MEDFORD – The Tufts University field hockey team earned its 10th berth into the NCAA Division III Championship on Sunday night.
Head coach Tina Mattera's Jumbos (16-2) received a first-round bye and will travel to a Regional hosted by Salisbury University in Maryland next weekend (Nov. 10-11). On Saturday, the Jumbos will play the winner of Wednesday's first-round game between Montclair State (15-3) and Smith (14-7). Saturday's game time is to be announced. Host Salisbury (16-2) will face the winner of Wednesday's game between Washington and Jefferson (17-1) and Rhodes (12-3) on Saturday. The Regional final will be played on Sunday.
The Jumbos received an at-large berth into the NCAA's after finishing as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) runner-up this fall. The team's only two losses are to conference champion Middlebury College, who was announced as an NCAA Regional host. Tufts lost 1-0 at Middlebury in the NESCAC final on Sunday. The Jumbos, who went 9-1 in the league, are ranked fourth in the most recent National Field Hockey Coaches Association DIII poll.
The Jumbos are returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2016 when they advanced to the national championship game and lost on penalty strokes to Messiah. Tufts won the 2012 national title under Coach Mattera, and the Jumbo program has a 15-8 overall mark in NCAA Tournament play. They were the national runner-up in 2008 and a semi-finalist in 2009.
Regional winners will advance to the NCAA "final four" to be played at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, Pennsylvania November 17-18.
More information will be added to this release on Monday.