This Week in Tufts Athletics: March 25 - 31

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Baseball

When: Wednesday vs. Mass Maritime, 3pm / Friday vs. Bates, 3 pm / Saturday Double-header vs. Bates, 12 pm.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos (8-2) return from their spring break trip and open Huskins Field for action with four games at home this week. As they have in recent years, Tufts will play Massachusetts Maritime Academy in their first game back on Wednesday. The Buccaneers are off to a 3-8 start this season. Tufts won 19-3 last year and has 18 wins in a row for the annual series dating back to 2001. The Jumbos then begin NESCAC East Division action with a three-game series versus Bates College. The Bobcats were second behind the Jumbos in the NESCAC East last year to qualify for the conference tournament. They are off to a 5-6 start this season. The Jumbos took two out of three at Bates last year, including clinching their fifth straight East pennant.

Men’s Lacrosse

When: Saturday at Connecticut College, 1 pm.
What You Need to Know: Ranked third nationally, second in New England and tied for first place in NESCAC, the Jumbos (8-0, 3-0) catch a breather this week with just one game. They are at Connecticut College on Saturday in NESCAC action. The Camels, who host Coast Guard in a mid-week non-conference game on Tuesday, are winless (0-4) in NESCAC and 3-4 overall. They finished as the fifth seed in the league last spring with a 5-5 mark (10-6 overall) and played a close game against Tufts in an 11-8 Jumbo win. The Jumbos have won seven straight in the series dating back to 2014. The Camels’ PJ Kelleher is tied for third in NESCAC with 20 assists this season. The Jumbos are leading the conference with 18.38 goals per game.

Women’s Lacrosse

When: Saturday vs. Connecticut College, 1 pm.
What You Need to Know: After an eye-opening 3-0 week which included wins on the road at both #13 College of New Jersey on Wednesday and at #9 Trinity College Saturday in NESCAC play, the Jumbos play just once this week. Head coach Courtney Shute’s team (7-0, 3-0 NESCAC) takes on Connecticut College on Saturday at home in a conference game at Bello Field. The Camels are 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the confernece with a non-league game against Framingham State on Wednesday before coming to Tufts. Eighth in last week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll, Tufts has had Connecticut College’s number during two straight victories in the series by a combined score of 37-7. Connecticut College’s Jamie Novoni enters the week tied for the NESCAC lead with 23 goals.

Co-ed Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday Marchiando Trophy (at MIT) / Saturday and Sunday Harpswell Sound Team Race (at Bowdoin) / Saturday and Sunday at BU Trophy. All regattas start at 10:30 am on both days.
What You Need to Know: This is the last weekend of team racing practice before the New England Team Racing Championships April 6-7 in Connecticut. The Jumbos will be at two team racing events this weekend – MIT’s Marchiando Trophy and a four-team Harpswell Sound Team Race at Bowdoin. The Marchiando is a major inter-conference regatta that should give the Jumbos a good look at where they stand among the region’s team racing squads, while a few out-of-region teams will add flavor as usual. The Bowdoin event includes only the hosts, the Jumbos, Bates and Massachusetts Maritime Academy for a friendly on the Atlantic. For their regular dingy fleet racing regatta this weekend, the Jumbos will be at the BU Trophy where they placed ninth last season.

Women’s Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday Dellenbaugh Trophy (at Brown), 10:30 am.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos head to Brown University’s Edgewood Yacht Club in Cranston, Rhode Island for the Dellenbaugh Trophy, usually one of the most competitive women's fleets of the season. Though information for the 2019 event has not been released yet, the field for the Dellenbaugh inter-conference regatta is typically made up of many of the top teams in the nation. The Jumbos will be looking for improved performance from two weeks ago when they were 16th at the St. Mary’s (Md.) Inter-conference Invitational (sixth among New England teams). Tufts placed 12th at the Dellenbaugh Trophy last season with skipper Talia Toland and crew Maria Brush sailing to a ninth-place showing in A division. An early look at the forecast for the races shows highs in the 60s with a SW wind at 9 to 13 miles per hour. 

