This Week in Tufts Athletics: November 13 - 19


Men's Soccer Hosts NCAA Sectional Play



When: Saturday vs. Johns Hopkins at 11 am 
What you need to know: After winning their NCAA second round game this past Sunday, the No. 3 men’s soccer team will now host NCAA Sectional play this coming Saturday and Sunday at Bello Field.  The Jumbos take on Johns Hopkins in the first game at 11 am on Saturday and Brandeis and Drew battle at 1:30 pm on Saturday.  Saturday’s winners play on Sunday at 1 pm with a trip to the Final Four on the line.  Johns Hopkins was ranked No. 23 in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Association national poll and has a 16-1-3 record. They fell to Messiah and have tied Swarthmore and Franklin and Marshall.  They also played to a 2-2 tie with Dickinson in the Centennial Conference Tournament championships, and advanced on penalty kicks, 4-2.  They topped DeSales 2-0 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament and then Cabrini by a similar 2-0 score in the second round.  Drew is ranked No. 12 and owns a 21-0-1 record with that lone tie coming to Elmhurst early in September.  The Rangers beat Franklin and Marshall (3-2) and Lycoming (1-0) in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.  Brandeis is the fourth team in Medford this weekend.  The Judges are ranked No. 19 and have a 15-4 record this year.  The Jumbos and the Judges played earlier this year and Tufts won, 1-0.  The first two rounds of the tournament for the Judges brought wins over Western Connecticut State (3-0) and Rutgers-Newark (1-0).

Women's Cross Country to NCAA Championships Saturday

When: Saturday at NCAA Championships at North Farm Cross Country Facility
What you need to know: The women’s cross country team will head to Illinois this weekend for the NCAA Championships on Saturday.  The Jumbos finished second at the New England Regional this past weekend earning an automatic bid to the national race this weekend.  Senior Brittany Bowman finished third at the regional race this past weekend, and has national race experience as she finished 18th at the national race last year.  The Jumbos finished eighth as a team last year, which was the third-best finish by the Jumbos since the 2006 season. Juniors Natalie Bettez and Kelsey Tierney have also been constants in the Jumbos top five this year and have national race experience as they were both competing last year.  Also in the top five for the Jumbos at both the NESCAC Championships and the NCAA New England Regional were junior Olivia Barnett and freshman Carly Curcuru.  Both will be racing at their first national race.  At both the NESCAC meet and the regional, junior Margot Rashba and freshman Johanna Ross were the sixth and seventh runners for the Jumbos. 

Men's Basketball

When: Friday vs. Webster at Washington University at 6 pm and Saturday vs. WashU/Wabash at Washington University at TBA
What you need to know: The men’s basketball team will open their 2017-18 campaign this weekend out in St. Louis as they head to Washington University for the 34th Annual Lopata Classic with Wabash, Webster and the host Bears.  The Jumbos were ranked No. 6 in the preseason national poll, coming off a season where they finished 22-7 and were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by eventual national champion Babson in the third round of the tournament. Senior Vincent Pace returns for his senior year and averaged 13.9 points per game and six rebounds per game last year. Classmate Everett Dayton averaged 8.7 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game and sophomore Eric Savage had a solid rookie campaign, turning in 8.9 points per game and3.6 rebounds per game. The game against the Jumbos will be the first of the year for Webster as well.  The Gorloks were 14-12 last year and fell in the first round of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament.  Friday’s second game will have the host Bears take on Wabash.  The Bears were ranked No. 9 in the preseason poll and are coming off a season where they finished 21-6 and lost to Hope in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Wabash rounds out the tournament field, as they were 11-15 last year, falling in the first round of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament.

Women's Basketball


When: Friday vs. Roger Williams at 7:30 pm and Saturday vs. Regis at 3 pm 
What you need to know: The women’s basketball team will begin their 2017-18 season this weekend as they host the Tufts Tip-Off Tournament in Cousens Gym on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.  The Jumbos will take on Roger Williams on Friday night and Regis on Saturday afternoon.  Tufts was ranked No. 1 in the preseason national poll, coming off a season where they finished 30-3.  All three losses came to national champion Amherst, who finished with a perfect 33-0 record last year.  The Jumbos welcome back senior Melissa Baptista who was named a Preseason All-American First Team selection this year.  Joining her is classmate Lauren Dillon who averaged 3.7 assists per game, 2.8 steals per game and 5.4 points per game for the Jumbos last year.  Sophomore Jac Knapp averaged 7.6 points per game and 1.8 steals per game.  The Jumbos allowed opponents just 43.2 points per game last year, which was one of the best defenses in the country.  First up for the Jumbos will be Roger Williams who was 19-8 last year and fell in the semifinals of the Commonwealth Coast Conference Tournament. Regis was 22-7 last year, winning the New England Collegiate Conference Championship and falling to Amherst in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.


