from john morris
Dear Friends of Tufts Athletics, As we kick off our fall seasons in what we expect to be another historic year for the Jumbos, I am pleased to share with you this Annual Report for 2014–15. This report highlights a year of outstanding achievements by our coaches, student-athletes, and staff, none of which could have been accomplished without the tremendous support we receive from President Tony Monaco, the university community, and our generous alumni, donors, and friends. In the classroom, our Jumbo student-athletes excelled once again. Nearly 150 finished the spring semester with cumulative grade point averages of 3.75 or higher. A total of 275 Jumbo student-athletes received Academic All-NESCAC honors last year, and we led the conference in the spring with 132 honorees. In the community, the Jumbos again demonstrated their commitment to active citizenship and service leadership by volunteering to more than 30 different charitable causes during the year. And on the field of play, our teams earned three NCAA national championships for the first time in school history and our fourth consecutive Top 10 finish in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. The 2014–15 year also included some amazing individual accomplishments—chief among them were junior track athlete, Mitchell Black, winning two individual NCAA championships in the 800m, and senior softball pitcher, Allyson Fournier, receiving an unprecedented second Honda Award, recognizing her as the most outstanding athlete in all of Division III. All of these successes are built on Tufts’ tradition of excellence and our commitment to the mission of Tufts Athletics—to strive for excellence on and off the field and provide Tufts student-athletes a dynamic, transformational experience that begins on the playing field and continues throughout their lives. The athletics department remains on fiscally sound footing. Our annual giving increased significantly last year, both in terms of participation and total giving. Continuing this upward trend in support is essential to carrying out our mission and achieving even greater success in 2015–16 and beyond. It is a privilege to lead the Jumbos during this time of historic success. As you read through this report and take a moment to celebrate last year’s many achievements, please know that we are always looking forward. We expect to continue to build on our successes in the year ahead and always represent Tufts University with Jumbo Pride! Thank you for your support of Tufts Athletics. Excellence is Brown and Blue—Go Jumbos! John Morris Director of Athletics Tufts University
Campus • Tufts athletes achieved a cumulative 3.33 grade point average during the 2015 spring semester. • A total of 146 student-athletes earned grade point averages of 3.75 or higher during the 2015 spring semester. • Thirty-four student-athletes recorded perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the spring 2015 semester.
Conference • 275 Jumbos earned NESCAC All-Academic honors in 2014–15, awarded to varsity letter winners with a cumulative grade point average of 3.35 or better. • Tufts’ 132 NESCAC Spring All-Academic recipients were more than any other school in the conference. • Women’s basketball senior Hayley Kanner was both NESCAC’s Player of the Year and a winter All-Academic honoree.
National/Regional • Baseball’s Bryan Egan was one of five Jumbos to earn Capital One Academic All-America® recognition in 2014–15. The chemical engineering major was one of the top run producers in Division III with 42 RBIs in 32 games. • Fencing’s Sarah Innes-Gold, one of several Jumbos selected for Capital One Academic All-Region® honors, was a four-time NCAA Qualifier in her sport. A Phi Beta Kappa student, she was Tufts’ Durkee Scholarship recipient for promise and achievement in chemistry. • Many Tufts teams were honored for their academics by their national coaching organizations, including women’s soccer receiving a Team Academic Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America after compiling a 3.49 cumulative grade point average.
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Community service is a core value of Tufts University Athletics and a tradition that we proudly uphold each year. Tufts athletes supported dozens of worthy causes during the 2014–15 academic year, including:
Team IMPACT Founded by a group of Tufts alumni, Team IMPACT works to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by pairing them with collegiate athletic teams. In 2014–15 six teammates were a part of the Jumbo Family: Joli Vega, women’s soccer; Shannon Curley, women’s basketball; Jacob Beranger, men’s lacrosse; Matt Govostes, men’s soccer; Ethan Cafferky, sailing; and Catherine Malatesta, field hockey.
Level the Field Now an annual commitment made by Jumbo athletes, Level the Field works to empower inner-city youth by providing a unique opportunity to work with high achieving collegiate student-athletes both inside and outside of the classroom. Members of several 2014â€“15 teams mentored middle school students in nearby East Somerville with lessons about the importance of communication, teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership.
