This Week in Tufts Athletics: September 11 - 17









When: Saturday vs. Hamilton at 1 pm

What you need to know: The football team opens their 2017 at home this Saturday, a week earlier than usual thanks to the NESCAC approving the proposal for NESCAC teams to play nine games instead of eight.  The Jumbos open up by hosting Hamilton at 1 pm on Saturday at Ellis Oval / Zimman Field.  Though the Jumbos did graduate two-time NESCAC Offensive Player of the Year in Chance Brady, they do return NESCAC Rookie of the Year Greg Holt, senior All-NESCAC selection Doug Harrison, two time All-NESCAC honoree Micah Adickes and All-NESCAC and All-East Region selection in junior Tim Preston. The Jumbos and the Continentals didn’t play last year, but they met back in 2015 when the Jumbos won on the road in overtime, 24-21. 

Men's Soccer

When: Saturday vs. Connecticut College at 2:30 pm and Sunday vs. Trinity at 2:30 pm
What you need to know: The No. 1 men’s soccer team opened up their season in dramatic fashion with their first two games being 1-0 overtime wins over Babson and Colby. They Jumbos capped off their opening week with a 4-0 win at Plymouth State on Sunday.  In three wins during the opening week the Jumbo defense did not allow a goal and scored six.  This week the Jumbos will prepare to host Connecticut College on Saturday and Trinity on Sunday. The Jumbos topped the Camels, 1-0, last year when the two teams faced off.  The Camels are off to a 2-0 start this year with an 8-1 win over Mitchell and then a 2-1 edging of Middlebury this past weekend. The Jumbos wrap up the weekend by hosting Trinity on Sunday.  They downed the Bantams 2-0 when the two teams played last year.  Trinity opened their season this past Saturday, but they fell to Williams, 2-1.   

Women's Soccer

When: Tuesday at Wesleyan at 4:30, Saturday vs. Connecticut College at 12 pm and Sunday vs. Trinity at 12 pm
What you need to know: The women’s soccer team opened their season with a 2-1 win over Emerson on Wednesday with goals from senior Mariah Harvey-Brown and sophomore Tally Clark.  On Saturday to start NESCAC play the Jumbos tied Colby 0-0.  They have a NESCAC filled week ahead of them, traveling to Wesleyan on Tuesday before taking on Connecticut College at home on Saturday and Trinity at home on Sunday. First up are the Cardinals, who the Jumbos played to a 0-0 tie last year when the two teams faced off. The Cardinals are off to a 2-0 start this year with wins over UMass-Boston (3-0) and Emerson (4-0). After the Tuesday match up the Jumbos will focus on a busy weekend at home that starts with Connecticut College on Saturday.  The Camels are 3-0 so far with a 2-1 overtime win over Roger Williams, a 1-0 overtime win over Middlebury and a4-0 win over Johnson & Wales. The Jumbos won, 1-0, when the two teams played last year.  The busy week wraps up with a Sunday match up with Trinity.  The Jumbos fell 2-0 in Hartford last season, so they will be looking to reverse the results this year.  Trinity is 0-2 so far this year, having suffered losses to Farmingdale State and Williams. 

Field Hockey

When: Tuesday vs. Babson at 5 pm, Saturday vs. Connecticut College at 12 pm and Sunday vs. Trinity at 1 pm
What you need to know: The No. 2 field hockey team has a big week ahead of them, taking on No. 5 ranked Babson on Tuesday and then preparing for a NESCAC double-header this weekend when they host Connecticut College and Trinity.  First up is Babson, who advanced to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament are off to a 4-0 start this year with wins over Worcester State, Skidmore, Connecticut College and Wesleyan. They have outscored their opponents 17-2 through their first four games.  It was the Jumbos that won, 2-1, when the two teams faced off last year. After Tuesday the Jumbos will get back to NESCAC play with Connecticut College and Trinity visiting Medford this weekend.  The Camels are 0-2 this year, having fallen to Babson and Middlebury.  The Jumbos will be looking to avenge a 1-0 loss from last year this Saturday.  The weekend wraps up with the Bantams, who were ranked No. 10 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association preseason poll, started their season 1-1 with a win over Smith, but a 3-2 setback to Williams this past weekend.  The Jumbos won 4-2 when they played in Hartford last year. 


When: Friday vs. Bates at 8 pm and Saturday vs. Colby at 1 pm
What you need to know:  The volleyball team opened their 2017 season with a win over Clark and then hosting The New England Invitational.  The Jumbos finished the opening week 3-1 with the lone setback coming to Minnesota Morris.  They will now have all week to prepare to open NESCAC play this weekend as Bates visits on Friday night for an 8 pm start and then Colby visits on Saturday for a 1 pm start. The Jumbos beat Bates 3-0 last year as the Bobcats finished seventh in the NESCAC standings last year.  On Saturday the Jumbos host Colby, who finished in last place in the NESCAC standings last year. The Bobcats are 2-2 this year so far, having traveled to the Vassar Invitational and picking up wins over Medaille and University of New England, but falling to King’s (Pa.) and Vassar. Colby is 0-3 so far this year, having suffered five set setbacks to Maine Maritime and Emerson and a loss to Amherst in NESCAC play. 

Men's and Women's Cross Country

When: Saturday at Bates Invitational at 11:45 am
What you need to know:  The men’s and women’s cross country teams officially open their 2017 campaigns this weekend as they travel up to the Bates Invitational at Pineland Farms, the location of the NESCAC Championships later in October. The men’s team will be running for the first time without graduated All-Americans Tim Nichols and Luke O’Connor.  But, with plenty of young talented blood behind them, the Jumbos are looking forward to a promising season ahead.  The women’s team was ranked No. 10 in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national preseason poll.  With senior Brittany Bowman and junior Natalie Bettez back, the Jumbos return a great amount of talent.  Bowman was an All-American in all three seasons last year.