The Men's and Women's Track & Field Teams host the annual Snowflake Classic at Ellis Oval / Dussault Track on Saturday.

Softball

When: Friday vs. Bates, 4 pm / Saturday Double-header vs. Bates, 12 pm.
What You Need to Know: After a very successful spring break trip to Florida (13-2) during which they played on eight of the nine days, the Jumbos off are during the week until starting NESCAC East Division action with a three-game series versus Bates College at home on Spicer Field this weekend. The Bobcats bring a 3-9 record into a home double-header against the University of New England on Thursday prior to coming to Tufts. They had a successful 2018 season with a 20-14 record overall and 5-7 in the division for fourth place. The Jumbos won two out of three in the series last season in Maine. Current Bobcat sophomore pitcher Kirsten Pelletier, a second-team All-Conference pick in 2018, defeated the Jumbos 1-0 last year with a five-hit shutout.

Men’s Tennis

When: Saturday at Amherst, 1 pm / Sunday vs. Wesleyan, 10 am.
What You Need to Know: Home from their spring break trip to California where they won four out of six matches, the #22 Jumbos open their NESCSAC schedule this weekend with contests against two top 10 teams. Tufts and #7 Amherst did not play last year, but resume their conference rivalry on Saturday at Amherst. In 2016 the Jumbos defeated Amherst for the first time since 2004, but the Mammoths won the meeting 5-4 in 2017.  Amherst is 8-2 overall and the match is also their conference opener. The Mammoth’s Sean Wei was NESCAC’s Rookie of the Year last season. Eighth-ranked Wesleyan (7-1) plays conference matches against Connecticut College and Bowdoin before travelling to Tufts on Sunday. The Cardinals have won the last four matches in the series with the Jumbos.

Women’s Tennis

When: Friday vs. Bowdoin, 3 pm / Sunday vs. Wesleyan, 3 pm.
What You Need to Know: After improving to 2-0 in NESCAC with their first victory against Williams College (5-4 score) since 1991 during their spring break trip to California last week, Tufts (3-2, 2-0 NESCAC) faces two more conference challenges this week. Both will be at home though as the Jumbos welcome #12 Bowdoin and #7 Wesleyan. The Polar Bears (6-1, 1-0 NESCAC) will have been idle for 10 days when they take the courts versus the Jumbos on Friday. Bowdoin had a 9-0 win against a Redlands team that the Jumbos topped 5-4 in California. Wesleyan (5-1, 0-0) plays Connecticut College and Bowdoin in conference action before traveling to Tufts on Sunday. Cardinal Venia Yeung earned a #4 national singles ranking at the end of the fall season.

Men’s Track & Field

When: Saturday Snowflake Classic, 10 am.
What You Need to Know: Tufts hosts the annual Snowflake Classic at Ellis Oval / Dussault Track to begin their New England outdoor schedule. The early-season meet will have a strong regional flavor with 21 teams scheduled to attend at last check. Amherst, Babson, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis, Colby, Colby-Sawyer, Connecticut College, Emmanuel, Fitchburg State, Keene State, Mount Holyoke, Plymouth State, Regis, RPI, Southern New Hampshire University, Smith, Suffolk, Trinity, Mass.-Boston, Southern Maine, Wesleyan, Wheaton and Worcester State are expected to join the Jumbos. Tufts shot putter Kevin Quisumbing, who just had the second-best Division III throw of the season last week in San Diego (51’7” – 15.72m), won the event to help Tufts earn the team title at the Snowflake last season. Last week’s victory was his fifth outdoors and ninth overall during three seasons with the Jumbos. 

