This Week in Tufts Athletics: December 3 - 9

Men’s Basketball

When: Wednesday vs. Emerson at 7 pm
What you need to know: The men’s basketball has a relatively quiet week after a three-game week last week.  The Jumbos will host non-conference opponent Emerson on Wednesday. The Lions are 4-4 this season and have averaged 79.3 points per game.  Jack O’Connor and Geoffrey Gray each have averaged over 20 points a contest for the Lions. O’Connor put up big numbers against Emmanuel and Pine Manor, scoring over 30 points in both games. Zach Waterhorse also averages in double figures with 13.5 points a night. Gray grabs a team high nine rebounds and dishes out 3.6 assists a contest. The Jumbos offense has been led by sophomores Luke Rogers and Brennan Morris.  Rogers is averaging a team-high 16.2 points per game and helping with 8.3 rebounds per game. Morris is averaging 15.5 points per game and is second in the NESCAC with a 65.5 three-point percentage. The Jumbos offense has been turning in 81.8 points per game.  When the two teams played last year Tufts edged Emerson 71-67.  

Women’s Basketball

When: Tuesday vs. Bridgewater State at 7 pm and Saturday at University of New England at 1 pm
What you need to know: The No. 6 women’s basketball team improved to 6-0 last week with two wins at the Williams Holiday Tournament. The Jumbos wil start a two-game week by hosting non-conference opponent Bridgewater State on Tuesday night. The Bears are 1-5 so far this year, with that lone win being a double overtime win over Suffolk.  The Bears average 57 points a night with an offense that has four players that score over nine points per game. Olivia DelGrosso is the only Bear in double figures with 10 points per contest. Kailyn Aguiar has led the rebounding efforts with 10.5 per game. Bridgewater State fell, 64-44, last season when they faced Tufts. After the midweek game with the Bears the Jumbos will then travel to the University of New England on Saturday afternoon. The Nor’easters are 3-5 this season, but have played two nationally ranked teams in No. 1 Bowdoin and No. 12 Saint Joseph’s.  Jocelyn Chaput and Ashley Coneys are the team’s two leading scorers in points per game, turning in 12.1 and 11.1 points per game, respectively. Chaput also pulls down a team-high 6.4 rebounds per contest. As a team, the University of New England averages 62.4 points a night. The Jumbos have played well on both ends of the floor in their first six games. A balanced offense, with four players averaging more than ten points a game, is averaging 87.3 points per game.  Sophomore Emily Briggs leads the team with her 13.3 points a night. Defensively, the Jumbos are giving up just 43.3 points per game, which gives them the sixth best scoring defense in the country.  Junior forward Erica DeCandido is active on the boards as she pulls down 5.5 rebounds a game. 

Hockey

When: Friday vs. Bowdoin at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Colby at 4 pm 
What you need to know: Hockey is coming off a two-win week and will look to carry that momentum into another NESCAC weekend.  The Jumbos improved to 3-4 with wins over St. Michael’s and Williams last week, scoring ten goals across the two games.  The Jumbos will begin the week by hosting Bowdoin on Friday night. Bowdoin is 2-3-1 this year, and averages three goals per night. Polar Bear forward Albert Washco has team highs in goals (4) and points (7). Fellow forward Cody Todesco has netted three goals this season. Goaltender Erik Wurman has recorded 97 saves. Tufts and Bowdoin split the season series last season, with Bowdoin picking up a 3-0 win early in the season and the Jumbos winning 4-2 the second time the two teams played. On Saturday the Jumbos will host Colby. Coming off a season where they won a NESCAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA semifinal, the Mules are struggling a bit early with a 1-2-2 record, that lone win coming over Potsdam.  The Mules are averaging 2.4 goals per game, with forward’s Nick O’Connor and Justin Grillo each having tallied six points. Andrew Tucci has played every single minute in goal so far and has a 3.30 goals against average with a .899 save percentage. The Mules won both times when the two teams played last year.  The Jumbos have won three out of their past four games and have gotten things going offensively, averaging 2.20 goals per game. Senior forward Clay Berger and junior forward Ross Delabruere each have four points this season. Sophomore goalie Drew Hotte has spent a majority of the tie in goal for the Jumbos and owns a .922 save percentage and a 2.53 goals against average.   

