This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 7 -13

Men’s Soccer at Amherst

Saturday, October 12, 2019
What you need to know: The No. 1 men’s soccer team will hit the road this week, traveling to take on NESCAC-rival and No. 2 nationally ranked Amherst. The Mammoths are off to an 8-0-2 start this year.  The two teams last met when the Jumbos topped the Mammoths in the NCAA Sweet 16 last year (3-0) as the Mammoths finished the year 14-5-1 and the Jumbos went on to win the national championship.  So far this year the Mammoths have tied with No. 21 Connecticut College and No. 15 Middlebury.  Leading the offense is sophomore German Giammattei who has scored 12 goals and assisted one other.  Senior Dane Lind has scored four times and picked up five assists and freshmen Ada Okorogheye and Ignacio Cubeddu have each scored three times.  In goal sophomore Bernie White has started eight of the Mammoths ten games, currently owning a 0.37 goals against average and a .903 save percentage. The Jumbos offensive attack is a little more spread out, as 18 different players have tallied a point and 14 different Jumbos have scored a goal this season.  Junior Max Jacobs has three goals and four assists for ten points, and classmate Alex Ratzan also has ten points this season coming from four goals and a couple of helpers.  In goal for the Jumbos junior Will Harned has started eight of the nine games for the Jumbos, currently having a 0.51 goals against average and a .733 save percentage.  In addition to the 3-0 NCAA Tournament win over the Mammoths last year, the Jumbos picked up a 2-1 regular season win.

Football at Wesleyan 

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 6 pm 
What you need to know: After picking up a win on the road in Maine over Bates this past weekend, the Jumbos will look to bring that momentum into this weekend as they hit the road for a night game at Wesleyan on Saturday.  The Cardinals are currently tied with Middlebury at the top of the conference standings with a 4-0 record.  The Cardinals have picked up wins over Bowdoin, Bates, Hamilton and Colby so far this season.  Colby, Bowdoin and Bates have not won a game through the first four weeks.  This past weekend at Bowdoin, the Cardinals scored the game-winning touchdown with 3:52 remaining in the fourth quarter.  Sophomore Ashton Scott has anchored the quarterback position for the Cardinals through their first four games and has thrown for nine touchdowns with just one interception.  He also averaged 53 yards per game rushing.  Glenn Smith is leading the running efforts, averaging 58.5 yards per game with three touchdowns this year. Five different receivers have caught touchdowns for the Cardinals, as Matthew Simco leads the pack with 56.3 yards per game and two touchdowns. Currently second in the league, averaging 31.5 points per game, the Cardinals are also second only allowing 11.3 points per game.  The Jumbos have been challenged early this year, downing two-time conference champion Trinity in their first week of play and then taking on Amherst and Williams who are both tied for third in the league standings.  Senior Jacob Carroll has thrown seven touchdowns this year. Junior Mike Pedrini is leading the running efforts, averaging 55 yards per game.  Six different Jumbos have caught touchdown passes this year.  Senior Greg Holt leads the defensive efforts, averaging 9.8 tackles per game. The Jumbos picked up a 16-13 win over the Cardinals when the two teams played last year.

Madeleine Pero, Freshman, Women’s Soccer

Freshman Madeleine Pero has put together some good rookie numbers for the women’s soccer team.  She has scored five goals and has 12 points this season.  That has been a great compliment to the dynamic junior-duo of Liz Reed (18 points) and Sophie Lloyd (13 points).  Pero scored in this past week’s 2-0 win over Wesleyan and tallied a goal and assist in the Jumbos 4-1 win over Bates the weekend before.  Heading into a big road weekend, the Jumbo offense should be firing on all cylinders and Pero could be a big part of that.  







The women’s soccer team picked up a big win over Wesleyan on the road on Sunday.  Sophomore Callie Scala tallied her first career goal in the game, and it proved to be a big one as it put the Jumbos on the board 1-0.  The Jumbos won 2-0, but Scala’s goal earned Play of the Week honors.  Watch it here: 



Jacob Carroll, Senior, Football 

Senior Jacob Carroll completed 76.1 percent of his passes (16-for-21) and threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns to lead the football team to a 33-28 victory at Bates.  Carroll had a 70-yard touchdown pass at 6:10 of the third quarter to give Tufts a 17-14 lead. His 17-yard touchdown pass at 14:45 of the fourth quarter stretched Tufts’ lead to 26-14.  He did not throw an interception and also had a 69-yard completion in the game which set up a second-quarter field goal that gave Tufts a 10-8 lead at the half.



Christina Nwankpa, Senior, Volleyball 

Senior Christina Nwankpa started all six sets for Tufts this past week.  She tallied 23 kills on 32 attacks for a kill percentage of .656.  She also added eight blocks and four digs don the defensive side of the ball.  The middle hitter turned in 11 kills with a .588 hitting percentage, also adding five blocks and a couple digs in a 3-0 win over Hamilton. Then on Saturday in the Jumbos 3-0 win over Williams Nwankpa tallied 12 kills with a .733 hitting percentage.  The 12 kills are a career-high for Nwankpa, and it was the sixth time she recorded 12 kills in her career.  The Jumbos are currently ranked No. 17 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association national rankings and are off to a 14-0 overall start with a 5-0 record in conference play.