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

Mass. College Sports: Friday’s Schedule

By NoontimeSports.com

A couple local squads will be competing in various NCAA tournaments this morning, afternoon and evening, and below are the times.

NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional:

* No. 4 Western New England vs. No. 6 St. Joseph’s (ME), 9:30 a.m. — Elimination Game

* No. 2 Wheaton College vs. No. 8 Daniel Webster, 1 p.m. — Elimination Game

* No. 1 Southern Maine vs. No. 3 Endicott College, 4:30 p.m.

* St. Joe’s/WNE vs. Daniel Webster/Wheaton, 8 p.m. — Elimination Game

NCAA Division III Ithaca Regional:

* No. 1 Ithaca College vs. No. 6 Amherst College, 4:30 p.m.

NCAA Division III Softball Championship Tournament:

* Tufts University vs. Texas-Tyler @ Eau Claire, WI, 5 p.m.

Mass. College Softball: Locals Earn Sports In NCAA D3 Tourney

Five local squads will be competing in this year's NCAA Div. III Tournament! (Photo Credit: Active.com)

Five local squads will be competing in this year’s NCAA Div. III Tournament! (Photo Credit: Active.com)

By Matt Noonan 

The 2013 NCAA Division III Softball tournament will commence this week with 62 teams vying for eight spots in the final bracket. And five of those squads hail from Massachusetts.

Babson College, Bridgewater State, Lesley University, Springfield College and Tufts University each earned spots in the Babson Regional, which begins on Thursday at 10 a.m. All five teams have competed for a national championship, but have never won.

Below is the teams’ history, as well as their first round game.

Babson College – The Beavers make their first appearance since 2006 and are 3-4 overall.

Bridgewater State – The Bears return to the bracket for the first time since 2006. They’re 26-40 overall, and last appearance in the championship in 1994 as they lost to TCNJ.

Lesley University – The Lynx will make their third straight appearance and have never won a tournament tilt.

Springfield College – Similar to the Bears, the Pride return to the tournament for the first time since 2009, and are 5-12 overall.

Tufts University – The Jumbos will make their 13th appearance and will attempt to build off their 29-24 mark.

First Round: Thursday, May 9

* No. 1 Tufts vs. No. 8 Lesley @ 10 a.m.

* No. 4 Springfield vs. No. 5 St. Joe’s of Maine @ noon

* No. 3 Babson vs. No. 6 Bridgewater @ 2 p.m.

The other matchup, which features two non-Massachusetts teams, will take place at 4 p.m. as No. 2 Rowan squares off against No. 7 Husson.

For more information on the Babson Regional – HOP HERE

Mass. College Sports: Midweek Check-In

By Matt Noonan 

It’s “hump day,” which means we’ve officially reached the midway point of the current week. So, let’s take a trip around the Bay State and catch up on some of the latest college sports news.

* Tuesday was a special day for the Anna Maria College softball team as the AMCATs snapped a 40-game winless streak by defeating Penn State – New Kensington at the Dot Richardson Invitational, 6-1. Saugus’ Nicole Lowe earned her first victory on the bump this season, while Kayla Lapierre recorded two runs and two hits.

* Northeastern University’s men’s basketball team finished their season with a loss to Old Dominion at Matthews Arena last weekend. However, they did earn the season crown and will tip-off against the winner of Drexel-George Mason on Sunday. So, let’s keep our fingers crossed for the Huskies!

* In case you didn’t know, Boston College’s Nicole Boudreau was named to the 2012 ACC All-Freshman team yesterday. Boudreau, who hails from Andover, became the first Eagle freshman to earn this award since Carolyn Swords during the 2007-08 season. According to the Boston Herald, Boudreau appeared in every game this season and netted 324 points, recorded 105 rebounds and tallied  67 assists.

* The Worcester Telegram reported that the Nichols College field hockey team received the 2012 Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division 3 National Academic Team Award. Congrats Bison!

* Holden native John Henrion was named the Hockey East’s Athletic Republic Co-Player of the Week on Monday following a four goal weekend for the New Hampshire Wildcat. Henrion registered his first collegiate hat trick during Saturday’s 4-0 victory against UMass. Henrion has been a major contributor for the Wildcats this season and currently has 22 points (13 goals, nine assists).

* Sticking with the Hockey East, the league announced its women’s Pro Ambitions All-Rookie Team for the 2012-2013 season and a few local teams featured some skaters on this team. CLICK HERE to access the team and release.

* Finally, I’d like to wish the local men’s Division III hockey clubs the best of luck this evening as the quest for Lake Placid begins. We’ll have highlights from the games posted later.

Mass College Softball: Tufts Eliminated From College Softball World Series

By NoontimeSports.com 

Tufts University’s softball team concluded their season on Sunday against Linfield College, as the Wildcats defeated the Jumbos, 4-1.

The Wildcats clinched the victory with three solo home runs, and some solid pitching by sophomore Karina Paavola, who earned her 24th win on the bump. The Jumbos recorded their only run of the afternoon in the bottom of the seventh when freshman and pinch runner Bri Keenan crossed home plate with two outs. Tufts recorded seven hits in this particular contest, but struggled to drive in runs.

Tufts earned a spot in the College Softball World Series after winning their region on Sunday, May 13. They did manage to muster two wins in the Div. III tournament against Roanoke and Plattsburgh State.

For more on this particular contest — CLICK HERE.