This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 8 - 14



Men's Basketball

When: Friday at Williams at 7 pm and Saturday at Middlebury at 3 pm
What you need to know: The men’s basketball team has won their last eight, including their first two NESCAC games this past weekend, and they will look to carry that momentum into a huge NESCAC road weekend coming up.  On Friday the Jumbos travel to take on No. 11 Williams at 7 pm.  The Ephs are 11-2 this year, having lost in overtime to Wesleyan earlier in December and to Hamline out in California right after Christmas.  The Ephs played Wesleyan in NESCAC play this past weekend and they won in overtime. They also beat Connecticut College this past weekend to start NESCAC play 2-0 like the Jumbos. Junior James Heskett is averaging 16.7 points per game and classmate Bobby Casey is helping with 14.8 points per game.  The Jumbos and the Ephs played twice last year, as Tufts won during the regular season but the Ephs were able to sneak out a win in NESCAC Tournament play. On Saturday the Jumbos will head up to Middlebury for a 3 pm game with the No. 4 ranked Panthers. After winning their first six games this year, the Panthers fell to No. 13 York right after Christmas.  They have gone 2-2 in their last four, with setbacks to Swarthmore and Wesleyan, and own a 9-3 record this year.  Senior Jack Daly is leading the offensive efforts with 15.7 points per game and sophomore Matt Folger is turning in 15.4 points per game for the Panthers while both are averaging more than eight rebounds a game. The Jumbos beat the Panthers, 91-85, when they took on the Panthers last year.

Women's Basketball 

When: Monday at Worcester State, Friday vs. Williams at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Middlebury at 3 pm
What you need to know: The No. 8 women’s basketball team started off the week with a win over Worcester State on Monday.  That got the Jumbos back in the win column, as they fell to No. 4 Bowdoin on Saturday up in Maine.  The Jumbos will host a NESCAC weekend this weekend, welcoming Williams to Cousens Gym on Friday at 7 pm. The Ephs are 9-5 this year, most recently splitting their first NESCAC weekend with a win over Wesleyan but a setback to Connecticut College.  Senior Amanni Fernandez is leading the offense with 15.2 points per game and classmate Kristin Fechtelkotter is helping with 13.2 points per game. The Jumbos beat the Ephs twice last year, once on the road in the regular season, and once at home in the first round of the NESCAC tournament. After the Friday night contest, the Jumbos will get ready for Middlebury at 3 pm on Saturday.  The Panthers are 11-2 this season, those two losses coming to Skidmore and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps both back in December.  This past weekend they opened NESCAC play with wins over Wesleyan and Connecticut College. Two sophomores are leading the offense this year, as Betsy Knox is averaging 11.1 points per game and Maya Davis 10.9 points per game.  The Jumbos beat the Panthers, 54-38, when they faced off last year. 


When: Tuesday vs. Endicott at 7 pm, Saturday vs. Amherst at 7 pm and Sunday vs. Hamilton at 4 pm
What you need to know: The men’s hockey team has a huge week ahead of them.  Its starts with a rematch with No. 2 ranked Endicott at home on Tuesday night.  The Gulls are 14-1-1 this year, and most recently beat the Jumbos in the consolation game of the W.B. Mason Winter Classic.  They tied Babson in the opening game but failed to advance in the shootout. The Jumbos will look to stop the highly potent Gull offense this second time around. That will help the Jumbos prepare for a NESCAC weekend of Amherst and No. 6 Hamilton. The Mammoths recently dropped out of the D3hockey national poll after having lost three of their last four. They own a 5-4-3 record this year, and are led by 12 points from senior Thomas Lindstrom.  The two teams split when they played last year, the Mammoths winning the first time, 4-1, and the Jumbos winning the second, 4-0.  After the Saturday contest the Jumbos welcome Hamilton for a 4 pm start with the sixth-ranked Continentals. Hamilton is 9-2-1 this year and have won their last six. There are five players on the Continental’s roster with double-digit points, including a team-high 15 points from junior Jason Brochu and a team-leading ten goals from junior Rory Gagnon. The Jumbos split with the Continentals last year, and both games had scores of 3-1.

