This Week in Tufts Athletics: November 5 - 11


When: Saturday at Middlebury at 12:30 pm
What you need to know: Tufts (6-2) will play their final game of the season when they travel to Middlebury (5-3) on Saturday afternoon. The Jumbos sit just ahead the Panthers in the NESCAC standings and will be playing to stay in second place in the league standings.  The Panthers are 2-1 at home this season, and Tufts has been 2-2 on the road. Middlebury coasted to a 35-17 victory last week against Hamilton. The Panthers passing attack is led by sophomore quarterback Will Jernigan who has totaled 958 yards and 10 touchdowns. Sophomore running back Peter Scibilia has found the endzone once and leads the Panthers with 536 yards on the ground while scoring two touchdowns. Middlebury’s defense is led by sophomore defensive back Jonathan Hobart with 54 tackles. The Panthers have averaged 22.5 points per game while they have allowed 27.5 points per game. For the Jumbos, senior quarterback Ryan McDonald has thrown for 1,549 yards and 12 touchdowns. McDonald is also leads the team in rushing yards with 435 and has scored nine rushing touchdowns. Senior running Dom Borelli has also ran for four touchdowns and has collected 22 receptions. McDonald’s favorite receiver has been senior Jack Dolan with team highs in catches (31), yards (335) and touchdowns (4) . Brown and blue junior linebacker Greg Holt has had a great year tallying a team-high 68 tackles. The Jumbos have averaged 29.1 points per game which is the second highest total in the NESCAC, while allowing 13.4 points per game, which ranks third. A season ago, the Jumbos fell to the Panthers 35-24 at home. 

Men’s Soccer 

When: Sunday vs. Gordon/Stevens Institute of Technology at TBA in NCAA Tournament
What you need to know: The No. 2 Tufts men’s soccer team (13-0-3) earned the top seed in their region and will await the winner of Saturday’s game between Gordon and No. 21 Stevens Institute of Technology.  No. 4 University of Chicago joined the Jumbos as the only two teams to receive a first round bye in the field of 62 teams. Gordon (12-6-1) earned an automatic bid as they defeated Roger Williams 1-0 in overtime in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) championship game. The Fighting Scots’ Tyler Modzeleski has a team high nine goals to go along with 20 points. Jarvin Ramirez also has double digit points with 14 on the season. Gordon has scored 37 goals this season. Tufts fell 1-0 to Gordon when they last played in 2016. Stevens Institute of Technology (17-2-1) has won their last six games including a 2-0 win over Nazareth in the Empire 8 championship game. The Ducks scored 50 goals on the year, and only allowed 10 goals. Aaron Henry recorded 25 saves for Stevens. Daniel Aversano has scored 10 goals and dished out nine assists for a team high 29 points. The Jumbos this season have scored 33 goals while only allowing nine. Joe Braun led the NESCAC with eight goals and 20 points on the year. Conner Mieth made 42 saves in goal.    

Women’s Soccer

When: Saturday vs. Penn St.-Behrend at William Smith at 1:30 pm in NCAA Tournament 
What you need to know: The Tufts Women’s Soccer (10-5-2) will face Penn St.-Behrend (13-6) in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in a regional hosted by No. 10 William Smith.  Saturday’s other game features the hosts taking on Westfield State.  Penn St.-Behren has won their past eight games including the AMCC championship game 1-0 against Mt. Aloysius. The Lions have scored 49 goals as a team and allowed 14 this year. The offense is led by Brenna McGuire and Emily Indof who have scored 41 and 32 points, respectively. McGuire has 18 goals and Indof has 13. Maddi Jones has 44 saves for the Lions on the year. Tufts’ Sophie Lloyd has 10 goals and 25 points which leads the Jumbos’ roster. Liz Reed has also had a great year recording eight goals, seven assists and 23 points. Both Lloyd and Reed have four game-winning goals. Tufts has 10 victories in the NCAA Tournament. If the Jumbos win on Saturday, they would play the winner of No. 10 William Smith and Westfield State on Sunday.  

Field Hockey 

When: Saturday vs. Montclair State/Smith at Salisbury at TBA in NCAA Tournament 
What you need to know: The No. 4 field hockey team earned an at large bid into the NCAA Tournament and will travel to No. 7 Salisbury for tournament play this weekend.  The Jumbos play the winner of Wednesday’s game between No. 9 Montclair State and Smith. Montclair State (15-3) earned an at-large bid after falling to No. 5 TCNJ in the NJAC conference championship. Amber Haslett leads the Red Hawks in goals (9) and points (26). Montclair State’s Victoria Rossi is second on the team with eight goals and 16 points. The Red Hawks have scored 36 goals this year and tallied 28 assists. Nicole Andrianni of Montclair State has been tough to score on with 85 saves and allowing 0.98 goals per game. Tufts defeated the Red Hawks 2-1 back in 2012. Smith (14-7) won the New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) conference championship to earn an automatic bid into to the NCAA Tournament. The Pioneers Sami Pavlov led the team in goals (11) and points (26). Anna Ballou was second on the team with 19 points in a balanced offensive attack. Smith has scored 58 goals and allowed 34 goals. The last time Tufts and Smith met was in 1989 when the Jumbos won 1-0. Tufts scored 46 goals this year while only allowing 10 goals behind stellar team defensive play. Gigi Tutoni has scored 12 goals to lead the Jumbos and has a team-high 24 points. Rachel Hamilton is second on the team with seven goals and 18 points. 

