This Week in Tufts Athletics: April 16 - 22




When: Friday vs. Colby at 3 pm, Saturday vs. Colby at 12 and 3 pm and Sunday vs. UMass Dartmouth at 1 pm
What you need to know: After a rainy Patriots Day postponed the baseball team’s normal double header, the Jumbos now have a very busy weekend at home.  They will play four games over this weekend starting with a series against Colby on Friday. The Mules are 4-15 on the year and 1-5 in conference play, most recently dropping their three game series to Trinity. Senior Matt Treveloni leads the Mule offense with a .387 average and has a team-leading 15 RBIs.  On the mound the Mules have started ten different pitchers, and have a staff ERA of 6.70.  Last season the Jumbos won the series two games to one, winning 6-2 and 12-3 but falling 5-2. On Sunday the Jumbos host UMass Dartmouth. The Corsairs are 14-10 on the year, recently losing a pair of close games against No. 8 UMass Boston. Sophomore Nate Tellier is leading the offensive efforts with a .357 average and a team-leading 18 RBIs.  On the hill junior Matt Cronin has a team-leading three wins with a 0.51 ERA and 41 strike outs in 35 innings of work.  Last season, the Jumbos split a pair of games with the Corsairs, losing 5-1, but winning 10-2. 



When: Tuesday vs. Babson at 3 and 5 pm and Saturday at Amherst at 12 and 2 pm
What you need to know: The softball team will play a pair of double-headers this week, facing some of the tougher competition in New England. The first is against Babson, who was receiving votes in the most recent National Fastpitch Coaches Association national poll,  on Tuesday. The Beavers are 18-9 so far this season. Lat year, Tufts split a pair of games against them, losing the first 8-0, but winning the second 9-4. Annie Quine and Jacqueline Paul lead the offense hitting .358 and .357, respectively, with 22 and 23 RBIs.  On the mound Ali Reilly, and Brooke Stock have a majority of the innings and Reilly owns an ERA of 2.00 while Stock’s is 2.15.  Then on Saturday the Jumbos will travel to No.15 Amherst. The Mammoths are 21-3 on the year and 7-1 in NESCAC play, most recently taking two-of-three from NESCAC West foe Williams. Tufts lost two games to them last season and will be looking for a better result this time around. Freshman RonnieMarie Falasco is hitting .424 with 18 RBIs and was the hero this past weekend with a walk-off three run homerun in the series finale with Williams.  Junior Lorena Ukanwa and senior Gina Pagan have nearly equal innings pitched with Ukanwa with an ERA of 1.30 and Pagan’s is 2.21. 


Men's Lacrosse

When: Tuesday at Bates at 7 pm and Saturday at Middlebury at 1 pm
What you need to know: After falling to No. 4 Amherst this past weekend, their first loss of the season, the No. 6 men’s lacrosse team will be back in action with two key NESCAC contests this week. With Amherst and Wesleyan both with one conference loss the Jumbos need two wins this weekend to stay in the running for the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament. First up for the Jumbos will be a Tuesday night contest at Bates. Matt Chastalwa has been a force for the Bobcats, acquiring 69 points so far on the season. Last year, the Jumbos fell to Bates by a score of 19-18. The Bobcats are 7-5 so far this season and in eighth places in the conference standings with a 3-4 record.  But, those losses are against ranked teams, and the Bobcats were receiving votes in the most recent national poll.  Middlebury is also 7-5 on the season and is tied for fourth place in the conference ranks with Bowdoin.  Henry Riehl has a team-high 26 goals on the year. Last season Tufts beat the Panthers, 16-13.


Women's Lacrosse 

When: Tuesday vs. Bates at 5 pm and Saturday vs. Middlebury at 2 pm
What you need to know: The No. 6 women’s lacrosse team lost a close contest with No. 4 Amherst this past weekend in a battle of the top teams in the conference.  The Jumbos will have two big contests this week, as they look to stay in the running for the top seed in the NESCAC tournament.  The Jumbos start on Tuesday against 7-5 Bates who will visit Medford for a 5 pm start. With a 7-5 overall record, Bates is just 2-5 in NESCAC play and is sitting in eighth place in the NESCAC standings. The Bobcats are led by Katie Allard’s 37 points from 29 goals and eight assists. Last year, the Jumbos beat Bates 13-10. On Saturday the Jumbos will face No. 8 Middlebury once again at home. The Panthers are 10-2 and 6-1 in conference play, and the Jumbos and the Panthers are tied for second place in the conference standings. Kristen Murphy leads them with 33 points. Last year Tufts lost an early season matchup, 15-6, against Middlebury.

