This Week in Tufts Athletics: April 1 - 7

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When: Monday vs. Salem State, 3 pm / Thursday vs. MIT, 3:30 pm / Saturday Double-header vs. Middlebury, 12:30 pm / Sunday vs. Keene State, 1 pm.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos (11-3, 2-1 NESCAC East) are in the midst of an unusual 15-game home-stand. They have a busy week with four dates and five games all at Huskins Field. Every contest is outside of the NESCAC East Division, where Tufts currently sits second. Ranked seventh in the first New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association poll last week, the Jumbos start the week against 8-6 Salem State. Tufts then renews its rivalry with neighboring MIT, who enter the week at 8-6-1. The weekend will bring a non-divisional NESCAC double-header against Middlebury on Saturday. The Panthers are 10-5 and 2-1 in the NESCAC West through March 31. Keene State on Sunday is the only opponent who enters the week with a losing record as the Owls are 6-10. 


When: Friday and Saturday RIC Invitational (at Valley Country Club in Warwick, R.I.), 10 am both days.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos resume their 2018-19 season with their first tournament of the spring. Rhode Island College hosts at Valley Country Club, a private 18-hole, par-72 course with 51 bunkers and three water holes featured on a tree-lined course. Head coach George Pendergast’s Jumbos are returning to the Rhode Island College spring tournament for the first time since 2016. Back in the fall, the Jumbos were fourth at the NESCAC Qualifier to advance to the conference championship coming up later this spring for the second year in a row. Starting this weekend, they play in three tournaments leading up to NESCAC’s April 27-28 at Middlebury. Sophomore Alex Honigford tied for 11th individually with his two-round 155 (+11) at the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association Championship in the fall. 

Men’s Lacrosse

When: Wednesday vs. Williams, 7 pm / Saturday at Wesleyan, 1 pm.
What You Need to Know: To date, the Jumbos (9-0) have played the bottom four teams in NESCAC and are tied for first place with Amherst at 4-0 in the league. Their conference schedule starts to get tougher beginning this week against Williams (7-1, 3-1 NESCAC) and Wesleyan (7-1, 3-1). The Ephs were ranked 14th in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III poll last week. Their only loss is to Wesleyan in their season-opener back on March 3. The Cardinals are the defending NCAA champions who knocked Tufts out of the NCAA’s in the quarterfinals last season. Tufts had defeated Wesleyan to win the NESCAC title 10 days earlier. The Cardinals, eighth in the national poll, have a loss to Bates this spring. 

Women’s Lacrosse

When: Wednesday at Williams, 6 pm / Saturday vs. Wesleyan, 1 pm / Sunday vs. Babson, 2 pm.
What You Need to Know: After playing just once last week, the Jumbos have three games including two in NESCAC. They hit the road on Wednesday to play at Williams College, who are at 1-3 in the league and 5-3 overall. The Ephs have a 9-7 win over an Endicott squad that the Jumbos defeated 17-5 on March 24. Then on Saturday Tufts will host the most improved team in the league in Wesleyan. The Cardinals (8-1, 3-1 NESCAC) are at #12 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association poll. In the common opponents comparison, #7 Tufts has a 15-8 win over #11 Colby and Wesleyan defeated the Mules 16-6. Looks like it should be a good one on Bello. Tufts then returns to Bello the next day for non-league action against Babson (6-3, 2-0 NEWAC). 

Men’s Rowing

When: Saturday vs. Williams and Coast Guard at Malden River, 9:20 am.
What You Need to Know: Now in their fifth season under head coach Noel Wanner, the Tufts University men’s rowing program gets its spring season started this weekend with Saturday races against Williams College and Coast Guard. The action takes place out of Shoemaker Boathouse on the Malden River. Last spring, Tufts enjoyed a historic day by the program's standards when they medaled in two events (second and third varsity eights) at the New England Rowing Championships. Then they finished second in the men's point trophy standings at the National Invitational Rowing Championships (NIRC). With an added year of experience under their belts, the Jumbos will look to build off that momentum starting starting Saturday. Williams College was third in the men’s varsity eight at the New England Championships last May, Tufts was sixth and Coast Guard placed ninth.

Men's and Women's Rowing take to the Malden River for their season-opening races this weekend.

