This Week in Tufts Athletics: January 27 - February 2

Men’s Basketball vs. Colby 

Saturday at 3 pm 
What you need to know: The No. 22 men’s basketball team improved to 4-0 in NESCAC games this weekend with a win over Bates in Cousens Gym.  After a midweek contest at New England College and a Friday night stint with Bowdoin the Jumbos will host No. 5 and undefeated Colby on Saturday in Cousens Gym.  The Mules are 17-0 overall and 5-0 in NESCAC games.  The Mules have played one ranked team, beating No. 10 Middlebury, 89-82, earlier in January. Sam Jefferson is leading the offense, turning in 23.4 points per game.  Matt Hanna is helping with 14.5 points per game and Alex Dorion is averaging 14.4 points per game. On the Jumbo side of things, they have won their last three and eight of their last nine.  This past weekend they beat Bates, but the weekend before they topped Hamilton and then ranked No. 22 Amherst.  Luke Rogers is turning in 16.8 points per game and 12.3 rebounds per game along with 2.6 blocks per game.  Eric Savage has been helping with 14.9 points per game 6.8 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists per game.  Tyler Aronson turns in 13 points per game along with 2.4 assists per game.  

Women’s Basketball at Bowdoin 

Friday at 7 pm 
What you need to know: The top-ranked women’s basketball team will hit the road this Friday for one of their tougher games of the year.  The Jumbos travel up to play No. 2 Bowdoin on Friday night.  The Polar Bears are coming off a season where they fell in the national championship, and are off to a 19-0 start so far this season.  The last time the two teams met was in the NESCAC Championship when the Jumbos pulled out a 75-69 win over the Polar Bears.  The Polar Bears haven’t played a ranked team yet this season while the Jumbos have beaten No. 8 Amherst.  Maddie Hasson is leading the Polar Bear offense with 15.3 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game.  Sela Kay is helping with 11.2 points per game and Moira Train is adding 10.7 points per game.  For the Jumbos Erica DeCandido is leading the charge with 15.7 points per game, 8.3 rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game.  Molly Ryan is adding 11.5 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game and 3.7 assists per game.  Emily Briggs helps with 10.8 points per game. 

Men’s & Women’s Squash Open New Facility at Home Saturday

Saturday vs. Connecticut College at 2 pm 
What you need to know: Both the men’s and women’s squash teams will open up play in the new squash center at Tufts this weekend, as they host Connecticut College on Saturday at 2 pm.  The brand new $6 million dollar eight court facility features two glass show courts and will allow the Jumbos to play on campus for the first time in about two decades.  On the men’s side of things the No. 26 ranked Jumbos will host the No. 27 ranked Camels.  The men are 3-5 this year, and beat Stanford to start off second semester play.  They have faced some tougher competition lately, losing a close 5-4 battle with No. 24 Dickinson and falling to No. 17 Williams and No. 21 Bates.  The Jumbo women are 5-5 this season and are currently ranked No. 19 and will host the No. 24 Camels to open up play in the new facility.  The women have also played some tougher competition lately, falling to No. 5 Stanford and No. 13 Williams and losing a close battle with No. 17 Bates.  The women did pick up a win over No. 22 Dickinson last weekend.  The Jumbos open up the facility on Saturday against the Camels, and they will also take on Middlebury on Sunday.  The women will play Middlebury and Virginia on Sunday.

Matt D’Anieri, Senior, Men’s Track and Field

Senior Matt D’Anieri had a good weekend at Wheaton this past weekend, posting a national top ten time in the 800.  His time of 1:54.80 is ranked seventh nationally after the weekend.  He finished fourth in that race at the Wheaton College Invitational.  D’Anieri opened the indoor season by winning the 1,000 meter race with a personal-record time at the Tufts Jumbo Invitational the weekend before.  D’Anieri will have plenty of time to continue to impress.  The Jumbos are at home this weekend as they host the Branwen Smith-King Invitational at the Gantcher Center and send some team members to the NEICAAA Championship at the Reggie Lewis Center.  The following weekend the Jumbos stay at home with the Cupid Challenge.

 

 

 

 

 

Cal LeClair, Sophomore, Men’s Hockey

The hockey team had quite the weekend topping then No. 1 ranked Trinity and Wesleyan.  The Jumbos started the weekend topping Wesleyan, 4-2, behind a hat trick from sophomore Cal LeClair.  The hat trick was the first for a Jumbo since November of 2015.  LeClair scored two goals on Tufts’ first three shots of the game in the opening three and a half minutes of action.  The Jumbos scored on their first possession of the game, just 1:20 into the contest.  LeClair tallied another goal just 2:15 later, making it 2-0 quickly.  LeClair’s final goal of the evening was a short-handed one, came 7:26 into the second period.  The fourth goal of the game was an empty-netter late in the third period.  Then on Saturday the Jumbos wrapped up the weekend with a 4-2 win over top-ranked Trinity. 

 

Kaitlyn Gill, Freshman, Women’s Fencing  

The women’s fencing team had a positive performance in their first Northeast Fencing Conference meet of the season held at Boston College on Saturday.  The Jumbos won four of their seven matches, defeating Drew, Dartmouth, Vassar and MIT.  In the epee matches, freshman Kaitlyn Gill had the most success for the Jumbos at the meet winning 15 times and losing just four (.789).  The Jumbos are back in action on Tuesday taking on Brandeis and Wellesley.  The second NEFC Meet will be the following weekend at Tufts.