This Week in Tufts Athletics: December 2 - 8

Men’s Soccer at Final Four 

Friday vs. Calvin at Greensboro, NC at 7:45 pm 
What you need to know: The men’s soccer team is the lone fall team still playing and they will head to Greensboro, North Carolina this weekend hoping to come home with the program’s fourth national championship.  The Jumbos are playing in their fourth “Final Four,” and each of the other three times they made this trip, they came back with a trophy.  First up for the Jumbos will be Calvin.  The two teams play on Friday night at 7:45pm.  The two teams are familiar with each other, as the Jumbos beat the Knights in the national championship game last year and in 2014.  The Knights are 21-1-1 this year, having lost to Ohio Wesleyan in overtime in their second game of the season, and they tied with Hope in the MIAA Tournament Final, where they advanced on penalty kicks.  The Knights have not allowed a goal in NCAA Tournament play so far this year, while scoring eight goals in four games. Senior Hunter Olson has 16 goals and ten assists this year, while sophomore Sam Twigg has scored 15 times and assisted 15 others.  Amherst and Centre College play in Friday’s other semifinal game. The two semifinal winners play for the national championship on Saturday at 7 pm.

Full Week for Men’s Basketball

Tuesday at WPI at 7 pm
Saturday & Sunday at New England Big Four Challenge at Salem State 
What you need to know: The men’s basketball team is off to a 5-0 start and will look to stay perfect in a big week.  The Jumbos start the week with a game at WPI on Tuesday.  This weekend they head to Salem State for the New England Big Four Challenge with Brandeis and Babson.  First up is a Tuesday trip to take on the Engineers who were ranked No. 22 in the most recent national poll.  The Engineers are 7-1 so far this season, that lone loss coming back in the middle of November when they were edged by New England Collge.  Since then the Engineers have won six in a row.  Junior Garrett Stephenson is leading the offense, averaging 15.6 points per game, while classmates Colin McNamara and Reid Walker are helping with 13.9 points per game and 12.4 points per game, respectively. WPI won when these two teams met last year.  On Saturday the Jumbos will head to Salem State for the 11th Annual Big Four Challenge.  The Jumbos open with a game against Brandeis on Saturday at noon, while host Salem State takes on Babson at 2 pm.  Saturday’s winners play at 2 pm on Sunday with the consolation game tipping off at 12 pm.  Brandeis won last year’s tournament, but the last time the Jumbos faced off with the Judges in the opening round was in 2016, when the Jumbos won. Brandeis is 4-2 so far this season, with losses to WPI to open the season and Suffolk later in November.  Babson is off to a 6-0 start and Salem State is 1-5 so far this season.  The Jumbos have advanced to the title game five times since the tournament started back in 2009, winning titles in 2011 and 2015.

Katelin Isakoff, Freshman, Women’s Swimming and Diving 

The women’s swimming and diving team is coming off one of their best seasons, finishing second at the NESCAC Championships and 16th at NCAA’s last year.  And they are picking up right where they left off, while also adding a couple of new faces to the squad.  Freshman Katelin Isakoff is one of those new faces that has done well in the beginning meets of the season.   The rookie has the second-best time in the NESCAC for the 500 free (5:09.14) and the third-best mark in the conference in the 200 fly (2:08.68) and its early in the season.  The Jumbos head to MIT for the MIT Invitational this weekend where they will face good competition Friday through Sunday and Isakoff is just getting started.







Edward Hannon, Junior, Men’s Hockey 

Junior Edward Hannon helped the Jumbos go 1-1 at the Skidmore Thanksgiving Invitational.  Hannon scored the game-winner in the Jumbos 2-1 win over Buffalo State in the first game of the tournament.  He scored halfway through the first period, and that was the second goal of the period for the Jumbos.  They were able to hold off the Bengals for the 2-1 win to advance to the championship game.  Hannon then scored again against Skidmore, putting the Jumbos on the board first with a goal in the first period.  Hannon was named to the All-Tournament Team. 



Cailin Harrington, Senior, Women’s Basketball 

In a relatively quiet week for the women’s basketball team senior Cailin Harrington came up big.  On Tuesday the Jumbos traveled to Skidmore to take on the Thoroughbreds before taking a quick break for Thanksgiving.  Harrington turned in 19 points, including 11 in the first quarter when the Jumbos jumped out to a 23-7 lead on their way to a 66-43 win.  Harrington also added seven rebounds, an assist and a steal. Harrington is averaging 11.4 points per game, the second most on the team, and 6.2 rebounds per game so far this season for the Jumbos.