This Week in Tufts Athletics: April 22 - 28

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Baseball

When: Tuesday at Suffolk, 4 pm / Wednesday at Endicott, 3:30 pm / Friday at Trinity, 3 pm / Saturday Double-header at Trinity, 12 noon.
What You Need to Know: After playing 15 games in a row at home, the Jumbos (20-5, 6-1 NESCAC East) are on a road swing to close out the regular-season. That includes five games away from Huskins Field this week. They open the week against a Suffolk team which will enter Tuesday with a 21-12-1 record. Endicott on Wednesday is 18-13, but has lost four straight. The Jumbos then have the potential to clinch a NESCAC Tournament spot at Trinity with the three East Division games there. The Bantams are 23-5 overall and 7-2 in the NESCSAC East. In last week’s New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association Division III poll, Trinity was at #4 and the Jumbos were fifth. Two wins would land Tufts one of the two East Division positions in the conference tournament May 10-12.

Golf

When: Saturday and Sunday NESCAC Championship at Ralph Myhre Golf Course (Middlebury, Vt.), 11 am both days.
What You Need to Know: For the second year in a row, Tufts is one of the four teams to play in the NESCAC Championship. At the NESCAC Qualifier in the fall, they earned the fourth and final spot into the conference championship field and will be joined by Hamilton, host Middlebury and Trinity. At the Qualifier, Tufts had a spectacular Sunday round to move up from fifth place where they stood on Saturday. The Jumbos' 291 Sunday score was three-over for the team and included even-par 72's by sophomore Harry Theodore and freshman Mac Bredahl, a one-over 73 by senior co-captain Justin Feldman and a two-over 74 from sophomore Henry Hughes. Tufts will not have Bredahl in its line-up, as he plays lacrosse in the spring. For a closer look at the host course, visit http://www.ralphmyhregolfcourse.com/scorecard/.

Men’s Lacrosse

When: Wednesday at Bowdoin, 7 pm / Saturday NESCAC Quarterfinals, tba.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos (13-1, 8-1 NESCAC) can earn the #1 seed for the conference regular-season with a win at Bowdoin College on Wednesday night. Tufts is looking to become NESCAC’s top team for the regular-season for the sixth time. The game will be the last of the season for Bowdoin, who won’t qualify for the tournament even with a victory. The Polar Bears are 6-8 overall and 2-7 in the league. Regardless of the seed they earn, Tufts will host a NESCAC Quarterfinal game at Bello Field on Saturday to get the post-season started. Their opponent and the game time won’t be known until late Wednesday evening. The Jumbos have advanced out of the conference quarterfinals for 10 straight seasons and will begin the challenge for their ninth conference title that day.

Women’s Lacrosse

When: Wednesday vs. Bowdoin, 7 pm / Saturday NESCAC Quarterfinals, tba.
What You Need to Know: Though their undefeated season ended following Saturday’s 10-9 loss at first-place Middlebury College, the Jumbos (13-1, 8-1 NESCAC) have a lot to play for as the post-season starts this week. First they will close the regular-season by hosting a good Bowdoin team on Wednesday. The Polar Bears (9-5, 5-4 NESCACC) are in contention for a home-field berth (top four) into the conference tournament. The Jumbos still have a shot at getting the #1 seed for the regular-season if they defeat Bowdoin and Middlebury loses to Williams (7-7, 3-6) on Wednesday. Either way, Tufts will be a top contender in the conference championship which starts for them at home Saturday with a quarterfinal game at Bello Field. Tufts’ opponent and the game time won’t be known until late Wednesday.

Men’s Rowing

When: Saturday vs. Holy Cross, Bates and Williams (on Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester), 9 am.
What You Need to Know: After competing there this past weekend, the Jumbos return to Lake Quinsigamond for this coming Saturday’s races leading up to the two championship events there in early May. In this final weekend of the regular-season, the Jumbos will face NESCAC rivals Bates and Williams for the second time this spring. All three Tufts eights defeated Bates on Malden River April 13. The Jumbo 3V8 defeated Williams on April 6 while the first and second varsities lost to the Ephs. This weekend’s other opponent and host is Division I Holy Cross. Behind the momentum of winning the Baker Cup at WPI this past Sunday, Tufts will look to improve upon last year’s results on this weekend when the best they had was third.

