This Week in Tufts Athletics: February 5 - 11




Men's Basketball

When: Sunday vs. Trinity at 2 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbos wrap up their regular season with one final NESCAC game on Sunday. Trinity, who is 14-7 on the year and 3-4 in conference play, will be coming to Medford. The Bantams are led by Jeremy Arthur and Eric Gendron who are averaging 11.7 and 11.4 points per game, respectively. They are also two of the team’s top three leading rebounders. Last time these two teams played, Tufts won in overtime, 78-75. The NESCAC standings are totally up in the air at this point and things will be interesting heading into the final weekend of conference play. Middlebury sits in first place with a 7-1 conference mark and Hamilton and Williams are tied for second with 6-2 marks.  Amherst and Wesleyan (5-3) are both ahead of the Jumbos in fourth place, but Amherst still has to play both Williams and Middlebury. The Jumbos sit in sixth place with a 5-4 mark and Trinity is right behind them with a 4-4 record. The conference tournament seedings should be set by Sunday with the top four teams hosting NESCAC Quarterfinal games that following weekend. 

Women's Basketball 

When: Sunday at Trinity (Conn.) at 2 pm
What you need to know:  The women’s basketball team plays their final regular season game this Sunday when they travel to Trinity. The Bantams are 13-8 on the season and 1-6 in NESCAC play. Their leading scorers are Courtney Erickson (12.9), Erica Junquet (11.3), and Peace Kabari (10.2). When the Jumbos played them last February, Tufts won the game, 74-39. The women’s basketball standings are a little bit less up in the air than the men’s.  Amherst is in first place with an 8-0 mark, and Bowdoin is in second place with a 7-1 conference record.  The Jumbos sit in third with a 7-2 mark and Middlebury is behind them in fourth with a 5-3 mark.  The Jumbos have to just play Trinity this weekend, and Bowdoin has Connecticut College and Wesleyan with Amherst still having to play Williams and Middlebury.  The top eight teams make the conference tournament, with the top four hosting NESCAC Quarterfinal games the weekend after this coming. 



When: Saturday at Amherst at 7:30 pm and Sunday at Hamilton at 3 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbo men’s ice hockey team will play its final away games of the regular season this weekend when they travel to Amherst and Hamilton. Amherst is 9-7-4 on the season and 6-4-4 in NESCAC. Thomas Lindstrom leads the Mammoths with 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) on the year. When Tufts faced off against them earlier this season, the Jumbos came out victorious, 4-0. Hamilton is 13-6-1 and 7-6-1 in conference play on the year. The Continentals are led by Jason Brochu who has 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists), and Rory Gagnon with 19 points (13 goals, six assists). Tufts also defeated them earlier this season by a score of 5-3 in January.  The Jumbos are currently in eighth place in the conference standings, with Amherst in fourth place and Hamilton in fifth place.  After this weekend the Jumbos have one more regular season weekend remaining as they take on Bowdoin (9th place NESCAC) and Colby (6th place NESCAC).


Men's Track and Field 

When: Friday and Saturday at the David Hemery Invitational at Boston University and Saturday at MIT Invitational
What you need to know: The men’s track and field team is coming off a strong weekend at home at the Cupid Challenge as the meet featured 50 national top 50 performances overall.  Junior Hiroto Watanabe won the 800 with a time that is his career best and the second best time in the nation.  The Jumbos will be attending two events this coming weekend, both of which they competed in last season. At the 2017 David Hemery Invitational, Andrew DiMaiti ran a 48.90 400 meters that ranked 22 nationally at the time of the race. Colin Raposo ran a career-best time in the 1,000 meters. At the MIT Invitational, Stefan Duvivier broke a Tufts record in the high jump with a 6’9 3/4". There was no team scoring at either event.

Women's Track and Field 

When: Friday and Saturday at the David Hemery Invitational at Boston University and Saturday at MIT Invitational
What you need to know: This past weekend senior co-captain Annalisa DeBari ran a national top ten time in the 60-meter hurdles at a meet that featured 38 national top 50 perforamnces overall.  The Jumbos will also be attending both events at BU and MIT this coming weekend. Last season at the David Hemery Invitational, a distance medley relay team that included Julia Gake and Brittany Bowman ran a 12:07, which ranked as the second best time in the nation at the time of the race. At MIT, Sydney Ladner had Jumbo season-best marks in the 60-meter dash and the pole vault. Neither events had team scoring.


