MEDFORD – The Tufts University and Amherst College men's lacrosse teams will renew their rivalry on a big stage Wednesday when they meet in the NCAA Quarterfinals at Bello Field. Game time is 3 pm.
The Jumbos (19-1) advanced to the "Elite Eight" with a dominating 19-4 victory over Stevenson University in the third round at Bello on Saturday afternoon. The Mammoths (16-3) defeated NESCAC and Little 3 rival Wesleyan University, the defending national champion, 16-13 in Saturday's third-round game at home.
In their only previous NCAA meeting, Tufts and Amherst played in the Quarterfinals back in 2015 with the Jumbos winning 17-10 on their way to capturing a third national championship.
Most recently, Tufts earned a dramatic 15-14 victory at Amherst during the regular season back on April 13. The Jumbos led 10-1 in the second quarter and 13-4 with five minutes gone in the third period before the host Mammoths stormed back. Amherst would tie the game at 14-14 on a goal by Colin Minicus at 4:02 of the fourth quarter. However, Jumbo sophomore Kyle Helfrich won the next draw on a violation. After a shot by junior Nick Shanks went wide, Tufts senior Matt Treiber set up sophomore Garrett Samuelson for the game-winning goal at 3:15 of the fourth. Jumbo junior goalie Mason Pollack, who scored the first goal of the game as one of his three tallies this spring, made two of his 19 saves in the final three minutes of play to help preserve the win.
Including a 20-12 win over the Mammoths in the NESCAC semi-finals last season, the Jumbos have won two in a row in the series after Amherst had posted back-to-back regular-season wins in 2017 and 2018.
Tufts is in its 11th straight NCAA appearance and 12th overall after winning their ninth NESCAC title. They are the #1 seed in the North bracket and opened NCAA play with a 24-7 victory against New England College on Bello May 8. Tufts has a 31-8 record in NCAA play and won national championships in 2010, 2014 and 2015. The Jumbos also played in the 2011 and 2016 national championship games.
Amherst returned to the NCAA Championship for the sixth straight year and seventh time overall. The Mammoths now have an 11-6 all-time record in the national post-season. They opened NCAA action this spring with a 21-9 victory at home against Elizabethtown in the second round last Wednesday. The Mammoths received an at-large NCAA bid after bowing out of the conference tournament with an 11-8 loss to Williams in the semifinals at Tufts on May 4.
These are two of the top 10 scoring teams in the nation. Amherst comes in averaging 18.37 goals per game, while Tufts scores at a 17.80 clip. Defensively, the Jumbos allow a 10.74 goals against average and the Mammoths' mark is 10.26.
The winner of Wednesday's game will play either Williams or RIT in the national semifinals next Sunday (May 19). The NCAA Championship Game will be played the following Sunday (May 26) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.