This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 16 - 22








When: Saturday at Williams at 1:30 pm
What you need to know:  A fourth quarter touchdown proved to be the difference in a 23-16 setback to Trinity this past weekend, but the football team will look to get back in the win column this week with a trip to Williams.  The Ephs are coming of a last second  27-26 win over Middlebury on the road this past week.  That moved the Ephs to 4-1 on the season, that lone loss coming to Trinity 17-9.  The Ephs have the sixth best scoring offense in the league right now, averaging 27 points per game as the Jumbos are just ahead of them with 27.2 points per game.  Defensively the Ephs are second in scoring defense, allowing teams just 15.6 points per game.  But, Trinity is first with 7.6 points per game and the Jumbos managed 16 on the Bantams last week. Junior quarterback Ryan McDonald is fourth in the league in rushing yards with a 76.4 yards per game average. He is fifth in the league in passing yards per game, just above William’s Bobby Mairmaron.  The Jumbos beat the Ephs last year, 35-16, on the road. 

Men's Soccer


When: Wednesday at Keene State at 7 pm and Saturday at Williams at 2 pm
What you need to know: The No. 4 men’s soccer team has two contests on the docket this week.  First is a midweek trip to Keene State to take on the Owls who are 6-3-4 this year. Senior William Salta is leading the offense efforts with six goals and two assists.  The Jumbos beat the Owls, 5-1, last year when the two teams played in Medford.  After the midweek the Jumbos will get ready for a trip to Williams on Saturday. The Ephs are 7-1-4 overall this year and 2-1-4 in NESCAC play.  That NESCAC record puts them tied for seventh place in the conference standings.  The Ephs have gotten goals from eight different players this year, but no player has more than three goals this season. The Jumbos won 1-0 when the two teams played last year.

Women's Soccer

When: Tuesday vs. Lesley at 3 pm and Saturday at Williams at 12:30 
What you need to know:  The women’s soccer team has two contests on the schedule this week, a midweek contest with Lesley and a weekend match up with No. 4 Williams.  First up will be the Lynx on Tuesday afternoon.  Lesley is 10-2-2 this year, those two losses coming to No. 13 MIT and No. 22 Brandeis. Leading the offensive charge is junior Jordan Mitchell who has scored ten times this year and assisted eight others.  The Jumbos and the Lynx tied last year (1-1).  After the Tuesday contest, the Jumbos will get ready to take on No. 4 ranked Williams.  The Ephs are 12-0-1 this year, and that lone tie was with Bates at the end of September. The last time the Ephs gave up a goal was that tie with Bates, as they have held their opponents scoreless in their last six games. The Jumbos lost, 2-1, last year when the two teams played. 

Field Hockey

When: Thursday at Wellesley at 4 pm and Saturday at Williams at 1 pm 
What you need to know: The No. 5 field hockey team will take on Wellesley on Thursday before heading out to No. 10 Williams on Saturday.  First up are the Blue who are 5-8 this year, most recently having lost their last four. Arielle Mitropoulos is leading the offense with six goals this year.  When the two teams played last year, the Jumbos won, 1-0.  After the Thursday contest, the Jumbos will get ready to head to No. 10 Williams on Saturday.  The Ephs are 10-2 overall and 6-2 in NESCAC play, sitting in a tie for second place in the conference standings with the Jumbos.  The Ephs lost to Bowdoin in double overtime, 3-2, and to Amherst in overtime, 3-2, this year.  Junior Libby Dolan has scored 15 times and helped five others and senior Alex Bennett has scored ten times and picked up ten assists for the Ephs. The Jumbos won, 3-2, when they played the Ephs in the regular season and won, 5-0, in the NESCAC Semifinals last year.


When: Friday and Saturday at New England Challenge at Williams 
What you need to know: The volleyball team has a big weekend ahead of them, traveling out to Williams for the New England Challenge.  The Jumbos will take on No. 15 nationally-ranked MIT on Friday night at 7 pm.  Then on Saturday they face off with Babson at 11 am and Springfield at 3:30 pm.  First up will be the Engineers who are No. 15 in the national poll and No. 3 in the New England Women’s Volleyball Association Regional Poll.  The Engineers are 21-1 overall this year, that lone loss coming to No. 16 Johnson & Wales  at the end of September.  The Jumbos won, 3-2, when they played MIT last year. On Saturday Tufts will face off with No. 5 regionally ranked Babson and No. 7 regionally ranked Springfield (the Jumbos were No. 2 in the most recent regional poll). Babson has a 16-4 record so far this season, and they lost to MIT, 3-2, at the beginning of October.  The Jumbos and the Beavers played twice last year, and the Jumbos won, 3-0, both times. The last match Saturday will feature the two teams from last year’s NCAA Regional Final.  The Jumbos beat Springfield, 3-1, in the NCAA regional last year to head to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time since 2009.  That win avenged a 3-0 loss earlier in the season. The Pride are 14-7 this season, most recently having lost to Vassar and RIT. The Jumbos beat RIT earlier this year.



