This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 14 - 20

For live coverage of Tufts Athletics events this week, please visit http://www.gotuftsjumbos.com/composite 

Men’s Basketball

When: Saturday at Bates at 3 pm
What You Need to Know: It’s a slow week for the Jumbos (8-9, 2-2 NESCAC) with just one game at Bates College on Saturday, but head coach Bob Sheldon’s squad will look to continue the momentum from this past Saturday’s last-second win (86-84) over Middlebury College at Cousens. The Bobcats (4-12, 1-3), who are the Jumbos’ travel partner in the NESCAC schedule, lost to Middlebury 100-93 on Friday night. Bates does have an 81-71 conference win over a Colby team that beat the Jumbos on January 4, and Bates’ Alumni Gymnasium is one of the best home-court advantages in New England. The Jumbos are currently tied for fifth in the conference and Bates is 10th.

Women’s Basketball

When: Wednesday vs. Worcester State at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Bates at 3 pm
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos (14-1, 3-1) begin a three-game home stand with non-league action against Worcester State on Wednesday and then return to NESCAC play at home against Bates on Saturday. The Lancers are enjoying a strong 10-4 season, but were 61-46 losers to Connecticut College in their only other game against a NESCAC opponent earlier this year. The Bobcats (5-7, 1-3) have a 54-47 win over a Colby team that gave the Jumbos some trouble for three quarters before succumbing 79-62 back on January 4.  The Jumbos are currently tied for third in the league, while Bates sits tied for eighth.

Men’s Ice Hockey

When: Friday at Trinity at 7:30 pm and Saturday at Wesleyan at 3 pm
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos (5-9, 2-6 NESCAC), who haven’t played at home since December 8, finish up their seven-game road swing to start the new year with a pair of tough NESCAC contests. Friday night at Trinity (9-3-2, 5-2-1 NESCAC) the Jumbos face the 2016 and 2017 league champs who were the #1 seed in the conference tournament last year. The Bantams are currently tied for third this season. Then on Saturday Tufts is at current league leader Wesleyan (7-3-2, 6-0-2 NESCAC). The Jumbos hosted both teams in Malden to start the 2018-19 season back in November and lost to the Bantams 3-0 and to the Cardinals 1-0.

Men’s Squash

When: Monday vs. Dickinson at Brown at 2 pm and Sunday at Franklin & Marshall at 10:30 am
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos (3-7) take a pair of trips this week to play out-of-region foes. They head to Providence, Rhode Island on Monday to face Dickinson College (3-4) at Brown University. Comparing a pair of common opponents, Tufts had an 8-1 win over Wesleyan and a 5-4 win against Colby early this year, while the Red Devils won 9-0 and 8-1 in those matches, respectively. Then on Sunday the Jumbos will be in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for a match against Franklin & Marshall College (7-2). The Diplomats won 9-0 over Wesleyan as well and took a 7-2 final versus a Connecticut College squad that Tufts blanked (9-0) on Sunday.

Women’s Squash

When: Monday vs. Dickinson at Brown at 2 pm and Sunday at Franklin & Marshall at 10:30 am
What You Need to Know: Tufts (4-4) will look to climb over the .500 ledger on two road trips this week. On Monday Tufts plays a Dickinson squad that is off to a 5-1 start. Common results show that it could be an outstanding match as both teams defeated Wesleyan 9-0 this season while the Red Devils won 9-0 against Colby and the Jumbos had an 8-1 victory against the Mules. The Jumbos won last year’s match 6-3. On Sunday in Lancaster, Pennsylvania the Jumbos will be guests of a Franklin & Marshall team that has won four matches in a row. The Jumbos are much improved from the last time they faced the Diplomats in the 2017 College Squash Association Team Nationals and lost 9-0.

Men’s Swimming & Diving

When: Saturday at Wheaton at 12 pm and Sunday vs. Boston College at 12 pm
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos return home from their winter training trip to Florida and get right at it with back-to-back weekend meets. After traveling to Wheaton College on Saturday, Tufts will host Senior Day at Hamilton Pool against Division I Boston College on Sunday. The Jumbos will salute seniors Kingsley Bowen, Noah Cagley, Brian Honicky, Brandon Jinn, Adon Shapiro, Chris Simotas and Ross Wood in a post-meet ceremony. The Jumbos are gearing up to defend their first-ever NESCAC title and have Bowen, Roger Gu, Joseph Kim and Lomax Turner, as well as their 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays and 200 medley relay, ranked first in NESCAC as of January 8.

Women’s Swimming & Diving

When: Saturday at Wheaton at 12 pm and Sunday vs. Boston College at 12 pm
What You Need to Know: Like the men, the women’s team also heads into the thick of its season starting with a pair of meets this weekend after returning from Florida. Sunday’s Senior Day festivities will recognize Colleen Doolan, Ailish Dougherty, Jess Fan, Tessa Garces, Alex Good, Christie Hug, Madeline Lee, Caroline McCormick and Sydney Nasson. The Jumbos, who have their sights set on making some noise in the championship season, have Sook-hee Evans, Lily Kurtz and Sasha Fong as well as every relay (200 free, 400 free, 800 free, 200 medley, 400 medley) ranked #1 in NESCAC at the moment.

