This Week in Tufts Athletics: March 26 - April 2

MEDFORD – After a busy and successful spring break week, Jumbo teams return to class and action back at home!  Men’s and women’s track and field host the annual Tufts Snowflake Classic on Saturday and women’s lacrosse, men’s tennis and softball are also home this Saturday.

Men’s lacrosse takes on Western New England at home on Wednesday before hitting the road this weekend.  Baseball will open their NESCAC slate at Trinity this weekend.  Softball looks to open at home this week with games scheduled on Spicer Field on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  Women’s tennis heads to Maine on Saturday to take on Colby and Bates.  Both coed and women’s sailing will be back on the water again this weekend. Golf opens the spring portion of their schedule, heading to the Rhode Island College Invitational on Friday and Saturady.

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Baseball Home and NESCAC Opener


The baseball team had a successful spring trip, traveling down to Virginia and coming back to Medford with an 8-1 record.  The Jumbos finished the trop with a 10 inning, 7-6, win over Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon.  Sophomore Will Shackelford is leading the Jumbo offense, hitting .520 at the end of the break.  Senior Tom Petry is hitting .447, sophomore Casey Santos-Ocampo is hitting .424 and junior Nick Falkson has a .419 batting average. On the mound for the Jumbos senior Speros Varinos got the win in all three games he started over break.  Classmate Matt Rothstein picked up two wins on the trip and junior Ian Kinney, senior Tim Superko and freshman Elias Varinos all added wins on the mound for the Jumbos.

Now that they are back up north the Jumbos will look to keep that momentum going into their New England portion of the schedule.  First up will be a Wednesday game with Mass Maritime.  The Buccaneers are 5-3 this season, most recently having played three games with Dean and winning two of three. Connor Kennedy is leading the offense with a .419 batting average and Paul Sances is right behind him with a .370 average.  Logan Sullo is the RBI leader with nine, and Jackson Simone and Jake Petruzzelli each have eight RBIs.  On the mound Brian Kwedor has a team leading two wins and a team low 1.17 ERA. The Jumbos won, 21-3, last year when the two teams faced off and have the 18-1 advantage in the series dating back to 1999.  That lone Buccaneer win came back in 2000.

After the midweek contest the Jumbos will get ready to open NESCAC play, as they head to Trinity this weekend for one on Friday and two on Saturday with the Bantams.  The Jumbos beat the Bantams for the NESCAC Championship last spring and will look to do the same thing to start NESCAC play this weekend.  The games will be played in Hartford, on Trinity’s brand new turf field, with one game on Friday at 3 pm and a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon. The Bantams are 6-6 so far this year, most recently having split with Mitchell this past Saturday.  Freshman catcher Alex Rodriguez is hitting .500 this season with five doubles and two triples.  Junior Brendan Pierce is hitting .419 with two home runs and classmate Cooper Mooney is the Bantam’s RBI leader with 15 this season.  On the mound sophomore Erik Mohl has a team-leading four wins.  The Jumbos won all four times the two teams played last year and have a 31-24 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.

Men's and Women's Track Host Snowflake Classic


Both the men’s and women’s track teams are looking forward to exciting outdoor seasons.  With their spring seasons getting underway this past weekend, the men’s and the women’s teams both hit the road to warmer weather for spring break.  This weekend the Jumbos get to stay at home as they welcome 22 other teams to The Clarence “Ding” Dussault Track and Field Complex for the Tufts Snowflake Classic on Saturday.

The men’s team headed to San Diego over spring break, competing in the Point Loma Nazarene Invitational and winning the nine-team invite.  Senior tri-captain Luke O’Connor ran 9:11.70 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, which was more than 12 seconds faster than the previous fastest time in Division III.  O’Connor was fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championship last spring, and the time he ran last weekend at Point Loma was the second-best of his career.  Sophomore Josh Etkind posted the third fastest time in the nation for early in the outdoor season with a 14.81 in the 110-meter hurdles.  He also posted the ninth national mark in the triple jump, reaching 45’5 ¼” for second place at the meet.  Junior Andrew DiMaiti finished with a time of 53.74 in the 400-meter hurdles which was the fourth best time in the country.  The Jumbos broke a school record and had four national top 40 times in the 100 meter race.  Senior Blake Coolidge ran a 10.81 to break teammate Tommy Miller’s 10.86 school record in the event last year. Coolidge’s mark was seventh in Division III.  The 4x100 meter relay ran the fastest time in Tufts history and the fourth fastest time nationally and the 4x400 meter relay team ran the ninth best team in the country.

