This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 21 - 27

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Men’s Basketball

When: Tuesday at Lasell at 8 pm / Friday vs. Connecticut College at 7 pm / Saturday vs. Wesleyan at 3 pm
What You Need to Know: The second half of the NESCAC season begins this weekend as Tufts (8-10) hosts Connecticut College on Friday night and Wesleyan on Saturday. These will be the last home games of the regular season for Tufts. Currently 2-3 in the conference and tied for eighth place, the Jumbos are aiming for a home game in the conference tournament quarterfinals (top four teams) on February 16. This Friday the Jumbos welcome the Camels (6-11, 0-5 NESCAC), who are the league’s last place team. However, Saturday’s match-up is against a Wesleyan squad (13-4, 4-1) tied for first in NESCAC. The Jumbos’ week begins with non-conference action at Lasell (4-12) on Tuesday night.

Women’s Basketball

When: Tuesday vs. WPI at 7 pm / Friday at Connecticut College at 7 pm / Saturday at Wesleyan at 3 pm
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos (16-1, 3-1 NESCAC) remain a game behind undefeated Amherst and Bowdoin in the conference standings, with the Mammoths and Polar Bears facing each other on Saturday of this week. Tufts will look to take care of business on the road in NESCAC this weekend at Connecticut College and Wesleyan, who are both 2-3 in the league. The Jumbos are 9-0 away from home this season. On Friday against the Camels (11-6), Tufts will have to deal with the conference’s third-leading scorer in Sami Ashton (15.6 ppg). Saturday’s opponent from Wesleyan (10-6) includes NESCAC leading rebounder Tara Berger (9.8 per game). Before hitting the road, the Jumbos will host WPI (7-9) at Cousens on Tuesday night.

Women’s Fencing

When: Saturday at Northeast Fencing Conference Multi-Meet at Brown at 10 am
What You Need to Know:  The Jumbos begin Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) action with a meet at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island on Saturday where they will be one of seven teams. Tufts will fence against Boston College, Brandeis, host Brown, Dartmouth, MIT and Vassar in a long day of action that starts at 10 a.m. At the first NFC meet hosted by MIT on November 17 – where Tufts was not in action - Boston College won seven bouts followed by Brandeis and Brown with six victories each. The Jumbos are returning to action for the first time since December 4, when they opened the 2018-19 year with losses to Wellesley and Harvard in a tri-meet. A 15-12 victory over Dartmouth highlighted Tufts’ first NFC meet last season.

Hockey

When: Friday vs. Williams at 7 pm / Saturday vs. Middlebury at 3 pm
What You Need to Know: Tufts returns home to the Forum for the first time in a month and a half this weekend with games against Williams and Middlebury. With five of their next six games at home, the Jumbos (5-10-1, 2-7-1 NESCAC) are hoping to use some home cooking to get themselves into the mix for the conference tournament coming up in February. Tufts’ best win of the season thus far was a 6-2 final on November 30 at Williams (11-4-1, 7-2-1 NESCAC), who is currently second in NESCAC and receiving votes is the US College Hockey Online national poll. Juniors Machlan Sawden and Ross Delabruere had two points apiece for Tufts in the win. However, the Jumbos lost to Middlebury the next night 6-2. The Panthers (7-7-1, 4-5-1 NESCAC) are sixth in NESCAC. 

The Jumbo men's and women's track & field teams host the second annual Branwen Smith-King Invitational at the Gantcher Center on Saturday

Men’s Squash

When: Friday vs. Bates at Harvard at 6 pm / Saturday vs. Hobart at Mount Holyoke at 1 pm
What You Need to Know: With the NESCAC Tournament coming up next weekend, the Jumbos (4-7) will look to build some momentum when they host Bates on Friday evening at Harvard University. Tufts – ranked 24th in the College Squash Association (CSA) poll - is currently 3-4 against conference teams and will look to even the ledger against a Bobcat squad that is ranked 20th nationally. The Jumbos will have their work cut out for them, as the Bobcats won last year’s match 8-1 and have a 4-2 record against common conference opponents that the Jumbos are 2-4 against. On Saturday the Jumbos will look for a measure of revenge against a #27 Hobart squad that kept Tufts out of the Conroy Cup final at the CSA Team Championships last season with a 6-3 win.

