This Week in Tufts Athletics: March 18 - 24

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Baseball

When: Monday at Guilford, 3 pm / Tuesday at Averett, 2:30 pm / Wednesday at Methodist, 4 pm / Thursday at Christopher Newport, 3:30 pm / Friday at Lynchburg, 3 pm / Sunday at Randolph-Macon, 3 pm.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos are in the Mid-Atlantic states on their annual spring break trip. After starting the trip off by winning four out of five games at War Memorial Stadium in Hampton, Virginia over the weekend, the team plays on six of seven days this week. Like the Jumbos themselves, Wednesday’s opponent Methodist is earning votes in the most recent Collegiate Baseball Newspaper national poll. The Monarchs enter the week with a 17-3 record. On Thursday the Jumbos are at Christopher Newport University (13-2), ranked 16th in the poll. The week will end at Randolph-Macon (5-2), #7 in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper rankings. The Jumbos are off to a fantastic start offensively, hitting .351 as a team and averaging 12.6 runs per game.

Men’s Lacrosse

When: Tuesday at Stevenson, 7 pm / Saturday vs. Trinity, 1 pm.
What You Need to Know: Tufts renews its rivalry with Stevenson University during its annual spring break trip to Maryland and then returns home for a NESCAC game against Trinity. Last year’s Tufts-Stevenson match-up was cancelled due to weather, but the teams have gone back and forth during the seven-year history of the series. Neither team has won back-to-back games. The Jumbos won 16-13 in 2017 including seven points scored by current senior John Cordrey. The Mustangs are 1-5 so far in 2019. Trinity is off to a 0-2 start in NESCAC (2-2 overall), but they played to a 20-19 final against #13 in the nation Bates College (3-0 NESCAC) this past Saturday. Bantam Ben Knaus has 13 assists this season to rank fourth in the league.

Women’s Lacrosse

When: Wednesday at TCNJ, 4:30 pm / Saturday at Trinity, 1 pm / Sunday vs. Endicott, 2 pm.
What You Need to Know: Undefeated through their first four games, the #10 Jumbos have a busy week which includes a trip to New Jersey and back-to-back games on the weekend. On Wednesday Tufts plays at College of New Jersey, a national semi-finalist last season which opened 2019 at #3 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll. Currently 11th in the rankings, the Lions are 4-2 this year with losses to Haverford (12-10) and Amherst (11-6). Tufts will pllay at #9 Trinity – the five-time NESCAC champions – on Saturday. The Bantams knocked Tufts out of the conference tournament in the quarterfinals last season (12-10), so revenge will be in play. The Endicott team that comes to Bello on Sunday has a 2-2 record entering the week including a close 9-7 final versus Williams College from NESCAC.

Co-ed Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday Friis Trophy Team Race (at Roger Williams), 10:30 am / Saturday and Sunday Szambecki Team Race (at Old Dominion), 10:30 am / Saturday and Sunday Vietor Trophy (at Coast Guard), 10:30 am.
What You Need to Know: After a rare weekend free of major regattas, the Jumbos will compete in three this week. It’s team racing season as they prepare for the New England Team Racing Championships coming up April 6-7. The Aaron Szambecki Team Race in Virginia is an inter-conference event which will feature teams from College of Charleston, Jacksonville, George Washington, Harvard, Navy, Old Dominion, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Stanford and US Merchant Marine Academy. College of Charleston is the defending Intercollegiate Sailing Association Team Racing national champions. The Friis regatta honors former Tufts faculty adviser Jan Friis, and was previously sailed in Larks on Upper Mystic Lake in Medford. Lake conditions in late March forced the move of the event which mostly features New England teams. The Vietor Trophy is a typical dinghy in-conference regatta.

