MEDFORD – It was a quiet week at home but a great week on the road for Tufts Athletics and we will hope for another great weekend on the road this week! Volleyball and women’s soccer both play at home on Tuesday, but then volleyball is the only team home this weekend.
Football heads to Trinity for a big game on Saturday. Men’s soccer, women’s soccer and field hockey will hit the road to play at Connecticut College and Trinity this weekend. Men’s and women’s cross country will head to Connecticut College as well on Saturday. Both the men’s and women’s tennis teams will be on the courts this weekend, with the men at MIT and the women at Bowdoin. The coed and the women’s sailing teams along with the men’s and women’s crews teams will all be on the water racing again this weekend.
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Women's Soccer Has a Busy and Important Week
The women’s soccer team has a huge week coming up as they will host local-rival Endicott before traveling to Connecticut for a huge NESCAC weekend. The Jumbos are currently sixth in the conference standings while Connecticut College is tied for fourth and Trinity sits in second place. The Camels are currently ranked No. 18 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s national poll. The Jumbos started out their season on a roll, as they were undefeated through their first six games. That streak snapped with a close 1-0 loss to MIT and since then the Jumbos have fallen 3-1 to Amherst and 3-2 to Middlebury, but topped Hamilton 3-1.
The good news for the Jumbos is that they have been scoring. Eleven different Jumbos have scored this year including junior Mariah Harvey-Brown tallying three goals and sophomore Emma Ranalli, junior Chandler Quintin and senior Jess Capone all added two each. After that, six different Jumbos have each added a goal, meaning the Jumbos have many scoring options. In goal sophomore Emily Bowers has played nearly all the minutes and has a 1.05 goals against average with a .792 save percentage.
First up this week for the Jumbos will be Endicott, who is 9-1-2 this season. The Gulls fell to Roer Williams in September and have tied with Babson and Eastern Connecticut this season. Most recently they notched a 1-0 win over Salve Regina. The Jumbos played to a 0-0 tie with the Gulls last year. After the midweek contest the Jumbos will get ready for the weekend trip to Connecticut. First up will be the No. 18 ranked Camels who own a 9-1 overall record and a 4-1 mark in NESCAC stints. That lone loss came to No. 1 ranked Williams, 1-0, at the beginning of October. The Camels have allowed just two goals to be scored against them all season, as goalie Bryanna Montalvo leads the conference in goals against (1) and goals against average (0.23). Alex Baltazar is the scoring leader for the Camels, as she is second in the conference ranks with eight goals this year. The Jumbos won, 1-0, in double overtime last year, and they have the 16-3-0 advantage in the series, dating back to 199.
Wrapping up the busy week and weekend will be a trip to Trinity. The Bantams are 7-1-2 overall this season and 5-1 in conference play. That loss came to top-ranked Williams, 2-1, at the beginning of the season. After playing to a 0-0 tie with New York University in the middle of the September, the Bantams have won their last six including a 1-0 win over Bowdoin most recently. The Jumbos lost last year when they faced off with the Bantams, but they have the advantage in the series, 10-7-1, dating back to 1999.
Tufts vs. Endicott: VIDEO | LIVE STATS
Tufts at Connecticut College: VIDEO
Tufts at Trinity: VIDEO | LIVE STATS
Football Heads to Trinity for First Place Showdown
The football team is off to a great start, and will look to keep that going this week with a trip to Trinity on Saturday. The Jumbos are currently 3-0 and are tied for first place in the conference standings with Trinity and Middlebury. With wins over Wesleyan, Bates and Bowdoin so far this season, the Jumbos are hoping to make it 4-0 this weekend but will have their work cut out for them against a tough Trinity team at home.
The Bantams have picked up wins over Bates, Williams and Hamilton this year. While Bates has picked up a win this year, Hamilton and Williams are both 0-3 so its safe to say the Jumbos will be the biggest test for the Bantams so far this year as well. Junior quarterback Sonny Puzzo is the one of the keys to the Bantams offense. He is averaging 201 yards per game passing and has eight touchdowns through three games this year. Sophomore running back Max Chipouras is averaging 126 yard per game this season, which leads the league. Senior wide receiver Darrien Myers has been Puzzo’s main target as the veteran has 19 catches for 289 yards and seven touchdowns this season. The Bantams also welcome back 2015 All-NESCAC First Team selections in junior wide receiver Bryan Vieira and junior offensive lineman Chris Simmons.
On the Jumbos end of things McDonald and senior quarterback Alex Snyder have both been taking snaps through three games. Senior running back Chance Brady is second in the NESCAC standings with 115 yards per game and three touchdowns this season. Defensively for the Jumbos freshman Greg Holt has been a beast and is currently second in the conference in total tackles with 37. With two fourth-quarter comebacks under their belts and an important road win last week the Jumbos should be ready for the challenge in Hartford on Saturday.
Football at Trinity: VIDEO | LIVE STATS
MSOCCER: Saturday at Connecticut College at 2 pm and Sunday at Trinity at 3:30 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbos picked up a huge win over No. 14 ranked Middlebury this past weekend, and will have two more huge NESCAC contests on the schedule this week. Currently tied for fourth place in the conference standings with Middlebury, the Jumbos will take on a team ahead of them and a team right behind them this weekend. Connecticut College is currently in third place with a 4-2-0 conference record and an 8-2-0 overall mark. Those two losses came to Middlebury at the beginning of the season and Hamilton at the end of September. Senior Pat Devlin is leading the conference in scoring with 11 goals this season. The Jumbos won last year, 3-2, and have a 9-5-2 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999. After the Camels the Jumbos will move on to the Bantams of Trinity. The Bantams are in sixth place in the conference standings with a 3-4-0 conference record and a 6-4-0 mark overall. After a rough September in which they went 2-4, the Bantams have won their last four including their last three being one-goal wins. The Jumbos won last year, and have the advantage in the series, 10-6-2, dating back to 1999.
