MEDFORD – Finishing their 2018 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) season with an 8-2 record, the Tufts University women's lacrosse team will host a conference championship quarterfinal game for the first time since 2009 on Saturday when the Jumbos welcome Trinity College to Bello Field in a noon start.
Head coach Courtney Shute's Jumbos, ranked eighth nationally, finished their regular-season at 12-3 following an 11-10 win at Bowdoin College on Wednesday night. The Jumbos, seeded third, will be looking to turn around the team's history in the conference tournament, where they have just three wins in 14 previous appearances. Tufts has been a NESCAC semi-finalist three times, but has never played in the championship game.
Sxith-seed Trinity (10-5, 6-4), on the other hand, has been one of the most successful teams in the tournament with five conference titles and 22-8 record while qualifying 13 times. The Bantams and the Jumbos have seen a lot of each other in the NESCAC's recently, including last season's 19-10 win by the Bantams in the quarterfinal round. In 2015, the Bantams edged the Jumbos 8-7 in overtime in the semi-finals. In fact, the Bantams have won all five games against Tufts in the conference tourney.
The Jumbos will be looking to turn that tide on Saturday and have the confidence of a 12-9 win over the Bantams during the regular season to build off. Junior Dakota Adamec scored five goals in the game as Tufts took an early 4-3 lead and stayed a step ahead of the Bantams throughout the contest.
Tufts is the top scoring team in the league this spring with 14.87 goals per game, while Trinity comes into the post-season sixth in NESCAC at 12.07 goals per contest. The Bantams rank fourth in the league allowing 8.24 goals per game while Tufts is right behind them with an 8.73 mark. Adamec is second in the conference scoring race with 46 goals and 12 assists for 58 points. Trinity's Kiley Coffey is right on her tail with 55 goals and two assists for 57 points.
Saturday's winner will advance to the NESCAC semi-finals at the site of the highest remaining seed on May 5.