This Week in Tufts Athletics: April 29 - May 5

For live coverage of Tufts Athletics events this week, please visit http://www.gotuftsjumbos.com/composite.

Baseball

When: Monday at Eastern Connecticut, 6 pm / Saturday Double-header at Colby, 2 pm / Sunday at Southern Maine, 1 pm.
What You Need to Know: With their spot in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament sewn up, the Jumbos (23-7, 8-2 NESCAC East) can win their sixth straight East Division pennant and 11th overall this weekend at Colby. They travel to Waterville, Maine on Saturday to make up the double-header with the Mules that was rained out on April 20. Colby is winless in the NESCAC East (0-8) and 9-14 overall. Tufts’ week starts on Monday under the lights at Eastern Connecticut versus a Warriors team that is 19-14 and currently tied for fourth in the Little East Conference at 7-7. A date at Southern Maine, the #1 team in last week’s New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association DIII poll, closes the regular-season on Sunday. The Huskies (26-5) lead the Little East with a 12-2 mark.

Men’s Lacrosse

When: Saturday NESCAC Championship Semifinal vs. Middlebury, 12 pm.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos will host the NESCAC Championship semifinals and final at Bello Field for the seventh time this weekend. Top-seeded Tufts (15-1) will play Middlebury College in Saturday’s first semi at noon. The #7 seed Panthers (8-8) upset two-seed Wesleyan 11-7 in the NESCAC Quarterfinals. Back on April 20, senior Danny Murphy scored seven goals with two assists to lead the Jumbos to a 23-14 win over Middlebury in their regular-season match up. Tufts has won 15 games in a row over the Panthers dating back to 2010. Amherst and Williams will play in Saturday’s other NESCSAC Semifinal at Bello Field (3 pm). Saturday’s winners will play for the conference championship at Bello on Sunday at noon. The Jumbos are chasing their ninth NESCAC crown.

Women’s Lacrosse

When: Saturday NESCAC Championships Semifinal vs. Wesleyan (at Middlebury), 3 pm.
What You Need to Know: Second-seeded Tufts (15-1) advanced to the NESCAC Championship Semifinals for the first time since 2015 and the fourth time overall with a 12-5 win over Trinity at home in the quarterfinals. The Jumbos will play third-seed Wesleyan University (14-2) at top-seed Middlebury College this Saturday. On April 6 of the regular-season at Bello Field, Wesleyan led the Jumbos 7-5 at the half before Tufts out-scored the Cardinals 12-3 in the second half to post a 17-10 win. Jumbo senior Dakota Adamec scored eight goals in that game. Middlebury hosts fourth-seed Amherst College in Saturday’s other conference semifinal. The semifinal winners will play for the NESCAC championship at Middlebury on Sunday at 1 pm. The Jumbos are attempting to win their first-ever conference crown

Men’s Rowing

When: Saturday New England Rowing Championships (at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester), 8 am.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos compete at the New England Rowing Championships (NERC) on Lake Quinsigamond Saturday. Tufts will have three eights in action. So far this spring, the first varsity eight has a 4-5 record including winning the Baker Cup over WPI on April 22. They’ve also defeated Bates, Skidmore and Williams. Tufts’ second varsity eight is 3-5 with victories over Coast Guard, Bates and WPI. The third varsity eight took its first loss of the season against Williams this past Saturday on Quinsigamond, but they have defeated their seven other opponents this spring. An emerging Jumbo men’s program was sixth in 1V8, third in 2V8 and second in 3V8 at the NERC last season and placed fifth in the final men’s point trophy standings.

Women’s Rowing

When: Saturday New England Rowing Championships (at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester), 8 am.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos will race four eights at the 2019 New England Rowing Championships (NERC) on Lake Quinsigamond Saturday. The second varsity eight has been the most successful for the Jumbos so far this spring with a 7-2 record. They have wins over WPI, Smith and William Smith second varsities who are a part of top 10 programs. The Tufts women are ranked 11th. The Jumbo third varsity eight has recorded a 5-2 mark, the first varsity eight has defeated four out of 10 opponents and the fourth varsity eight has won two of its three races. Sixth in the overall point trophy standings at NERC a year ago, Tufts was sixth in 1V8, fourth in 2V8, sixth in 3V8 and third in 4V8 racing

Sophomore Mia Steinberg and the Jumbo softball team hosts the NESCAC Championship at Spicer Field this weekend.

