This Week in Tufts Athletics: April 15 - 21

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Baseball

When: Tuesday vs. Mass.-Dartmouth, 3 pm / Friday at Colby, 3 pm / Saturday Double-header at Colby, 12 pm.
What You Need to Know: Sweeping Bowdoin in NESCAC East play over the weekend, Tufts leads the division at 5-1 and is 18-5 overall. Monday's annual Patriots Day double-header versus the Corsairs was postponed and changed to a single game on Tuesday at 3 pm. Mass.-Dartmouth is 11-14 overall. Tuesday will end an extraordinary 15-game home stand by the Jumbos during which they have gone 10-3 thus far. Tufts will then return to NESCAC East action at Colby College for their first road trip of the New England season. The Mules are winless in the NESCAC East (0-6) and 6-12 overall entering the week. Colby was 1-11 in the division last season for fifth place. Tufts has won 13 of the last 15 games in the series between the teams.

Golf

When: Saturday and Sunday at Lafrance Hospitality Invitational (Allendale Country Club in Dartmouth, Mass.), Start times tba.
What You Need to Know: In Tufts’ final tune-up before the NESCAC Championship April 27-28 at Middlebury College, the Jumbos will play in the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s annual tournament which is under new sponsorship this year. Previously the Hampton Inn Invitational, Tufts won the event in 2017 among 17 teams. Current team member Justin Feldman fired a 77 during first-round action that year. Play is held at the Allendale Country Club, which was established in 1956 and boasts a Geoffrey Cornish designed, par-72 championship layout. Current junior Brandon Karr led the Jumbos on both days of the tournament last year. After an opening-round 73, he shot 78 for a two-day 151 which placed fifth individually. He was seven-over par for the weekend.

Men’s Lacrosse

When: Tuesday vs. Bates, 7 pm / Saturday vs. Middlebury, 2 pm.
What You Need to Know: Last Saturday’s 15-14 win at fifth-ranked Amherst College put the #6 Jumbos (11-1, 6-1 NESCAC) into a first-place tie with Bates College in NESCAC, and the two teams play each other Tuesday night under the lights at Bello Field. Bates (9-2, 6-1 NESCAC) has been idle since a 15-10 win over Connecticut College on April 6. The Jumbos won last year’s game 20-12 at Bates. Tufts will then welcome Middlebury College for their first Saturday home game since March 23. The Panthers are coming off a big 22-6 win over Trinity which improved them to 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the conference. Tufts has won 14 games in a row over the Panthers dating back to 2010, including twice last year.

Women’s Lacrosse

When: Tuesday at Bates, 5:30 pm / Saturday at Middlebury, 2 pm.
What You Need to Know: In the midst of the program’s longest winning streak since 1995, the sixth-ranked Jumbos (12-0, 7-0 NESCAC) put their undefeated season on the line in two NESCAC road games this week. On Tuesday they are at #22 Bates College, who is currently fourth in NESCAC with a 4-3 record in the league and 8-4 overall. Tufts has won the last five games in the series against the Bobcats, including 14-9 last year. The Jumbos then travel to play at defending conference champion Middlebury College on Saturday. The Panthers (11-1, 6-1) lost to Bates 11-10 in their season-opener back on March 2 and haven’t lost since. Middlebury, #3 in the national poll, has won four in a row in the series.

Men’s Rowing

When: Sunday vs. WPI, Rhode Island and Skidmore (at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester), 9 am.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos travel to Worcester for the annual Brown Cup first varsity eight race versus WPI on Lake Quinsigamond Sunday. Teams from Skidmore and the University of Rhode Island will also be on hand. WPI topped Tufts to retain the Baker Cup in first varsity eight action last spring. Rhode Island won the race, and WPI was second (6:02.2) in front of the Jumbos (6:13.37) with Skidmore fourth. The Jumbos and WPI have been squaring off since 2005. Tufts’ third varsity eight will also put it undefeated 4-0 record on the line in this weekend’s races. This is Tufts’ first visit of the season to Lake Quinsigamond, site of the New England Rowing Championships and the National Invitational Rowing Championships in May.