FHOCKEY: Saturday at Connecticut College at 12 pm and Sunday at Trinity at 12 pm
What you need to know: After a big win over No. 3 Middlebury this past weekend that helped put the Jumbos into a first place tie with Bowdoin in the conference standings, the No. 7 Jumbos will look to pick up two more NESCAC wins this weekend as they head to Connecticut for games with Connecticut College and No. 15 Trinity. First up will be the Camels of Connecticut College who are 1-9 overall this year and 1-6 in conference play. That lone win came against Colby in overtime at the end of September. The Jumbos hold the advantage in the series with the Camels, 15-2, dating back to 1999 and have won the last 11 times they have played. After the Camels the Jumbos will take on the Bantams. No. 15 ranked Trinity is 8-2 this season with one-goal losses to Williams (4-3) and Bowdoin (1-0). Junior Kelcie Finn is second in the conference with 14 goals. The Jumbos won, 4-2, last year when the two teams faced off, and have a 15-7 advantage in the series, dating back to 1999.
VBALL: Tuesday vs. Babson at 7 pm, Friday vs. Bates at 7 pm, Saturday vs. Colby at 12 pm and Saturday vs. Gordon at 5 pm
What you need to know: The volleyball team will have a usually busy week this week with four home matches on the schedule this week. The Jumbos start the week with a Tuesday contest against Babson. The Beavers are 12-7 this year, and have won their last four matches, all by scores of 3-0. Last year the Beavers beat the Jumbos for the first time, but the Jumbos still have the advantage in the series, 4-1, dating back to 1999. After the contest with the Beavers, the Jumbos will get ready for NESCAC play again as they host Bates and Colby this weekend, along with non-conference Gordon. First up will be Bates as the Bobcats visit Cousens Gym on Friday for a 7 pm start. The Bobcats are 6-9 overall and are tied for sixth place in the conference standings with a 3-3 mark. Most recently they topped Wesleyan and Trinity at home. The Jumbos won, 3-1, when the two teams played last year and they have the advantage in the series 16-6, dating back to 1999. The Jumbos will then have a busy Saturday as they host Colby and Gordon. Colby is in last place in the conference standings with a 4-14 record overall and a 0-6 mark in conference play. The Jumbos not only have the advantage in the series, 13-7, dating back to 1999 but they won, 3-0, when they faced off with the Mules last year. The Mules had a rough start to the year, losing their first nine, but in the month of October they are 2-3 with wins over Endicott and Husson. A match with Gordon will wrap up the weekend for the Jumbos. Gordon is 11-8 over all and 4-1 in their conference matches this season. This will be the first time the two teams play since 2010. The Jumbos have the advantage in the series, 12-2, dating back to 1999. The last time Gordon won a set against the Jumbos was back in 2003 and the last Scot win was back in 2001.
MXC and WXC: Saturday at Connecticut College Invitational
What you need to know: This past week both the men and the women’s cross country teams rested some of their runners, but both teams performed well as they both finished second out of 41 teams at the James Earley Invitational at Westfield State University. This coming week the Jumbos should all be back in action as they travel to Connecticut College with a bunch of the fall sports teams to run in the Connecticut College Invitational on Saturday. This is a course the Jumbos are familiar with as the men ran there last year, finishing 11th of 26, while the women finished second of 25 total teams last year. This will be the last competition weekend for the Jumbos before championship season begins on October 29th with the NESCAC Championships at Colby.
Ryan McDonald, Sophomore, Football
Sophomore quarterback Ryan McDonald helped the Jumbos rack up 505 total yards of offense on their way to a 41-21 win over Bowdoin on the road to improve to 3-0 this season. McDonald ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns in the win and added 92 passing yards as he was 9-9 on the day. McDonald has 225 yards rushing this season and has added three touchdowns through three games for the Jumbos.
Kelsey Tierney, Sophomore, Women’s Cross Country
Sophomore Kelsey Tierney finished fourth at the James Earley Invitational on Sunday in Westfield, Connecticut. Tierney was the Jumbos’ top-finisher for the first time in her career on the 6-kilometer course at Westfield State University with a time of 22:09.55, as she led the Jumbos team to a second-place finish out of 41 teams. For her performance, she was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week.
The No. 7 ranked field hockey team knocked off No. 3 Middlebury on the road on Saturday, 2-1, snapping Middlebury’s 20 game home winning streak and giving the Jumbos their first win against the Panthers since 2013. Juniors Erin Sanders and Mary Kate Patton were the goal scorers for the Jumbos.
The men’s soccer team also picked up a huge win over Middlebury on Saturday, topping the No. 14 nationally-ranked Panthers 2-0 with goals from sophomore Jackson Najjar and freshman Zachary Trevorrow. The goals for Najjar and Trevorrow were both their first collegiate goals.
The football team improved to 3-0 with a 41-21 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon in a game where the Jumbos rolled up 505 yards of total offense. Sophomore quarterback Ryan McDonald ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns and senior running back Chance Brady added a touchdown of his own in the win. The Jumbos are one of three undefeated teams left in the NESCAC.
The sailing team finished fourth out of 17 teams at the annual Moody Trophy hosted by University of Rhode Island this past weekend. The Jumbos totaled scores of 39 in the A’s and 30 in the B’s for a 69 finish. They were four behind third-place Yale (65) and nine ahead of fifth-place Eckerd (78).
Volleyball picked up two key road NESCAC wins and a big win over Rivier at home on Tuesday to improve to 14-1 overall and 7-0 in NESCAC play this year. On Friday the Jumbos downed Hamilton and they then traveled to Middlebury and picked up a big 3-2 win against the Panthers.