When: Friday at Trinity at 7:30 pm and Saturday at Wesleyan at 3 pm 
What you need to know: The hockey team will start their 2017-18 season on the road this weekend as they travel to Trinity and Wesleyan.  The Jumbos are coming off a season where they finished 11-11-3 overall and in sixth place in the conference standings with a 9-8-1 record.  The Jumbos fell in the NESCAC Quarterfinals to Trinity, who went on to lose in the national championship game.  The Jumbos welcome back their top three point scorers from last season in senior Brian Brown (9 goals, 11 assists) sophomore Anthony Farinacci (7 goals, 8 assists) and sophomore Tyler Scroggins (5 goals, 9 assists).  Also returning is senior goalie Nik Nugnes who posted a .941 save percentage and a 1.82 goals against average last season. First up for the Jumbos will be Trinity, who fell to Norwich in the national title game last season, finishing the season 21-7-3.  The Bantams were ranked No. 4 in the most recent national poll.  On Saturday the Jumbos will travel to Wesleyan to take on the Cardinals who were 13-9-4 overall and 7-7-4 in NESCAC play finishing in seventh place last year.

Men's Swimming and Diving

When: Saturday vs. Coast Guard at 1 pm and Sunday at Middlebury at 1 pm 
What you need to know: The men’s swimming and diving team will begin their season on Saturday at home against Coast Guard and will then hit the road on Sunday with a trip up to Middlebury.  The men are coming off one of the most successful seasons in recent program history, finishing tenth at the NCAA Championships last year, with the last time the team placed tenth at the national meet coming back during the 2005-06 season.  The Jumbos collected six All-American honors and six honorable mention All-American honors at the national meet last year.  Junior Kingsley Bowen was an All-American in three individual events last year and is back for the Jumbos this year.   Senior Zach Wallace competed at his first national event last year and earned honorable mention All-American honors in the 400 IM and the 200 IM.  Classmate James McElduff is back after garnering honorable mention All-American honors in the 400 IM last year.  The Jumbos 400 freestyle relay is back after breaking program records at the national event last year and earning honorable mention All-American honors with an 11th place finish.  The Jumbos also welcome back all components of their 800 freestyle relay team and 200 freestyle relay teams that swam at the national event last year.

Women's Swimming and Diving



When: Saturday vs. Coast Guard at 1 pm and Sunday at Middlebury at 1 pm 
What you need to know: The women’s swimming team is looking forward to an exciting 2017-18 season and it begins this weekend as the Jumbos host Coast Guard at 1 pm on Saturday and then travel up to Middlebury for a 1 pm start on Sunday.  Returning for the Jumbos is junior Colleen Doolan who has qualified for the NCAA Championships in both of years swimming for the brown and blue so far. Doolan is a two-time All-NESCAC selection and finished 52nd with a career-best time in the 100 freestyle at last year’s national meet.  She also tied for 24th in the 200 butterfly and 31st with a personal record in the 100 butterfly. Also returning for the Jumbos is sophomore Grace Goetcheus, who placed 10th overall and posted a program-record time in the 200 backstroke at the NESCAC meet last year.

Men's Squash



When: Friday at Amherst at 6 pm, Saturday vs. Hamilton at Belmont Hill at 5 pm, Sunday vs. Bard at 2 pm and vs. Boston College at 6 pm at Belmont Hill
What you need to know: The men’s squash team will jump right into things this weekend with four matches in three days to open their 2017-18 season.  The Jumbos start on Friday with a 6 pm match at Amherst and then host Hamilton on Saturday and Bard and Boston College on Sunday.  Tufts was ranked No. 28 in the preseason College Squash Association national rankings.  The Jumbos return a good portion of last year’s starting lineup and have added seven new faces to the roster this year.  Back this year for Tufts is the top three of their lineup from last year.  Junior Alan Litman spent a lot of time at the No. 1 spot for the Jumbos last year, as sophomore Raghav Kumar was a solid at the two spot and junior captain Brett Raskopf played a lot at the third position for the Jumbos.  Also back for the Jumbos are sophomore Connor Wind, junior captain Aidan Porges, junior Imran Trehan and sophomore Amun Sahrawat, all of whom played for the Jumbos last years. 

