MEDFORD - The 2011 fall post-season begins on Saturday as the Jumbo field hockey, men's and women's soccer, and men's and women's cross country teams compete in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship events.
The Jumbo cross country teams will run at Amherst College, with the women's six-kilometer race beginning at 11 am and the men's eight-kilometer race starting at noon. Both Coach Ethan Barron's men and Coach Kristen Morwick's women will aim to be in the top four.
Junior Lilly Fisher (Kansas City, MO) is the top returning individual for the Tufts women after a strong 15th place showing at the conference meet last season. The Jumbos were fifth as a team. Williams, Middlebury, Amherst, Colby and Bowdoin join Tufts as the top women's teams this fall. The Tufts men were third at NESCAC's last season, with Matt Rand (Cape Elizabeth, ME) leading the way in 11th place. He'll be a front-runner again this fall with a chance to win the race. Middlebury, Bates, Williams, Bowdoin and Tufts are the top men's teams.
Read the NESCAC Cross Country Preview here.
The Jumbo women's soccer team continues to be a regular in the NESCAC top four and will host Wesleyan University in the conference quarterfinals on Saturday at Kraft Field beginning at noon. This is the eighth straight year that Coach Martha Whiting's team has earned a top four finish during the regular-season. The Jumbos are the #4 seed and Wesleyan is #5. Tufts defeated Wesleyan 1-0 duirng the regular season on a goal by senior co-captain Lauren O'Connor (Dudley, MA).
Read the NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship seeding release here.
The Tufts field hockey team, which will also play at home in the quarterfinals on Saturday, seeks to make its fourth straight appearance in the NESCAC final. Bowdoin, Amherst, Middlebury and Trinity all have similar aspirations. Coach Tina McDavitt's Jumbos are the #4 seed and will play #5 Trinity at 1 pm on Bello Field. The Jumbos defeated the Bantams 3-2 in overtime this fall on a penalty-stroke goal by senior co-captain Taylor Dyer (Windham, NH).
Read the NESCAC Field Hockey Championship seeding release here.
The exciting 2011 men's soccer season at Tufts enters a new chapter as the team is the #5 seed in the NESCAC Championship, the highest for the Jumbos since 2003. On Saturday Coach Josh Shapiro's team will be looking to play into the semi-finals for just the second time since the NESCAC Championship began in 2000 when they travel to #4 seed Williams for a 12:30 start.
Read the NESCAC Men's Soccer Championship seeding release here.
With three conference titles, the men's cross country team has the most among Tufts' fall teams. The Jumbos won them consecutively from 2003-05. The women's cross country team was NESCAC champ in 1987. Field Hockey won its first conference crown in 2009 and women's soccer was the 2002 league champion.
Live coverage of the championship events will be announced at GoTuftsJumbos.com on Friday.