Women’s Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday Duplin Trophy, 10:30 am.
What You Need to Know: Tufts hosts the annual Duplin Trophy out of the Bacow Sailing Pavilion on Upper Mystic Lake this weekend with races starting on both days at 10:30 am. The event honors former Jumbo head coach and sailing icon Joe Duplin. Tufts’ sailing facility is located at 481 Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford. The other seven teams scheduled to attend are Boston College, Boston University, Brown, Harvard, MIT, Northwestern and Rhode Island. Host Tufts was second at last year’s event with current team members Taylor Hart, KK Newsham, Lindsay Powers and Talia Toland contributing. The Jumbos tied first-place Yale with 9-4 records, but Yale won on a tie-breaker. With the defending champion Bulldogs not on the roster of teams racing at the Duplin this season, a new winner will be crowned.

Softball

When: Monday vs. Plattsburgh (at Clermont, Fla.), 4 pm / Monday vs. Grinnell (at Clermont, Fla.), 6:15 pm / Tuesday vs. Rowan (at Kissimmee, Fla.), 12 pm / Tuesday vs. St. Joseph’s (LI) (at Winter Haven, Fla.), 2:15 pm / Thursday vs. Marian (at Clermont, Fla.), 3:45 pm / Thursday vs. Ramapo (at Clermont, Fla.), 6 pm / Friday vs. Wisconsin-Superior (at Clermont, Fla.), 9:30 am / Friday vs. St. Olaf (at Clermont, Fla.), 2 pm / Saturday vs. Wisconsin-Eau Claire (at Clermont, Fla.), 2 pm / Saturday vs. St. Thomas (Minn.) (at Clermont, Fla.), 4:15 pm / Sunday vs. Wisconsin-Stout (at Clermont, Fla.), 9:30 am.
What You Need to Know: After opening their season with double-headers on both Saturday and Sunday (and winning all four games), the Jumbos play 11 games in Florida over the next seven days. Wednesday is the only off-day. They play double-headers on every other day besides Sunday, when they have a single game. Tufts will see a Rowan team on Tuesday that advanced to the NCAA Championship round last spring and is currently ranked 12th nationally. Perennial NCAA power St. Thomas, currently ranked fourth, will be one of Saturday’s opponents. Tufts will get a good taste of national competition overall during the week with other games against Grinnell, Marian, Wisconsin-Superior, St. Olaf and Wisconsin-Stout.

Roger Gu is the top seed in both the 50 and 100 freestyles at the NCAA Championships this week.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

When: Wednesday through Saturday NCAA Championships (at Greensboro, N.C.), 10 am Trials / 6 pm Finals.
What You Need to Know: Tufts will send 13 swimmers to compete at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's Swimming and Diving Championships starting Wednesday in Greensboro, North Carolina. The 13 NCAA qualifiers are two more than the team had last year when they finished seventh at the NCAA meet, the best by the Jumbos since 1982 when Tufts was sixth. Jumbos will compete in 13 NCAA events overall this week. Making the trip will be seniors Kingsley Bowen and Noah Cagley, juniors Costa Camerano, Roger Gu and Matt Manfre, sophomores JJ Batt, John Koster, Nathan Mitchell, Tyler Tatro, and Lomax Turner and freshmen Tar Tar Jarusinchai, Nate Tingen and Victor Volbrechthausen. Visit the NCAA DIII Swimming & Diving Championships website at http://www.odaconline.com/ncaachampionships/swimdive/index.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

When: Wednesday through Saturday NCAA Championships (at Greensboro, N.C.), 10 am Trials / 6 pm Finals.
What You Need to Know: It’s a new era for the Tufts women’s swimming & diving program as the Jumbos earned their best-ever finish of second at the conference championship last month and will now send 10 swimmers to compete at the 2019 NCAA Championships starting on Wednesday. Symbolic of the young talent in the program, it's the first NCAA appearance for each of the Jumbos except senior Colleen Doolan. Making their first national trip will be junior Grace Goetcheus, sophomores Abby Claus, Sasha Fong, Lily Kurtz and Amy Socha, and freshmen Emma Donchi, Mary Hufziger, Jeanette Khowong and Hannah Spencer. Doolan was an honorable mention All-American (12th place ) in the 200 butterfly for her freshman season. This is her third NCAA meet overall. Visit the NCAA DIII Swimming & Diving Championships website at http://www.odaconline.com/ncaachampionships/swimdive/index.

