This Week in Tufts Athletics: October 8 - 14



When: Saturday at Trinity at 1:30 pm
What you need to know: Coming off their first shutout since 2006 the football team will head to take on Trinity (3-1) on Saturday at 1:30 pm.  Trinity coasted to a 44-7 victory last week over Hamilton. The Bantams passing attack is led by junior quarterback Jordan Vazzano who has totaled 1,106 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air. Senior running back Max Chipouras has scored five rushing touchdowns for Trinity. Vazzano’s favorite target has been sophomore receiver Jonathan Girard who leads the team with 25 catches, 605 yards and six touchdowns. The Bantam defense’s leading tackler is junior linebacker Dan Negron with 28. Trinity averages 38.5 points per game while only allowing 11 points a game. For the Jumbos, senior quarterback Ryan McDonald has thrown for 709 yards and six touchdowns. Tufts run game is also led by McDonald who has run for 326 yards and five touchdowns. Senior Dom Borelli has also rushed for 189 yards and scored a touchdown. Senior receiver Dan de Leon has been McDonald’s top pass catcher with 14 catches and 151 yards. Tufts defense has been stingy and junior Greg Holt has the most tackles on the team recording 34 as well as 2.5 sacks. The Jumbos have scored 30.0 points and conceived 7.3 points per game which is the least amount of points allowed in the NESCAC. Last year when the two teams played the Jumbos fell 23-16 to the Bantams. 

Men’s Soccer

When: Tuesday vs. Babson at 7 pm, Saturday at Connecticut College at 2:30 pm Sunday at Trinity at 3 pm
What you need to know: The third-ranked Jumbos (9-0-1, 5-0-1 NESCAC) will start their week off by hosting non-conference opponent Babson (6-1-4) on Tuesday. Babson’s senior midfielder Noah Parker has a team leading nine points. The Beavers come in having won their past two contests and have only allowed 0.42 goals per game led by junior goalkeeper Steven Heintzelman. The Jumbos opened their season with a 1-0 overtime win over Babson last year.  Tufts will then travel to 11th ranked and unbeaten Connecticut College (10-0-0, 6-0-0 NESCAC) on Saturday. The Camels currently have the best record in the NESCAC. Senior forward Christian Murphy has tallied a team high 14 points. Connecticut College’s defense has been dominant as they’ve only allowed one goal all season with sophomore goalie AJ Marcucci recording eight shutouts. The two teams played to a 0-0 tie in double overtime last year.  After taking on the Camels the Jumbos will head to Trinity (2-8-0, 0-7-0 NESCAC) for a Sunday afternoon match-up. Trinity’s Alistair Matule has seven points to lead the team. The Bantams have allowed an average of 2.11 goals per game. Last year when the two teams played the Jumbos picked up a 2-0 win. Tufts has a balanced offense this season as junior forward Joe Braun and sophomore Travis Van Brewer are tied for a team-high eight points. Senior goalie Conner Mieth has posted nine wins and only allowed an average of 0.40 goals per game. 

Women’s Soccer

When: Tuesday vs. Salem State at 3 pm, Saturday at Connecticut College at 12 pm and Sunday at Trinity at 12 pm
What you need to know:  The women’s soccer team (6-2-2, 3-1-2 NESCAC) will host non-conference opponent Salem State (3-6) on Tuesday to start off a busy week. Viking junior forward Katie Brown is the team leader in points with ten.  Salem State has averaged 1.78 goals per game. This will be the first meeting between the two teams (dating back to 1999).  On Saturday, the Jumbos will travel to Connecticut College (7-3-0, 2-3-0 NESCAC). Camel sophomore Kat Norton has a remarkable 22 points through the first 10 games. The defense has been tough to score on as well only allowing 0.70 goals per contest. The Camels and the Jumbos played to a 1-1 tie when the two teams played last year.  Tufts will then travel to Trinity (4-4-2, 2-3-2 NESCAC) on Sunday. The Bantams have had nine different players score a goal this season, and they are led by Tricia Pollock and her team-high ten points. The Jumbos picked up a 2-0 win when they hosted the Bantams last year.  Tufts sophomore Sophie Lloyd leads the team with five goals and 17 points. Fellow sophomore Liz Reed has 11 points on the season. The Jumbos defense has played well all season, only allowing an average of 0.57 goals per game. 

