This Week in Tufts Athletics: April 23 - 29




When: Tuesday vs. Suffolk at 3 pm, Wednesday vs. Endicott at 3 pm, Friday at Bates at 3 pm and Saturday at Bates at 12 pm and 3 pm
What you need to know: Baseball will start their week on Tuesday when they host Suffolk. The Rams are 17-15 on the year and this will be their first and only game against a NESCAC team this season. The last time these two teams met was back during the 2002 season when they Jumbos and the Rams faced off in the NCAA Tournament and Tufts won, 7-1.  Then on Wednesday Endicott will come to Medford. The Gulls are 18-11 on the year and have not faced off against Tufts since the 2007 season when the Jumbos opened up against the Gulls. On Friday, the Jumbos will begin their final three-game NESCAC East division series of the season when they travel to Bates. The Bobcats are 13-12 on the year and have the same division record as Tufts at 6-3. Last season, Tufts swept the series three games to none over Bates. This season, the Bobcats are led by junior Dan Trulli who leads the team in hits (29), doubles (six), homeruns (three), and RBIs (27).  It’s a critical series for the Jumbos, who are tied for first place in the NESCAC East with the Bobcats.  The Jumbos need to win two of three to secure a place in the NESCAC tournament. 



When: Monday at Babson at 4 pm, Wednesday vs. MIT at 3 pm and 5 pm, Friday vs. Trinity at 4 pm, Saturday vs. Trinity at 12 pm and 2 pm and Sunday vs. Lesley at 12 pm and 2 pm
What you need to know: Softball starts their week on Monday when they will travel to Babson to finish a game they had started on April 17 that got suspended due to darkness. They will then play another full game. The Jumbos beat Babson, 9-6, in the first game a week ago. On Wednesday, Tufts will welcome MIT for a double-header. The Engineers are 29-4-1 on the season, but lost a pair of games to the Jumbos last year. Then on Friday, Tufts will begin their final NESCAC East division series of the season against Trinity at home. The Bantams are 17-11 and 6-3 in conference play. Last year, the Jumbos lost all three games against Trinity, all by margins of three or less. Junior Courtney Erickson leads the Bantams in hits (35), homeruns (three), RBIs (26) and has the highest average on the team (.372) out of anyone who has played in at least half of the team’s games. Tufts will finish their week and regular season with a double-header against Lesley on Sunday which is scheduled as Senior Day at Spicer Field. The Lynx are 16-10 on the year. The Jumbos faced off against Lesley in 2014 in an NCAA Regional Championship in which Tufts won, 9-1.


Men's Lacrosse

When: Wednesday vs. Bowdoin at 7 pm and Saturday NESCAC Quarterfinal vs. TBD
What you need to know: The No. 5 Men’s lacrosse will wrap up their regular season this Wednesday at home against Bowdoin. The Polar Bears are 8-5 on the year and 4-5 in conference play. Last season, the Jumbos lost to them in the regular season, but then faced off again in the conference quarterfinals and won, 12-11. Bowdoin is led by senior Shawn Daly who has a team-high 35 points from 17 goals and 18 assists. On Saturday, Tufts will be hosting a quarterfinal matchup in the NESCAC tournament. They are in contention for one of the top three seeds so are guaranteed to host at least the quarterfinal. The Jumbos are currently tied with Amherst and Wesleyan atop the conference with 8-1 records in NESCAC play.  If all three teams won on Wednesday, the top seed would be determined randomly, as all three teams are 1-1 against each other this year. 

Women's Lacrosse 

When: Wednesday at Bowdoin at 7 pm and Saturday NESCAC Quarterfinal vs. TBD
What you need to know: The No. 8 Women’s lacrosse will finish their regular season at No. 13 Bowdoin on Wednesday. The Polar Bears are 11-3, 6-3 in conference play and a perfect 7-0 at home this year. Last year, Tufts got the better of them, 13-12. This year, Bowdoin is led by freshman Katie Miller and senior Hannah Hirschfeld who have 53 and 46 points respectively. Tufts is currently third in the NESCAC with a 7-2 conference record. If they win on Wednesday, they will be hosting a conference quarterfinal on Saturday. A loss would put the location of Saturday’s game in question.  

