This Week in Tufts Athletics: November 6 - 12


Men's Soccer Hosts First and Second Round NCAA Tournament Games



Sunday at 1 pm vs. St. Joseph’s Maine/Mitchell
What you need to know: After winning the program’s first NESCAC Championship and receiving the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, the men’s soccer team was then granted one of two first round byes and hosting rights for the start to the NCAA Tournament.  The Jumbos will host a game between St. Joseph’s Maine and Mitchell on Saturday at 1 pm and will then play the winner of that game on Sunday at 1 pm. The Jumbos are making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance, and will be looking to defend their 2016 national championship.  The defense has allowed one goal all season, while recording 17 shutouts and a 0.05 goals against average which is first in the NESCAC and second in all of Division III.  The offense has scored 40 goals, which is the best in the NESCAC and the most in program history since they netted 44 in 2000.  Twenty different players have recorded at least a point and 17 different Jumbos have scored a goal.  Saint Joseph’s is 18-0-1 after winning the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) this year and is the only team ahead of Tufts in the country in goals against average.  The Monks have not allowed a single goal all season, while scoring 65.  They are led by junior Brett Matos who has 48 points on the season, which is tied for third in the country, with 19 goals and 10 assists.  Mitchell finished the year 9-8-1 and won the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC).  They have scored 37 goals this year, led by junior Andree Storton who has scored 11 of those.

Women's Soccer at NCAA Tournament at TCNJ

When: Saturday vs. Virginia Wesleyan at 1:30 pm
What you need to know: The women’s soccer team is returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007 and making their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance this weekend as they head to The College of New Jersey for to take on Virginia Wesleyan in first round play on Saturday at 1:30 pm.  The Marlins are 14-6-1 this year and also received an at-large berth into the tournament after losing in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference semi-finals to Bridgewater.  Host TCNJ will take on Roger Williams in the other game on Saturday, with Saturday’s winners playing on Sunday at 1 pm.  TCNJ is a perfect 18-0-0 this year and has won three national championships and been the runner-up four times in program history.  Roger Williams is 14-7-2 this year. Sunday’s winner advances to the NCAA “Sweet 16.”

Volleyball NCAA Regional at Johnson and Wales

When: Friday vs. UMass-Boston at 12:30 pm
What you need to know: The volleyball team fell to Wesleyan in the NESCAC final this past Sunday, but the Jumbos were granted an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament and will head to Providence, R.I. to play in an eight team regional with a trip to the Elite 8 on the line. The Jumbos fell in the NESCAC final last year as well, but went on to host and win an NCAA Regional, earning their first trip to the Elite 8 since 2009.  This will be the ninth time the Jumbos are making an appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the third in the last four years.  Joining the Jumbos in the regional are host Johnson & Wales who is a perfect 32-0 this year and will play Elms (19-9), Wesleyan (22-6) takes on Wellesley (22-6), MIT (28-2) battles Maine Maritime (20-12) and the Jumbos opponent, UMass-Boston.  The Beacons (15-15) won the Little East Conference, earning the automatic bid to the tournament.  The Jumbos and the Beacons played earlier this year, and the Jumbos won 3-0.  

Men's Cross Country at Division III New England Regionals

When: Saturday at Division III New England Regionals at Gorham Country Club 
What you need to know: A well-rested men’s cross country team will head to Maine this weekend to race in the NCAA Regional meet, hoping to earn a berth to the NCAA Championships at North Farm Cross Country Facility next Saturday.  The Jumbos had this past weekend off, after running in and finishing sixth at the NESCAC Championships the weekend before.  Seven runners will be competing for the Jumbos this weekend including juniors Dylan Jones, Andrew Doherty Munro, Colin Raposo, Brian Reaney, Christian Swenson, Hiroto Watanabe and freshman Patrick Nero.  The top two teams at the regional earn an automatic berth to the national meet and 16 other teams national wide are awarded across the eight region.  Typically the New England region is very competitive and will earn between two and four at-large bids for the men in addition to the two top teams.  After the at-large teams are chosen, the top seven individual on team’s that didn’t qualify will also earn individual bids to the national meet.  The Jumbos did not qualify as a team last year, but then senior Tim Nichols won the individual championship with a course-record time and was joined by teammate and classmate Luke O’Connor at the national meet last year. The Jumbos were third at the regional meet the year before, and Swenson earned All-New England honors that year.  

Women's Cross Country at Division III New England Regionals

When: Saturday at Division III New England Regionals at Gorham Country Club 
What you need to know: The women’s cross country team will also head north this weekend, looking to earn a trip to the national meet with a strong finish at the Division III New England Regional at the Gorham Country Club on Saturday. The Jumbos had this past weekend off, recovering from the NESCAC Championships the weekend before where they finished third.  Senior Brittany Bowman and juniors Natalie Bettez and Olivia Barnett all earned All-NESCAC honors by finishing in the top 14.  Freshman Carly Curcuru, junior Kelsey Tierney, senior Margot Rashba, freshman Johanna Ross, senior Olivia Nicholson and junior Caitlin Porrazzo all finished in the top 50 for the Jumbos at the conference meet.  Bowman won the NCAA Regional last year, and will look to defend her title this year.  Bettez was sixth at last year’s regional and Tierney was the fourth Jumbo finisher last year.  The Jumbos will be running this weekend trying to earn an automatic or at-large bid to the national meet where they finished eighth last year. 

