This Week in Tufts Athletics: April 8 - 14

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Hall of Fame Induction Dinner

When: Saturday at Cousens Gymnasium / 6 pm Cocktail Hour, 7 pm Ceremony
What You Need to Know: Ten outstanding student-athletes, coaches and administrators along with two memorable teams were selected as the second class of inductees to the Tufts University Athletics Hall of Fame. Seven decades and 11 sports are represented in this second class of honorees as Tufts continues the exciting challenge of recognizing the great individuals and teams from its nearly 150 years of Athletics history. The 2019 inductees are:

Harry Arlanson, E31, Student-Athlete, Coach, Administrator
Dorothea “Dorie” M. (Loughlin) Ellis, A31, Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey
Mary E. (Cutter) Sanborn, J36, Field Hockey, Tennis
Robert H. Backus, A51, Track & Field
Jeanne C. Ashworth, ’60, Field Hockey, Softball, Speed Skating
John Baronian, A50, H97–Brown & Blue Award
1976 Dinghy Sailing Team
James E. Lilley, A82, Swimming
Kate Donovan, J84, Basketball, Diving, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Squash
Gregory C. Davis, A86, Basketball
Daniel H. Morse, A99, Baseball, Football
Tamara L. Brown, A11, AG14, Field Hockey
1985 Women’s Lacrosse Team

Baseball

When: Tuesday vs. Roger Williams, 3:30 pm / Friday vs. Bowdoin, 3 pm / Saturday Double-header vs. Bowdoin, 12 pm.
What You Need to Know: After a mid-week non-conference game against Roger Williams, the Jumbos (15-4) return to NESCAC East Division action hosting Bowdoin College over the weekend at Huskins Field. Tufts took two out of three from Bates in divisional play back on March 30-31 and is tied for first in the East with Trinity (15-4, 4-2) heading into this weekend’s action. Bowdoin (3-14-1, 3-3) had been winless in its first 15 games this spring before sweeping a NESCAC East series versus Colby over the weekend. The Polar Bears are tied for third in the East. The Jumbos took two out of three at Bowdoin last year. Roger Williams, coached by former Tufts assistant Jason Tower, enters a Monday game at Rhode Island College with an 8-12-1 record.

Golf

When: Saturday and Sunday at JWU Spring Invitational at Cranston Country Club (Cranston, R.I.), 10 am both days.
What You Need to Know: After a strong start to their spring season tying for second place at Rhode Island College’s tournament last weekend, the Jumbos return to the Ocean State for a spring invitational hosted by Johnson & Wales University on Saturday and Sunday. Play will be held Cranston Country Club, an 18-hole public course that spans 6,914 yards with a par of 71. This is the fifth straight year that the Jumbos will play in the tournament. They won it in 2015 and placed third in 2017. Last season Tufts was sixth out of 19 teams at the event. Current senior Justin Feldman tied for 14th individually with a two-day 157 (+15). The Jumbos are readying for the 2019 NESCAC Championship coming up at the end of the month.

Men’s Lacrosse

When: Saturday at Amherst, 1 pm.
What You Need to Know: Though the Jumbos (10-1, 5-1 NESCAC) suffered their first loss of the season at Wesleyan University (10-9) on Saturday, previously unbeaten Amherst College also lost on Saturday 13-11 to Williams. The Jumbos, the Mammoths and Bates are at the top of the NESCAC table with one loss each. Wesleyan and Williams are close behind both at 4-2. Tufts will travel to Amherst on Saturday to renew that tense rivalry. The teams have split the last six games, including last year when Amherst took the regular-season tilt 20-16 and Tufts won in the NESCAC Tournament 20-12. It’s a meeting of the two highest-scoring teams in the conference as Amherst enters the week averaging 18 goals per game and Tufts has a 17.73 goals per game mark.

The national champion 1976 Dinghy Sailing Team will be one of 12 new inductees into the Tufts Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Women’s Lacrosse

When: Saturday vs. Amherst, 1 pm.
What You Need to Know: The only undefeated team remaining in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association top 20, the Jumbos (11-0, 6-0 NESCAC) host Amherst College on Saturday at Bello Field. The Mammoths, tied for 11th in last week’s national poll, are currently sixth in the conference entering the week at 3-3 in the league and 7-3 overall. However, their three conference losses are by one goal to Colby, two goals to Middlebury and one goal to Wesleyan. On Saturday they defeated a Williams team 15-13 whom Tufts had beat 21-13 earlier in the week. Amherst plays conference action at Connecticut College on Tuesday before coming to Tufts. The Jumbos have won the last two games in the series at Bello, though they lost last year’s encounter 14-13 in Amherst.

