This Week in Tufts Athletics: February 25 - March 3

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Women’s Basketball

When: Friday and Saturday NCAA Regional at Cousens Gym, 5/7 pm and 5 pm
What You Need to Know: After winning their third NESCAC championship with a pair of stirring wins over rivals Amherst and previously unbeaten Bowdoin, the Jumbos (25-2) will host the NCAA first and second rounds at Cousens Gym. Tufts will face Western New England in the opening round on Friday night at 7 pm. The Golden Eagles (20-8) won their first Commonwealth Coast Conference title over Endicott 69-55 last Saturday. Haverford (21-6), the Centennial Conference champions, and Rosemont (24-3), who won the Colonial States Athletic Conference, will play in Friday’s other first-round game at Cousens. The winners of Friday’s games will play for a berth into the “Sweet 16” on Saturday. Since earning their first NCAA berth in 2008, Tufts has advanced to two NCAA Championship games, four “Final Fours,” six "Elite 8s” and eight "Sweet 16s." 

Women’s Fencing

When: Saturday NEIFC Championships at Wellesley, 9 am
What You Need to Know: Tufts begins its championship season at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championships (NEIFC) on Saturday. Team, squad, and individual champions will be recognized. The Jumbos will have senior co-captain Zoe Howard and freshman Allison Cheng fencing in foil as well as freshman Hannah Fruitman and senior co-captain Annie Ayala competing in epee. A full saber squad of junior Elliot Pavlovich, sophomore Subin Jeong and sophomore Lillie Ahearn will also be in action for the Jumbos. The Tufts saber squad finished tied for first to lead the team to a seventh-place finish overall at this meet last year. Howard's 10th-place finish led the Jumbos in foil, where Tufts was fourth in those final squad standings a year ago. 

Men’s Lacrosse

When: Saturday at Hamilton, 1 pm and Sunday at Cortland, 1 pm
What You Need to Know: The defending NESCAC champions get to work this weekend with back-to-back games in upstate New York. Ranked fifth in this week’s United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division III poll, the Jumbos feature three players who were recognized as Inside Lacrosse Division III Preseason All-Americans. Junior midfielder Nick Shanks was one of 13 selections to the first team, while senior attack Danny Murphy and senior defenseman Arend Broekmate were both on the second team. Hamilton was winless in NESCAC (0-10) last year and finished 2-13 overall. Cortland, one of the historically strong DIII programs, is ranked 17th in the USILA poll this week. Last year’s game against the Red Dragons went to two overtimes before Tufts prevailed 16-15. The Jumbos hammered Hamilton 23-5 to open the season a year ago.

While plenty of winter sports excitement remains, spring is here as both lacrosse teams open their seasons this weekend.

Women’s Lacrosse

When: Saturday at Hamilton, 1 pm
What You Need to Know: The Jumbo women’s lacrosse team also makes the four-plus hour trip to Clinton, New York to open their new season at Hamilton College on Saturday. Tufts starts the year ranked 11th in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national poll. The Jumbos return the vast majority of last season’s team which finished 13-5 overall and third in NESCAC at 8-2. Among the top returnees is last spring’s NESCAC Player of the Year Dakota Adamec. Playing in one of the most competitive NESCAC leagues with seven teams currently in the IWLCA top 20, the Jumbos open against a Hamilton team they beat 17-4 in the season-opener last year. A NESCAC two-weed in 2017, Hamilton slipped to 5-11 overall and 3-7 in the conference for 2018.

Men’s Squash

When: Friday through Sunday CSA Individual Championships at Providence, R.I.
What You Need to Know: With the team portion of their schedule finished, the Jumbos will complete their 2018-19 season this weekend. Senior Alan Litman will be Tufts’ lone representative at the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual National Championships to be played at Brown University and the Moses Brown School. Pairings for the tournament have not been announced yet. Litman played in all of Tufts’ 20 matches this season, mostly in the fourth spot. He started at #2 once and also had four starts in the third match. He helped Tufts earn their highest seed in the conference tournament this season (seventh) as well as a spot in the CSA Team Championships Summers Cup (#17-24 ranked teams in the nation) for the first time since 2010. 

Women’s Squash

When: Friday through Sunday CSA Individual Championships at Providence, R.I.
What You Need to Know: For the second straight year, Claire Davidson will compete at the College Squash Association (CSA) Individual Championships this weekend in Rhode Island. Last year Davidson was the 12th seed in the Holleran Cup (B Division North) and lost a pair of matches. Now in her junior season, she will look for her first victory in individual national play. Pairings for the tournament will be announced later this week. Davidson played at #1 for the Jumbos all season and recently earned New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference first team accolades for the second time in her career. She helped the team finish with the #18 national ranking at the end of the year, its best since 2008. Tufts also posted a best-ever fifth-place finish in NESCAC this year.

