This Week in Tufts Athletics: March 11 - 17

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When: Monday vs. Brandeis (at New England Baseball Complex), 4 pm / Friday vs. Castleton (at Apprentice), 1 pm / Friday at Apprentice, 4 pm / Saturday vs. Stevens (at Apprentice), 4 pm / Sunday vs. St. Vincent (at Apprentice), 10 am
What You Need to Know: There’s still snow on the ground at Tufts, but it’s baseball season as the Jumbos play five games this week to begin the 2019 campaign. After Sunday’s scheduled season-opener against Williams was snowed out, the Jumbos replaced it with a game against Brandeis on the turf field at New England Baseball Complex for Monday. Tufts then departs on its spring trip starting with a busy four-game weekend. Each game will be played at War Memorial Stadium in Newport News, Virginia. The stadium was designed by the legendary Branch Rickey as an affiliate for his Brooklyn Dodgers and opened in June 1948. The Jumbos, who are receiving votes in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s 2019 preseason poll, will face Castleton and Stevens teams which are also receiving votes in the rankings. 

Tri-captain Harrison Frickman and the Jumbo Baseball team open the season with five games this week.

Women’s Lacrosse

When: Monday at MIT, 6 pm / Saturday vs. Colby, 1 pm
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos have scored 39 goals in their first two games this season and will look to keep it going in a pair of contests this week. The MIT date is rescheduled from last week when it was too cold to play. The Jumbos defeated the Engineers 21-10 last season led by three goals and three assists from Emily Games. Tufts will then open its home schedule on Bello Field with a NESCAC game against Colby College. The brown and blue enter the week as the #10 team in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association national poll and Colby is eighth. The Mules are off to a 3-0 start this spring including conference victories over Amherst (6-5) and Hamilton (14-10). The Jumbos edged the Mules 11-9 in Maine last year.

Men’s Lacrosse

When: Tuesday vs. Endicott, 7 pm / Friday at Colby, 7 pm
What You Need to Know: The fourth-ranked Jumbos renew their non-conference rivalry with Endicott College from the Commonwealth Coast Conference and return to NESCAC action at Colby this week. Last season, Tufts received a goal by Matt Treiber with 1:26 remaining in the fourth quarter and then an overtime tally by Nick Shanks to defeat the Gulls 12-11. Endicott will bring a 1-2 record to Tufts on Tuesday night including a 17-6 loss to a Stevens team that the Jumbos came from behind to beat 19-17 this past Saturday. Colby (1-2 overall) is 0-2 in NESCAC including a 17-9 loss against a Hamilton team that Tufts defeated 20-11 to open its season. The Jumbos won 20-6 over Colby in 2018 with Danny Murphy scoring three goals with three assists.

Men’s Tennis

When: Saturday at Caltech, 5 pm / Sunday vs. Sewanee (at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps), 1 pm – Times EST.
What You Need to Know: Tufts starts its annual spring break week in California with matches against a pair of teams ranked among the top 30 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association national poll. The Jumbos are at #22 themselves and will play #29 Caltech and #18 Sewanee. The Beavers of Caltech are currently 2-1 including a 5-4 loss to Brandeis, whom Tufts was defeated by 7-2 in the Jumbo spring-opener on Saturday. The Beavers have four matches this week before they see Tufts on Saturday. The Jumbos played Sewanee in California last year and earned a 5-4 win when Ben Biswas took the decisive sixth singles match. The Tigers, 8-1 entering the week, will play in the Stag-Hen Invitational hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Friday and Saturday before facing the Jumbos.

Women’s Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday at St. Mary’s Inter-conference Regatta, 10:30 am
What You Need to Know: The Tufts women’s team starts its spring schedule by traveling to St. Mary’s College in Maryland for this weekend’s regatta. The competitive early-season event is scheduled to feature teams from Boston College, Boston University, Charleston, Cornell, George Washington, Georgetown, Harvard, Hobart & William Smith, Old Dominion, Saint Mary’s, Tulane, Navy, Michigan, Rhode Island, South Florida, Virginia and Yale along with the Jumbos. Tufts finished the fall by placing ninth in the Women’s Showcase hosted by St. Mary’s, with sophomore Talia Toland and freshman Abbie Carlson as skippers with freshman Ann Sheridan and senior Taylor Hart as crews. Tufts was ranked 14th in the Sailing World college rankings at the end of the fall. Second-ranked Yale, #4 Boston College and #5 Cornell are among the many ranked teams who will be with Tufts this weekend.


