This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 21 - 27

Field Hockey vs. Middlebury 

Saturday, October 26th at 11 am
What you need to know: The No. 6 field hockey team will host top-ranked Middlebury on Ounjian Field this Saturday.  The Jumbos finished last season with a 19-3 record and as the national runner-up.  All three of those setbacks came against the Panthers.  The Jumbos were edged 2-1 in overtime in the regular season on the road, 1-0 in the NESCAC final on the road and 2-0 in the national championship game, also on the road. Hopefully for the Jumbos, home field advantage helps them knock off the Panthers who head into Saturday with a 13-0 mark this year.  Freshman Katie George and junior Erin Nicholas are leading the offense with 21 points each.  George has scored nine times and helped three others while Nicholas has eight goals and five assists this year.  Senior Marissa Baker, junior Danielle Brown and senior Kelly Coyle all have double-digit point numbers this year as well.  Sophomore Grace Harlan has played every minute in goal and has a 0.61 goals against average with a .771 save percentage.  For the Jumbos, sophomore Gillian Roeca has a team-high eight goals this year.  Senior Rachel Hamilton has scored a goal in the Jumbo’s last four games and has 12 points this season.  Sophomore Claire Foley and senior Marguerite Salamone have also each added 13 points this season. Sophomore Andie Stallman has played a majority of the minutes in goal and has a 1.04 goals against average and a .727 save percentage. 

Women’s Soccer vs. Middlebury

Saturday, October 26th at 12 pm
What you need to know: The No. 12 women’s soccer team will host No. 1 Middlebury at home on Saturday.  The Panthers were ranked No. 1 in the October 15 edition of the United Soccer Coaches Association national poll, but tied with Trinity and then fell to Amherst this past weekend.  The Panthers are now 10-1-2 while the Jumbos own the same record of 10-1-2.  The Jumbos currently sit in first place in the conference standings with a 6-1-1 mark, with Williams in second with a 6-2-0 conference record and Middlebury in third with a NESCAC mark of 5-1-2.  The Panthers offense is led by junior Simone Ameer who has eight goals for 16 points.  Seniors Olivia Miller (11 points) and Ellie Greenberg (10 points) are the other two Panthers with double-digit point numbers.  In goal senior Ursula Alwang and Eva Shaw have both played significant minutes.  Alwang has more minutes and more starts (785 minutes, 9 starts) and has a 0.57 goals against average and a .821 save percentage.  Shaw has started four games and played in seven with 425 minutes played.  But, she has not given up a goal in that time. The Panthers will look to stop the potent Jumbo offense of juniors Liz Reed and Sophie Lloyd.  Reed has 22 points, coming from eight goals and eight assists, while Lloyd has scored five times and helped six others for 16 points this year.  Freshman Madeleine Pero has also contributed offensively, turning in five goals and three assists for 13 points.  Freshman Hayley Bernstein has started all 13 games in goal and has a 0.62 goals against average with a .857 save percentage.  The Jumbos and the Panthers played to a 0-0 tie when the two teams faced off in the regular season last year. 


Volleyball at Amherst 

Friday, October 25th at 7 pm 
What you need to know: The No. 13 ranked volleyball team hits the road for an important NESCAC weekend.  First up is Amherst on Friday night.  The Mammoths are currently 16-3 overall and 5-1 in NESCAC play.  They have lost two of their last four matches, falling to Wesleyan 3-1 and then Wellesley 3-2 this past weekend at the 2019 Amherst Hall of Fame Tournament.  The 5-1 record puts them in third place in the conference standings just behind second-place Wesleyan and the first-place Jumbos.  Senior Emily Kolsky is leading the offense with 3.64 kills per set and 2.44 digs per set.  Sophomore Sophie Launsbach is helping with 3.36 kills per set and 0.49 blocks per set.  Junior Jamie Dailey is averaging 3.15 kills per set.  Defensively sophomore Skyleur Savage is averaging 4.75 digs per set. Senior Charlotte Duran and freshman Jacqueline Kortekaas have been taking care of the setting, averaging 8.20 and 5.73 assists per set, respectively.  The Jumbos have a potent offense of seniors Christina Nwankpa, Maddie Stewart and Brigid Bell along with sophomore Cate Desler.  Each of them is averaging about two and a half kills per set, while Desler and Bell help with a little more than two digs per set and Nwankpa is averaging 0.94 blocks per set.  Freshman Stephanie Lee is leading the defensive efforts with 3.81 digs per set.  Senior Rachel Furash and sophomore Ariel Zedric have taken care of the setting, averaging 7.29 and 4.17 assists per set, respectively.  The Mammoths edged the Jumbos 3-2 when the two teams played last year during the regular season.   


OJ Armstrong, Junior, Football 

The football team’s offense was running on all cylinders on Saturday against Bowdoin.  Look for them to pick up right where they left off when they host Hamilton on Saturday.  This past weekend against Bowdoin junior OJ Armstrong caught six passes for a total of 142 yards and three touchdowns.  Armstrong is leading the Jumbo’s receivers with 41 receptions this year for a total of 433 yards.  He is averaging 72.2 yards per game, which is the eighth best in the conference, and has a team-high four touchdowns this season.







The No. 12 men’s soccer team faced off with No. 11 Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon.  Joe Braun scored his third goal of the season to make it 2-0 Jumbos and it was so pretty it earned play of the week honors.  Watch it here: 

Boris Sorkin, Junior, Men’s Tennis 

Junior co-captain Boris Sorkin of the men’s tennis team won his second straight Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Cup singles national championship at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College this past weekend.  Playing against Stanley Morris from Middlebury College, Sorkin went extra to take the first set 7-6(5).  Morris won the second set, 6-3, but Sorkin was dominant in the decisive third set with a 6-1 victory to clinch the title.  The final was the lone three-set match Sorkin played at the ITA Cup.  He came back from down 3-0 in the tie-break to win the first set.  The second set was delayed by rain and then Morris won.  Sorkin broke serve twice and held to take a 3-0 lead in the third and cruised to the 6-1 victory. With this results this week, Sorkin has already established himself as an ITA Division III All-American for the 2019-20 season.  


Gillian Roeca, Sophomore, Field Hockey 

Sophomore Gillian Roeca had scored four times this season heading into the week for field hockey.  She scored four times this week to bring her season total to a team-leading eight goals this year.  Roeca started off the week with a goal in a 2-0 win over Wellesley on Wednesday night. The forward then scored three times in the Jumbos 8-0 win over Connecticut College on Homecoming on Saturday afternoon.  The eight goals also are tied for the fifth most in the NESCAC.