This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 22 - 28

Football

When: Saturday at Amherst at 1 pm
What you need to know: Tufts (5-1) will travel to Amherst (6-0) in a crucial NESCAC contest. The Mammoths are the only undefeated team in the NESCAC, sitting just ahead second-place Trinity and Tufts in the NESCAC standings.  Amherst cruised to a 33-3 victory last week against conference opponent Wesleyan, but still have to play Tufts, Williams and Trinity. The Mammoths passing attack is led by junior quarterback Ollie Eberth who has totaled 1,414 yards and eight touchdowns through the air while adding six rushing touchdowns. Junior running back Biafra Okoronkwo has scored four rushing touchdowns for and leads the team with 501 yards on the ground. Eberth has connected with receiver Bo Berluti 29 times for 374 yards and four touchdowns. The Mammoth defense’s leading tackler is senior linebacker John Callahan with 40. Senior linebacker Andrew Yamin leads the NESCAC in sacks. Amherst has been dominant this season averaging 28.2 points per game while only allowing 7.8 points a game. For the Jumbos, senior quarterback Ryan McDonald has thrown for 1,189 yards and ten passing touchdowns. McDonald is also the team’s leading rusher with 351 yards and six touchdowns. Sophomore Mike Pedrini has also rushed for 238 yards and three touchdowns for the Jumbos. Tufts senior receiver Jack Dolan has 21 catches and a team-high 227 yards to go along with four touchdowns. The brown and blue’s junior linebacker Greg Holt has the most tackles on the team recording 52 through six games. The Jumbos have the second highest scoring offense in the NESCAC averaging 28.7 points and allowing 14.7 points per game. A season ago, the Jumbos were edged by the Mammoths 31-26. 

Men’s Soccer

When: Tuesday at Bowdoin at 2:30 pm and Saturday vs. TBD in NESCAC Quarterfinals 
What you need to know: The third-ranked Jumbos (12-0-2, 7-0-2 NESCAC) will wrap up regular season play when they travel to conference opponent Bowdoin (9-3-2, 5-2-2 NESCAC) on Tuesday. A win or a tie with the Polar Bears will secure the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament for the Jumbos.  The Polar Bear offense has averaged 1.79 goals per game and has been led by senior midfielder Moctar Niang’s team-high 13 points. Bowdoin’s defense has played well, only allowing 0.71 goals per contest. Tufts offensive attack that averages 2.07 goals per contest is led by junior forward Joe Braun who leads the NESCAC in goals with seven.  Senior backs Sterling Weatherbie and Jackson Najjar have been crucial  to the Jumbo defense only allowing an average of 0.41 goals per game. Last year, Tufts and Bowdoin drew 0-0 in double overtime in their only regular season match-up. Tuesdays result will determine where the Jumbos fall in the NESCAC standings, but they have secured home field advantage for quarterfinal play.  So, the Jumbos will host a NESCAC Quarterfinal game on Saturday at Bello Field, but their opponent won’t be determined until regular season play is over on Tuesday night.

Women’s Soccer

When: Tuesday at Bowdoin at 3 pm and Saturday vs. TBD in NESCAC Quarterfinal 
What you need to know: The No. 23 Tufts women’s soccer team (9-3-2, 5-2-2 NESCAC) will travel to Bowdoin (6-6-2, 2-6-1 NESCAC) on Tuesday to wrap up regular season play. The Jumbos will be either the third or fourth seed in the NESCAC tournament, depending on Tuesday’s results.  A Jumbo win and an Amherst loss to Trinity would make the Jumbos the three seed.  But, if both the Jumbos and the Mammoths win, or the Mammoths win and the Jumbos lose, they will be seeded fourth in the upcoming tournament.  Either way they are hosting a quarterfinal game at Kraft on Saturday and their opponent will be determined when Tuesday’s games are in the books. First up though, Bowdoin.  The Polar Bears senior forward Sydney Jones is the team leader in points with ten. Bowdoin has averaged 1.93 goals per game while allowing 0.90 goals per game. Tufts sophomore Sophie Lloyd has team-highs in goals(9) and points (22), and the 22 points is second best in the NESCAC.   Fellow sophomore Liz Reed has 19 points on the season, and a NESCAC-leading seven assists. The Jumbos defense has been strong all season only allowing an average of 0.54 goals per game thanks in part to the stellar play of senior goalie Emily Bowers. A year ago, Tufts edged Bowdoin 1-0 at home.