Adopt a Family In conjunction with the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families, the Tufts Athletics Department shared the true spirit of the holiday season with 13 local families this past December. Teams and department staff donated more than $4,200 for holiday gifts delivered directly to families. While players raised money, went shopping for the gifts, and donated other toys, members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and department staff teamed up for a massive gift-wrapping session.
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Big Brothers/Big Sisters For more than 60 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay has worked to ensure that every child has the support from caring adults that they need for healthy development and success in life. Tufts teams such as baseball, field hockey, men’s ice hockey, men’s cross country/track & field, women’s cross country/track & field, women’s lacrosse, and women’s soccer have raised funds or developed positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people ages seven through high school.
Tufts athletes also volunteered for (list by name): Alzheimer’s Association
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
American Heart Association
Relay For Life
Coaches vs. Cancer
St. Baldrick’s Foundation
Community Swim Lessons
Soccer Without Borders
Cradles to Crayons
Mystic Lakes Reservation Clean-up
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Malden River Festival
Swim Across America
Medford Youth Lacrosse
Tufts Alumni Foster Children’s Holiday Party
Pan Mass Challenge
Tufts 10K Ted Mullin “Hour of Power” The Cannonball Foundation The Perseverance Foundation
Fan the Fire Fan the Fire is Tufts University Athleticsâ€™ own initiative that celebrates Jumbo pride and the dedication to active citizenship shared on our campus. In its fourth year during 2014â€“15, Fan the Fire featured four special events centered around Jumbo home games in which we partnered with local charities to raise support and awareness for these causes.
of champions Of more than 1,200 schools that compete in NCAA Divisions I, II, and III, Tufts was one of just four to win three NCAA team championships during the 2014–15 year— joining Oregon, Virginia, and Wisconsin-Lacrosse.
Men’s Soccer • Tufts won the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s Soccer Championship with a 4-2 victory over Wheaton (Ill.) on December 6 in Kansas City, Missouri. • The Jumbos’ run to the NCAA title featured six victories on the road during the tournament, an unprecedented feat in NCAA DIII. • During the tournament, Tufts eliminated Messiah in the quarterfinals. The Falcons were the two-time defending champions and winners of nine of the last 11 NCAA titles. • The Jumbos went undefeated in NESCAC (7-0-3) to claim the #1 seed in the conference tournament. Tufts finished 16-2-4 overall, setting a new program record for victories. • Senior defender Sam Williams was selected as a First Team All-American.
Softball • Tufts won the 2015 NCAA Division III Softball Championship with a 7-4 victory over Texas-Tyler on May 25 in Salem, Virginia. • The Jumbos became the first team to win three consecutive NCAA titles in the 34-year history of the tournament. • The 2015 team finished with a perfect 51-0 record, the best ever in NCAA DIII Softball history. • The Jumbos will carry an NCAA record 53-game winning streak into the 2016 season. • Tufts won its fourth straight NESCAC title and 10th overall, while Allyson Fournier, Cassie Ruscz, and Raven Fournier received All-American honors.
of champions Men’s Lacrosse • Tufts won the 2015 NCAA Championship with a 19-11 victory over Lynchburg College on May 24 in Philadelphia. • The Jumbos, making their fourth appearance in the NCAA final overall, captured their second straight NCAA title and third overall since 2010. • For the second straight year, Tufts won on the road at #1 ranked and previously undefeated RIT in the NCAA semifinals. Their 19-12 win over the Tigers was the Jumbos’ third NCAA semifinal win at RIT overall. • Tufts won its sixth consecutive NESCAC championship with a 16-4 victory at Amherst. The Jumbos defeated Middlebury 23-9 in the conference semifinals. • Jumbos John Uppgren, Cole Bailey, Garrett Read, Conor Helfrich, Cem Kalkavan, Garrett Clarke, and Alex Salazar were All-Americans.
Tufts Athletics won a total of five NCAA titles during 2014–15 as men’s track junior Mitchell Black added both the indoor and outdoor 800 meters national championships.
Men’s Track • Black won the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Championship in the 800 meters on March 14 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with a 1:51.94 time. • He became the undisputed king of the 800 meters for 2015 by winning the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship in the event with a 1:52.57 time in Canton, New York, on May 23. • During the indoor season, Black became just the fourth runner in DIII history to run a sub-1:50 in the 800, timing 1:49.16 at Boston University’s David Hemery Valentine Invite on February 13. • Black was selected as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Track Athlete of the Year for the indoor season. • At the NESCAC Championship outdoors, Black won the 800 meters and was second in the 1,500 to help the Jumbos win their third consecutive conference title.