Softball

When: Friday NESCAC Championship 1st Round vs. Middlebury at Spicer Field, 2:30 pm.
What You Need to Know: As winners of the NESCAC East Division, Tufts (27-8, 10-2 NESCAC East) will host the conference championship at Spicer Field this weekend. The host team alternates between the East and West winner every year and the Jumbos have not hosted since 2015. That’s the last time Tufts won a conference title as well. The format was changed last season to include eight teams in a single-elimination tournament. Middlebury finished fourth in the West with a 4-8 record and is 12-17 overall. If the Jumbos win that game, they will play the winner of Trinity-Hamilton in the semifinals on Saturday at 2:30 pm. The championship game is set for Sunday morning at 10 am. Tufts has won 10 NESCAC titles, four more than the second-highest total of six by Williams.

Men’s Tennis

When: Friday NESCAC Championship 1st Round at Middlebury, opponent and time tba.
What You Need to Know: The six teams who earn berths into the NESCAC Tournament are selected by a committee and won’t be announced until Tuesday, but the Jumbos (8-8, 4-5 NESCAC) look as though they will receive the sixth seed. Their four conference wins are more than Bates, Colby, Connecticut College, Hamilton and Trinity in the 11-team field. The berth would be their first since 2016 and the sixth since the tournament went to a head-to-head format in 2006. Tufts was very competitive against some of the teams which will be seeded higher in the tournament, including 5-4 losses to Wesleyan and Williams that came down to the last singles match on the court. Tufts has never reached a conference semifinal under the new format.

Women’s Tennis

When: Friday NESCAC Championship 1st Round at Middlebury, opponent and time tba.
What You Need to Know: Like the men’s team, Tufts Women’s Tennis won’t know officially until Tuesday whether they are getting one of the sixth berths into the 2019 NESCAC Championship. However, their 5-4 record in conference matches this spring appears to have them in line for the fifth seed. The Jumbos (8-8 5-4 NESCAC) have advanced into the conference semifinals in each of the last two seasons. If they were to receive the #5 seed this spring, they would face a higher seed (#4) in their opening round match. The Jumbos would be attempting to move into the conference “final four” for the seventh time since the tournament changed its format to head-to-head in 2006. They have not played in a NESCAC championship match.

Men’s Track & Field

When: Thursday through Saturday New England Division III Championships (at Williams), 1 pm / 12 pm / 10 am.
What You Need to Know: With the most important team competition of the outdoor season – NESCAC’s – behind them, the Jumbos will primarily focus on bolstering their NCAA roster over the next three weeks. The 10.70 school-record that senior Anthony Kardonsky ran in the 100 meters at NESCAC’s is tied for 21st nationally, which has him on the NCAA bubble. Shot-putter Kevin Quisumbing and Henry Hintermeister in the javelin are both among the top 30 and need to improve their marks. Josh Etkind in the 110-meter hurdles and Benji Wallace are both within the top 20 at the moment, which is the NCAA safety zone. Tufts was fifth at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships last spring. Wallace was second in the pole vault at the meet (15’5” – 4.70m).

Women’s Track & Field

When: Thursday through Saturday New England Division III Championships (at Williams), 1 pm / 12 pm / 10 am.
What You Need to Know: With the conference championship in the rearview mirror, the Jumbos will look to build their NCAA roster in the weeks leading up to the NCAA Championships May 23-25 in Geneva, Ohio. Senior co-captain Kelsey Tierney is ranked 23rd in a pair of events (1,500 and 3,000-meter steeple chase), and junior Rhemi Toth also has a low-20s ranking in the 800 meters. They both likely need to lower their times to improve their NCAA chances. At last year’s NED3 meet, the 4x800 meter relay had a runner-up finish of 9:30.96 with current team members Lauren Diaz, Julia Gake, Olivia Martin and Julia Noble as the foursome. The Jumbos have been 10th as a team for the last two years at this meet.

