MEDFORD – Even though many will be putting big turkeys on the table this week, Tufts Athletics will not rest! Men’s and women’s basketball both have contests on the schedule this week. Men’s hockey will travel to Becker before playing in the Rutland Herald Invitational hosted by Castleton State this weekend. Men’s Squash takes on Brandeis on Monday night.
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--The men’s basketball team got their first two wins under their belts this past weekend, traveling to Emerson and picking up a “W” on Friday night and then downing Wentworth on Saturday in their home opener. On Friday against Emerson, senior tri-captain Ryan Spadaford turned in a career-high 20 points and ten rebounds and junior tri-captain Tom Palleschi added 17 points and seven rebounds. On Saturday versus Wentworth senior tri-captain Stephen Haladyna scored 16 points and sophomore Vincent Pace added 15 of his own.
--Spadaford is leading the Jumbos scoring effort through the first two games, averaging 14.5 points per game while Haladyna has a 12.5 points per game average and junior Tarik Smith is averaging 12 points through the first two games. Spadaford is averaging 9.5 rebounds per game and Palleschi is pulling down seven per game. All 15 Jumbos on the roster have seen playing time at some point during the first two contests.
--First up this week, the Jumbos will take on MIT on Tuesday evening at 7 pm. The men will be looking to avenge an overtime loss from last season, as the Engineers squeaked out a 71-64 win in overtime last year on their home court. This year the Engineers visit Cousens. The Jumbos own the advantage in the series with the Engineers, 10-6, dating back to 1999.
--The Engineers opened their season up with an exhibition los to Harvard and then rattled off wins against Bridgewater State and Gordon. Most recently, they suffered their first upset of the regular season, falling to Eastern Nazarene, 61-51, Monday night. So far this season junior Tim Butala is leading the Engineer’s offense, averaging 17.3 points per game while seniors Justin Pedley and Ryan Frankel are turning in 13 an 10.7 points per game, respectively. Butala is also averaging 11.7 rebounds per game.
--Last season the Engineers finished 18-8 overall and ended up falling to Babson in the semifinals of the NEWMAC Tournament. Returning their top two scorers from last season, including All-NEWMAC First Team selection in Frankel, the Engineers do need to replace All-NEWMAC Second Team selections Andrew Acker and Matt Redfield who they lost to graduation.
--After the contest with the Engineers the Jumbos will turn their attention to Rhode Island College, who the Jumbos will travel to take on on Saturday at 1 pm. The Jumbos will also be looking to dish out some payback after getting edged by the Anchormen at Cousens Gym, 61-58, last year. That’s the second time in a row the Anchormen have won a close one, as the year before they were edged by one point, 56-55. Prior to those two contests, the last time the two teams faced off was back during the 2006-07 season.
--The Anchormen opened their season with a win over Salem State, but since then have fallen to Fitchburg State and Brandeis. They will take on Bridgewater State on Tuesday before hosting the Jumbos on Saturday. The Anchormen are coming off a season in which they were 20-8 with a 10-4 conference record. Their season came to an end when they lost to Keene State in the second round of the Little East Tournament. The Anchormen graduated a good core of their team from last year, losing All-Little East First Team and All-Defensive team selection Chris Burton and All-Little East Second Team selections Eric Alleyne and Victor Smith. But they do welcome back Roosevelt Shider who was named to the All-Rookie team for the conference last year.
--Chris Green is leading the scoring efforts so far this year for the Anchormen, averaging 16.3 points per game. Behind him is Justin Campbell who is scoring 12.3 points per game, Shider with 10.7 points per game and Jimmy Fritzson with 10.3 points per game. Terrance Tribble is leading the rebounding efforts, averaging 8.3 per game so far this year.
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--The women’s basketball team opened their season with a 69-52 win over Brandeis on Saturday. The story for the Jumbos was a balanced scoring attack, as four different Jumbos scored in double digits to help bring home the “W.” Senior Emma Roberson led all scorers with 13 points and four steals, while sophomore Lauren Dillon added 12 points, junior Michela North scored 12 points and added 12 rebound and junior Katy Hicks scored a career-high 11 points off the bench.
