This Week in Tufts Athletics: September 24 - 30



When: Saturday vs. Bates at 1:30 pm
What you need to know: The Jumbos (2-0) will host the Bates Bobcats (0-2) on Saturday afternoon, which is also Homecoming for the Jumbos. The Bobcats fell 59-16 to Trinity last week. Tufts defeated Bates 37-17 last year when the two teams played. Bates freshman quarterback Brendan Costa has thrown for 161 yards, ran for 69 yards and scored a rushing touchdown through the first two games of the season. Freshman receiver Parker Smith leads the Bobcats with 40 receiving yards. Sophomore defensive back Jon Lindgren has a team high 24 tackles. Jumbo quarterback Ryan McDonald has six total touchdowns, two passing and four rushing.  Junior linebacker Greg Holt leads Tufts in tackles with 20. The Jumbos have averaged 22.5 points per game and only allowed 7.5 points per game. Bates has averaged 11.5 points per game and allowed 39.0 points per game. Bates will need their young core to step up on the road against the Jumbos to pull off the upset. 

Men’s Soccer

When: Wednesday vs. Wesleyan at 7 pm, Saturday vs. Amherst at 2:30 pm, and Sunday vs. Hamilton at 2:30 pm
What you need to know: The third ranked Jumbos (6-0-0, 2-0-0 NESCAC) will host conference opponent Wesleyan (2-3-0, 1-1-0 NESCAC) on Wednesday. Last season, the Jumbos won 3-0 over Wesleyan. The Cardinals leading point scorer is junior defender Mike Gallo with four points. The offense has averaged 0.80 goals per game. Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Franklin has 21 saves through five contests and is only allowing 0.78 goals per game. The Jumbos then host conference opponent Amherst (2-2-0, 1-2-0 NESCAC) on Saturday. Last year Amherst beat Tufts 1-0. The Mammoths junior midfielder Dane Lind leads the team with 11 points. Amherst has averaged 2.25 goals per game and has allowed 0.75 goals per game. Less than 24 hours later, the Jumbos host NESCAC opponent Hamilton (4-3-0, 2-2-0 NESCAC). Tufts defeated Hamilton twice last season, with 1-0 and 4-0 victories. Hamilton’s Bobby Chapman and Aidan Wood have each scored a team-leading four points. The Continentals have averaged 1.14 goals per game and allowed 0.83 goals per game. Sophomore forward Max Jacobs leads Tufts with six points on the season. 

Women’s Soccer

When: Tuesday vs. MIT at 4 pm, Saturday vs. Amherst at 12 pm and Sunday vs. Hamilton at 12 pm
What you need to know: Women’s soccer (5-1, 3-0 NESCAC) will host No. 16 MIT (7-1-1) on Tuesday to start a three-game week. Last year Tufts fell to MIT, 2-1. MIT has won their last seven matches with their last loss coming to No. 11 Brandeis in double overtime. Their high-powered offense is led by junior forward Montana Reilly who has a team high 16 points. The Engineers offense is averaging 4.22 goals per game. Senior goaltender Lily Mueller has saved 22 shots through nine contests, and the Engineers have allowed 0.75 goals per game. The Jumbos then host conference opponent No. 21 Amherst (5-1-1, 1-1-1 NESCAC) on Saturday. The Jumbos downed Amherst 2-1 in overtime last year. Mammoths freshman forward Alexa Juarez leads the lethal offensive attack with 14 points. Their offense has averaged 3.43 goals and only allowed 0.42 goals per game. The Jumbos close out the weekend when they host Hamilton (3-2-1, 3-2-0 NESCAC) on Sunday. The Jumbos won both meetings a season ago including a 3-2 win in the NESCAC semifinal. The Continentals leading scorer is sophomore Cat Gambino with nine points. Hamilton averages 1.17 goals per game and allows 0.80 goals per game. 

Field Hockey

When: Tuesday vs. Wesleyan at 6 pm, Saturday vs. Amherst at 12 pm and Sunday vs. Hamilton at 12 pm
What you need to know: The third-ranked Jumbos (5-0, 2-0 NESCAC) will start their week by hosting conference opponent Wesleyan (3-3, 0-2 NESCAC) on Tuesday evening. The Jumbos edged the Cardinals 3-1 last year. The Cardinals leading point scorer is sophomore midfielder Nikki Gerjarusak, who has 12 points. Wesleyan’s offense has averaged 2.7 goals per game and have allowed 2.17 goals per game. The Jumbos then host No. 19 Amherst (3-2, 1-2 NESCAC) on Saturday. Tufts won 2-0 when they played Amherst last year. The Mammoths have a balanced offense with Kendall Codey, Franny Daniels and Natalie Hobbs all tied with a team high eight points. The offense has averaged 3.4 goals per game and allowed 3.2 goals per game. Tufts then hosts No. 14 Hamilton (5-1, 3-1 NESCAC).  Tufts defeated Hamilton 2-1 last year. Continental sophomore forward Michaela Giuttari has recorded a team high 20 points through six games. Hamilton has averaged 3.3 goals per game and allowed an average of 1.5 goals per game. Senior goalie Julia Booth has recorded 31 saves. The Jumbos have averaged 2.0 goals per game and have swarmed opponents on defense, allowing just 0.58 goals per game.  