Field Hockey

When: Wednesday vs. Wellesley at 5 pm, Saturday at Connecticut College at 12 pm and Sunday at Trinity at 1 pm
What you need to know: The third-ranked Jumbos (8-1, 5-1 NESCAC) start their week when they host non-conference opponent Wellesley (4-7) on Wednesday. Blue forwards Haley Chrobock and Julia Rappaport each have eight points to lead the offense this season, which has. generated an average of 1.9 goals per game. The Jumbos won, 4-0, when the two teams played last year.  Tufts will then hit the road as they face Connecticut College (2-9, 0-7 NESCAC) on Saturday. The Camels’ Jamie Navoni is the only team member with double digit points with 12. Last year when the two teams played the Jumbos won, 5-0.  On Sunday, the Jumbos will travel to 17th ranked Trinity (8-2, 5-2 NESCAC). The Bantams have won seven in a row coming into the week. Trinity’s Chandler Solimine has 25 points through 10 contests. Goalie Lori Berger has only allowed an average of 0.50 goals per game, which leads the NESCAC. Last year the Jumbos won, 3-1, when they hosted the Bantams. For Tufts, the scoring has been balanced with sophomore midfielder Beth Krikorian and senior forward Gigi Tutoni have a team high 12 points each. Senior goalie Emily Polinski has posted an 8-1 record. The brown and blue score 2.7 goals and allow 0.87 goals per game. 


When: Friday at Middlebury at 7 pm
What you need to know:   The volleyball team has one match on the schedule for the week but its an important one.  The Jumbos (9-6, 4-1 NESCAC) travel to Middlebury (10-3, 4-2 NESCAC) on Friday.  Bowdoin and Wesleyan remain undefeated in NESCAC play and the Jumbos, Amherst and Middlebury have all lost two matches.  The Jumbos will hope to knock off the Panthers, helping them earn a higher seed in the NESCAC Tournament at the beginning of November. The Panthers offense has played well all season behind the play of Isabel Sessions with 172 kills.  Her 3.82 kills per set is the second best mark in the NESCAC.  Sarah Staver hs a league-best .449 hitting percentage and is third in the conference ranks with 0.87 blocks per set. Gigi Alper is leading the defensive efforts with 4.73 digs per set. For the Jumbos, freshman Cate Desler has a team-high 174 kills. Sophomore Sophia Acker’s 285 digs are the second most in the conference this year.  When the two teams played last year the Jumbos won, 3-1.  

Men’s Cross Country 

When: Saturday at Connecticut College Invitational at 12 pm
What you need to know: The men’s cross country team will head to Connecticut College for a 12 pm start on Saturday.  The Jumbo’s top seven runners rested this weekend, so they should be on fresh legs this weekend.  This will be the team’s last race before they rest and get ready for the NESCAC Championships at the end of October. Last year at the Conn College Invite the Jumbos placed seventh out of 20 total teams. Senior Dylan Jones was Tufts top finisher with his 29th place finish. Seniors Colin Raposo, Andrew Doherty Munro and Brian Reaney also placed in the top 50 overall. 

Women’s Cross Country

When: Saturday at Connecticut College Invitational at 11 am
What you need to know:  Senior Natalie Bettez is off to an incredible start to the 2018 season, and she and the rest of the Jumbos will look to keep that up this weekend at the Connecticut College Invitational on Saturday.  The Jumbos are coming off an eighth place finish at the All-New England Championship this past weekend, where Bettez became the first Jumbo to win the event since 1975.  This coming weekend’s race will the last for the Jumbos before the take a week off to rest for the NESCAC Championships at the end of October. Last year at this invitational the jumbos finished second out of 21 teams.  Bettez recorded the third best time posting a 22:05.1. Senior Olivia Barnett and junior Lydia Heely also placed in the top 15. 


