This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 2 - 8








When: Saturday vs. Bowdoin at 1:30 pm 
What you need to know: The football team returns to Ellis Oval / Zimman Field on Saturday as they host Bowdoin for a 1:30 pm start.  The Jumbos are coming of a 37-17 win at Bates on Saturday after which junior quarterback Ryan McDonald was named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week and junior punter Alex LaPiana was selected as the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week.  The Jumbos now get ready to host a Polar Bear team that is off to an 0-3 start this year, suffering setbacks to Williams (28-14), Middlebury (41-14) and Amherst (31-14).  When the Jumbos made the trip up to Brunswick last year, they topped the Polar Bears, 41-21. The Polar Bears sit in eighth place in the league in scoring offense (14 points per game) and in total offense (253.3 yards per game). Their total defense is a league last (477.0 yards per game). Nate Richam is sixth in the league in rushing yards with 59 yards per game.

Men's Soccer

When: Saturday vs. Middlebury at 2:30 pm 
What you need to know: After an incredibly busy NESCAC week last week, the Jumbos have a quieter week as they have nothing but a Saturday match up against Middlebury on the schedule.  The Panthers are 6-3 overall this year and 2-3 in conference play.  Those wins have come over Amherst, 1-0, and Hamilton, 1-0.  But, the Panthers have fallen to Connecticut College (2-1), Bowdoin (3-1) and Colby (2-0).  Four different Panthers have all scored two goals to lead the offensive efforts.  For the Jumbos, they surrendered their first goal of the season on Saturday at Amherst.  Their defense has been outstanding and offensively 11 different Jumbos have scored this season.

Women's Soccer

Saturday vs. Middlebury at 11 am and Sunday at Hamilton at 11 am
What you need to know: The women’s soccer team split a big week last week, falling to No. 15/7 MIT, 2-1, and then topping Amherst, 2-1, in overtime with freshman Sophie Lloyd’s fifth goal of the season and fifth goal in the last five games.  The Jumbos have two more big NESCAC contests this week as they get ready to host Middlebury on Saturday and then travel to Hamilton on Sunday. Tufts is in third place in the NESCAC standings and Middlebury, Hamilton and Bates are all tied for fourth. The Panthers are 5-2-1 overall this year with a 2-2-1 conference mark.  They beat Amherst and Colby, lost to Bowdoin and Connecticut College and tied with Hamilton.  The Jumbos were edged, 3-2, when they traveled up to Middlebury last year. After the Saturday contest the Jumbos will head out to Hamilton to prepare for Sunday’s 11 am start.  The Continentals are 4-3-1 overall with a 2-3-1 conference mark. They have beaten Trinity and Wesleyan (both in overtime, fallen to Williams, Bates and Connecticut College and played to a 1-1 tie with Middlebury.  The Jumbos won, 3-1, when they hosted the Continentals last year.

Field Hockey

Saturday vs. Middlebury at 11 am
What you need to know: The No. 6 field hockey team had a huge week, picking up conference wins over Wesleyan, No. 8 Amherst and No. 9 Hamilton.  The Jumbos now have a quiet week to prepare to host No. 7 Middlebury at home on Saturday. The match-up will be a rematch of last year’s NESCAC Championship where the Jumbos won, 3-1.  Tufts also beat Middlebury 2-1 last year, up in Middlebury, Vt. The Panthers are 6-2 overall this season with a 4-1 mark in NESCAC play.  They have fallen to Hamilton, 3-2, in conference play and Babson, 2-1, in non-league play.  Junior Molly Freeman has scored six times and helped two others this season and senior Annie Leonard has tallied five goals and two assists for the Panthers.


When: Wednesday at Rivier at 7 pm, Friday at Amherst at 7 pm and Saturday at Trinity at 1 pm
What you need to know: The volleyball team had a great week in Cousens last week, picking up three three set wins over UMass-Boston, Hamilton and Williams and improving to 5-0 in conference play.  The Jumbos are in a three-way tie for first with Wesleyan (5-0) and Middlebury (4-0).  Tufts will hit the road this week, heading to Rivier on Wednesday and then Amherst on Friday and Trinity on Saturday.  First up this week is Rivier who is 10-6 overall this year, but hasn’t had any common opponents yet with the Jumbos. Tufts won, 3-0, last year in Medford.  On Friday the Jumbos head out to Amherst for a 7 pm start.  The Mammoths are 11-4 overall with a 2-2 NESCAC mark.  They have beaten Colby and Trinity and fallen to Middlebury and Wesleyan. The Jumbos won, 3-0, when the two teams played last year.  The weekend wraps up with a match at Trinity on Saturday.  The Bantams own an overall record of 6-6 with an 0-4 mark in conference play.  They have fallen to Middlebury, Amherst, Wesleyan and Connecticut College. The Jumbos won, 3-0, in Medford last year.