The women’s team headed out to Las Vegas and competed in the 14 team UNLV Invitational the first weekend of break.  Freshman Julia Kissel broke the program’s javelin throw record in the first outdoor meet of her collegiate career. Her 130’2” distance ranked third nationally early in the outdoor season.  She threw more than five feet better than the previous Tufts record. Senior Samantha Cox posted the tenth best time in the nation in the 1,500 with a 4:50.12.  Freshman Julia Gake sits just outside the top 10 for Division III with the 59.03 she ran in the 400 meters at the event. Sophomore Natalie Bettez and freshman Haley Barthel both scored at the meet and ran national top 25 times in the 5,000 meters. Bettez’s 18:09.54 ranks 16th in the country and Barthel clocked an 18:16.67 that was eighth in the race and is 22nd nationally. Junior Jennifer Sherwill and sophomore Brita Dawson both submitted a pair of top 30 performances. Dawson in the long jump with a 16’9 ¾” which is 22nd and her 4’11” clearance in the high jump is 23rd.  Shervill had a 117’8” discus throw that is 25th nationally and a 37’3 ¼” in the shot put which is 29th.

This weekend the Jumbos will look to continue to improve on their times as they host 22 other schools for the Snowflake Classic. Joining the Jumbos will be Amherst, Brandeis, Colby-Sawyer, Dartmouth, Elms, Emmanuel, Endicott, Harvard, Keene State, Lesley, Mt. Holyoke, RPI, Smith, Southern New Hampshire, Stonehill, St. Joseph’s (ME), UMaine-Farmington, UMass-Boston, University of Southern Maine, Wheaton, Wheelock and Worcester State. Both field and track events begin at 10 am on Saturday.


MLAX: Tuesday vs. Western New England at 3:30 pm and Saturday at Connecticut College at 1 pm
What you need to know: The men’s lacrosse team is on a roll and they will look to keep that momentum going into this week.  The Jumbos topped No. 8 Stevenson and Trinity this past week to stay undefeated, improving to 7-0.  Up this week for Tufts is a weekday stint with Western New England, followed by another weekend of NESCAC play as the Jumbos travel to Connecticut College on Saturday. First up will be Western New England on Wednesday.  The Golden Bears are off to a rough start, as they are 0-7.  But, they have played a challenging schedule, as they have faced off with No. 4 St. Lawrence, No. 10 Amherst, No. 11 Cortland State, No. 3 Ithaca and Springfield who is receiving votes. Nicholas Beauchamp is the offensive leader with 13 goals and three assists and Frank Medlicott has scored ten times and helped three others.  The Jumbos won, 15-12, last year and have the 11-2 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.  After the midweek contest the Jumbos will get ready for Connecticut College on Saturday.  The Camels are 4-3 this season, having dropped a close one to No. 16 Middlebury (8-6) to open the season and also having setbacks to Williams and Stockton.  PJ Kelleher is the offensive leader with 17 goals and 14 assist this year, as Jackson Kleintz has scored 16 goals and five assists and Jordan Foster has helped with ten goals and four assists.  The Jumbos and the Camels faced off twice last year and won both times, 24-12 in the regular season and 16-10 in the NESCAC Quarterfinals.  The Jumbos have a 16-6 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.

WLAX: Saturday vs. Connecticut College at 12 pm
What you need to know:  After a split this past week with a shutout win over Castleton and a setback to No. 7 Trinity, the women’s lacrosse team will have a relatively quiet week, allowing them to prepare for a Saturday contest at home with Connecticut College.  The Jumbos are 3-3 this season with losses to No. 5 Middlebury, No. 20 Colby and No. 6 Trinity.  In the win column for the Jumbos is a 16-8 win over Claremont Mudd Scripps who was receiving votes in the most recent poll. The Camels are 0-5 so far this year, with losses to Colby and Middlebury in there. Tina Balzotti is leading the offense with 17 goals this season.  The Camels edged the Jumbos, 14-13, last year when the two teams played.

