This Week In Tufts Athletics: September 10 - 16



When: Saturday at Hamilton at 1 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbos will travel to Clinton, N.Y. for their season opener against Hamilton. Last year the Jumbos hosted the Continentals in the season opener and won a nail-biter 35-28 in overtime. Tufts finished the season with a record of 5-4 which ranked sixth in the NESCAC. Offensively, the Jumbos averaged 396 yards per game which was the fourth most average yards, fifth in points at 26 points per game, and averaged about 21 first downs per game which was good for third. Senior quarterback Ryan McDonald will look to improve on his 11 touchdown-campaign a season ago. McDonald was also the team’s leading rusher last year, tallying 722 yards and four touchdowns. The teams leading receiver in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns in Jack Dolan returns for his senior year. Dolan also returned punts and kicks last year for Tufts. The offensive line lost some starters to graduation, so they will need players to step up to protect the quarterback between the trenches. Defensively, the Jumbos allowed 351 yards ranking sixth and recorded 30 sacks which was second best in the NESCAC. The defense graduated the team’s leader in sacks, but brings back junior Greg Holt, the teams leader in tackles with 84. The team leader in interceptions with two, senior Tim Preston returns for this defense. Watch out for Hamilton’s duo of quarterback Kenny Gray and Joe Schmidt who each led their team in touchdowns for their respected positions. On defense, the Continentals bring back tackling machines linebackers Tyler Hudson and Cole Burchill. Colby Jones led the secondary in tackles and tied for the team lead in interceptions a season ago for Hamilton.

Men's Soccer

When: Tuesday vs. Keene State at 7 pm, Saturday vs. Bates at 2:30 pm, and Sunday at Wheaton at 2:30 pm
What you need to know: After a 2-0 week for the Jumbos in which they haven’t not allowed a goal, they will start this week by hosting Keene State on Tuesday. Keene State is 2-2 on the season.  The Jumbos won 3-0 when the two teams played last year.  Key in on sophomores Isaiah Lovering and Jonah Smith who each lead the team in points with four apiece. Tufts hosts NESCAC opponent Bates (1-1) on Saturday. Last season, the Jumbos went 2-0 against the Bobcats including a win in the NESCAC Quarterfinal. The Bobcats are led by goaltender Robbie Montanaro who has picked up one shutout so far this season. Their week caps off in a non-conference contest at Wheaton (2-2). Wheaton and Tufts last played in 2014 with the Jumbos winning 2-0 in the Second Round of the NCAA Championship. The Lyons top scorer is Curran Wait with six points.

Women's Soccer

When: Wednesday vs. Wesleyan at 6:30 pm and Saturday vs. Bates at 12 pm
What you need to know: The women’s soccer team picked up three wins last week and will look to carry that momentum into this week.  The Jumbos host two conference contests this week, first against Wesleyan (2-1) on Wednesday and then versus Bates on Saturday. Wesleyan and Tufts played a season ago, with the Jumbos prevailing by a score of 1-0. The Cardinals top point scorers are Emily Ribatt and Liz Young. Later in the week, the Jumbos face off against Bates (2-0) whom they defeated 3-0 last year. Look for goalkeeper Katherine Nuckols to be tough to get past, having made seven saves on the season.

Field Hockey 

When: Tuesday at Babson at 6 pm and Saturday vs. Bates at 12 pm
What you need to know: The 13th ranked Jumbos opened their season on a good note with a 2-0 conference road victory at Colby. They now face a tough early season test when they travel to Babson to take on the seventh-ranked Beavers (4-0) on Tuesday night. Tufts was nipped 3-2 in overtime a season ago when they faced off with Babson. The Beavers Tori Roche has a team high 14 points through the team’s first four games, and Ashley Tango has 11 points so far.  The Jumbos will then host their first home game of the season in a conference matchup against Bates (0-1) on Saturday. The Jumbos fell 1-0 against Bates last year, and will look to get back in the win column this time around. The Bobcats bring back point leader Taylor Lough from a season ago. 


When: Wednesday vs. Brandeis at 7 pm, Friday at Bates at 7 pm and Saturday at Colby at 1 pm
What you need to know: The volleyball team went 3-2 in their opening week of play, with both losses coming to nationally-ranked opponents.   The Jumbos begin this week when they host Brandeis (5-2) on Wednesday. The Judges and Jumbos last played in 2016 with Tufts winning in straight sets. On Friday, the Jumbos will travel to Bates (2-1) to take on the Bobcats. These teams faced off two times in 2017 with the Jumbos going 2-0 including a win in the NESCAC Quarterfinal. The Jumbos will then head up to Colby (2-2) on Saturday. The Jumbos won the only contest they played a season ago.

Men's and Women's Cross Country

When: Saturday at Bates Invitational at Pineland Farms
What you need to know: Both the men’s and the women’s cross country teams will begin their 2018 campaign on Saturday.  Last year at this event the men finished second out of four total teams. Tufts brings back an abundance of veteran leadership and runners who consistently finished in the top seven last year. The Jumbos had seniors Dylan Jones and Colin Raposo finish in the top 15 overall at the event last season. On the women’s side the Jumbos placed first out of four last year. Seniors Natalie Bettez and Olivia Barnett placed third and eighth respectively for the Jumbos. Other Jumbos who were consistently in the top seven for the Jumbos a year ago were senior Kelsey Tierney, junior Lydia Heeley, and sophomore Carly Curcuru.


