This Week in Tufts Athletics: May 14 - 20



Men's Lacrosse

When: Wednesday vs. Wesleyan at 4 pm in NCAA Quarterfinal 
What you need to know: The No. 6 men’s lacrosse has advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time in nine seasons. They will face NESCAC foe and No. 5 ranked Wesleyan at Bello on Wednesday. The Jumbos have already defeated the Cardinals twice this season, 14-10 at home in April and then again 12-9 in the NESCAC Championship game in Connecticut. In the first game, Tufts limited the Cardinals’ top point threat in Carter Hawthorne to just two points from two assists. In the second game, they completely shut out Wesleyan’s leading goal scorer, Ronan Jacoby. They will hope to have similar success against these two offensive threats this time around. It is said that it’s tough to beat a team three times in the same season, but Wesleyan did it to Tufts last year, so the Jumbos will be looking to return the favor this time around. If they beat the Cardinals, Tufts will advance to the NCAA Semifinals on Sunday and will play the winner of RIT and York (Pa.) They would most likely travel to RIT for the game whereas the Jumbos would probably host York, based on their regional rankings.


Men's and Women's Track and Field 

When: Thursday at Last Chance Meet at MIT
What you need to know: Both the men and women’s track and field teams will compete in their final meet before the NCAA Championships. Both teams will be looking to post qualifying times for the NCAA Championships, which are May 24-26 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.   






Ben Connelly, Junior, Men's Lacrosse

Tufts scored five man-up goals in their 18-11 victory over Ithaca College in the NCAA Championship 3rd Round at Bello Field on Saturday and Connelly had three of them. He scored twice on the man-advantage during a devastating four-goal run by the Jumbos while Ithaca served a locked-in two-minute penalty late in the first quarter. That turned a 3-2 lead into 7-2 and Connelly’s third man-up goal at 7:13 of the second quarter put Tufts ahead 9-2. They did not lead by less than four goals the rest of the way. Connelly had four goals overall.




Kristi Van Meter, Freshman, Softball 

Van Meter logged 26 innings at the NCAA Regional hosted by MIT May 11-14 and recorded a 0.81 earned run average and 30 strikeouts. She went all 14 innings with 18 strikeouts in an epic 2-1 loss to MIT in the winner’s bracket game that started on Saturday and was continued on Sunday due to rain. In a must-win game Monday morning against the Engineers, Van Meter earned the win allowing four hits and one run. She was named to the All-Tournament team.






   Men’s lacrosse went 2-0 last week in the NCAA Championship second and third rounds. They beat Merchant Marine 25-8 on Wednesday and then defeated Ithaca 18-11 on Saturday to advance to the quarterfinals. Goalie Mason Pollack (Arlington, Va.) recorded 19 saves in the win against the Bombers. 

   Men’s crew finished second as a team in the point trophy standings at the National Invitational Rowing Championships on Friday. 

   The baseball team won their opening round game in the NESCAC Tournament this weekend, topping Wesleyan, 16-3.  The Jumbos then fell to Amherst in the winners bracket game, but came back and beat Wesleyan again in an elimination game on Saturday.  On Saturday in the tournament final the Jumbos were edged by Amherst, 3-2



   The softball team advanced to the regional final at the Cambridge Regional of the NCAA Tournament.  The Jumbos opened up tournament play with a 6-1 win over UMass-Boston on Friday.  On Saturday, and into Sunday because of a rain delay, the Jumbos played a 14-inning game with MIT and fell 2-1.  They then topped Framingham State, 6-0, in an elimination game on Sunday to advance to Monday’s regional final.  In game one the Jumbos won, 2-1, to force a deciding game seven, but the Engineers won game seven, 7-0, to claim the regional title. 





   The women’s tennis team hosted an NCAA Regional in Medford this past weekend.  The Jumbos opened up play with a second round 5-0 win over Rhode Island College.  But, they fell to MIT in the regional final, 5-3, on Sunday.  Juniors Mina Karamercan (Istanbul, Turkey) and Otilia Popa (San Diego, Calif.) were selected to compete in the singles and doubles competition of the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships.



   The women’s lacrosse team was also in action this past week in NCAA Tournament play.  The Jumbos opened up the tournament with a 17-8 win over FDU-Florham.  On Sunday the Jumbos were edged by Franklin & Marshall, 12-11, ending their tournament run.