Mass. College Softball: Tufts Wins First NCAA Championship

(Postgame video courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire’s YouTube channel)

By Matt Noonan 

The Tufts University softball team claimed its first NCAA Division III crown on Monday as the Jumbos rallied past SUNY Cortland for a 6-5 win at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire’s Gelein Field.

The Jumbos, who were making their fourth appearance in the NCAA Finals, won all four of its contests in the winners bracket to cap their season with a 46-3 mark.

“That was quite a battle,” Tufts coach Cheryl Milligan said after her team defeated the Red Dragons. “We had a little bit of nerves I think out there, but it was just fantastic to come out on top, so proud of these guys, proud of our seniors for how they carried us, it’s just unreal.”

Excluding their first national title, Tufts also won its second straight NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) crown, eighth overall, and second consecutive NCAA Regional, fourth overall, according to the athletic department’s release.

Tufts became the first New England team to win the NCAA Softball Championship since Eastern Connecticut State University defeated The College of New Jersey in 1990.

The Jumbos softball team isn’t the only team to earn some hardware in the 2012-13 season as the field hockey team won its first national title in the fall.

For more on the Jumbos victory, here are some links from around the web, which we’ve provided below:

* Tufts University Jumbos athletic release

* Boston Globe recap

* NCAA.com’s feature/recap

* NCAA 2013 Division III Softball Bracket

* Tufts University Photography – Photos from the Championship

* Syracuse.com’s recap

* Salem News recap

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