Women’s Swimming and Diving

When: Friday and Saturday NCAA Diving Regional at MIT, 2 pm and 12 pm.
What You Need to Know: Tufts sophomore Amber Chong is one of 19 divers who earned the right to compete at the NCAA Diving Regional hosted by MIT. Chong will be vying for a spot into the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships coming up March 20-23 in Greensoboro, North Carolina. Divers must place within the top nine scorers in either of the one-meter or three-meter events at the Regional in order to move on to NCAA’s. This is the second straight year Chong has qualified for the Diving Regional. She was 20th in one-meter and 22nd in three-meter last season. At this year’s NESCAC Championship meet, Chong was fourth in the one-meter event with a 400.95 score that qualified her for the Regional. She placed 12th in the three-meter competition (319.35).

Men’s Track and Field

When: Saturday Tufts National Qualifying Meet at Gantcher Center, 12 pm
What You Need to Know: Once again this year, the Jumbos will host the Tufts National Qualifying Meet giving competitors a final opportunity to post marks to gain entry to the NCAA Championships. The NCAA meet is being held right in Boston at the Reggie Lewis Center next week on March 8-9. The field of competitors at NCAA’s will be bigger than ever as 20 men in each individual event and 12 relays will qualify. The Jumbos will be looking to add national qualifiers at home this weekend. They currently have senior Colin Raposo ranked 13th in the mile run (4:09.82) and senior Josh Etkind at #15 in the 60-meter hurdles (8.18). Senior Benji Wallace is on the bubble with his 15’5” (4.70m) pole vault that is currently 22nd on the national list.

Women’s Track and Field

When: Saturday Tufts National Qualifying Meet at Gantcher Center, 12 pm
What You Need to Know: Tufts women’s indoor track and field will also be looking to add to its NCAA roster at the home Tufts National Qualifying Meet. With the top 20 individuals and 12 relays qualifying nationally, the Jumbos currently have senior co-captain Kelsey Tierney ranked sixth in the 3,000 meters (9:42.49) and junior Rhemi Toth at #14 in the mile (4:57.39). The Tufts distance medley relay is right on the edge with the nation’s 13th-best mark of 12:01.74 at the moment. The 4x400-meter relay (3:55.53) and junior Lauren Diaz in the 800 (2:15.72) both have national top 30 marks that will need to improve significantly for both to earn NCAA berths. Entries for the Tufts National Qualify Meet close on Wednesday, at which time a full list of teams who will be attending will be available.

 

Kingsley Bowen, Senior, Men’s Swimming

Bowen swept the three backstroke events (50, 100, 200) at the NESCAC Championship meet for the second straight season, helping the Jumbos finish as the runner up. He also contributed to Tufts wins in the 200 and 400 medley relays at the meet, as well as a runner-up finish with the 400 free relay. These performances earned Bowen the NESCAC’s Swimmer of the Year award. He also achieved the NESCAC 4-Year High Point Swimmer Award. He is the first Jumbo to win both of these honors.

 

 

 

Jac Knapp, Senior, Women's Basketball

While it’s hard to overlook freshman Janette Wadolowski’s game-winning basket with 1.4 seconds remaining in the semi-finals against Amherst, Knapp took over in the fourth quarter of the NESCAC final against Bowdoin to help deliver the Jumbos’ third league title. She scored 15 of her game-high 25 points in the fourth quarter as Tufts posted a 75-69 win. She also scored her 1,000th career point in the game, becoming the 15th Jumbo to do so.

 

 

 

Freshman Janette Wadolowski came up huge for the women's baksetball team, sinking a jumper with 1.4 seconds left to help the third-seeded Jumbos pick up a 47-46 win over second-seeded Amherst in NESCAC Semifinal action.  Watch it here: 

 

 The Tufts women’s basketball team won their third NESCAC Championship with victories over Amherst and Bowdoin. In the semifinals against the Mammoths, first-year Janette Wadolowski (Southington, Conn.) drained a fade-away jumper with 1.4 seconds remaining to lift Tufts to a 47-46 win. Junior co-captain Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) scored a team-high 14 points and pulled down nine rebounds in the game. First-year Molly Ryan (Westfield, N.J.) also scored in double-figures with 11 points and recorded a team-leading three steals against Amherst. On Sunday, senior co-captain Jac Knapp (Westfield, N.J.) netted a game-high 25 points and joined the 1,000 point club as the Jumbos knocked off the number one seed and host Bowdoin by a 75-69 margin. DeCandido had another good performance as she scored 17 points and dished out five assists. Watch Highlights from both games HERE

Women's Basketball co-captains Jac Knapp (left) and Erica DeCandido with the 2019 NESCAC Championship plaque.

  After knocking off the number one overall seed in Middlebury last week, Tufts men’s basketball led 43-40 at the half before falling 89-84 at second-seeded Hamilton College on Saturday in the NESCAC Tournament semifinals. Junior co-captain Eric Savage (South Brunswick, N.J.) netted a game-high 21 points and was an efficient 9-10 from the foul line. The Jumbos got a double-double from sophomore Luke Rogers (Boxborough, Mass.), who scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Fellow sophomore Brennan Morris (East Hempstead, N.H.) scored 18 points, including five three-pointers.  