Men’s Rowing

When: Saturday vs. Bates, Wesleyan and UMass at Malden River, time tba.
What You Need to Know: Saturday’s second straight weekend of racing on Malden River will be the last home date for the Jumbos of the 2019 season. Tufts will celebrate Seniors Day as well as hosting their annual Alumni Row. The Jumbos’ seniors are Jordan Bacher, Ryan Bell, Samson Braun, Rich Gilland, James Grant, Nick Hartman, Ted Midthun, James Miller, Isaac Mudge, Tamas Takata and Alec Whipple. Tufts will be rowing against Bates, Wesleyan and UMass. At last year’s New England Rowing Championships (NERC), Bates was second in the men’s point trophy, Tufts was fifth, UMass was sixth and Wesleyan finished seventh. The Bobcats won the NERC varsity eight grand final, UMass was fourth and Tufts was sixth. Wesleyan was fourth in the petite final.

Women’s Rowing

When: Saturday vs. Bates, Wesleyan and Wellesley at Malden River, time tba.
What You Need to Know: The Tufts women’s rowing team will also celebrate Seniors Day and its Alumni Row on the last home weekend of the season. The seniors who will be saluted are Lauren Drohosky, Miranda Finestone, Bibi Lichauco, Libby Lichter, Erika Madrian, and Miriam Weiss. Tufts will compete against Bates, Wellesley and Wesleyan. Bates is the preeminent Division III women’s rowing program in the country. The Bobcats won their second straight national championship and their third in the last four years in 2018. Bates and Wellesley were 1-2 in the women’s point trophy standings at the New England Rowing Championships (NERC) last May. Wesleyan was fifth and Tufts was sixth. Bates (1st), Wesleyan (3rd), Wellesley (4th) and Tufts (6th) were all in the varsity eight grand final at NERC last spring.

Co-ed Sailing

When: All regattas Saturday and Sunday - Owen Trophy at Yale, 9 am / Thompson Trophy at Coast Guard, 10:30 am / Oberg Trophy at MIT, 10:30 am / Priddy Trophy at Sacred Heart, 10:30 am.
What You Need to Know: With the team racing portion of the regular-season behind them, the Jumbos will now focus on preparing for the New England Dinghy Championship coming up April 27-28 in Maine. Tufts will be at four regattas this weekend including the Oberg Trophy and Thompson Trophy which both feature three divisions of racing. Tufts was the runner-up at the Oberg last year, finishing one point behind Boston College, though Sunday racing was canceled due to high winds. Yale will host the Owen Trophy and this weekend is also the Priddy Trophy, emblematic of the New England freshman championship which Tufts has dominated in recent years. They played second last season and won the event for several years in a row prior to that.

Women’s Sailing

When: Both regattas Saturday and Sunday – National Team Racing Invitational at Brown, 10:30 am / President’s Trophy at Boston University, 10:30 am.
What You Need to Know: The weather a year ago this coming weekend caused havoc with the sailing schedule as Sunday racing at many regattas was canceled due to high wind and low temperatures. The Jumbos and everybody else will hope for better conditions this year at the annual President’s Trophy hosted by Boston University. Tufts was ninth at the inter-conference competition last season after winning the event in 2017. It’s the final prep before the New England Championship on the Charles April 20-21. With the absence of a women’s-only team racing national championship, the National Team Racing Invitational was started last year. At this year’s event hosted by Brown, there’s nowhere to go but up for Tufts who was seventh out of seven teams last season.

Softball

When: Monday Double-header at Babson, 3 pm / Friday at Trinity, 4 pm / Saturday Double-header at Trinity, 12 pm.
What You Need to Know: Leaders in the NESCAC East at 5-1 entering the week (19-4 overall), the Jumbos play a three-game divisional series at Trinity College this weekend. Before that they’re scheduled for two at Babson College on Monday. The Beavers are currently third in the NEWMAC at 7-3 (11-9 overall). Trinity (10-7), second in the East Division at 2-1, was swept by Amherst in a non-divisional double-header on Saturday. They play games at Western Connecticut on Wednesday before hosting the Jumbos. The Bantams were third in the NESCAC East last year. Tufts and Trinity only played twice last season due to weather and the third game having no effect on the standings. The Jumbos won both. Trinity swept Tufts the last time the teams played in Hartford in 2017.