Women's Squash

When: Friday at Amherst at 6 pm, Saturday vs. Mount Holyoke at 12 pm and vs. Hamilton at 5 pm at Belmont Hill, Sunday vs. Wellesley at 2 pm and vs. Boston College at 6 pm at Belmont Hill 
What you need to know: After one of the more successful seasons in program history last year, the women’s squash team will look to pick up right where it left off last year.  The Jumbos are ranked No. 19 in the preseason College Squash Association national rankings and will begin their 2017-18 season this weekend with five matches in three days.  The Jumbos welcome back almost everyone from their starting roster from last season.  Sophomore Claire Davidson spent a lot of time in the No. 1 spot for the Jumbos and is back with a year of college squash under her belt.  Also joining her are junior Hannah Burns, sophomore Catherine Shanahan and junior Sahana Karthik, all of whom played in the top four for the Jumbos last year.  Senior Lauren Banner and junior Olivia Ladd-Luthringhauser were also constants in the Jumbo lineup last year and are back again.  At the bottom of their lineup the Jumbos also welcome back nearly everyone as junior captain Chista Irani, junior Sinclair Meggitt, sophomore Katherine Deveaux and senior Gabi Salomon are all back.  The Jumbos also welcome four new faces to the roster this year.  Friday is the season opener with a trip to No. 17 Amherst.  The Jumbos then host No. 27 Mount Holyoke and No. 26 Hamilton on Saturday and Wellesley and Boston College on Sunday.


Conner Mieth, Junior, Men's Soccer

Junior Conner Mieth played one of the biggest games of his career to date on Saturday, and he was stellar in that game.  Mieth made a tremendous save in overtime to keep the score locked at zero as the Jumbos battled St. Joseph’s in second round action of the NCAA Tournament.  Mieth then opened penalty kicks by making saves on the Monk’s first two tries, giving the Jumbos a huge 2-0 advantage that they were able to turn into a 4-2 win to stay alive in tournament play.



Brittany Bowman, Senior, Women's Cross Country

Senior Brittany Bowman of the women’s cross country team continued her stellar senior season this past weekend, finishing third overall at the NCAA Division III New England in Gorham, Maine and helping the Jumbos finish second overall. The second place finish earns the Jumbos an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. This is the fourth time this season that Bowman has been the top Jumbo finisher.  She will look to earn All-American honors for the second consecutive season as the Jumbos travel to Illinois for the national race this Saturday.




  The men’s soccer team picked up a huge win over St. Joseph’s of Maine in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.  The Jumbos got a first round bye and the Monks topped Mitchell on Saturday, 2-1, surrendering their first goal of the season.  The Jumbos and the Monks then played to a 0-0 tie on Sunday, but the Jumbos won, 4-2 in penalty kicks.  The Jumbos will now host third and fourth round play at Bello Field this Saturday and Sunday.  

   The women’s cross country team finished second at the NCAA Division III New England Regional in Gorham, Maine this past Saturday, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.  Senior Brittany Bowman finished third overall, and also scoring for the Jumbos were junior Natalie Bettez, classmate Olivia Barnett, freshman Carly Curcuru and junior Kelsey Tierney. Head coach Kristen Morwick was named the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association Coach of the Year for the New England Region.

   The women’s soccer team was edged in NCAA play, 3-2, against Virginia Wesleyan.  Emma Ranalli and Sophie Lloyd were the goal scorers for the Jumbos.  

   The volleyball team won their opening round match against UMass-Boston at the NCAA Regional hosted by Johnson and Wales this past weekend.  The Jumbos were then edged by  MIT on Saturday in the second round of play. Three Jumbos and Coach Thompson earned awards from the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

  Seniors Dexter Eichhorst and Kevin Halliday of the men's soccer team and Alessandra Sadler of the women's soccer team were name CoSIDA Academic All-District Selections.