  Playing Trinity College in the 2019 NESCAC Tournament for the fifth straight season, the No. 8 seed Tufts men’s hockey team fell 3-0 in the quarterfinals at the number one overall seed Trinity Bantams. Jumbo sophomore goaltender Drew Hotte (Ambler, Pa.) stopped 34 of 37 shots for the brown and blue. Senior captain Clay Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) tied for a team-high with three shots in his final collegiate game. Sophomore Hayden Smith (Trophy Club, Texas) was 10-14 on face-offs in the contest.  

  Tufts men’s swimming and diving finished second in the four-day 2019 NESCAC Championships. On Thursday, the Jumbos “A” unit of sophomore John Koster (Chappaqua, N.Y.), freshman Joseph Kim (Philadelphia, Pa.), senior Noah Cagley (Pittsburgh, Pa.), and sophomore Tyler Tatro (Titusville, Fla.) kicked off the Championships with an NCAA-B cut time of 6:43.73. Tufts then recorded five first-place finishes on Friday, including senior Kingsley Bowen (Pepper Pike, Ohio) winning his fourth straight conference backstroke title in the 50. They also had junior Costa Camerano (Brookville, N.Y.), sophomore JJ Batt (Needham, Mass.), sophomore Lomax Turner (San Rafael, Calif.), and junior Roger Gu (Ashland, Mass.) break a NESCAC and conference championship meet record in the 200 freestyle relay record with their 1:21.21 mark. On day three, freshman Tar Tar Jarusinchai (Nonthaburi, Thailand) twice broke the program-record in the 100 breaststroke with his 56.73 and 56.70 times. Gu defended his 100 yard freestyle title on Sunday with a meet-record time of 43.78. 

  Women’s squash competed in the CSA Team Nationals over the weekend and posted a 2-1 record in the Walker Cup. On Friday, the Jumbos defeated St. Lawrence 9-0 and all nine players won in straight sets. Junior Claire Davidson (Newport, R.I.) posted 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 scores in No. 1 play. Then on Saturday Tufts took down Franklin & Marshall College 7-2. Sophomore Rachel Windreich (Greenwich, Conn.) picked up a hard-fought 11-4, 11-4, 9-11, 7-11, 13-11 victory in No. 6 action. Following the victories over St. Lawrence and Franklin & Marshall, the Jumbos advanced to the Walter Cup Final, but fell 6-3 to NESCAC foe Bates. Senior Zarena Jafry (Bolton, Mass.) recorded an 11-4, 11-3, 6-11, 5-11, 11-2 win in No. 4 play. 

  Tufts men’s track and field finished second at the New England Division III Indoor Championships at MIT. After day one, the Jumbos were in third led by senior Dylan Jones (Natick, Mass.), who recorded a third-place finish in the 5,000 meter event with a time of 15:06.83. Freshman Ben Stein (Tenafly, N.J.) placed sixth with 2,417 points in the heptathlon, which featured the 60 meter, long jump, shot put, and high jump events. On Saturday, the Jumbos moved up to second and senior Tom Doyle (Los Altos, Calif.) won the 600 meter title, posting a time of 1:21.21. Fellow senior Anthony Kardonsky (Tenafly, N.J.) finished third in the 60 meter dash with a season-best time of 6.98 seconds. 

  Tufts women’s track and field also competed in the New England Division III Championship and finished third overall. Senior Kylene DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) finished sixth in the pentathlon and had her best finish in the 60 meter hurdle with a time of 9.31 seconds on Friday as the Jumbos were in fourth. On Saturday, the Jumbos moved up to third led by junior Rhemi Toth (Weston, Conn.) and first-year Hannah Neilon (Fitchburg, Mass.), who won their respective events. Toth won the 1,000 meters and set a personal-record of 2:55.37. Neilon was victorious in the 600 meter event and clocked a 1:36.33 time. Senior Kelsey Tierney (Whitman, Mass.) set a personal-record in the 3,000 meter event with her 9:25.38 mark.

  Women’s fencing won three of their seven matches at the FDU Invitational on Sunday. The first Jumbo win came against host Fairleigh Dickinson by a 14-12 margin. Junior Elliot Pavlovich won all three of her sabre matches against the Knights. Senior co-captain Zoe Howard also posted three wins against Fairleigh Dickinson. They then defeated City College of New York 20-7 for their second win. Sophomore Subin Jeong won all three sabre matches. The final victory of the day came over Long Island University-Post with a 19-8 final. Howard and first-year Allsion Cheng each won three matches in foil.  

  For the first time since the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference teams in women's squash were first announced in 2008, Tufts University features three honorees this winter and also has leader Joe Raho recognized as Coach of the Year. Junior co-captain Claire Davidson earned a spot on the first team, while junior Julie Yeung and freshman Megan Chen were voted on to the second team. The All-Conference honor is the second for both Davidson (2017 1st team) and Yeung (2018 2nd team). 

  Head coach Joe Raho and junior Raghav Kumar of the Tufts University men's squash team have received New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference honors for the 2019 season.