Field Hockey

When: Wednesday at Bowdoin at 6 pm and Saturday vs. TBD in NESCAC Quarterfinals 
What you need to know: The third-ranked Jumbos (13-1, 8-1 NESCAC) will wrap up regular season play when they travel to 11th-ranked Bowdoin (11-3, 6-3 NESCAC) on Wednesday night. Win or lose the Jumbos have secured the second seed in the upcoming NESCAC tournament. They will face off with the seventh seed, which will be the loser of the Amherst/Trinity game also being played on Wednesday night. But, the Jumbos will look to avenge a NESCAC Quarterfinal loss to the Polar Bears last year, and pick up a win in their regular season finale.    Polar Bear junior midfielder Emma Stevens leads the NESCAC with 19 goals on the year. They have generated an average of 3.8 goals per game while only allowing 1.18 goals per game. For Tufts, senior forward Gigi Tutoni has a team-high ten goals to lead the Jumbo offense. The brown and blue score 2.8 goals per game while only allowing 0.56 goals per game.  Freshman Andie Stallman has started in the cage for the Jumbos the last five games, and has yet to allow a goal in her collegiate career. 

Volleyball

When: Friday vs. Connecticut College at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Wesleyan 2 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbos (14-8, 5-3 NESCAC) will wrap up regular season play with their last NESCAC weekend hosting Connecticut College on Friday and Wesleyan on Saturday.  The Jumbos enter the weekend tied for fourth place in the conference standings with Middlebury, but this weekend could shake everything up, so the Jumbos will look for two wins this weekend to earn the highest seed possible going into the NESCAC Tournament the following weekend.  First up is Connecticut College (9-13, 2-6 NESCAC) on Friday at 7 pm, which will also be Senior Night for the Jumbos. The Camels offense has been led by sophomore outside hitter Emma Hewlin who is averaging 2.83 kills per set. Leading the defense, sophomore Elle Kass averages 4.46 digs per set. After the Friday night match up, the Jumbos will host Wesleyan (15-3, 8-0 NESCAC) on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals are tied with Bowdoin for the best record in the NESCAC, and those two teams will face off on Friday night before the Cardinals head down to Medford for Saturday.   A junior trio is leading the Carindal offense with Nicole Hilton (2.11 kills per set), Mia Hogan (2.77 kills per set) and Stasie Litinsky (2.71 kills per set) doing a bunch of scoring for the Cardinals. For the Jumbos, freshman Cate Desler leads the team averaging 2.76 kills per set while sophomore libero Sophia Acker is averaging 4.02 digs per set. Last year the Jumbos topped Connecticut College and Wesleyan in the regular season, but they were edged by Wesleyan in the NESCAC Championship.

Men’s Cross Country

When: Saturday at the NESCAC Championship at 1 pm at Franklin Park
What you need to know: The men’s cross country team will welcome the rest of the conference to historic Franklin Park this weekend as the Jumbos host the NESCAC Cross Country Championship for the first time since 2002.  The Jumbos will look to build on their sixth-place finish at the NESCAC Championship last year where they tallied a team score of 161. Senior co-captain Colin Raposo finished 20th overall with a 25:55.7 time in the eight-kilometer event last year. The Jumbos return all five runners who finished in the team’s top five last year and will look to lean on the senior experience the team has. Fellow senior co-captain Dylan Jones has had a great year, as he won the Pineland Shootout and had the best finish in the Purple Valley Classic.

Women’s Cross Country

When: Saturday at the NESCAC Championship at 12 pm at Franklin Park
What you need to know:  The women’s cross county team is ready to host the NESCAC at the historic Franklin Park this Saturday as the Jumbos are hosting the NESCAC Championship for the first time since 2002.  The Jumbos finished third at the NESCAC Championship last year. Senior tri-captain Natalie Bettez recorded a sixth-place finish and 22:11.5 time at last year’s event. Fellow senior Olivia Barnett also finished 13th overall for the Jumbos. Bettez has had a phenomenal senior year as she has won three races, including a first-place finish in the All-New England Championships and finished third in the Connecticut College Invitational. Junior Lydia Heeley has also put together a nice junior season as she has finished as one of the Jumbos’ top two a couple times this year.

Sailing

When: Women’s sailing at Victorian Coffee Urn at Bowdoin at 10:30 am and coed sailing at Schell Trophy at Dartmouth and New England Freshman Championship at Tufts 
What you need to know:  The women’s sailing team will hit the water for the last time this fall as they head to Bowdoin for the Vicotrian Coffee Urn on Saturday and Sunday.  The Jumbos are coming off a ninth place finish at the Yale Inter-Sectional last weekend.  The Jumbos’ A division pair of sophomore skipper Talia Toland with senior crew Taylor Hart finished fifth.  The coed team will split up this weekend as some will head to Dartmouth for the Schell Trophy and some will stay at home for the New England Freshman Championship.  The Jumbos were at the Fiske-Harriman-Sleight Trophy Coed Showcase last weekend and finished 15th.  

