Registration is over! Well, at least for a few brief moments until everyone has a sudden change of heart…
IN NEWS: The Tufts Autism Speaks Group began its first charity game of “Spoon Assassins” last Friday at midnight. This game marks the first campus-wide event hosted by the Tufts Autism Speaks Group.
IN FEATURES: With nine groups, Tufts is host to a more robust a cappella scene than most other schools and breaks new ground, with both the Bubz and Jills celebrating their 50 year anniversaries this year.
IN ARTS: On her eponymous fifth studio album, Avril Lavigne is not leaving anyone disappointed and introduces new sides of the artist that fans are sure to love.
IN EDITORIAL: The words “slut,” “bitch” and “whore” have become normalized into our vocabulary, where student Emily Schacter asks us to “think before you shame.”
IN SPORTS: Tufts was outmatched against Middlebury Saturday in the season finale at Zimman Field, scoring first, but ultimately losing 52-10. The Jumbos went 0-8 and have now lost 31 straight games dating back to Sept. 25, 2010, when they beat Hamilton.
More than enough has been said about Tufts football’s 27-game losing streak. Here’s how the Jumbos can snap it today at Williams:
1. Don’t throw interceptions
It’s easy for a lowly sportswriter to say, but if the Jumbos don’t turn the ball over they will have a decent shot. Tufts is averaging 353 yards of offense, fourth in the NESCAC, and 225 yards passing, second in the NESCAC. But the team is scoring just 10.5 points per game, which ranks dead last.
Interceptions have spelled the Jumbos’ demise in each of their last two games. Tufts took a 7-0 lead against Trinity last week before three interceptions — including two pick-sixes — helped the Bantams score 43 unanswered points. The previous week against Bowdoin, the Jumbos’ potential game-winning drive was derailed by an interception at the goal line.
Regular starter Jack Doll is expected to begin the game at quarterback, though he will be on a short leash after throwing eight picks in four games. Doll will try to find a rhythm with his receiving corps, something he’s done well in spurts. Last week after throwing his third interception, the junior was replaced by freshman Liam O’Neil.
2. Start with a bang
Considering that the Jumbos have scored first three times this season and lost each time, drawing first blood might not seem to matter much. But it could carry significant weight today at Williams, where the Ephs are under immense pressure to win.
Until this year, Williams had not lost its first four games since 1947. An 0-5 start would be humiliating for a storied program that won the NESCAC title just three years ago.
The Ephs, like the Jumbos, are a young and mistake-prone squad, and their minus-11 turnover margin has head coach Aaron Skelton scratching his head. If Williams falls behind early, panic could set in.
3. Trust Trause and Brady
Last week, Tufts out-rushed Trinity — which boasts one of the top ground attacks in the league — 251 to 181. During the Jumbos’ game-opening, 99-yard touchdown drive, junior tailback Zack Trause exploded for 84 yards. He’s averaging 5.2 yards per carry, good for fifth in the NESCAC.
Between Trause and freshman Chance Brady, who has looked great in his first four collegiate games, the Jumbos have the pieces to become a well-balanced offense. Though their spread formation is designed to be pass-heavy, they would be wise today to keep giving Trause and Brady the ball.
Williams has a young front seven and a defense that has allowed 162 rushing yards per game. In addition, the Jumbos rank last in the league in time of possession, something they can start to remedy by picking up chunks of yardage on the ground.
4. Score from in close
Ten times this season the Jumbos have driven inside their opponent’s 10-yard line. The results: four touchdowns, three field goals and three fruitless possessions. Their touchdown percentage in the red zone (33 percent) is second-to-last in the NESCAC.
Tufts’ spread offense is arguably not conducive to success in tight spaces, and even at the goal line the Jumbos have lined up in the shotgun with multiple wide receivers. Though they have some big targets, such as fifth-year tight end Nick Kenyon (who should return from a concussion that sidelined him against Trinity) and sophomore Jack Cooleen, Doll has thrown just one touchdown pass.
The Jumbos could try to run, but neither Trause nor Brady is as a prototypical goal-line back. Perhaps head coach Jay Civetti will consider calling on senior Jon Sobo — a 220-pounder who had a career-high 78 yards rushing last week — when a touchdown is needed.
5. Play 60 minutes
The players know this is a huge game for the program — just as they knew the game against Bowdoin was huge for the program. There’s a reason Tufts was featured in the Boston Globe yesterday. Williams is having a down year, and after today’s game the Jumbos are left to face Amherst (4-0), Colby (1-3) and Middlebury (3-1). They need this one.