Men's Tennis 

When: Saturday vs. Bowdoin at 1 pm and Sunday vs. Colby at 10 am
What you need to know: The No. 15 Men’s tennis will finish their regular season with a pair of NESCAC matches.  With a 2-4 mark in NESCAC play this season, the Jumbos will be looking to pick up a couple of wins to help their chances of making the NESCAC Tournament.  The week will start against No. 2 Bowdoin on Saturday. The Polar Bears are 14-1 on the year and 5-1 in conference play. That lone loss came to No. 6 Middlebury a couple of weekends ago.  Tufts lost a close one against the Polar Bears at the end of last season, 5-4. Sunday Colby will come to Medford for a 10 am start with the Jumbos. The Mules are 8-4 and 3-3 in NESCAC matches. The Jumbos beat Colby last year, 6-3.

Women's Tennis 

When: Saturday vs. Williams at 9 am and Sunday at Bowdoin at 1 pm 
What you need to know: The No. 6 Women’s tennis will also finish their regular season against two NESCAC opponents this weekend. The Jumbos are 5-2 so far in NESCAC matches this season, with those two setbacks coming to No. 4 Middlebury and No. 5 Wesleyan.  On Saturday, they will play No. 2 Williams at home. The Ephs are 15-0 and 6-0 in NESCAC play this season. The Jumbos lost to them last year in the NESCAC semifinal, 5-0. Tufts will hope to end their season on a high when they travel to No. 14 Bowdoin on Sunday. The Polar Bears are 8-10 and 3-3 in conference play. Last year, the Jumbos lost to them, 6-3.


Men's and Women's Track and Field

When: Saturday at NESCAC Championship at Trinity
What you need to know:  Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams will be competing in the NESCAC Championships this Saturday at Trinity. Last year, the men finished second and the women sixth and both return winners from those teams.  On the men’s side senior Stefan Duvivier will be looking to win his third straight high jump crown.  The senior won the high jump at the indoor championships this past winter.  Junior Anthony Kardonsky won the 100-meter dash last year and classmate Josh Etkind won the 110-meter hurdles.   Senior Drew DiMaiti was the 400-meter hurdle winner last year, and goes into the weekend with the top time in the conference.  Junior Colin Rapsoso has the best mark in the 1,500-meter race heading into the weekend.  For the women senior Brittany Bowman will be looking to defend her 10,000-meter title and has a league best time this year (34:51.07).  Bowman also has the top time in the 5,000-meter run going into the championship this weekend.  Classmate Annalisa DeBari owns one of the top three times in the 100-meter hurdles.  Sophomore Julia Kissel will look to get her name in the conference winners as she enters the weekend with the second best javelin mark, senior Jennifer Sherwill has one of the top three marks in the discus and junior Evelyn Drake has a top three mark in the hammer throw. With plenty of Jumbos in the top three in many events on both the men’s and women’s side heading into the weekend, both teams should put up impressive showings this weekend.

Men's Crew

When: Saturday at Holy Cross with Bates, St. Joseph’s and Williams
What you need to know: The men’s crew team will take on four teams this Saturday. The competition will be at Holy Cross and includes Bates, St. Joseph’s, and Williams. This will be the team’s last meet before the New England Rowing Championships so they will look for some good results to build momentum.


When: Saturday and Sunday at NESCAC Championship in Newington, Conn. 
What you need to know:  The Golf team will play in the NESCAC Championship this weekend in Newington, Conn. This is the first year the Jumbos have qualified for the spring NESCAC Championship, finishing in third place at the NESCAC Qualifier at Trinity this fall.  This weekend’s championship is at the Indian Hill Country Club in Newington, Conn, the same course the qualifier was on this fall.  Joining the Jumbos will be host Trinity, Williams and Amherst.  The Bantams won the qualifier in the fall with Williams coming in second, the Jumbos third and Amherst fourth.  With a spring break trip to Arizona and then two tournaments the past two weekends, the Jumbos should be ready to compete this weekend.

