This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 1 - 7

Football

When: Saturday at Bowdoin at 1:30 pm
What you need to know: Tufts (3-0) will travel to Bowdoin (0-3). Last year the Jumbos won 31-3 over the Polar Bears. Bowdoin fell to Amherst 24-14 last week. The Polar Bear’s sophomore quarterback Austin McCrum has thrown for a team high 521 yards and three touchdown passes. Junior running back Nate Richam has rushed for 396 yards and two rushing touchdowns which leads the Polar Bears. McCrum’s favorite target through three weeks sophomore receiver/quarterback Griff Stalcup has been who has a team high 16 catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. Bowdoin’s defense is led by junior linebacker Joe Gowetski who has a team high 32 tackles. The Polar Bear offense has averaged 360 yards, allowed 493 yards, 14.7 scored points, and has conceived 34 points per game. Tufts senior quarterback Ryan McDonald is the team’s leading passer having thrown for 478 yards and four passing touchdowns. The Jumbo run game is led by McDonald who has run for 287 yards and five rushing touchdowns. Senior Dom Borelli has also rushed for over 100 yards and scored a touchdown. Senior receiver Dan de Leon has been McDonald’s top pass catcher with 10 catches and 120 yards. Tufts defense has been stout as junior Greg Holt has the most tackles on the team recording 28 tackles as well as 2.5 sacks to lead the NESCAC. The Jumbos have averaged 362.7 yards, allowed 231.7 yards, scored 30.7 points and allowed just 9.7 points per game which is the best in the NESCAC. 

Men’s Soccer

When: Saturday at Middlebury at 1:30 pm
What you need to know: The third-ranked Jumbos (9-0-0, 5-0-0 NESCAC) will face Middlebury (4-2-2, 2-2-1 NESCAC) in a conference road contest on Saturday. Last year, the Jumbos won both contests over the Panthers including a 1-0 victory in the NESCAC Championship game. Middlebury’s top point scorer is junior forward Ben Potter with six points. The Panthers are averaging 1.75 goals per game and allowed 0.46 goals per game. The Jumbos are led by junior forward Joe Braun and sophomore midfielder Travis Van Brewer who are tied with eight points. Tufts has averaged 1.78 goals per game while only allowing 0.33 goals per game through September. Senior goalie Conner Mieth has posted five shutouts on the season.

Women’s Soccer

When: Saturday at Middlebury at 1:30 pm
What you need to know: The women’s soccer team (6-2-1, 3-1-1 NESCAC) will travel to fifth-ranked conference opponent Middlebury (9-0, 6-0 NESCAC) on Saturday. The Jumbos were edged 1-0 last year when they took on the Panthers. Middlebury’s top point scorer is sophomore forward Leah Salzman with a team-leading five goals and 11 points. The Panthers have averaged 2.89 goals per game and conceived 0.56 goals per game. Tufts is led by sophomore midfielder Sophie Lloyd who has a team high 17 points on the season and is tied for the NESCAC lead for goals with seven. The Jumbos have averaged two goals per game while only conceiving 0.64 per game a month into the season. 

Field Hockey

When: Saturday at Middlebury at 1 pm
What you need to know: The third-ranked Jumbos (8-0, 5-0 NESCAC) will travel to first-ranked Middlebury (9-0, 5-0 NESCAC) for a 1 pm battle of the unbeatens on Saturday.  The Panthers won the 2017 National Championship and NESCAC Championship. The Jumbos fell 3-2 to the Panthers last season. Middlebury is led by senior forward Grace Jennings who has recorded a team high 18 points. There are four other Panthers who have more than ten points in their prolific offense. The Continentals are averaging five goals per game while only conceiving one goal per game. Tufts leading point scorer is senior forward Gigi Tutoni with 12 points and a team high six goals. The Jumbos are averaging 2.90 goals per game and allowing goals 0.74 per game. The winner of this top five contest will sit atop the NESCAC standings. 