Women’s Squash

When: Friday vs. Bates at Harvard at 6 pm / Saturday vs. William Smith at Mount Holyoke at 1 pm / Saturday at Mount Holyoke at 6 pm
What You Need to Know: Up to #17 in the College Squash Association (CSA) national poll, the Jumbos (5-4) finish their regular season this weekend with matches against #19 Bates, #24 William Smith and #25 Mount Holyoke College. Tufts will look to complete its schedule against NESCAC squads with a winning mark as they head into the Bates match with a 4-3 record in those games. The match will be a good indicator of where the Jumbos are at. Though Bates had a pair of 7-2 wins against Tufts last year during the regular season and in the CSA Walker Cup, the comparison of scores between the team’s common conference opponents this year is close to identical. For Saturday’s road trip to Western Massachusetts, Tufts faces William Smith and Mount Holyoke teams that they defeated 9-0 and 7-2 last year, respectively.

Men’s Swimming and Diving

When: Friday at MIT at 6 pm
What You Need to Know: With the championship season approaching for Tufts, there’s no better local measuring stick for the Jumbos than the MIT Engineers whom head coach Adam Hoyt’s team visits for a dual meet on Friday night. MIT is ranked fifth in the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association national poll, highest among five New England teams in the top 25. The Jumbos are 22nd in the rankings. Tufts swam in the annual MIT Invitational earlier this season and placed second behind only the host Engineers. Jumbo junior Roger Gu broke his own Tufts record in the 50 freestyle by swimming a 19.77 at MIT on December 1. Freshman Joseph Kim was a double-winner at the MIT Invitational with firsts in the 400 individual medley (3:59.95) and 200 backstroke (1:48.28).

Women’s Swimming and Diving

When: Friday at MIT at 6 pm
What You Need to Know: Last year’s much-improved fourth-place finish at the NESCAC Championships was looked at as the start of a resurgence for the Jumbos, and they backed that up by winning the MIT Invitational during the first semester this season. Tufts scored 1,777 points to top the host’s 1,684 total. One might think MIT will be looking to make amends when the squads go head-to-head on Friday night. The Engineers are ranked eighth nationally while Tufts is up to #11, another sign of Jumbo progress. The Jumbos set a pair of relay school records at MIT earlier this year, making history in the 800 freestyle relay with Grace Goetcheus, Mary Hufziger, Abby Claus and Colleen Doolan’s 7:36.47, and in the 200 medley relay with Jeanette Khowong, Lily Kurtz, Sasha Fong, and Hannah Spencer timing 1:44.72.

Men’s Track & Field

When: Friday and Saturday Branwen Smith-King Invitational at 4pm and 9 am / Saturday at BU’s Thomas Terrier Classic at 10:30 a.m. (tba)
What You Need to Know: Tufts returns home to host the second annual Branwen Smith-King Invitational at the Gantcher Center on Friday and Saturday. A healthy field of teams will be competing at Tufts including Amherst, Brandeis, Bridgewater State, Colby-Sawyer, Connecticut College, Emmanuel, Fitchburg State, Keene State, Merrimack, MIT, Plymouth State, Regis, Smith, Stonehill, Suffolk, Tufts, UMass Boston, Wellesley, Wentworth, Wesleyan, Wheaton, Worcester State, and WPI. The meet will start with a men’s heptathlon on Friday night, followed by a full schedule on Saturday. Boston University’s John Thomas Terrier Classic, regularly on Tufts’ schedule, is this weekend with the potential for the team to send some Jumbos there on Saturday. Entries are due today. 

Women’s Track and Field

When: Friday and Saturday Branwen Smith-King Invitational at 4pm and 9 am / Friday and Saturday at BU’s Thomas Terrier Classic at 1 pm / 11 am (tba)
What You Need to Know: Upon her retirement in 2017 following 35 years as Jumbo women’s cross country and track and field head coach and as an administrator for Tufts Athletics, the department and the track & field programs renamed the second home meet of the indoor season in Branwen Smith-King's honor. Affectionately called “The Bran,” it’s the second of four indoor meets at the Gantcher Center this season. New this year, the meet will include a pentathlon event on Friday before Saturday’s full schedule. Tufts also typically sends some competitors to Boston University’s John Thomas Terrier Classic which is being held this weekend. With declarations not due until later today, the team was uncertain at press time if any Jumbos will be in action on BU’s banked track this time around.

 

 

Josh Sarlo, Freshman, Hockey

Backed by Sarlo’s 59 saves, Tufts skated to a 1-1 tie at eighth-ranked Trinity College Friday night. That’s tied for the fourth-most saves by a Tufts goalie in team history and is the most stops by a Jumbo goaltender since All-American Scott Barchard posted 60 saves against the University of New England during the 2009-10 season. Sarlo made a remarkable 28 saves in the second period tonight.