Women’s Rowing

When: Sunday vs. WPI, Clark, Skidmore and William Smith (at Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester), 9 am.
What You Need to Know: The Tufts women’s rowing first varsity eight will look to get its trophy back at the sixth annual Bernard Brown Cup race against WPI Saturday on Lake Quinsigamond. Since the Brown Cup series was initiated in 2014, Tufts had won all of the first varsity eight races against WPI. The streak ended last season as WPI won by a small margin with their 6:44.30 time to Tufts' 6:46.01. William Smith, Clark and Skidmore followed in order, and all three of those teams will again join the Jumbos and the Engineers this year. Those three do not contend for the Brown Cup. WPI is ranked third and Tufts is seventh in the most recent USRowing / College Rowing Coaches Association poll. Other Jumbos eights will also be in action.

Women's Sailing competes at the Reed Trophy for the New England Championship this weekend on the Charles River.

Co-ed Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday at Boston Dinghy Club Cup (hosted by MIT/Harvard), 10:30 am.
What You Need to Know: The 84th Annual Boston Dinghy Club Challenge (BDC) is the oldest competition in collegiate sailing, held on the Charles River every year since 1935. It’s the last regular-season regatta on the Jumbos’ schedule leading up to the New England Dinghy Championship hosted by Bowdoin College April 27-28. The BDC is typically a first-string event, though some schools could be resting their starters with the New England Championship coming up. Tufts was sixth at the three-division BDC competition a year ago. Current seniors Cam Holley and Ian Morgan were third in B division, winning three races among a 14-team field. Current senior Christopher Keller also skippered in C division last year. The Jumbos were third at the event in 2017, including current senior Jack Bitney skippering in C division.

Women’s Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday at New England Championship (hosed by MIT), 10:30 am.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos have reached the start of the championship season with the Reed Trophy for the New England Championship hosted by MIT. Tufts will need to finish among the top 11 teams at the New England regatta in order to qualify for the 2019 Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) National Semi-finals May 21-22 in Newport, Rhode Island. The Jumbos were the 11th and final team to qualify for the national championship out of the deep New England region last season. They went on to place 11th at the ICSA Semi-finals when only the top nine advanced to the championship finals. The Jumbos have qualified for ICSA Nationals out of New England’s in each of the last two years. Sophomore Talia Toland and freshman Abbie Carlson start as skippers for the Jumbos.

Softball

When: Wednesday Double-header vs Lesley, 3 pm / Friday vs. Colby, 4 pm / Saturday Double-header vs Colby, 12 pm.
What You Need to Know: After taking two out of three against Bowdoin and Trinity, and sweeping Bates, the Jumbos (22-6, 7-2 NESCAC East) can clinch the NESCAC East Division pennant with success at home against Colby College this coming weekend. Tufts will do so by winning twice against the Mules, who are the last-place team in the East at 0-6 (4-18 overall). The Jumbos out-scored Colby 33-8 while sweeping last year’s series against the Mules. Tufts’ double-header at seventh-ranked Williams College with WPI on Monday has been postponed. Tufts will instead play a pair of games at Williams on April 28. Tufts will be at home first on Wednesday this week to host New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) member Lesley College. The Lynx are 17-11 overall and 5-3 in the NECC (sixth).

Men’s Tennis

When: Saturday vs. Connecticut College, 10 am / Saturday vs. MIT, 3:30 pm / Sunday at Colby, 11 am.
What You Need to Know: A young Jumbo team which has been very close to top-ranked NESCAC opponents Wesleyan, Williams and Middlebury recently enters a week in which they will be the favorites in three weekend matches. They host a double-header on Saturday with a morning match against conference opponent Connecticut College followed by an afternoon tilt versus MIT. The Camels earned their first NESCAC win of the year against Trinity on Sunday 5-4 and enter the week 6-7 overall (1-4 NESCAC). MIT (6-5) is at #10 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast rankings of April 11, three spots behind the Jumbos at #7. On Sunday the Jumbos travel up to Colby to face a Mules team (5-7, 1-4 NESCAC) which also picked up its first NESCAC win over Trinity during the weekend.

Women’s Tennis

When: Friday vs. Wellesley, 3:30 pm / Saturday vs. Connecticut College, 10 am.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos (6-6, 4-3 NESCAC) play a pair of teams they’ve had good success against in recent seasons this weekend. On Friday they host Wellesley College, whom Tufts has defeated nine straight times dating back to an NCAA Regional loss to the Blue in 2008. Wellesley is currently 9-5 overall including 3-0 in NEWMAC. They recently had a 9-0 loss to a Brandeis squad whom Tufts defeated 6-3. In Tufts’ recent annual series versus Connecticut College, whom they host on Saturday, the Jumbos have won all eight matches and lost just 10 individual / doubles points during that span. In the most recent regional rankings, Tufts is fifth, Wellesley is 16th and Connecticut College is not in the top 20.