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Learfield Sports Directors Cup Tufts University’s varsity athletics program finished ninth among more than 400 NCAA DIII schools in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, in which points are awarded based on each institution’s finishes in NCAA events. This marks Tufts’ fourth straight year in the Director’s Cup top 10 and seventh overall.
In addition to our NCAA Championship teams, all of Tufts’ other sports programs enjoyed significant achievements during the 2014–15 seasons.
Jumbo Accomplishments • Women’s basketball advanced to its second straight NCAA “Final Four,” won NCAA regional and sectional titles for the second year in a row, and repeated as NESCAC champions. • Women’s crew’s varsity eight placed sixth in the Grand Final at the 2015 NCAA Division III Rowing Championships. The team made its first NCAA appearance since 2006. • For the first time since 2011, women’s lacrosse received an NCAA berth and advanced to the Round of 16. Tufts’ two First Team All-Americans—Emily Wright and Caroline Ross—were as many as any team in the country. • Volleyball played in its seventh NCAA Tournament and earned a first-round win over Springfield College. Senior leaders Isabel Kuhel and Hayley Hopper received All-American accolades. • Men’s track & field had a 15th place finish at the NCAA indoor meet and tied for 24th outdoors. Three-time All-American Mitchell Black was joined by teammates Drew DiMaiti, Alex Kasemir, and Francis Goins in earning national honors. • Women’s cross country placed 16th at the NCAA Championship Race, led by an All-American performance from Kelly Fahey.
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• Men’s swimming & diving tied for 23rd at the NCAA Championship as Michael Winget (5th in 200 backstroke) and Matt Rohrer (6th in 3-meter diving) earned All-American status. • Men’s cross country ran in the NCAA Championship for the fourth straight year and 13th overall, placing 22nd. • Women’s track & field had eight NCAA qualifiers in the indoor and outdoor seasons combined, including Marilyn Allen, who broke the school’s 32-year old 100-hurdles record. • Football posted a perfect 4-0 record at home, including a 27-20 victory over Williams College, and enjoyed its best season since 2008. • Baseball won the NESCAC East Division for the seventh time and finished with a 26-10 record. • Men’s basketball earned a home-court berth into the conference tournament for the third time in the last four seasons.
• Hockey defeated eventual NCAA champion Trinity College 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Championship. • The men’s tennis team’s #4 seed in the conference tournament was the program’s best since the 2005–06 season. • Tufts sailing posted two top-10 finishes at the team racing and dinghy national championship events. Seniors Alec Ruiz-Ramon and Sam Madden garnered All-American honors. • Golf won the Johnson & Wales Invitational on April 19, with freshman Taylor Nordan taking individual medalist. • Field hockey finished their year ranked 10th in the national poll, and senior Brittany Norfleet was a Second Team All-American. • Women’s tennis finished the year ranked #24 as a team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. • Eight members of the women’s fencing team qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships. • Women’s squash won the Epps Cup at the College Squash Association’s Team Championships with victories over Haverford, Connecticut College, and William Smith.
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• Women’s soccer senior Catharine Greer was named to the Capital One Academic All-District® Team while also becoming an All-Region selection on the field for the third straight season. • First-year Anna Kimura broke the women’s swimming school record in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:21.94 at the 2015 NESCAC Championship. • Men’s squash finished the season ranked #28 in the nation by the College Squash Association. • Noel Wanner was hired as the school’s first full-time head coach for men’s crew and team participation numbers doubled.
2014–15 Annual Awards Recipients • HOUSTON AWARD Best Male Athlete Mitchell Black, Men’s Track John Uppgren, Men’s Lacrosse • SARGENT AWARD Best Female Athlete Allyson Fournier, Softball • FOBERT AWARD Top Athletic/Academic Performance Sam Williams, Men’s Soccer Hannah Foley, Women’s Basketball • KENNEY AWARD Positive Attitude/Persistence Tom Palleschi, Men’s Basketball Chris Schoenhut, Men’s Lacrosse Emma Peabody, Women’s Crew • SPIRIT, SPORTS, SERVICE AWARD Kyle Slinger, Baseball Carla Kruyff, Women’s Soccer
Four leaders of Tufts University teams were honored as National Coaches of the Year in their respective sports during 2014â€“15, while six were voted the conferenceâ€™s best by their peers.