Women’s Track & Field

When: Saturday Snowflake Classic, 10 am.
What You Need to Know: It’s never too early in the season to post what could be a season-best mark, and that’s what the Jumbos along with the many other teams in attendance at the Snowflake Classic this weekend will be attempting to accomplish. Last year Tufts’ Brittany Bowman ran the second-best 10,000 meters time for the DIII outdoor season (34:51.07) on this date. Tufts’ Rhemi Toth, most recently an indoor All-American in the mile run, won the 1,500-meter race in 4:40.74, the #18 Division III time in the country at the time, at the 2018 Snowflake. The Jumbos won seven events and finished with a team score of 187 points last year, which was almost 100 ahead of second-place Trinity. This is the first of two outdoor meets at Tufts this spring with the Sunshine Classic following on April 20. 

 

Roger Gu, Junior, Men's Swimming

Gu became the first Jumbo to win an NCAA swimming title since 1982 when he captured the 50 freestyle on Wednesday night. He broke his own school and New England Small College Athletic Conference record with a winning time of 19.49 seconds. Ranked first in the 50 freestyle entering the meet, Gu broke his original record (19.77) in the preliminaries on Wednesday morning with a 19.69 and then then took two-tenths of a second off that time to win the final.

 

 

 

Amy Socha, Sophomore, Women's Swimming

Socha led Tufts Women’s Swimming to its best finish (16th) at the NCAA meet since 1990 with two All-American honors (top eight) for her fourth-place finish in the 200 butterfly and sixth in the 500 freestyle last week. She also had three honorable mention (places nine through 16) awards for the 100 butterfly and with the 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. Socha broke two individual Tufts records and was a part of two record-setting relay foursomes.

 

 

 

 

 

   Men’s Swimming & Diving finished 10th overall at the NCAA Championships. Junior Roger Gu (Ashland, Mass.) won an NCAA swimming title in the 50 freestyle on Wednesday night. He broke his own school and NESCAC record with a time of 19.49 seconds and became the first Jumbo swimmer to win a title since 1982. Gu, senior Kingsley Bowen (Pepper Pike, Ohio), junior Matt Manfre (Stewart Manor, N.Y.), and junior Costa Camerano (Brookville, N.Y.) earned All-American honors in the 200 medley relay after clocking a 1:29.44 mark. The 200 freestyle relay team finished as the national runner-up with their time of 1:20.66 on Thursday. The foursome consisted of Gu, Bowen, Camerano, and sophomore JJ Batt (Needham, Mass.). On Friday, senior Noah Cagley (Pittsburgh, Pa.), freshman Victor Vollbrechthausen (Westfield, N.J.), sophomore John Koster (Chappagua, N.Y.), and sophomore Tyler Tatro (Titusville, Fla.) earned All-American honors with their 6:45.36 mark. Gu finished second in the 100 freestyle on with a time 43.70. 

  The Jumbo women’s swimming & diving team finished 16th at the NCAA Championships.  Sophomore Amy Socha (Cheserton, Ind.) earned All-American honors by finishing sixth in the 500 freestyle on Wednesday to open up the action. Junior Grace Goetcheus (Kensington, Md.) swam a school record in the 200 IM, Socha broke a school record in the 100 butterfly, and the 400 medley relay also broke a program record on Thursday.  That relay team consisted of freshman Emma Donchi (Portland, Ore.), sophomore Lily Kurtz (Cheshire, Conn.), Socha and freshman Mary Hufziger (Sandy Hook, Conn.).  Sophomore Abby Claus (Summit, N.J.) broke a school mark in the 400 individual medley and the Jumbo 800 free relay foursome of Goetcheus, Hufziger, senior Colleen Doolan (Northbrook, Ill.) and Claus broke a program record on Friday. The Jumbo 400 free relay foursome of Goetcheus, Hufziger, Doolan and Socha broke their own school record in the NCAA preliminaries on Saturday morning (3:28.22) and were 16th in the final. 

Senior Danny Murphy scored a career-high 11 points (7 goals) in the Men's Lacrosse 25-12 win over Trinity.