When: Wednesday at Wellesley at 7 pm, Friday at Hamilton at 7 pm, and Saturday at Williams at 2 pm

What you need to know: The Jumbos (7-5, 2-1 NESCAC) will start the week off traveling to Wellesley (8-0) for a non-conference match on Wednesday. The last time these teams met was 2016 and the Jumbos won 3-1. Blue sophomore outside hitter Lauren Geedey leads the team with 89 kills and senior setter Michelle Li has a team-high 191 assists. Tufts then travels to Hamilton (2-5,0-3 NESCAC) for a conference match on Friday. In 2017, the Jumbos coasted to a 3-0 win over Hamilton. The Continentals are led by junior outside hitter Giuliana Rankin who ha 68 kills and sophomore setter Emma Parkhurst who has recorded 126 assists. The Jumbos end the week traveling to Williams (7-5, 2-1 NESCAC) for a conference game on Saturday. Last year, the Jumbos downed the Ephs 3-0. Ephs outside hitters Erin Denham and Roxi Corbell have both recorded over 100 kills and junior setter Alex Newton has tallied 360 assists.

Men's Cross Country

When: Saturday at Paul Short Run at Lehigh at 11:30 am
What you need to know: With two weekends of racing under their belts, the Jumbos will head to Lehigh this weekend for the annual Paul Short Run.  The Jumbos finished ninth out of 24 teams a season ago. Senior Colin Raposo finished a team best 46th overall with a time of 25:42. Seniors Brian Reaney (25:47) and Hiroto Watanabe (25:54) finished 53rd and 59th respectively for the Jumbos. Sophomore Patrick Nero (25:54), seniors Dylan Jones (25:54) and Andrew Doherty-Munro (25:55) and junior Peter Horvath (26:03) all finished in the top seven for the team last year. 

Women’s Cross Country

When: Saturday at Bowdoin Invitational
What you need to know: With two weekends of running on their belts, the women’s cross country team will head up to Maine for the Bowdoin Invitational this weekend.  Senior Natalie Bettez has crossed the line first in the last two races for the Jumbos. Senior Julia Noble and junior Lydia Heeley have each finished second once this season. The last time the Jumbos were at the Bowdoin Invitational, they placed first with a score of 19 with a total time of 1:54.29. Tufts had runners place first, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth.  


When: Saturday and Sunday at NESCAC Qualifier at Middlefield, Conn.
What you need to know: It’s the biggest weekend of the fall for the men’s golf team, as they head to Connecticut for the NESCAC Qualifier.  With three events this fall under their belts, the Jumbos will look to have their best weekend yet and finish in the top four, earning a bid to the NESCAC Championship in the spring. The Jumbos finished third at the NESCAC Qualifier last year, with a score of 617. Senior Justin Feldman shot a 156 which helped him tie for 14th overall. Sophomore Harry Theodore shot a 78 on Sunday which was third best on the team that day and had a total of 160. It was the teams best finish since 2003.  


When: Saturday and Sunday—Women’s sailing at Women’s Showcase One at St. Mary’s and coed sailing at Danmark Trophy at Coast Guard
What you need to know: Women’s sailing placed tenth a season ago at the Women’s Showcase One at St. Mary’s. Senior crew Taylor Hart was on that Team A dingy a year ago. Sophomore skipper Talia Toland and senior crew Lucy Robison sailed the B team dingy for the Jumbos. Tufts has finished in the top half of every race they’ve taken the water for this season. Freshman crew Ann Sheridan and freshman Abbie Carlson have been two freshmen Jumbos that have performed very well so far this season. 

Men’s Tennis

When: Friday through Sunday at ITA Championships at Middlebury
What you need to know:  With a weeked of tennis behind them the men’s tennis team will head to Middlebury for the ITA Regional Championships this weekend.  Sophomore Boris Sorkin and freshman Isaac Gorelik will look to keep their momentum going after winning singles titles in the Middlebury Invitational to open the fall campaign.  The Jumbos had one singles and one doubles team advance to Saturday of the ITA Championships last year. Sorkin won a pair of matches to get to the round of 16 that was played on Saturday, but fell 7-5, 7-6 (7) in his first go around in the ITA Championships. Fellow sophomore Carl-Herman Grant won two doubles matches before losing in the round of 16 on Saturday. 

Women’s Tennis

When: Friday through Sunday at ITA Regional Championships at Williams
What you need to know: The women’s tennis team hosted the Tufts Invitational to open their 2018 fall campaign and senior Tomo Iwasaki and freshman Caroline Garrido both advanced to the round of 16 in the singles draw.  They will look to keep the momentum going into the ITA Regional Championships this weekend at Williams.  Last season, Tufts had one member of the team advance to the quarterfinals. Senior Mina Karamercan won her first three matches before losing 6-2, 6-4 to Juli Raventos of Williams. Sophomore Kiara Rose won her first match before falling 6-1, 6-1.

