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Tuesday, May 4, 2010


Junior Matt Witko has a career-high 27 goals for the Jumbos in 2010

MEDFORD -- For the second time in program history, the Tufts University men's lacrosse team will host the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship semi-finals and final this weekend (May 8-9). Games will be played at Bello Field.

Tufts earned the #2 seed into the conference championship tournament this year with an 8-1 record. However, #1 seed Connecticut College lost 6-5 to #8 seed Wesleyan in the first round of the tournament. That allowed the Jumbos to host the semi-finals and championship game this weekend. Tufts will face Wesleyan on Saturday at 12 noon in a rematch of last season's championship game won by the Cardinals 14-10.

In Saturday's other semi-final game at Bello, #4 seed Bowdoin and #6 seed Middlebury will meet at Bello beginning at 3 pm. The championship game is set for Sunday at 12 noon.

Ranked sixth nationally and first in New England, Tufts set a school record for victories this spring with their 14-1 record. They defeated Wesleyan 14-11 during the regular season, and also have regular-season wins over Bowdoin (14-13 in overtime) and Middlebury (10-5). Coach Mike Daly's team is in search of its first NESCAC title.

The Cardinals, who were the first #8 seed to beat a #1 seed in the history of the conference men's lacrosse championship, are 8-7 overall. They won their first conference championship last season. Bowdoin (9-6) likewise had a stirring win over Colby in the quarterfinals, scoring twice in the final 20 seconds of the fourth quarter and winning the game 12-11 in overtime. Like Tufts, the Polar Bears seek their first NESCAC crown. Seven-time league champion Middlebury, who won 15-12 over Amherst in the first round, is 10-4 overall and is ranked 16th nationally.

This weekend's teams are four of the top six ranked squads in New England. Below the #1 Jumbos are #2 Bowdoin, #4 Middlebury, and #6 Wesleyan.

All three of this weekend's games will be carried by JumboCast, Tufts University student-operated webcasting outfit. Games can be accessed for free at Live stats of all three games will also be available at

Admission is free to this weekend's games.

Read the NESCAC Preview

Directions to Tufts University's Bello Field