This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 17 - 23

MEDFORD – It will be another busy week on campus with many teams at home and Parent and Family Weekend this coming weekend.  Football hosts Williams, as do women’s soccer, men’s soccer and field hockey.  Both field hockey and men’s soccer have midweek tune-ups before their weekend match ups.

Volleyball will hit the road on Wednesday before playing in the New England Challenge this weekend, Friday at home and Saturday at MIT.  Golf will play in the New England Championship this Sunday and Monday.  Women’s sailing heads to Dartmouth for the Mrs. Hurst Bowl and co-ed sailing will be at Brown for the Sherman Hoyt Trophy.  Men’s and women’s crew will race in the prestigious Head of the Charles on Sunday.

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Men's Soccer Looks to Stay Among the Top of the NESCAC



The men’s soccer team has a big couple of weeks on the schedule, but right now they will take things day by day.  After two key NESCAC wins this weekend, 1-0 over Connecticut College and then 2-0 at Trinity the Jumbos are in second place in the conference standings with two conference games remaining.  They sit just behind Amherst, who they have already beaten this year.  The Jumbos have to play Williams (fourth place in the conference, 4-2-1 NESCAC) and Bowdoin (seventh place in the conference, 3-3-2 NESCAC) while Amherst still has to take on Wesleyan (ninth place, 2-6-0 NESCAC) and Trinity (eighth place, 3-5-1).  All the Jumbos need to focus on now though is winning their next two conference games.

They will have a midweek tune up this week as Keene State pays a visit to Medford on Wednesday.  The Owls are 8-5-1 overall this year, with a 3-2 mark in conference play.  This past week they picked up a 7-0 win over Lasell but then fell to Rhode Island College, 2-1. The Jumbos won, 3-0, when they took on the Owls last year, but prior to that meeting the last time the two teams faced off was back in the semifinals of the ECAC Tournament in 2000.

After the midweek contest the Jumbos will turn their attention to the Ephs.  Williams is 7-2-3 overall and 4-2-1 in NESCAC play.  Nothing has been easy for the Ephs lately, as their last three games have all gone to overtime with a 1-1 overtime tie with Skidmore, a 2-1 overtime win over Wesleyan and a 1-1 overtime time with Bowdoin.  The Ephs will take on Hamilton this week before traveling to Medford to face off with the Jumbos on Saturday. The Jumbos won the last two times they have faced off with the Ephs, including a 3-0 win last year.  But, Williams has the advantage in the series, 14-4-1, dating back to 1999.

Volleyball Faces Tough New England Competition


The volleyball team kept up their winning ways this week, picking up wins over Babson, Bates, Colby and Gordon.  The Jumbos are now 18-1 overall and 9-0 in conference play and have clinched NESCAC tournament hosting rights.  With just a match against Connecticut College left on their conference schedule, the Jumbos have a big non-conference weekend coming up as they get ready to play Wellesley on Wednesday and then in the New England Challenge this weekend, facing off with Springfield, MIT and Babson.  

First up for the Jumbos will be Wellesley, who is 11-12 this season.  The Blue finished out September on a high note, knocking off UMass-Boston, 3-2, but have struggled lately, having lost their last six and not having won a match in the month of October.  Most recently the Blue were edged by Endicott and Wesleyan this past Saturday, 3-2 in both matches. The Jumbos won, 3-1, when they faced off with the Blue last year and have a 14-11 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.

After the contest with the Blue the Jumbos will turn their attention to the New England Challenge.  They open tournament play at home on Friday night as Springfield pays a visit to Cousens Gym. The Pride are 21-3 this season and ranked No. 5 in the New England Women’s Volleyball Association regional rankings (the Jumbos are second).  The three losses have come to Colorado College and Texas-Dallas out at the Colorado College Invitational earlier in September, and also to MIT in the middle of September. The Jumbos won, 3-0, when they faced off with the Pride at the beginning of last season, but the Pride have a 12-7 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.

Wrapping up the busy week for the Jumbo will be a trip to MIT to face off with the host Engineers and Babson on Saturday.  The Engineers are 21-3 this season as well, with losses to Heidelberg and Mary Washington earlier in September at the Haverford Invitational and then a setback to UMass-Boston at the end of September.  They were ranked No. 4 in the NEWVA regional rankings.  MIT has won the last four times the two teams have faced off, including a nail-biter last year (3-2).  They have an 18-8 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.  The Jumbos will also face off with Babson on Saturday at MIT.  The Beavers and the Jumbos played this past week and the Jumbos picked up a 3-0 win at home in Cousens Gym.  The Jumbos have the advantage in the series, 5-1, dating back to 1999 with that lone loss coming last year.






