This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 28 - February 3

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Men’s Basketball

When: Friday at Amherst at 7 pm / Saturday at Hamilton at 3 pm
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos (10-10) put themselves into contention for a home-court berth into the NESCAC playoffs with a pair of wins at Cousens Gym last weekend, including 75-71 against first-place and #25 ranked Wesleyan. Currently sixth in the conference at 4-3, Tufts will be challenged to hold that spot this weekend on the road at Amherst (15-3, 3-2 NESCAC) Friday and at Hamilton (16-2, 3-2) on Saturday. The Mammoths and Continentals were ranked 19th and sixth, respectively, in last week’s D3hoops.com national poll, though both lost to Colby this past weekend. Tufts will need to play better on the road, where they are 3-6 overall and 1-2 in NESCAC this season. 

Women’s Basketball

When: Friday vs. Amherst at 7 pm / Saturday vs. Hamilton at 3 pm
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos host rival Amherst College on Friday night at Cousens Gym in a meeting between top 10 teams in the nation. Tufts (19-1, 6-1 NESCAC) was sixth and Amherst (17-2, 4-1) was fourth in the D3hoops.com national poll last week. The teams have met in the last three conference championship games and in six NESCAC finals overall. However, both are currently looking up at undefeated and #1 ranked Bowdoin (19-0, 6-0) in the league standings. The Polar Bears have wins over both Tufts and Amherst this season. Saturday’s Tufts versus Hamilton game will be Seniors Day at Cousens Gym as the Jumbos salute Jac Knapp and Katie Martensen. The Continentals are last in NESCAC at 10-7 overall and 0-5 in the league. 

Hockey

When: Friday vs. Connecticut College at 7 pm / Saturday at Connecticut College at 7 pm
What You Need to Know: Tufts (5-11-2, 2-8-2 NESCAC) plays a home-and-home series against the Camels this weekend including Friday night at the Forum. Currently ninth in NESCAC, the Jumbos will look to earn some points against a Connecticut College team that is last in the league with a winless 0-11-1 mark (4-13-1 overall). The Camels have lost six games in a row entering Friday night. That evening at Valley Forum is the Jumbos’ Team IMPACT Awareness game as both Tufts and Conn celebrate their relationships with Team IMPACT, which works to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by pairing them with collegiate athletic teams. The teams will turn around and play in New London, Connecticut on Saturday night. 

Men’s Squash

When: Friday through Sunday NESCAC Championships at Middlebury
What You Need to Know: Jumbo Squash jumps into the post-season when it plays at the NESCAC Championship hosted by Middlebury College Friday through Sunday. Seeds and pairings won’t be announced until Wednesday. Tufts went 1-2 in the tournament last year with losses to Bowdoin and Connecticut College, and a win over Wesleyan. As a sign of their improvement this season, the Jumbos beat both Wesleyan and Conn and had a narrow 5-4 loss to Bowdoin. Trinity College has won all 11 NESCAC Championships since the event started in 2007. Williams College is a nine-time runner-up. The Bantams are currently ranked fourth nationally and Williams is #19. Tufts (5-8) has the #24 spot in the College Squash Association poll.

Men's Squash enters its championship season this weekend as the Jumobs head to Middlebury College for the NESCAC Championships

Women’s Squash

When: Tuesday at Harvard at 6 pm
What You Need to Know: After the Jumbos’ match at Franklin & Marshall on January 20 was canceled due to winter weather, the team added a match against Harvard this Tuesday as a make-up. The Crimson are the second-ranked team in the nation. With Tufts coming off a three-win weekend including a 6-3 victory over 19th ranked Bates, the Harvard match will sharpen their skills as they prepare for the start of the championship season. For the first time, the NESCAC men’s and women’s championships are being held on different weekends at different sites. The women’s team will travel to Trinity College for their conference championship February 8-10.

Men’s Track & Field

When: Friday and Saturday New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championships at 10 am and 10 am / Saturday Cupid Challenge at 11 am
What You Need to Know: At the time of this release, the team was uncertain if they would be sending anyone to the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) Championships. They did not compete at the meet last season. This year's event is being held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, a venue Tufts is very familiar with which will also be the site of the NCAA Division III Championships in March. Tufts will also host an event for the second straight weekend and third time in four weeks at the Gantcher Center with Saturday’s Cupid Challenge. A strong field of teams including Amherst, Brandeis, Connecticut College, Middlebury, MIT, Stevenson, SUNY Geneseo, Trinity, Williams and WPI will compete in the men’s meet. 

Women’s Track and Field

When: Friday New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championships at Reggie Lewis Center (Boston) at 6:20 pm / Saturday Cupid Challenge at 11 am
What You Need to Know: As the calendar turns to February, the Jumbos will take their first taste of championship competition at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association (NEICAAA) meet featuring many of the best competitors from Divisions I, II and III in the region. Tufts will run a distance medley relay (DMR) foursome at the meet on Friday night at 6:20 pm. It will be the first DMR race of the year for the Jumbos. Tufts’ DMR was 10th nationally indoors last season. At the Cupid Challenge at the Gantcher Center on Saturday, Tufts will have its full squad in action. Wellesley College will join the teams mentioned in the men’s preview as Jumbo opponents.

* - Women's Fencing and Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving are idle this week

 

Brennan Morris, Sophomore, Men’s Basketball

For the second time in the last three weeks, Morris was the key to a big home NESCAC victory. On Saturday against a #25 Wesleyan team that was tied for first in the conference, Morris’ three-pointer with 1:45 remaining gave Tufts a two-possession lead. He then made clutch free throws down the stretch in a 75-71 win. Morris finished with a team-high 20 points after scoring 16 in Friday night’s win over Connecticut College.