Men’s Track & Field

When: Friday Larry Ellis Invitational (at Princeton), time tba / Saturday Sunshine Classic (at Ellis Oval / Dussault Track), 11 am.
What You Need to Know: Tufts hosts its sixth and final meet of the track & field season (indoors and outdoors) with the Sunshine Classic on Saturday at Ellis Oval / Dussault Track. A small field of teams is scheduled to attend this fourth annual Sunshine Classic. Joining the Jumbos will be Amherst, Husson, Lesley, Plymouth State and UMass Dartmouth. As always, Tufts will also be looking to add to its national qualifying list where they currently have senior Josh Etkind in the 110-meter hurdles (14.66), senior Ben Wallace in the pole vault (15’9” / 4.80m) and junior Kevin Quisumbing in the shot put (51’7” – 15.72m) ranked in the national top 20. The Jumbos are also considering some entries for the annual Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton, but won’t know for sure until mid-week.

Women’s Track & Field

When: Saturday Sunshine Classic (at Ellis Oval / Dussault Track), 11 am.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos take to Ellis Oval / Dussault Track for the second time this spring after winning the Snowflake Classic there back on March 30. The Jumbos also had a win at MIT with RPI and Bates on April 6, so they will seek a third team victory of the outdoor season on Saturday. Tufts’ Julia Kissel broke her own javelin throw record with a 130’7” (39.91m) mark at last year’s Sunshine Classic. The Jumbos will also be looking to add to their national qualifying list this week. They currently have senior Kelsey Tierney eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:14.73), junior Rhemi Toth 12th in the 800 (2:14.79) and the 4x400-meter relay of freshman Tara Lowensohn, freshman Luana Machado, freshman Hannah Neilon and junior Julia Gake at #15 nationally (3:59.76).

 

Kyle Cortese, Sophomore, Baseball

Cortese led Tufts offensively in a weekend sweep of Bowdoin College which put the Jumbos at 5-1 in the NESCAC East. He went 5 for 9 in the series with six rbis and four runs scored. He was 3 for 3 with two rbis and two runs including the game-winner in Saturday's 7-6 walk-off victory. He then homered in each game of the double-header on Sunday as Tufts swept the Polar Bears. He hit one that tied game one (7 inn.) 4-4 in the fifth and then had a three-run, first-inning shot in the 16-0 game-two victory.

 

 

 

Alexis Aboulafia, Freshman, Softball

Aboulafia hit .538 for the week including 5 for 9 (.556) with three ribs and two runs scored in the three-game NESCAC East series at Trinity over the weekend. Tufts took two out of three from the Bantams to put themselves into great position to win the pennant. After losing Friday, Tufts swept Saturday's double-header with Aboulafia going 4 for 7 with three rbis and two runs scored. She singled home the game-winning run in the top of the seventh of game two's 4-3 victory.

 

 

 

 

  Jumbo Baseball swept a three-game NESCAC East Division series at home against Bowdoin College. They scored twice on a Bowdoin error during a bunt in the bottom of the ninth to take a 7-6 walk-off win in the opener on Saturday. Junior 2B Elias Varinos tripled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth in Sunday’s first game, then junior RF Ryan Day had four hits to lead the Jumbos' 18-hit attack in the nightcap as Tufts swept Bowdoin 5-4 and 16-0. Freshman pitcher Aidan Tucker had a save in the first game and got the win in game two.

Justin Feldman led Tufts with a 75 on day two of the Wildcats Spring Invitational on Sunday.

  Tufts Golf finished seventh at the Wildcats Spring Invitational hosted by Johnson & Wales on Saturday and Sunday. Their four-best scores on Sunday totaled 314 strokes, added to a 312 score from Saturday for a 626 final. They were four strokes behind fifth-place Mass.-Dartmouth, who had a 622 team score. Twenty teams overall competed. Senior co-captain Justin Feldman shot a three-over par 75 to lead Tufts on Sunday. Sophomore Henry Hughes had shot one-over par 73 to lead the Jumbos on the first day. Hughes finished as the lowest Jumbo for the weekend with a two-day 154 (+12) that tied for 23rd place.

