MEDFORD – The Tufts University women's lacrosse team, which earlier on Sunday became just the fourth team in the 35-year history of the NCAA Division III Championship to shut out an opponent, later in the day learned that they will host the Regional round at Bello Field this coming weekend (May 18-19).
Tufts (17-2), one of the top four seeds in the tournament, set a school record for wins in a season with their 18-0 victory over Plymouth State University in the second round at Bello Field on Sunday. It's the first NCAA Tournament shutout since Mount Union blanked Albion 18-0 on May 10, 2015.
The Jumbos will welcome The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), St. John Fisher and York (Pa.) to Bello Field for Regional action next weekend. Third-round games are scheduled on Saturday between Tufts and TCNJ for 11:30 am and then between St. John Fisher and York at 2:30 pm. The winners will meet in the national quarterfinals on Sunday at 4 pm with a berth into the "Final Four" on the line.
TCNJ is the titan of the Division III tournament. They have been in it every year since 1993 (34 times overall) and have won 13 national titles (last in 2006). The Lions are 14-5 overall this spring, won the New Jersey Athletic Conference for an automatic berth and then had an 11-7 victory against NESCAC's Colby College in the second round today.
The Cardinals of St. John Fisher College bring a 19-1 record into the weekend. The Empire 8 champions opened NCAA play with an 18-7 victory against Brockport on Sunday. St. John Fisher is in the NCAA's for the 10th time including seven years in a row with a 4-9 record.
Capital Athletic Conference champions York are making their seventh consecutive NCAA appearance since earning their first berth in 2012 (7-7). The Spartans are 16-5 overall including a 17-8 victory against Misericordia in the NCAA second round on Sunday.
The Jumbos are the least experienced NCAA team this weekend after receiving their sixth berth. The NESCAC runner-up which is making its second straight appearance in the tournament has a 6-4 NCAA record.
Both of Saturday's games are repeat match-ups. Tufts traveled to TCNJ on March 20 and won 8-7. York gave St. John Fisher its only loss by a 10-9 score in overtime in Florida on March 5.
This weekend's winners will move on to the semifinals slated for May 25 in Ashland, Virginia.
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