--The Jumbos will look to carry that momentum into a 5 pm contest with Eastern Connecticut on Tuesday evening. The contest with the Warriors will be the home-opener for the Jumbos. Home has been a place the Jumbos like the play recently, as they did not lose at home last year. Their last loss at home was February 11 during the 2013-14 season when the Jumbos fell to Babson, 58-52.
--The Warriors are off to a 3-0 start this season, as they have picked up wins over Nichols, Bridgewater State and Emmanuel. They blew away Nichols (86-48) and Bridgewater State (70-49), but then played their closet contest of the season last Tuesday when they topped Emmanuel, 67-62.
--Jill Ritrosky and Jordyn Nappi are leading the scoring attack for the Warriors, as both are averaging 16.7 points per game through the first three games. Ritrosky has a team leading 31 rebounds through the three games, as Lexis Foster is right there with her with 31 rebounds and 9.3 points per game average through the first three. Ritrosky was the leading point scorer on the Warrior team that went 22-9 last year. They did graduate Shannon McCourt, who was second in points per game and rebounds per game for the Warriors last year.
--The last time the two teams played was fairly recently, as the Jumbos topped the Warriors, 46-31 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament last year. The Jumbos and the Warriors faced off earlier in the regular season and Tufts pulled out a 63-51 win then as well. Prior to last years regular season meeting, the Jumbos and the Warriors had only faced off twice in program history (dating back to 1999) and both of those were in tip-off tournaments. In those games the Jumbos and the Warriors split, giving the Jumbos the edge in the series all time, 3-1, dating back to 1999.
MHOC: The men’s hockey team opened up their season this past weekend, getting edged by defending national champion Trinity on Friday night, 3-2, and then playing to a 1-1 tie with NESCAC-foe Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. The Jumbos will be right back at it this week, as they travel to non-conference Becker on Tuesday and then to Castleton State to play in the Rutland Herald Invitational this Friday and Saturday.
First up for the Jumbos will be Becker on Tuesday on the road. The Jumbos topped the Hawks 5-0 last year at home. The Jumbos got goals from five different players and junior Mason Pulde made 22 saves to earn the shutout. The Jumbos hold the advantage in the series with the Hawks, 3-1, dating back to 1999. The Hawks are off to an 1-5 start this season. The lone win came over Curry, while they have fallen to Plymouth State, Johnson & Wales, Salve Regina, Nichols and Endicott.
After the mid-week contest the Jumbos will get ready for the Rutland Herald Invitational, hosted by Castleton State on Friday and Saturday. The Jumbos will face off with Western New England on Saturday and host Castleton will play Brockport on Saturday. The losers from Fridays games will play in a consolation game at 3:45 on Saturday while the winners play in the championship game at 7 pm.
At last year’s tournament the Jumbos fell to Brockport, 4-2, in the first game but came back to beat Castleton, 4-3, in the consolation game on Sunday. First up for the Jumbos will be Western New England on Friday at 3:45 pm. The Golden Bears are having a bit of a hard time this season, off to a 0-7 start. Most recently they fell to Curry and Salve Regina. Castleton is also off to a bit of a rocky start this season, with a 0-6-1 mark so far this year. The tie came with New England College, 3-3, earlier this year. Brockport has had the most successful of the four teams playing in the tournament this year. The Golden Eagles are 3-4 this season, with wins over Cortland State, Morrisville State and Fredonia.
MSQUASH: The men’s squash team opened their season with an extremely busy weekend, and they won’t take any time off, traveling to local-rival Brandeis on Monday for an 8 pm start. This past weekend the Jumbos played five matches, falling to Stanford and the University of Virginia on Friday, topping Boston University and Bryant on Saturday and then upsetting Hamilton on Sunday.
The Judges are 2-3 so far this season, with wins over USC and Notre Dame, but losses to Notre Dame, Minnesota and Bard. The Jumbos and the Judges faced off last year with the Jumbos winning, 9-0.
