This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 15 - 21

Football

When: Saturday vs. Williams at 1:30 pm
What you need to know: Tufts (4-1) will host Williams (4-1) on Saturday for Parents Weekend festivities. Both the Jumbos and the Ephs suffered their first losses of the season last weekend, as the Jumbos fell to Trinity and Williams was topped, 21-10, by Middlebury. The Ephs passing attack is led by sophomore quarterback Bobby Malmaron who has totaled 1,259 yards and six touchdowns through the air while adding seven rushing touchdowns. Sophomore running back TJ Dozier has scored four rushing touchdowns for and leads the team with 496 yards. Malmaron’s favorite target has been sophomore receiver Frank Stola who leads the team with 27 catches, 380 yards, and five touchdowns. The Ephs defense’s leading tackler is sophomore linebacker TJ Rothmann with 42. Williams has played well this season averaging 27.8 points per game while only allowing 12.8 points a game. For the Jumbos, senior quarterback Ryan McDonald has thrown for 1,002 yards and eight touchdowns. McDonald is also the team’s leading rusher with 353 yards and six rushing touchdowns. Senior Dom Borelli has also rushed for 205 yards and scored a touchdown for the Jumbos. Tufts senior receiver Frank Roche has 17 catches and a team-high 151 yards. Junior linebacker Greg Holt has the most tackles on the team recording 39 through five games. The Jumbos have averaged 28.8 points and allowed just 13.4 points per game. A season ago, the Jumbos topped the Ephs 21-13.  

Men’s Soccer

When: Saturday vs. Williams at 2:30 pm
What you need to know: The fith-ranked Jumbos (11-0-2, 6-0-2 NESCAC) will play their only game of the week when they face off against conference opponent Williams (7-3-2, 3-2-2 NESCAC) on Saturday. A Jumbo win will give head coach Josh Shapiro his 100th win as Tufts head coach. Williams’s junior midfielder Chris Flelscher has a team leading 11 points. The Ephs come in having won three of their past four contests, and have only allowed 0.55 goals per game behind senior goalkeeper Aaron Schein. Williams is 2-3 in road contests this season. Tufts offensive attack is led by junior forward Joe Braun who has collected 13 points. Senior goalie Conner Mieth has posted 11 wins and only allowed an average of 0.38 goals per game. Last year, Tufts defeated Williams 1-0 in their regular season match-up. 

Women’s Soccer

When: Saturday vs. Williams at 12:30
What you need to know: The No. 23 women’s soccer team (9-2-2, 5-1-2 NESCAC) will host defending national champions and third-ranked Williams (11-0-2, 7-0-1 NESCAC). Eph sophomore forward Sydney Jones is the team leader in points with 17. Williams has averaged 1.69 goals per game. Tufts sophomore Sophie Lloyd leads the Jumbos with nine goals and 22 points which is second in the NESCAC. Classmate Liz Reed has 19 points on the season. The Jumbos defense and the solid play of senior goalie Emily Bowers has played well all season only allowing an average of 0.51 goals per game. Williams defeated Tufts twice last year including a 2-1 victory in the NESCAC Championship.  

Field Hockey

When: Wednesday vs. Haverford at 5 pm and Saturday vs. Williams at 1 pm
What you need to know: The third ranked Jumbos (11-1, 7-1 NESCAC) will start the week by hosting non-conference opponent Haverford (6-6). The Fords sophomore midfielder Ariana Sulpizio has 10 points to lead the roster. They have generated an average of 1.9 goals per game while allowing 1.58 goals. Tufts will then host a NESCAC match against 16th ranked Williams on Saturday for Parents Weekend.  Despite being 8-3 overall and 6-2 in NESCAC play, the Ephs have struggled away from home, are 2-3 on the road this season. Williams senior Libby Dolan has 18 points to lead the team. For Tufts, the scoring leader is senior forward Gigi Tutoni who has a team high 18 points. The brown and blue score 2.9 goals and allow 0.66 goals per game. The Jumbos picked up a 2-0 victory over Williams last year. 

Volleyball

When: Friday vs. Springfield at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Babson 11 am and MIT at 3:30
What you need to know: The volleyball team has the week to prepare for the New England Challenge this weekend, hosted by MIT.  The Jumbos (11-8, 5-3 NESCAC) will start the tournament by hosting Springfield (19-3) on Friday. The Pride’s offense has played well all season behind the play of senior outside hitter Jen Donnelly with 232 kills and freshman Briana Tovar has 219 digs. Tufts will then play Babson (16-5) on Saturday. The Beavers have won their past five contests and are led by junior Allie Puccio who has registered 206 kills. The Jumbos wrap up tournament play against 21st-ranked MIT (20-2). The Engineers have won their past 10 matches with senior Abby Bertics turning in a team-high 279 kills. For the Jumbos, freshman Cate Desler has a team-leading 184 kills to lead the offense.

Sailing

When: Women’s sailing at Yale Inter-Sectional and Co-ed sailing at Co-ed Showcase Finals at Navy
What you need to know: Both the coed and women’s sailing team will hit the water again this weekend.  The women will be at the Yale Inter-Sectional and the coed team will head to Navy for the Coed Showcase Finals.  Two weeks ago, the women placed ninth out of 17 teams at the Women’s Showcase One. Sophomore skipper Talia Toland and freshman crew Ann Sheridan led the Tufts A Division dinghy. The Jumbos co-ed sailing team has finished in the top half in their past three races. Tufts won the Hood Trophy two weeks ago as senior skippers Chris Keller and Florian Eenkema van Dijk alongside sophomore crew Juliana Testa scored a 45 over 11 races. Tufts finished sixth at the last Coed Showcase One two weeks ago. 