Coed Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday at New England Dinghy Championship
What you need to know: The coed sailing team was at the 82nd Annual Boston Dinghy Club Cup this past weekend, using the time on the water to get ready for the upcoming New England Dinghy Championship this coming weekend. The Jumbos finished sixth of 14 total teams this past weekend, and will hope for even better results this weekend at Brown.  Last season at this meet, the team finished ninth out of 18 teams.  

Women's Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday at Team Racing National Invite at MIT
What you need to know: The women’s sailing team will compete at the Team Racing National Invite at MIT this weekend. This past weekend the Jumbos were at the Reed Trophy, which served as the New England Championship.  The Jumbos finished 11th, failing to advance to the national championship regatta as only the top four move on.  




Mason Pollack, Sophomore, Men's Lacrosse

The sophomore goalie was the backbone of two NESCAC road victories for the Jumbos at Bates on Tuesday night (20-12) and at Middlebury on Saturday (13-10). He stopped 60 percent of the shots he saw with a total of 33 saves. His five second-half saves at Bates (10 total) helped the Jumbos out-score the Bobcats 10-2 in the third and fourth quarters, including no goals allowed in the third. He was very sharp at Middlebury, with 20 of his 23 saves in the first three quarters allowing the Jumbos to emerge from a 7-3 deficit to win.





Lauren Louks, Senior, Women's Tennis 

The senior tri-captain won in three sets at No. 2 singles to deliver a dramatic 5-4 Tufts University women's tennis victory over Amherst College on Tuesday indoors at the Gantcher Center. The Jumbos are #6 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Tennis Association (ITA) national poll and the Mammoths are eighth. Louks was down a set against Amherst’s Vickie Ip and rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win. Overcoming a slow start this spring, Louks has now won five in a row in singles play and eight of her last nine matches. 






   Tommy O’Hara (Glenview, Ill.) collected eight hits and nine RBIs in baseball’s weekend sweep of Colby, winning the three games by a combined score of 56-14. The Jumbos took game one on Friday, 22-7.  They then won 14-1 and 20-6 on Saturday.  Senior Malcolm Nachmanoff (Boston, Mass.) hit .778 (7-for-9) for the Jumbos, including three home runs, seven runs and five RBIs.  He was named the NESCAC Player of the Week.  

   The softball team picked up four wins this week including two over the No. 12 team in the country, Amherst.  The week started with wins over Babson and Pine Manor.  Then on Saturday at Amherst freshman Edie Huling (Fort Worth, Texas) made a diving catch in center field with bases loaded and two outs in the seventh inning to save game one. Watch it HERE


   The No. 5 men’s lacrosse team went 2-0 with a pair of wins over NESCAC opponents, Bates and Middlebury.  Sophomore Mason Pollack (Arlington, Va.) was the backbone of both the wins and was named to the USILA Division III Team of the Week for his performance.  

   The No. 8 women’s lacrosse team beat Bates, 14-9, on Tuesday when Dakota Adamec (Katonah, N.Y.) recorded a game-high seven points.  

   The No. 15 men’s tennis won a pair of matches this weekend against Rensselaer and Skidmore, both 6-3. 


   The No. 6 women’s tennis team had a quiet but big week, only having one match.  But, that one match was against No. 8 Amherst, and the Jumbos snuck away with a 5-4 win. 


   Both men’s and women’s track and field continued their strong springs by winning the Sunshine Classic hosted at Tufts on Saturday.  The men finished first out of six teams and freshman Vincent Avallone (Chatham, N.J.) won both the 200 and the 400.  On the women’s side the Jumbos finished first out of seven total teams and sophomore Julia Kissel broke her own school record in the javelin throw.  She was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week.