FBALL: Saturday vs. Williams at 1:30 pm
What you need to know:
  The football team returns home this weekend after two weeks on the road.  The Jumbos picked up a win over Bowdoin two weeks ago but then fell to Trinity this past weekend in Hartford.  Now in a three-way tie for third place in the conference standings with a 3-1 mark, the Jumbos are tied with Amherst and Wesleyan.  Trinity and Middlebury are both in first place with 4-0 NESCAC marks. Williams is off to an 0-4 start and join Bowdoin at the bottom of the conference.  The Ephs are in rebuilding mode under first-year head coach Mark Raymond, who was hired in March.  Chance Brady was on his A game this past Saturday again, rushing for two touchdowns at Trinity and helping the Jumbos score more points against the Bantams than

their previous three opponents this season combined. The two scores gave Brady five for the season and 21 in his career, three shy of the school’s career rushing touchdown record (24). Senior quarterback Alex Snyder helped the Jumbos get back in the game this past weekend, entering the game late and completing three of his passes for 128 yards.  Junior Mike Miller had a 67-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter and is averaging 41.5 yards per reception this year. Senior Willie Holmquist kicked and recovered the on-sider that set up the visitor’s final touchdown.  He is leading the NESCAC with 40.9 yards per punt. The Jumbos have earned back to back victories over Williams for the first time since 1980-81.  They won on the road (30-15) last year and two years ago picked up a 27-20 win at home.  Freshman quarterback Jansen Durham’s six passing touchdowns are tied for third in the league and senior Adam Regensburg’s 21 receptions are seventh in the NESCAC.  Connor Harris the third in the NESCAC with 285 rushing yards through four contests. The Jumbos will look to pick up a win at home over the Ephs on Saturday to head into the following week on the road at Amherst on a high note.  

WSOCCER: Saturday vs. Williams at 12 pm
What you need to know: The women’s soccer team had a busy week this past week, topping Endicott, upsetting No. 18 Connecticut College and falling to Trinity on Sunday.  The Jumbos will have all week to prepare to take on No. 1 Williams on Saturday at Kraft Field. The Ephs are the top-ranked team in the country after winning the National Championship last year, and owning a 12-0-1 record this year so far.  That lone tie was against Amherst (1-1) at the end of September.  The Ephs have given up just three goals this year, one each to Amherst, Trinity and MIT and have compiled 11 shutouts this season. Alison Lu leads the conference with ten goals this season, while Kristi Kirshe is second in the conference standings in assists with seven.  The Ephs won last year, 2-0, when the two teams faced off and have the 13-3-3 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999. The Jumbos just pulled off an upset this past weekend, so they will be looking for another this weekend at home.

FHOCKEY: Thursday at Gordon at 5 pm and Saturday vs. Williams at 1 pm
What you need to know: The No. 5 field hockey team had a big weekend, taking sole possession of first place in the NESCAC standings with a 4-2 win over No. 12 Trinity on Sunday.  With games against Williams and Bowdoin remaining on their conference schedule, the Jumbos have the chance to finish first in the conference standings and earn NESCAC Tournament hosting rights.  This week brings Williams and a non-conference matchup with Gordon on Thursday. First up is the Fighting Scots of Gordon who will host the Jumbos for a 5 pm start on Thursday.  The Scots are 6-8 this year overall with a 3-6 mark in conference play.  The Jumbos won 5-0 last year when the two teams played and own a 11-1 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.  The last six times the two teams have played the Jumbos have shutout with Scots with the last Gordon goal against the Jumbos coming back in 2005. After the Scots the Jumbos will get ready to host Williams on Ounjian Field on Saturday for Senior Day.  The Ephs are 9-4 this season and were ranked No. 19 in the most recent NFHCA national poll.  Their losses have come to Keene State, Colby, Amherst and Hamilton.  The Ephs are currently in a five-way tie for third place in the conference standings with Amherst, Bowdoin, Middlebury and Trinity, as all five teams have a 5-3 mark in conference play this year. The Jumbos won, 2-1 in overtime, last year when they faced off with the Ephs and have the 16-4 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.  The Jumbos have won the last 12 times the two teams have played.

