Women’s Track and Field | The art of throwing far

  The ritual began during the first few weeks of Kelly Allen’s freshman year.  Kristen Morwick, the women’s track and field head coach, received an email from her new thrower containing what she considered to be some pretty lofty goals.  Given time — less than a year, mind you — Allen achieved them all.  It […]

Baseball | Veteran presence helps to support youthful revolution

  For the baseball team to challenge for its third straight NESCAC title, the Jumbos are going to need a youthful renaissance. Of Tufts’ top six hitters from last season, just two are returning. Gone along with one of the program’s most successful classes are first-team All-NESCAC selection David Orlowitz (LA ’11), who had a […]

Alpine Skiing | Team season wraps up at Regionals

 Chelsea Stevens entered the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Assocation (USCSA) Eastern Regionals with relatively minimal expectations. Qualifying for nationals merely lingered in the back of the sophomore’s mind.  Once she finished fifth in the giant slalom, however, she knew she had a shot. Though the women’s team finished sixth overall at Sugarloaf (Maine) […]

Ice Hockey | Murphy named NESCAC Coach of the Year

 An historic season resulted in historic awards for the ice hockey team.  For the first time in his 14 seasons with the Jumbos, head coach Brian Murphy earned NESCAC Coach of the Year recognition after guiding Tufts to its best-ever finish in the conference standings. The Jumbos finished fourth with a 9-8-1 conference mark and […]

Women’s Basketball | Locked down: top-notch defense carries Jumbos to NCAA tournament

Before the start of the season, the women’s basketball focused on a word: stifling. Long a defense-oriented unit with a recent penchant for producing NESCAC Defensive Players of the Year, the Jumbos were presented with a daunting challenge entering this season. Colleen Hart (E 11), the program’s all-time leading scorer, and Vanessa Miller (LA 11), […]

Alex Prewitt | Live from Mudville

A clear and present danger exists among sports media, an inevitable vortex of sorts that consumes the young and veterans alike, gathering them up like houses and cows in a tornado. This is the danger of the “false narrative,” derived from a minute sample size and extrapolated into a national sensation. We talk about bandwagon […]

Men’s Basketball | Son of Medford, ‘The General’ is a student of the game

How do you win a battle when defeat nears inevitability? Aim for the war. Announcer Dick Vitale first dubbed legendary college coach Bobby Knight “The General” when Knight took over at Indiana in the early ’70s. His blend of tactical brilliance and loyalty, the fiery temper and military-like precision, elicited comparisons to Patton and Grant. […]

Alex Prewitt | Live from Mudville

here is a sweeping turnaround occurring in Minnesota right now, a story perhaps relegated to the back burner amid the dizzying influx of Jeremy Lin-related puns, LeBron James’ absurd statistical season and the battle for Hollywood supremacy. Then again, storylines involving .500 teams rarely attract substantial national media attention, lest the focal point be on […]

Alex Prewitt | Live from Mudville

  Look out, folks. We’re approaching Tim Tebow territory. Save the fact that my editors will also likely place a permanent ban on Linsanity, to be shelved alongside columns about Tebowmania and clichéd ledes featuring the weather, few other similarities exist between the Asian-American phenomenon and the Christian quarterback who enveloped a nation’s attention in […]

Gunnell brings pro experience, diversity to the staff

The black and white Reeboks are the only holdover from the past. Every other part of Rich Gunnell is squarely embedded in the future. The football team’s assistant defensive line coach still wears the cleats he donned at Boston College – where he broke the Eagles’ all?time receiving record – to practice at Tufts, but […]