A Winning Homecoming Weekend

Jumbo sports teams are cheered on to success by students and alumni
Watch a slideshow of photos from Homecoming weekend. Photos: Alonso Nichols and Anna Miller
October 1, 2018

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Crowds of students and alumni gathered over Homecoming Weekend and were rewarded with a burst of top-notch athletic performances—and a big helping of Jumbo pride. Beautiful early fall weather certainly helped, too.

On Saturday, the Jumbos took to the gridiron against conference rivals Bates. Down 14-10 at the half, the football team exploded for 37 unanswered points in the second half to take a 47-14 win. The Jumbos gained 545 yards of total offense, including 316 on the ground as they improved to 3-0.

At Ounjian Field, the nationally third-ranked Tufts field hockey team beat conference opponent and number sixteen Amherst 3-2 in overtime Saturday afternoon, and came back the next day to take on Hamilton College. Junior Rachel Hamilton scored the game-winning goal Sunday and led the Jumbos to a 2-1. With the win, the Jumbos improve to 8-0 on the season and 5-0 in conference play. Head coach Tina Mattera set a milestone collecting her 200th win for Tufts, in her fifteenth season.

Watch a video of Jumbo pride in action on Homecoming weekend. Video: Steffan Hacker

Tufts women’s soccer scored in the first thirty seconds at Kraft Field on Sunday, but Hamilton College knotted it up later in the first half, leading to a 1-1 draw in conference action. The day before, Amherst College bested the Jumbos 3-0.

The nationally third-ranked Tufts men’s soccer wrapped up Homecoming weekend with a down-to-the-wire 1-0 victory over conference opponent Hamilton College in front of the Jumbo faithful at Bello Field on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Jumbo senior defenseman Jackson Najjar lofted a pass down the right sideline for junior forward Joe Braun, who blasted the ball past the Continental goaltender for the difference-maker. The Jumbos are now 9-0-0.

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