Teams: Men's Lacrosse: Press
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
TUFTS UNIVERSITY TO HOST NESCAC
CHAMPIONSHIP THIS WEEKEND
|Junior Matt Witko has a career-high 27 goals
for the Jumbos in 2010
-- 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
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
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
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
www.jumbocast.net. Live stats of all three games will also be
Admission is free to this weekend's games.
the NESCAC Preview
to Tufts University's Bello Field