This Week in Tufts Athletics: February 4 - 10

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Men’s Basketball

When: Thursday at Lasell, 8 pm / Sunday at Trinity, 2 pm
What You Need to Know: Entering the final week of the regular-season, the NESCAC standings are clogged with four teams who have two losses each at the top and three teams who have three victories apiece near the bottom. The Jumbos are in the middle at 4-5 (10-12 overall) heading into their conference finale at Trinity College (15-7, 4-4 NESCAC) on Sunday. It would take a mathematician to figure out the scenarios for the eight berths into the conference championship quarterfinals coming up February 16. However, the Jumbos should be safe if they can secure a win at Trinity. They also have a non-league make-up game at Lasell (5-15) on Thursday night after the original date was postponed due to a loss of power on the Lasell campus.

Women’s Basketball

When: Wednesday at Babson, 7 pm / Sunday vs. Trinity, 2 pm
What You Need to Know: After reaching 20 victories for the eighth straight season and 11th time in the last 12 years, Tufts (20-2, 7-2 NESCAC) finishes its regular-season with a pair of challenging games this week. Wednesday’s non-conference foe Babson (18-3) is receiving votes in the D3hoops.com national poll and leads the NEWMAC with an 11-2 league record. The Beavers are the last non-NESCAC team from New England to beat the Jumbos during the regular season with their 58-52 win at Tufts in February 2014. Trinity is perhaps the most improved team in NESCAC at 18-4 overall and 5-3 in the league. The Bantams, who are also receiving votes in the D3hoops poll, are fourth in NESCAC right behind the third-place Jumbos.

Women’s Fencing

When: Saturday Northeast Fencing Conference Meet at Carzo Cage, 10 am
What You Need to Know:  A large contingent of the local fencing community descends upon the Tufts University campus on Saturday when the Jumbos host Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) action inside Carzo Cage. The Jumbos will welcome teams from Boston University, Dartmouth, Sacred Heart, Smith, UMass, New Hampshire, Vassar and Wellesley. Tufts will play Wellesley at 10 am, Smith at 11 am, UMass at noon, Sacred Heart at 2:30 pm, New Hampshire at 3:30 pm and BU at 4:30 pm. The Jumbos, who lost to Wellesley 17-10 at Harvard to open their season back on December 4, hope the comforts of home will aid their efforts as they look to improve upon their 1-5 NFC record. In addition to the women’s varsity team, Tufts’ club men’s fencing squad will also be in action. 

The Jumbos host a Northeast Fencing Conference meet at Carzo Cage on  Saturday starting at 10 am

Hockey

When: Friday vs. Amherst, 7 pm / Saturday vs. Hamilton, 4 pm
What You Need to Know: The hockey regular-season goes one week longer than basketball in NESCAC so the Jumbos on ice have two weeks left. They are battling for one of the eight spots in the upcoming conference championship which starts February 23. Currently ninth in the league (5-13-2 overall, 2-10-2 NESCAC), they are just one point behind eighth-place Bowdoin. Tufts will play its final home games of the season this weekend at Valley Forum. The Jumbos lost at Amherst 6-1 on January 11 and fell 4-2 the next day at Hamilton. Both the Mammoths (9-6-4, 6-4-4) and the Continentals (9-9-2, 7-5-2) are tied for fourth in the league. On Saturday afternoon Tufts will salute senior Clay Berger is his final Tufts home game.

Women’s Squash

When: Friday through Sunday at NESCAC Championships at Trinity
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos are the most-improved team in NESCAC over the last few seasons and will get an opportunity to prove that point this weekend at the conference championships hosted by Trinity College. Last year for the first time in NESCAC Tournament history (2007-18), the Jumbos received an opening round bye. Though seeds and pairings for the 2019 tournament won’t be released until Wednesday, the Jumbos look to be in the same position. They posted a 5-3 record against NESCAC teams this year with wins over Wesleyan, Colby, Bowdoin, Connecticut College and Bates, and losses to Middlebury, Williams and Amherst. Seeded 10th or 11th in the tournament from 2010-16, the Jumbos jumped to sixth in 2017 and then fifth last year. The next step for the program is to win a conference quarterfinal match.

Men’s Swimming and Diving

When: Friday and Saturday at Boston Winter Open at Boston University, 6 pm and 2 pm
What You Need to Know: Idle last week, the Jumbos return to action this weekend at the Boston Winter Open. A new meet on the Tufts schedule, the Jumbos will face only Division I opponents as teams from the host Terriers, Boston College, Brown and Fairfield will be in attendance. It’s the final competition of the regular-season for Tufts prior to the NESCAC Championships coming up at Middlebury College February 22-24. Ranked 22nd in the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association poll, Tufts has 13 of the conference’s top times through January 29 including senior tri-captain Kingsley Bowen in the 50 backstroke (23.09), 100 backstroke (50.47) and the 100 individual medley (53.08). First-time conference champions last season, the Jumbos will turn their attention towards preparing for the NESCAC meet following this weekend’s event.

Women’s Swimming and Diving

When: Friday and Saturday at Boston Winter Open at Boston University, 6 pm and 2 pm
What You Need to Know: With their NESCAC meet just two weeks away (Feb. 15-17), the Tufts women’s team prepares for the start of the championship season at BU this weekend. They will face Division I competition from the host Terriers, Boston College, Northeastern and Fairfield. It’s been a year of great progress for the Jumbos, who are currently sitting right outside the top 10 in the College Swimming Coaches Association Division III poll at #11. They are ranked fourth regionally (Northeast-North) behind NYU, Williams and MIT. Tufts was eighth in the region following the 2018 season. Through January 29, the Jumbos had the NESCAC’s top times in four of the five relays including a pair of school records in the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay.