When: Sunday and Monday at New England Championships
What you need to know: The golf team will wrap up their fall season this weekend as they compete in the New England Championships at Captain’s Course in Brewster, Mass. on Sunday and Monday.  The Jumbos finished tied for 4th at this event last year on the same course.  Coming off a third place finish at the NESCAC Qualifier, and freshman Alex Honigford sharing first place honors at the Blazers Fall Invite a couple weekends ago, the Jumbos are in a good place heading into the final fall weekend.


When: Women Saturday and Sunday at Mrs. Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth and Coed Saturday and Sunday at Sherman Hoyt Trophy at Brown
What you need to know: The coed sailing team is coming off an 8th place finish at the Captain Hurst Bowl this past weekend and the women’s team finished 13th at the Yale Intersectional.  This weekend the coed team will head to the Sherman Hoyt Trophy at Brown while the women race in the Mrs. Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth. The women finished 6th out of 17 teams at this event last year, while the coed team did not race in this event last year.

Men's Tennis



When: Saturday and Sunday at Wallach Invite at Bates at 9 am 
What you need to know:  The men’s tennis team will compete in their last fall invitational this coming weekend, heading to Bates for the Wallach Invite on Saturday and Sunday.  The invite is the fourth weekend of play this fall for the Jumbos.  Tufts did not attend this event last fall, but they did play in it two years ago in the fall of 2015. 


Men's and Women's Crew



When: Sunday at Head of the Charles
What you need to know: The men’s and women’s crew teams will race in the prestigious Head of the Charles this weekend.  The weekend of racing will be the third weekend of racing this fall for both teams.  Last weekend they were both at The Hadley Chase.  This Sunday the men’s collegiate eights race starts at 2:05 pm, while the women’s collegiate eights are scheduled for a 2:39 pm start time.



Andrew MacMillen, Senior, Men's Crew

Senior Andrew MacMillen had a great weekend for the men’s crew team as they raced at The Hadley Chase, hosted by UMass.  MacMillen won the men’s collegiate single race with a time of 19:43, a full 46 seconds ahead of the second place finisher.  MacMillen was also a part of the men’s varsity eight boat that finished first place in that race.  The Jumbos were about four seconds faster than second place UMass. 


Elizabeth Reed, Freshman, Women's Soccer

Freshman Elizabeth Reed scored four goals in two games this past week for the women’s soccer team.  In a 3-1 win over Endicott Reed first score came just over one minute into the contest. She added her second of the game in the second half, helping give the Jumbos a comfortable lead.  Reed then netted the first and third goals in a critical 3-0 win over Bates on Saturday.  She has started every game this season and ranks second on the team in goals (5) and points (12).




Freshman Travis Van Brewer scored his third goal of the season this past weekend, and it was a critical one as it gave the Jumbos a 1-0 win over Bates.  The goal came on a corner kick opportunity as senior Kevin Halliday took the kick and the Bobcats could not clear the ball out of the box.  Watch it here:



  On Tuesday the men’s soccer team scored the most goals in a game since 2000 in a 10-0 win over Mt. St. Vincent.  The Jumbos then used a goal in the 85th minute from freshman Travis Van Brewer to top Bates, 1-0, on Saturday. 


  The women’s soccer team had a two win week, picking up a 3-1 win over Endicott on the road on Wednesday and then cruising to a 3-0 conference win over Bates on the road on Saturday. 


  Junior Hanaa Malik and freshman Kassidy Rogers-Healion each scored twice as the No. 5 field hockey team beat Gordon 7-0 on Wednesday evening. 


  The volleyball team remained perfect in NESCAC play picking up a 3-1 win over Middlebury on senior night in Cousens Gym.  The Jumbos then topped WPI on Saturday before falling to Endicott in five sets Saturday afternoon.


  Led by a fifth place effort from the C division squad, the coed sailing team placed eighth overall at the Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth.  Junior Chris Keller skippered with senior crew Michelle Chisdak in the C division for Tufts.  They were fifth out of the 18 teams there, bolstered by wins in the first and third races. 

  The men’s crew team had a good day at The Hadley Chase hosted by UMass on Saturday.  The Jumbos varisty eight finished first overall, four seconds ahead of UMass and 12 seconds ahead of Coast Guard. Senior Andrew MacMillen won the men’s collegiate single as well. 


  The women’s crew team was also at The Hadley Chase and had a good showing.  The Jumbos had strong showings in both the collegiate women’s quad and the varsity 8’s.