Men’s Rowing

When: Sunday at Head of the Fish at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. at 8 am
What you need to know: The rowing team was out on the Charles River last weekend for the 54th Head of the Charles on Saturday and Sunday.  In the Club 8+ race the Jumbos finished a strong 13th out of 36 total boats.  Trinity was the only Division III team to place ahead of the Jumbos.  The Jumbos also saw the duo of freshman Jack Batchelor and senior Tamas Takata take 18th place in the Men’s Championship 2x.  On Sunday the Jumbos competed in the Director’s Challenge Men’s Quad and finshed 18th. They will take the water again this weekend as they head up to Saratoga Springs, N.Y. for the Head of this Fish this Saturday. 

Women’s Rowing 

When: Sunday at Head of the Fish at 8 am
What you need to know: The women’s rowing team had a great weekend at the 54th Head of the Charles this past weekend, as they placed seventh in the Women’s Collegiate Eights.  The Jumbos had two entries in the Collegiate Eights, and the Jumbo boats placed 7th and 14th.  The women also had a lightweight four place 11th on Sunday.  This coming weekend the Jumbos will wrap up their fall season as they head up to Saratoga Springs for the Head of the Fish. 

Golf

When: Sunday and Monday at NEIGA Championship in Brewster, Mass.
What you need to know: The Jumbos will wrap their fall season by wrapping up play in the NEIGA Championship on Monday.  After Sunday the Jumbos were in ninth place out of 23 total teams at the event.  Sophomore Alex Honingford led the Jumbos with a five-over 77 on Sunday, which was tied for 14th individually.  The Jumbos will finish up play on Monday and that will wrap up their fall season. 

 

 

Joe Braun, Junior, Men's Soccer

NESCAC's leading goal scorer with seven overall, Braun continued his outstanding junior season by scoring twice in Tufts' 3-1 victory against Williams College at Bello Field on Saturday. He gave the Jumbos a 2-0 lead with goals in the 11th and 56th minutes. It was the second straight game he scored twice including October 14 at Trinity. With the win over the Ephs, Tufts remained unbeaten (12-0-2) and finished its regular-season home schedule with a perfect 8-0 record.



 

Mackenzie Bright, Senior, Volleyball

Named MVP of the New England Challenge hosted by MIT, Bright led the Jumbos to wins over regional top-five teams Springfield, Babson and MIT on Friday and Saturday. She had 15 kills with just two errors in 28 attempts for a .464 hitting percentage in a four-set win against Babson. Her nine kills helped Tufts win in four sets over an MIT team ranked #23 nationally last week. She finished the weekend with 34 kills to average better than 10 per match.

 

 

 

 

The volleyball team had a huge weekend at the New England Challenge, picking up wins over Springfield, Babson and MIT.  Senior Mackenzie Bright was named the tournament MVP.  It was hard to pick just one of her kills that was worthy of Play of the Week honors, so here are a couple!  The first clip is a kill against MIT that started a Jumbo comeback, and the second is a kill versus Babson that helped give the Jumbos back the momentum at a key time in the set.  

 

 

  Football topped Williams 28-21 at home on Saturday to improve to 5-1 this year. Senior running back Dom Borelli (Millstone, N.J.) threw for a touchdown and ran for one in the Jumbos victory. Jumbo junior linebacker Greg Holt (Temecula, Calif.) led a strong defensive effort by the Jumbos, holding the Ephs scoreless in the second half.  Holt was named the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance. 

 

  Third-ranked men’s soccer improved to 12-0-2, (7-0-2 NESCAC) with a 3-1 victory over Williams on Saturday. Junior forward Joe Braun (Yardley, Pa.) recorded the Jumbos first two goals of the contest. Sophomore midfielder Mati Cano (Washington, D.C.) netted the other Jumbo goal in the second half.  

  Third-ranked field hockey picked up wins over Haverford and No. 16 Williams to improve to 13-1 overall and 8-1 in NESCAC games.  Freshman Claire Foley (Louisville, Ky.) scored two game-winners this week and was named the NESCAC Player of the Week.  

 

  The volleyball team won the New England Challenge with three wins to improve to 14-8 overall and they remain 5-3 in conference play. The Jumbos topped Springfield on Friday night and then Babson and No. 23 MIT on Saturday.  Senior Mackenzie Bright (Duxbury, Mass.) was named the MVP of the tournament and sophomore Jennifer Ryan was named to the All-Tournament Team.    

  Women’s sailing finished ninth at the Yale Inter-Conference Regatta finishing with a score of 139. Sophomore skipper Talia Toland (Kirkland, Wash.) and senior crew Taylor Hart (Darien, Conn.) won a race in the A division for Tufts. 

  Women’s rowing placed seventh at the 54th Head of the Charles Regatta on Sunday. The Jumbos had two boats racing in the collegiate eights and the Jumbos finished eighth and 14th.