Men’s Cross Country 

When: Saturday at NCAA Regional Championship at Bowdoin at 11 am
What you need to know:  The men’s cross country team will head to Bowdoin this Saturday for the NCAA Regional Championship.  The Jumbos will be looking to finish high enough to earn a team berth to the NCAA Championships the following weekend in Winneconne, Wisconsin.  The Jumbos boast a senior heavy roster, so they should have NCAA Regional experience heading into the weekend and will have run on this course during their years running for the Jumbos.  Senior Colin Raposo has had a solid senior season as he has finished every race in the top four Tufts runners and earned Second Team All-NESCAC honors with his 14th place finish at the NESCAC Championship. Classmate Brian Reaney placed 24th in the conference championship. At last year’s regional meet the Jumbos finished eighth out of 55 total teams.  

Women’s Cross Country

When: Saturday at NCAA Regional Championship at Bowdoin at 12 pm
What you need to know: Coming off a fourth place finish at the NESCAC Championship in horrible rainy and windy conditions, and with a week of rest under their belts the women’s cross country team will head to Bowdoin this weekend for the NCAA Regional Championships.  The Jumbos will be looking to race well enough to earn a bid to the NCAA Championships the following weekend in Winneconne, Wisconsin.  Senior Natalie Bettez has had a stellar senior season as she has been the Jumbos’ top runner in all five races she has competed in and won the All-New England Championships which featured all three divisions. She also placed second in the NESCAC Championship which earned her First Team All-NESCAC for the third time in her career. Junior Lydia Heely has also had a solid season for the Jumbos.  The Jumbos finished second at last year’s regional championship. 

Men’s Rowing

When: Monday at Green Monster Invite at Dartmouth at 8 am
What you need to know:  The men’s rowing novice team will head to the Green Monster Invite at Dartmouth this Monday for their final event of the fall season.   The Jumbos have raced in three other events, including the prestigious Head of the Charles.  Most recently the Jumbos were in Saratoga Springs for the Head of the Fish.  The novice eight boat came in second place there, with coxswain Tara Curran and Matias Facciuto, Henry Ross, Ethan Donnelly, Alex Williams, Malcolm Zuckerman, Jack Batchelor, Akash Maney, and Aidan Bauer.  Last year the Jumbos finished sixth at the Green Monster Invite. 

Ryan McDonald, Senior, Football

Playing in his last game at Ellis Oval / Zimman Field, McDonald threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more as the Jumbos routed Colby College 48-0 on Seniors Day. He completed 19 of 23 passes (82.6 percent) for 223 yards including the touchdown throws of 10  and 18 yards. Also Tufts’ leader with 51 yards rushing, he scored on six- and four-yard runs. The victory was Tufts’ biggest over a NESCAC opponent since 1914.

Gigi Tutoni, Senior, Field Hockey

In the NESCAC semi-finals on Saturday, Tutoni scored twice to lead the Jumbos to a 3-0 victory over Williams College. That gave Tufts its fifth berth into the conference championship game. With her fourth two-goal game of the year, Tutoni now has 12 goals for the season – including six game-winners - and 30 in her career, sixth all-time for the Jumbos. In a defensive struggle that Tufts lost to Middlebury 1-0 in the final, Tutoni had their only shot on goal.
The football team’s defense came up with their second shutout of the year on Saturday in a 48-0 win over Colby and this week’s play of the week is Nmesoma Nwafor’s interception that was a part of that strong Jumbo defensive showing: 


  Football rolled to a 48-0 victory over Colby on Senior Day on Saturday. Senior quarterback Ryan McDonald (Annandale, N.J.) accounted for four touchdowns in the game. Junior running back Jay Tyler (Boston, Mass.), senior quarterback Ryan Hagfeldt (San Francisco, Calif.), and senior running back Dom Borelli (Millstone, N.J.) each added a rushing touchdown.  Senior defensive lineman Nmesoma Nwafor (Irving, Texas) recorded an interception to help the defense collect their second shutout this season.  


  The women’s soccer team fell to No. 2 Williams in the NESCAC semifinals on Saturday. Junior midfielder Sarah Maloney (Bridgewater, Mass.) and sophomore midfielder Sophie Lloyd (Los Altos, Calif.) each netted goals.  The Jumbos earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament and will head to a regional at William Smith where they will take on Penn State - Behrend on Saturday.  

  The field hockey team picked up a 3-0 win over Williams in NESCAC semifinal play on Saturday.  Senior forward Gigi Tutoni (Newtown, Pa.) scored twice and freshman midfielder Gillian Roeca (Baltimore, Md.) netted one for the Jumbos.  The Jumbos ended up falling to Middlebury in the title game on Sunday but received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament and will head to Salisbury this weekend for tournament play. 

  The second-ranked men's soccer team received an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament and will host regional play at Bello Field this weekend.  The Jumbos were one of two teams in the 62 team tournament that were granted first round byes. 

  The fifth-seeded volleyball team knocked off fourth seeded Middlebury in NESCAC quarterfinal play on Friday night.  The win was the first in program history over the Panthers in tournament play for the Jumbos.  The Jumbos fell to Bowdoin in five sets on Saturday afternoon in semifinal play.   

  Women’s sailing’s freshman skipper Abbie Carlson (Bellevue, Wash.) finished 13th at the women’s single-handed national championship scoring a 148 in Holland, Mich.