This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 7 - 13

Men’s Basketball

When: Tuesday vs. UMass-Boston at 7 pm, Friday vs. Williams at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Middlebury at 3 pm
What you need to know: The men’s basketball team had a busy week last week, opening up NESCAC play on the road in Maine.  The Jumbos head into another busy week with a 6-8 mark overall and a 1-1 NESCAC mark after splitting games with Colby and Bowdoin.  Sophomore Justin Kouyoumdjian had a strong week, averaging 16.7 points per game including 17 points, six rebounds two assists and two steals against Colby.  Another big week ahead for the Jumbos, as they take on two NESCAC teams this weekend in addition to a midweek contest against UMass-Boston on Tuesday night.  The Jumbos host a 6-6 UMass-Boston team on Tuesday night, and the Beacons are 1-4 this year on the road.  Javaris Hill has been leading the Beacons with 12.9 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game.  Michael Boyd is helping with 11.8 points per game.  The Beacons defense has played well this season, holding opponents to 71.4 points per contest. Last season, the Jumbos topped UMass-Boston 73-58. On Friday, Tufts will host No. 3 Williams.  The Ephs are undefeated this year with a 13-0 overall mark and a perfect NESCAC record after picking up wins over Wesleyan and Connecticut College.  Nine of the Ephs 11 victories have been by double digits.  The Ephs are led by two 2017 All-NESCAC First Team selections in seniors Bobby Casey and James Haskett.  Casey is turning in 18.2 points per game and Haskett, the NESCAC Player of the Year last year, is helping with 17.7 points per game.  Classmate Kyle Scadlock is adding 14.3 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game.  When the two teams played in the regular season last year, the Jumbos won 69-63.  Tufts will finish up the week against Middlebury, who was receiving votes in the most recent national poll, on Saturday afternoon. The Panthers are 10-4 overall and 1-1 in NESCAC play after falling to Wesleyan this past weekend.  Jack Farrell leads the team in scoring with 16.4 points per game. Matt Folger averages 15.4 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game.  Last season the Panthers defeated Tufts, 78-63.  

Women’s Basketball

When: Friday at Williams at 7 pm and Saturday at Middlebury at 3 pm
What you need to know: The No. 6 women’s basketball team hits the road this weekend for another NESCAC weekend, heading to Williams and No. 25 Middlebury.  The Jumbos moved to 12-1 overall and 1-1 in NESAC play after picking up a win over Colby but falling to No. 1 Bowdoin this past weekend.  The Ephs come into the weekend with a 7-6 overall record and a 1-1 mark in NESCAC play after a split with Wesleyan and Connecticut College this past weekend. Maggie Meehan averages a team-high 13.1 points per game. Emily Chang is helping with 11 points per game and Lauren Vostal turns in 10 points per contest while adding 7.4 rebounds per game.  The Jumbos took on the Ephs earlier this year in Williamstown and picked up a 67-41 win.  The Jumbos wrap up the weekend with a trip to Middlebury on Saturday.  The No. 25 Panthers are currently 12-0 overall and 2-0 in NESCAC play after picking up wins over Wesleyan and Connecticut College this past weekend.  Saturday’s match-up will be between two of the best defenses in the country with the Jumbos allowing 47.6 points per game and the Panthers 44.8 points per game.  Middlebury has held opponents to less than 46 points in nine of 12 games this year. The offense is led by Maya Davis’ 13.0 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. Colleen Caveney is helping with 10.1 points per game.  The Jumbos picked up a 61-45 win over the Panthers last year when the two teams played.  

Men's Hockey

When: Tuesday at Endicott at 5 pm, Friday at Amherst at 7 pm and Saturday at Hamilton at 3 pm 
What you need to know:  The hockey team moved to 5-6 overall this past weekend, splitting games at the Codfish Bowl hosted by UMass-Boston.  The Jumbos start another busy week with a Tuesday game at No. 11 Endicott and then get back to NESCAC games this weekend with a trip to Amherst and Hamilton.    The Gulls are 9-3-2 overall this year and boast an explosive offense that is averaging 5.29 goals per game.  Tommy Besinger has 25 points, coming from five goals and 20 assists. Daniel Kucerovy has helped with 23 points and Josh Bowes has a team-high 12 goals. Goalie Conor O’Brien has a 2.66 goals against average and a .924 save percentage.  The Jumbos took on the Gulls twice last season, falling once but playing to a 2-2 tie the next time they plated.  The Jumbos will then travel to Amherst on Friday night to resume NESCAC play. The Mammoths are 5-4-2 overall and 3-2-2 in NESCAC games this season.  Patrick Daly has collected a team-high 10 points, with three goals and seven assists. Joey Lupo has recorded a team-leading five goals. Matt Cullen has a team-best 2.15 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. Tufts and Amherst split the series last year.  The Jumbos wrap up the week with a trip to Hamilton on Saturday.  The Continentals are 5-6-1 overall and 3-3-1 in NESCAC play.  The Hamilton offense is averaging 2.33 goals per game and is led by Jason Brochu who has five goals and six assists this season.  Rory Gagnon and Nick Ursitti each have eight points.  Goalie Anthony Tirabassi has a 2.71 goals against average and a .916 save percentage.  Hamilton and Tufts split the series when the two teams played last year. 