Men’s Swimming and Diving

When: Saturday at Wesleyan, vs. WPI Williams at 1 pm 
What you need to know: The men’s swimming and diving wraps up their first semester of competition when they travel to Wesleyan for a meet with the host Cardinals and WPI and Williams. This past weekend the Jumbos finished second in the MIT Invitational.  Junior Roger Gu broke his own school record in the 50 Freestyle with his 19.77 time and Freshman Joseph Kim was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week after his performance at the MIT Invite. Senior tri-captain Kingsley Bowen has also been strong as usual for the Jumbos through the first semester of competition. Last year at this event the Jumbos won it all, beating Williams in a dual meet for the first time in program history. 

Women’s Swimming and Diving

When: Saturday at Wesleyan, vs. WPI, and vs. Williams at 1 pm at Wesleyan 
What you need to know: The women’s swimming and diving team won the MIT Invitational last weekend and are off to one of the better starts in recent years.  They will look to keep that momentum going this weekend as they travel to Wesleyan for a meet with the host Cardinals, and WPI and Williams.  Sophomore Lily Kurtz posted a first-place finish in the 200 breaststroke and the Jumbos broke the school record in the 200 medley relay with a 1:44.72 time. Sophomores Sasha Fong and Abby Claus have competed in IM medley and freestyle events. Last year at this meet the Jumbos came in second, just behind Williams but beating Wesleyan and WPI.  

Men’s Squash

When: Wednesday at MIT at 4 pm and Saturday at Bowdoin at 2 pm
What you need to know: The No. 23 men’s squash team had a busy NESCAC weekend and things don’t get any less busy this week.  The Jumbos start the week off when they travel to No. 22 MIT on Wednesday. MIT has won two of it’s past three contests and they are 6-3 overall this season.  Last year when the two teams played, MIT defeated Tufts 8-1. After the midweek match, the Jumbos will travel to No. 26 Bowdoin on Saturday. The Polar Bears have started 0-2, but they have played tough competition, falling to No. 18 Bates and No. 1 Trinity.  Last year when the two teams played the Polar Bears won a close contest, 6-3. For the Jumbos, four different players have won in three of the Jumbos five matches this season.  Freshman Marco Rodriguez has won twice in the three spot and once in the second position.  Classmate Will Dewire has picked up two wins in the seventh spot and one in the fifth spot.  Senior co-captain Brett Raskopf and sophomore Salik Awan have also both won three times this year.  

Women’s Squash

When: Saturday at Bowdoin at 2 pm
What you need to know: The No. 19 women’s squash team has faced some tough NESCAC competition to open their 2018-19 campaign.  They have beaten Wesleyan and Colby, but have fallen to Middlebury and Williams.  The Jumbos will face another NESCAC opponent this weekend when they travel to take on No. 26 Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears are 0-2 so far this season, but those losses have been to No. 18 Bates and No. 2 Trinity.  Clio Bersani and Natasha Belsky have played in the second and third positions for the Polar Bears. Bersani and Belsky have been competitive in both matches they have played in. Tufts defeated Bowdoin 6-3 when the two teams played last year. For the Jumbos eight different Jumbos have picked up two wins this season.  Most recently, sophomore Chloe Kantor moved into the ninth position and picked up the lone Jumbo win on Sunday at No. 13 Williams. 

