This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 30 - November 5

 

Men's Soccer NESCAC Tournament

 

 

When: Saturday vs. Hamilton at 11 am
What you need to know: The men’s soccer team is in the NESCAC semifinals for the first time since 2012 and they will be at Tufts this weekend.  The Jumbos host Hamilton, Bowdoin and Middlebury on Saturday for two NESCAC Semifinal games.  The Jumbos will play Hamilton in the first game of the day, and Middlebury and Bowdoin will meet in the second game of the day.  Seventh seeded Hamilton upset second seeded Amherst, 4-3, this past weekend.  Third seeded Bowdoin played to a 1-1 tie with sixth seeded Wiliams but Bowdoin advanced in penalty kicks, 4-3.  Middlebury, the No. 5 seed, upset No. 4 seed Connecticut College, 1-0, in overtime.  The Jumbos head into the weekend allowing just one goal on the year and have scored a league-high 32 goals.   The Jumbos will be searching for their first ever NESCAC title.  They beat Hamilton (1-0), Middlebury (4-0) and they played to a 0-0 tie with Bowdoin during the regular season this year. The Jumbos take on Hamilton in the first game on Saturday at 11 am and Bowdoin and Middlebury play at 1:30 pm on Saturday.  Saturday’s winners face off in the conference final on Sunday at noon

 

Women's Soccer NESCAC Tournament




When: Saturday vs. Hamilton at 1:30 pm
What you need to know: The 2017 women’s soccer tournament has been full of upsets and the Jumbos will hope for another one this weekend as they are on the hunt for their first NESCAC title since 2002.  The Jumbos head out to top seeded Williams for semifinal and finals action on Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday at 1:30 pm the Jumbos will take on Hamilton, who upset the third seed, Middlebury in quarterfinal action.  The other semifinal game has the host Ephs taking on Amherst, who upset second-seeded Connecticut College, 1-0, in quarterfinal action. Saturday’s winners play on Sunday at noon for the conference title.  The Jumbos beat Hamilton, 2-0, when they played them earlier this year.  They also topped Amherst, 2-1, in overtime, but fell to Williams.  Junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers  was the NESCAC Player of the Week last week after posting two shutouts and picking up the game-winning assist in the quarterfinal game against Trinity.  Freshman Sophie Lloyd is tied for second in the conference in goals with eight, her most recent being that goal that helped the Jumbos beat Trinity, 1-0, in quarterfinal action this past Saturday. 

Volleyball NESCAC Tournament




When: Friday vs. Bates at 5 pm
What you need to know: After completing their second consecutive 10-0 regular season the volleyball team will host the NESCAC Tournament in Cousens Gym this weekend.  The Jumbos will be looking for their first conference title since 1996 when they host the eight-team tournament Friday through Sunday. Joining the first seeded Jumbos are No. 2 seed Wesleyan, No. 3 seed Bowdoin, fourth-seeded Hamilton, No. 5 seed Amherst, No. 6 Middlebury, No. 7 Williams and eighth-seeded Bates.  The Jumbos take on Bates at 5 pm and Williams battles Wesleyan at 5 pm.  Middlebury plays Bowdoin at 8 pm and Amherst takes on Hamilton at 8 pm as well.  The Tufts/Bates winner plays the Amherst/Hamilton winner on Saturday at 1 pm and the Middlebury/Bowdoin winner plays the Wesleyan/Williams winner on Saturday at 3:30 pm.  Saturday’s winners play on Sunday at noon for the conference title.  Sophomore Christina Nwankpa is leading the conference with a .351 hitting percentage.  She is also second in the NESCAC with 0.97 blocks per set and classmate Heather Holz is right behind her with 0.95 blocks per set.  Senior captain Alex Garrett is fifth in the conference with 0.47 service aces per set. The Jumbos beat Bates, 3-0, back in September.

Sailing





When: Saturday and Sunday at ICSA Singlehanded Championship at South Florida
What you need to know: Freshman Talia Toland and senior Alp Rodopman will be heading to South Florida this weekend to compete in the ICSA Singlehanded Championship.  Rodopman finished fourth at the 2017 New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Single-handed Championship to qualify for the national regatta.  Toland was a close second at the New England regatta to qualify for the national event.  Rodopman won the New England event last year, and was sixth at the national regatta at Galveston, Texas. 