Men’s Track and Field

When: Saturday at Tufts Invitational
What you need to know:  The men’s track and field team will open their 2019 winter campaign on Saturday at home at the Tufts Invitational.  The Jumbos are coming off a winter season where they once again won the New England Division III Championship and had good representation at the NCAA Championships.  Senior Hiroto Watanabe earned All-American honors with a sixth place finish in the 800 meters at last year’s Indoor NCAA Championships.  Seniors Christian Swenson and Colin Raposo and junior Matt D’Anieri also ran at last year’s championships, earning All-American honors in the DMR.  Senior Anthony Kardonsky also participated in last year’s national event. This weekend kicks off a busy indoor season, one in which the Jumbos will host four different meets at home.  They will also run at Bowdoin, Boston University in the John Thomas Terrier Classic, in the NEICCCA Championships and at the David Hemery Valentine Invite at Boston University.  The New England Division III Championships will be at MIT this year, and after that the Jumbos will have two last chance qualifying events before the NCAA Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center here in Boston. 

Women’s Track and Field

When: Saturday at Tufts Invitational
What you need to know: The women’s track and field will open their second semester schedule this weekend at home with the Tufts Invitational.  The Jumbos had a few runners in action at the beginning of December at the BU Sharon Colyer-Danville Season Opener, but this weekend will be the first time this year the entire team is competing.  The Jumbos finished fourth at the Division III Indoor Championships last year and 11th at the NCAA Championships.  Both of the Jumbos that qualified for the national event last year have graduated.  Brittany Bowman won a national championship in the 5,000 meters at the indoor event last year, and Annalisa DeBari was another Jumbo with plenty of NCAA experience.  Coming off a successful cross country season and with plenty of youth and depth, the Jumbos will look for another strong New England finish and some indoor qualifiers.  They have a busy indoor season to do that.  The Jumbos host four different meets at home this winter.  They will also head to Bowdoin, the John Thomas Terrier Classic at Boston University, the NEICCCA Championship, the David Hemery Valentine Invite and the New England Division III Championships at Bowdoin.  This year NCAA Championships will be at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Men’s Squash

When: Monday at Yale at 4 pm, Thursday vs. Amherst at Harvard 12 pm and Sunday vs. Conn. College at Harvard at 5 pm
What you need to know: The No. 24 men’s squash team played to a 2-5 record first semester and opens their second semester schedule this week.  The Jumbos won their first two matches of the season before taking on some tough highly ranked national teams.  Freshman William Dewire has had a strong start to his collegiate career, winning a team-high five times.  Senior co-captain Brett Raskopf has won four times for the Jumbos, as has sophomore Salik Awan.  The Jumbos start the week off against No. 7 Yale on Monday afternoon. The Bulldogs have defeated Drexel and Brown in their two matches this year. The Jumbos will then host No. 26 Amherst on Thursday afternoon at Harvard. Amherst fell 9-0 to Western Ontario and defeated Northeastern 9-0 in their two matches this season. The Jumbos opened their season against the Mammoths last year, but they did lose. Tufts will end their week when they take on No. 29 Connecticut College.  The Camels are 3-3 so far this year.   The Jumbos and the Camels played three times last year and the Jumbos won two of those.  

Women’s Squash

When: Monday at Yale at 4 pm, Thursday vs. Amherst at Harvard at 12 pm and Sunday vs. Conn. College at Harvard at 5 pm
What you need to know: The No. 19 women’s squash team will be back in action this week after playing to a 3-2 record over their first semester schedule.  Junior Claire Davidson has picked up three wins in the No. 1 position for the Jumbos while sophomore Julie Yeung has also won three times in the second position.  The Jumbos will open the week traveling to No. 6 Yale on Monday afternoon. The Bulldogs have defeated Drexel and Brown so far this season in their two matches. The Jumbos then will face No. 16 Amherst on Thursday. The Mammoths lost to Princeton and defeated Northeastern in their first two contests. They will also take on Yale with the Jumbos on Monday.  Tufts and Amherst played twice last year and the Mammoths won both times by a 7-2 score.  The Jumbos will wrap up the weekend hosting No. 26 Connecticut College on Sunday at Harvard. The Camels are 1-5 this year, that lone win coming over Bard at the beginning of December.   The Jumbos picked up a 9-0 win over the Camels when the two teams played last year.  


Anthony Farinacci, Junior, Men’s Hockey

Farinacci scored twice, including the game-winner with 1:51 left in regulation, leading Tufts to a 2-1 victory over Bryn Athyn College in the consolation game of UMass Boston's 54th Annual Codfish Bowl Tournament on Saturday afternoon. His first goal at 12:19 of the first period had given the Jumbos a 1-0 lead. He also assisted on the team's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to UMass Boston in the opening round of the tournament on Friday for three points (2 goals, 1 assist) in two games last week.




Erica DeCandido, Junior, Women’s Basketball

With basketball the only women’s team in action last week, DeCandido earns the honor for the second straight week after averaging 19 points per game when the Jumbos split their NESCAC opening weekend at home. She had 18 points, making seven of 12 field goals, and adding four steals in a victory against Colby on Friday night. In Tufts’ loss to Bowdoin on Saturday, DeCandido scored 20 points including a 10 for 10 performance at the free throw line.




  The men’s basketball team picked up a NESCAC win over Bowdoin this weekend.  Freshman Tyler Aronson (Holliston, Mass.) finished with 21 points from freshman Tyler Aronson and  sophomore center Luke Rogers (Boxborough, Mass.) added 18 points and 16 rebounds. 

  The No. 6 women’s basketball opened the week with a 79-62 victory over Colby on Friday. Junior forward Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) netted a team-high 18 points against the Mules. The Jumbos took on No. 1 Bowdoin on Saturday, but weren’t able to pull out a win.  DeCandido finished with 20 points against the Polar Bears. 

  Junior forward Anthony Farinacci (Chatham, N.J.) scored two goals in the Jumbos 2-1 victory over Bryn Athyn on Saturday. Freshman goalie Josh Sarlo (San Diego, Calif.) collected a game-high 36 saves and picked up his second win in goal of the year.