Co-ed Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday New England Championship (hosted by Bowdoin), 10:30 am.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos compete at the New England Championship hosted by Bowdoin College on Orr’s Island in Maine. Tufts needs to place among the top nine teams at New England’s in order to advance to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association national semi-finals May 28-29 in Newport, Rhode Island. The Jumbos were 12th at New England’s last spring, the first time in years they were not among the top 10. As a result, they did not advance to Nationals and this spring will be looking to return to the national stage. Though the starting line-up hasn’t been set yet, it will come from the combos of senior skipper Cam Holley with senior crew Ian Morgan, senior skipper Jackson McCoy with junior crew Emma Clutterbuck and senior skipper Chris Keller with sophomore crew Juliana Testa.

Softball

When: Saturday double-header at MIT, 12 noon / Sunday double-header at Williams, time tba.
What You Need to Know: The NESCAC East champions’ schedule this week has been slightly sabotaged by opponents who have postponed or canceled dates in order to play conference games. There’s a chance some make-up games will be added during the week. Regardless, Tufts (25-6, 10-2) plays a weekend schedule with big NCAA implications possible. MIT (21-6-1) ended Tufts’ season at the NCAA Regional last spring and is ranked 13th in the National Fast-pitch Coaches Association poll of last week. Williams (24-4) is at #3 in the national poll. In the wacky world of college rankings, the not-nationally-ranked Jumbos are ahead of both teams where it matters most. They are #1 in the NCAA New England regional rankings, MIT is third and Williams is sixth

Men’s Tennis

When: Wednesday vs. Bates, 3 pm / Friday at Bowdoin, 1 pm.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos (6-7, 2-4 NESCAC) finish their regular-season this week with a good chance at earning one of the six berths into the upcoming conference tournament on the line. Wednesday’s home match against Bates (5-9, 3-2) will be a key encounter as it appears the Jumbos and Bobcats are the two teams vying for the sixth and final playoff spot. The six teams who qualify for the NESCAC Championships in tennis are selected by a tournament committee consisting of four coaches from the league. Tufts, who has close losses to all of the top teams in the league this year, could impress with a good results at two-time defending NESCAC champion Bowdoin (12-3, 4-2 NESCAC) on Friday as well

Senior Josh Etkind will vie for his third straight NESCAC title in the 110-meter hurdles on Saturday.

Women’s Tennis

When: Wednesday at Amherst, 3:30 pm / Friday vs. MIT, 3 pm.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos (8-6, 5-3 NESCAC) appear to be comfortably among the top six teams in the conference who will receive a NESCAC Championship berth next week. Tufts finishes their regular-season this week with an opportunity to pick up some momentum heading into the post-season. Ranked eighth in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III poll, the Jumbos play at #7 Amherst (10-2, 4-1 NESCAC) and host #16 MIT (12-3). Tufts has defeated Amherst twice in each of the last two seasons, once in the regular-season and then in the first round of the conference tournament. The Jumbos and Engineers split a pair of matches last season, though MIT ended Tufts’ season in the NCAA Regional final 5-3 at Voute Courts

Men’s Track & Field

When: Saturday NESCAC Championship at Middlebury, 9 am.
What You Need to Know: The championship season begins with the conference meet in Vermont. Senior Josh Etkind will be looking to capture his third consecutive conference crown in the 110-meter hurdles. Senior Henry Hintermeister returns as the javelin throw champion. Seniors Antony Kardonsky and Tommy Miller also have conference first-place finishes, together with the 4x100-meter relay when they were freshmen in 2016 and then Kardonsky won the 100 meters race in 2017. Tufts last won the NESCAC title in 2015. They have been second (2016), second again (2017) and third last season in the years since. Jumbos are ranked first in the conference in six events this season including the 4x1 of junior Jordan Abate, Kardonsky, sophomore O.J. Armstrong and junior Robert Jones (42.06)