When: Women’s sailing at Women’s Showcase Finals, Co-ed sailing at New England Match Racing Championship at Marblehead, Mass. and at Captain Hurst Bowl at Dartmouth 
What you need to know: On the women’s side the Jumbos will at the Women’s Showcase Finals at Brown. Two weeks ago the Jumbos placed ninth out of 17 teams at the Women’s Showcase One. Sophomore skipper Talia Toland and freshman crew Ann Sheridan led the Tufts A Division dinghy. The Jumbos co-ed sailing team has finished in the top half of teams in their past three races. The Jumbos won the Hood Trophy two weeks ago. Senior skippers Chris Keller and Florian Eenkema van Dijk alongside sophomore crew Juliana Testa scored a 45 over 11 races. 

Men’s Tennis

When: Thursday at ITA Cup and Saturday and Sunday at MIT Invitational
What you need to know: The Jumbos sophomore Boris Sorkin will partake at the ITA Cup after winning the ITA Regional Singles Championship at Middlebury College.  Sorkin is one of nine Division III singles players in the country to qualify for the ITA Cup this weekend.  Four divisions of collegiate tennis (II, III, NAIA, JUCO) will converge on the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Rome, Georgia for the ITA Cup starting on Thursday.  Sorkin is competing in the Division III singles bracket and will be playing for the ITA Division III singles national championship.  Sorkin is seeded fourth in the tournament and will face Jack Trondson of Hamline University in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 11 am.  The rest of the Jumbos will be at the MIT Invitational on Saturday and Sunday.  At this tournament last year junior Zachary Shaff played into the quarterfinals in doubles.  

Women’s Tennis

When: Friday and Saturday at Bowdoin Invitational
What you need to know: The Jumbos will wrap up their fall season when they head up to Maine for the Bowdoin Invitational on Friday and Saturday.  So far this fall the Jumbos have seen success at the Tufts Invitational and the ITA Regional Championships.  Senior Tomo Iwasaki and freshman Caroline Garrido played into the round of 16 in the singles draw at the Tufts Invitational and then Garrido advanced but fell in the singles semi-finals at the ITA Regional Championships.  Last year the Bowdoin Invitational the Jumbos recorded 26 wins across singles and doubles draws.    

Men’s Rowing

When: Sunday at the Hadley Chase at 8 am
What you need to know: The men’s rowing team will hit the water for their second event of the fall season on Sunday as they travel to the Hadley Chase.  The Jumbos opened their season a couple of weekends ago at the Green Mountain Head and sophomore Alex Williams placed in the top 10 for the Jumbos.  Last year at the Hadley Chase the Jumbos finished first.  Junior Paul Gelhaus finished fourth overall for the Jumbos. Senior James Miller came in eighth as well to help the Jumbos come out victorious. Many of the underclassmen performed well at the event.  

Women’s Rowing 

When: Sunday at the Hadley Chase at 8 am
What you need to know: The women’s rowing team will be back in action this weekend for the second time this fall as they also head to the Hadley Chase on Sunday.  The women opened their fall season a couple of weekends ago at the Green Mountain Head where three Jumbos competed in the singles events and two others raced in a doubles scull.  Last year at the Hadley Chase senior Erika Madrian and junior Julia Turner participated at the women’s single event and a women’s four consisting of senior Libby Lichter and juniors Camden Myles and Prairie Hammer went uncontested posting a 20:47. 


Greg Holt, Junior, Football 

Once again, we honor the overall performance of the defense by selecting the leading tackler. The Jumbos posted their first shutout since 2006 in a 28-0 victory at Bowdoin. Holt led the way with six tackles including one for a loss and a pass breakup. Tufts limited the Polar Bears to 11 first downs and 4 for 18 on third down (22 percent) while not allowing the hosts into the red zone.