Tufts has been in a position to win twice this season and numerous times over the past three years. But the Jumbos have yet to play a complete game, 60 minutes of solid football. If they do — well, you know the rest.
The team departs for Williamstown at 7:30 a.m. and would be well-served to get some sleep on a three-plus hour bus ride.
Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. Watch live here: http://nsnsports.net/colleges/williams-college/. Get live stats here: http://ephsports.williams.edu/livestats/landing. For updates throughout the game, follow @TuftsDailySport.
Will the longest losing streak in college football end today?
When the Jumbos face Bowdoin at 1 pm in their home opener on Zimman Field, they will be seeking their first win in 26 tries. There seems to be no better time to get it.
Bowdoin is probably Tufts’ weakest remaining opponent, having scored a combined 16 points in losses to Middlebury and Amherst. After an encouraging effort by the Jumbos in a 20-16 defeat at Bates, there is buzz around the NESCAC that this could be “the one.”
Massey Ratings, a website that uses algorithms based on past performance to predict future outcomes, gives Tufts a 59 percent chance of winning today. The site gave Tufts a three percent shot against Bates.
Of course, for a team with only nine players who have ever won a collegiate game, beating any opponent is easier said than done.
Still, the Jumbos should win if they do these five things:
1) Pass, pass, pass…
The Jumbos moved the ball through the air at will against Bates, and junior Jack Doll broke a school record for completions (46) by converting short pass after short pass. He will likely have a similar gameplan today.
Bowdoin has allowed an average of 279 yards passing — not to mention 100 yards rushing — in its first two games. The Polar Bears will have trouble defending the Jumbos’ myriad receiving options.
One question is how well Doll can throw it long. Most of his attempts of 20-plus yards have been overthrown, and while the short-pass strategy can work, it doesn’t leave much room for error. Doll may try to look downfield for junior Greg Lanzillo, who broke out against Bates and has shown in practice that he can go up and get it.
2) …but don’t forget about Brady and Trause
Tufts has committed to a fast-paced, pass-first, no-huddle offense, and Doll appears up to the challenge. Still, two of the Jumbos’ best skill players are running backs: freshman Chance Brady and junior Zack Trause.
Trause has proven he can make tacklers miss as both a rusher and a receiver, and Brady looks like the real deal. An All-State back at Haverhill High School, Brady has rushed for 104 yards on 13 attempts — nearly eight yards per carry — and he clearly deserves to keep getting the ball.
Expect the Jumbos to pass today to set up the run, namely the halfback draw out of the shotgun. If offensive coordinator Frank Hauser picks his spots well, Brady and Trause could break loose.
3) Score TDs, not threes
At Bates, Tufts had to settle for three field goals and found the end zone just once. Freshman Jackson Bockhorst hit three of four attempts, but the Jumbos still lost by four points.
Tufts’ receivers are finding plenty of room in the middle of the field — that is, until the field shortens. This week in practice, the offense was focused on moving the ball more effectively in the red zone.
The Jumbos have plenty of big targets — 6-foot-6 Nick Kenyon, 6-foot-5 Jack Cooleen and 6-foot-4 Xavier Frey, to name a few — who need to utilize their size in tight spaces against Bowdoin.
4) Gang up on Donnarumma
Bowdoin senior running back Zach Donnarumma has made a habit of bullying the Jumbos. In each of the past three seasons, he’s racked up 100-plus rushing yards against Tufts, and last year he returned from a bout with mono to score two touchdowns, including the game-winner.
The Jumbos have some playmakers on defense, especially at linebacker in tri-captains Tommy Meade and Sean Harrington. But it’s going to take a team effort to slow down Donnarumma. If Tufts can stop him a few times in the backfield, the Polar Bears will be forced to throw — and that’s when they may run into trouble.
Chances are that while the Jumbos are passing like crazy, the Polar Bears will want to keep it on the ground. It’s worked for them against Tufts in the past, and between Mac Caputi and Thomas Romero at quarterback, Bowdoin has not found much much reason to pass thus far.
5) Stay cool
Last Saturday, the Jumbos led in the fourth quarter for the first time since Nov. 12, 2011. Bates deserves credit for driving 96 yards in under six minutes to win, but Tufts also looked like a team not quite ready to close out an opponent.
If the Jumbos pull ahead today, there will be plenty of pressure coming from a Parents Weekend crowd and from the players themselves, who desperately want this to be “the one.”
The team needs to stay calm, act like it’s been there before, and play mistake-free football. Simple … right?