SBALL: Thursday vs. Eastern Connecticut State at 3 pm and 5 pm, Saturday vs. Bates at 12 pm and 3 pm and Sunday vs. Bates at 12 pm
What you need to know:  The softball team had a busy week in Florida, playing 14 games while down south and coming back up to Medford with a 9-5 record.  The Jumbos finished by winning their last four including a 3-1 win over Chicago and a 12-2 win over Wellesley.  Hopefully the weather won’t slow things down too much this week, as the Jumbos look to open their home schedule on Thursday with two games against Eastern Connecticut State.  The Warriors are back from their spring trip with a 2-8 record having picked up wins over Greenville and Stevens Institute out in Arizona. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since the 2014 season when the Jumbos won 7-2 during the team’s spring break trip.  Kristyn Ryan is leading the Warriors offense with a .438 batting average and Gina Georgetti has a .375 batting average. In the circle Samantha Valentine and Jacky Arndt have started most of the Warriors games as Arndt has a 3.00 ERA and Valentine has a 5.15 ERA. After the midweek contest, the Jumbos will get ready to start NESCAC play as Bates heads down to Medford for three games this weekend.  The Bobcats and the Jumbos will play two on Saturday and the third on Sunday.  The Bobcats are 5-3 but haven’t played since their spring break trip, which ended on March 12.  Andrea Russo is leading the Bobcats offense with a .469 batting average and Maddie Inlow is helping with a .462 batting average. Sam Fellers and Kirsten Pelletier have split time in the circle for the Bobcats They are scheduled to play two with Southern Maine on Wednesday before making the trip to play the Jumbos. The Jumbos won all three times the two teams played last year and have the 42-2 advantage in the series dating back to 1999.  The last Bobcat win came back in 2007.

MTENNIS: Saturday vs. Amherst at 12 pm and Sunday at Trinity at 1 pm
What you need to know: Coming back with a 4-2 record from their spring break trip, the No. 14 men’s tennis team will look to keep the momentum going this week as they have a NESCAC filled weekend.  On Saturday the Jumbos host No. 15 Amherst with a 12 pm start.  They will then make the trip to Trinity on Sunday for a 1 pm start.  First up is the Purple and White, who are 11-2 so far this season.  Those two losses came recently, and were the first for the Purple and White, as they started their season with an 11 match-winning streak.  They fell, 5-4, to No. 1 Emory, and 4-3 to Harvard most recently.  The Jumbos won, 7-2, last year, picking up their first win over Amherst since the 2003-04 season.

WTENNIS: Saturday at Bates at 10 am and at Colby at 3:30 pm
What you need to know: The No. 12 women’s tennis team just finished a successful west coast trip and will look to bring that success back to the east this week.  The Jumbos finished up their trip with a 4-1 record with the lone loss coming to No. 4 Pomona-Pitzer.  The women will hit the ground running this week with a match against No. 18 Brandeis on Wednesday.  The Judges are 8-2 this season with those losses coming to No. 5 Claremont Mudd Scripps and No. 7 Middlebury.  Prior to that loss to Middlebury last Saturday, the Judges were on a six-match winning streak. The Jumbos beat the Judges, 9-0, last year and are 14-0 dating back to 1999 in the series with the Judges.  After the midweek contest the Jumbos will get ready to head to Maine on Saturday. First will be a stop at Bates for a 10 am start, followed by a 3:30 pm match at Colby. Bates is 3-7 this year with wins over Westmont, Mount Holyoke and Hamilton.  The Jumbos won, 8-1 last year when they played the Bobcats, and have the 15-0 advantage in the series dating back to 1999.  After the contest with the Bobcats, the Jumbos will travel up to take on Colby.  The Mules are 2-1 this spring, with wins over Chapman and St. Lawrence and a setback to Carleton.  The Jumbos won, 9-0, last year and are 17-0 in the series with the Mules, dating back to 1999.

WSAILING: Saturday and Sunday at Dellenbaugh Trophy at Brown at 10:30 am
What you need to know:  The women’s sailing team has two spring regattas under their belts.  The Jumbos started the spring portion of their schedule by finishing 9th at the St. Mary’s Inter-conference March 18 and 19.  They then were at home this past weekend, finishing sixth out of ten at the Duplin Trophy on Upper Mystic Lake.  This weekend the Jumbos head to Brown for the Dellenbaugh Trophy.  They finished 11th out of 18 total teams at this race last year.

CSAILING: Saturday and Sunday at Marchiando Team Race at MIT at 10:30 am
What you need to know: The coed sailing team also has two regattas under their belts this spring.  The Jumbos opened the spring season finishing 8th out of 16 total teams at the Graham Hall Team Race hosted by Navy March 18 and 19.  They were then at Coast Guard this past weekend for the Friis Trophy Team Race, where they finished 8th out of ten total teams.  The Jumbos head to MIT this weekend for the Marchiando Team Race. The Jumbos finished 12th out of 14 total teams at this race last year.