Men’s Soccer Coach Josh Shapiro National Soccer Coaches Association of America / FieldTurf NCAA Division III Coach of the Year and D3soccer.com National Coach of the Year
Women’s Basketball Coach Carla Berube Women’s Basketball Coaches Association / United States Marine Corps NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year
Men’s Lacrosse Coach Mike Daly United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association F. Morris Touchstone Award as Division III National Coach of the Year
Softball Head Coach Cheryl Milligan National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division III Coaching Staff of the Year
2014–15 New England Small College Athletic Conference Coaches of the Year Josh Shapiro, Men’s Soccer (1st time) Brad Snodgrass, Diving (7th time) Ethan Barron, Men’s Track & Field (6th time) Carla Berube, Women’s Basketball (5th time) Cheryl Milligan, Softball (8th time) Cora Thompson, Volleyball (4th time)
improvements Field of dreams Winners of back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2013 and 2014, the Tufts softball team made its title runs without playing any games at home, as Spicer Field did not meet certain criteria to host national competition. In 2015 that was no longer the case as Spicer underwent a renovation that included a new playing surface, deeper fences, new dugouts and scoreboard as well as a press box and bleachers. The Jumbos hosted and won the NESCAC Championship, an NCAA Regional, and an NCAA Super Regional, on their way to winning a third consecutive national title.
Home Court Advantage Prior to 2009, the Tufts basketball teams could not host NCAA Tournament games at Cousens Gymnasium because the court was too short. That summer, Cousens underwent a major renovation that rotated the court in order to lengthen it to NCAA standards. The change was especially beneficial in 2014–15, as women’s basketball hosted the NESCAC Championship, an NCAA Regional, and an NCAA Sectional for the second straight year. The home court advantage helped the Jumbos advance to back-to-back NCAA “Final Fours.” The new Cousens was also the site of the NESCAC Volleyball Championship in November.
opportunities Both annual and capital gifts help support the Athletics Department and the individual teams by providing necessary resources and budget enhancement to enable our teams to compete successfully in-conference and nationally.
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During her four-year career at Tufts, Allyson Fournier,E15, became arguably the best pitcher in the history of NCAA Division III Softball. However, her life at Tufts involved so much more. Fournier helped Tufts become the first Division III softball team to win three NCAA titles in a row, and the first team to have a perfect season (51-0) while winning the championship. Fournier recorded the first-ever perfect season for an NCAA Division III pitcher with a 35-0 record in 2015. She hurled five no-hitters, setting a new NCAA Division III single-season mark. At the conclusion of her career in May, Fournier signed to pitch professionally with the Pennsylvania Rebellion of the National Pro Fastpitch League. She was also named the 2015 Honda DIII Athlete of the Year as presented by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards for the second time. Her achievements at Tufts were not limited to the softball field. She was also a chemical engineering major who earned the university’s nomination as NCAA Woman of the Year. She participated in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), serving on the development committee. She was also a F.I.T. Pre-Orientation Leader and helped with Tufts’ Fan the Fire initiative, promoting spirit, sports, and service. Q: Looking back on your decision to attend Tufts, what stands out? A: I could not have asked for a better environment to grow and learn. I was able to stretch my wings as high as I could imagine. I had an outstanding experience during my time at Tufts, on the field, in the classroom, and in the community. I’m so glad I made the choice I did. Q: How do you put what you and the team accomplished into perspective? A: It’s what you dream of when you’re a kid. It’s what you want to do when you play sports. I can’t even describe the feeling. The first time we won the title was incredible. The second time it was like “wow, this is unreal.” And the third time, well I can’t even believe that it actually happened. Q: What was it like to become the first Division III player to compete in the National Pro Fastpitch League this past summer? A: Playing in Division III, you watch the women that play Division I on TV and you think they’re like heroes or something. To become a teammate or opponent of these players I’ve idolized was surreal. The biggest thing I tried to do was use what helped make me successful at Tufts. Just get on the mound and throw, try not to think too much, trust what I’m doing, and go right after hitters. Q: What does the future hold? A: I don’t know if I’m ready to stop playing softball because I’ve been playing for a long time and I love it. That’s something that is hard to think about. Playing professionally allows me to pursue that passion and later move on to great things in engineering. I have had all of these opportunities afforded to me because of these four years I spent as a Jumbo at Tufts.
More than just coming in first!