  The No. 3 Men’s Lacrosse team improved to 8-0 with wins over Stevenson and Trinity. Senior Danny Murphy (Hauppauge, N.Y.) recorded a game-high seven points with four goals and three assists in a 19-7 win over Stevenson Tuesday. Sophomore Max Waldbaum (Denver, Colo.) netted a game-high five goals and senior Ben Connelly (Winnetka, Ill.) also recorded a hat-trick and dished out three assists. Sophomore Joe Theuer (Los Angeles, Calif.) stopped 17 Stevenson shots and recorded his first win in net this season. He then collected another 10 saves against Trinity in the Jumbos' 25-12 win.  Murphy scored seven goals and dished out four assists in the win over Trinity and collected NESCAC Co-Player of the Week honors . Tufts' 25 goals tied their program record for the most in a conference game.

  No. 8 Women’s Lacrosse improved to 7-0 after picking up wins over No. 13 TCNJ, No. 9 Trinity and Endicott.  The Jumbos opened the week with a thrilling 8-7 victory at #13 TCNJ on Wednesday night. Senior Dakota Adamec (Katonah, N.Y.) netted a hat-trick and won two draw controls in the victory over the Lions and first-year Colette Smith (Moorestown, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal. The Jumbos then defeated No. 9 Trinity 12-6 on Saturday afternoon. Senior Annie Sullivan (Barrington, R.I.) and junior Emily Games (Wayne, Pa.) each netted hat-tricks against the Bantams. Sophomore Catherine Lawliss (Portland, Ore.) scored a game-high four goals in the Jumbos' 17-5 victory over Endicott. First-year Mae Briody (Ridgefield, Conn.) tallied four points with two goals and two assists in the win. Adamec received NESCAC Player of the Week honors after her nine points across the three games.  

  Baseball (8-2) defeated Guilford 6-4 on Monday to begin the week. The Jumbos collected 11 hits including a team-high three from sophomore Will Burgess (Pottstown, Pa.). Sophomore Ryan Daues (Palos Verdes, Calif.) and freshman Nate Bozzella (New Canaan, Conn.) recorded two rbis apiece in the win over the Quakers. Freshman Aidan Tucker (Oradell, N.J.) pitched five innings and only allowed two runs to earn the victory. The Jumbos matched a season-high with 17 runs in a win over Averett on Tuesday. Junior Justin Mills (Highland Park, Ill.) recorded a team-high four hits and scored four runs in the victory. Senior Harrison Frickman (Charleston, S.C.) and Burgess each drove in three runs in the game. Senior R.J. Hall (Marietta, Ga.) picked up his second win on the mound with six strong innings. Junior Brent Greeley (West Chester, Pa.), freshman Lucas Gustavson (Ashland, Mass.) and junior Spencer Langdon (Westlake, Texas) combined to pitch a three-hitter in the Jumbos 3-0 win over Roanoke. In Tufts’ final game of the spring trip, freshman Peter DeMaria (Chatham, N.J.) collected four hits, two rbis, and scored two runs in a 7-3 win over No. 5 Randolph-Macon. Daues also drove in a pair of runs against the Yellow Jackets. 

  Softball (13-2) opened the week with a pair of 8-0 victories over Plattsburgh and Grinnell on Monday. In the win against Plattsburgh, sophomore Kristi Van Meter (Amston, Conn.) recorded her second win of the year with a two-hit shutout. Sophomore Mia Steinberg (Larchmont, N.Y.) and senior Christian Cain (Houston, Texas) each drove in a pair of runs against Plattsburgh. Sophomore Reegan Coleman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) collected two hits, two rbis and two runs to lead the Jumbos in the win over Grinnell.  Junior Jamie Stevens (Libertyville, Ill.) accounted for the lone run in a 1-0 win over Rowan with a solo shot in the top of the second inning. Van Meter pitched seven shutout innings and struck out seven batters against Rowan. Senior Kristen Caporelli (Taunton, Mass.) launched a home run and scored two runs in the Jumbos' 7-1 win over St. Joseph’s (L.I.) on Tuesday. Junior Gillian O’Connor (Montgomery, N.J.) pitched all seven innings and recorded nine strikeouts for her second win of the year. The Jumbos clubbed 20 hits and scored 13 runs in a 13-2 win over Marian (Wis.) on Thursday. Stevens recorded four hits including a home run and drove in five runs against Marian. Casey Maggiore drove in the lone run in the Jumbos' 1-0 win over Ramapo. Van Meter pitched another shutout and only allowed one hit against Ramapo. O’Connor allowed no earned runs in a 6-2 win over Wisconsin-Superior on Friday. Cain had a team-high two hits and drove in a run in the Jumbos' 7-4 victory against St. Olaf. Junior Emily Serata (Voorhees, N.J.) recorded two rbis to guide Tufts to an 8-3 win over No. 21 Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  

