MEDFORD, Mass. – After beating St. Joseph's (Maine) in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, the Tufts University men's soccer team will play John Hopkins University in the Sweet Sixteen this Saturday.
NCAA Sectional Rounds at Bello Field
Saturday, November 18
Tufts vs. Johns Hopkins, 11 a.m.
Brandeis vs. Drew, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 19
Saturday winners, 1 p.m.
Coach Josh Shapiro's Jumbos (15-1-3) will play host to the Blue Jays (16-1-3) in this NCAA Sectional, along with Drew (21-0-1) and Brandeis (15-4-0) who will also come to Medford to continue their seasons. Tufts and John Hopkins will play first on Saturday at 11 a.m. followed by Drew and Brandeis at 1:30 p.m. The winners will face off in the Elite Eight on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bello Field. Sunday's winner will advance to the NCAA Final Four in Greensboro, North Carolina on December 1.
Tickets this weekend will be $7 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Tufts students are free with their student ID. The gate will open an hour before the start of the first game.
Tufts has now made the Sweet Sixteen in four straight NCAA tournaments. This is their seventh tournament appearance and the Jumbos have a 16-4-1 record in tournament play. To get here they had a bye in the first round and then beat St. Joseph's (ME) 4-2 in penalty kicks after the second overtime period ended in a 0-0 tie.
John Hopkins is making its first tournament appearance since 2010 and 15th overall. They've gone 17-14-5 in their history playing in the tournament. They had a pair of 2-0 victories in the first two rounds this year to get to this point. First, they beat DeSales and then Cabrini. The Blue Jays made the NCAA Championship game back in 1994 when they fell to Bethany (W.Va.) 1-0 in double overtime.
Drew has earned a spot in the NCAA tournament field for the first time since 2008 and 12th overall. They are 8-11-1 in those 12 years. Drew advanced past Franklin and Marshall, 3-2, and got past Lycoming, 1-0 to get to the Sweet Sixteen. In 2003, they made the championship game, but fell to Trinity, 2-1.
Brandeis is in the tournament for the fourth year in a row and the 15th in their history, compiling a 26-13-1 record. Last year, they advanced as far as the Final Four. This year, they beat Western Connecticut State in the first round, 3-0, and Rutgers-Newark in the second, 1-0. The Judges have made the finals twice in their history, winning it all in 1976 over Brockport and coming in second to Wheaton in 1984.
This marks the second straight year that Tufts will host an NCAA Sectional at Bello. Last season, they advanced past Mass.-Boston and Kenyon to reach the Final Four. The Jumbos eventually won the national championship for the second time in three years.
Live webcasts of all three games at Tufts this weekend will be available at http://www.jumbocast.com/.
Written by Curtis Stoychoff, Athletic Communications Intern