 

Josh Etkind, Senior, Men’s Outdoor Track & Field

Etkind won the 110-meter hurdles at the NESCAC Championships for the third consecutive year. With an uncanny ability to run the race he needs to run, he won his heat with a modest 15.60 time to qualify for the final. He then beat Colby sophomore Tanner Burton to the finish line in the final by 0.14 with a winning mark of 14.82 seconds. The 10 points he earned for winning helped Tufts place second at the meet.

 

 

 

 

Kathryn Ezeoha, Freshman, Women’s Outdoor Track & Field

With a strong NESCAC Championship performance in the long and triple jumps, Ezeoha’s 11 combined points in those events was more than anyone else at the meet. She hit the team's season-best triple jump of 36'4 ¾" (11.09m) to take third place (six points). She was also fourth in the long jump with 17'1 ¼" (5.21m) distance for another season-best and five team points.

 

 

 

 

  Baseball clinched a berth into the NESCAC Tournament in dramatic fashion during a double-header at Trinity on Saturday. Down to their last strike in the ninth inning of game two, junior 3B J.P. Knight hit a grand slam to give Tufts a 9-6 lead which stood as the final. That helped complete a double-header sweep which earned the tournament berth. Tufts had won the first game 8-2. Knight was 4 for 4 with two home runs, two doubles, seven rbis and three runs scored for the day. Tufts started the week with an 8-4 victory over Suffolk and also lost 7-0 at Endicott and in game three at Trinity 7-1.

  For the second straight year Tufts Men’s Golf was one of just four teams in the league to qualify for the NESCAC Tournament and they finished fourth at the rain-shortened event hosted by Middlebury College. Saturday’s opening round was cut to nine holes due to rain and the Jumbos were led by sophomore Alex Honigford’s 39. In 18 holes on Sunday, Honigford and classmate Henry Hughes both shot 74s and the Jumbos had a 308 team total for the day. Tufts’ 467 tournament score was behind first-place Trinity (430), runner-up Hamilton (434) and third-place Middlebury (439). Honigford’s 27-hole 113 tied for 16th individually.

  Men’s Lacrosse earned the #1 seed in the NESCAC with a 13-7 victory at Bowdoin College to close the regular-season on Wednesday and then won their post-season opener over Trinity 17-8 on Saturday in the NESCAC Quarterfinals at Bello Field. Senior Ben Connelly, last week’s NESCAC Player of the Week, remained red-hot with six more goals at Bowdoin as Tufts took the league’s top seed for the sixth time. Seeing increased action in the Trinity game, sophomore Bryce Adam scored six points (two goals, four assists) to match a career high. Connelly and sophomore Max Waldbaum both netted three goals versus the Bantams.

> Read Get to Know a Jumbo with Men’s Lacrosse Senior Co-Captain Ben Connelly at http://www.gotuftsjumbos.com/sports/mlax/2018-19/releases/20190417jhsyds.

Senior Anthony Kardonsky ran the fastest 100 meters time in Tufts history with a 10.70 at the NESCAC Championship.

  Women’s Lacrosse (15-1) finished as the second seed for the NESCAC regular-season and then won their quarterfinal-round game over Trinity 12-5 at Bello Field Saturday. On Wednesday in the regular-season finale against Bowdoin they came back from a 12-9 deficit with barely seven minutes remaining to send the game into overtime. Junior Emily Games then scored on a free-position shot 90 seconds into OT for a 14-13 win. On Saturday, the Jumbos held Trinity to its fewest goals against a NESCAC opponent in almost three years. Senior Courtney Grygiel led Tufts offensively with a career-high three goals. Tufts advanced to its first conference semi-final since 2015.