  Sixth-ranked Tufts men's lacrosse earned a 15-14 win at fifth-ranked Amherst in NESCAC action Saturday. It was Tufts' third straight game decided by one goal. Tufts led 10-1 in the second quarter and 13-4 with five minutes gone in the third period before the host Mammoths stormed back to tie the score at 14-14. However, Jumbo sophomore Kyle Helfrich won the next draw on a violation and senior Matt Treiber set up sophomore Garrett Samuelson for the game-winning goal at 3:15 of the fourth. Jumbo junior goalie Mason Pollack, who scored the first goal of the game for his second tally of the season, finished with 19 saves.

  The Jumbo women’s lacrosse team emerged out of an 11-11 tie with Amherst to win 14-12 on Saturday with two late goals by Emily Games and another by Maddie Norman. Games’ four goals led Tufts overall. The Jumbos’ 12 straight victories are the program’s longest winning streak since the 1995 team also won 12 in a row. Tufts celebrated Seniors Day Saturday with Audrey Evers, Hedy Veith, Annie Sullivan, Megan Toner, Maddy Schwartz, Cecily Freliech, Courtney Grygiel, Gabby Vinci, Dakota Adamec and Maria Dattolo honored before the game. The seniors have combined to win 44 games in their four years as Jumbos.

On Wednesday of last week, Women's Lacrosse junior Emily Games was named Tufts' second Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association National Offensive Player of the Week for Division III. Senior teammate Dakota Adamec earned the pretigious honor two weeks previous.

Watch video highlights of the Jumbos' 17-10 win over Wesleyan University from April 6.

  All three Tufts men's rowing eights defeated Bates College at Malden River on Saturday. Tufts' first varsity eight beat Bates 5:54.5 to 5:58.8 in the Jumbos' first race of the day. The Jumbo second varsity eight also won a close race against Bates 6:16.1 to 6:19.8. The third varsity eight made it a sweep of the Bobcats with a 6:15.1 to 6:27.0 victory. The Jumbo 3V8, which improved to 4-0 on the season, lined up with Nilay Maity as coxswain, stroke Peter Malinovsky, 7 Ethan Donnelly, 6 Samson Braun, 5 Henry Ross, 4 Matias Facciuto, 3 David Gantt, 2 Tamas Takata and bow Aidan Bauer.

  Four of the top eight women's rowing teams in the Division III national poll raced on Malden River Saturday. Top-ranked Bates, the defending NCAA champion, fifth-ranked Wesleyan, seventh-ranked Tufts and eighth-ranked Wellesley faced off in first, second and third varsity eight competitions. The Jumbo first varsity eight measured itself well versus Bates as the Bobcats won 6:46.5 to 6:58.7. Tufts' 1V8 later lost 6:54.8 to 7:15.3 against Wellesley. The varsity eight line-up for Tufts included coxswain Jordan Sclar, stroke Karen Dooley, 7 Miranda Finestone, 6 Miriam Weiss, 5 Lauren Drohosky, 4 Alicia Heia, 3 Laurel Haeger, 2 Madeleine Clarke and bow Grace Duisberg.

  Senior skipper Chris Keller and sophomore crew Juliana Testa finished second in C division racing to lead the Tufts University co-ed sailing team to fourth place out of 17 teams at the Thompson Trophy hosted by Connecticut College on the Thames River Saturday and Sunday. With 13 races in each of the three divisions, Tufts' C team of Keller and Testa compiled finishes totaling to 82. The Tufts pair sailed to a second-place finish in the sixth race and had a third in the ninth start for their best finishes. Jumbo senior skipper Cam Holley with classmate Ian Morgan as crew were eighth in B division.

  Led by its A pairing of sophomore skipper Talia Toland with freshman crew Ann Sheridan, Tufts University women's sailing won the seven-team President's Trophy hosted by Boston University on the Charles River Saturday and Sunday. With all seven teams' A and B boats racing in one division, Toland and Sheridan were first out of the 14 dinghies with a 32 score over 14 races. They were 34 ahead of Vermont's A boat (66) which was in the runner-up spot. Tufts' tandem had seven first-place finishes, half of the 14 starts. They had three firsts in a row from the eighth through 10th starts.