Men’s Tennis

When: Monday vs. Denison (at Claremont, Calif.), 1 pm / Tuesday at Pomona-Pitzer, 1:30 pm / Thursday vs. George Fox (at Claremont, Calif.), 1 pm / Saturday at Redlands, 2 pm (all time PDT).
What You Need to Know: Tufts (1-2) is in California on its annual spring break trip. Ranked at #22 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division III poll, the Jumbos will face four teams also in the ITA top 35 this week. After starting their California schedule with matches on Saturday and Sunday, Tufts continues a busy beginning to their week on Monday and Tuesday. They play against #24 Denison on Monday. Tuesday’s match against #14 Pomona-Pitzer – which will be Tufts’ fourth in as many days - features the potential match-up of Tufts’ Boris Sorkin, ranked #1 in singles nationally by the ITA, and 10th-ranked Jed Kronenberg of the Sagehens. After taking Wednesday and Thursday off from match play, the Jumbos finish the week against #28 George Fox and #34 Redlands.

Women’s Tennis

When: Monday at Redlands, 5 pm / Tuesday at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 2:30 pm Friday vs. Williams (at Whittier), 3 pm Saturday at Pomona-Pitzer, 12 pm (all times PDT).
What You Need to Know: No team at Tufts plays a more challenging national schedule than women’s tennis and the Jumbos will see three of the top five teams in the nation this week in California. After beginning spring break week at #31 Redlands on Monday, Tufts will take on #2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Tuesday, fifth-ranked NESCAC foe Williams College on Friday and #4 Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday. The Jumbos are at #8 in the DIII poll. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps is the defending national champion and Williams College has won eight of the last 11 NCAA titles (as well as four straight NESCAC crowns and nine overall). The Jumbos prepped for their spring trip with a NESCAC match against Trinity on March 10, winning 8-1. Freshman Maggie Dorr started the season at #1 for Tufts and won 6-1, 6-2 that day.

Men’s Track & Field

When: Thursday and Friday at Aztec Invitational (at San Diego State University), 11 am and 8:30 am / Saturday at PLNU Collegiate Invitational (at Point Loma Nazarene University), 9 am (all times PDT).
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos are spending spring break week in San Diego. After competing in the Ross & Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) last Saturday, Tufts competitors will see in action in two meet this week. Freshman Ben Stein will compete in the decathlon at San Diego State University’s 41st Annual Aztec Invitational on Thursday and Friday. The Jumbos will also return to the scenic PLNU campus for the PLNU Collegiate Invitational on Saturday. Tufts will get an early look at both Middlebury and Williams as well as many California schools (though there is not a confirmed list of attendees). The Jumbos posted 21 nationally-ranked marks at last Saturday’s meet and will look to add to that total this weekend.

 

Casey Santos-Ocampo, Senior, Baseball

Santos-Ocampo homered in his first at bat of the season against Brandeis on Monday and continued to have a great opening week for the Jumbos. He had hits in all five games and scored multiple runs in four of the five, including four runs against Brandeis and three versus Castleton. He was .368 / .571 / .737 with 11 runs scored and seven rbis for the five games. He also had a home run in Friday’s win over Castleton.

 

  

Colette Smith, Freshman, Women's Lacrosse

In the team’s home debut against Colby on Saturday at Bello Field, Smith was the centerpiece of #10 Tufts’ offense in a 15-8 victory over the #8 Mules. She scored five goals with two assists in the 15-8 win. When Colby closed within 11-7 in the second half, Smith assisted on a Tufts goal and then scored the next one to put the Jumbos back in control. She also had four goals in Monday’s 17-4 victory at MIT.