  No. 22 Men’s Tennis (4-3) opened the week with an 8-1 win over Denison on Monday. Sophomore Boris Sorkin (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) recorded wins in number one singles and doubles against Denison. Freshman Paris Pentousis (Thessaloniki, Greece) and sophomore Carl-Herman Grant (Oslo, Norway) also picked up two victories on Monday. Tufts ended the week with wins over George Fox and Redlands on Friday and Saturday. The Jumbos defeated George Fox 7-2 and swept them 6-0 in singles action. Herman-Grant won both singles and doubles against George Fox. Pentousis picked up a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory in No. 2 singles as the clincher in Tufts' 5-4 win over Redlands. 

  No. 8 Women’s Tennis (3-2) began the week with a 5-4 win over Redlands on Monday as Tomo Iwasaki (Scarsdale, N.Y.) recorded a crucial 7-6, 7-3, 6-1 victory in No. 1 singles.  First-year Anna Lowy (Lake Oswego, Ore.) won in singles and doubles. The Jumbos picked up a hard-fought 5-4 win over No. 5 Williams.  The win over the Ephs was the first since 1991. Iwasaki recorded another crucial three set victory. Freshman Nicole Frankel had a quick 6-4, 6-2 win in sixth singles to put Tufts up 3-1. That was followed by a 7-6 (3), 6-2 win at #2 by senior Tomo Iwasaki putting Tufts on the verge of victory. Sophomore Patricia Obeid won the clincher 6-3, 6-1 in third singles.

  Men’s Track & Field freshman Ben Stein (Tenafly, N.J.) competed in the first half of the decathlon on Thursday of the Aztec Invitational. Stein earned 3,013 points on day one. On Friday, Stein moved up four spots in the standings to finish sixth with a total of 5,689 points He won the 1,500 meter event in the decathlon with a time of 4:35.10. He ranked second amongst Division III decathletes after the two days of action. The Jumbos finished second among 13 teams in the PLNU Invitational on Saturday. Junior Kevin Quisumbing (Los Angeles, Calif.) won the shot put event after throwing a 51’7” (15.72m). Senior Henry Hintermeister (North Berwick, Maine) won the javelin event (177'10" - 54.22m) on Saturday as well.

  Co-ed Sailing competed at the Szambecki Team Race and finished eighth out of ten teams. Seniors Jack Bitney (Deephaven, Minn.) and Smmy Shea (San Francisco, Calif.) skippered the Jumbo fleets. Tufts also competed in the Vietor Trophy event and placed 15th overall. Tufts' B dinghy of senior skipper John Duncan with sophomore crew Michaela Morris was 12th in their group. Tufts also had a team racing squad compete at the Friis Trophy on Sunday and posted a ninth-place finish. Wins came against Stanford, MIT and Fordham.

  Women’s Sailing placed sixth of eight in the Duplin Trophy hosted by the Jumbos. In an event that honored former Jumbo head coach Joe Duplin, Jumbo dinghies were first and second along with fifth gainst both Northeastern and South Florida in round-robin competition.

  The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced its 2018 Zag Field Hockey / NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad and National Academic Team Award recipients. Head coach Tina Mattera's Tufts program earned both accolades. Among 15 Jumbos who received the individual honor, seniors Hanaa Malik, Emily Polinski, Fallon Shaughnessy, Claire Trilling and Gigi Tutoni earned the award in all four years of their collegiate careers.