GOLF: Friday and Saturday at Rhode Island College Invitational at Valley Country Club at 10 am
What you need to know: The golf team will start the spring part of their schedule this weekend with a trip to Rhode Island for the Rhode Island College Invitational at the Valley Country Club.  The Jumbos opened up their spring schedule with this same tournament last year and finished 12th.  This will be the first tournament for the Jumbos, who finished fifth at the NESCAC Qualifier this fall.  It is the first of three tournaments the Jumbos will play this spring.



Danny Murphy, Sophomore, Men’s Lacrosse

Sophomore attack Danny Murphy helped the Jumbos twice this week, just like has been all season long.  In a 16-13 win over No. 8 Stevenson he scored three times and helped one other.  Then, in the Jumbos 22-9 win over Trinity he turned in a goal and five assists.  The Jumbos were leading 5-3 after the first quarter and Murphy assisted on four consecutive goals in the second quarter to help grow the lead to 10-3 in the Jumbos favor. Murphy is lead the undefeated and second-ranked Jumbos offensively this year with 21 goals and 12 assists.



Emily Games, Freshman, Women’s Lacrosse

Freshman Emily Games had a breakout week for the women’s lacrosse team.  On Wednesday the Jumbos picked up their first shutout since 1996 with a 21-0 win over Castleton.  Games had three goals and an assist in that game.  Then on Saturday she exploded for six goals and an assist against No. 7 Trinity.  Games had five goals and an assist in the first half, helping the Jumbos take the 8-7 lead into halftime. Games is second on the team this season with 15 points offensively coming from 13 goals and two assists.



The baseball team kicked off their 2017 schedule with a spring break trip to Virginia, playing nine games over the week trip.  The Jumbos finished the trip with an 8-1 record including wins over Virginia Wesleyan and Methodist.

After a slow start to the week the softball team got things rolling and finished their spring break trip with four wins in a row to finish the trip 9-5.  The Jumbos picked up wins over Hope, Fontbonne, University of Chicago and Wellesley on the last two days.

The No. 2 men’s lacrosse team improved to 7-0 over the spring break week.  The Jumbos started the week with a 16-13 win over No. 8 Stevenson on Tuesday and then followed that with a 22-9 win over Trinity on Saturday.

The women’s lacrosse team split their spring break week.  The Jumbos picked up their first shutout since 1996 on Wednesday with a 21-0 win over Castleton.  On Saturday they traveled to Trinity but fell to the No. 6 ranked Bantams 14-11 on Saturday.  Freshman Emily Games scored six times for the Jumbos on Saturday.

The men’s track and field team traveled out to California and competed in the Point Loma Nazarene Invitational on Saturday. The Jumbos not only won it, but also posted nine top 10 national marks at the meet.  Senior tri-captain Luke O’Connor ran 9:11.70 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, which was more than 12 second faster than the previous top time in Division III heading into the weekend. The time was the second-best of O’Connor’s career.

The women’s track and field team also headed west for spring break, as the women competed at UNLV on Saturday.  Freshman Julia Kissel broke the program’s javelin throw record in her first outdoor meet of her career.  The Jumbos posted several top 30 national performances and finished 12th as a team.

Out in California for their spring break trip the No. 14 men’s tennis team posted a 4-2 record over the break.  The Jumbos picked up wins over Point Loma (6-3), College of the Desert (6-0), Wisconsin-Whitewater (9-0) and Colby (6-3).  The two losses came to No. 5 Chicago (9-0) and No. 9 Pomona-Pitzer (5-4).

The No. 12 women’s tennis team also traveled out to California for their spring trip this past week.  The Jumbos finished the week 4-1 with wins over No. 40 Oberlin (8-1), No. 37 Carleton (9-0), No. 21 Wisconsin-Whitewater (9-0) and No. 6 Chicago (6-3).  The lone loss came to No. 4 Pomona-Pitzer, 7-2.

At home on Upper Mystic Lake this past weekend the women’s sailing team finished sixth out of ten total teams at the 38th Joseph R. Duplin team race regatta on Saturday and Sunday.  The Jumbos won six out of nine in the opening round, tying for fourth-best and advancing as one of six teams to the final.  However, they lost all five of their second-round races to finish with a 6-8 mark overall.

The coed sailing team placed eighth out of ten teams at the Jan T. Friis Trophy hosted by Coast Guard on Saturday and Sunday.  Tufts finished 4-5 in round robin racing, failing to advance as one of six teams to the final round.  The Jumbos were one of four squads to compete in a consolation bracket and finished the weekend with a 6-6 mark overall.