When: Saturday and Sunday at Duke Nelson Middlebury Invite
What you need to know:  The golf team opened their 2017 campaign last weekend and finished fifth overall at the Detrick Invitational, hosted by Trinity College.  Sophomore Brandon Karr led the Jumbos, finishing tied 10th individually at nine-over par. Seniors Taylor Nordan and Aaron Corn, along with junior Justin Feldman and freshmen Harry Theodore and Know Coulter all played for the Jumbos.  This weekend the men prepare to head up to Middlebury for the Duke Nelson Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.  The Jumbos finished tied for 13th at the Duke Nelson last year. 


When: Saturday and Sunday at Nevins Trophy at Kings Point and Stu Nelson Trophy at Connecticut College
What you need to know: The sailing teams have another busy weekend ahead of them.  The coed team will head to the Nevins Trophy at Kings Point while the women will race in the Stu Nelson Trophy at Connecticut College.  Both the coed and the women’s sailing teams opened their seasons last weekend.  The coed team finished 11th out of 16 teams at the Harry Anderson Trophy and the women’s team finished 9th out of 16 teams at the Toni Deutsch Regatta at MIT.  Both teams had plenty of new faces racing for them this past weekend, and will look to gain more experience in this weekend’s races. 

Women's Tennis

When: Friday and Saturday at MIT Invitational
What you need to know:  The women’s tennis team will open their 2017 fall schedule this weekend as they head to MIT to play in the MIT Invitational. After hosting an NCAA Regional last season, the Jumbos are eager and ready to get back on the courts.  There will be eight Jumbos entered in the singles draw of 32 and four teams entered in the doubles draw of 16 total teams.  Joining the Jumbos at MIT this weekend are Wesleyan and Amherst. 

Men's Tennis

When: Saturday and Sunday at Middlebury Invitational 
What you need to know: The men’s tennis team opens their fall season this weekend as they head up to Middlebury on Saturday and Sunday for the annual Middlebury Invitational.  The Jumbos welcome back a majority of last year’s squad as they only lost three seniors to graduation.  This will be the first of four fall tournaments the Jumbos will be playing in this fall.  They are back up at Middlebury the last weekend in September for the ITA Regional Championships. 


Conor Coleman, Senior, Men’s Soccer 

Coleman helped anchor a Jumbo defense that didn’t allow a single goal in the opening week of play.  The Jumbos posted three shutouts in the opening week of play with overtime 1-0 wins over Babson and Colby and a 4-0 blanking of Plymouth State.  But, not only was Coleman a big part of the Jumbos defensive efforts, he also scored the game-winning goal in the Jumbos 1-0 win over Colby. The goal came on a penalty shot, as Coleman stepped up and drilled the shot into the top right corner to give the Jumbos a 1-0 win.  It was the fourth goal of Coleman’s career. 




Mary Travers, Senior, Field Hockey 

Senior Mary Travers picked up right where she left off last season.  Travers finished first in assists last year and second in points for the Jumbos.  She scored once and assisted another in the Jumbos 3-0 win over Colby to open their 2017 season on Saturday.  Travers scored her goal when she was able to tip in a shot from the stick of junior Claire Trilling.  She then assisted the second goal of the game with a pass to junior Gigi Tutoni who scored the Jumbos second goal. 





Sophomore Gavin Tasker came up big for the top-ranked men’s soccer team in their home  and season opener on Bello Field this past Wednesday.  In rainy conditions on Wednesday night, Tasker scored the overtime goal to give the Jumbos the 1-0 win over visiting Babson.  Tasker was able to sneak the ball into the back of the net thanks to some well-placed passes from sophomore Brett Rojas and freshman Alex Ratzan. Watch it here: 

The football team added a new team member last week.  The Jumbos drafted Zack Cummings, a courageous 15-year old boy from Saugus, Massachusetts, through Team IMPACT.  A sophomore at St. Mary’s High School in nearby Lynn, Mass., Zach was diagnosed in January 2017 with Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma (ALL), a non-Hodgkin lymphoma that mainly affects children and teenagers.  Currently in remission, Zach is bravely enduring the effects of chemotherapy and other treatments. 

The men’s soccer team opened their season with a great 3-0 week that include three Jumbo shutouts. Sophomore Gavin Tasker’s overtime goal gave the Jumbos a 1-0 win over Babson, senior Conor Coleman’s overtime penalty kick pushed the Jumbos past Colby 1-0 and they wrapped up the week with a 4-0 win over Plymouth State with goals from Zachary Trevorrow, freshman Calvin Aroh, Tasker and senior Kevin Halliday. 

The women’s soccer team opened their 2017 season and picked up a win over Emerson and a tie with Colby.  In the 2-1 win over Emerson the Jumbos got goals from senior Mariah Harvey-Brown and sophomore Tally Clark. 


The No. 2 field hockey team opened their season at home on Saturday and picked up a 3-0 win over Colby.  The Jumbos got goals from senior Mary Travers, junior Gigi Tutoni and sophomore Rachel Hamilton. 


The volleyball team had a busy opening week.  After a road trip to Clark to open the season on Wednesday with a 3-0 win, the Jumbos returned home to host The New England Invitational.  They picked up wins over RIT and Marymount, and fell to Minnesota Morris in five sets on Saturday. 

The golf team opened up their season at Trinity this past weekend at the Detrick Invitational.  The Jumbos finished in fifth place and were led by sophomore Brandon Karr who finished tied 10th individually.