This Week in Tufts Athletics: November 4 - 10

We have a special edition of game of the week this week.  As many of our fall teams head into post-season play we look ahead to all the post season championships this weekend: 

Volleyball vs. Hamilton 

Friday, November 8 at 5 pm at Cousens Gym 
What you need to know: The top-seeded volleyball team hosts the NESCAC Tournament in Cousens Gym Friday through Sunday.  The Jumbos played to a 10-0 NESCAC regular season and earned the top seed in the tournament and hosting rights.  They will face off with eighth seeded Hamilton on Friday evening.  The Jumbos are searching for their first NESCAC Tournament win (they have one title from 1996 before the tournament was established).  Friday’s other matches features No. 7 Bates and No. 2 Wesleyan at 5 pm, No. 6 Williams and NO. 3 Bowdoin at 7:30 pm and No. 5 Middlebury and No. 4 Amherst at 7:30 pm.  There will be two semifinal matches on Saturday at 1 pm and 3:30 pm.  Sunday the two semifinals winners will play at noon for a conference title. 

Women’s soccer vs. Amherst

Saturday, November 9 at 11 am at Kraft Field
What you need to know: The women’s soccer team is hosting semifinal and final rounds of the NESCAC Tournament at Kraft Field for the first time since 2005. The Jumbo won their NESCAC Quarterfinal, 2-1, in double overtime over Bowdoin this past Saturday at Kraft Field.  Junior Sophie Lloyd scored the game-winner, and had also scored the game-winner in overtime earlier in the week, and earned NESCAC Player of the Week Honors.  The Jumbos will face off with fourth-seeded Amherst in semifinal play on Saturday at 11 am . The other semifinal game features second-seeded Middlebury and third-seeded Williams and is scheduled to start at 1:30 pm.  Saturday’s semifinal winners will play on Sunday at noon for the conference title.   Amherst edged Hamilton, 1-0, in overtime in quarterfinal play.  Williams also needed overtime to beat Connecticut College, 3-2, in their quarterfinal match.  Middlebury topped Wesleyan, 2-1, in the only quarterfinal game that didn’t go to overtime. 

Men’s soccer vs. Williams 

Saturday, November 9 at 1:30 pm at Amherst 
What you need to know: The second-seeded men’s soccer team will head to Amherst this weekend, looking to bring a NESCAC Championship back to Medford.  The Jumbos will face off with fourth-seeded Williams in semifinal play at 1:30 pm on Saturday.  Amherst, the top seed in the tournament, plays six-seeded Middlebury in the other semifinal match scheduled for 11 am.  Saturday’s winners play for a conference championship at noon on Sunday.  The Jumbos topped seventh-seeded Hamilton, 3-0, in quarterfinal play this past weekend at home.  In other quarterfinal play Amherst beat No. 8 Wesleyan 2-0, No. 4 Williams beat No. 5 Bates 3-0 and No. 6 Middlebury and No. 3 Connecticut College played to a 0-0 tie with Middlebury advancing on PK’s. The Jumbos are looking for the program’s second conference championship, as they won the program’s first back in 2017. 

Field Hockey vs. Williams 

Saturday, November 9 at 1:30 pm at Middlebury 
What you need to know: The third-seeded field hockey team will head to top-seeded Bowdoin for the semifinal and final rounds of the NESCAC Tournament this weekend.  The Jumbos topped sixth seeded Colby, 4-1, behind a hat trick from junior Beth Krikorian this past weekend.  In other quarterfinal action top-seeded Middlebury earned a 3-1 win over No. 8 Trinity, No. 4 Williams beat No. 5 Bates 3-1 and No. 7 Hamilton upset No. 2 Bowdoin 2-1.  Middlebury will face off with Hamilton at 11 am on Saturday, followed by a semifinal match-up of the Jumbos and the Ephs at 1:30 pm.  The Jumbos are looking to win the program’s third conference title and the first since 2016. Saturday’s semifinal winners play on Sunday at noon for the conference championship. 

Women’s Sailing at ICSA Singlehanded Championship 

Saturday, November 9 & Sunday November 10 at Santa Barbara, CA
What you need to know: Two Jumbos will head to Santa Barbara this weekend to race in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Singlehanded Championship on Saturday and Sunday.  Junior Talia Toland and sophomore Alexandra Talbot are both racing after qualifying at the New England Intercollegiate Sailing Association Singlehanded Championship back in September.  Toland won the championship, finishing nine points ahead of Boston College junior Sophia Reineke.  Toland was the runner-up at the New England event as a freshman and finished 12th at nationals last year.  Last year at the regional event she finished seventh.  Talbot also qualified for the national championship by finishing sixth at the regional event.  The top six in New England qualify to move on.  Eighteen total sailors are racing this weekend in California at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club. 

Football vs. Middlebury 

Saturday, November 9 at 12:30 pm 
What you need to know: The football team wraps up their 2019 season hosting Middlebury on Saturday at 12:30 pm.  The Jumbos head into the weekend tied for fifth place in the conference standings with a 4-4 overall record after topping Colby this past weekend.  Middlebury sits at the top of the conference standings with an 8-0 record this season. For the Panthers running back Alex Maldjian is leading the conference with 96.1 yards per game.  Quarterback Will Jernigan is third in the conference, averaging 215.8 yards per game.  He sits behind Jumbo senior Jacob Carroll who is averaging 232.3 yards per game.  The Middlebury offense is averaging 30.5 points per game, which is the second most in the NESCAC.  Defensively the Panthers are giving up 19.3 points per game, which is the fourth lowest in the conference. Last year when the two teams played the Jumbos picked up a 35-13 win on the road.

Talia Toland, Junior, Women’s Sailing

Junior Talia Toland heads to California this weekend to race in the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Single-handed Championship.  Toland won the New England Single-handed Championship back in the middle of September to earn the right to sail this weekend.  Toland was the runner-up at the New England Championship as a freshman and finished 12th in the national championship.  She will be looking to improve upon that 12th place finish this weekend out west. Eighteen total sailors will be racing this weekend in Santa Barbara over the two days. 






Junior Sophie Lloyd was clutch for the women’s soccer team all week.  She scored the game-winner in overtime on Tuesday which helped the Jumbos secure the top-seed in the upcoming NESCAC Tournament.  Then in Saturday’s quarterfinal match against Bowdoin, she again scored the game-winner in overtime to help the Jumbos advance to this weekend’s semifinals. Her overtime goal on Saturday earned play of the week honors, watch it here:

Frank Roche, Graduate, Football 

Graduate receiver Frank Roche set a new single-season record for receiving yards with 886 through eight games, eclipsing the previous mark of 855 set by Jon Troy in 1999.  During the win at Colby this weekend, Roche caught three touchdown passes, which was the second straight week that Roche caught three touchdown passes which also ties a Tufts record held by many.  For the season Roche has eight touchdowns to go with 886 yards on 39 receptions. 



Danielle Page, Sophomore, Women’s Cross Country

Sophomore Danielle Page finished second at the NESCAC Women’s Cross Country Championship on Saturday helping the Jumbos to a runner-up team finish.  The six-kilometer race was held at Mount Greylock High School and was hosted by Williams College.  Page finished in 21:46.1, behind only Colby College junior Sophia Gorman, who won the individual title with a 21:40.2 time.  The second place finish was the best finish for the team at the NESCAC race since they posted back-to-back second place finishes in 2015 and 2016.  Page earned All-NESCAC honors by finishing among the top seven individuals.