  Jumbo Softball showed resiliency last week. After losing the first game of a double-header at Babson on Wednesday, Tufts won 5-2 in the nightcap scoring three runs in the top of the seventh. Tufts then lost the opener of a key NESCAC East series at Trinity College on Friday. They bounced back to win both games on Saturday to take the lead in the division. Senior Christian Cain hit a grand slam to lead a seven-run outburst in game one’s 10-4 win. Junior pitcher Gillian O’Connor went the distance (7 IP, 8 H, 3 R) in game two’s 4-3 victory, including a pair of strikeouts to end it.

  Tufts men’s tennis had a 9-0 win at home against Trinity on Wednesday, the Jumbos’ first conference victory. Sophomore Boris Sorkin and freshman Jack Moldenhauer lost just one set in their singles matches. Juniors Niko Hereford and Ethan Bershtein won 8-0 in third doubles. On Saturday the Jumbos won all three of their double matches at eighth-ranked Middlebury College. Tufts sophomores Carl-Herman Grant and Sorkin paired up for a number one doubles win 8-6. The Jumbos' second doubles unit of freshman Paris Pentousis with junior Jason Scanlon also won a down-to-the-wire match 8-6. Hereford and Bershtein completed the doubles sweep in number three action with an 8-3 win.

  The Jumbo women’s tennis team topped local rival Brandeis University 6-3 on Thursday, winning all three doubles matches and then the first two singles contests to finish. Sophomore Patricia Obeid clinched the team win with a 6-4, 6-2 victory in third singles. Tomo Iwasaki and Obeid had powered to an 8-3 victory in third doubles. The Jumbos are fifth in the region and Brandeis is eighth. In Tufts’ 7-2 loss at Middlebury College on Saturday, the Jumbos received a second-singles win from freshman Maggie Dorr (7-5, 2-6, 10-8) and a #1 doubles victory by Dorr and classmate Caroline Garrido 8-6.

  Senior Dylan Jones ran a PR in the 5,000 meters on Friday and junior Christian Trebisacci hit his PR in the discus throw on Saturday as the Jumbo men's outdoor track & field team placed fifth at Connecticut College's Silfen Invitational. Jones' 14:52.43 was four seconds faster than his previous best (14:56.51). He was fifth at the race. Trebisacci's 137'11" (42.05m) distance was fourth at the meet. Freshman Nick Delaney had a team season-best in the 1,500 with a 3:58.29 finish Friday. Classmate Alexander Zsikla’s 44'1 ¼" (13.44m) triple jump was the team's best of the outdoor season thus far. He was fourth at the meet.

  Junior Rhemi Toth ran a 2:14.79 PR to win the 800 and post the #12 ranked time in the nation as Tufts women’s outdoor track & field competed at Connecticut College’s Silfen Invitational on Friday and Saturday. She was one of four Jumbos in the top seven for the event including freshman Hannah Neilon in fifth (2:18.50). Senior co-captain Kelsey Tierney lowered her PR in the 1,500 meters by almost nine seconds with a 4:37.44 mark Friday which is ranked 20th in DIII. On Saturday senior Kylene DeSmith finished second in the heptathlon with a total of 4,195 points, which ranks 16th nationally. Tufts was third as a team.

  Meet Track & Field senior and biochemistry and spanish major Natalie Bettez in our newest Jumbotron feature

  On Saturday night at Cousens Gymnasium, we inducted 10 outstanding student-athletes, coaches and administrators along with two memorable teams as the second class of the Tufts University Athletics Hall of Fame. Seven decades and 11 sports were represented in this second class of honorees as Tufts continues the exciting challenge of recognizing the great individuals and teams from its nearly 150 years of Athletics history. The 2019 inductees were:

Harry Arlanson, E31, Student-Athlete, Coach, Administrator
Dorothea “Dorie” M. (Loughlin) Ellis, A31, Baseball, Basketball, Field Hockey
Mary E. (Cutter) Sanborn, J36, Field Hockey, Tennis
Robert H. Backus, A51, Track & Field
Jeanne C. Ashworth, ’60, Field Hockey, Softball, Speed Skating
John Baronian, A50, H97–Brown & Blue Award
1976 Dinghy Sailing Team
James E. Lilley, A82, Swimming
Kate Donovan, J84, Basketball, Diving, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Squash
Gregory C. Davis, A86, Basketball
Daniel H. Morse, A99, Baseball, Football
Tamara L. Brown, A11, AG14, Field Hockey
1985 Women’s Lacrosse Team

Watch the video feature which introduced the second class of inductees at the Hall of Fame ceremony Saturday night, produced by Steven J, Eliopoulos A89, A21P, A22P.