Volleyball

When: Tuesday at Mass-Boston at 7 pm, Friday vs. Amherst at 7 pm and Saturday vs. Trinity at 1 pm 
What you need to know: The Jumbos (9-6, 4-1 NESCAC) will start the week off traveling to UMass-Boston (10-4) on Tuesday after winning two of three matches last week. Tufts defeated the Beacons 3-0 when the teams met last year. Beacon senior outside hitter Eileen Shi leads the offense with 200 kills.  Sophomore setter Carsen Komminsk has a team high 237 assists on the season. The Jumbos will then host conference opponent Amherst (10-2, 3-1 NESCAC) on Friday. Tufts defeated the Mammoths twice last year, including a 3-0 victory in the NESCAC semifinal. Amherst sophomore outside hitter Jamie Daley has a team-high 147 kills. The team leader in assists is junior setter Charlotte Duran with 422 assists. Tufts concludes the week by hosting Trinity (8-4, 1-3 NESCAC) in a conference match on Saturday. Last year, Tufts downed Trinity 3-0. The Bantams are led by senior outside hitter Rachel Underwood who has a team high 140 kills.  Sophomore setter Jessica Yang has 390 assists to lead the team. 

Men’s Cross Country 

When: Saturday at All-New England Championships at 11 am
What you need to know: This is the men’s cross country team’s fourth event of the season. Last year the Jumbos rested their top seven runners at this event.  In 2015, the Jumbos placed 11th out of 38 teams which was the last time the top seven competed. The Jumbos have been led by senior co-captain Dylan Jones who has finished in the top two finishers on the team in their first three contests, including a win at the Pineland Shootout. Seniors Brian Reaney and Colin Raposo have also each finished in the top two for Tufts.  

Women’s Cross Country

When: Saturday at All-New England Championships at 11 am
What you need to know: This will be the women’s cross country team’s fourth meet of the season. The Jumbos finished 11th out of 28 teams last year at the All-New England Championships. Senior Natalie Bettez finished with the team’s top time of 18:23 and was 11th overall. This season, Tufts has finished in the top three at each of the meets they have competed in. Bettez came in first overall in the two races she’s taken part in. Junior Lydia Heeley finished a team best 18th clocking in at 22:50 this past weekend at the Maine State Invitational.  

Sailing

When: Saturday and Sunday, women’s sailing at Rogers Trophy at Cornell and coed sailing at Coed Showcase One at MIT and Storm Trysail Big Boats at Larchmont, N.Y.
What you need to know: The women’s sailing team finished ninth at the first ever Showcase Regatta hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland.  The Jumbos joined many of the top teams in the country in two divisions of racing and finished just behind eighth-place Stanford. Sophomore Talia Toland skippered in the A division for the Jumbos.  This weekend the women will head to the Rogers Trophy at Cornell.  The coed sailing was in Connecticut this past weekend for the Danmark Trophy, which was wind-shortened.  Only five races were started in two divisions.  This weekend the Jumbos will head to both the Coed Showcase One at MIT and the Storm Trysail Big Boats in Larchmont, N.Y.   

Men’s Tennis

When: Saturday and Sunday at Wallach Invitational at Bates
What you need to know: The men’s tennis team has had a great fall, most recently with sophomore Boris Sorkin winning the singles title at the ITA Regional Championship. The Jumbos will look to carry that momentum into the annual Wallach Invitational at Bates this weekend.  The Jumbos won three titles last year at the Wallach Invitational. Sophomore Boris Sorkin won both a singles and doubles title. Sorkin defeated Brandeis’ David Aizenberg 6-4, 6-4 to win the B singles championship and won 8-6 with partner junior Ethan Bershtein against Bowdoin. Sophomore Carl-Herman Grant won the D singles title defeating Bowdoin’s Alan Delman 6-2, 6-4. 

Boris Sorkin, Sophomore, Men's Tennis

Sorkin won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association New England Championship in singles over the weekend at Middlebury College. He won six matches during the three-day event, including defeating the #2 and #3 seeds in the draw. In the finals against Jerry Jiang from Bowdoin, Sorkin prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Up 4-3 in the final set, he broke Jiang's serve and then held serve to win the title. With the win he advances to play at the ITA Cup national championships in Georgia October 11-14.

 

 

 

Gigi Tutoni, Senior, Field Hockey 

Tutoni scored five goals including two game-winners as the Jumbos remained undefeated with three conference wins during the week. On Saturday at home against Amherst, she scored both the game-tying goal in the second half and then the game-winner early in overtime. On Sunday, her goal early in the second half tied Tufts with Hamilton and the Jumbos went on to win 2-1. Earlier in the week on Tuesday she scored twice as Tufts routed Wesleyan 8-0.