Men's Cross Country

When: Saturday at All-New England Championships at Franklin Park at 11 am
What you need to know: The men’s cross country team raced in the prestigious Paul Short Invitational this past weekend at Lehigh.  This coming weekend they still stay closer to home, heading over to Franklin Park for the All-New England Championship.  The Jumbos will race all healthy runners who did not compete at Paul Short this past weekend.  The runners will race in the sub-varsity race on Saturday. The Jumbos did not race in this event last year.

Women's Cross Country



When: Saturday at All-New England Championships at Franklin Park at 11 am
What you need to know: After a week of rest the women’s cross country team will be back in action this weekend.  The women head to Franklin Park for the All-New England Championships which will feature runners from Division I, II and III schools.  The Jumbos didn’t run in this race last year, and the year before many of their runners rested for this race as the Jumbos finished first out of 12 Division III teams in the 5k JV race. The Jumbos did race in the USATF New England Championship at Franklin Park last November, but many of their top runners rested that week as well.  With a week of rest, the Jumbos should be ready to go this weekend!


When: Sunday at Blazer Invitational at South Hadley, Mass. 
What you need to know:  The golf team is coming off a great weekend, having finished third at the NESCAC Qualifier this past weekend in Connecticut, qualifying for the NESCAC Championship this spring for the first time since the qualifier was instated.  The Jumbos got a solid performance from senior co-captain Aaron Corn who finished 12th individually as senior co-captain Taylor Nordan and junior Justin Feldman both finished tied for 14th individually.  The Jumbos now have this Sunday’s Blazer Invitational in South Hadley, Mass. to prepare for the New England Championships which are October 22nd and 23rd.  The team didn’t compete in this event last season.


When: Coed at Moody Trophy at Rhode Island Saturday and Sunday
What you need to know: The women’s sailing team will have a bit of a break this weekend as the coed team heads to the Moody Trophy at Rhode Island.  The Jumbos are coming off a 15th place finish at the Danmark Trophy at Coast Guard this past weekend. At last year’s Moody Trophy the Jumbos finish 4th out of 17 total teams.



Ryan McDonald, Junior, Football

Junior Ryan McDonald threw for four touchdown passes in the Jumbos 37-17 win over Bates on Saturday.  Along with passing for 245 yards (21 for 36) and the career-high four touchdowns, McDonald also ran 21 times for 81 yards in the win, finishing with 326 yards of total offense.  McDonald was named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week. The junior is second in the conference with 295 rushing yards and third on the list for total offense with 320.7 yards per game through three games this year.




Marguerite Salamone, Sophomore, Field Hockey

Sophomore Marguerite Salamone helped the Jumbos to a 3-0 week with three NESCAC wins this week.  On Tuesday she assisted a goal in a 3-1 win over Wesleyan.  She then scored the goal that tied the game against No. 9 Hamilton on Sunday.  Just about three minutes later Salamone assisted the game-winning goal as the Jumbos were able to hang on to the 2-1 advantage to pick up their third NESCAC win of the week. Salamone is tied for the third most points for the Jumbos this season (7) having scored once and collected a team-leading five assists.




Freshman Sophie Lloyd of the women’s soccer team is on fire, scoring in each of the last five of the Jumbos games.  She let this weekend be no different, scoring the game-winning overtime goal to give the Jumbos a 2-1 win on the road at Amherst.  Senior Mariah Harvey-Brown feeds Lloyd a perfect pass and Lloyd is able to unleash a shot right past a charging Amherst goalie. Watch it here:



The football team traveled up to Bates and brought home a 37-17 win over Bates as junior quarterback Ryan McDonald threw four touchdown passes, including a school-record tying three to junior wide receiver Jack Dolan. McDonald was named NESCAC Offensive Player of the week and junior punter Alex LaPiana was tabbed as the NESCAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

  The No. 3 men’s soccer team had a very busy week, picking up a 3-0 win over Wesleyan on Saturday and a 1-0 win over Hamilton on Sunday.  The Jumbos also took on Amherst on Saturday, but suffered their first setback of the season, 1-0. 


  Women’s soccer picked up a 2-1 overtime win over Amherst on Saturday and freshman Sophie Lloyd scored the game winner which also was her fifth of the season and her fifth in the last five games for the Jumbos.  On Tuesday, Tufts suffered a 2-1 setback to MIT

  The No. 6 field hockey team had a huge NESCAC week and picked up three conference wins this week.  It started with a 3-1 win over Wesleyan on Tuesday, and was followed by a 2-0 win over No. 8 Amherst on Saturday and a 2-1 edging of No. 9 Hamilton on Sunday.  Sophomore Marguerite Salamone scored one goal and assisted the other in the 2-1 win over Hamilton. 


  Volleyball remained perfect in NESCAC play with wins over Hamilton and Williams this week.  The Jumbos also topped local-rival UMass-Boston, 3-0, during midweek play in Cousens Gym. 


  The golf team qualified to play in the NESCAC Championship next spring by finishing third at the qualifier this past weekend at the Indian Hill Country Club.  It’s the first time the Jumbos have been one of the four teams to advance since the qualifier was instituted in 2007.