When: Saturday vs. Amherst (Kissimmee, Fla.), 11:45 am / Saturday vs. Mount St. Mary (N.Y.) (at Kissimmee, Fla.), 2:15 pm / Sunday vs. Hamilton (at Clermont, Fla.), 1:45 pm / Sunday vs. Rutgers-Camden (at Clermont, Fla.), 4 pm 
What You Need to Know: Tufts starts a new era under interim head coach Lauren Ebstein (Tufts Class of 2007) following the departure of long-time Jumbo mentor and national champion Cheryl Milligan. As always, the season begins with a crazy week in Florida starting with four games this coming weekend. Though the Jumbos will be 1,300 miles from home, they will see two conference members this weekend. On Saturday, the Jumbos open the season against 2018 NESCAC West Division champion and NCAA qualifier Amherst. The Mammoths will be at the end of their week in Florida. Tufts will also play Skyline Conference champions Mount St. Mary on Saturday. Sunday will bring NESCAC West member Hamilton College (11-22, 2-10 NESCAC last year) and Rutger-Camden (10-21 last year). Both NESCAC games are non-divisional match-ups and don’t count towards Tufts’ conference record.

Men’s Track & Field

When: Saturday at Ross & Sharon Irwin Collegiate Scoring Meet (at Point Loma Nazarene), 9 am
What You Need to Know: There’s no break for the track & field teams, as the spring season starts this week following the end of the indoor schedule at NCAA’s this past weekend. Members of the men’s outdoor team will spend spring break week in San Diego competing in a pair of meets hosted by Point Loma Nazarene University. This Saturday will be the first. Though the Jumbos are sure to enjoy the San Diego weather, they’ll also compete seriously. At this meet last year, Tufts’ Andrew DiMaiti recorded his eventual NCAA qualifying time in the 400-meter hurdles. For those of you who are following the Jumbos to San Diego, be advised that admission is charged to the meet. Spectators 12 and under are no charge, seniors and military $5, students with ID’s $6 everyone else $8.

Women’s Track & Field

When: Friday and Saturday at Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational (Coastal Carolina), 10 am and 9 am.
What You Need to Know: Nine members of the team will open the 2019 outdoor season by spending the first weekend of spring break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina competing at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational. Coastal Carolina University is serving as host of the competition at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. More than 40 teams representing Divisions I, II and III from across the country will be at the meet including Roger Williams, UMass Boston, UMass Lowell and Wheaton College along with the Jumbos from New England. Fans following the Jumbos to Myrtle Beach should be advised that admission is charged to the multi-day meet. Ticket prices are $12 for a daily adult entry, $20 for an adult meet pass (which includes a program) and $5 for students with ID. Children 6 and under are free.


Matt Treiber, Junior, Men's Lacrosse

Treiber contributed nine goals and five assists for 14 points to two Jumbo non-conference victories during the week. He had two goals and three assists in Tufts’ 19-6 win at home over Keene State on Tuesday. He then exploded for seven goals and two assists at #9 Stevens on Saturday. Tufts entered the fourth-quarter trailing the Ducks 17-14 and Treiber scored twice to help Tufts tie it at 17-17. He then assisted the game-winning goal as Tufts earned a 19-17 win.



Rhemi Toth, Junior, Women's Track & Field

Toth earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston over the weekend. She finished seventh in the mile run final on Saturday with a career-best time of 4:55.13. Earning the first All-American honor (top eight) of her career, Toth beat MIT's Marissa Phillips (4:55.52) to the finish line for seventh place. On Friday she had been one of 10 runners to advance to the NCAA final with a 5:03.48 time in the preliminaries.




  Women’s basketball junior co-captain Erica DeCandido (North Wales, Pa.) netted a team-high 15 points in the Jumbos’ 55-41 NCAA “Sweet 16” victory over Messiah. DeCandido grabbed 10 rebounds to help her record a double-double against the Falcons. Junior Cailin Harrington (Westwood, Mass.) also scored in double-digits with 14 points and hit three three-pointers. Tufts then got 13 points from sophomore Emily Briggs (Canton, Conn.) in their 44-40 “Elite Eight” loss to Scranton. Seniors Jac Knapp (Westfield, N.J.) and Katie Martensen (Simsbury, Conn.) ended their Jumbo careers with an impressive 112-15 overall record and reached the “Elite Eight” all four years. Knapp was also selected to play in the inaugural Beyond Sports Women's Collegiate All-Star Game on March 16 at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. 

  No. 4 men’s lacrosse played their home-opener on Tuesday night and defeated Keene State 19-6. Sophomore Max Waldbaum (Denver, Colo.) and senior Danny Murphy (Hauppauge, N.Y.) both netted hat-tricks for the Jumbos. Senior Ben Connelly (Winnetka, Ill.), junior Matt Treiber (Medfield, Mass.), and sophomore Garrett Samuelson (Basking Ridge, N.J.) each scored two goals apiece. Then on Saturday afternoon in a clash of top 10 teams, the Jumbos rallied to a 19-17 victory at No. 9 Stevens after being down by three going into the fourth. Treiber had a game-high seven goals against Stevens. Samuelson had four goals and two assists. Senior goalie Mason Pollack (Arlington, Va.) stopped 17 Stevens shots, including eight in the fourth. 

Women's lacrosse goalie Audrey Evers and the Jumbos' defense shut out Wellesley College on Saturday.

  No. 10 women’s lacrosse recorded its first shutout since 2017 with a 21-0 win at Wellesley on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Claire Wright (Denver, Colo.) netted three goals and scooped up four ground balls for the Jumbos. Freshman Colette Smith (Moorestown, N.J.) also scored three goals and dished out two assists. Senior Dakota Adamec (Katonah, N.Y.), senior Courtney Grygiel (Andover, Mass.) and freshman Molly Seibel (Hanover, N.H.) each put the ball in the back of the cage twice. The Jumbo defense allowed just two shots on goal.  

  Women’s track & field senior co-captain Kelsey Tierney (Whitman, Mass.) and junior Rhemi Toth (Weston, Conn.) competed at the NCAA Championship meet over the weekend. Both qualified for the finals in their respective events in Friday’s preliminaries. Tierney ran in the 3,000 meter event and clocked a time of 9:58.64, which was good for sixth overall in the prelims. Toth participated in the mile and marked a 5:03.48, which ranked ninth in the trials. Toth then ran an All-American mile time (seventh place) on Saturday with her 4:55.13 mark. Tierney ranked 10th in the 3,000 meter final with her 10:08.26 time. 

  Men’s track & field had seniors Josh Etkind (New City, N.Y.), Colin Raposo (Burlington, Mass.) and Hiroto Watanabe (Yarmouth Port, Mass.) compete in the preliminaries at the NCAA Championships on Friday. Etkind ran an 8:36 in the 60-meter hurdles, which ranked 14th. Raposo competed in the mile event and clocked a time of 4:15.25 which ranked 15th. Watanabe ran in the 800 meters event and posted a 1:54.69 mark, which placed 16th.  

  Women’s tennis defeated Trinity 8-1 in their spring-opener on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Maggie Dorr (Concord, Mass.) recorded victories in both No. 1 singles and doubles. Fellow rookies Carolin Garrido (Gastonia, N.C.) Anna Lowy (Lake Oswego, Ore.) and Nicole Frankel (Fair Lawn, N.J.) also picked up victories in singles and double action.

  Men’s tennis opened their spring season on Saturday against Brandeis and fell 7-2. Sophomore Boris Sorkin (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) picked up a 6-3, 6-2 victory in No. 1 singles action. Junior Ben Biswas (Bedford, Mass.) and sophomore Niko Hereford (Denver, Colo.) recorded an 8-7 (2) win in No. 3 doubles.

  Freshman Hannah Fruitman of the women's fencing team won a pair of quarterfinal matches at the 2019 NCAA Northeast Regionals held at Vassar College on Sunday. Fruitman, seeded 35th in the epee division entering the meet, won three of her four matches in the opening round and was +7 in touches scored. She was one of 35 to advance to the quarterfinals, where she had two wins in six matches and was nearly even in touches (-1). She finished 23rd in epee, up 12 spots from her seed.

  The co-ed sailing team had a strong showing at the Wood Trophy Team Race hosted by Harvard over the weekend, placing second of nine teams. Tufts was in first place after Saturday's opening round with a 7-1 record. The Jumbos were one of four teams to advance to a final round, where the Catamounts defeated Tufts with first, second and fifth finishes in a head-to-head final four race. The Jumbos recorded a 9-2 record for the weekend overall. 

  The 2018-19 winter sports teams at Tufts University placed 97 student-athletes on the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Academic Teams and seven Jumbos received 2018-19 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team honors as well.

  Read NESCAC's Friday Feature Q&A with Baseball's Casey Santos-Ocampo  

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