This Week in Tufts Athletics: September 9 - 15





Football vs. Trinity 

Saturday, September 14th at 1:30 pm
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What you need to know: For the first time since the early 1990’s the order of games in the NESCAC has been changed, and that means that the football team is opening their season with three-time defending conference champion Trinity.  The Jumbos are coming off an excellent 2018 season in which they finished 7-2 for third place in the NESCAC.  Back to lead this year’s squad is senior co-captain linebacker Greg Holt, defensive lineman Kevin Quisumbing, co-captain running back Mike Pedrini and tight end Jack Donohue.  Trinity returns All-NESCAC First Team selections in receivers Jonathan Girard and Koby Schofer, and Schofer topped NESCAC receivers with 11 touchdowns last year.  Sophomore quarterback Seamus Lambert was the conference Rookie of the Year in 2019.  But, the Bantams did graduate NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year in running back Max Chipouras who ran for over 3,600 yards in 34 career games with the Bantams.  The Jumbos fell 38-24, when the two teams played last year in Hartford.  The Jumbos did lead 14-0 after the first quarter, but the Bantams were able to come from behind for the win. 






Men's Soccer vs. Brandeis

Saturday, September 14th at 7 pm 
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What you need to know: After scoring seven goals in two games this past week, the men’s soccer team will take their potent offense into a two-game week.  Most notable will be a Saturday night match up with local-rival Brandeis.  The two played a close one last year, with the Jumbos winning, 2-1. And it was the Judges that knocked the Jumbos out of the NCAA tournament in 2017 with a double-overtime 1-0 win in the elite eight.  The Judges are 3-1 so far this year with wins over Roger Williams and Babson and a double-overtime win over Clark.  That lone loss is a 1-0 setback to Washington and Lee.  Four different Judges have scored goals this season and freshman Will DeNight has two goals for a team-leading four points.  Senior Greg Irwin has played every minute in goal for the Judges this year, with a 0.73 goals against average and a .813 save percentage through four games this year.  On the Jumbos end, through two games seven different Jumbos have scored.  In addition to their goals, sophomore Ian Daly, senior Gavin Tasker and junior Travis Van Brewer have all also added an assist.  Senior Brett Rojas has a team-high two assists early this year.  Junior Will Harned has started both games in goal for the Jumbos.    








Greg Holt, Senior, Football 

Senior Greg Holt starts the senior season on Saturday of what is an outstanding career wearing brown and blue.  Holt has been a three-time All-NESCAC First Team selection during his career.  He is returning to lead a defense that allowed just 13.3 points per game and 257 yards per game last year.  Holt was fourth in the NESCA with eight tackles per game, leading the Jumbos with 72 total tackles and added 2.5 sacks and an interception.  The Jumbos open up at home on Saturday against defending NESCAC Champion Trinity and Holt and the Jumbo defense should be ready to go. 












The No. 2 field hockey team opened their 2019 seaon on the road against No. 11 Williams on Satuday.  The Jumbos pulled out a come-from-behind 2-1 win and junior Beth Krikorian scored the game-winner, earning her play of the week honors!  Watch it here: 








Travis Van Brewer, Junior, Men’s Soccer

The defending national champion men’s soccer team opened up their 2019 campaign this week, and across two games the Jumbos scored seven goals.  None more important than the game-winner against Williams on Saturday.  Van Brewer put the Jumbos ahead with his first goal of the season in the second half against Williams, as the Jumbos came from behind to pick up a 3-2 NESCAC win.  The midfielder also assisted the Jumbos first goal of the season in a 4-0 win over Framingham State earlier in the week.  



Liz Reed, Junior, Women’s Soccer 

Junior Liz Reed was one of the women’s soccer team’s leading scorers last year as a sophomore, and she picked up right where she left off this week as the women’s soccer team opened their 2019 campaign.  Reed started the week with two goals in a 3-0 blanking of Emerson.  She opened up scoring about 18 minutes into play with an unassisted goal and then added her second of the day just about four minutes later.  Then on Saturday against top-ranked Williams she scored the game tying goal in the second half, but the Jumbos were edged 2-1 by the defending national champions.  Reed’s three goal week earns her Athlete of the Week honors.