When: Saturday and Sunday at Duke Nelson Invitational at Middlebury 
What you need to know: The Golf Team teed off for the first time in 2018 at the Dietrick Invitational at Trinity College. After day one the Jumbos were third out of ten teams, and finished fourth after day two with a total of 310.  The fourth place finish was the best season-opening performance for the team in 11 years.  Senior Justin Feldman, juniors Brandon Karr and Ethan Sorkin, and freshman Mac Bredahl partook in the tournament. A season ago, the Jumbos finished fifth at the Duke Nelson Invitational. Karr shot one-over par at the Duke Nelson last year.


When: Saturday and Sunday, Women and Coed at New England Single-Handed Championship at Boston College and Coed at Hatch Brown Trophy at MIT 
What you need to know: This is the second weekend of contests for both sailing teams. The women’s sailing team placed sixth out of 13 teams at the Toni Deutsch Trophy this past weekend.  Jumbo sophomore Talia Toland finished second in the New England Single-Handed Championships last year. The coed sailing team finished 8th out of 16 at the Harry Anderson Trophy Event last season. Both teams will look to improve in this upcoming weekend’s races.

Men's Tennis

When: Saturday and Sunday at Middlebury Invitational 
What you need to know: The Jumbos travel to Middlebury to open their 2018 fall season. Tufts sophomore Boris Sorkin was selected to the All-NESCAC Second Team last spring and returns for his junior season. The Jumbos graduated five seniors, so there are opportunities for players to make an impact this season on the court. Tufts will partake in three other fall tournaments after the Invitational in preparation for the spring. 

Women's Tennis

When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Tufts Invitational 
What you need to know: The women’s tennis team will begin their 2018 fall season this weekend.  The Jumbos bring back plenty of players from last year’s team that advanced to the NCAA Regional Final.  Tufts will compete in two more tournaments in the fall to help prepare for the spring season. The Jumbos had two First Team All-NESCAC selections and one Second Team All-NESCAC selection last spring. 


Brandon Karr, Sophomore, Golf

The Jumbos had their best season-opening performance since 2007 and Karr led the way. Head coach George Pendergast’s Tufts team placed fourth at Trinity College’s Detrick Invitational, their best opening-weekend finish since the 2007-08 Jumbos were third at the Bowdoin Invitational. Karr shot a three-over 75 on Saturday and a one-over 73 for a 148 tournament total (+4) that placed ninth individually.





Sophie Lloyd, Sophomore, Women's Soccer

Sophomore Sophie Lloyd recorded a good season’s worth of statistics in the opening week for head coach Martha Whiting’s team. The Jumbos went 3-0 with wins over Emerson, Colby and Keene State, and Lloyd scored twice in all three games. She netted the game-winning goal in all three matches and added assists in the Emerson and Keene games to total six goals and two assists for 14 points (4.67 points per game).




Sophomore Max Jacobs came in clutch for the fifth-ranked men’s soccer team as he scored his first career goal to give the Jumbos a 1-0 overtime win over Colby to open up NESCAC play.  Classmate Travis Van Brewer set up Jacobs with a nice pass, giving Jacobs an opportunity for a great shot.  Watch it here:



  Men’s Soccer opened their season with wins over UMass-Boston and Colby.  Junior Gavin Tasker (Concord, Mass.), sophomore Mati Cano (Washington, D.C.), and sophomore Travis Van Brewer (Wilbraham, Mass.) each scored against UMass-Boston. Sophomore Max Jacobs (Cherry Hill, N.J.) scored the game winner in the 92nd minute to defeat Colby 1-0.   

  Women’s Soccer began their season winning all three of their games in the opening week.  The week started with a 4-0 win over Emerson. The Jumbos then blanked Colby, 2-0, to open NESCAC play. They wrapped up the week with a 5-0 win over Keene State in their home-opener on Sunday afternoon.  Sophomore Sophie Lloyd (Los Altos, Calif.) racked up 14 points this week, scoring twice in each of the three games and adding two assists.  

  The 13th ranked field hockey team opened their 2018 campaign with a 2-0 victory on the road against Colby. The Jumbos goals were scored by senior Hanaa Malik (Summit, N.J.) and sophomore Beth Krikorian (Windham, N.H.).  

  The volleyball team went 3-2 during their opening week of play, picking up wins over Clark, Oglethrope and Otterbein.  Their setbacks came to No. 25 Berry and No. 8 Emory.  They played four matches at the Emory National Tournament where senior Mackenzie Bright (Duxbury, Mass.) was named to the All-Tournament team.  

  The golf team opened up their 2018 campaign by finishing fourth in the Detrick Invitational which is the best finish in a season-opening tournament for the Jumbos in 11 years. Brandon Karr (West Bloomfield, Mich.) had a total score of 148, which was four over par for the tournament.  

  Coed sailing finished eighth out of 16 teams at the Harry Anderson Trophy at Yale. Women’s sailing finished sixth out of 13 teams at the Toni Deutsch Trophy at MIT.   


Written By Athletic Communications Intern Bryan Costello