> Watch highlights of the Jumbos’ Wednesday Win Over Bowdoin at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djnn3LF2fqM

  The third varsity eight's second-place finish was the top performance for Men’s Rowing in action at Lake Quinsigamond versus Holy Cross, Bates and Williams on Saturday. The Jumbos (6:42.26) were a tick less than four seconds behind Williams (6:38.3) in the 3V8 race. Holy Cross came across the finish line third in 6:49.84 and Bates was last (6:53.62). Tufts' third varsity had Tara Curran in the coxswain seat and Peter Malinovsky as stroke followed by Ethan Donnelly, Paul Gelhaus, Matias Facciuto, Malcolm Zuckerman, David Gantt, Tamas Takata and Aidan Bauer. The first varsity was third, but just six seconds behind the leader.

  The Tufts Co-ed Sailing team earned a berth into the 2019 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) national semifinals by placing seventh at the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Championships hosted by Bowdoin College on Saturday and Sunday. The top nine finishers from New England advanced to the ICSA semifinals which will run May 28-29 in Newport, Rhode Island. The Jumbos were sixth in A division racing where senior Cam Holley skippered and classmate Ian Morgan crewed. Tufts was the runner-up in the first and fifth starts and placed third in the eighth race. The Tufts A team only had four finishes of 10th or worse.

  Softball split four games in the final week of the regular-season, sweeping a double-header at home over Wheaton College on Thursday and then losing twice at MIT on Saturday. Sophomore pitcher Kristina Haghdan had a strong week for the team. She threw a two-hit shutout in game one of Tufts’ double-header sweep (4-0, 5-1) of the Lyons. She then was a hard-luck loser in game one at MIT, which went to extra innings. She allowed six hits and no earned runs with six K’s in 7.1 innings. Tufts was led offensively by senior Christian Cain's three hits and three rbis from sophomore SS Mia Steinberg in the two Wheaton games.

  After winning their third straight NESCAC match at home against Bates on Wednesday, Men’s Tennis’ streak ended in the Jumbos’ final match of the regular-season on Friday at Bowdoin. Tufts swept doubles versus Bates with all three duos winning with 8-4 scores. Sophomore Boris Sorkin then did not lose a set in first singles, while classmate Carl-Herman Grant lost just three sets in fourth singles. Junior Niko Hereford also had wins in singles and doubles for the ‘Bos. The loss to the Polar Bears saw the Jumbos win two out of three in doubles, including a tie-breaker victory by the #1 pair of Sorkin and Grant.

  Women’s Tennis finished their regular-season with a pair of losses at Amherst on Wednesday and inside at home versus MIT on Friday. The match against MIT was Seniors Day as the team saluted Tomo Iwasaki and Otilia Popa, who have been a part of 48 Tufts wins during their four-year careers. The pair earned a #2 doubles victory (8-2) in the match and then Iwasaki won her #2 singles contest 6-2, 6-4. At Amherst the Jumbos had a #2 doubles win by freshman Anna Lowy and junior Kat Wiley (8-3) along with singles victories from sophomore #3 Patricia Obeid and freshman #4 Caroline Garrido (6-4, 6-4).

  Senior Josh Etkind, junior Kevin Quisumbing and sophomore Matt Manteiga all won conference titles as Men’s Outdoor Track & Field finished second at the NESCAC Championships. Etkind won the 110-meter hurdles race for the third consecutive year with a time of 14.82 seconds. Quisumbing was first in the shot put with 47'4 ½" (14.44m) distance. Manteiga had a career-best 22'9 ¾" (6.95m) to win the long jump. Jumbo senior Anthony Kardonsky broke the school record in the 100 meters final with a 10.70. It’s currently ranked 21st nationally. The time was 0.01 quicker than the previous record (10.71) set by Blake Coolidge in 2017.

  Senior co-captains Kelsey Tierney and Evelyn Drake posted runner-up finishes to lead Women's Outdoor Track & Field to fourth place at the NESCAC Championships. Tierney ran 11:37.65 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Drake had a 150'4" (45.83m) mark in the hammer throw. Freshman Kathryn Ezeoha hit the team's season-best triple jump of 36'4 ¾" (11.09m) to take third place and was also fourth in the long jump with a 17'1 ¼" (5.21m) season-best. Sophomore Nkem Aduka scored third-place points with her 121'8" (37.08m) best in the discus throw. Classmate Jacqueline Kirk tied for third in the high jump, getting over the bar at 5'3" (1.60m) on her second attempt.