 

 

 

Megan Chen, Freshman, Women’s Squash

A freshman playing in the #3 position for the 17th-ranked Jumbos, Chen won all three of her matches during the weekend as Tufts finished its regular-season with an 8-4 record. In the team’s very competitive 6-3 win against conference foe Bates on Friday, Chen had the easiest victory with an 11-4, 11-7, 11-8 final. The team victory gave the Jumbos a winning 5-3 record against NESCAC teams this year. Chen surrendered just 10 points in her Saturday win against William Smith.

 

 

 

Sophomore Brennan Morris knocked down two threes that helped the men’s basketball team knock of No. 25 Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon.  And it earned him Play of the Week honors.  Watch it here: 

 

  Men’s basketball opened the week with a 91-87 conference victory over Connecticut College on Friday night. Junior captain Eric Savage (South Brunswick, N.J.) recorded a double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds against the Camels. Sophomore Brennan Morris (East Hempstead, N.H.) netted a team-high 16 points. Morris then scored 20 points on Saturday afternoon as the Jumbos knocked off No. 25 Wesleyan 75-71. Sophomore Justin Kouyoumdjian (La Canada, Calif.) added 16 points and four three-pointers. 

Men's basketball had the win of the week as they built a 20-point lead and then held on to beat #25 Wesleyan 75-71 at Cousens on Saturday

  Sixth-ranked women’s basketball began the week with a 68-31 non-conference victory over WPI led by 13 points from first-year Janette Wadolowski (Southington, Conn.) on Tuesday night. The Jumbos also recorded a 66-45 NESCAC win against Connecticut College on Friday night. Junior co-captain Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) netted team-highs in points with 18 and rebounds with seven. The brown and blue ended the week with a 71-48 conference victory at Wesleyan. Senior co-captain Jac Knapp (Westfield, N.J.) scored 23 points and went 15-16 from the foul line. 

  The Jumbo women’s fencing team posted 3-3 records in both foil and sabre events at the Northeast Fencing Conference meet hosted by Brown on Saturday. Both weapons won over Dartmouth. The foil trio also defeated Brandeis and MIT, while the sabres won against Vassar and Brandeis. Senior co-captain Zoe Howard finished the day with an 11-7 record in foil.

  Hockey got goals from sophomore Tom Tresca (Newton, Mass.) and junior Machlan Sawden (Old Lyme, Conn.) in the Jumbos’ 2-2 tie against Middlebury on Saturday night. Freshman goalie Josh Sarlo (Lynbrook, N.Y.) recorded 22 saves in the contest.  

  Men’s squash recorded an 8-1 victory over Hobart College on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Konrad Ladow (Evergreen, Colo.) picked up a hard-fought 14-12, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8 win in No. 2 play. Senior Aidan Porges (Philadelphia, Pa.) played in No. 9 action and won 11-6, 11-7, 11-0.  

  Women’s squash defeated NESCAC opponent Bates 6-3 on Friday. Senior Chista Irani (Mumbai, India) recorded an 11-9, 3-11, 11-4, 11-7 victory in No. 9 action. The Jumbos followed up that performance with an 8-1 win over William Smith on Saturday. Sophomore Julie Yeung (San Jose, Calif.) picked up an 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 win in No. 2 play. Later on Saturday, the Jumbos topped Mount Holyoke 8-1. Junior Catherine Shanahan (Cincinnati, Ohio) won 11-2, 11-4, 11-2 in No. 5 action. 

  Junior Roger Gu collected two first-place victories in men’s swimming & diving’s meet at MIT Friday night. He won in the 50 freestyle in which he clocked a time of 20.31 and in the 100 freestyle (44.96). Senior Kingsley Bowen picked up the other Jumbo win in the 100 backstroke (51.90) and posted a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle (47.68).

  At the women’s swimming & diving meet at MIT on Friday night, the Jumbos got first-place finishes from sophomores Sook-Hee Evans in the 1,000 freestyle (10:49.70) and Sasha Fong in the 100 butterfly (57.87), as well as from first-year Mary Hufziger in the 500 freestyle (5:16.43). 

  Men’s track and field won the Branwen Smith-King Invitational at home, finishing first out of 19 teams. Senior Benji Wallace (Milwaukee, Wis.) delivered a victory in the pole vault, after clearing 14’11” (4.55m). The Jumbos also got first-place finishes from junior Kevin Quisumbing (Los Angeles, Calif.) and freshman Tommy Bhangdia (Lewisburg, Pa.).  

  Women’s track and field placed second out of 19 teams at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational. Junior Rhemi Toth (Weston, Conn.) ran a top-10 national time after clocking a 5:02.47 in the mile event. Senior Natalie Bettez (Bolton, Mass.), junior Lauren Diaz (Summit, N.J.), and freshman Luana Machado (Methuen, Mass.) also recorded first-place finishes. 

  Last Wednesday, Tufts announced the ten outstanding student-athletes, coaches and administrators along with two memorable teams who have been selected as the second class of inductees to the Tufts University Athletics Hall of Fame. They are Harry Arlanson, Jeanne Ashworth, Bob Backus, Tamara Brown, Greg Davis, Kate Donovan, Dorie Ellis, Jim Lilley, Dan Morse Mary Sanborn, the 1976 Dinghy Sailing Team and the 1985 women’s lacrosse team. The 2019 class will be introduced at the Tufts Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Dinner at Cousens Gym on Saturday, April 13. John Baronian will also be posthumously presented as the Brown and Blue Award recipient that evening. 

   Tufts Swimming senior Colleen Doolan checks all the boxes when it comes to being a true student-athelte. Meet her in this week's Get To Know a Jumbo.