This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 20 - 26

Men’s Hockey vs. Trinity 

Saturday at 4 pm 
What you need to know: The men’s hockey team is in the middle of a huge homestand that keeps them at the Malden Valley Forum for nearly all of January.  This weekend, they wrap up that homestand when they host Trinity on Saturday at 4 pm.  The Bantams, who were ranked at the top of the United State College Hockey Online national poll, are 12-1-1 overall and 7-0-1 in conference games this year.  The lone loss came to Hobart at the end of December and the Bantams recently tied Bowdoin, 3-3, this past Saturday. Senior Barclay Gammill is the point leader for the Bantams, owning 21 points from seven goals and 14 assists.  Sophomore Lucas Michaud has 20 points, coming from six goals and 14 assists.  The Bantams have three others with double digit points: junior Michael Grande (12), classmate Timothy Weinstein (11) and senior Liam Feeney (10).  Sixteen different Bantams have scored a goal this season.  In goal, senior Tedy Loughborough has played most of the minutes and owns a .935 save percentage and a 1.71 goals against average.  On the Jumbos end they are looking to get things going after going 3-2 in the month of December.  Sophomore Brendan Skarda is leading the offensive efforts with nine points coming from three goals and six assists.  Both junior Charley Borek and senior Jordan Haney have seven points each.  In goal sophomore Josh Sarlo and junior Drew Hotte have split time.  Sarlo has a .911 save percentage and a 2.93 goals against average while Hotte has worked for a .919 save percentage and a 2.71 goals against average.  The Jumbos faced off with the Bantams on the road opening weekend this season, but the Bantams came away with a 4-1 win. The Jumbos tied the Bantams last year (1-1), and last knocked off Trinity with a season-opening win back during the 2016-17 season. 

Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving vs. MIT

Saturday at Hamilton Pool at 1 pm
What you need to know: The men’s and women’s swimming and division teams will host MIT on Saturday at Hamilton Pool.  The meet with be the team’s Senior Day celebration.  It should be a great day in Hamilton pool as both the men’s and the women’s teams on both sides are ranked in the top 15 in the country in the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America national poll. On the men’s side of things the Jumbos opened up the season topping WPI and Wesleyan but falling to Williams in a quad meet.  Since then they have won three dual meets, including beating Division I Boston College this past week, ending a ten-year losing streak against the Eagles. Back in December the Jumbos traveled over to MIT for the MIT Winter Invitational and they finished second out of five total teams, only behind host MIT.  After beating Division I BC and then Wheaton this past Saturday, sophomore Tar Tar Jarusinchai was named the NESCAC Performer of the Week.  Against BC, Jarusinchai was the second swimmer (backstroke) on the Tufts A 200 medley relay team which won.  The sophomore was also second in the 100 breastroke and won the 200 breastroke and the 200 individual medley relay.  On Saturday against Wheaton he was second in the 200 freestyle and won the 100 butterfly.  Jarusinchai is the second Jumbo to earn NESCAC Performer of the Week honors, as senior Roger Gu did it earlier this season.  The Jumbos are ranked 13th in the CSCAA national poll with the Engineers coming in at 4th.  On the women’s side the Jumbos have picked up dual meet wins over Brandeis and Wheaton.  They fell to BC earlier this week, but they opened the season by topping Wesleyan and WPI and falling to Williams in a quad meet.  Most notably, the Jumbos finished first out of seven total teams at the MIT Winter Invitational at the beginning of December.  In the most recent College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America national poll the Jumbos were ranked sixth with MIT coming in at eighth.  This past Saturday against Wheaton the A relay team won the 200 yard medley relay.  Freshman Katelin Isakoff won the 1,000 freestyle, classmate Hannah Lesser won the 200 free and junior Abby Claus won the 100 backstroke.  Claus won NESCAC Performer of the Week honors back in December after the MIT Invite.  

Allison Cheng, Sophomore, Women’s Fencing 

The women’s fencing team opened up their season back in the beginning of December with a dual match against Harvard.  Now this weekend the Jumbos will compete for the first time since that match at the Northeast Fencing Conference Multi Meet 2.  The Jumbos return sophomore Allison Cheng who is coming off a very successful freshman season.  In Northeast Fencing Conference (NFC) action last year, Cheng was ranked fourth among NFC foil competitors.  She posted an 83.3 percent winning percentage, taking 30 of 36 bouts and was named to the All-Conference Second Team. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday the No. 1 women’s basketball team picked up a come-from-behind overtime win over No. 4 Amherst on the road.  Senior Erica DeCandido made the layup that gave the Jumbos the 48-46 lead in overtime.  That earned Play of the Week honors, and you can watch it here:

Tar Tar Jarusinchai, Sophomore, Men’s Swimming and Diving 

Jarusinchai helped the Jumbos pick up two wins this week.  First on Tuesday the Jumbos topped Division I Boston College for the first time since 2008.  Then on Saturday, the Jumbos beat Wheaton at home.  On Tuesday, the sophomore was the second swimmer (backstroke) on the Tufts A 200 medley relay team that earned 11 points with a win.  He also finished second in the 100 breastroke and won the 200 breastroke and the 200 individual medley.  He contributed 24.75 points to the win on Tuesday.  Then on Saturday he finished second in the 100 free and won the 100 butterfly. 

 

 

Jaidyn Appel, Freshman, Women’s Indoor Track and Field

In her collegiate debut, freshman Jaidyn Appel became just the second individual in Tufts women’s track and field history to clear 5’7” in the high jump.  She joined Carol Tate, who holds the program’s indoor (5’9”) and outdoor (5’7”) records from the late 1980’s and early 90’s.  Appel’s mark was fourth national for Division III.  She helped the Jumbos win their season-opening Tufts Jumbo Invite on Saturday.  The Jumbos finished first out of eight total teams.