Men’s Tennis

When: Wednesday vs. Trinity, 4 pm / Saturday at Middlebury, 10 am.
What You Need to Know: Looking to be one of the six teams to qualify for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament, Tufts (4-6, 0-3 NESCAC) plays two key conference matches this week. On Wednesday they host Trinity College, who is ranked 19th in the Northeast Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (Tufts is seventh). The Bantams enter the week with a 1-5 record. Tufts and Trinity did not play last year, but the Jumbos won a close 5-4 match in 2017. At Middlebury on Saturday Tufts will play the #1 team in the Northeast and the #2 team in the nation. Over the weekend, the Panthers took a 6-3 loss to a Wesleyan team that Tufts battled valiantly until losing 5-4 recently. Middlebury enters the week with a 9-5 record (2-1 NESCAC).

Women’s Tennis

When: Thursday vs. Brandeis, 3:30 pm / Saturday at Middlebury, 10 am.
What You Need to Know: Up to 4-2 in the NESCAC this spring, the seventh-ranked Jumbos (5-5 overall) play a pair of Intercollegiate Tennis Association top 20 teams in and out of conference this week. Hosting #18 Brandeis on Thursday, the Jumbos face a Judges squad that enters the week with a 9-4 record after six victories in a row. Ranked 10th regionally, Brandeis has wins over Bates (8-1) and Colby (5-0) teams that Tufts defeated 9-0 and 7-2, respectively. The Middlebury Panthers (9-1, 2-1 NESCAC) are ranked fifth nationally and second in the Northeast region. NESCAC finalists three years in a row, the Panthers just beat #1 in the nation Emory 6-3 on Sunday. Tufts defeated Brandeis 8-1 last season and fell to the Panthers 6-3.

Men’s Track & Field

When: Friday and Saturday Silfen Invitational (at Connecticut College), 1:45 pm and 8 am.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos will compete at the two-day Silfen Invitational in New London, Connecticut, where they are the defending champion. As always, they will be looking to beef up their national qualifying list and continue preparations for the upcoming championship season. The meet starts on Friday with the Elite Distance Event Schedule featuring races in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, 800 meters, 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. Jumbos Hiroto Watanabe (800) and Colin Raposo (1,500) both ran national top 20 marks in their events on Friday night at the Silfen Invitational last season. Josh Etkind in the 110-meter hurdles (15.21) and Kevin Quisumbing in the shot put (50-7 ½" – 15.43m) won events here last year to help lead the Jumbos to first place.

Women’s Track & Field

When: Friday and Saturday Silfen Invitational (at Connecticut College), 1:45 pm and 8 am.
What You Need to Know: They Jumbos are looking at this annual competition hosted by Connecticut College as a key weekend with just two weeks remain until the championship season starts at NESCAC’s April 27 at Middlebury. Senior Kylene DeSmith will compete in the heptathlon for first time, with four events on Friday and the final three on Saturday. Tufts will also have a number of competitors entered in the meet’s Elite Distance races Friday night (800, 1500, 3k Steeple, 5k, 10k). On Saturday, the rest of the team will compete. Tufts’ Brittany Bowman recorded her 10,000 meters national qualifying mark (16:42.30) at this meet a year ago, which ended up as the fifth-best time in the country for the season. The Jumbos were second in team scoring at the meet last year.

 

Benji Wallace, Senior, Track & Field

At a quad meet hosted by MIT with RPI and Bates on Saturday, Wallace cleared a career-high 15’9” (4.80m) to win the pole vault. The mark improved upon his previous PR of 15’5” (4.70m) and was well above his previous season-best of 14’11” (4.55m). He was nearly 20 inches better than the second place finisher at the meet. It’s the best vault by a Jumbo since Brad Nakanishi cleared 16’0 ¾” (4.90m) in 2012. Saturday’s mark ranks Wallace ninth nationally in Division III.

 

 

 

Dakota Adamec, Senior, Lacrosse

Adamec matched her career-high for goals in a game with eight as sixth-ranked Tufts overcame a halftime deficit to defeat #9 Wesleyan in a key conference match up on Saturday. The Jumbos were trailing 7-5 at the half before Adamec scored seven of her eight goals in the second period. With the score tied 10-10, she scored three times to lead a 7-0 run over the final 11 minutes for a 17-10 Tufts victory. She had 10 goals for the week overall and finished three for four on free-position shots.

