MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University men's lacrosse team is set to take on Ithaca College in the third round of the NCAA Championship Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
The game is scheduled for 1 p.m. and it looks like it will be a wet one, with the forecast calling for showers for almost the entirety of the afternoon. Luckily for the Jubmos, they are no strangers to playing in tough weather. As recently as the final game of the regular season they defeated Bowdoin, 19-11, during a steady downpour.
Tufts got here by winning their 20th straight NCAA Championship game at home, a streak dating back to 2010, against Merchant Marine on Wednesday. The Jumbos posted a season-high 25 goals in the game, while their defense only gave up eight. Freshman Garrett Samuelson posted a career-high six points from five goals and one assist in the contest.
They will be going up against the Ithaca Bombers who defeated Stevenson University, 15-12, in the second round. The Bombers finished the season at 16-3 and as the No. 15 team in the country. They made it to the finals of the the Liberty League Championship where they lost to No. 1 RIT, 23-3. Ithaca is led by Connor Brumfield who has 52 points on the year from 36 goals and 16 assists. In net, Robby Atwood's 7.97 goals against average is one of the top marks in the country.
In 2016 these teams faced off in the NCAA Quarterfinals, with the Jumbos coming out victorious, 19-7. Tufts controlled the game from the very beginning, taking an 11-2 advantage into halftime and led 18-4 after three quarters.
Ticket prices for Saturday will be $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Tufts students get in free with their ID. Tickets will go on sale at 12 p.m.
The winner of this game will advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals next Wednesday and will take on the winner of Wesleyan (Conn.) (15-3) and Cabrini (17-2). If Tufts advnaces, they would host the game at Bello Field.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern