This Week in Tufts Athletics: February 11 - 17

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Men’s Basketball

When: Saturday at NESCAC Quarterfinal, opponent / time tba
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos (11-13, 4-6 NESCAC) are the eighth seed in the NESCAC Championship and will travel to play the top seed in the quarterfinals on Saturday. However, they’ll have to wait until Wednesday night to find out where they are going. The Amherst at Hamilton game that was postponed back on January 19 will be made up on Wednesday. Both teams are contending for first place, and the seeds and pairings for the conference championship won’t be determined until that game is over. If Amherst wins the Jumbos will be traveling to take on the Mammoths, but a Hamilton win would give Middlebury the top seed and the Jumbos would travel to take on the Panthers on Saturday.  With wins against an 18-6 Middlebury team and a 16-8 Wesleyan squad during the conference season, the young Jumbos could potentially be a difficult eight-seed for whoever gets them. Tufts is in the NESCAC Championship field for the 15th time in the tournament’s 19-year history. 

Women’s Basketball

When: Saturday NESCAC Quarterfinal vs. Williams, 3 pm 
What You Need to Know: Tufts finished the regular-season at 22-2 with an 8-2 mark in the conference. Like men’s basketball, the women’s seeds and pairings for the NESCAC Tournament won’t be official until Wednesday night. However, the Jumbos are locked in as the third seed and Williams College is sixth so the teams will meet in the quarterfinals on Saturday at Cousens. Tufts has beaten the Ephs twice already this year, 67-41 at a tournament in Williamstown on December 1 and 60-39 in conference play also at Williamstown on January 11. The NESCAC Tournament will feature three teams in last week’s national top 10 as the Jumbos are #6, undefeated Bowdoin is #1 and Amherst is fourth. Tufts has played in five straight NESCAC finals. 


When: Friday at Bowdoin, 7 pm / Saturday at Colby, 3 pm
What You Need to Know: Heading into the final weekend of the NESCAC season, the Jumbos are in a battle for the eighth and final berth into the conference championship with Bowdoin and Connecticut College. Tufts is currently ninth in NESCAC with sixth points, trailing eight-place Bowdoin (7 points) by one and leading the 10th-place Camels (5 points) by one. Making things even more interesting, Tufts and Connecticut College both play at Bowdoin this weekend. Games at sixth-place Colby for the Jumbos and Camels this weekend will also factor into the mix. Whoever finishes on top after the weekend will take a trip to Connecticut on February 23 for the NESCAC Quarterfinals at either Wesleyan or Trinity, who are playing for first place this weekend.

Anthony Farinacci and the Tufts Hockey team will look to clinch a NESCAC Championship berth with two games in Maine this weekend

Men’s Squash

When: Friday through Sunday College Squash Association Team Championships at Yale
What You Need to Know: Though an official announcement is forthcoming, it appears as though Tufts will step up a division at the College Squash Association Team Championships this year at Yale. Based on the national rankings released February 5, Tufts is 24th which would align the Jumbos into Summers Cup competition (seeds 17 through 24). Tufts played in the Conroy Cup (seeds 25-32) last year. Tufts would be the bottom seed in the Summers Cup and would play top-seeded and #17 ranked Williams in the first round. Other teams included in a NESCAC-heavy Summers Cup would be Middlebury, MIT, Brown, Bates, Amherst and Bowdoin. Third-place finishers in the Conroy Cup a year ago, the Jumbos would be playing in the Summers Cup division for the first time since 2010.

Women’s Swimming and Diving

When: Thursday through Sunday NESCAC Championships at Wesleyan
What You Need to Know: Last year’s fourth-place finish at the NESCAC meet was Tufts’ best since 2013 and was an indication that the Jumbo program was on the rise. They’ll attempt to further that notion when they return to the conference stage this weekend. The Jumbos did it with depth last year as they only placed among the top three finishers in one event. This year the team is hoping that a groundswell of young talent emerges with more All-Conference performances and NCAA qualifying marks. In the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association national poll, Tufts was at #11 behind only #6 Williams among NESCAC teams. The Ephs have won 17 of the 18 NESCAC titles since the event began in 2001. Amherst at #17, 23rd-ranked Bowdoin and #25 Bates are also in the top 25.

