This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 29 - November 4


When: Saturday vs. Colby at 1 pm
What you need to know: Saturday will be the final home game for the Jumbos, who are 5-2 after a setback to Amherst this past weekend.  Saturday will be Senior Day for the Jumbos as they host Colby (2-5). Colby coasted to a 21-6 victory last week against Bates, and have now won their last two games after starting the season 0-5. The Mules passing attack is led by freshman quarterback Matt Hersch who has totaled 1,148 yards and seven touchdowns.   Senior running back Jake Schwern has found the end zone six times and leads the Mules with 719 yards on the ground. Schwern has connected with junior receiver Andrew DeFranco 18 times for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Colby’s defense has wo players that have collected over 30 tackles, including sophomore Marcus Bullard with 34 and freshman Will Terzi with 31. The Mules have averaged 14.4 points per game while they allow 27.4 points a game. For the Jumbos, senior quarterback Ryan McDonald has thrown for 1,326 yards and ten touchdowns. McDonald is also the team’s leading rusher with 384 yards and seven touchdowns. Sophomore Mike Pedrini has rushed for 303 yards and collected three touchdowns for the Jumbos. Tufts senior receiver Jack Dolan has a team high 25 catches and 253 yards to go along with four touchdowns. Bbrown and blue junior linebacker Greg Holt has collected a team high 60 tackles, the third most in the conference. The Jumbos have averaged 26.4 points and allowed 15.3 points per game.  Last year when the two teams played, the Jumbos defeated the Mules 28-14. 

Women’s Soccer 

When: Saturday at Williams at 11 am in NESCAC Semifinals
What you need to know: The women’s soccer team (10-4-2, 5-3-2 NESCAC) will travel to third-ranked Williams (14-0-2, 9-0-1 NESCAC) on Saturday in a NESCAC semifinal match. The Ephs are the No. 1 seed and the Jumbos are the No. 4 seed. Williams topped eighth-seeded Colby, 3-1, in quarterfinal play, while the Jumbos picked up a 2-0 win over Wesleyan thanks to two goals from sophomore Liz Reed.  Williams sophomore forward Sydney Jones is the team leader in points with 19. Williams has averaged 1.69 goals while only allowing 0.36 goals per game. The Ephs senior goalie Olivia Barnhill has only allowed a total of five goals this season. Tufts sophomore Sophie Lloyd has a team-high nine goals and also a team-high 23 points. Reed also has 23 points on the season, and a NESCAC-leading seven assists. The Jumbos defense has been strong all season only allowing an average of 0.54 goals per game. Earlier this year, Tufts fell 1-0 to Williams but the Jumbos outshot the Ephs, 13-7, in that contest.   Last year the Ephs edged the Jumbos 2-1 in overtime in the NESCAC Championship game.  In the other semifinal game on Saturday second-seeded Middlebury will take on third-seeded Amherst.  Saturday’s winners will play on Sunday at noon for the conference championship. 

Field Hockey 

When: Saturday vs. Williams at Middlebury College at 1:30 pm in NESCAC Semifinal
What you need to know: The third-ranked Jumbos (15-1, 9-1 NESCAC) will play No. 16 Williams (12-4, 7-3 NESCAC) in a NESCAC semifinal match. Tufts is the No. 2 seed and Williams is the No. 3 seed in the tournament. Eph senior forward Libby Dolan has scored team highs in goals (9) and points (19). The Ephs have generated an average of 2.90 goals per game while only allowing 1.50 goals per game. Tufts senior forward Gigi Tutoni leads the Jumbos with ten goals and 20 points. The brown and blue score 2.7 goals per game while only allowing 0.56 goals per game. The Jumbos defeated Williams 2-0 earlier this year. Tutoni netted a goal in the match-up earlier this year. The last time these teams met in the NESCAC tournament was in 2016 when Tufts won 2-0 in the NESCAC semifinals. 


When: Friday vs. Middlebury at Bowdoin at 8 pm in NESCAC Quarterfinal
What you need to know: The Jumbos (15-9, 6-4 NESCAC) will travel to top-seeded Bowdoin this weekend for NESCAC tournament play which begins on Friday and wraps up on Sunday.  The fifth-seeded Jumbos open up tournament play by taking on fourth-seeded Middlebury on Friday night at 8 pm in quarterfinal play. The Panthers offense has been led by senior outside hitter Isabel Sessions with 278 kills. Middlebury junior Gigi Alper has a team high 383 digs. Tufts freshman Cate Desler has a team high 227 kills while senior outside hitter Mackenzie Bright has helped with 210 kills. Jumbo libero Sophia Acker has recorded 345 digs. Earlier this year the Jumbos were edged by Middlebury, 3-1.  Friday’s other matches feature top-seeded Bowdoin taking on eighth-seeded Trinity, No. 2 Wesleyan taking on No. 7 Bates and No. 3 Amherst facing off with No. 6 Williams.  On Saturday the winner of the Bowdoin/Trinity match will play the winner of the match between the Jumbos and the Panthers and the winner of the Wesleyan/Bates match will take on the winner of the Amherst/Williams match.  Saturday’s winners play on Sunday at noon for the conference championship. 