Women’s Track & Field

When: Saturday NESCAC Championship at Middlebury, 9 am.
What You Need to Know: The conference runner-up last season, the Jumbos return to the NESCAC meet with a new group of leaders ready to lead the way. Senior co-captain Evelyn Drake is the only Jumbo who has a conference championship on her resume after winning the hammer throw last season. Juniors Julia Gake, Nehalem Kunkle-Read and Raquel Whiting were a part of the runner-up 4x400 relay last season. Drake is the second seed in the conference hammer throw this weekend while senior Kelsley Tierney is #2 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Junior Rhemi Toth is ranked third in the 800. The Jumbos have a lot of depth in the lower scoring spots in order to pull this off. They last won in 2013 and had seconds in 2014 and 2015 as well.

 

Ben Connelly, Senior, Men’s Lacrosse

Connelly scored 11 goals with two assists in Tufts’ NESCAC wins over Bates and Middlebury as the Jumbos closed in on the #1 seed in the conference. He had a career-high seven goals against Bates including five in the second half as Tufts pulled away for a 19-14 win in a game between teams tied for first place in the conference. He then scored three of his four goals in the fourth quarter when the Jumbos pulled away from Middlebury 23-14.

 

 

 

Kristen Caporelli, Senior, Softball

In three starts against Colby, Caporelli hit .778 (7/9) with five rbis and six runs scored as Tufts swept the Mules to win the NESCAC East and earn the right to host the conference tournament. She started the weekend with a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the first on Thursday when the Jumbos scored seven times. She finished Friday's double-header 4 for 5 with five rbis and four runs. She also played outfield, second base and shortstop during the series.

 

 

 

 

  The Baseball Jumbos got to 20 wins with victories over Mass.-Dartmouth and at Colby. Tufts scored all the runs they would need before making two outs in the 9-4 win over the Corsairs on Tuesday. Two-run doubles by Kyle Cortese and Will Shacklford helped Tufts take an early 6-0 advantage. Junior Brent Greeley, freshmen Steven Landry and Michael Volgende and junior Spencer Langdon did not allow a Corsair hit over the final four innings. At Colby on Friday, Aidan Tucker allowed four hits and no earned runs in a complete–game win 4-1. Freshman 1B Peter DeMaria was 3 for 5 with two doubles and two rbis.

  In the Tufts Golf team’s final regular-season competition, sophomore Alex Honigford tied for fourth individually and the Jumbos finished 10th as a team at the Lafrance Hospitality Invitational hosted by Mass.-Dartmouth at Allendale Country Club on Friday and Saturday. After shooting two-over 74 on Friday, Honigford had a 78 under less than ideal conditions on Saturday. His two-day 152 was +8. As a team Tufts scored identical 324's on the two days for a tournament total of 648. They were five strokes behind ninth-place Western New England, which came in at 323-320-643. The Jumbos were seven ahead of 11th-place Farmingdale State (327-328-655).

  Seniors Ben Connelly and Danny Murphy both had seven-goal games as Men’s Lacrosse won a pair of NESCAC contests at Bello Field last week. Connelly had his career-high seven in Tuesday night’s 19-14 win over Bates in meeting between teams tied for first place in NESCAC. Murphy then had seven goals for the second time this season (also versus Trinity) when the Jumbos defeated the Panthers 23-14 on Saturday. Connelly and Murphy were two of 15 seniors saluted on Saturday including Arend Broekmate, John Cordrey, James Firpo, James Gilbert, Henry Hollen, Nick Katz, Luke Kurtz, Torin Ottaway, William Pasik, Brian Powers, Ben Shmerler, Stewart Stockdale and Raul Mendy.

> Watch highlights from the Jumbos’ win over Bates at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7Vxla31gfE.

