This Week in Tufts Athletics: April 2 - 8




When:  Monday at Salem State at 3:30 pm, Thursday at MIT at 3:30 pm, Saturday at Nichols at 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm and Sunday at Keene State at 1 pm
What you need to know: The baseball team will kick off April with a busy week playing five games against four different teams. They will start on Monday against a Salem State team that is currently 11-5. Last season, the Jumbos won this matchup by a score of 10-4. They will then travel to MIT on Thursday to face a 7-5 Engineer squad. Last year, Tufts tied MIT in an 8-8 game that was called due to darkness. On Saturday they will play a double-header against Nichols who is currently 6-11. And finally, the Jumbos will wrap up their week with another road game, this time at Keene State. The Owls are 10-5 so far this season and lost to the Jumbos last year by a score of 10-2.


When:  Tuesday vs. MIT at 3 pm and 5 pm and Friday at Bates at 4 pm and Saturday at Bates at 12 pm and 2 pm
What you need to know: Softball will start their week on Tuesday with two games against MIT who is currently 11-4-1. The Engineers are led by sophomore Sarah Von Ahn who leads the team with 25 hits and 17 RBIs. Last year when the two teams faced off the Jumbos won both, 8-0 in five innings and 7-3 in game two.  This weekend the Jumbos will continue NESCAC play as they travel to Bates for a NESCAC series on Friday and Saturday. The Bobcats are 9-6 on the year, but 0-3 in conference play as they fell to Trinity three times this past weekend.  Two of those games were one-run games though. Caroline Bass is hitting .509 on the year and has a team-high 13 stolen bases. Last season, Tufts swept Bates with two close contests (3-1 and 2-1) and one 14-1 blowout. 


Men's Lacrosse

When:  Wednesday at Williams at 6 pm and Saturday vs. Wesleyan at 1 pm
What you need to know: The No. 3 men’s lacrosse team picked up their seventh win of the season this past Saturday and still remain undefeated.  They have a busy NESCAC week ahead with games against Williams and Wesleyan.  They will start their week at Williams against an Ephs team that is 4-4 on the year, but 3-1 in NESCAC games with wins over Bates, Connecticut College and Trinity and a setback to Wesleyan. Kevin Stump leads Williams with 24 points from 17 goals and seven assists. The Jumbos got the best of the Ephs last season, 22-13. On Saturday, the Jumbos will face perhaps their toughest test of the season so far when No. 4 Wesleyan, a final four team last year and currently 7-1 this season comes to Medford. The Cardinals are led by Carter Hawthorne who has a team-high 39 points from eight goals and 31 assists. Last season, the Jumbos lost to the Cardinals three times, once in the regular season, again in the NESCAC tournament and then a third time in the NCAA Tournament third round.

Women's Lacrosse 

When:  Wednesday vs. Williams at 5:30 pm, Saturday at Wesleyan at 12 pm, and Sunday at Babson at 2 pm
What you need to know: The NO. 7 women’s lacrosse team will play two games this week, the first of which will be at home on Wednesday against Williams. The Ephs are 4-4 on the year and 1-3 in conference play. They are led by a pair of underclassmen in Kara Wollmers and Claire Fitzpatrick who have 24 and 22 points, respectively. Last season, the Jumbos came away with an 18-11 win. Just like the men’s team, the women will also face a tough test on Saturday against Wesleyan. The Cardinals are currently ranked No. 12 in the nation and are 7-2 on the season and 3-1 in conference play with wins over Bates, Williams and Colby and a setback to No. 4 Middlebury. Abby Manning leads the Cardinals with 21 points from 13 goals and eight assists. Last season, Tufts fell to Wesleyan by a score of 15-8. The Jumbos will wrap up their week against a 5-4 Babson team who are led by Lexi Lenaghan's 24 goals and 12 assists. 

Men's Tennis 

When:  Saturday vs. Vassar at 10 am and at Babson at 3 pm and Sunday vs. Middlebury at 1 pm
What you need to know: After a week of practice under their belts after their spring break trip, the No. 15 men’s tennis team will be back in action this week.  The Jumbos face a busy schedule this weekend with three matches in two days this weekend. They’ll play two matches on Saturday at home and then away.  First up is Vassar, who is 5-8 this season and will visit Medford for a 10 am start on Saturday morning.  The Jumbos did not take on the Brewers last year, but they did play them back in the spring of the 2015-16 season on their spring break trip and won, 7-2.  After they host the Brewers the Jumbos will head over to Babson for a 3 pm start with the Beavers. The Beavers are currently 5-2 and also didn’t take on the Jumbos last year.  But, the two teams did play in the 2015-16 season and the Jumbos won, 5-4. Them wrap up the weekend with a big match on Sunday against No. 3 ranked Middlebury.  The Panthers are 10-2 this season, with the setbacks coming to No. 6 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Division II Azusa Pacific.  The Jumbos fell to the Panthers, 7-2, when the two teams played last year.

Women's Tennis 

When:  Friday at MIT at 4 pm and Sunday vs. Emory (@ Colby) at 9 am and at Colby at 3:30 p.m.
What you need to know: The No. 6 women’s tennis team is coming off a three win week and has another busy week ahead of them.  They will start on Friday with a trip to No. 13 MIT who they beat last year, 7-2.  The Engineers are 5-0 so far this season with wins over No. 19 Brandeis, No. 16 Mary Washington, No. 14 Washington and Lee and No. 17 Case Western Reserve.  On Sunday, the Jumbos will head up to Colby to play two matches.  First up is 7-4 and top-ranked Emory and then the host Mules. The Mules are 6-1 so far this year with that lone loss coming to No. 5 Middlebury.  The Jumbos lost to Emory last year, 7-2, but beat Colby, 9-0.

