Eight seconds left. Tufts up by one against the best team in the nation with a final free position opportunity for Middlebury’s Hope Shue versus senior Molly Laliberty in goal. The whistle blows, and the ball is blocked out of bounds by the Jumbos’ defense. Game over — Jumbos win the NESCAC Championship.
Playing rugby takes guts. It takes getting up after big hits, playing through painful injuries and making the right decision in high-pressure situations. Senior Adam Pidedjian came into Tufts with barely any rugby experience. He played soccer in high school but joined the rugby team as a first-year at Tufts and quickly fell in love with the sport.
After spending the first part of the season in Florida, Tufts softball came back to Medford with the end goal of winning back-to-back NESCAC Championships. Their ace from last season, Kristina Haghdan, is now working as a coach for the Jumbos.
On Saturday, women’s lacrosse stepped onto Bello Field to take on a dangerous conference opponent in No. 13 Hamilton College. The Jumbos flattened the Continentals in a 21–4 victory, and the seniors shined while their families cheered in the stands on Senior Day. Senior goalie Molly Laliberty spoke about what this win meant to the graduating class.
After a close loss to Amherst College on Sunday April 10, the now No. 7 nationally ranked women’s lacrosse team won two straight conference games by large margins. With three uncharacteristic regular season losses already, the Jumbos cannot afford to lose focus with only three games left in the regular season. The Brown and Blue went into the home stretch with big wins over Bates and Wesleyan.
After returning to form against Connecticut College with a win on Saturday, Tufts fell short to Amherst in a back-and-forth defensive battle on Sunday. Now holding a 7–3 record, a team expecting to dominate the NESCAC has plummeted in the national rankings to seventh overall. To regain their momentum, the Jumbos need to string together a solid series of wins before the regular season ends in late April.
After winning five straight games, Tufts faced an out-of-conference opponent in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whom Tufts beat 22–3 in an all-around performance. With 14 different Tufts scorers, the Jumbos outclassed the Engineers who previously held a 4–3 record. First-year attacker Margie Carden and junior attacker and midfielder Caroline Walter led the Jumbos in scoring with each player netting a hat trick. Senior goalie Molly Laliberty commented on what went right for Tufts.
Since losing their home opener to Colby College to start off their 2022 campaign, Tufts women’s lacrosse won five games in a row.
Tufts women’s lacrosse returned to action last weekend with two conference matchups: one against Colby on Saturday and one against Williams on Sunday. The Jumbos finished the weekend with mixed results after losing to Colby 9–4 and defeating Williams 13–9 in their home opener at Bello Field. Tufts came into the season ranked No. 2 in Division III lacrosse but fell six spots after Saturday’s loss.
Current executive sports editor discusses sports culture and the Daily with former sports section headsBy Isaac Karp | February 25
Isaac Karp, the Daily's executive sports editor sat down with several of his predecessors to discuss all things sports writing and Tufts' sports culture.