  In a game that was as close as you’d expect between two of NESCAC’s and the nation’s top teams, Women’s Lacrosse took its first defeat 10-9 at Middlebury on Saturday. Down 8-6 in the second half, back-to-back goals by Maddie Norman and Annie Sullivan tied it for the Jumbos. The teams traded the next two goals including one by Jumbo Claire Wright before Middlebury won it with the final goal at 2:29 of the second half. On Tuesday Tufts had matched the program’s best start to a season by improving to 13-0 with a 19-5 win at Bates. Emily Games had five goals in the victory

  The Men's Rowing first varsity eight won the Baker Cup against WPI on Lake Quinsigamond Sunday. The Jumbos were racing in a new shell dedicated by an anonymous donor in honor of Janet Silva, the wife of longtime Tufts Director of Rowing Gary Caldwell and herself a recently-retired Tufts employee in the sports medicine department for many years. The Jumbos defeated the Engineers by open water, finishing the 2,000-meter course in 6:13 compared to 6:21.72 by WPI. The winning 1V8 line-up was cox James Grant, stroke Rick Boer, 7 Mats Edwards, 6 Ryan Bell, 5 Alex Williams, 4 Nick Hartman, 3 Jordan Bacher, 2 Harris Hardiman-Mostow and bow James Miller.

Junior Kat Wiley was a force for the Jumbo women's tennis team in wins over Wellesley and Connecticut College.

  Women's Rowing won three races at Lake Quinsigamond on Sunday as the second, third and fourth varsity eights were all victorious. The Jumbos won the second varsity eight race by over eight seconds as they finished in 7:15.9 with WPI second in 7:24.22. The two-team third varsity eight race between Tufts and WPI was won by a boat-length by the Jumbos 7:34.4 to 7:39.56. The Jumbo 4V8 also had a closely-contested win against WPI 7:54.4 to 8:00.82. Tufts’s 4V8 line-up was coxswain Sarah Toms, stroke Kathryn Luhrman, 7 Danielle Kaden, 6 Risa Williams, 5 Abby Jupin, 4 Mayo Adeboye, 3 Rachel Wagner, 2 Nina Pittas and bow Leslie Spencer.

  In the final weekend of the regular-season, Co-ed Sailing had a strong third-place finish out of 15 teams in the Boston Dinghy Club Challenge Cup on the Charles River. In the three-division competition, Tufts scored 60 in A's, 51 in B's and 50 in C's for a 161 total. They were 27 behind second-place Harvard (134). Tufts' C dinghy was fourth in its division with freshmen Alex Fasolo (skipper) and George Sidamon-Eristoff (crew). Freshman skipper Charlie Hibben with senior crew Sabrina Van Mell placed fifth in A division. For B's, Tufts was sixth with senior Jack Bitney as skipper and sophomore Maria Brush as crew.

  Competing at their New England Championship over the weekend, Women's Sailing earned the region’s 11th and final berth into the Intercollegiate Sailing Association semi-finals coming up May 21-22 in Newport, Rhode Island. At New England's, Tufts compiled finishes totaling to 140 in A division and 171 in B's for a 311 total. They were comfortably ahead of 12th-place Vermont (175-156-331) for the final national berth. Tufts was ninth in A division, skippered by sophomore Talia Toland. She had freshmen Ann Sheridan and Mallory Hood as crews. In B’s, freshman Abbie Carlson skippered while sophomore Lindsay Powers and senior Taylor Hart split the crew role.

  Softball clinched the NESCAC East Division pennant while sweeping a series against Colby. They earned the right to host the conference championship at Spicer Field May 3-5. Senior Kristen Caporelli finished 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles, four rbis and two runs scored Tufts won Thursday’s opener 11-7. The Jumbos won both Friday games in five innings by scores of 13-1 and 12-0. Junior Jamie Stevens was 6 for 7 with four rbis and three runs in the double-header. Meanwhile, Jumbo pitching allowed just six Colby hits in the two games. The East title is Tufts’ second in a row and 16th overall.

  Men’s Tennis earned a pair of valuable NESCAC wins as they compete for one of the six spots in the upcoming conference tournament. Ross Kamin, playing on Senior Day, won in singles and doubles as the 18th-ranked Jumbos defeated Connecticut College 9-0 on Saturday. The lone senior on the Jumbo roster, Kamin joined sophomore Boris Sorkin for an 8-6 victory on the first doubles court and then defeated his opponent 6-1, 6-2 in fifth singles. Tufts turned around and traveled to Colby for an 8-1 win on Sunday. Freshman Jack Moldenhauer lost just two sets while winning his sixth singles match.