Watch the game live on JumboCast here: http://www.jumbocast.net/index.php. Get live stats here: http://livestats.prestosports.com/tufts/.
Hosted by Tufts ExCollege, sports journalist Melissa Ludtke spoke on Tuesday night at Pearson Hall. Ludtke spoke of her past experience as a baseball journalist, particularly the events that surrounded the court case of Ludtke v. Kuhn (1978).
At a time when women were battling for equal rights socially, politically, and professionally, Ludtke was caught in a male-dominated industry. Just twenty-six years old at the time, Ludtke was working at Sports Illustrated Magazine as a sports research reporter, with a focus on baseball. Other female journalists were mostly fact-checkers.
And that’s how Ludtke described the system— the men went to games and stadiums, and the women stayed in the office, handling facts and statistics. Ludtke was amongst the first to take full advantage of her position. With her pass, she tried to gain entry into every office and locker room.
Even when Ludtke first started out; when she wasn’t officially covering baseball, she spent all of her days at the stadium— talking to whoever she could and taking in everything she saw, trying to gain contacts, and to absorb the atmosphere at a baseball game.
Ludtke recounted fond memories of her mother. “She was a baseball fanatic,” she said, and went on to describe how much her mother’s passion influenced her— how her mother took her to games, and kept the radio on for updated information.
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Tufts football is on the bus to Wesleyan for the first-ever night game between two NESCAC teams. The Cardinals are the heavy favorites to win at Andrus Field, the oldest continually used college football field in the country. Kickoff is at 6pm.
For the Jumbos to vie for an upset, they will have to do these five things:
1) Slow down LaDarius Drew
The junior is the X-factor for the Cardinals and could compete for NESCAC Player of the Year if he stays healthy. In last season’s opener at Zimman Field, he and classmate Kyle Gibson wore down Tufts’ defense en route to a 35-14 win.
The Jumbos are young in the secondary and on the defensive line, which leaves a lot of weight on the shoulders of their experienced linebacking corps. Junior Tommy Meade and senior Sean Harrington, two of the three captains, will need to make big plays to contain the Wesleyan ball-carriers.
2) Execute the no-huddle offense
Tufts ran a no-huddle offense frequently last year with John Dodds (LA ’13) at quarterback, but this year the offense will huddle even less often and move even faster. In the preseason, the Jumbos typically took about 22 seconds between plays, relying on the backup QBs to relay signals from the sideline.
Junior Jack Doll is today’s starter and will try to keep the offense under control while still moving quickly. He’ll likely rely on screens and short routes to keep the ball moving, targeting either the middle or outside of the field depending on how many players the Cardinals put in the box.
Look for freshman slot man Ben Berey to be a factor in his first collegiate game.
3) Stay on the field
The downside of the no-huddle offense is that, if it fails, it fails quickly. A three-and-out possession could last less than a minute for Tufts’ pass-heavy attack.
Doll’s job is to string together completions, whether they go to Berey or junior tailback Zack Trause or fifth-year tight end Nick Kenyon. If he can do that, Trause could find openings on the ground, while Doll could be able to look downfield to a wideout like junior Greg Lanzillo.
Three-and-outs, on the other hand, would put Tufts on its heels, tire out the defense and spell trouble for the Jumbos.
4) Force turnovers
More than one, ideally.
Junior quarterback Jesse Warren threw nine interceptions last season and the Cardinals fumbled 11 times. Wesleyan is going to move the ball; it’s inevitable with Warren, Drew, Gibson and receivers like Jay Fabien and Kevin Hughes on the field. But if the Jumbos strip the ball, tip passes and pressure the quarterback — hey, you never know.
Keep an eye on No. 83, sophomore defensive end Pat Williams, who looked great at the end of last season and even better in the preseason.
5) Seize the moment
We all know that throwing and catching and tackling win football games, not “seizing the moment.” Still, anyone who’s played high school football (or watched Friday Night Lights) in front of a big crowd knows it’s possible to conjure up a little something extra in a big moment.
The Jumbos will help make NESCAC history in front of a packed house at Corwin Stadium that fully expects Wesleyan to win by a wide margin.
While Tufts is a long shot to snap its 23-game losing streak tonight, there would be no better time to do it.
For updates throughout the day, follow @TuftsDailySport on Twitter. You can also watch the game on WesCast at http://www.wesleyan.edu/wescast/.
In the NESCAC, football season lasts eight weeks, shorter than anywhere else in the country. There are no byes and no playoffs. Each team gets eight chances to prove itself, meaning one sleepy Saturday can cost a team the title.