Men’s Indoor Track & Field

When: Saturday at Bowdoin Invitational at 12:30 pm
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos won’t venture far from home this indoor season, as this weekend’s trip to Brunswick, Maine for the Bowdoin Invitational is the only time they’ll be outside of Greater Boston. Anthony Kardonsky, who won the 200 meters in Tufts’ season-opener at home last Saturday, had wins in the 60 meters and 200 meters at Bowdoin last season. Teams from Brandeis, MIT, Merrimack, and Southern Maine will be joining the Jumbos and Polar Bears at the competition. Though team scoring is no judgement on performance at non-championship meets, MIT is the returning winner and Tufts last won this meet in 2015. Thanks to our friends at Bowdoin, a live video webcast will be available at https://www.nsnsports.net/colleges/bowdoin-college/.

Women’s Indoor Track & Field

When: Saturday at Bowdoin Invitational at 12:30 pm
What You Need to Know: The Tufts women’s team will make two trips to Bowdoin College this season, with this Saturday’s regular-season meet being the first. On February 22-23, they will return to Brunswick, Maine for the New England Division III indoor meet to begin the championship season. Current junior Julia Gake captured the 600 meters race at Bowdoin last season and also ran the anchor leg of Tufts' first-place 4x400-meter relay. Teams from Brandeis, MIT, Merrimack, and Southern Maine will be joining the Jumbos and Polar Bears at the competition. Just like the men’s meet, MIT is the defending champion of the women's event and Tufts last won in 2015. Thanks to our friends at Bowdoin, a live video webcast will be available at https://www.nsnsports.net/colleges/bowdoin-college/.

 

Brennan Morris, Sophomore, Men's Basketball

A young and improving men’s basketball team earned an 86-84 victory over Middlebury College at Cousens Gym on Saturday, and Morris delivered the win with a right-side jumper in the final seconds. He finished the game with 17 points. Earlier in the week on Tuesday, Morris scored 24 points including 5 for 6 shooting on three-pointers as the Jumbos topped UMass Boston in non-conference play 96-75. 

 

 

 

 

Claire Davidson, Junior, Women's Squash

Playing in the #1 position for the Jumbos, Davidson posted a pair of convincing victories against NESCAC competition last week. In the team’s loss to Amherst College on Thursday, Davidson won the #1 match by 11-6, 11-5 and 11-4 scores. She won by an even larger margin against Connecticut College on Sunday with an 11-5, 11-0, 11-3 win. She is 5-1 against NESCAC #1’s so far this season.

 

 

 

 

With the game locked at 84 sophomore Brennan Morris sunk the game-winning jumper with six seconds left on the clock to help give the men's basketball team an 86-84 win over Middlebury.  Watch it here: 

 

  Men’s basketball began their week with a 96-75 victory over UMass-Boston on Tuesday led by 24 points from both junior guard Eric Savage (South Brunswick, N.J.) and sophomore guard Brennan Morris (East Hempstead, N.H.). Sophomore center Luke Rogers (Boxborough, Mass.) recorded a double-double with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Five players scored in double figures – including Morris who hit a game-winning basket in the closing seconds - as the Jumbos posted an 86-84 conference win against Middlebury.

  No. 6 women’s basketball defeated Williams 60-39 on Friday night led by junior Cailin Harrington’s (Westwood, Mass.) 16 points. Senior co-captain Jac Knapp (Westfield, N.J.) netted a game-high 22 points in the Jumbos’ 74-58 victory over Middlebury on Saturday to complete the weekend sweep. Tufts also got strong efforts from junior co-captain forward Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) and sophomore forward Emily Briggs (Canton, Conn.) as they scored 18 and 12 points respectively in the Middlebury game.

 Men’s track and field began their season hosting the Tufts Invitational this past weekend in the Gantcher Center.  The Jumbos got a strong effort from senior Anthony Kardonsky (Tenafly, N.J.)  who won the 200-meter event. He clocked a time of 22.64 seconds while also finishing as the runner-up in the 60-meter dash. Freshman Collin O’Sullivan (Glen Head, N.Y.) finished second overall in the 1,000-meter event.   

  Women’s track and field had a great start to the season as they won 10 events at the Tufts Invitational. First-year Tara Lowensohn (South Burlington, Vt.) made her collegiate debut and won the 600-meter event with a time of 1:41.47. Junior Julia Gake (Wilmington, Mass.) finished first in the 400-meter race as well. 

  Men’s squash defeated Connecticut College 9-0 in a NESCAC match on Sunday afternoon. Junior Marco Rodriguez won a back and forth affair in No. 3 play by a 15-13, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 margin.

  Women’s squash won a NESCAC contest 9-0 against Connecticut College on Sunday. Junior co-captain Claire Davidson (Newport, R.I.) picked up an 11-5, 11-0, 11-3 victory in the No. 1 match.