When: Saturday and Sunday at ICSA Single-handed Championship at Hope at 9 am
What you need to know: The coed sailing team will head to Hope for the ICSA Single-handed Championship on Saturday and Sunday. This weekends race, along with the ICSA Match Racing Championship the 16th through the 18th of November in Corona Del Mar, California are the last two remaining events of the fall season for the Jumbos.   The Jumbos have competed in 14 events this fall, including a win at the Hood Trophy event which the Jumbos hosted. Senior skippers Jackson McCoy, Chris Keller and Florian Eenkema van Dijk have led the Tufts dinghies this season. The top crews for the Jumbos have been junior Emma Clutterbuck and sophomore Juliana Testa. 



Liz Reed, Sophomore, Women’s Soccer

The Jumbos, seeded fourth in the NESCAC Tournament, defeated fifth-seed Wesleyan University 2-0 on Sunday and Reed scored both goals. She netted the game’s first goal in the 26th minute unassisted, taking the ball away from a defender and putting a shot inside the left post. She added a key insurance goal 10 minutes into the second half (55th minute), darting in front of the goal to redirect a cross from classmate Sophie Lloyd. With her second two-goal game of the season, Reed helped Tufts advanced to the conference semi-finals.




Sam Merson, Freshman, Sailing

Merson led Tufts to victories in five of the six A division races that he skippered as the Jumbos hosted and won the Nickerson Trophy emblematic of the New England Freshman championship. He and freshman crew George Sidamon-Eristoff won the first and second, and fourth through sixth races. Their only non-victory was a second-place finish in the third start among the 17-team field. These scores helped Tufts win the A division by 10 points and the overall competition by 30 points, 45-75 over Roger Williams.




Both the women’s soccer team and the field hockey team picked up big NESCAC Quarterfinal wins this weekend.  So, our play of the week is a combo of two goals that were very big parts of those wins. First, Hanna Malik’s goal that put the Jumbos ahead of Amherst in field hockey’s 2-0 win over Amherst.  Second, Liz Reed’s second goal of theme which gave the Jumbos a little insurance their 2-0 win over Wesleyan:



  The women’s soccer team picked up a key NESCAC quarterfinal win over Wesleyan this weekend. Sophomore Liz Reed (Lynnfield, Mass.) netted both Jumbo goals against Wesleyan. The Jumbo defense led by seniors Taylor Koscho (Hudson, Ohio), Jamie Corley (Portola Valley, Calif.) and Alessandra Sadler (Atkinson, N.H.) played tenaciously for the Jumbos. 


  Fourth-ranked field hockey improved to 15-1 after two wins last week. Sophomore midfielder Beth Krikorian (Windham, N.H.) and Marguerite Salamone (Yardley, Pa.) each scored in the Jumbos 2-1 victory over No. 12 ranked Bowdoin. Sophomore midfielder Hanna Malik (Summit, N.J.) and freshman midfielder Claire Foley (Louisville, Ky.) netted goals in a 2-0 win over 20th-ranked Amherst in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. 

  The volleyball team split their last regular season NESCAC weekend, finishing the regular season with a 15-9 record overall and a 6-4 NESCAC mark.  On Friday night the Jumbos picked up a 3-0 win over Connecticut College on Senior Night, but then on Saturday the Jumbos fell 3-2 to Wesleyan when Maddie Stewart (Menlo Park, Calif.) posted a career-high 16 kills. 

  Women’s cross country placed fourth at the NESCAC Championship. Senior Natalie Bettez (Bolton, Mass.) finished second overall with a time of 22:08.4 which earned her First Team All-NESCAC honors. Senior Oliva Barnett (Watertown, Conn.) finished second on the team with a 23:24.4 time and placed 24th overall. 

  Women’s sailing finished ninth at the Victorian Coffee Urn at Bowdoin finishing with a score of 244. Sophomore skipper Talia Toland (Kirkland, Wash.) and senior crew Taylor Hart (Darien, Conn.) raced in the A division for Tufts and finished fourth.  

  The coed sailing team won the New England Freshman Championship at Tufts with a score of 45. Sam Merson (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) and Ansgar Jordan (San Diego, Calif.) had great results for the Jumbos in the A Division of the Freshman Championship.  

  The women’s rowing team competed in a shortened Head of the Fish on Saturday to wrap up up their fall season.  The Women’s Novice 4+ took home gold, with coxswain Jordan Sclar (Niskayuna, N.Y.), stroke Sarah Flower (Mendham, N.J.), Rachel Miller (San Antonio, Texas), Tina Feng (China) and Karen Dooley (Redwood City, Calif.) in bow. 

  The golf team wrapped up their fall schedule, finishing seventh out of 23 total teams at the NEIGA Championship.  Sophomore Alex Honigford (Indianapolis, Ind.) shot a team best 155 over the two days