Women’s Fencing

When: Tuesday at Harvard and vs. Wellesley at 6 pm 
What you need to know: The Tufts University women's fencing team opens its 2018-19 season with a tri-meet at Harvard University along with Wellesley College on Tuesday.  Head coach David Sach's team is led by the return of four fencers who competed at the NCAA Regionals last season. Senior co-captain Zoe Howard and sophomore Georgia Kollias fenced in the foil weapon at Regionals for Tufts last year. Sophomore Elliot Pavlovich qualified for NCAA Regionals in the saber division, while senior co-captain Annie Ayala was Tufts' NCAA Regional representative in epee. With those four, Tufts has experience in each weapon to start the new year. The Jumbos tri-meet at Harvard on Tuesday is the lone event of the semester as they begin conference multi-meets at the end of January.

 

Joe Braun, Junior, Men’s Soccer

Announced as a first team All-American at the NCAA Championship banquet on Thursday night, Braun played like one scoring a goal with two assists the next day to lead the Jumbos to a 3-1 win over Rochester in the national semifinals. With 6’5” size and skill, he was again a lot to handle up top in the Jumbos’ 2-1 win over Calvin to win the national championship on Saturday. Braun was named the NCAA Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player.

 

 

 

 

Lily Kurtz, Sophomore, Women’s Swimming

The Jumbos announced themselves as an up-and-coming team to contend with by winning the MIT Invitational over the weekend. Kurtz swam to first-place finishes in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes with 1:04.54 and 2:21.63 times, respectively. Both of those marks are NCAA B-cuts. Kurtz also swam the breaststroke leg in Tufts’ 200 medley relay that broke the school record and notched another NCAA B-cut with their 1:44.72 time at MIT.

 

 

 

Junior Zach Lane put the Jumbos ahead 2-0 with a goal and the Jumbos went on to beat Calvin 2-1 to win the program’s third national championship in the last five years.  Lane headed in a throw in from freshman Ian Daly and the beautiful goal earned Play of the Week honors!

 

  The men’s soccer team won the program’s third national championship in five years this past weekend.  The Jumbos collected wins over Rochester in the semifinals and then Calvin in the NCAA final.  Junior All-American Joe Braun (Yardley, Pa.) was named the weekend’s Most Outstanding Player and Zach Lane (Lansing, Mich.), Conner Mieth (Montclair, N.J.) and Sterling Weatherbie (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) were all named to the All-Tournament team.  

  The No. 6 women’s basketball opened the week with a 90-34 victory against New England College led by sophomore forward Emily Briggs (Canton, Conn.) with 16 points and five rebounds. Senior co-captain Jac Knapp (Westfield, N.J.) netted a game high 18 points in the Jumbos 67-41 win over Williams in the championship game of the tournament. 

  Hockey’s freshman forward Angus Scott (Salt Lake City, Utah) netted a multi-point game and sophomore goalie Drew Hotte (Ambler, Pa.) recorded a shutout against Saint Michael’s in a 4-0 win. The Jumbos had six different goal scorers including one from senior forward Clay Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in the team’s 6-2 win over Williams. Berger scored another goal against Middlebury on Saturday

  Men’s swimming and diving placed second at the three-day MIT Invitational. Junior Roger Gu (Ashland, Mass.) broke a school record in the 50 freestyle with his 19.77 time. Freshman Joseph Kim (Philadelphia, Pa.) won both the 200 and 400 IM on Sunday and was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week for his efforts.  

  Women’s swimming and diving won the three-day MIT Invitational this past weekend. In the 200 medley relay, freshman Jeanette Khowong (Saratoga, Calif.), sophomore Lily Kurtz (Cheshire, Conn.), sophomore Sasha Fong (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and freshman Hannah Spencer (Centerport, N.Y.) broke a team record posting a 1:44.72 time. Kurtz also placed first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:21.63.  

  Women’s track and field began their season on Saturday at the BU Sharon Colyer-Danville event. Junior Jennifer Jackson (Ellensburg, Wash.) clocked in a 10:29.97 in the 3,000 meter run. Senior Kelsey Tierney (Whitman, Mass.) ran a 18:24.90 in the 5,000 meter event.