 

 

 

Sophomore Boris Sorkin of the men's tennis team dueled his way to an ITA Regional Championship singles title this weekend.  He won six matches during the three day event, including beating the second and third seeded players in the draw.  In the Finals against Jerry Jiang from Bowdoin, he broke Jiang's serve and then held serve to win the title.  His match point is the Play of the Week!  Watch it here: 

 

  Football coasted to a 47-14 home victory over Bates on Saturday to improve to 3-0. Senior Ryan McDonald (Annandale, N.J) led the Jumbos with 207 yards passing and two touchdowns. McDonald also added 161 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown. He was named NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week.  

 

  The third-ranked men’s soccer team improved to 9-0-0, (5-0-0 NESCAC) following three conference wins on the week. They started the week with a 1-0 victory against Wesleyan, knocked off Amherst 2-1 on Saturday and wrapped up the weekend with a 1-0 win over Hamilton.   Junior forward Joe Braun (Yardley, Pa.) scored the game-winning goals against Wesleyan and Hamilton and was named the NESCAC Player of the Week for his performance.  

 

  The women’s soccer team improved to 6-2-1 overall and 3-1-1 in NESCAC play this week.  They opened the week with a thrilling 1-0 overtime win over No. 14 MIT. Sophomore midfielder Sophie Lloyd (Los Altos, Calif.) buried the game-winning goal for the Jumbos. They ended the week with a 1-1 tie in double overtime against NESCAC opponent Hamilton. Junior back Tally Clark (Seattle, Wash.) scored 33 seconds into the contest.  

  The No. 2 field hockey team improved to 8-0, (5-0 NESCAC) after three NESCAC wins on the week. They opened the week with an 8-0 victory over Wesleyan. Sophomore Beth Krikorian (Windham, N.H.) finished with two goals and two assists. Senior Gigi Tutoni netted another two goals including the game-winner in Tufts 3-2 victory over Amherst. The Jumbos ended the week with a 2-1 victory against Hamilton. Tutoni was named the NESCAC Player of the Week after scoring five goals in three conference games this week. 

 

  The volleyball team is now 9-6, (4-1 NESCAC) after picking up wins over Hamilton and Williams on the road this past weekend.  Freshman outside hitter Cate Desler (Hillsborough, Calif.) led Tufts with 12 kills against Hamilton.  

 

  The golf team finished fourth with a 595 at the NESCAC Qualifier, earning a spot at the NESCAC Championships this spring.  The Jumbos used a stellar Sunday to come from behind and edge Williams by just a stroke to take the fourth place spot.  Freshman Mac Bredahl (Chatham, N.J.) finished fourth overall, shooting a 146 over the two days. Sophomore Harry Theodore (Arlington, Mass.) placed eighth overall after his 148 combined score.  

  Coed sailing finished 10th at the Danmark Trophy at Coast Guard with a score of 94. Senior’s Ian Morgan (Annapolis, Md.) and Cameron Holley (Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass.) were the top performers for the Jumbos. Women’s sailing placed ninth at Women’s Showcase One at St. Mary’s. Sophomore Talia Tolland (Kirkland, Wash.) and Ann Sheridan (Isle of Palms, S.C.) led the Jumbos in the A Division.  

  Women’s cross country came in third at the Maine State Invitational with a score of 89. Junior Lydia Heeney (Medway, Mass.) placed eighth overall with a time of 22:50. Senior Olivia Barnett (Watertown, Mass.) and junior Jennifer Jackson (Ellensburg, Wash.) also placed 16th and 19th respectively. 

 

  Men’s rowing competed at the Green Mountain Head in Vermont. Freshman Alexander Williams (Darien, Conn.) finished 10th overall clocking a 21:31.7 in the U19 race. Junior Mats Edwards (Seattle, Wash.) placed 15th overall in the 19 – 34 race. 

  Women’s rowing competed at the Green Mountain Head in Vermont. Senior Libby Lichter (Weston, Mass.) was the top Jumbo finisher clocking a 23:12.0 in the 19 - 34 event. Sophomore Polly Harrington (Seattle, Wash.) finished second for Tufts with a 24:54.6. 

  Men’s tennis took part in the ITA Regional Championships. Sophomore Boris Sorkin (Saint-Petersburg, Russia) defeated Bowdoin’s Jerry Jiang 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the championship match to win the singles title. Sorkin was 6-0 on the weekend for the Jumbos.  

 

  Women’s tennis competed at the ITA Regional Championships. Freshman Caroline Garrido (Gastonia, N.C.) won four matches and made the semi-finals. Senior Mina Karamercan (Istanbul, Turkey) and freshman Maggie Dorr (Concord, Mass.) made it to the quarterfinals as doubles partners for the Jumbos.