Men's Tennis 

When: Friday at Bates at 2 pm, Saturday at RPI at 1 pm, and Sunday at Skidmore at 12 pm 
What you need to know: Coming off a weekend of playing some of the toughest competition (No. 4 Williams and No. 13 Wesleyan) the No. 15 men’s tennis team will have a full weekend of matches this week.  The Jumbos start with a Friday match at No. 22 Bates, then travel to No. 27 RPI on Saturday and will finish up at No. 26 Skidmore on Sunday. They will have their hands full as all three teams are tough competition. Bates sits at 5-6 so far on the year, most recently picking up wins over Trinity and Connecticut College.  The Jumbos topped the Bobcats, 6-3, when the two teams played last year.  On Saturday the Jumbos take on Rensselaer, who owns a 12-2 record this year.  Those two losses have come to Brandeis and Skidmore, but the Engineers have won their last five matches.  The weekend wraps up with a trip to Skidmore on Sunday. The Thoroughbreds are 10-4 so far this season, most recently having fallen to No. 6 Middlebury.  The Jumbos didn’t play RPI or Skidmore last year.

Women's Tennis 

When: Tuesday vs. Amherst at 4 pm
What you need to know: The No. 6 women’s tennis team is coming off a split this weekend.  The Jumbos topped Hamilton, but fell to No. 5 Wesleyan, 6-3, on Saturday. The Jumbos have a relatively quiet but challenging week ahead, with their lone match being against No. 8 Amherst on Tuesday.  The Jumbos have just three regular season matches left, with No. 2 Williams and No. 14 Bowdoin remaining on the schedule after the Amherst match.  The Mammoths are 8-5 overall this year and 3-1 in conference play.  Those five losses are all to teams ranked in the top seven, and two of them are to No. 2 Williams.   The Jumbos won a close 5-4 battle with the Mammoths when the two teams played last year. 

Men's and Women's Track and Field

When: Friday at Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton and Saturday at Tufts Sunshine Classic
What you need to know:  The men’s track and field team was on the road this past weekend, competing at Connecticut College on Friday and Saturday in the Silfen Invitational.  The Jumbos finished first out of 19 total teams with five different wins.  Junior Josh Etkind in the 110-meter hurdles, senior co-captain Drew DiMaiti in the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Kevin Quisumbing in the shot put, senior Stefan Duvivier in the high jump and senior Linus Gordon in the long jump were all winners this past weekend.  The Jumbos will look to keep the wins coming this weekend with a two event weekend ahead. On Friday some members of the team will race in the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton and then the Jumbos will host the Tufts Sunshine Classic on Saturday. Last year the Jumbos hosted six teams at this event and finished in first place.

Women's Track and Field

When: Saturday at Tufts Sunshine Classic
What you need to know:  The women’s track and field team was on the road this past weekend at Connecticut College and they finished in second place out of 19 total teams.  Senior co-captain Annalisa BeBari won the 100-meter hurdles and the 200 meters and classmate and co-captain Brittany Bowman won the 5,000 meter run with a time that was the top in the nation. The Jumbos will be back at it this weekend, but they are home again.  They will host the Sunshine Classic on Saturday. Last season, the Jumbos hosted six teams and finished first at this event. 

Men's Crew

When: Sunday vs. WPI, Skidmore and Washington College at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass.
What you need to know: Both the men’s and women’s crew teams were at home again this past weekend.  In men’s action the second and third varsity eight both topped Wesleyan.  On the women’s side the No. 11 Jumbos hosted No. 1 Bates, No. 2 Wesleyan and No. 6 Wellesley/ Both the men and the women’s teams will hit the road this weekend, heading to Worcester this weekend to race against No. 10 WPI, Skidmore and No. 13 Washington College. Last season at this meet, the men went 3-2 as the women won six of their ten races.


When: Saturday and Sunday at Wildcat Spring Invitational at Cranston, R.I.
What you need to know:  The men’s golf team opened their spring slate this past weekend, playing in the Westport Hampton Inn Invitational where they finished seventh out of 18 total teams.  The invitational was one of two tournaments the Jumbos will play in before they head to the NESCAC Championships on Saturday, April 28th and Sunday, April 29th.  This will be the first spring the Jumbos will compete in the NESCAC Championship after finishing third at the qualifier this fall.  Last year at the Wildcat Invitational the Jumbos finished third out of 17 teams.