Men’s Track & Field

When: Saturday at Springfield’s Triangle Classic, 10:30 am
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos will send a partial squad to Springfield College where teams from Coast Guard, Connecticut College, MIT, Springfield, Trinity, Williams and WPI will also be in action. The meet leads up to the New England Division III Indoor Championships at MIT February 22-23 where Tufts will be looking to win for the third straight year. Through this past weekend’s results, the Jumbos have Tom Doyle in the 600, Colin Raposo in the mile, Josh Etkind in the 60 hurdles, Ben Wallace in the pole vault, Kevin Quisumbing in the shot put and the 4x8 and distance medley relays all ranked among the top five in New England. The Jumbo team is currently ranked fifth in New England by the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). 

Women’s Track and Field

When: Saturday at Springfield’s Triangle Classic, 11 am
What You Need to Know: The women’s team will join the men at Springfield’s Triangle Classic as a final warm-up for the New England DIII meet. Tufts currently has the top 4x400-meters relay mark in New England with a 3:55.52 run by Tara Lowensohn, Hannah Neilon, Luana Machado and Julia Gake at Boston University’s David Hemery Valentine Invitational this past weekend. They also have the second-best 4x8 foursome - Lauren Diaz, Gake, Olivia Martin, Rhemi Toth – in New England with a 9:41.22 finish from their home Cupid Challenge meet February 2. Neilon, Gake and Toth all have individual top-five rankings in the region as well. Tufts is at #5 in the USTFCCCA New England team poll.

* - Women's Fencing, Women's Squash and Men's Swimming & Diving are idle this week.



Colin Raposo, Senior, Men’s Track & Field

At Boston University’s David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Saturday, Raposo cut almost six seconds off his PR in the mile run with a 4:09.82 time. Competing against a field of nearly 300 Division I, II and III collegiate racers and other club competitors, he was second among DIII entrants. The time is ranked sixth nationally in Division III for the 2019 season. It’s the fifth-best Jumbo mark all-time, just .07 from being third. 




Allison Cheng, Freshman, Women’s Fencing 

Competing at home in Northeast Fencing Conference matches at Carzo Cage on Saturday, Cheng won 17 of her 18 foil competitions helping the Jumbos earn a 4-2 record for the day. After losing in the second foil round against Wellesley College in Tufts’ first match of the day, she went on to record 16 victories in a row including perfect 3-0 sweeps of fencers from Smith, UMass, Sacred Heart, New Hampshire and Boston University.




Senior Clay Berger had quite the Senior Day on Saturday.  He was honored before the game as the lone senior on the hockey team and then he went and scored the Jumbos' first goal!  That earned him Play of the Week honors, watch it here: 




  Men’s basketball began the week with a 101-90 non-conference win over Lasell College led by a double-double from sophomore Luke Rogers (Boxborough, Mass.) on Thursday. Rogers recorded 21 points and 12 rebounds against the Lasers. Junior Eric Savage (South Brunswick, N.J.) also contributed 19 points and collected seven rebounds. 

  In a match-up of top New England DIII non-conference opponents, No. 6 women’s basketball opened the week with an 80-61 victory at Babson College on Wednesday night. Senior Jac Knapp (Westfield, N.J.) netted a team-high 25 points on 10-13 shooting against the Beavers. Sophomore Emily Briggs (Canton, Conn.) also scored in double-figures with 16 points. In their regular-season finale, the Jumbos got 13 points and three steals from Knapp in a 60-48 win over Trinity on Sunday. Junior Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) chipped in nine points and a team-high four assists against the Bantams.

  Women’s fencing hosted and competed in six matches at the Northeast Fencing Conference meet on Saturday. The Jumbos picked up victories over Smith, UMass, Sacred Heart, and New Hampshire. In addition to Tufts Athletics Female Athlete of the Week Allison Cheng, senior Zoe Howard (Weston, Conn.) was also very successful as she earned a 16-2 mark for the foil team on Saturday.  

