By Matt Noonan
Following a 23-15 victory over Bowdoin College, the Tufts University men’s lacrosse team clinched the top spot in this year’s New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament.
Tufts has secured the top spot in seven conference tournaments and enters this spring’s postseason as the defending NESCAC Champion after beating Williams College last May by a score of 18-11.
The Jumbos secured a quarterfinal meeting with Connecticut College this Saturday, April 30 with a face-off scheduled for 3 p.m.
Tufts topped the Camels earlier this month by a score of 21-14 – the seven-goal victory was highlighted by a career-best six goals by Camden Kelleher.
Connecticut College enters this year’s NESCAC Tournament as the eighth seed, boasting a 5-8 overall record to go with a 3-7 mark against league foes.
Bowdoin, which secured the second seed, will entertain Hamilton College on Saturday while third-seed Amherst College will host rival Williams. Both games are scheduled for 1 p.m.
Wesleyan University, which earned the fourth seed with an 11-4 overall record, will compete against Middlebury College. This game will also begin at 1 p.m.
Following the conclusion of Saturday’s quarterfinal matchups, the four winning teams will advance to next weekend’s semifinals, which will be played on Saturday, May 7 at the highest remaining seed. The NESCAC Championship will then occur on Sunday, May 8.
Tufts has won 10 NESCAC Championships in 12 appearances. They have won three of the last four conference tournament crowns with Wesleyan capturing its second title in program history in 2017 with a win over Middlebury.
The winner of this year’s NESCAC Championship will secure a spot in next month’s NCAA Division III Tournament, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday, May 11.