Men’s Crew

When: Sunday at Green Mountain Head at Putney, Vt. at 8 am
What you need to know: The men’s crew team will open their 2018 fall campaign this weekend. A season ago, the Jumbos competed in the Green Mountain Head event competing in the 1x-U19 and the 1x-19-34. There were 11 racers who partook in the contest. Senior Ryan Bell (21:21.2) and junior Paul Gelhaus (21:50.7) finished 17th and 20th respectively. The Jumbos are bring back 12 seniors this year and will look for that experience to help pay off on the water.   

Women’s Crew

When: Sunday at Green Mountain Head at Putney, Vt. at 8 am
What you need to know: The women’s crew team will open their 2018 fall campaign this weekend. The Jumbos started strong in their season opener last year with one of their 8+ novice boats finishing second with a total time of 19:34. Tufts brings back all eight rowers who raced on that boat. Seven seniors return for the Jumbos, and they will look to use that experience for a successful 2018-19 campaign.  Additionally, All-NESCAC selection and junior Camden Myles is back for her junior year and will look to make an impact. The Jumbos have three other events scheduled this fall after the Green Mountain Head.

Greg Holt, Junior, Football

Holt wins this week's award as a representative of the overall defensive effort in the team's 16-13 win over Wesleyan under the lights Saturday night at Ellis Oval. He finished with a game-high 12 tackles as Tufts limited a Cardinal team that scored 52 points against Middlebury one week earlier. While protecting a lead in the second half, Tufts twice kept Wesleyan from scoring when they had the ball inside the Jumbo 10-yard line.




Emily Polinski, Senior, Field Hockey

Sticking with this week's theme, Polinski earns the honor as part of a great week on defense for the Jumbos. In a pair of 1-0 victories against MIT and Kean, Tufts allowed just four total shots and three on goal in both games combined. Polinski saved them all and added two more shutouts to increase her season total to three and her career total to 23. She is tied with Lu Ronco (1980-93) for Tufts' career shutouts record.




Late in the fourth quarter and leading the Cardinals 16-13 sophomore safety Michael Mughetto came up with a huge nine-yard sack that forced Wesleyan to kick a potentially game-tying 46-yard field goal.  They missed and the Jumbos won, watch Mughettos big-time sack here:



  Football won their home opener 16-13 over Wesleyan on Saturday night under the lights to improve to 2-0. The Jumbo defense was dominant and made life difficult for the Cardinals. Junior linebacker Greg Holt (Temecula, Calif.) recorded a game high 12 tackles and sophomore safety Michael Mughetto came up with a huge nine-yard sack late in the fourth quarter that forced the Cardinals to attempt a game-tying field goal that they missed.  Senior Dan de Leon (Valley Center, Calif.) led the Jumbos offense with five catches and 59 yards receiving.


  Third ranked men’s soccer improved remained undefeated with a 2-1 victory against Brandeis in a redemption match Friday night. Junior midfielder Gavin Tasker (Concord, Mass.) scored in the second minute of the contest off an assist from junior forward Joe Braun (Yardley, Pa.). Junior midfielder Zach Lane (Lansing, Mich.) recorded a header goal with senior back Sterling Weatherbie (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) tallying an assist.  


  Women’s soccer fell 2-1 in overtime to No. 11 Brandeis in the Jumbos only contest of the week and are now 5-1-0. Sophomore forward Liz Reed (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored in the 69th minute off an assist from sophomore midfielder Sophie Lloyd (Los Altos, Calif.) to even the score at one.  


  Third ranked field hockey improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the NESCAC after two wins. They opened the week with a 1-0 non-conference win over No. 17 MIT. Sophomore midfielder Beth Krikorian (Windham, N.H.) netted the lone goal in the game in the 47th minute. Tufts then traveled to Kean and recorded another 1-0 victory. Senior forward Hanaa Malik (Summit, N.J.) scored the game-winner in the seventh minute. 


  Coed sailing finished first at the Hood Trophy at Tufts with a 113 final score. Senior skipper Jackson McCoy (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and freshman crew Taro Sochi (Fishers Island, N.Y.) and junior crew Emma Clutterbuck (Grosse Points Farm, Mich.) led the Tufts A Team. Women’s sailing placed seventh with a score of 175 at the Mrs. Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth. Freshman skipper Abbie Carlson (Bellevue, Wash.) and senior crew Taylor Hart (Darien, Conn.) finished sixth in the B division.  

  Men’s cross country placed seventh out of 16 teams at the Purple Valley Classic. Senior Dylan Jones (Natick, Mass.) finished 33rd recording a time of 27:50.0 which was the Jumbos best time. 

  Women’s cross country came in third out of 13 teams at the Purple Valley Classic. Senior Natalie Bettez (Bolton, Mass.) finished first overall clocking in at 22:06.9 for her second first place finish of the season.