Coed Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday at Admiral’s Cup at King’s Point
What you need to know: The coed sailing team was at Connecticut College this past weekend, competing in the Thompson Trophy.  The Jumbos finished 15th out of 18th total teams during the two day event.  They will be back in action this weekend when they compete in the Admiral’s Cups at Kings Point. Last year, the Jumbos took first place at the event and will be hoping to replicate that success. 


Women's Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday at New England Championship at Coast Guard
What you need to know: This past weekend the women’s sailing team was at Boston University for the President’s Trophy.  The race was limited to one day because of bay weather on Sunday.  The women finished second in the B division to take 9th out of 15 total teams.  The women will be back on the water this weekend as they take part in the New England Championships at Coast Guard. Last season, they finished in eighth place out of 17 teams at the event.



Tommy O'Hara, Senior, Baseball

O'Hara's grand slam in the third inning at Bowdoin on Friday got the Jumbos rolling towards a NESCAC East Division series win over the Polar Bears. That gave Tufts a 4-0 lead in an eventual 10-0 win. In the third game of the series on Saturday, he hit an rbi triple and scored in the first inning helping the Jumbos take a 2-0 lead in an eventual 4-2 victory. He had hits in all four games overall last week, batting .429 (6/14) and slugging .857 with five rbis and three runs scored.





Brittany Bowman, Senior, Women's Track and Field 

Continuing a tremendous senior season, Bowman ran the fastest Division III outdoor 5,000 meters time in the country on Friday night at Connecticut College’s Silfen Invitational. Her 16:42.30 mark won the race by 11 seconds over Kaitlyn Mooney from Coast Guard, whose 16:53.70 time is currently sixth-best in the nation. Bowman added her 5K #1 in the nation mark to her Division III-best 34:51.07 time from March 31.





   Nick Shanks (Laguna Beach, Calif.) scored a goal a minute and a half into overtime to give the Men’s Lacrosse team a 12-11 overtime win over Endicott on Wednesday.  The No. 6 Jumbos suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday to No. 4 Amherst.  

   Christian Zazzali (Scotch Plains, N.J.) had the go-ahead RBI and then scored an insurance run off a sac fly by teammate John Moschella (Little Silver, N.J.) in the ninth inning of the Jumbo baseball team’s 4-2 win over Bowdoin on Saturday.  The Jumbos won two-of-three in the series with the Polar Bears, starting the series with a 10-0 win on Friday and then splitting with the Polar Bears on Saturday (W, 4-2 and L, 4-3).  R.J. Hall (Marietta, Ga.) was named the NESCAC Pitcher of the Week as he threw seven innings of one hit ball in Friday’s opener. 


   The softball team swept Colby 3-0 over the weekend, outscoring the Mules 33-8 over the three games. The Jumbos won 10-3 and 11-1 on Friday and then picked up a 12-4 five inning win on Saturday.  Freshman Kristina Haghdan (Pelham, N.H.) was named the NESCAC Pitcher of the Week as she picked up two wins for the Jumbos and allowed just one run while striking out 15 in eight innings of work. 



   The No. 15 men’s tennis team has a busy weekend.  The Jumbos started with a setback to No. 13 Wesleyan on Saturday.  They then beat Hamilton, 6-3, on Sunday morning before falling to No. 4 Williams, 7-2


   The No. 6 women’s tennis team split the weekend.  The Jumbos defeated Hamilton by a score of 9-0 but fell to No. 5 Wesleyan, 6-3


   Christian Trebisacci (Westerly, R.I.) had the men’s track and field team’s best discus throw this season as they took first place out of 19 teams at the Silfen invitational. The Jumbos won five individual events during the two day event at Connecticut College. 

   The women’s track and field team came in second at the Silfen Invitational as Sharon Kelmar (Acton, Mass.) had a personal record in the pole vault. Senior co-captain Analisa DeBari (Melrose, Mass.) won the 100-meter hurdles and the 200 meters and classmate and co-captain Brittany Bowman (Camden, Maine) won the 5,000 meters with a time that is the top in the nation. Bowman was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week.

   The golf team opened up their spring schedule this past weekend at the Hampton Inn Collegiate Invite hosted by UMass-Dartmouth.  The Jumbo finished seventh out of 18 total teams as sophomore Brandon Karr (West Bloomfield, Mich.) led the Jumbos on both days.