Men's Squash 

When: Thursday at MIT at 6 pm and Saturday vs. Boston University at 2 pm
What you need to know: The No. 28 Jumbos will have two matches this week after playing in the NESCAC Championship last weekend. They will use this week to get ready for the College Squash Association Team Nationals at Harvard February 23-25.  On Thursday they will take on No. 22 MIT who is 14-5 on the season. When they matched up last year, Tufts fell 9-0. Then on the weekend the Jumbos will play host to No. 36 BU. Last season, Tufts defeated the Terriers 8-1.

Women's Squash 

When: Saturday vs. Boston University at 2 pm
What you need to know: The No. 17 women’s squash team will be taking on No. 39 BU this Saturday after playing in the NESCAC Championships last weekend. The Jumbos will use this week to prepare for the upcoming College Squash Association Team Nationals February 16-18 at Harvard.  Last year when the Jumbos and the Terriers faced off, the Jumbos took home the win, 9-0.

Women's Fencing 

When: Saturday at Smith Multi Meet
What you need to know: This Saturday the fencing team will be attending a meet where Smith, BU, Dartmouth, Sacred Heart, UMass, UNH, Vassar, and Wellesley will all also be in attendance. The Jumbos have faced Wellesley, Dartmouth, and Vassar earlier this season, losing to Wellesley and Vassar, but defeating Dartmouth 15-12.



JJ Batt, Freshman, Men's Swimming and Diving 

Batt was a part of six victories for the Jumbos while competing at the two-day Middlebury Invitational on Friday and Saturday. He won three individual events and swam with three victorious relays. His solo wins came in the 200 IM (1:53.89), the 100 fly (49.98) and the 100 freestyle (46.48). He swam the second leg for the first-place 400 medley (3:28.15) and 800 freestyle (6:57.55) relays, while taking the third leg of the winning 200 medley relay (1:34.85).



Annalisa DeBari, Senior, Women's Track and Field  

DeBari ran nine seconds flat in the 60-meter hurdles on Saturday for a top national time and a victory at the Cupid Challenge hosted by the Jumbos at the Gantcher Center. An All-American in the event last season with a fifth-place finish at Nationals (8.86 seconds), DeBari is rounding into form as the 2018 season continues. She won the preliminaries Saturday with a 9.06 and then hit the 9.00 mark in the final. It's ranked 11th among Division III competitors. 





   The men’s basketball team picked up two wins last week, eclipsing 100 points against UMass Dartmouth and winning a tight NESCAC contest against Amherst. 


   Women’s basketball also had a two-win week. The first came in a come-from-behind effort against Babson at home and then they took down Hamilton on the road. Melissa Baptista and Emily Briggs both recorded career game-high point totals this week.


   Hockey recorded a 0-0 tie against Connecticut College, the programs first 0-0 tie in the modern era. The Jumbos were then edged by the Camels in overtime when they played at their place on Saturday. 

   Hiroto Watanabe was one of six Jumbos to record national marks for the Jumbos on Saturday at the Cupid Challenge.  Watanabe won the 800 meters in a career-best time that ranked second in the country.  The junior was also pat of the 4x400 meter relay team also ran a national top 20 time. The Cupid Challenge on Saturday featured 50 national top 50 performances overall.  


   Annalisa DeBari set a top 10 national time in the 60-meter hurdles for women’s track and field at the Cupid Challenge.  She ran nine seconds flat in the race to claim the win.  The meet featured 38 national top 50 performances overall with the Jumbos recording five of them.  

   The men’s swimming and diving team combined for 16 first-place finishes at the Middlebury Invitational.  Freshman JJ Batt was a part of six victories for the Jumbos, winning three individual events and swimming with three winning relays. 

   Tara Zhou took first place in the 100 backstroke at the Middlebury Invitational with a time of 1:00.96 for women’s swimming and diving. The Jumbos competed at the Middelbury Invitational on Friday and Saturday, and while there was no team scoring, the Jumbos did secure ten top-three finishes. 

   Men’s squash picked up a consolation match win over Wesleyan, 8-1, at the NESCAC Championships.  The Jumbos were the ninth seeded team and opened up play with a loss to eighth-seeded Bowdoin.  They then were edged by tenth-seeded Connecticut College but beat 11th-seeded Wesleyan


   The women’s squash team also competed in the NESCAC Championships this weekend.  The fifth-seeded Jumbos fell to fourth-seeded Amherst in their first match.  They then defeated Hamilton in a consolation match, 8-1, but fell to Bates, 6-3.