WCREW: Sunday at Head of the Charles
What you need to know: The Jumbo women will have two boats in the women’s collegiate eights this year at the Head of the Charles.  Crews which finished in the top half of their event last year receive a guaranteed entry, so one boat will start eighth for the Jumbos on Sunday.  The Jumbos were granted a second boat through a lottery system, and that boat will start 27th of 28 competitors on Sunday. The Jumbos welcome back junior tri-captain Emma Conroy and sophomore Libby Lichter who are the only two that rowed in last year’s Head of the Charles.  Joining them in that first boat will be senior captains Hayley Cohen and Natalia Kastenberg, sophomore Sera Busse and freshmen Camden Myles, Prairie Hammer, Emma Mitchell-Sparke and coxswain Jill Armenia.  The second boat will have senior coxswain Jenny Skerker with juniors Arielle Mann, Haley Short, sophomores Lienne Ng, Madeline Orzeske and Miranda Finestone and freshmen Grace Schumaker, Grace Fabrycky and Bibi Lichauco.  Both crews practices on the Charles last weekend to prepare and will enjoy spectating on Saturday before getting to race on Sunday!







Gaston Becherano, Senior, Men’s Soccer

Senior Gaston Becherano continued his epic senior season this week, scoring all three of the Jumbos goals in two NESCAC wins over the weekend.  Becherano scored in the fifth minute in the Jumbos 1-0 win over Connecticut College on Saturday.  He then notched his third multi-goal game of the year on Sunday, scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Trinity.  After the two wins the Jumbos sit in second place in the conference standings with a 5-1-2 mark.  Becherano leads the team’s scoring with nine goals this season, which is the second most in the conference standings.





Annie Artz, Senior, Field Hockey

Senior Annie Artz was once again vital for the field hockey team’s offense, scoring twice in a 4-2 win over Trinity on Sunday.  The No. 5 Jumbos edged the No. 12 ranked Bantams at home on Senior Day in a very important game that gave the Jumbos sole possession of first place in the conference standings.  With two conference games left, the Jumbos need wins over Williams and Bowdoin to secure first place in the conference regular season standings and hosting rights for the NESCAC Tournament.  Artz is the Jumbos leading goal scorer this year with nine goals.








The volleyball team completed a 4-0 week at home with wins over Babson, Bates, Colby and Gordon all in Cousens Gym. The Jumbos are 9-0 in NESCAC play and have clinched hosting rights for the NESCAC tournament at the beginning of November.

The women's cross country team placed four runners in the top-20 overall and won the Connecticut College Inviational on Saturday.  Junnior Brittany Bowman finished third overall with a career-best and senior Kelly Fahey crossed the line in sixth place to help lead the Jumbos.

Behind a goal from senior Sarah Pykkonen the women’s soccer team upset No. 18 Connecticut College, 1-0, on Saturday.  Pykkonen scored her first of the season in the first half and the Jumbos made it stick. The Jumbos opened the week with a 4-0 win over Endicott where senior Jess Capone scored twice.

Men’s soccer started off the weekend with a 1-0 win over Connecticut College as Gaston Becherano scored in the fifth minute and the Jumbos held on to the lead.  Becherano then added two more goals on Sunday to help the Jumbos pick up a 2-0 win over Trinity.

Field Hockey moved into sole possession of first place in the conference standings with a 4-2 win over Trinity on Sunday.  Senior Annie Artz scored twice and juniors Mary Travers and Celia Lewis also tallied scores in the Jumbos win.  With two conference games left in the regular season, the Jumbos will look for two more W’s and NESCAC Tournament hosting rights.

Senior skipper Scott Barbano and sophomore crew Ian Morgan won the B division leading the Tufts co-ed sailing team to a solid third place finish among 20 teams at the Truxtun Umsted Regatta hosted by Navy on Saturday and Sunday.

Senior skipper MaryClaire Kiernan with classmate Julia Fuller as crew placed second in A division as the Tufts women’s sailing team took sixth place at the Yale Inter-Conference Regatta held Saturday and Sunday.  With 18 teams competing in two division of 12 races apiece, the Jumbo teams scored 63 in the A’s and 144 in B’s for a 207 total.