Women’s Rowing

When: Saturday vs. Trinity and Coast Guard at Malden River / Sunday vs. Amherst and Smith at Malden River, 10 am both days.
What You Need to Know: Tufts, ranked seventh in the recently-released USRowing / College Rowing Coaches Association national poll, opens their spring schedule this weekend at Malden River. Saturday’s races are against Trinity and Coast Guard. The Jumbos are expecting to have their 1V, 2V, and 3V eights in the water against the Bantams and the Bears. On Sunday Tufts will be meeting competition from Amherst and Smith. Weekend opponents joining the Jumbos in the national poll are Smith, who is tied for fifth, and Coast Guard who is ranked 12th. At the New England Rowing Championships last May, Tufts was sixth, Smith was ninth, Trinity was 11th, Amherst was 14th and Coast Guard placed 18th in the first varsity eight. The Jumbos’ William A. Shoemaker Boathouse is located at 300 Rivers Edge Drive in Medford.

Co-ed Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday New England Team Racing Championship (at Connecticut College), 9:30 am.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos will be looking to place among the top four teams at the New England Team Racing Championship hosted by Connecticut College in New London this weekend. They need to do so in order to advance to the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Team Racing national championship later this spring. Tufts was 11th at the regional team racing championship a year ago. The last time they advanced to the national championship in this event was 2017 after they hosted and finished as the runner-up in the New England Team Racing event. This year’s national championship is in Newport, Rhode Island May 25-27. Roger Williams University from the New England region was the national runner-up in 2018. Yale is the defending New England champion.

Women’s Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday Emily Wick Trophy (at Coast Guard), 10:30 am.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos will travel to the United States Coast Guard Academy for the annual Emily Wick Trophy this weekend. Jetting out 600 feet into Connecticut’s Thames River, in New London, Conn., is Jacobs Rock. This three-story sailing center will be home base for this weekend’s regatta. Tufts will be looking to improve upon their 15th-place finish at the event hosted by Yale last season. The major inter-conference regatta was won in 2018 by College of Charleston, who less than two months later would almost win the national championship. Tufts sophomore skipper Talia Toland and senior crew Taylor Hart were both in action at the Wick last year. The New England women’s championship is coming up April 20-21.


When: Tuesday Double-header vs. Endicott, 3 pm / Friday at Bowdoin, 4 pm / Saturday Double-header at Bowdoin, 12 pm.
What You Need to Know: Tufts (14-2, 3-0 NESCAC East), who showed up in the National Fast-pitch Coaches Association top 25 last week at #23, gets its first taste of out-of-conference competition in Tuesday’s home double-header against Endicott. The Gulls are 9-3 overall and 2-0 in the Commonwealth Coast Conference. This is the first meeting between the teams since 2016 when Tufts swept two at Endicott. The Jumbos then return to NESCAC East action on the weekend. The Polar Bears (12-7, 1-2 NESCAC East) lost two out of three in divisional play at Trinity this past weekend. Bowdoin was second behind the Jumbos in the NESCAC East last year and advanced to the conference championship game. The Jumbos took two out of three from the Polar Bears last year.

Men’s Tennis

When: Sunday vs. Williams, 1 pm.
What You Need to Know: The Jumbos are off all week until hosting Williams College in NESCAC action on Sunday afternoon. In the newest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national poll released last week, the Jumbos are at #17 and the Ephs are sixth. Williams is third and Tufts is seventh in the Northeast regional rankings. The Jumbos defeated the Ephs in 2015 for the first time since 1989, but have lost the last four matches in the series. While Tufts’ Boris Sorkin is the #1-ranked singles player nationally, the Ephs have sophomore Arturo Kam at #23 nationally. Idle until this match on Sunday, Tufts could use the rest following an epic seven hour-plus match against Wesleyan this past Sunday which the Jumbos lost 5-4 in the final set. 

Women’s Tennis

When: Friday vs. Emory, 1 pm / Saturday at Bates, 10 am / Saturday at Colby, 3:30 pm.
What You Need to Know: Emory University, the top-ranked team in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) national poll, visits Tufts on Friday. This is the third straight year that the Eagles will be playing in Medford. The NCAA runner-up a year ago, Emory is 12-0 this season including wins over Amherst (8-1) and Wesleyan (7-2) from NESCAC. The seventh-ranked Jumbos then play two conference matches in Maine on Saturday. First they are at Bates (4-5), who will be playing their first match since March 17 when they host the Jumbos. Tufts will then pack up and make the slightly less than one-hour trip up to Colby to face the Mules, who enter the week with a 4-3 record. They have a 5-3 win over a Redlands team whom Tufts defeated 5-4.

Men’s Track & Field

When: Saturday at MIT w/ RPI and Bates, 12 pm.
What You Need to Know: Tufts competes in its annual quad meet with MIT, RPI and Bates College on Saturday at MIT. Though over the years smaller meets like this have been replaced by larger invitational competitions, the Jumbos and the others rock it old school this week. This is the fourth season of this quad contest. Though it’s the regular-season and line-ups aren’t typically set to win meets, the Jumbos are the only team among the four that has not yet won this event. RPI, who was just first at the Snowflake Classic hosted by Tufts last Saturday, won last season’s Quad Meet. Tufts hosted and was the runner-up last season. The Jumbos won six events, including current senior Anthony Kardonsky with a season-best (at the time) 10.89 seconds in the 100 meters.

Women’s Track & Field

When: Saturday at MIT w/ RPI and Bates, 12 pm.
What You Need to Know: Coming off a victory in the annual Snowflake Classic at home, Tufts joins MIT, RPI and Bates College for their annual Quad Meet. The event is now in its fourth season. The Jumbos are two-time runners-up at the meet, which has been won all three years by MIT. Tufts hosted and placed second last spring. MIT was the second-place team in New England this past winter, just ahead of Tufts which should make for a good battle this weekend. With only four meets total before NESCACs, each weekend is crucial. Tufts will look to take a run at MIT, while getting more qualifiers for the postseason. Current junior Rhemi Toth timed 2:15.55 to win the 800 meters at this meet last season, which remains her PR in the event.


Peter DeMaria, Freshman, Baseball

In four starts last week, DeMaria hit .538 (7/13) with a double, a home run, eight rbis and five runs scored. He went 2 for 5 with three rbis in the first game of the NESCAC East series against Bates on Friday, a 6-0 win. He was 2 for 2 with a run in Saturday's 4-2 game-one victory over the Bobcats. In non-league action against Mass Maritime on Wednesday, DeMaria finished 3 for 3 with five rbis and three runs. He has 20 rbis through the first 11 games of his Tufts career.




Casey Maggiore, Junior, Softball

Maggiore hit .625 (5/8) with two doubles, a home run, seven rbis and three runs scored in three games as Tufts swept Bates in NESCAC East Division action. She hit a two-run home run in game one on Saturday when Tufts had its closest win (3-0) and finished 2 for 3 in the game. She added an rbi double to an eight-run third inning for the Jumbos in game two on Saturday. The junior 1B had been 2 for 3 with four rbis in the series opener on Friday.




  After four teams scored in NCAA events during the past month, the Tufts University varsity athletics program is at #8 in last week's release of the DIII standings of the Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup through the winter season.

  Jumbo Baseball (11-3, 2-1 NESCAC East) opened Huskins Field for a new season and won all four games. Tufts drew 20 walks, tied for the second-most in a game in NCAA Division III history, as they defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy 24-6 in their home opener on Wednesday. Senior tri-captain R.J. Hall threw a three-hit shutout for a 6-0 victory over Bates College on Friday afternoon when Tufts began NESCAC East play. In Saturday’s double-header split versus the Bobcats, junior Brent Greeley, freshman Steven Landry and junior Spencer Langdon limited the Bobcats to four hits and one earned run in the 4-2 first-game victory. Bates took game two 6-5.

  Tufts Men’s Lacrosse (9-0, 4-0 NESCAC) kept pace with Amherst College atop the NESCAC standings with a 24-6 victory at Connecticut College on Saturday. The game was tied 3-3 in the middle of the second quarter before a remarkable 13-0 run by the Jumbos gave them a 16-3 advantage. Both senior co-captain Danny Murphy and sophomore Max Waldbaum scored four goals with two assists to lead the Jumbos offensively in the game. Goalies Mason Pollack, Joe Theuer and Ben Shmerler all played for the Jumbos. Tufts has now scored 49 goals in their last two NESCAC games, including a 25-12 win over Trinity on March 23. 

Tufts Women's Sailing competed in windy conditions at the Dellenbaugh Trophy in Rhode Island on Sunday.

  Women’s Lacrosse had a season-high 11 assists as they earned a 21-7 NESCAC victory over Connecticut College on Saturday at Bello Field. Head coach Courtney Shute’s team remained unbeaten at 8-0 and 4-0 in the league. Senior Courtney Grygiel was the most generous Jumbo with four assists, her career high. Freshman Colette Smith led Tufts in overall scoring with five goals and an assist for six points. The Jumbos tallied seven free-position goals in the game, including three by senior Dakota Adamec. Junior Maddie Norman won eight draw controls as Tufts dominated that category 21-9 over the Camels. All 29 Jumbos played in the game.