Michael Winget, Senior, Men’s Swimming and Diving
Senior Michael Winget opened his senior campaign right strong, winning three events as the Jumbos won a tri-meet with Middlebury and Connecticut College. Winget swam on the team that won the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:35.19, which was two seconds ahead of runner-up Connecticut College. In addition, Winget won the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.73, the 200 backstroke in 1:54.92 and the 100 individual medley, swimming a time of 51.30.
Colleen Doolan, Freshman, Women’s Swimming and Diving
Rookie Colleen Doolan had an impressive collegiate debut, winning two events to help the Jumbos in their season opening tri-meet. Doolan swam a time of 2:08.44 to win the 200 butterfly, which already makes her the second-fastest woman in Jumbo history. Doolan also won the 100 fly and was third in the 200 freestyle. Doolan joined two other teammates who also won two events each, as the Jumbos were just edged by Middlebury, who finished third at the conference meet last year. The Jumbos did beat Connecticut College at the tri-meet.
The men’s soccer team saw their season come to a close on Friday with a 3-2 loss to Kenyon in the third round of the NCAA Championships. Kenyon scored with just 20 seconds remaining in regulation to edge the Jumbos. Junior Nathan Majumder had both of the Jumbos goals.
Men’s basketball got off to a 2-0 start last week, topping Emerson on the road and then downing Wentworth in their home opener on Saturday. Against Emerson senior tri-captain Ryan Spadaford scored a career-high 20 points with ten rebounds and junior tri-captain Tom Palleschi added 17 points of his own. Against Wentworth four Jumbos scored in double-digits, including senior tri-captain Stephen Haladyna who turned in 16 and sophomore Vincent Pace who added 15.
The Tuft’s women’s cross country team raced to a seventh-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Division III Championship race this past Saturday. The Jumbos were third among New England teams, behind championship race winner Williams, and third-place finisher MIT. Senior Audrey Gould was the top Jumbo finisher taking 50th place overall.
Women’s basketball opened up their season with a win on the road at Brandeis on Saturday. The Jumbos topped the Judges, 69-52, behind 13 points from senior Emma Roberson. Sophomore Lauren Dillon and junior Michela North both turned in 12 points each in the win.
Junior Tim Nichols of the Tufts men’s cross country team finished 17th at the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships on Saturday to earn the first All-American honors by a Jumbo since 2011. The Tufts team finished 17th overall out of 32 teams at the meet.
Senior All-American Michael Winget won three times, freshman Brandon Jinn won both distance events and classmate Kingsley Bowen won once as the Tufts men’s swimming and diving team won their opening meet, downing Middlebury and Connecticut College in tri meet action this past Saturday.
The women’s swimming team won nine events on Saturday when they took on Middlebury and Connecticut College in tri-meet action. The Jumbos narrowly lost to the Panthers and beat the Camels. The Jumbos got wins in two events from junior Kylie Reiman, sophomore Anna Kimura and freshman Colleen Doolan.
The men’s squash team opened their season with as full of a schedule as they could get. They fell to Stanford and the University of Virginia on Friday, but then topped Boston University, Bryant on Saturday and NESCAC-rival Hamilton on Sunday. For his performance, senior co-captain Aditya Advani was named the NESCAC Co-Player of the Week.
Things were almost as busy for the women’s squash team as they opened their season with a 2-2 record this weekend. They fell to the University of Virginia in their season-opening match before coming back to top Boston College and Boston University. On Sunday the women were topped by Hamilton to close out their weekend with a 2-2 mark. For her play over the weekend, rookie Zarena Jafry was named the NESCAC Player of the Week.
The men’s hockey team opened their season on Friday night, getting edged, 3-2, by defending national champion Trinity. Junior Matt Pugh and rookie David Lackner were the goal scorers while senior co-captain Brian Ouellette and sophomore Oliver Takacsi-Nagy picked up the assists. The Jumbos followed that up with a 1-1 tie with Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. Junior Mike Leary scored for the Jumbos, while classmates Patrick Lackey and Sean Kavanagh were credited with the assists.