This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 23 - 29








When: Saturday vs. Amherst at 1:30 pm
What you need to know: Coming off a big and important 21-13 win over Williams this past Saturday on the road, the football team returns home this weekend with another big game against Amherst.  The Mammoths are 5-1 this season, most recently having beaten Wesleyan 21-17.  That lone loss was at the beginning of October to Middlebury, 35-31. The Mammoths are currently third in scoring offense in the league, averaging 33.3 points per game, and first in total defense, allowing just 234.7 yards per game.  Jack Hickey is fourth in the league in rushing yards, averaging 72.3 yards per game.  He is just behind Jumbo junior quarterback Ryan McDonald who is third in the league with 72.8 yards per game. The Jumbos won, 27-10, when the two teams played last year. 

Men's Soccer

When: Tuesday vs. Bowdoin at 2:30 pm and Saturday vs. TBD in NESCAC Quarterfinals
What you need to know: The men’s soccer has a critical game on Tuesday as the Jumbos will host Bowdoin with first place in the NESCAC standings on the line.  The Jumbos are currently in first place in the conference with a 7-1-1 NESCAC record.  The Polar Bears are 6-2-1 in conference play heading into Tuesday afternoon’s game. The losses came to Amherst and Hamilton, and they recently tied with Connecticut College.  The Jumbos and the Polar Bears both have stellar defenses as the Jumbos have allowed one goal this season and the Polar Bears have given up eight in 14 games. Historically the Polar Bears have caused some problems for the Jumbos, beating them 2-1 in the regular season and then again 2-1 in the NESCAC Quarterfinals last year.  The Jumbos went on to win their second national championship, but a win over Bowdoin on Tuesday night would be nice for the Jumbos. 

Women's Soccer

Tuesday vs. Bowdoin at 3 pm and Saturday vs. TBD in NESCAC Quarterfinals
What you need to know: The women’s soccer team also has an important NESCAC duel with Bowdoin on Tuesday. The Jumbos are currently tied with Middlebury for third place in the NESCAC standings as Connecticut College is second and Williams is first.  No one can catch Williams and their 25 points so the Ephs have secured first place.  But, the Camels are in second place with 19 points so a Camel loss and a Middlebury or Tufts (in third place with 17 points) win could help one of those teams steal second place in the conference standings.  Connecticut College takes on Wesleyan on Tuesday and Middlebury takes on Williams.  One thing that is certain is that those four teams will finish first through fourth and will host NESCAC Quarterfinal games on Saturday.  What is not certain is who they will play as Hamilton is in fifth place with 14 points, but also done playing games.  Amherst, Bowdoin and Trinity are all tied for sixth place with 13 points.  Amherst and Trinity play each other on Tuesday.  And the Polar Bears of course take on the Jumbos.  Bowdoin is 9-4-1 overall and 4-4-1 in conference play this year. Sophomore Morgen Gallagher is the point leader with four goals and five assists this season. The Jumbos fell, 1-0, when they faced off with the Polar Bears last year.

Field Hockey

When: Wednesday vs. Bowdoin at 6 pm and Saturday vs. TBD in NESCAC Quarterfinals
What you need to know: The field hockey team clinched second place in the NESCAC standings with a 2-0 win over Williams this past Saturday.  The Jumbos now host No. 18 Bowdoin on Wednesday to round out their regular season schedule.  The Polar Bears are 7-5 overall this year and 5-4 in conference play.  They have fallen to Amherst, Middlebury, Trinity and Hamilton, and are coming off a 3-2 overtime win over Connecticut College this past Saturday. Sophomore Kara Finnerty is the offensive leader with 12 goals and four assists. The Jumbos won, 1-0, when the two teams faced off last year.   