  The NESCAC-leading Tufts University Jumbos earned an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III National Offensive Player of the Week award for the second year in a row as senior Dakota Adamec was honored today on Wednesday. Caroline Nowak, a 2018 graduate, received this honor last spring.

  Among the regattas that Tufts Co-ed Sailing competed in last weekend was the 38th Annual Lynn Marchiando Trophy team race hosted by MIT. The Jumbos were fifth in the lead-up to the New England Team Racing Championship coming up this weekend. Tufts won nine out of 15 contests in the first round robin of the Marchiando including perfect 1-2-3 finishes against Bowdoin and MIT. One of eight teams to advance into the Gold bracket, Tufts had a 4-3 record in that round as they defeated Yale and Hobart-William Smith for the second time. They also had another 1-2-3 finish versus Boston College.

  Jumbo Softball (16-2, 3-0 NESCAC East) opened its home and NESCAC East Division schedule with a three-game sweep over Bates College. Sophomore Kristi Van Meter pitched a one-hit shutout and junior 1B Casey Maggiore finished with four runs batted in as the 23rd-ranked Jumbos defeated the Bobcats 8-0 in six innings on Friday afternoon. On Saturday, sophomore Kristina Haghdan pitched a three-hit shutout in game one, and the Tufts offense exploded for eight runs in the third inning of game two as the Jumbos won 3-0 and 11-1 in five innings. Junior 3B Jamie Stevens hit a two-run home run in Tufts’ big inning in the nightcap.

  Men’s Tennis (4-5, 0-2 NESCAC) played an epic match against Wesleyan on Sunday which came down to the final set. Tufts lost 5-4 in a match that lasted longer than seven hours as it moved from outdoors to indoors. Tufts won doubles as Carl-Herman Grant and Zach Shaff at #2 and Niko Hereford with Ethan Bershtein on the third court third were victorious. In Saturday’s 6-3 loss at Amherst, Tufts sophomore Boris Sorkin, the #1-ranked player in the country in singles, got the best of Amherst’s Sean Wei, #18 in the nation, with a 6-3, 6-4 win at first singles. Freshman Isaac Gorelik posted a 7-5, 6-4 third-singles victory.

  In a pair of NESCAC losses for Tufts Women’s Tennis (3-4, 2-2 NESCAC) last week, the Jumbos received singles wins from senior Tomo Iwasaki and sophomore Patricia Obeid as well as a doubles victory from their freshman #1 tandem of Maggie Dorr and Caroline Garrido. Iwasaki defeated Bowdoin’s Tasha Christ 6-4, 6-2 in second singles on Friday afternoon. The hosts then closed within a point (3-2) due to a 6-3, 6-2 victory by Obeid against Polar Bear Devon Wolfe. Sunday’s match against Wesleyan saw the Jumbos take a 1-0 lead with a convincing 8-2 win in first doubles by Dorr and Garrido over the Cardinals' #5 nationally-ranked duo.

  Senior Josh Etkind won the 110-meter hurdles with a mark that is ranked sixth nationally as the Tufts Men's Outdoor Track & Field team opened its New England schedule with the annual Snowflake Classic on Saturday. Competing at Ellis Oval / Dussault Track, Etkind ran 14.71 seconds to defeat RPI's Alex Jonson (15.07). Etkind's time is sixth-best in DIII as of Sunday morning. Tufts won six events overall. Sophomore Matthew Manteiga also unloaded a career-best 22'6 ¼" (6.86m) to win the long jump and earn a #16 mark nationally. The Jumbos placed second at the meet behind RPI, finishing with a total of 151 points.

  The Tufts Women's Outdoor Track & Field team posted four national top 20 marks while winning the Snowflake Classic at home on Ellis Oval / Dussault Track Saturday. Freshman Hannah Neilon had a top 20 individual mark in the 800 meters with a 2:17.47 that was #19 in Division III as of Sunday morning. She also ran with the 4x4 that has the #19 ranked time in the country with a 4:03.06 on Saturday. She competed with classmates Tara Lowensohn, Luana Machado and Julia Worden. With great depth of scoring, Tufts compiled 148.5 points to win going away. RPI was second at 108.