This Week In Tufts Athletics: November 25 - December 1

Men’s Basketball vs. MIT 

Tuesday at 7 pm 
What you need to know: The men’s basketball team is off to a 4-0 start and will take on local rival MIT on Tuesday before taking a break for Thanksgiving.  Junior Brennan Morris is averaging 19.3 points per game and shooting 55.9% from behind the arc, while classmate Luke Rogers is turning in 19.3 points per game and 13.5 rebounds per game.  Senior Eric Savage is averaging 17 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game and 4.8 assists per game.  The Jumbos are scoring 94.8 per game through four this season.  MIT, who lost in the second round of NCAA Tournament play last year, is off to a 3-2 start so far this year.  They opened the season with losses to Endicott and UMass-Boston before picking up wins over Eastern Nazarene, Pine Manor and Lasell.  Junior Ian Hinkley is leading the offense with 25.5 points per game and sophomore Alex Cho is helping with 18.4 points per game. 


Hockey at Skidmore Thanksgiving Invitational 

Saturday vs. Buffalo State at Skidmore at 5 pm
What you need to know: The hockey team will head northwest to Skidmore this weekend for the Skidmore Thanksgiving Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.  The Jumbos face off with Buffalo State at 5 pm on Saturday, while the host Thoroughbreds take on The College at Brockport at 2 pm.  Saturday’s winners play in the tournament’s championship game on Sunday at 4 pm with the consolation puck drop happening at 1 pm.  Skidmore is 4-2-1 so far this season, most recently splitting two games with SUNY Canton.  Buffalo State is off to a 4-2 start, most recently picking up wins over Geneseo and Brockport.  Brockport is 5-3 on the year, having most recently beat Fredonia but losing to Buffalo State. The Jumbos opened their season with a tough NESCAC schedule.  This past weekend they lost a couple of one-goal games.  Sophomore Justin Brandt has scored twice this season for the Jumbos and senior Cooper Stahl has picked up two assists. Sophomore Josh Sarlo has played a majority of the minutes in goal and has a .920 save percentage, including collecting 38 saves against Williams. 

Erica DeCandido, Senior, Women’s Basketball 

We have another 1,000 point watch going on.  Senior Erica DeCandido is just 26 points away from surpassing 1,000 as the has 974 career points heading into the week.  She will need a career-high to do it on Tuesday, but it is possible.  She scored 24 against UMass-Dartmouth her sophomore year and has been in double-digit points three out the four games the Jumbos have played this year.  She is averaging 15 points per game.  If it isn’t this Tuesday, the Jumbos take the court again on Tuesday, December 3 when they head to Emerson for a 7:30 pm start.  






Senior Eric Savage scored his 1,000th point this past week.  In a 96-65 win over Lasell on Thursday Savage became the 32nd player in Tufts men’s basketball program history to surpass the 1,000 point mark. Watch it here: 

Zach Lane, Senior, Men’s Soccer

The men’s soccer team is headed to their fourth Final Four after winning another two NCAA Tournament games this weekend.  The Jumbos started with a 2-1 overtime win over Washington and Lee on Saturday.  Then on Sunday, Lane scored twice to help the Jumbos beat fellow-NESCAC foe Connecticut College, 3-1, earning them a trip to the Final Four.  Lane scored the first and third goals in the game, helping the Jumbos improve their record this year to 18-2-2. The Jumbos have won nine straight NCAA tournament games.



Danielle Page, Sophomore, Women’s Cross Country

Danielle Page capped off her stellar sophomore season with a sixth place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championship held at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.  The sixth-place finish is the second-best NCAA finish in Tufts University women’s cross country program history.  Page ran a 21:25.5 and was the top New England runner and the best Tufts finish since Leslie Crofton was fifth in 2000.  That helped the team finish 8th, which is tied for the fourth-best in 11 NCAA Championship appearances.