Two local squads will be competing for a spot in the NCAA Division III semifinals today as Tufts University will face-off against RIT for the third straight year at 4:30 p.m., while Western New England battles SUNY Cortland at 6 p.m.
The Jumbos earned a spot in the tournament’s quarterfinals after defeating Norwich University in the first round and Stevens Institute in the second round, while the Golden Bears extended their season with wins against Eastern Connecticut State and Nazareth.
* The winner of today’s matches will meet on Sunday, May 19 for a chance to earn a spot in the championship, which will be played on Sunday, May 26 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, the home of the Eagles.
* With a win against RIT, Tufts would advance to their fourth straight semifinal. The Jumbos are 12-4 overall in the tournament, and won the 2010 championship. They were the national runner-up in 2011 and earned a spot in the semis last year.
* Tufts defeated RIT last season in the quarterfinal round, 15-13.
* After defeating Nazareth in the second round last weekend, Western New England improves to 7-5 overall in the tournament. The Golden Bears have appeared in six tournaments since 2002.