The Jumbos, who are looking to snap a 23-game losing streak, have seen their share of missed opportunities. Tomorrow at Wesleyan marks a fresh start and a shot at redemption.
Every year, injuries and incoming freshmen change the storyline of the NESCAC season. Still, looking at past performance, who’s returning and who’s graduated, the Daily broke down the eight teams Tufts will face in 2013.
Here they are, after the jump, week by week: Read more of this article »
In News: Seven candidates engage in debate in forum last night to run for spots on the TCU Judiciary and the Committee on Student Life, with emphasis on disagreement with the new “justified departure” policy of CSL last year.
Updated Joey-tracker app for smartphones, PartyBus, will be released this Wednesday hoping to gain popularity among the student body.
In Features: Tufts Alumna, Davita Vance-Cooks’ (J ’77), becomes the first African-American and the first woman to be nominated as U.S Public Printer.
Editorial: As tuition at Tufts continues to rise, both professors and the Tufts administration should put in efforts to limit the financial burden of textbooks for students.
In Arts: With impressive powerhouse lineup, MixFest 2013 draws crowds and surpasses fan’s expectation.
In Op-Ed: The call for Patriot Act revision to avoid power abuse of personal freedom using electronic surveillance.
In Sports: The Tufts sailing team opened its first weekend of 2013-2014 season with a victory in Maine.
IN NEWS: Now in its second year, the Africana studies program is looking to restructure and streamline some of its academia. Over the summer, Professor Adlai Murdoch was appointed director of the program, and put plans in place for an introductory course and increased support for students.
IN FEATURES: The Daily weighs in on the discussion had by many media outlets over the summer regarding unpaid internships. Are they exploitative, career building or both? Feel free to weigh in yourselves by writing an op-ed or a letter to the editor.
EDITORIAL: The Daily firmly believes that there should be more financial support for students who seek the unpaid internships, such as those talked about in the above feature.
IN ARTS: Boston Calling Music Festival, a multistage musical spectacular, was a huge success in its second iteration. There was something for everyone with a line-up that included “Vampire Weekend” and “Solange.”
AN OP-ED: The Tufts Labor Coalition is voicing its support for the establishment of an adjunct professors’ union on campus in order to ensure their equal and fair treatment.
IN SPORTS: The men’s soccer team opened its 2013 campaign on Saturday with a bang, upending NESCAC rival Bates, 3-0.
Tufts is back on top. The softball team clinched Tufts’ third-ever Div. III national title — the first for the program — with a 6-5 win over SUNY Cortland in Eau Claire, Wisc. on Monday afternoon.
The Jumbos capped their undefeated run throughout tournament play with a thrilling, come-from-behind victory to notch Tufts’ second national title this year. Though head coach Cheryl Milligan sent rising junior ace Allyson Fournier to the hill — coming in sporting a 24-1 record and sub-1.00 ERA — Cortland drew first blood with a lead-off home run to open the game.
Despite the setback, Tufts fired right back in the bottom half of the frame, tying the score at one on rising senior catcher Jo Clair’s home run. The Jumbos then took the lead in the second when rising junior first baseman Kris Parr smacked a solo shot, later extending that lead to 3-1 in the third when rising junior outfielder Bri Keenan scored on a wild pitch.
After cutting Tufts’ lead to one in the fourth, Cortland surged ahead with a three-run fifth inning. Trailing 5-3, the Jumbos answered with three runs of their own in the bottom half to pull ahead. Another rising junior outfielder, Michelle Cooprider, knotted the score at 5-5 with a two-run double before rising junior second baseman Gracie Marshall put Tufts on top with an RBI single.
Though faced with her biggest test all year by far on Monday, Fournier took it from there, retiring the final seven batters to cap off the win, in which she surrendered 12 hits and five runs while striking out eight. A 46-3 Tufts squad concluded its title run with 19 consecutive victories, and to the surprise of many, all but three players are set to return and compete for another title next season.
Tyler Maher contributed reporting to this post
Claude Steele, courtesy of Stanford University.
Claude Steele, Stanford psychologist specializing in how stereotypes effect society, will deliver this year’s Commencement speech.
Coming off of a double-win at their double header earlier this week, Jumbos Softball kick are ready for their last weekend of the season.
Editorial | ResLife ban on RA-resident relationships intrusion on students’ private lives.
As the special election looms nearer and nearer, Tufts Republicans still weighing options with candidates.
After two decades on the Hill, CMS Associate Director Susan Eisenhower says farewell.