Men's Track and Field 

When: Saturday at Tufts Invitational #1
What you need to know: The men’s track and field team will begin their 2018 indoor campaign this weekend at home with the Tufts Invitational #1 on Saturday in the Gantcher Center. The Jumbos welcome 11 teams on Saturday including Bridgewater State, Coast Guard, Emmanuel, Keene State, RPI, Springfield, UMass-Boston, UMass-Dartmouth, UMass-Lowell, Wentworth and Worcester State. The Jumbos finished first at the Division III Indoor Championships last February, and tied for 16th at the outdoor championships last spring.  Juniors Josh Etkind, Christian Swenson and Hiroto Watanabe and senior Stefan Duvivier all competed for the Jumbos at the outdoor championships last year and are back for the Jumbos this year. 

Women's Track and Field 

When: Saturday at Tufts Invitational #1
What you need to know: After a small contingent of women’s track and field runners ran at Boston University to open the indoor track and field season in early December, the entire team will begin this weekend as the Jumbos host the Tufts Invitational #1 at the Gantcher Center on Saturday.  Joining Tufts will be Bridgewater State, Bridgewater State, Coast Guard, Emmanuel, Keene State, RPI, Springfield, UMass-Boston, UMass-Dartmouth, UMass-Lowell, Wentworth and Worcester State. There will be no team scoring for this event.

Men's Squash 

When: Wednesday vs. Hobart at Palo Alto, Calif. and Thursday at Stanford 
What you need to know: The No. 28 men’s squash team will return to action this week, traveling to California and taking on No. 25 Hobart and No. 32 Stanford.  The Jumbos finished the first semester with a 3-2 mark, winning their last three matches of the semester over Bard, Boston College and Wesleyan.  Hobart owns a 6-3 record, finishing their first semester of play with a 5-4 win over Bowdoin, but a 9-0 setback to University of Virginia.  The Jumbos faced off with the Statesmen in the Semi-final of the Conroy Cup at the College Squash Association Team Championships last year and fell, 5-4. After taking on the Statesmen, the Jumbos will then face off with Stanford on Thursday.   

Women's Squash 

When: Thursday at Stanford at 7 pm 
What you need to know: The women’s squash team will also travel to California this week to kick off their second semester of play after finishing the first semester with a 6-1 record.  That lone loss was a season opening setback to Amherst, after which the Jumbos won six straight to finish out the first semester.  On Thursday they will look to keep the momentum going against No. 4 Stanford.  The Cardinal are 3-1 this year, including two wins over top-15 teams.  That lone setback was a 6-3 loss to No. 3 Princeton. The Jumbos and the Cardinal did not face off last year.




Everett Dayton, Senior, Men's Basketball   

Senior Everett Dayton exploded for a season-high 22 points on Friday night against Colby in Cousens Gym to help the Jumbos pick up a 94-83 win over the Mules to open NESCAC play.  In addition to the 22 points Dayton also helped with six rebounds and three assists in addition to turning in two blocks.  In the Jumbos win over Bowdoin on Saturday, Dayton finished with 11 points, two rebounds and a team-leading five assits.


Erica DeCandido, Sophomore, Women's Basketball 

Sophomore Erica DeCandido was the Jumbos leading scorer in both of their games this past weekend.  She tallied 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in the Jumbos 65-43 win over Colby on Friday night to open up NESCAC play. Then on Saturday in a setback to Bowdoin she tallied 16 points, ten rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

Senior Brian Brown made sure to take advantage of an almost empty net during the first period against No. 2 Endicott this past weekend, watch it here:





   The men’s basketball team picked up two NESCAC wins this weekend.  It started with a 94-83 win over Colby on Friday night where seniors Vincent Pace and Everett Dayton each scored 22 points.  The Jumbos then downed Bowdoin on Saturday, 87-65, to start NESCAC play a perfect 2-0.  

  Also opening NESCAC play was the No. 4 women’s basketball team who traveled up to Maine to take on Colby and Bowdoin.  The Jumbos won over Colby on Friday night, 65-43, with senior Melissa Baptista, junior Jac Knapp and sophomore Erica DeCandido also scoring in double-digits.  But, the Jumbos fell on Saturday to No. 11 Bowdoin on Saturday, 66-53.  


  The men’s hockey team played at Plattsburgh in the W.B. Mason Winter Classic this weekend.  They opened up play with a 5-0 loss to host Plattsburgh and then fell to Endicott in the consolation game on Saturday.