Football






When: Saturday at Colby at 1 pm
What you need to know: The football team is coming off a 31-26 setback to Amherst and will look to get back into the win column with a trip up to Colby this Saturday.  The Mules are 0-7 this season, having lost their last two games (to Bates and Hamilton) by identical 27-24 scores.  Prior to those two games the Mules hadn’t scored more than seven points in a game. Ranking last in scoring offense (10.7 points per game) and total offense (220.9 yards per game), the Mules have struggled a bit to score this year. Defensively they are seventh in scoring defense, allowing 33 points per game, and seventh in total defense, allowing 412 yards per game.  The Jumbos sit in the middle of all those categories, fifth in scoring offense (25.9 points per game), fourth in total offense (416 yards per game), fifth in scoring defense (19.9 points per game) and sixth in total defense (356.9 yards per game).  The Jumbos won, 44-12, when the two teams played last year.

 

Men's Crew

 

 

When: Saturday at the Green Monster Invite at Hanover, N.H.
What you need to know: The men’s crew team is coming off good weekend at the Head of the Fish in Saratoga Spring, N.Y. this past weekend.  The Jumbos won in the men’s collegiate novice 8+, beating out Marist by seven-tenths of a second.  They also earned a third straight tile in the collegiate men’s single scull, thanks to senior Andrew MacMillen.  The Jumbos also had boats that won in the men’s collegiate “A” quadruple scull and the mixed collegiate “a” quadruple scull.  The Jumbos will look to carry that momentum into the weekend, as they head up to Hanover, N.H. for the Green Monster Invite which is a novice-only race and will be the last competition of the fall for the Jumbos.

 

Men's Soccer Defense

The men’s soccer team has allowed one goal this year, thanks to some stellar defense.  This week the defense turned in their seventh and eighth consecutive shutouts, and they were important ones.  On Tuesday the Jumbos battled Bowdoin for the number one seed in the conference tournament, and a 0-0 tie gave Tufts the top seed in the conference tournament.  Then on Saturday in NESCAC Quarterfinal action, the defense turned in their eighth consecutive shutout with a 3-0 win against Bates that helped the Jumbos advance to their first conference semifinal since 2012.

 
  

Brittany Bowman, Senior, Women's Cross Country

Senior Brittany Bowman had a great showing at the NESCAC Championships this past weekend hosted by Bates at Pineland Farms.  Bowman was the top Jumbo finisher, helping her team finish in third place.  The senior finished with a time of 22:09.8, just ahead of teammate and junior Natalie Bettez, who was sixth with a time of 22:11.5.  By virtue of her finish, she earned All-NESCAC honors for the second consecutive year.  Bowman and Bettez have been the top two finishers for the Jumbos in all five of their races this year.



 

 

The women’s soccer team picked up their first NESCAC Quarterfinal win since 2013 and it’s thanks to a pretty goal from freshman Sophie Lloyd with an incredible assist to goalie Emily Bowers.  Watch it here:

 

 

  The men’s soccer team played to a 0-0 tie with Bowdoin on Tuesday which helped them clinch the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Tournament.  The Jumbos then hosted eighth seeded Bates on Saturday, and picked up a 3-0 win to advance to the conference semifinals for the first time since 2012.  

  The women’s soccer team picked up two critical shutouts this week.  It started with a 1-0 win over Bowdoin on Tuesday.  The Jumbos then topped fifth seeded Trinity, 1-0, in NESCAC Quarterfinal action on Saturday to advance to the NESCAC Semifinals for the first time since 2013. Junior goalie Emily Bowers was named the NESCAC Player of the Week

  The volleyball team picked up two wins this weekend, helping them clinch the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament.  The Jumbos started with a 3-1 win over Connecticut College on Friday night.  They then topped Wesleyan, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon.  The wins gave the Jumbos their second consecutive 10-0 NESCAC regular season.  

  The field hockey team topped Bowdoin, 3-0, in their regular season finale on Wednesday.  But, the Jumbos then fell to the Polar Bears in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on Saturday.  They will now wait and see if they are granted an at large bid into the NCAA Tournament. 

  The men’s cross country team finished sixth at the NESCAC Championships this past weekend hosted by Bates at Pineland Farms.  Junior Colin Raposo was the top Jumbo finisher, coming in 20th overall as classmate Brian Reaney was second for the Jumbos and 28th overall.  

  The women’s cross country team was third overall at the NESCAC Championships this past Saturday hosted by Bates at Pineland Farms.  Senior Brittany Bowman led the Jumbos, finishing fifth overall as junior Natalie Bettez was sixth overall.

  The men’s crew team was at the Head of the Fish in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and the Jumbos picked up wins in four different events.  

  The women’s crew team wrapped up their fall season this past weekend at the Head of the Fish in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The Jumbos had multiple winners on the day!

  Led by a fourth-place finish in the A division, the coed sailing team was sixth out of 18 total teams at the Erwin Schell Trophy hosted by MIT.  The Jumbos came out of the regatta as one of seven qualifiers for the upcoming Atlantic Coast Championships.