 

 

 

  No. 3 Men’s Lacrosse (6-0, 2-0 NESCAC) opened the week with a 13-5 non-conference victory over Endicott College on Tuesday night at Bello Field. Sophomore Max Waldbaum (Denver, Colo.) led the way for the Jumbos’ offense with three goals. Junior Matt Trebier (Medfield, Mass.) dished out a team-high two assists and scored two goals against the Gulls. Junior goalie Mason Pollack (Arlington, Va.) recorded 17 saves for his fifth win of the year. The Jumbos then came from behind for a 13-11 NESCAC win over Colby on Friday night, a game in which they were down 11-9 in the fourth quarter. Senior Danny Murphy (Hauppage, N.Y.) recorded five points with three goals and two assists. Junior Nick Shanks and Waldbaum also netted two goals against the Mules.

  No. 10 Women’s Lacrosse (4-0, 2-0 NESCAC) defeated MIT 17-4 in a non-conference game on Monday night. First-year Colette Smith (Moorestown, N.J.) netted a team-high four goals against the Engineers. Junior Emily Games (Wayne, Pa.) also netted a hat-trick and dished out an assist. Then in their home opener, the Jumbos topped No. 8 Colby 15-8 on Saturday afternoon led by five goals and two assists from Smith. Games scored three goals and dished out an assist. Catherine Lawliss, Dakota Adamec, and first-year Kathryn Delaney (Boxford, Mass.) each put two balls in the back of the net. Senior goalie Audrey Evers (San Francisco, Calif.) was excellent with 13 saves.

Sophomore Kristi Van Meter struck out an Amherst batter with the bases loaded to end Softball's 4-3 victory over the Mammoths in Florida on Saturday.

  Baseball (4-1) opened their season on Monday night with a 17-15 victory over Brandeis. Junior Justin Mills (Highland Park, Ill.), senior Casey Santos-Ocampo (Naples, Fla.), and senior Harrison Frickman (Charleston, S.C.) each hit a home run for the Jumbos. Santos-Ocampo scored a team-high four runs. Tufts then started its spring trip facing Castleton on Friday and recorded a 17-2 win. Sophomore Brandon Bay (Encinitas, Calif.), freshman Peter DeMaria (Chatham, N.J.), and Santos-Ocampo each drove in three runs against the Spartans. Senior R.J. Hall (Marietta, Ga.) pitched five innings and allowed one earned run. DeMaria then drove in a team-leading four runs against Apprentice School in Tufts’ 14-3 victory later on Friday. Junior Brent Greeley (West Chester, Pa.) pitched seven shutout innings. The Jumbos fell 8-7 to Stevens on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Sriharsha Bollu (Allentown, Pa.) pitched four innings and struck out five Stevens batters. Tufts finished the week with an 8-4 win over St. Vincent on Sunday. Juniors JP Knight (Boston, Mass.) and Elias Varinos (Middletown, Mass.) each drove in a pair of runs. Sophomore Manny Ray (Beford, N.H.) recorded his first collegiate win on the hill with five solid innings.

  Softball (4-0) began their season in Florida against familiar foe Amherst College and won 4-3 on Saturday afternoon. Sophomores Mia Steinberg (Larchmont, N.Y.) and Sofia Molina (Pleasanton, Calif.) drove in runs for the Jumbos. Sophomore Kristina Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) recorded the pitching victory with 6.2 innings pitched and seven strikeouts, and classmate Kristi Van Meter (Amston, Conn.) got the final out with a bases-loaded strikeout. Junior Maggie Lebinski (Monroe, Conn.) scored two runs to lead Tufts to a 3-1 victory over Mount Saint Mary on Saturday afternoon. Senior Kristen Caporelli (Taunton, Mass.) had a team-high two rbis against the Knights. Van Meter went four strong innings earning the win and junior Gillian O’Connor (Montgomery, N.J.) recorded a three-inning save. They combined to only allow four hits. Sophomore Emma Della Volpe (Concord, Mass.) and Steinberg each drove in two runs in the Jumbos’ 7-3 victory against conference foe Hamilton on Sunday. Haghdan went four innings and earned the win, while Van Meter recorded her second save of the year after three innings of work. In the Jumbos’ final game of the week, O’Connor threw a complete game from the circle as Tufts defeated Rutgers-Camden 9-3. Junior Casey Maggiore (North Hampton, N.H.) hit a homer and drove in two runs for the brown and blue. Caporelli also drove in a pair of runs against Rutgers-Camden.