When: Friday at Connecticut College at 7 pm and Saturday at Wesleyan at 1 pm
What you need to know: The volleyball team has a critical weekend ahead of them, wrapping up NESCAC play and their regular season schedule with matches at Connecticut College and Wesleyan.  If Tufts and Wesleyan both win on Friday night, Saturday afternoon’s match will determine the regular season champion and conference tournament hosting rights.  But, first the Jumbos need to worry about the Camels on Friday.  Connecticut College is 2-6 in NESCAC play and 13-8 overall this year.  Senior Sam Hunter is the offensive leader with 3.24 kills per set. The Jumbos won, 3-0, in regular season play, and 3-1 in the NESCAC Quarterfinals last year. Saturday the Jumbos have Wesleyan, who has to play Bowdoin on Friday night.  Bowdoin and Wesleyan are currently tied for second place in the conference standings with 7-1 NESCAC marks.  Bowdoin fell to Tufts and Wesleyan lost to Bates. Wesleyan is 17-4 overall this season. Stasie Litinsky, Nicole Hilton and Harper Graves are all average a little over two kills per set to lead the offense.  The Jumbos won, 3-2, when they played at Wesleyan last year. 

Men's Cross Country

When: Saturday at NESCAC Championships at Pineland Farms at Bates
What you need to know: The men’s cross country team heads to Bates this weekend to run at Pineland Farms in the NESCAC Championships.  The Jumbos are familiar with the course, as they ran there in the opening race of the year.  The Jumbos will travel and run 15 runners in the conference championship on Saturday.  Senior co-captains Sam Little and Tom DePalma will lead the group.  Juniors Andrew Doherty Munro, Dylan Jones, Colin Raposo, Brian Reaney, Christian Swenson and Hiroto Watanabe will all head up to Bates.  For the sophomore class Michael Carnavos and Matt D’Anieri will run.  And making their NESCAC Championship debut will be freshmen Nic Gitter, Peter Horvath, Patrick Nero, Harry Steinberg and Dalton Tanner. Little, Doherty Munro, Jones, Reaney and Swenson all have competed in at least one NESCAC Cross Country Championship, so they should be ready for what Saturday holds.  The Jumbos are ranked sixth in the conference heading into the race on Saturday, and will look to improve on that this weekend. The Jumbos were tied for third at last year’s conference championship race.

Women's Cross Country

When: Saturday at NESCAC Championships at Pineland Farms at Bates
What you need to know:  The women’s cross country team will also head to Bates this weekend for the NESCAC Championship race at Pineland Farms.  The Jumbos raced at Pineland Farms to open the season this year, so they are familiar with the course. The Jumbos welcome back a good core of the team that finished second at last year’s conference championship.  Junior Natalie Bettez finished second at the conference championship last year, and three-season All-American and senior Brittany Bowman was seventh.  Junior Kelsey Tierney, sophomore Gia Kim, senior Olivia Nicholson, junior Julia Noble and senior Danielle Skufca all raced in the conference championship last year, and therefor will have championship meet experience heading into the weekend.


When: Women Saturday and Sunday at Victorian Coffee Urn at Harvard and Coed Saturday and Sunday at Erwin Schell Trophy at MIT
What you need to know:  The coed and women’s sailing teams will be back on the water this weekend.  The coed team is coming off a seventh place finish out of 18 total teams at the Sherman Hoyt Trophy at Brown this past weekend.  This weekend they will head to MIT for the Erwin Schell Trophy. The Jumbos finished 8th out of 18 total teams at this race last year. The women’s team finished 15th out of 16 total teams at Dartmouth at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl.  Poor wind all weekend really limited the racing.  The Jumbos head to Harvard this weekend for the Victorian Coffee Urn.  They finished 12th out of 15 total teams at this race last year, which was hosted by Coast Guard. 

