday with some of their squad heading to Boston University for the Sharon Colyer-Danville Season Opener and the others staying home for a brown vs. blue inter-squad scrimmage.  Heading to BU for the Jumbos will be seniors Natalie Bettez, Kelsey Tierney and Caitlin Porrazzo who will all be running in the 5K.  Competing in the 3K will be senior Jennifer Jackson and junior Nicole Kerrigan.  The Jumbos finished fourth at last year’s New England Division III Indoor Championships and sent two Jumbos to the national meet.  With a good amount of their squad back this season, the Jumbos are looking forward to the indoor season.  The event at BU is the lone event on the schedule for the Jumbos this semester, as they will train and prepare for a busy January and February that includes four home meets. 

Men’s Squash

When: Wednesday at Harvard at 6 pm, Saturday at Middlebury at 3 pm and Sunday at Williams at 3 pm
What you need to know: The No. 27 men’s squash team got off to a 2-0 start this season and will look to carry the momentum into a busy week.  The Jumbos start the week off against No. 2 Harvard on Wednesday at 6 pm. The Crimson defeated Northeastern 9-0 in their season opener, and that is the lone match they have played so far this year.  Sophomore Samuel Scherl often plays in the number one position for an experienced Harvard team. After the midweek contest the Jumbos will prepare for a NESCAC filled road weekend.  First up for the Jumbos will be a trip to No. 19 Middlebury on Saturday at 3 pm.  The match is the season-opener for the Panthers who finished last season with a 9-12 record. The Jumbos wrap up the weekend with a trip to No. 21 Williams for a 3 pm start with the Ephs.  Though the Ephs only have two matches and two wins under their belts, Jacob Basil has had a solid start to the season for the Ephs. 

Women’s Squash

When: Saturday at Middlebury at 3 pm and Sunday at Williams at 3 pm
What you need to know: The No. 19 women’s squash team is off to a 2-0 start and will look to stay undefeated with a big week of NESCAC matches. The Jumbos open the week traveling to No. 15 Middlebury on Saturday for a 3 pm match with the Panthers.  The match will be the first of the year for Middlebury, who finished last season with a 12-10 record. The Jumbos then will face No. 13 Williams on Sunday. The Ephs are 3-1 this season, and have won their last three matches. The last time the Jumbos faced off with the Ephs was back during the 2013-14 season and the Ephs won, 9-0.  

Drew Hotte, Sophomore, Men’s Hockey

Hotte made 21 saves to record the first shutout of his career helping the Jumbos post their first victory of the season 3-0 at defending Northeast 10 Conference champions Saint Anselm College on Friday. Nine of the stops came in the second period as the Jumbos held on to a 2-0 lead they had built in the first. Early in the 2018-19 season, Hotte is ranked third in NESCAC with a .942 save percentage and fourth with a 1.78 goals against average. He had 27 saves in a loss at Babson on Tuesday of last week.

 

 

Janette Wadolowski, Freshman, Women’s Basketball

In a pair of Tufts wins last week, Wadolowski averaged 16 points per game shooting 12 for 18 from the floor (.667). She grabbed 14 rebounds in the two games, including seven on the offensive end. When the Jumbos set a school record by scoring 110 points against Brandeis on Sunday, she led the way with 22 points off the bench, making seven of 12 field goals and all seven of her foul shots. The freshman also assisted five baskets. Through four games, Wadolowski is averaging 11 points per game and shooting 50 percent (17/34).

 

 

The hockey team picked up a pretty shutout win this past week, 3-0 at St. Anselms.  Taking home Play of the Week honors this week is freshman Nick Schultze with the third Jumbo goal of the game: 

 

 

  No. 6 women’s basketball opened the week with a 78-41 victory over Skidmore on Tuesday. Senior co-captain Jac Knapp (Westfield, N.J.) scored a team high 13 points for the brown and blue. On Sunday, Tufts scored a program high 110 points in a 110-63 win against Brandeis. The Jumbos had five players score in double figures against the Judges.   

  The hockey team split the week, falling to Babson on Tuesday but picking up a 3-0 win over St. Anselm on Friday.  Sophomore goalie Drew Hotte (Ambler, Pa.) recorded his first shutout collecting 21 saves in the 3-0 victory. Junior forward Anthony Farinacci (Chatham, N.J.) scored a goal and dished out an assist.  

  Senior quarterback Ryan McDonald was honored by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston as the 23rd Annual Joe Zabilski Award winner.  The award recognizes the top offensive and defensive players in Divisions II/III. 

  Seven members of Tufts University fall sports teams received 2018 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team honors on Tuesday.  Jumbos receiving the honor were Men's Cross Country senior Rory Buckman, Women's Cross Country senior Jennifer Jackson, Field Hockey junior Julia Todesco, Football senior Dan de Leon, Men's Soccer junior Zach Trevorrow, Women's Soccer senior Alex Aronson and Volleyball sophomore Jordan Kron.