  Men’s Track and Field competed in the Ross and Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet at Point Loma Nazarene University on Saturday afternoon and finished fifth in the team scoring. Senior Benji Wallace (Milwaukee, Wis.) put up a top-five national pole vault mark, recording a 14”11 (4.55m) best. Junior Kevin Quisumbing (Los Angeles, Calif.) also recorded a top 10 national ranking with his 47'9 ¾” (14.57m) throw in the shot put. The Jumbos’ 4x100-meter relay team of freshmen Riley Patten (Groton, Mass.) and Sam Oomen-Lochtefeld (Hingham, Mass.), junior Billy Witrock (Port Jefferson, N.Y.), and senior Thomas Doyle (Los Altos, Calif.) clocked a time of 3:25.51 which was 11th nationally. Witrock also finished in the top 10 in the 400-meter hurdles after posting a 55.93 mark.

  Women’s Track and Field competed in the Alan Connie / Shamrock Invitational in South Carolina on Friday and Saturday. Senior co-captain Evelyn Drake (Munfreesboro, Tenn.) posted a top 10 national finish in the hammer throw on Friday with a 138”11 (42.35m) mark. On Saturday, Tufts’ 4x4 relay team of first-years Tara Lowensohn (South Burlington, Vt.), Hannah Neilon (Fitchburg, Mass.), Luana Machado (Methuen, Mass.), and Julia Worden (Windham, N.H.) clocked a 4:09.58 time which ranked 10th best in Division III. Senior co-captain Trish Blumeris (Chelmsford, Mass.) set a personal record in the triple jump as she recorded a 34’3 ½” (10.45m) mark.

  No. 22 Men’s Tennis (1-2) opened the week against Caltech with a 6-3 loss on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Boris Sorkin (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) recorded victories in number one singles and number one doubles respectively against the Beavers. He won in singles 6-3, 6-4 and junior Nathan Niemiec (Scottsdale, Ariz.) teamed up with him to win 8-6 in number one doubles. Junior Ben Biswas (Bedford, Mass.) and sophomore Niko Hereford (Denver, Colo.) picked up an 8-7 (3) victory in number three doubles. Tufts then defeated No. 12 Sewanee 6-3 on Sunday. Sorkin recorded two more wins in singles and doubles. Biswas, freshman Jack Moldenhauer (Denver, Colo.), and sophomore Carl-Herman Grant (Oslo, Norway) also picked up key singles wins for the Jumbos.

  Women's Sailing, in its spring season opener, placed 16th out of 18 teams at the St. Mary's Inter-conference regatta on Saturday and Sunday. Tufts' A division dinghy had freshman skipper Abbie Carlson with senior crew Taylor Hart. For B's, the Jumbos sailed freshman skipper Ann Sheridan with senior crew KK Newsham.

  The Tufts University women’s ski club tied for eighth out of 21 teams at the 2019 U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships last week in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Tufts was ninth in giant slalom and eighth in slalom which resulted in their eighth-place tie in the combined results. Tufts junior Sami Rubin finished seventh in the slalom national championship individually on Thursday. Her top-10 finish earns All-American honors for Rubin. In the combined individual results, Rubin placed 12th overall to achieve another All-American honor.

 Women’s Basketball senior co-captain Jac Knapp scored 13 points in the inaugural Beyond Sports Women's Collegiate All-Star Game on March 16 at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. Knapp and junior teammate Erica DeCandido also earned 2019 D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region honors last week.