Men's and Women's Crew



When: Saturday at Head of the Fish at Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
What you need to know: The men’s and women’s crew team both raced in the Head of the Charles, the largest two-day regatta in the world, this past Sunday.  In the collegiate men’s eight race the Jumbos finished 35th with a time of 16:06.710.  The Jumbos were penalized for clashing oars with another board, which resulted in a substantial one-minute penalty that dropped them out of 20th place.  The men’s collegiate four placed 27th. The women’s eight placed 11th out of 26 total entries with a tie of 16:54.809, which earns them an automatic entry into next year’s race.  The women’s quad finished 14th out of 34 teams.  Both the men and the women will head to Saratoga Spring, N.Y. this weekend to race in the Head of the Fish. The regatta features both collegiate singles, collegiate doubles, quads and the collegiate eights.


Micah Adickes, Senior, Football

Senior Micah Adickes has been a part of a strong Jumbo defense that once again came up big this weekend.  Adickes had two sacks on Saturday, helping stop a Williams offense that has been explosive this year.  His sacks accounted for a loss of 26 yards and were two of the Jumbos four sacks against Williams.  The Jumbos lead the NESCAC in sacks and are third in the country in sacks per game with 4.17.  Adickes is second in the conference in sacks with 6.5.



Christina Nwankpa, Sophomore, Volleyball

Sophomore Christina Nwankpa helped the Jumbos pick up three wins at the New England Challenge and they were big wins.  On Friday the Jumbos upset No. 15 MIT and the sophomore middle hitter had six kills and four blocks.  She added nine kills with a .529 hitting percentage and three blocks to a 3-0 win over Babson.  In the Jumbos’ 3-0 win over Springfield, she finished with eight kills and a .571 hitting percentage with a block.  She had no hitting errors on Saturday in six total sets, and finished the weekend with 23 kills and a .435 hitting percentage. 



The No. 6 field hockey team had a huge game this weekend, heading out to No. 7 Williams for a critical NESCAC matchup.  The Jumbos picked up a big 2-0 win, which helped secure second place in the conference standings.  Sophomore Rachel Hamilton put the Jumbos ahead 1-0 in the first half and the Jumbos eventually won, 2-0.  Watch Hamilton’s goal here: 



 With 484 yards of total offense including a career-high 336 passing yards by junior quarterback Ryan McDonald, the football team topped Williams 21-13 on Saturday.  McDonald was named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance. 

  The No. 4 men’s soccer team picked up two more wins this week.  They started with a 3-0 win over Keene State midweek with three different goal scorers.  On Saturday, they topped Williams 1-0, thanks to a goal from Zach Lane.  

  The No. 6 field hockey team did not allow a goal in two wins this week.  The Jumbos started the week with a 4-0 win at Wellesley, as senior Mary Kate Patton scored twice.  Then on Saturday the Jumbos knocked of No. 7 Williams to claim sole possession of second place in the NESCAC standings with one conference game left.  

  The volleyball team dominated at the New England Challenge this past weekend.  The Jumbos started with a 3-1 win over No. 15 nationally ranked MIT on Friday night.  They then picked up wins over Babson and Springfield on Saturday, both by 3-0 scores.  Senior captain Alex Garrett and sophomore Christina Nwankpa were named to the All-Tournament team. 

  The men’s tennis team won two singles and a doubles crown at the Wallach Invite hosted by Bates this weekend.  Freshmen Boris Sorkin and Carl-Herman Grant won singles titles, while Sorkin and sophomore Ethan Bershtein teamed up to win a doubles bracket. 

  The No. 17 coed sailing team finished 7th out of 18 total teams at the Sherman Hoyt Trophy this past weekend.  The Jumbos placed seventh in both divisions as 14 races were sailed in each. 

  Racing at the prestigious Head of the Charles this past Sunday, the women’s crew team finished  11th in the collegiate eights, helpng them earn an a spot in next year's regatta. 

  The men’s crew team was at the Head of the Charles this past weekend and the Jumbos finished 35th in the men's collegiate eights.

  The golf team competed in the New England Championships on Sunday and Monday.  After Sunday’s play the Jumbos were in 9th place out of 19 total teams as three Jumbos shot in the 70’s in Sunday’s opening round.  Monday saw the Jumbos improve and they finished 7th overall.