Baseball | Out in the cold: Jumbos swept by Bowdoin, eliminated from NESCAC playoff race

The season hung in the balance, six outs offering a flicker of hope between near-disaster and a fresh start. And then, everything came crashing down. With two innings remaining and a chance to earn nine more innings to fight for its playoff life, the baseball team squandered a six-run lead, failing to force a rubber […]

Football | The football team’s best-kept secret: John Dame

The football team’s backbone is an enigmatic specimen, quiet almost to the point of secrecy yet knowledgeable to the brink of brilliance. He is a team manager, a defensive assistant and a music coordinator. He is a coach, a teammate and a friend.  He is John Dame.  Descriptions of the sophomore usually range anywhere from […]

Men’s Basketball | A tall order: Height key for incoming class

When Steve Haladyna walked into Cousens Gym, he was immediately struck by the court’s style. The double staircase ascending to the locker rooms, the balconies overlooking the hardwood, it all felt so old-fashioned. He fell in love with Cousens. He fell in love with Tufts. Haladyna, a senior at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Mass., […]

Alex Prewitt | Live from Mudville

Seven semesters ago, an ephemeral time period by any standard except perhaps one labeled “Kardashian Marriage,” I began writing this column. Today marks my penultimate penning, the final weekly installment of “Live From Mudville.” And there are so many people I would like to thank before the orchestral music plays me off the stage. Thank […]

Baseball | Battered, broken, but not out

Pop! Matt Collins heard the noise. He felt the snap. Standing out in right field during warm?ups for an Intercity League game on a blistering summer afternoon with the Watertown Reds, Collins let one fly. Not exactly the wisest decision made by the baseball team’s senior co?captain and starting catcher. Three weeks earlier, Collins had […]

Friday highs, Saturday lows

Coach John Casey knows that success for his baseball team hinges on quality pitching. Poor efforts on the mound lead to disaster. Both caveats emerged in full force this weekend. Sandwiched around a miserable doubleheader sweep at Huskins Field against Colby on Saturday that backed Tufts into a corner, two senior pitchers delivered a pair […]

Alex Prewitt | Live from Mudville

On Patriots’ Day, that glorious Massachusetts and Maine?only holiday when two states get to bask in our New England eliteness while the rest of the country suffers a painstaking case of the “Mondays,” I undertook the most grueling task I have ever faced, one that promised to test – and likely break – my every […]

NESCAC Roundup

  Each week, the staff at NESCAC Insider, the Tufts Daily’s NESCAC blog, will compile a roundup of the top news throughout Div. III’s top conference. For more up-to-the-minute analysis and comprehensive coverage of the NESCAC, visit or follow on Twitter @NESCACInsider.   Men’s Lacrosse | Ephs get supermodel shoutout After a monumental upset, […]

Baseball | Silent, focused Jumbos move forward

Shut up and show up. After the baseball team (12?6, 3?3 NESCAC) was swept at home in a conference series for the first time since 2008, the mantra heading into this weekend’s set against Colby (9?10, 0?3 NESCAC) at Huskins Field is simple: Focus on the task at hand, don’t dwell on the three losses […]

Alex Prewitt | Live from Mudville

  The MLB season is four days old at the time of this column’s writing, 12 if you count the 20 innings played overseas by the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics, which only about half the country does at this point, because it was ridiculous.  The point is that four days is nary too […]