This Week In Tufts Athletics: September 2 - 8

Women’s Soccer at Williams
Saturday, September 7th at 12 pm
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What you need to know: Coming off a successful 2018, the women’s soccer team will waste no time putting their 2019 squad to the test.  The Jumbos, who were ranked No. 22 in the United Soccer Coaches Association Preseason Poll, open the week with a Wednesday contest at home against Emerson before traveling to defending national champion and top ranked Williams on Saturday.  The Ephs lost eight seniors from last years’ team, which won its second consecutive national title.  They do have 13 players returning who saw time in the national title game, and a big ten-person rookie class that have joined the team.  While the Ephs welcome back seven of their top nine scorers back this year, they did lose All-American Sydney Jones who was their point leader last season.  The Jumbos welcome back a good amount of their starting squad from last season including pretty much their entire offense from last season.  Juniors Sophie Lloyd and Liz Reed each tallied 27 points last season, scoring ten goals and helping seven others.  The Jumbos return three of their four United Soccer Coaches Association All-Region players from last year, as Sarah Maloney joins Reed and Lloyd.  The biggest loss is graduated goal keeper Emily Bowers, but the Jumbos have an experienced defense and some young and promising talent in goal. The Jumbos played two one-goal games with the Ephs last season, falling 1-0 in the regular season and then 3-2 in NESCAC Semi-final action. 


Field Hockey at Williams 

Saturday, September 7th at 1 pm 

What you need to know: The Jumbo field hockey team will open their 2019 campaign this weekend on the road.  The Jumbos, who are ranked No. 2 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Preseason National Coaches Poll, will waste no time in challenging their team as they take on No. 11 ranked Williams on the road on Saturday.  The Jumbos finished their 2018 season with a 19-3 mark, falling to Middlebury in overtime in the regular season and then 1-0 in the NESCAC Championship and 2-0 to finish as national runner-ups.  The Jumbos return nine of their ten top point scorers from last season.  Leading that charge is senior co-captain Rachel Hamilton who scored eight times and assisted four goals last year.   Junior Beth Krikorian scored seven times and collected four assist last year and senior Marguerite Salamone is also back after scoring three times but collecting a team-high seven assists last season. Sophomore Andie Stallman is back after starting 13 games during her rookie campaign and compiling a 0.37 goals against average and a .723 save percentage.  The Ephs are coming off a season in which they finished with a 12-5 overall record and fell to the Jumbos in the first round of the NESCAC Tournament.  They graduated two of their top five point scorers from last year, including Libby Dolan who led the team with 13 goals and two assists.  But, they welcome back senior Emma Ticknor who scored seven goals and collected four assists last year and classmate Isabel Perry who finished the season with five goals and four assists.  The Ephs also graduated Emma Santucci, who started all 17 games in goal last season.  But, senior Abby Lloyd did play nearly as many minutes and played in 16 of the Ephs 17 games last year owning a 1.64 goals against average and a .720 save percentage.  The Jumbos won both times when the two teams faced off last year, collecting a 2-0 win in the regular season and a 3-0 NESCAC Tournament win. The Jumbos have won the last 17 times the two teams have faced off.


Joe Braun, Senior, Men’s Soccer

The defending national champion Jumbos are opening their title defense campaign this week as they take on Framingham State at home on Tuesday night and then head to Williams on Saturday to open up NESCAC play. Senior Joe Braun, who was named an All-American and the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player last year, is back to lead the Jumbo offense in his last season wearing Brown and Blue.  He led the Jumbos in points last year with 26, coming from ten goals and six assists.