 

 

 

Hannah Neilon, Freshman, Track & Field

Undefeated early in her Tufts track & field career, Neilson anchored the Jumbos’ 4x400-meter relay that posted a top 10 national time and also won the 600 meters race individually at Bowdoin College on Saturday. She joined freshman classmates Tara Lowensohn and Luana Machado as well as junior Julia Gake for a 4:02.87 time in the 4x4 that currently ranks seventh nationally. She won the 6 with a 1:37.42 mark.

 

 

 

  No. 6 women’s basketball began the week with a 65-49 non-conference victory over Worcester State led by 13 points from first-year Molly Ryan (Westfield, N.J.) on Wednesday night. Junior co-captain Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) also chipped in 12 points and five assists against the Lancers. The Jumbos also picked up a 72-51 NESCAC win against Bates on Saturday afternoon. The brown and blue scored 28 unanswered points to take charge of the game and were led by senior co-captain Jac Knapp’s (Westfield, N.J.) 15 points on 6-8 shooting from the floor.

The swimming and diving teams celebrated Seniors Day on Sunday after their races against Boston College. Among the 16 seniors saluted were women's tri-captains (l-r) Sydney Nasson, Madeline Lee and Ailish Dougherty

  Hockey got 59 saves from freshman goalie Josh Sarlo (Lynbrook, N.Y.) – the fourth-most in Tufts Hockey history - as they drew No. 8 Trinity 1-1 on Friday night. Junior Anthony Farinacci (Chatham, N.J.) netted the Jumbos’ goal early in the contest, his fifth tally in five games. Freshmen Trevor Spence (Medfield, Mass.) and Nick Schultze earned assists on Farinacci’s goal.  Sarlo was named the NESCAC Co-Player of the Week for his performance. 

  Men’s swimming and diving won 13 of 16 events as they defeated Wheaton 200.5-77.5 on Saturday afternoon. Senior Kingsley Bowen (Pepper Pike, Ohio) turned in a team-high three first-place finishes with the 200 medley relay and individually in the 50 freestyle, and the 100 butterfly. Freshman Tar Tar Jarusinchai (Nonthaburi, Thailand) also picked up multiple victories. 

  Women’s swimming and diving earned a 182-111 victory over Wheaton on Saturday afternoon. First-year Jeanette Khowong (Saratoga, Calif.) swam first-place marks in the 100 backstroke and with the 200 medley relay. Senior Colleen Doolan (Northbrook, Ill.) finished first overall in the 100 freestyle.  

  Men’s squash defeated Dickinson 5-4 on Monday led by an 11-5, 16-14, 9-11, 11-6 win in No. 4 play from senior Alan Litman (Merion, Pa.). Junior Connor Wind (Darien, Conn.) also won a tightly-contested match in No. 7 action by a margin of 11-7, 4-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-6. 

  Women’s squash knocked off Dickinson 7-2 on Monday afternoon. First-year Megan Chen (West Harrison, N.Y.) collected a 12-10, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8 victory in No. 3 action. Senior Zarena Jafry (Bolton, Mass.) won 11-9, 11-2, 11-6 in the No. 4 spot as well. 

  Men’s track and field competed on Saturday at the Bowdoin Invitational. Senior Colin Raposo (Burlington, Mass.) clocked a time of 4:19.73, which ranks him 19th among Division III runners in the mile event.  

  Women’s track and field participated in the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday. Tufts' 4x4 foursome of junior Julia Gake (Wilmington, Mass.), freshman Tara Lowensohn (South Burlington, Vt.), freshman Luana Machado (Methuen, Mass.) and freshman Hannah Neilon (Fitchburg, Mass.,) combined on a 4:02.87 time that has the #7 spot in the national rankings for the event.

  John Casey, one of the most respected and successful baseball coaches in the region during 36 years as head coach at Tufts University, will be inducted into New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Hall of Fame this spring. The ceremony will take place at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford on May 31, prior to the NEIBA All Star game. 

  Tufts mourned the passing of Ben Sands, a 1954 Tufts University graduate and the recipient of the Athletic Department’s first Brown and Blue Award last April, on January 10. A native of North Reading, Mass., Ben was a former hockey player and coach of the Jumbos who as an alumnus worked tirelessly to keep the program in good standing.