This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 14 - 20


Volleyball vs. Babson and MIT 

Saturday, October 19 at 11 am and 3 pm 
What you need to know: The No. 13 volleyball team will play in the New England Challenge this weekend. The Jumbos open up play in the tournament by hosting Springfield on Friday night in Cousens Gym.  But, on Saturday they head over to MIT to take on No. 22 Babson and the host Engineers.  The Jumbos are off to a 16-0 overall start this year, and they are 6-0 in conference matches.  No. 22 Babson is off to a 20-1 start this year, that lone loss coming to Emerson, 3-1, towards the end of September.  Since then the Beavers have won their last nine, including a 3-1 win over MIT.  Allie Puccio is leading the Beavers with 3.70 kills per set and Laura Zuloaga is adding 2.33 kills per set, 1.21 digs per set and 0.79 blocks per set.  The Jumbos won, 3-1, when the two teams faced off in this tournament last year.  After the match with the Beavers the Jumbos will take on MIT.  The Engineers are 18-4 this year with setbacks to Endicott, No. 6 Colorado College, No. 22 Babson and No. 18 Johnson and Wales.  Alexis Groark is leading the offense with 3.51 kills per set and Shea Landeene is helping with 2.05 kills per set and 0.81 blocks per set. The Jumbos picked up a 3-1 win over the Engineers in this tournament last year.

Homecoming on Saturday

What you need to know:  Saturday is Homecoming at Tufts and there are tons of our fall sports teams are competing in Medford and the Boston area.  Here is everything going on Saturday in the Boston area:

--Coed Sailing at the Oberg Trophy at Harvard/BU/Northeastern: Coming off a weekend in which they won the New England Match Racing Regatta, qualifying them for the Intercollegiate  Sailing Association Match Racing Nationals the coed sailing team will look for another strong performance this weekend at the Oberg Trophy over at Harvard/BU/Northeastern. 

--Men’s and women’s rowing at Head of the Charles: The men’s and women’s rowing teams will head over to Cambridge this weekend to race in the Head of the Charles.  It’s the largest two-days regatta in the world with 11,000 athletes rowing over 1,900 boats in 61 events. 

--Volleyball at New England Challenge at MIT: The No. 13 volleyball team heads to MIT on Saturday for the second day of the New England Challenge where they will take on No. 22 Babson and MIT.  

--Field hockey vs. Connecticut College: Tied for second place in the NESCAC standings with a 6-1 record, the field hockey team will welcome Connecticut College to Medford on Saturday.  The Camels are 0-7 in NESCAC play and 2-9 overall this season. 

--Women’s soccer vs. Connecticut College: The No. 12 women’s soccer team will host Connecticut College, who was receiving votes in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Association national poll.  The Jumbos are at the top of the NESCAC standings with a 6-1-0 record, while the Camels are currently in fifth place with a 4-3-0 conference record and a 9-3-0 mark overall this year.  

--Football vs. Bowdoin: The Jumbos will host Bowdoin on Saturday with a 1 pm start.  The Jumbos are coming off a last second loss to Wesleyan this past Saturday, and will be hungry to get back in the win column.  The Polar Bears are 0-5 so far this season. 

--Men’s soccer vs. Connecticut College: The No. 12 men’s soccer team will host No. 11 Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon with a 2:30 pm start. The two teams are tied for second place in the conference standings with identical 4-1-2 records.  

Boris Sorkin, Junior, Men’s Tennis 

Junior Boris Sorkin won his second consecutive Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Regional singles title at the end of September. This weekend Sorkin will head to Georgia to compete in the ITA Cup at Berry College Thursday through Sunday.  Sorkin is the fourth seed in a bracket of 16 total singles players.  He will face off with Andrew Esses of Emory in the opening round.  If he wins that match, he will take on the winner of the match between Will Leach of George Fox and Jake Zalenski of Kenyon.  Sorkin won the ITA Cup last year, and will look to defend his title this weekend. He is also playing with freshman teammate Josh Belandres in the ITA Cup doubles tournament. The pair was the runner-up at the ITA New England event. They will face Joseph Cartledge and Austin Gu from Johns Hopkins in the opening round on Thursday.








Senior Rachel Hamilton scored both game winners in two 3-2 wins for field hockey.  On Saturday she got the rebound and snuck it past the keeper for a 3-2 win over Amherst.  On Sunday she rifled a shot off a corner that gave the Jumbos a 3-2 win over Hamilton and earned play of the week honors.  Watch it here:

Ansgar Jordan, Sophomore, Co-ed Sailing 

Tufts Sailing won the New England Match Racing Championship over the weekend to qualify for the upcoming Intercollegiate Sailing Association Nationals November 2-4. Teamwork from all four sailors in the Jumbo dinghy helped power Tufts to the victory. Jordan skippered for the Jumbos, with freshman Patrick Mulcahy, junior Lindsay Powers and sophomore Connor Sheridan as crews. Tufts was third after Saturday's round-robin racing before going through Sunday's knockout rounds unbeaten to win the Larry White Trophy. 



Hayley Bernstein, Freshman, Women’s Soccer 

In two starts for the Jumbos this week, freshman Hayley Bernstein tallied nine saves on ten shots on goal for a .900 save percentage.  The No. 12 ranked Jumbos topped Amherst and Hamilton and Bernstein compiled a 0.50 goals against average for the week.  On Saturday she stopped three of four shots on goal against Amherst.  With Tufts trailing 1-0 at halftime, she came up with two saves in the second half which helped the Jumbos earn the 2-1 comeback win.  On Sunday Bernstein recorded her sixth shutout of the season, stopping all six shots the Continentals put on goal.  Bernstein is now 10-1-1 on the season, and has started all 12 games and owns a 0.51 goals against average.