Men's and Women's Track and Field

When:  Saturday vs. MIT, Bates, and RPI
What you need to know: The men’s and women’s track and field teams both hosted the Snowflake Classic this past weekend and both teams posted team wins.  Senior Drew DiMaiti was a part of two Tufts wins for the men and senior Brittany Bowman broke her own school record with the fastest time in the nation for the 10,000 meters.  Bowman was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week.  Both the men and women will be back in action this weekend this Saturday as they host MIT, Bates and RPI at Ellis Oval/Dussault Track.  First they will travel to the Sam Howell Invite on Friday and then will host MIT, Last season, both teams came in third at the four-team event.

Men's Crew

When:  Saturday vs. Coast Guard, Middlebury and Williams and Sunday vs. Amherst and Massachusetts
What you need to know: Men’s crew will kick off their spring season with races against Coast Guard, Middlebury, and Williams this Saturday. Last season, they won two of the three races against Coast Guard. On Sunday, they will face off against Amherst and Massachusetts. Last season, in a competition between Tufts, Amherst, UMass, and Middlebury, the Jumbos came in second.

Women's Crew

When:  Saturday vs. Coast Guard, Middlebury and Trinity and Sunday vs. Amherst and Smith
What you need to know: The women’s crew team will also begin their spring season this weekend with races over Saturday and Sunday against Coast Guard, Middlebury, Trinity, Amherst, and Smith. Last season, in two events to begin their season against a lot of these same schools, the Jumbos came in first in both events. 

Coed Sailing

When:  Saturday and Sunday at New England Team Racing Championship at Connecticut College
What you need to know: The coed sailing team finished 15th at the Lynn Marchiando Team Race Regatta hosted by MIT this past weekend.   The Jumbos will be back in action this weekend to compete in the New England Team Racing Championships at Connecticut College.  The Jumbos haven’t raced at Connecticut College this year yet.  The Jumbos hosted this event last year where they came in second out of 12 teams in 2017 qualifying for nationals.

Women's Sailing

When:  Saturday and Sunday at Emily Wick Trophy at Yale
What you need to know: The women’s sailing will also be on the water again this weekend. The Jumbos are coming off a weekend racing at Brown in the Dellenbaugh Trophy where they finished 12th.  This coming weekend the women will travel to Yale to take part in the Emily Wick Trophy. Last season, they finished in the top half of teams at the event, claiming eighth place out of 20.



Drew DiMaiti, Senior, Men's Track and Field

The senior co-captain was a part of two Tufts victories on Saturday as the Jumbos hosted and won the Snowflake Classic at Dussault Track to open their 2018 New England schedule. He remained undefeated in the 400-meter hurdles three meets into the outdoor season, winning on Saturday with a mark of 54 seconds flat. His margin of victory in the race - which featured 26 entries from New England DIII teams - was an impressive two seconds. He also anchored the winning Jumbo 4x400-meter relay including sophomore Billy Witrock, junior Thomas Doyle and sophomore Jackson Mihm. Their time of 3:22 flat is the team's season-best thus far and is #22 on the national list.




Emma Della Volpe, Freshman, Softball

Della Volpe stood out as the Jumbos took two out of three from Bowdoin to open their home and NESCAC East Division schedule at Spicer Field over the weekend. The freshman played both in the outfield and infield, and hit .400 (4/10) with a double, home run, five rbis and two runs scored in the three games. On Friday, her two-out double to the fence in right in the bottom of the fifth tied the game at 1-1 in an eventual 3-1 victory. In a 6-2 victory over the Polar Bears in game one on Saturday, she was 1 for 3 and threw a Bowdoin runner out at the plate from center field early in the game. In the second game on Saturday, she hit a grand slam as her first collegiate home run to give the Jumbos an early 5-0 lead in the game.




   Baseball picked up two wins last week, 19-3 over Mass. Maritime and a 4-2 home win against Trinity on Saturday at Huskins Field. 


   Softball took two-of-three games against Bowdoin over the weekend to win the series. The Jumbos won game one, 3-1, on Friday.  On Saturday the Jumbos claimed a 6-2 win in game two, before falling to Bowdoin, 7-6, in nine innings in the series finale.  Freshman Emma Della Volpe hit .400 over the weekend, including her first collegiate homerun, a grand slam in game two. She was named the NESCAC Player of the Week for her performance.   

   Men’s lacrosse beat No. 20 Connecticut College, 11-8, at home on Saturday as Danny Murphy had a team-high four points with three goals and one assist. The win helped the No. 3 ranked Jumbos move to a perfect 7-0 on the season.  

   Women’s lacrosse went 2-0 on the week with wins over Endicott (17-7) and Connecticut College (20-4). Maria Dattolo had a personal best week as she recorded six goals and an assist over the two games.  

   The women’s tennis team opened their week with a 9-0 win over Trinity on Thursday. They then traveled to Brandeis on Saturday and topped the Judges, 8-1, before returning home the same day and picking up an 8-1 win over Bates that afternoon. 


   Both men’s and women’s track and field took the team titles at their own Snowflake Classic on Saturday. Kevin Quisumbing won the shot put with an outdoor personal record and Brittany Bowman ran a school record and the nation’s fastest time in the 10,000 meters.  Bowman was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week for her performance.