This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 1 - 7




Men's Basketball

When: Friday vs. Colby at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Bowdoin at 3 pm
What you need to know: After picking up two wins on their west coast trip, the men’s basketball team returns home this weekend and opens NESCAC play, welcoming Colby and Bowdoin to Cousens Gym.  First up are the Mules, who will pay a visit to Cousens on Friday for a 7 pm start.  Colby is 7-3 this season, most recently having fallen to Salem State in the Salem State Tournament at the end of December. Sophomore Sam Jefferson is leading the offense with 14.8 points per game and freshman Matt Hanna is helping with 14.3 points per game. Junior Dean Weiner has been a force as well, turning in 9.4 rebounds per game, 2.8 blocks per game and10.3 points per game. The Jumbos won, 84-70, last year then they played the Mules.  On Saturday at 3 pm the Jumbos will face off with Bowdoin.  The Polar Bears have a record of 8-2 this season, those two losses coming at the beginning of December to Colby and Saint Joseph’s.  Junior Jack Simonds is leading the offense with 15.3 points per game and sophomore David Reynolds is helping with 14.8 points per game. Junior Hugh O’Neil turns in 11.7 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game.  Last year when the two teams played, Tufts won, 77-54.

Women's Basketball 

When: Friday at Colby at 7 pm and Saturday at Bowdoin at 3 pm
What you need to know: The No. 4 women’s basketball team is coming off a split at the Gelston/Paskert Holiday Tournament, beating DeSales, but falling to Albright. The Jumbos will start NESCAC play this weekend with a trip to Maine to take on Colby and Bowdoin. The Mules are up first, with a 7 pm start time on Friday night in Waterville.  Colby is 5-4 this year, most recently beating Babson but falling to Springfield at the Springfield Classic at the end of December.  Senior Haley Driscoll is leading the offense with 12.4 points per game and junior Katie McCrum is helping with 10.3 points per game.  The Jumbos won, 70-58, when the two teams played last year.  On Saturday the Jumbos will travel down to Bowdoin for a 3 pm start with the No. 11 ranked Polar Bears.  Bowdoin owns a perfect 11-0 record this year, and they are averaging 88 points per game. Junior Abby Kelly is leading the offensive efforts with 11 points per game and senior Katie Kerrigan and junior Taylor Choate are helping with 10.5 and 10.3 points, respectively. The Jumbos and the Polar Bears played two close games last year, with Tufts winning 46-43 in the regular season and 49-44 in the NESCAC Tournament.


When: Friday and Saturday at W.B. Mason Winter Classic at Plattsburgh
What you need to know: The men’s hockey team will kick off their second semester schedule this weekend, after almost a month long break from games.  The Jumbos head to Plattsburgh for the W.B. Mason Winter Classic along with Babson and Endicott.  The Jumbos will take on Plattsburgh at 7 pm on Friday and Babson and Endicott play at 4 pm on Friday.  Saturday will feature the consolation game at 4 pm and championship game at 7 pm.  First up for the Jumbos will be Plattsburgh, who has a 5-7 record this year and have lost three of four in the month of December.  The Cardinals have three players in double digit points, junior Cam Owens has three goals and 11 assists (14 points), freshman Rich McCartney has scored eight times and helped three others (11 assists) and senior Ayrton Valente has scored once and helped nine others for ten points. Time in goal has been split between two freshmen with Jimmy Poreda owning an .875 save percentage and a 3.26 goals against average and Lawson Fenton has an .887 save percentage and a 3.73 goals against average. The Jumbos did not take on Plattsburgh State last year. Depending on Friday’s results the Jumbos could face off with either No. 3 Endicott or Babson, who is receiving votes, on Saturday.  Endicott is 13-1 this season with that lone loss being their season-opening setback to Plymouth State. The Gulls have three players with 20+ points this season and Daniel Kucerovy has a team-leading 14 goals. Babson owns a 7-4-1 record this season having won two of their last three as they slit with No. 9 UMass-Boston and beat Lake Forest.  Seniors Rob Devaney and Charlie Ackerman are the point leaders for the Beavers, with 13 and ten points, resepectively. Tufts didn’t take on Endicott or Babson last year.



KJ Garrett, Senior, Men's Basketball   

Senior KJ Garrett returned to the Tufts lineup and helped the Jumbos earn two wins in California.  He had 18 points in his season debut, a 77-75 win at Pomona-Pitzer.  He made 8-of-12 field goals, including two threes, while adding six rebounds and two assists.  His ten second-half points helped Tufts pull away from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps for a 71-63 win.  He finished the game with 12 points, six rebounds (five of those being offensive) and two steals in the win.


Melissa Baptista, Senior, Women's Basketball 

Senior Melissa Baptista was named to the Gelston/Paskert Hoilday All-Tournament Team after averaging 15.5 points per game in a 1-1 week for the Jumbos.  She also averaged 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals and two assists per game.  Baptista recorded a double-double with 16 points and ten rebounds in the Jumbos 82-41 win over DeSales.





   The men’s basketball team was one of two Jumbo teams in action last week and they picked up two wins on a trip to the west coast.  The Jumbos downed Pomona-Pitzer, 77-75, on Thursday and then beat Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Friday, 71-63

   The No. 4 women’s basketball team played in the Gelston/Paskert Holiday Tournament last weekend, falling to Albright, 62-59, in the opening round of play on Friday. The Jumbos then beat DeSales in the consolation game, 82-41, on Saturday afternoon.