Welcome Back Jumbos!
IN NEWS: Tufts Dance Collective will resume hosting performances after making organizational changes to its program, according to Director of the Office for Campus Life Joe Golia.
IN FEATURES: This past February, the Committee on Student Life repealed a provision preventing it from hearing appeals cases from Greek life organizations, re-establishing the CSL’s jurisdiction over the Greek life community.
IN ARTS: The Arts section reviews some winter TV show premiers.
TODAY’S EDITORIAL: Editor-in-Chief Caroline Welch welcomes you back to Tufts!
IN SPORTS: The Tufts Ice Hockey team returns to NESCAC action.
Have a great first day of classes everyone!
The 28th annual EPIIC Symposium kicked off on Thursday with organizers hoping that the focus on global health, a change from the usual topics involving international security, will be exciting to attendees.
Tufts janitors reflect on the hard work it takes to keep the University clean, in light of their upcoming contract negotiations.
Tufts’ men’s ice hockey team reflects on difficult season, while looking forward to a strong group of athletes for next year.
Despite its predictable plotlines, USA’s “Suits” continues to please audiences with a strong second season and its well-written dialogue.
Noted scholar Joy James, a professor of political science at the University of Texas at Austin, spoke about sexual assault and racism.
Tufts’ men’s basketball team looking to beat Amherst’s Lord Jeffs in the NESCAC semifinals.
On Saturday afternoon, the Jumbos met with UMass. Boston in the finals of the 47th annual Codfish Bowl, and defeated the host Beacons in their second overtime scenario in as many days. On Friday, Tufts defeated Johnson & Wales University 3-3, also in shootouts, after three regulation periods and an extra time period proved indecisive.
Saturday, the Jumbos topped the Beacons, who as hosts came into the matchup highly favored on the heels of their 9-0 hammering of Southern New Hampshire in the opening round. Although the Beacons led the Jumbos 43 to 17 in shots on the afternoon, Tufts senior goalkeeper Scott Barchard posted a sensational 42 saves to preserve the Jumbos’ chances.
After a scoreless first period, freshman defender Blake Edwards put the Jumbos up 1-0 with a power play goal less than a minute into the second stanza. The score, which came at the 42-second mark, was assisted by classmate Tyler Voigt and junior Jared Barker.
Eight minutes later, however, the Beacons captured an equalizer off the stick of junior defender Rob Florentino, who bested Tufts senior goalkeeper Scott Barchard for his fifth goal of the season and UMass. Boston’s first of the contest.
The Jumbos were called for nine penalties in the contest, including five in the second period and three in the third. The Beacons were unable to capitalize on four power play opportunities, however, and the score remained tied for the rest of the second and third periods. At the end of regulation, the 1-1 draw forced the Jumbos to play in their second overtime in just two days.
In a dominant but short-lived overtime, however, it took the Jumbos just 28 seconds to score. After junior forward Dylan Plimmer won the face-off for the Jumbos, Plimmer and Voigt assisted Barker to his first goal of the season, which locked in the crucial win for Tufts, and awarded the Jumbos the 47th annual Codfish Bowl title.
In post-game ceremonies, tournament officials recognized Barker and Edwards, as well as tri-captains Matt Amico, Nick Metcalfe, and Barchard, who was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
The Jumbos now prepare for a four-game home stretch which features two NESCAC doubleheaders. In the next two weeks, the Jumbos will face Amherst, Hamilton, Trinity, and Wesleyan at their home rink in Malden, Mass. Their first two victories of the season came on the road against Trinity and Wesleyan in 4-1 and 3-2 decisions, respectively.
- by Kate Klots
On Friday, the men’s ice hockey team defeated Johnson & Wales University in a shootout to advance to the finals of the 47th Annual Codfish Bowl, where Tufts will take on host UMass Boston this afternoon.
The Jumbos grabbed an early lead when sophomore forward Garrett Sider scored a power play goal fewer than four minutes into the contest. In the first period alone, Johnson & Wales was called for nine penalties, but despite several scoring opportunities for both sides, only Sider found the net.
In the second period, the Jumbos doubled their advantage when junior Dylan Plimmer scored to give Tufts a 2-0 lead. The Johnson & Wales Wildcats were whistled for five more penalties in the second stanza, but stayed in contention on a late goal from sophomore forward Justin Decowski.
Entering the final period of regulation the Jumbos held a slim 2-1 lead, but the Wildcats tied the game at the 6:42 mark on a score from senior Tony Galante. Exactly six minutes later, however, sophomore David Carson scored his first career goal for the Jumbos to regain Tufts’ lead. But the Wildcats were not content to go down easily, and with fewer than three minutes remaining, Johnson & Wales capitalized on a man advantage to tie the game at 3-3 off the stick of junior defender Trevor Jewell, whose goal forced an overtime period in the opening round matchup.
In the five minute extra time period, the Jumbos fired eight shots at Wildcat goalie Matt Cooper, while Tufts senior Scott Barchard saw just one Johnson & Wales attempt. Cooper made every save, however, finishing the game with 53 stops and forcing both teams to decide the afternoon in a shootout.
Both teams missed their first shootout attempt, but after the Wildcats missed their second, Plimmer finished a shot past Cooper to give the Jumbos the advantage. After Johnson & Wales missed its third try, the Jumbos automatically won the shootout period and captured the win, which launched them to 4-5-1 on the season and into Saturday’s finals game.
– by Kate Klots
At 3-5 down in the second period tonight at Valley Forum III, it seemed like yet another sour ending was coming for the men’s hockey team. The pessimism was fair, as the team had gone twelve games without a win.
But after three straight goals, including a game-winner early in the third frame from senior Mike Vitale, the Jumbos returned to campus tonight as winners for the first time in two months.
Tufts had an early 2-1 lead after two goals from senior Zach Diaco. Yet a flurry of Tufts penalties opened the door for the Nor’Easters to jump back on top 5-3 midway through the second period, on the strength of two goals from freshman Sean Sullivan. Later in the period, the Jumbos threatened to close the gap during a two-man advantage, yet could not convert. But a goal from freshman Nick Pappas late in the second made the Nor’Easter lead just 5-4, and was soon followed by a power-play tally from senior defenseman Andy Davis early in the third period.
Vitale’s goal 4:28 into the final frame proved to be decisive, but the Jumbos’ dramatic comeback and dramatic end to their losing steak ended in fittingly dramatic fashion. With only 11 seconds left in regulation, and having pulled its goalie, UNE appeared to have slid the tying goal past first-year goalie Brian Phillips. But referees waved the goal off due to the net being off its moorings.
With the win Tufts moves to 5-14-1 overall and 4-12 in league play. The Jumbos will be back in Valley Forum III tomorrow at 4 pm for their final home game of the season, against Southern Maine.
Stay tuned for a full report in Monday’s Daily.
As the Jumbos returned to NESCAC play this weekend, they did not exactly get 2010 rolling the way they had hoped. After a 7-3 drubbing on Friday at the hands of Hamilton, Tufts was edged out 2-0 on Saturday afternoon in a grudge match with conference powerhouse Amherst.
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