With two fall teams headed to the Sweet 16 and another headed to the NCAA Championships, we have another playoff edition of Game of the Week:
Women’s Soccer vs. Williams
Saturday at Messiah at 1:30 pm
What you need to know: The women’s soccer team knocked off No. 4 TCNJ on Sunday, earning their first trip to the Sweet 16 since 2005. The Jumbos are heading to Messiah for an NCAA Sectional where they will face off with NESCAC-rival Williams on Saturday in Sweet 16 play at 1 pm. Messiah takes on Trinity (TX) on Saturday at 3:30 pm. Saturday’s winners play on Sunday at 1 pm with a trip to the Final Four on the line. The Jumbos finished as the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC this fall, but both them and the Ephs lost in the conference semifinals and received at large berths into the tournament. The Jumbos are making their third straight NCAA appearance and eighth overall. The two wins this weekend improved their tournament record to 13-6-4. Williams is the defending national champion.
Men’s Soccer vs. Washington and Lee
Saturday at Swarthmore at 3:30 pm
What you need to know: The men’s soccer team hosted an NCAA Regional at Bello Field this past weekend and topped Maritime (NY) 5-1 and then WPI 2-1 with Tanner Jameson scoring the game-winner with just 34 seconds left to send the Jumbos to their sixth consecutive Sweet 16. Tufts hits the road this weekend, heading to Swarthmore with Washington and Lee and Connecticut College. The Jumbos face off with Washington and Lee on Saturday at 3:30 pm with Connecticut College and Swarthmore playing at 1 pm. Saturday’s winners meet in the “Elite 8” game on Sunday at 3 pm with a berth into the Final Four on the line. The Jumbos are the defending NCAA champions and winners of three of the last five national titles. The two victories over the weekend gave Tufts a 23-5-2 NCAA mark overall. With the five wins en route to last year’s championship, the Jumbos have won seven straight overall games in the tournament.
Women’s Cross Country at NCAA Championships
Saturday at Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
What you need to know: The women’s cross country team will make its seventh consecutive and 11th overall appearance at the NCAA Division III Championship race this coming weekend as the Jumbos head to Louisville, Ky. The race will be held at Tom Sawyer State park on Saturday. The Jumbos finished third at the New England Regional and earned an at-large berth into the national race. Sophomore Danielle Page and senior Sabrina Gornisiewicz led the Jumbos at the regional race with second and fourth place finishes, respectively. Also running for Tufts at the Regional was sophomore Anna Slager, senior Rhemi Toth, freshman Meghan Davis, freshman Lexi Quinn and freshman Lauren Pollack. The Jumbos will have the same line-up this weekend. The Jumbos finished 12th as a team last year, and have a streak of top 20 finishing nationally going back six years to 2013. The team’s fifth-place finish in 2006 is the program’s best.
Men’s and Women’s Squash at Franklin and Marshall
Saturday at 11 am
What you need to know: The men’s and women’s squash teams both opened their seasons this past weekend. The No. 23 ranked men topped No. 29 Wesleyan, 7-2. The women, who are ranked No. 17, picked up wins over No. 21 Wesleyan and No. 22 Mount Holyoke but fell to No. 1 Harvard. With a couple matches under their belts both teams hit the road to take on Franklin and Marshall this weekend. The Diplomat men are ranked No. 14 while the women are ranked No. 19. On the men’s side of things, the Jumbos saw four new faces in their lineup this weekend as freshmen played in the No. 1, No. 4, No. 6 and No. 9 spots against Weselyan. Kunal Valia played at No. 1, Sanjeev Jeyabalan took the courts at No. 4, Vivaan Jaikishan played in the No. 6 spot and Shloke Sahay played at No. 9. For the women, senior co-captain Claire Davidson was once again at the top of the lineup, but freshman Isa Schneider played at No. 2, sophomore Natalie Bartlett at No. 7 and rookie Beverly Vo at No. 9. The men will look to knock off a higher-ranked team and start the season 2-0 while the women will look to improve to 3-1 this weekend.
Eric Savage, Senior, Men’s Basketball
After matching his career-high with 27 points in the Jumbos season-opener this past Saturday, Savage is just 24 points away from 1,000 with 976 career points. The senior notched 257 points his freshman year, 341 as a sophomore and then had his best year last year with 351 points. He led the team last year with 16 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game. In the season opener this year Savage matched his career high with 27 points while also adding five rebounds, five assists and a couple of blocks as the Jumbos beat defending NEWMAC Champion Emerson, 103-82. The Jumbos play at home on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday this week. So it is likely Savage will score his 1,000th point wearing Brown and Blue at home.
The women’s soccer team hit the road this weekend and knocked off No. 4 The College of New Jersey to advance to the programs first Sweet 16 appearance since 2005. The Jumbos scored twice, and the second goal was a beauty and earned play of the week honors. Watch it here:
Tanner Jameson, Senior, Men’s Soccer
Senior Tanner Jameson picked a great time to score his first collegiate goal. After the Jumbos scored five goals in their NCAA opener on Saturday, they were locked in a 1-1 tie with WPI on Sunday with a chance to go to the Sweet 16 on the line. With less than a minute left the Jumbos earned a corner kick and Zach Seigelstein sent a ball into the middle of the box that Jameson was able to head in for the game-winner with 34 seconds left on the clock. The Jumbos now advance to their sixth straight Sweet 16 where they will face off with Washington and Lee on Saturday.
Danielle Page, Sophomore, Women’s Cross Country
Sophomore Danielle Page raced well once again this year, leading the Jumbos at the NCAA New England Region Championship this past Saturday. Page was the runner-up in the race with a 21:20.1 time over the six-kilometer course, just one second behind the Regional champion Izzi Gengaro from MIT. The Jumbos team finished third overall behind Williams and MIT. The Jumbos were granted an at-large berth into the NCAA Championship race and will head to Louisville, Ky. this weekend to race on the course at Tom Sawyer State Park.