Sailing at Atlantic Coast Championships

When: Saturday and Sunday at Atlantic Coast Championship at NY Maritime 
What you need to know: The coed sailing team will wrap up their fall schedule this weekend with a trip to New York for the Atlantic Coast Championships at NY Maritime.  The Jumbos qualified for the championship with a sixth place finish at the Erwin Schell Trophy hosted by MIT at the end of October.  MIT, Roger Williams, Yale, BU, Dartmouth and Brown are the other New England schools to qualify for the regatta this weekend. The Jumbos finished second at the Atlantic Coast Championship last year, as it was hosted by MIT and Harvard.


When: Saturday vs. Middlebury at 1 pm
What you need to know:  In their final game of the 2017 season the football team will look to end on a winning note as they host Middlebury for a 1 pm start on Saturday.  The Panthers come into Saturday’s contest with a 6-2 mark, having lost to Williams (27-26) and to Trinity (27-5). Middlebury is third in the league in scoring offense (32.2 points per game) and first in total offense (426.1 yards per game).  But, their defense is middle of the pack as they are sixth in scoring defense (20.8 points per game) and fifth in total defense (343.9 yards per game).  Jared Lebowitz is averaging 288.7 yards per game and has thrown 18 touchdown passes this year. With a 5-3 record this year, the Jumbos secured their third consecutive winning season with a 28-14 win at Colby this past Saturday. Freshman Mike Pedrini rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns in the win.  Junior Tim Preston collected two interceptions, one was the second pick-six of the season for the junior. The Jumbos closed out their season last year with a 48-35 win over the Panthers and will look for similar results at the Oval this Saturday.


Brett Rojas, Sophomore, Men's Soccer

Sophomore Brett Rojas is tied as the leading point scorer for the Jumbos this year with three goals and five assists, but none as important as the goal he scored on Sunday that gave the Jumbos a 1-0 win over Middlebury in the NESCAC Final giving the Jumbos their first NESCAC Championship in program history. In the 88th minute Zach Lane sent a low cross across the face of the net and found a charging Rojas right in front and Rojas headed into the bottom left corner to give the Jumbos the 1-0 advantage.



Sophie Lloyd, Freshman, Women's Soccer

Freshman Sophie Lloyd has been a scoring machine for the Jumbos all season long and this past weekend was no different.  Lloyd scored the goal that tied the game at one against Hamilton in the NESCAC Semifinals on Saturday.  She then scored the game-winner as the Jumbos topped the Continentals 3-2 to earn a trip to the NESCAC Final.  Lloyd then assisted the Jumbos goal against Williams in the NESCAC final, as the Jumbos nearly knocked off the top-seeded Ephs.  Lloyd has ten goals this year, which is the second most in the NESCAC.



The women’s soccer team was very close winning their first conference championship since 2002 this past weekend and junior Emily Bowers played a really big role in that.  With things locked at one in overtime, Bowers made two great saves, one of them unreal to keep the score locked at one and the Jumbos still alive. Watch it here:  



  The men’s soccer team won the program’s first NESCAC Championship this weekend with a 1-0 win over Middlebury on Sunday.  The Jumbos started the weekend with a 4-0 win over Hamilton in NESCAC Semifinal action play.  Senior Conor Coleman was named the NESCAC Player of the Week and the Jumbos were granted one of two first round byes in the NCAA Tournament and will host first and second round play at Bello Field this weekend. 

   The women’s soccer team had a big weekend as well, coming from behind to top Hamilton, 3-2, in NESCAC Semifinal play on Saturday to advance to Sunday’s championship game.  There the Jumbos fell to fisrt-seeded Williams in overtime, 2-1.  But, the Jumbos were granted an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, and will travel to TCNJ to take on Virginia Wesleyan in first round action on Saturday.  

   The volleyball team hosted the NESCAC Tournament this past weekend in Cousens Gym.  The Jumbos started the tournament off with a 3-1 win over Bates on Friday night in quarterfinal play.  They then topped Amherst, 3-0, in semifinal play on Saturday.  But, the Jumbos fell to Wesleyan, 3-1, in the NESCAC final on Sunday afternoon.  But, they were given an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament and will head to Johnson and Wales this weekend for an eight team NCAA Regional. 

   The football team secured their third consecutive winning season with a 28-14 win over Colby on the road on Saturday.  Freshman running back Mike Pedrini rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns and Tim Preston pulled down two interceptions including his second pick-six of his career. 

   Senior Alp Rodopman and freshman Talia Toland headed to Tampa Bay this past weekend to race in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Single-handed Championship on Saturday and Sunday. Toland finished 12th out of 18 total participants at her first national championship event of her Tufts career.  Rodopman placed sixth for the second year in a row, finishing 13 points behind defending national champion Scott Rasmussen from Boston College who was fifth this year.