Men’s Rowing

When: Sunday at Head of the Charles at 8 am
What you need to know: The rowing team will take the water for the second time this fall as they race in the prestigious Head of the Charles on Sunday.  The Jumbos opened their fall season competing in the singles and doubles events at the Green Mountain Head a couple of weeks ago.  Junior Mats Edwards was one of the top Jumbo finishers in the event.  The Jumbos had an entry in the men’s 4+ last year at the Head of the Charles.  That boat finished 11th, allowing for at least one entry into the event this year. 

Women’s Rowing 

When: Sunday at Head of the Charles at 8 am
What you need to know: The women’s rowing team will hit the water this weekend for the prestigious Head of the Charles.  The Jumbos started their fall season a couple weekends ago as five team members headed up to Vermont for the Green Mountain Head.  In last year’s Head of the Charles the women had two eights entered in the event.  The first boat finished in seventh place. The Jumbos are looking forward to much better weather at this year’s Head of the Charles, as last year’s event was full of rain and wind. 

Golf

When: Sunday at NEIGA Championship in Brewster, Mass.
What you need to know: The golf team will wrap up their fall schedule this weekend at the NEIGA Championship on Sunday. The Jumbos finished ninth in the NEIGA Championship last year. Junior Brandon Karr had the best score for Tufts with a 147. Sophomores Henry Hughes and Alex Honigford placed second and third, respectively. This fall the Jumbos qualified for the NESCAC Championship in the spring by finishing fourth at the NESCAC Qualifier a couple of weekends ago. Freshman Mac Bredahl had a team best 146 score for the Jumbos at the qualifier, which was good for fourth place overall. 

Boris Sorkin, Sophomore, Men's Tennis


Completing a spectacular run through the fall season, Sorkin won the DIII men's tennis singles national championship at the ITA Cup in Georgia on Saturday. He defeated #1 seed in the draw Jonathan Jemison from Emory in the semi-finals on Friday and then the #2 seed Chad Leduff from UC Santa Cruz in the final, coming back from down a set in each match to win. Sorkin is the first Jumbo to win the ITA fall national championship.

 

 

 

Liz Reed, Sophomore, Women's Soccer


Reed led the Jumbos through a busy three-game week by scoring three goals with two assists for eight points. She had two goals, including the game-winner in a 3-0 non-league victory against Salem State on Tuesday. In back-to-back conference games over the weekend, she scored the game-winning goal in overtime as Tufts defeated Connecticut College 2-1, then assisted a goal in the Jumbos' 2-0 victory at Trinity.

 

 

 

The men's soccer team turned in six goals in their win over Trinity on Sunday.  Joe Braun had two of them, and his first of the day is this week's play of the week.  Watch it here: 

  Football fell to Trinity, 38-24, on the road on Saturday. Senior Ryan McDonald (Annandale, N.J.) threw for two touchdowns, ran for one touchdown and combined for 320 yards from scrimmage. Senior Jack Dolan (Wellesley, Mass.) recorded two receiving touchdowns and 104 yards. Senior defensive back Alex LaPiana (Charlotte, N.C.) collected a 64-yard interception in the game.

  Fifth-ranked men’s soccer is now 11-0-2 (6-0-2 NESCAC) after picking up wins over Babson and Trinity, and playing to a 0-0 tie with No. 4 Connecticut College this past week. Junior forward Joe Braun (Yardley, Pa.) and midfielder Zach Lane (Lansing, Mich.) each scored twice for the Jumbos last week. Junior midfielder Brett Rojas (Madison, N.J.) tallied three assists in the three contests.

  The No. 23 ranked women’s soccer team now holds a record of 9-2-2, (5-1-2 NESCAC) after picking up wins over Salem State, Connecticut College and Trinity this past week. Sophomore Liz Reed (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored a team high three goals last week including the game-winning goal against Connecticut College and was named the NESCAC Player of the Week for her performance. 

 

  Third-ranked field hockey picked up wins over Wellesley, Connecticut College and Trinity this past week to improve to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in NESCAC play. Sophomore Alexis Chauvette (Shaker Heights, Ohio) netted the game-winning goal Sunday as the Jumbos won over 15th-ranked Trinity. Junior Rachel Hamilton (Newton, Mass.) also scored two goals for Tufts. 

 

 

  Men’s cross country placed fourth at the Connecticut College Invitational. Senior Colin Raposo (Burlington, Mass.) clocked a 25:21.6 which was good for 13th overall and the best time for the Jumbos. Fellow senior Dylan Jones (Natick, Mass.) finished 23rd overall and a time of 25:36.0.  

  Women’s cross country finished third at the Connecticut College Invitational. Senior Natalie Bettez (Bolton, Mass.) finished third clocking a 21:23.2 and was named NESCAC Performer of the Week for the second time this season. 

  Sophomore Boris Sorkin (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) won the ITA Men’s Tennis Singles National Championship against Chad Leduff of UC Santa Cruz by a margin of 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Sorkin is the first Jumbo to win the ITA Cup.