Men’s Track and Field

When: Friday and Saturday at David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University at 10:30 pm and 10:30 am / Saturday at Gordon Kelly Invitational at MIT, 12 pm
What You Need to Know: In their final weekend prior to the start of the championship season, the Jumbos will have competitors at both the BU and MIT venues. Entries are open until Wednesday morning so exact Jumbo line-ups are unavailable at the time of this release. The BU meet includes only a distance medley relay (DMR) on Friday night with a 10:40 pm start time. The full men’s meet schedule takes place on Saturday. The Jumbos ran a school-record 9:54.92 in the DMR at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational last season. The MIT meet on Saturday should be very competitive with Amherst, Bentley, Brandeis, Coast Guard, Emmanuel, Hampshire, Keene State, MIT, Mount Holyoke, Nichols, Plattsburgh, Regis, Smith, Southern Maine, Trinity, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, Wellesley and Williams expected to attend.

Women’s Track and Field

When: Friday and Saturday at David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University at 1 pm and 10:30 am / Saturday at Gordon Kelly Invitational at MIT, 12 pm 
What You Need to Know: According to Jumbo head coach Kristen Morwick, the team will have a small number of women competing at Boston University on Friday and then the rest of the team traveling to MIT on Saturday. Entries aren’t official for either meet until later today. BU’s banked track has been the site of many of Tufts’ top performances over the years and the Jumbos hope that trend continues this weekend. Last year at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational Tufts national champion Brittany Bowman ran a school record for the indoor mile (4:51.69). At the MIT meet the field includes many Division III teams who the Jumbos will prepare to face the following weekend at the New England Division III indoor championship.

* - Men's Squash is idle this week

 

Benji Wallace, Senior, Men’s Track & Field

Wallace matched his career-best in the pole vault by clearing 15’5” (4.70m) at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association meet on Friday at the Reggie Lewis Center. The performance is currently ranked 17th on the Division III national performance list and third in New England. In the meet featuring Division I, II and III competitors Wallace was seventh out of 19 entries and was the top DIII finisher.

 

 

 

Rhemi Toth, Junior, Women’s Track & Field

On Friday night, Toth split 4:57 for the 1,600-meter leg of the Jumbo distance medley relay which put down a 12:01.74 time at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championships in Boston. The mark is currently ranked third in Division III for the 2019 season. Then on Saturday at Tufts’ Cupid Challenge, Toth ran the anchor leg of the 4x800-meter relay in 2:17 as the Jumbo foursome finished in a team season-best 9:41.22 time.

 

 

 

Junior Lilly Paro was on fire on Saturday, sinking six three's on her way to a career-high 22 points.  Her performance earned her Play of the Week honors.  Watch it here: 

 

  Junior guard Lilly Paro (North Bethseda, Md.) netted a career-high 22 points in the Jumbos’ 79-44 NESCAC victory over Hamilton on Saturday afternoon. Seniors Jac Knapp (Westfield, N.J.) and Katie Martensen (Simsbury, Conn.) were honored for their accomplishments prior to the game. On Friday against Amherst, junior Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) scored a team-high 12 points. 

Tufts and Amherst met in a battle between top five women's basketball teams last Friday night at Cousens Gymnasium.

  Seventh-seeded men’s squash won 9-0 in their opening match against tenth-seeded Wesleyan in the NESCAC Championships. Junior Raghav Kumar (Redwood City, Calif) picked up an 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-7 victory in number one action. In the seventh-place match on Sunday, the Jumbos recorded a 5-4 win over Colby College. Junior Connor Wind (Darien, Conn.) collected the fifth win Tufts needed by a margin of 11-4, 11-2, 11-4 in number seven play. 

  Tufts men’s basketball junior guard Eric Savage (South Brunswick, N.J.) matched a career-high 27 points against Amherst on Friday night. Sophomore Luke Rogers (Boxborough, Mass.) recorded a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday against Hamilton. 

  On Friday night, the Tufts University hockey team hosted a Team IMPACT Awareness event at Valley Forum during its game against Connecticut College. Both the Jumbos and Camels celebrated their strong relationships with Team IMPACT – the outstanding non-profit founded by Jumbo alums that works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by pairing them with collegiate athletic teams.

  Seniors Anthony Kardonsky (Tenafly, N.J.) in the 60-meter dash and Josh Etkind (New City, N.Y.) in the 60-meter hurdles reached the semi-finals at the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championships (NEICAAA). Seniors Colin Raposo and Hiroto Watanabe both improved their nationally-ranked marks in 800 meters and mile run, respectively, at the Cupid Challenge. 

  Tufts women’s track and field competed in the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championships (NEICAAA) where the distance medley relay foursome of juniors Lauren Diaz (Summit, N.J.), Julia Gake (Wilmington, Mass.), senior Julia Noble (Hingham, Mass.) and Rhemi Toth (Weston, Conn.) combined for a time of 12:01.74 which ranks third nationally. 

  Meet Men’s Track Record-Breaking Hurdler and Space Exploration Enthusiast Josh Etkind in our latest Get To Know a Jumbo.