MEDFORD - The Tufts University men's soccer team earned one of two first-round byes into the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament on Monday and will host a Regional at Bello Field this weekend (Nov. 10-11).
Head coach Josh Shapiro's Jumbos (13-0-3, 8-0-2 NESCAC) received an at-large berth and joined the University of Chicago as the two teams in the nation to get first-round byes in the 62-team NCAA field. Tufts will host a first-round game between Stevens (17-2-1) and Gordon (12-6-1) on Saturday and then the Jumbos will meet the winner on Sunday. Both games will start at 1 pm.
Tickets for both games will be $7 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. Gates will open at 12:00pm each day.
The Jumbos were the #1 seed in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) this fall, but were eliminated on penalty kicks against Colby College in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament.
Tufts, under ninth-year head coach Josh Shapiro, has now reached the NCAA Tournament in five consecutive years dating back to 2014. The Jumbos won national championships in two of the last four seasons, first in 2014 and then again in 2016. This will be the eighth tournament appearance overall (1994, 1996, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) for Tufts, as the team has qualified in six of the last seven years. They have an impressive 16-5-2 record in NCAA Tournament games.
Stevens Institute of Technology is the Empire 8 Conference champion, defeating Nazareth 2-0 in the final. The Ducks are 17-2-1 overall including a perfect 7-0 mark in conference play. They are making the 16th NCAA appearance in the program's history and have posted a 19-11-7 mark in those games. Stevens was the 2008 national runner-up.
Gordon (12-6-1) won the Commonwealth Coast Conference title 1-0 over Roger Williams University. In their fourth NCAA appearance, the Fighting Scots have a 2-2-1 record in national tournament play.
Live video of both of this weekend's contests will be available at http://www.packnetwork.com/tufts/.