  Junior Anthony Farinacci (Chatham, N.J.) of Tufts men’s hockey netted the Jumbos’ lone goal on Friday in a NESCAC contest against Amherst. Senior Clay Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) scored one of Tufts’ three goals on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon in a conference game against Hamilton. Farincacci and freshman Justin Brandt (Ann Arbor, Mich.) netted the other two Jumbo goals against the Continentals. 

  Women’s squash senior Claire Davidson (Newport, R.I.) in No. 1 and sophomore Julie Yeung (San Jose, Calif.) in No. 2 play each picked up wins in straight sets for the brown and blue against Amherst in the NESCAC Quarterfinal on Saturday. In the NESCAC Consolation Round, senior Christa Irani (Mumbai, India) was one of nine Jumbos to record wins in their 9-0 victory over Wesleyan. Yeung recorded her third win of the NESCAC Tournament in the fifth-place match to help guide Tufts to a 5-4 victory against Bates on Sunday. 

  Men’s swimming and diving competed in their final regular season meet on Friday and Saturday at the Boston Winter Open. Freshman Devon French (New York, N.Y.) had a good weekend as he won the 50 fly (22.90), finished second in the 100 fly (50.30), and placed fourth in the 200 fly (1:52.31). Senior Ross Wood (Fort Washington, Pa.) competed in the freestyle sprints, including times of 21.29 in the 50 and 47.24 in the 100. 

  Women’s swimming and diving was the lone Division III team in their regular-season finale at the Boston Winter Open. Junior Brooke Bernstein (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) recorded a trial time of 26.45 in the 50 butterfly and had a runner-up finish in the 50 freestyle (24.28). Fellow junior Hannah Truslow (New Smyrna Beach, Fla.) turned in a solid performance as well as she placed third in the 500 freestyle (5:08.80) and added a 1:55.24 time in the 200 free. 

The Women's Track 4x4 of (l-r) Luana Machado, Hannah Neilon, Juila Gake and Tara Lowensohn ran the top time in New England and #9 in the nation last weekend at BU

  Men’s track and field competed at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Friday and Saturday. On Friday night, the Jumbos had a foursome of freshman Collin O’Sullivan (Glen Head, N.Y.), juniors Billy Witrock (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) and Roman Lovell (Munroe Falls, Ohio), and freshman Nicholas Delaney (Princeton, N.J.) clock a time of 10:23.09 in the distance medley relay that is ranked #19 nationally. Senior Benji Wallace (Milwaukee, Wis.) competed at MIT’s Gordon Kelly Invitational on Saturday and recorded a win in the pole vault as he cleared 15’5” (4.70m). 

  Women’s track and field ran three top 20 national marks on Friday at the David Henry Valentine Invitational. Junior Rhemi Toth (Weston, Conn.) ranked seventh nationally in both the mile run (4:57.39), as did the 4x4 of freshmen Tara Lowensohn, Hannah Neilon and Luana Machado along with junior Julia Gake (3:55.53). Junior Lauren Diaz (Summit, N.J.) timed a 14th-best-in-DIII 2:16.10 in the 800 event. On Saturday, senior Kylene DeSmith (Rochester, N.H.) in the 60-meter hurdles (9.22) and sophomore Nkem Aduka (Camas, Wash.) in the shot put (39’3 ¾” 0 11.98m) won their respective events at MIT’s Gordon Kelly Invitational

  Please join us at Tufts Baseball’s fourth Annual First Pitch Reception at historic Fenway Park in the EMC Club on Friday February 22, 2019. Once again a fun evening is in store as Boston sports media personality Tony Massarotti will serve as master of ceremonies. Additionally, Tufts is honored to have Major General (US Army, Retired) Robert G. Catalanotti, Senior Advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense for International Security and father of current Army ranger and former Jumbo ballplayer Captain Eric Catalanotti A07, as our guest speaker. 

  Read the NESCAC’s Friday Feature Q&A with Tufts Women’s Squash Senior Chista Irani