Mass. College Lax: BC, Tufts To Compete In NCAA Quarterfinals

Tufts' Patton Watkins and the Jumbos will return to Bello Field on Wednesday for their NCAA Div. III Quarterfinal contest against SUNY Cortland. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

Tufts’ Patton Watkins and the Jumbos will return to Bello Field on Wednesday for their NCAA Div. III Quarterfinal contest against SUNY Cortland. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan for NoontimeSports.com)

By Matt Noonan 

With a busy weekend of lacrosse in the books, it’s now time to turn the page to this upcoming week’s quarterfinal matchups.

* Boston College’s women’s lacrosse team earned wins over Bryant and Loyola (Md.) on Friday and Sunday to secure a spot in the quarterfinals against Syracuse. The Eagles have competed against the Orange 11 times in program history with Syracuse winning the last meeting earlier this season, 11-9.  The Eagles led the Orange at the break, 4-3, but Syracuse responded by outscoring the hosts in the second stanza, 8-5.

The winner of this contest will advance to the semifinals next Friday, May 23 against the winner of North Carolina-Virginia.

* Tufts University’s men’s lacrosse team edged Endicott College, 10-9, on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Tournament.  The Jumbos will return to Bello Field on Wednesday to host SUNY Cortland, who defeated Springfield College, 14-10. The winner advances to Sunday’s (May 18) NCAA Division 3 semifinals against RIT-Union.

The last time both teams met, the Red Dragons defeated the Jumbos, 12-10, in the NCAA semifinals in 2012. Tufts defeated Cortland in the quarterfinals in 2011 and semifinals in 2010, both by a score of 10-9.

Make sure to check back later this week for updates from both contests. Also, you can find updates on both tournaments by visiting the WLAX Div. I Bracket or MLAX Div. III Bracket.

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