This Week in Tufts Athletics: December 31 - January 6

Men’s Basketball

When: Wednesday vs. Nichols at 7 pm, Friday at Colby at 7 pm and Sunday at Bowdoin at 3 pm
What you need to know: After a two week break the men’s basketball team was back in action this past week traveling to the 17th Annual Tournament of Heroes at the College of Staten Island.  The Jumbos beat Gwynedd Mercy in the opening round of play and were edged by the hosts in the tournament championship.  Back together for a couple of games, the Jumbos will look for a successful and busy opening NESCAC week with three games on the docket. First up is a home game against visiting Nichols on Wednesday night.  The Bison are currently 10-0 and have wins over NESCAC opponents Wesleyan and Trinity.  Marcos Echevarria is averaging 21.1 points per game and DeAnte Bruton is helping with 18.8 points per game for the Bison.  Matt Morrow is averaging a double-double with 12.7 points per game and 11 rebounds per game. The Jumbos and the Bison have not faced off in program history, dating back to 1999.  After the midweek contest the Jumbos will get ready to head up to Maine to open up NESCAC play.  On Friday they will take on an 8-2 Colby team.  The two losses have come to UC Santa Cruz and Gordon.  The Mules have six different players averaging double digit points and are lead by Sam Jefferson’s 16.6 points per game.  Matt Hanna adds 14.1 points per game, while Noah Tyson is averaging 11.8 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game.  The Jumbos picked up a 94-83 win over the Mules when the two teams played last year. The weekend will wrap up with a trip to Bowdoin on Saturday. The Polar Bears are undefeated in December and own a record of 7-3.  Those losses came to Babson, Colby and Albertus Magnus all in the month of November. David Reynolds is leading the offense, turning in 19.1 points per game.  Jack Simonds is helping with 17.4 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game and Hugh O’Neil is averaging 10.5 points per game and 10.6 rebounds per game. The Jumbos picked up an 87-65 win over Bowdoin last season.  

Women’s Basketball 

When: Friday vs. Colby at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Bowdoin at 3 pm 
What you need to know: The No. 4 women’s basketball team owns a perfect 11-0 record as they head into NESCAC play this week.  The Jumbos will host Colby on Friday at 7 pm and then have a 3 pm showdown with top-ranked Bowdoin on Saturday.  First up is a Friday contest against Colby.  The Mules are 5-4 so far this season, most recently falling to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer during a trip out to California.  Ainsley Burns is leading the offense, averaging 16.4 points per game and 5.2 rebounds per game and freshman Keagan Dunbar is helping with 14.2 points per game.  The Jumbos won, 65-43, when they took a trip up to Colby last year. After Friday night’s contest, the Jumbos will get ready to host top-ranked Bowdoin on Saturday.  The Polar Bears are a perfect 10-0 so far this season and have the second-best scoring offense in the country, averaging 90.3 points per game. Maddie Hasson is averaging 14 points per game to lead the offense.  Abby Kelly is helping with 13.9 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game, and Taylor Choate helps with 12 points per game.  The Jumbos faced off with the Polar Bears twice last year.  Once in the NESCAC Semifinal where they fell 60-48 and then again in the NCAA Quarterfinals (66-48).  


When: Friday and Saturday at 54th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament 
What you need to know: The men’s hockey team will play in the 54th Annual Codfish Bowl tournament this Friday and Saturday, hosted by No. 8 UMass-Boston.  The Codfish Bowl is the nation’s second-oldest invitational tournament in the country, and the Jumbos are playing in it for the first time since the 2013-14 season.  They open up play against the eighth-ranked Beacons at 1 pm Friday. Friday’s 4 pm game features Bryn Athyn against SUNY-Cortland.  The Beacons are 11-2 so far this season, those losses coming to Southern New Hampshire and Curry.  Nolan Redler has eight goals and seven assists this year and Daniel Nachbaur has helped with seven goals and six assists.  The Beacons have scored 60 goals through 13 games this year.  In net Bailey MacBurnie has played a majority of the minutes and has a .923 save percentage and a 1.92 goals against average.  The Jumbos last faced off with the Beacons back in the 2011-12 season when they won the Codfish Bowl, beating the Beacons, 2-1, in overtime in the championship game. Friday’s winners and losers will play on Saturday for the tournament championship and consolation.  The other Friday game features Bryn Athyn and SUNY-Cortland.  Bryn Athyn owns a 4-10 record so far this season and they are led by six goals and two assists from Alec Grollman.  McKenzie Chalmers has played nearly all the minutes in net and has a .895 save percentage and a 3.41 goals against average.  SUNY-Cortland is 4-8 this year and are led by Mike Crowley’s two goals and nine assists.  Alex Storjohann is the goal leader with five, and Nick Modica has spent a majority of the time in goal and has a 2.99 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. 



Eric Savage, Junior, Men’s Basketball 

Junior Eric Savage had a strong two games at the 17th Annual Tournament of Heroes and was named to the All-Tournament Team.  He started the weekend with 19 points, six rebounds, five assists and four blocks in the Jumbos 92-78 win over Gwynedd Mercy.  In the tournament championship he finished with 21 points, six rebounds and three assists.  





Erica DeCandido, Junior, Women’s Basketball 

Junior Erica DeCandido helped the Jumbos finish 2018 undefeated as the Jumbos traveled down to Florida for the Naples Shootout.  In a 66-34 win over Suffolk she finished with 18 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals.  The Jumbos also picked up a 78-38 win over Rowan and DeCandido scored eight points, added six rebounds and six assists.  The Junior is averaging 12.4 points per game and six rebounds per game so far this year. 





  The women’s basketball team won both their games at the Naples Shootout.  The Jumbos started with a 66-34 win over Suffolk and then downed Rowan, 78-38, to complete their play down south.  Junior Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) scored 18 points in the win over Suffolk.  

  The men’s basketball split their games at the 17th Annual Tournament of Heroes.  The Jumbos opened up with a 92-78 win over Gwynedd Mercy, but they were edged by host College of Staten Island, 98-94, in the tournament championship. Junior Eric Savage (South Brunswick, N.J.) was named to the All-Tournament Team.