This Week In Tufts Athletics: September 30 - October 8

Women’s Soccer at Wesleyan 

Sunday at 1 pm
What you need to know: The No. 16 women’s soccer team has a quiet week and a busy weekend.  The Jumbos will host Trinity on Saturday before traveling to Wesleyan on Sunday.  The Cardinals were receiving votes in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Association national poll, and own a 5-1-1 record so far this season.  That lone loss was a season-opening 2-0 setback to No. 2 Middlebury.  But, since then the Cardinals have been on a bit of a roll, including a 2-1 win over defending national champion Williams and a 3-1 win over No. 25 Springfield. The Cardinals are led by eight points each from freshman Grace Devanny and Emily Ribatt, as both have scored four times this season.  Rookie Kate Hausladen has scored twice and assisted two others.  The Cardinals have gotten goals from nine different players this season.  In goal sophomore Sarah Hammond has played every minute so far this season, owning a 0.69 goals against average and a .865 save percentage.  For the Jumbos junior Liz Reed’s 16 points leads not only the team but the conference. Reed has scored six times and collected four assists, while classmate Sophie Lloyd has 13 points from four goals and five assists.  Freshman Madeleine Pero has scored four times and helped two others in her rookie campaign so far.  Freshman Hayley Bernstein has played nearly all the minutes in goal this season and has a 0.65 goals against average and a .839 save percentage this year.  The Jumbos beat the Cardinals 2-0 in the regular season, and then again 2-0 in the NESCAC Quarterfinals last year.

Men's Cross Country at Paul Short Run 

Saturday at Goodman Campus Cross Country Course in Bethlehem, Penn. – hosted by Lehigh
What you need to know: The men’s cross country team will head to the 46th Annual Paul Short Run at the Goodman Campus Cross Country Course hosted by Lehigh this Saturday.  The Paul Short run is one of the largest annual cross country meets in the nation. Last year’s Paul Short Run featured about 6,000 athletes and 450 colleges and high schools.  The meet includes 14 races with six college races, six high school races and two open races for men and women.  At last year’s event the Jumbos raced in the gold division, which included teams from Division I, II and III.  Junior Peter Horvath and sophomores Neerav Gade Phillip Hempstead all raced at last year’s Paul Short Run.


Christina Nwankpa, Senior, Volleyball 

The volleyball team is off to a 12-0 start, most recently knocking off No. 5 Johnson and Wales and picking up a win over conference-rival Bowdoin during a weekend where the Jumbos went 3-0 and did not drop a set.  Senior Christina Nwankpa has been a big contributor the entire month of September.  The middle hitter is averaging 2.22 kills per set and 1.02 blocks per set so far this season.  She has registered at least five kills and one block every single match so far this year for the Jumbos.  Her 1.02 blocks per set is the second-best mark in the NESCAC only behind Claire Dennis from Amherst.  But, Nwankpa has 39 total blocks this season compared to Dennis’ 18.  The senior will look to continue to be a force at the net this weekend for the Jumbos as they host two more NESCAC opponents.






The men’s tennis team had a great showing at the ITA Regional Championship this past weekend.  Including this between the legs point from sophomore Isaac Gorelik: 

Boris Sorkin, Junior, Men’s Tennis

Junior co-captain Boris Sorkin won his second consecutive Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Regional singles title on Sunday.  Seeded second in the singles bracket, Sorkin won four matches on Friday and Saturday to reach the singles semifinals.  He then went three sets and had to come from behind to defeat Noah Lilienthal from Wesleyan, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1.  Playing later in the day, Sorkin beat Dan Morris of Middlebury, 6-3, 6-3 for the title.  With the Regional victory, Sorkin will have the opportunity to defend his ITA singles national championship that he won a year ago.  In doubles play, Sorkin and freshman teammate Josh Belandres also advanced to the championship match. 



Sabrina Gornisiewicz, Senior, Women’s Cross Country

Senior Sabrina Gornisiewicz, who is in her first year as a member of the women’s cross country team, finished as runner-up in her first race as a Jumbo last weekend.  Then this past weekend she captured the individual title at the stacked Purple Valley Classic hosted by Williams College.  The native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida posted a time of 22:44.2 and won by nearly seven seconds while helping the Tufts team to the title.  And she did most of it with one shoe as she lost a shoe 1.5 miles into the race, but wasn’t fazed at all.  Gornisiewicz was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week and the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week for her performance.