New England D3 Lax: Tufts, Salisbury Set To Meet In NCAA D3 Championship

By Matt Noonan 

When the final horn sounded in Salisbury, Maryland, the Sea Gulls rushed the field to celebrate their 14-6 win over Gettysburg College in the NCAA Division III men’s lacrosse semifinals.

With a 23-12 semifinal victory over St. Lawrence, Tufts advanced to Sunday's national title against Salisbury. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/
With a 23-12 semifinal victory over St. Lawrence, Tufts advanced to Sunday’s national title against Salisbury. (Photo Credit: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.comse semifinals.

The win provided the Sea Gulls with their second trip in three seasons to the championship game where they’ll face Tufts University, which defeated St. Lawrence University, 23-12.

Both teams have met in the title round before with Tufts winning two of three meetings.

The Jumbos defeated Jim Berkman’s squad, 9-6, in the 2010 championship game, which provided Tufts with its initial title in program history.

One year later, the Sea Gulls rolled past the Jumbos, defeating Tufts by a score of 19-7 en route to the program’s ninth national crown. Salisbury would defeat SUNY Cortland the following year – the 2012 championship game was played at Gillette Stadium – to earn their 10th national title in program history before falling to Tufts two years later in the 2014 championship.

Tufts captured the 2015 Division III crown, thanks to a 6-2 run in the third quarter that helped the Powder Blue, White and Brown roll past Lynchburg, 19-11.

A win for the Jumbos would be their third-straight national crown. No Division III squad has won a trio of national titles in a row since Berkman guided Salisbury to three-straight championship victories in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

“We are very fortunate and very excited to be heading to the championship,” Berkman said in yesterday’s press release. “I am proud of all 50 guys for enduring what is a long season and putting us in position to hopefully win our 11th national championship.”

Face-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday with the game being played at Lincoln-Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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