  Women’s Tennis improved to 8-6 overall and 5-3 in NESCAC with a 7-2 win over Wellesley on Friday and an 8-1 triumph against Connecticut College on Saturday. Junior Kat Wiley had an especially impressive weekend, winning 37 of the 40 games she played in. She combined with freshman teammate Anna Lowy for an 8-2 third-doubles win against Wellesley and an 8-0 final versus Connecticut College. In singles, she did not lose a set in the sixth match versus Wellesley and posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory in fourth singles against the Camels. Seniors Tomo Iwasaki and Otilia Popa also did not lose a game in their second doubles win against Conn.

  Senior Tommy Miller ran his career-best in the 200 meters (21.93) as Men's Outdoor Track & Field won the Sunshine Classic Saturday at Ellis Oval / Dussault Track. Freshman Riley Patten won the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 55.00. Tufts won six events overall. Senior Josh Etkind ran 14.82 in the 110-meter hurdles and classmate Ben Wallace cleared 14'5 ¼" (4.40m) in the pole vault. Junior Kevin Quisumbing topped a 22-man field in the shot put with a 50'8 ¾" (15.46m) best. Freshman Neerav Gade finished the 5,000 meters in a 15:22.98 time. Senior Brandon Levenstein, senior Andrew Kardonsky, Miller and sophomore OJ Armstrong won the 4x1 (43.01).

  Women's Outdoor Track & Field finished its regular-season by winning for the third time this spring at the Sunshine Classic on Saturday at Ellis Oval / Dussault Track. Junior Alina Strileckis in the 100 meters (12.73), sophomore Jacqueline Kirk in the high jump (5'3 ½" – 1.61m), senior Sydney Ladner in the pole vault (10'9" – 3.28m) and freshman Kathryn Ezeoha in the triple jump (35'11 ¼" – 10.95m) all had Tufts' season-best marks, hit PR's and won their events. The 4x100-meter relay of sophomore Olivia Schwern, junior Raquel Whiting, senior Kylene DeSmith and Strileckis had a Tufts season-best time of 50.09 seconds and won the race. The Jumbos took first place in 10 events overall.

  Four Tufts University student-athletes were recently recognized as recipients of the annual Tufts University Alumni Association (TUAA) Senior Awards. Since 1955, TUAA has presented Senior Awards to six to 12 graduating members of the senior class from the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, and School of the Museum of Fine Arts for academic achievement, participation in campus and community activities, and leadership. At a ceremony held April 6 at Gifford House, Jumbos Patricia Blumeris (track & field), Ailish Dougherty (swimming), Will Shackelford (baseball) and Hiroto Watanabe (track & field) were among the 12 recipients for 2019.

  Nine Tufts University current and former varsity student-athletes and five from club sports were recently inducted into the Tufts chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) at a ceremony held on Sunday, April 14 at Goddard Chapel. All graduating seniors with a GPA of 3.75 or above and all juniors with a GPA of 3.85 or above are automatically considered. However, only about 60-65 seniors and 10-12 juniors are typically elected per year, so the selection is very competitive.

  Junior Roger Gu, who became the first Jumbo in 37 years to win an NCAA swimming championship in March, became the first Jumbo to swim an Olympic Trials cut while competing in a club meet held at Brown University on April 13. He swam the 50 freestyle (long course meters) in 23.12 seconds, which just snuck under the qualifying time of 23.19 seconds. Not long after graduating from Tufts in May 2020, he will compete at the Trials which will be held in Omaha, Nebraska from June 21-28, 2020.

> Read a Q&A with Roger from a recent edition of the Boston Globe at https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/globelocal/2019/04/11/ashland-roger-clocked-record-setting-performane-pool-tufts/BGe5DBNtch3RNrrZ3aX6uN/story.html.

  The Executive Board of the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) has named Nancy Bigelow as its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Bigelow will be recognized at the 59th Annual CSCAA Awards Banquet on May 6, 2019 in Myrtle Beach.