 

 

 

 

 

  Jumbo Baseball recorded a 4-1 week. They scored their most runs since 1987 in a 30-2 victory at home against Salem State on Monday. Freshman starter Lucas Gustavson and sophomore reliever Manny Ray stranded 16 MIT base runners in Thursday’s 10-2 win. A double-header split with Middlebury on Saturday included a 4-3 walk-off win on a sac fly by junior Justin Mills. The Jumbos saved the best for last as they scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a lead and then turned a 1-2-3 double play in the top of the ninth to end a dramatic 5-4 victory over Keene on Sunday.

  The Jumbo Golf team started its spring season in fine fashion by tying for second place at the 14-team RIC Spring Invitational hosted by Rhode Island College on Friday and Saturday. Senior Justin Feldman and sophomore Harry Theodore both shot 76’s on Friday and the Jumbos’ four-best scores totaled 313 strokes to tie for third after one day. Tufts’ score increased five strokes to 318 on Saturday, but their finish improved as they tied for second. Junior Brandon Karr shot a five-over 77 to lead the Jumbos on Saturday. Combined with his 79 on Friday, the two-day 156 he shot tied for seventh individually overall.

Sophomore Kristi Van Meter threw a five-inning perfect game against Bowdoin at Spicer Field on Saturday.

  Men’s Lacrosse played a pair of NESCAC games against top 15 opponents and went 1-1. The #4 Jumbos held off #13 Williams 15-14 on Wednesday night at Bello Field. Junior goalie Mason Pollack made a key save and senior Brian Powers forced a turnover late in the game. Tufts junior Nick Shanks, returning to the field after missing two games, led the hosts with three goals and an assist. On Saturday, sixth-ranked Wesleyan scored with 2:17 remaining handing Tufts its first loss of the season 10-9. The Jumbos received four goals from Max Waldbaum and five points (3g, 2a) from Danny Murphy.

Watch highlights of the Men's Lacrosse victory over Williams at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GDdVphlLA4.

  Women’s Lacrosse had a 3-0 week including NESCAC wins over Williams and Wesleyan. Tufts was huge in the second half in the two conference wins. At Williams on Wednesday, they led just 11-9 at the half before out-scoring the Ephs 10-4 in the second half to win 21-13. Emily Games had four goals and an assist for Tufts. On Saturday versus Wesleyan, the Jumbos trailed 7-5 at the half before winning the second half 12-3 for a 17-10 final. Sophomore Catherine Lawliss distributed four assists in the game. Tufts then scored 17 first-half goals on the way to a 24-10 win over Babson on Sunday.

During the Tufts University women's lacrosse team's weekend games the Jumbos were fund-raising and raising awareness for suicide prevention. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's (AFSP) vital research and education programs aim to prevent suicide and save lives, increase national awareness about depression and suicide, and assist survivors of suicide loss. The team asks that you please consider donating to the AFSP through this link - https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.personalCampaign&participantID=1926272.

Meet Tufts Women's Lacrosse senior defender Hedy Veith in the latest Get to Know a Jumbo - http://www.gotuftsjumbos.com/sports/wlax/2018-19/releases/20190404lsa7ps.

  The Tufts University men's rowing team's third varsity eight defeated a pair of Williams College teams in the Jumbo season-opener on Saturday at Malden River. Facing the Ephs' 3V8 in the semi-finals, Tufts rowed 6:21.22 for a better than eight-second margin of victory as Williams finished in 6:29.77. Going against Williams' fourth varsity in the final, the Jumbos won again 6:26.16 to 6:54.59. For the Tufts 3V8, coxswain John DiGiacomo, stroke Peter Malinovsky, 7 Henry Ross, 6 Paul Gelhaus, 5 Ethan Donnelly, 4 Malcolm Zuckerman, 3 Mitch Koganski, 2 Tamas Takata and bow Aidan Bauer were the Jumbo starters.

