This Week in Tufts Athletics: May 7 - 13




When: Friday vs. Wesleyan at 3 pm at Trinity College, Saturday and Sunday TBD
What you need to know: Baseball will begin postseason play this Friday in the first round of the NESCAC Tournament. The tournament is double elimination and is made up of the top two teams from each NESCAC Division. Tufts, as the top seed from the East, will be taking on the second seed from the West, Wesleyan. The Cardinals finished the year 21-14 and 8-4 in NESCAC play. The last time these teams faced off was in the second round of the NESCAC Tournament in 2016. The Jumbos defeated Wesleyan that time, 6-1, and eventually went on to be crowned conference champion. The other first round game will be between the East’s two seed, Bates, and the West’s one seed, Amherst. The winners of both games will face off on Saturday with the losers doing the same. The Jumbos beat Bates two of three this year, but haven’t played Amherst yet this season. 



When: Friday vs. UMass Boston at MIT, Saturday and Sunday TBD
What you need to know: Softball earned a bid into the NCAA Tournament and will travel to MIT for a Regional where they will take on UMass-Boston in the first round. The Beacons finished the year at 17-23 and with a Little East Conference championship to make the NCAA Tournament. The regional is made up of four teams and is double-elimination. The other two teams are host MIT and Framingham State. MIT finished the year 33-7-1 and as NEWMAC champions. The Engineers lost to the Jumbos a week ago, 7-0. Framingham wrapped their season up at 24-15 with a MASCAC Championship. The teams will face off against the respective opponents in the first round, with the winners advancing to play the winners in the second round. One team will advance out of this four-team, double-elimination regional to play in a Super Regional next weekend.


Men's Lacrosse

When: Wednesday vs. Merchant Marine at 4 pm 
What you need to know: After winning their eighth NESCAC Championship in nine seasons, the No. 6 men’s lacrosse will enter the NCAA Tournament as the #2 seed in the North with the right to host games through the quarterfinals should they stay alive in the tournament. Their first game will be Wednesday after their opponent has been determined on Tuesday. Bello will host a First Round game between Johnson & Wales and Merchant Marine at 4 p.m. Merchant Marine finished the season at 13-2 and won the Skyline Conference championship. Johnson & Wales is 9-11, but finished the year with a Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship to earn a berth into the NCAA tournament. The Jumbos will take on the winner at Wednesday at 4 p.m. If Tufts wins their game on Wednesday, they will host a Third Round game Saturday against the winner of Ithaca (15-3) and Stevenson (12-6).  

Women's Lacrosse

When: Saturday vs. FDU-Florham at Franklin & Marshall
What you need to know: The No. 11 women’s lacrosse team will be playing in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2015. They will play FDU-Florham, who finished the season at 15-4 and with their fourth straight Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom championship, in the first round on Saturday. If the Jumbos win that game, they will advance to play Franklin & Marshall who is hosting the first two rounds. The Diplomats finished the year at 16-4 and were ranked as the No. 7 team in the country after the regular season.

Women's Tennis 

When: Saturday vs. Nazareth/Rhode Island College 
What you need to know: Women’s tennis will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament this weekend, welcoming seven teams to Medford. The team will get a bye in the first round and will await the winner of Nazareth and Rhode Island College match.  Colby-Sawyer and Johnson & Wales and MIT and John Jay will also face off in first round action.  The winners of Colby-Sawyer/Johnson & Wales and MIT/John Jay will also meet in second round action on Saturday.  The final will be played on Sunday. This is the second straight year the Jumbos will host a regional.  They were edged by Johns Hopkins, 5-4, in regional action at home last year. Nazareth (14-4) edged Stevens, 5-4, in the championship match of the Empire 8 Conference Tournament. Undefeated Rhode Island College (16-0) won the 2017 Little East Conference championship with a 5-1 victory against Bridgewater State. Colby-Sawyer (16-5) defeated Husson, 5-0, in the North Atlantic Conference Championship. Johnson & Wales (15-1) claimed the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship defeating Simmons, 5-2. John Jay College is the City University of New York Athletic Conference champion after a 5-4 victory against Brooklyn College. Those matches were all contested back in October.  MIT (17-2) defeated Babson College 6-0 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) final last Saturday.

Men's and Women's Track and Field

When: Friday and Saturday at NEICAAA Champs at Dartmouth
What you need to know: Both track and field teams will be competing at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championships on Friday and Saturday, hosted by Dartmouth. Last year, the men finished fourth and the women 34th, when the event was at Williams. The Jumbos are in the middle of their championship season, both having NESCACs and New England’s behind them and looking for final qualifying marks before the NCAA Division III Championships May 24-26 in LaCrosse, Wis. This past weekend the women finished tenth at the New England Championships as twelve different Jumbos picked up All-New England honors. The men finished fifth at the New England as senior co-captain Drew DiMaiti defended his title in the 400-meter.

Men's and Women's Crew

When: Friday at National Invitational Rowing Championships at Worcester, Mass.
What you need to know: The men’s and women’s crew teams will be taking part in the National Invitational Rowing Championships this Friday in Worcester. The men will be looking to defend their title from last year when they finished first out of 18 teams at the event. The women finished sixth out of 21 last year, having improved upon their eighth-place finish from the year before. They will look to continue that trend this time around.  The weekend’s races will wrap up the spring season for the men.  For the women the weekend’s races are the last scheduled event aside from the NCAA Championships.  The Jumbos will have to receive a bid to the NCAA Championships.



Connor Lansdale, Senior, Men's Lacrosse

Lansdale shut down two of the top offensive players in the nation helping the Jumbos win their eighth NESCAC championship with victories over Amherst and Wesleyan. Assigned to cover Amherst's Colin Minicus in the semi-finals on Saturday, Lansdale limited him to two goals and one assist in Tufts' 20-12 victory. In the 12-9 win over Wesleyan in Sunday’s final, Lansdale held Harry Stanton to one goal while causing three turnovers and picking up five ground balls.




Erika Madrian, Junior, Women's Crew

Seating in the stroke seat for Tufts’ second varsity eight, Madrian and her teammates led Tufts’ performance at the 2018 New England Rowing Championships Saturday on Lake Quinsigamond. The Jumbos finished fourth in the grand final, an improvement of two places on last year’s 2V8 showing. They were second in their heat with a 6:59.725 time across 2,000 meters and then took three seconds off that mark in the final for a 6:56.576 finish.






   Men’s lacrosse captured their eighth conference title in nine seasons after beating Wesleyan, 12-9, in the championship game on Sunday. They avenged their only loss of the season by beating Amherst, 20-12, in the semifinal on Saturday. Connor Lansdale (San Diego, Calif.) earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors for his defensive performance in the two games.  

   Softball defeated Wesleyan in the NESCAC quarterfinal, 7-1, before bowing out in the semifinals to eventual champion, Williams.  The Jumbos earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament and will play in a regional at MIT this weekend.  



   Women’s tennis beat Amherst, 5-2, in the first round of the NESCAC tournament.  The Jumbos fell to Williams, but they were granted an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and will host a seven team regional in Medford this weekend.  

   The women’s lacrosse team earned an at large invitation to the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship and will head to Franklin & Marshall to take on Farleigh Dickinson University-Florham on Saturday.