This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 28 - November 3

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country NESCAC Championships at Williams

Saturday, November 2nd at 12 pm 
What you need to know: Both the men’s and women’s cross country teams will head west to Williams on Saturday for the NESCAC Championship at Mount Greylock Regional High School.  Both teams raced on this course earlier in the year at the Purple Valley Classic, so they should be familiar with the course. The women’s team should be in the running for a title this weekend.  In the most recent United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association national rankings the Jumbos were No. 6.  The only NESCAC school ahead of them was No. 4 Williams.  The Jumbos won the Purple Valley Classic and the Bates Invitational and they have two other top-five finishes this year as they were third at the Bowdoin Invitational and third at the Connecticut College Invitational.  Sophomore Danielle Page and senior Sabrina Gornisiewicz have led the Jumbos in four of five races this season.  Page won the Bates Invitational and was third at the Connecticut College Invitational.  Gornisiewicz won the Purple Valley Classic and was the top Division III finisher at the NEICAAA, placing sixth overall.  Freshmen Meghan Davis and Lexi Quinn, sophomore Anna Slager, junior Camerin Rusin and senior Rhemi Toth have all been consistently in the top seven for the Jumbos this fall.  On the men’s side freshman Evan Ensslin has led the Jumbos in four of five events this fall.  The Jumbos have three top-15 finishes as a team including third at the Bates Invitational and eighth at the Purple Valley Classic.  In addition to Ensslin, sophomores Sam Gatti, Neerav Gade, John Cyprus and Joseph Harmon and juniors Patrick Nero and Peter Horvath have all consistently performed in the top seven for the Jumbos this fall.  In the USTFCCCA national poll Williams was No. 2, Colby was No. 18, Bates No. 24 and Middlebury No. 25. 

Coed Sailing ICSA Match Racing National Championship at Marblehead, Mass. 

Friday, November 1st through Sunday, November 3rd
What you need to know:
The coed sailing team will compete in the first national championship event 2019-20 year at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Match Racing Championship this Friday through Sunday.  The regatta is being held close to campus at the Corinthian Yacht Club located in Marblehead Neck in Marblehead, Massachusetts.  Tufts earned a berth into the national championship by winning the New England Match Racing Championship back on October 13.  The Jumbo starting line-up for this weekend is expected to be sophomore skipper Ansgar Jordan with freshman Patrick Mulcahy, junior Lindsay Powers and sophomore Connor Sheridan as crews.  The Jumbos are returning to the match racing national championship for the first time since 2012, when they won the national title event.  Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference champion Stanford and Mid-Atlantic champion Georgetown should be the primary competitors to the Jumbos this weekend. 

Gillian Roeca, Sophomore, Field Hockey 

Sophomore Gillian Roeca scored the game-winner as the field hockey team knocked off No. 1 ranked Middlebury on Saturday at Ounjian Field.  That’s three games in a row that Roeca has scored a goal and gives her five goals in the Jumbos last three games.  She has tallied a point in five of the last six games and scored a goal in four of the last five for Tufts.  The No. 6 Jumbos are heading into a big week, taking on No. 4 Bowdoin on Wednesday with the top seed in the NESCAC Tournament on the line.  The Jumbos will then host a NESCAC Quarterfinal game at Ounjian Field on Saturday as NESCAC Tournament play begins.  The Jumbo offense will be looking to be firing on all cylinders and Roeca could be a big part of that.







In Saturday’s football game against Hamilton wide receiver Frank Roche made an unreal catch, earning Play of the Week honors.  Watch it here: 


Joe Braun, Senior, Men’s Soccer

Joe Braun showed up to play on senior day for the men’s soccer team.  In the team’s lone game of the week Braun assisted on the game-tying goal and scored the game-winning goal in the Jumbos 2-1 overtime win over Middlebury at home on Saturday.  Late in the second half a Braun headed the ball to senior Gavin Tasker who fired a shot that tied the game at one.  About eight minutes into overtime the Jumbos earned a corner kick and Braun scored to give the Jumbos the win.  Braun leads the Jumbos in points this season with four goals and five assists. 



Cate Desler, Sophomore, Volleyball 

Sophomore Cate Desler was the offensive leader for the volleyball team as they picked up two more conference wins this weekend.  Desler started her weekend with 13 kills and nine digs in the Jumbos 3-0 win over Amherst.  She then added 15 kills and 12 digs along with two aces and a block to the Jumbos 3-0 win over Middlebury.  For the weekend Desler averaged 4.67 kills per set and 3.50 digs per set as the Jumbos improved to 8-0 in conference play. Desler leads the Jumbo offense averaging 2.98 kills per set while also adding 2.41 digs per set.




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