  The Tufts women's rowing team won 11 out of 13 races on Saturday and Sunday at Malden River. The second varsity eight went 4-0 on the weekend. They opened Saturday with a decisive 7:13.70 to 7:35.57 win over Trinity College and then followed up with a 7:17.98 to 7:26.98 final against the Coast Guard. On Sunday the Jumbos added a 7:13.1 to 7:24.1 win over Smith and a 7:15.5 to 7:29.9 margin over Amherst. The Jumbo 2V8 boating was coxswain Gabby Borenstein, stroke Sarah Flower, 7 Camden Myles, 6 Miriam Weiss, 5 Alicia Heia, 4 Abby Henne, 3 Laurel Haeger, 2 Madeleine Clarke and bow Sophie Bredenkamp.

  The Tufts co-ed sailing team finished ninth out of 12 teams at the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association (NEISA) Team Racing Championship hosted by Connecticut College on the Thames River Saturday and Sunday. Tufts narrowly missed advancing to the second round of eight at the competition. Among their five first-round wins against Boston University, Tufts had a perfect 1-2-3 finish against Rhode Island, while narrowly defeating Connecticut College with 2-3-5 finishes to the Camels' 1-4-6. Sailing for Tufts was senior skipper Jackson McCoy with junior crew Emma Clutterbuck, senior skipper Chris Keller with sophomore crew Juliana Testa and senior crew Cam Holley with senor crew Ian Morgan.

  In Women’s Sailing, freshman skipper Abbie Carlson and senior crew Taylor Hart finished 10th in B division racing at the annual Emily Wick Trophy hosted by Coast Guard on Saturday and Sunday. Carlson and Hart won the sixth start and had a sixth-place showing in the 11th race. Tufts had a 13th-place finish out of 18 teams at the regatta overall.

  Softball was 3-2 during the week, splitting a double-header against Endicott College on Tuesday and winning two out of three in a weekend NESCAC East Division series against Bowdoin. Junior 3B Jamie Stevens hit the decisive home run in the seventh inning of a 5-4 win over the Polar Bears on Friday. Tufts sophomore pitcher Kristi Van Meter then threw a five-inning perfect game in the nightcap of Saturday’s double-header. The perfect game and no-hitter were the first for Van Meter in her Tufts career. She struck out eight and improved to a 10-1 record. Tufts junior CF Maggie Lebinski homered twice during the week.

  For the second consecutive NESCAC match against a top 10 opponent, the Tufts University men's tennis team went to the last set before losing as the Jumbos were defeated 5-4 by Williams College on Sunday afternoon. Tufts, ranked 17th nationally, had taken #7 Wesleyan to the final set before losing 5-4 on March 31. This past Sunday, the Jumbos battled back from down 3-0 after doubles to tie the match at 4-4 on singles wins by sophomore Boris Sorkin and freshmen Paris Pentousis, Isaac Gorelik and Jack Moldenhauer. However, Williams took the match with a third-set win in fifth singles.

  Tufts Women’s Tennis won two out of three matches last week, with the loss coming against top-ranked Emory University on Friday and both wins earned in Maine at Bates and at Colby on Saturday. Jumbo freshmen Maggie Dorr and Caroline Garrido continued to play well in the first doubles spot. They took an 8-2 win against Emory's Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico and Defne Olcay. On Saturday, the Tufts pair had an 8-4 victory over Bates senior Bella Stone and first-year Anna Rozin. They finished the week with an 8-4 victory against Colby’s Lydia Venditti and Jessica Tsai. Senior Tomo Iwasaki and sophomore Kiara Rose also had singles wins against #1 Emory.

  Beyond senior Benji Wallace’s GoTuftsJumbos.com Male Athlete of the Week performance in the pole vault for Men’s Track & Field at a quad meet hosted by MIT with RPI and Bates on Saturday, senior Josh Etkind lowered his season-best time in the 110-meter hurdles to 14.66 seconds which won the event. It improved his national ranking to sixth. Tufts was victorious in seven events overall and scored 185 points at the meet, a close second behind MIT (190.5). In the javelin throw, senior co-captain Henry Hintermeister unleashed a season-best 187'0" (57.01m) that won the event at MIT and is the #23 national ranking with the mark.

  The Tufts women's outdoor track & field won the annual quad meet with MIT, RPI and Bates on Saturday at MIT. It was the first time in the four years that the event has been held that a team other than MIT has won it. The Jumbo 4x4 was first with a time of 3:59.76 that is ranked 15th nationally. The foursome was freshmen Tara Lowensohn, Luana Machado and Hannah Neilon with junior Julia Gake. Senior Kylene DeSmith competed in five events and set PR's in three. She was second in the 100-meter hurdles with a 14.98 mark that is #25 nationally.