Natalie Bettez, Senior, Women's Cross Country

Lining up against Division I, II and III competitors at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championship (NEICAAA) at Franklin Park on Saturday, Bettez won the race with a 17:57.85 time across 5,000 meters. She is the first Jumbo to win the event since Kathy Whitcomb from Tufts won the inaugural NEICAAA 5k for women in 1975. Bettez has won all three races that she has started this fall.





Senior goalie Emily Bowers had an unreal game against No. 4 Middlebury on Saturday.  She helped the Jumbos hold the Panthers scoreless as the two teams played to a 0-0 tie.  It was too hard to pick one of Bowers' 12 saves, so we had to pick a few, but Bowers' saves are this week's Play of the Week.  Watch here: 


  Football cruised to a 28-0 victory on the road against Bowdoin on Saturday to improve to 4-0 and picking up their first shutout since 2006. Senior Ryan McDonald (Annandale, N.J.) threw for two touchdowns and combined for 270 yards from scrimmage. Two Jumbo touchdowns came from sophomore running back Mike Pedrini (Melrose, Mass.) who ran for 52 yards on 14 carries. 

  The third-ranked men’s soccer team is now 9-0-1, (5-0-1 NESCAC) following their 1-1 draw in double overtime against Middlebury on Saturday. Senior back Sterling Weatherbie (Cape Elizabeth, Me.) netted the Jumbo goal off an assist from junior midfielder Brett Rojas (Madison, N.J.). The goal was Weatherbie’s second of the season. 

  Coming off a 0-0 draw in double overtime against fourth-ranked Middlebury the women’s soccer team is now 6-2-2 (3-1-2 NESCAC).  Senior goalie Emily Bowers (Needham, Mass.) played a phenomenal game recording 12 saves throughout the 110 minutes of action to keep the game tied and earned NESCAC Player of the Week Honors for her performance. 

  The No. 3 field hockey team participated in a battle of the nation’s top teams this weekend when they traveled to take on No. 1 Middlebury.  The Jumbos fell 2-1 in overtime and are now 8-1 (5-1 NESCAC).  Sophomore Beth Krikorian (Windham, N.H.) scored the Jumbo goal to even the score in the first half. 

  The volleyball team picked up wins over UMass-Boston and Trinity this week to improve to 11-7 (5-2 NESCAC). Sophomore libero Sophia Acker led the Jumbos with 17 digs in their 3-0 win over Mass.-Boston. On Saturday, junior Heather Holz helped with nine kills, five blocks and three aces in a 3-0 blanking of Trinity on Saturday.  The lone loss of the week for the Jumbos was a five set setback to Amherst on Friday. 

  Coed sailing finished sixth at the Co-ed Showcase One with a score of 215. Senior skipper Jackson McCoy (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and junior crew Emma Clutterbuck (Grosse Point Farms, Mich.) led the A Division for the Jumbos. Women’s sailing placed ninth at the Stu Nelson Trophy at Connecticut College scoring a 142. Junior Charlotte Lenz (Santa Cruz, Calif.) and sophomore Mary Hillman (Bethesda, Md.) had the brown and blue’s best finish of third overall in the B Division.

  Men’s cross country placed third in the All-New England Championships that featured 14 teams from Divisions I, II, and III. Freshman John Cyprus (Manhasset, N.Y.) clocked a 26:40.80 which was good for 11th overall and the best time for the Jumbos. Fellow freshman Sam Gatti (Pittsburgh, Pa.) also finished in the top 15 as he placed 13th overall. 

   Senior Natalie Bettez won the All-New England Championship clocking a time of 17:57.85 and becoming the first Jumbo to win the event since 1975.  The event featured 168 runners and the Jumbos team finished eighth out of 24 teams across all three divisions.  Bettez earned USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week honors for the second time this season. 

  Men’s tennis took part in the Wallach Invitational. Freshman Jack Moldenhauer (Denver, Colo.) played into the singles C finals after defeating Amherst’s Damien Ruparel 2-6, 6-4, 10-8. The Jumbos sophomores Carl-Herman Grant (Oslo, Norway) and Niko Hereford (Denver, Colo.) played into the semi-finals.