The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) will not be playing football this fall. In fact, TCNJ will not be competing in any ‘high in-person contact‘ activities throughout the fall semester, according to President Kathryn A. Foster, who shared the news through the school’s website.
Friday’s announcement follows a few other schools, including Bowdoin College and UMass Boston, that announced earlier this week that they would not be playing sports this fall either. Additionally, Morehouse College, a member of NCAA D-II, canceled its upcoming cross country and football season earlier today while Pratt Institute (N.Y.) announced yesterday that none of their fall athletic programs would be competing for an American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) crown.
Foster expressed sympathy toward the school’s student-athletes that won’t have a chance to compete for the Lions this fall, including those that partake in intramural and club sports. But Foster did say that coaches and trainers can “arrange workouts and other individual fitness activities” while the Student Affairs staff will organize “low-contact recreational and cultural offerings.”
“I know how unfortunate and deeply disappointing this is for the many performers and athletes, coaches, and supporters who were looking forward to a fall season,” Foster said in today’s announcement. “I look forward to it, too. Yet the science on COVID-19 finds that activities with high in-person contact or proximity have the greatest likelihood of broad and rapid virus spread, a circumstance that at TCNJ could mean (a) shutdown of the campus.”
COVID-19 hasn’t been kind to the Garden State, which currently has recorded 172,000 confirmed cases and 14,872 deaths. But like most states in the northeast, including New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, the numbers and data are trending in the right direction, which could mean sports could return to TCNJ this winter.
Said Foster, “If all goes well in fall, we may be able to allow some performance and winter sports preparation.”
Additional notes on yesterday’s NCAA Division III Tournament victories by Amherst College and Tufts University.
* Amherst College’s women’s lacrosse team will be making its sixth appearance in the NCAA Division III semifinals on Saturday when the Jeffs take on Salisbury University in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The last time the Jeffs competed in the semifinals was in 2004.
* Amherst’s 19 wins are the most the Jeffs have recorded in program-history. The Jeffs’ 18 wins – recorded by the 2003 national championship squad – was the most victories recorded in a season prior to yesterday’s win over TCNJ.
* The Jeffs, who started the season 14-0, finished 10-0 in Amherst. They’re also 22-9 all-time in 11 NCAA Tournament play and 6-2 in quarterfinal contests.
* Yesterday’s win for the Jeffs against the Lions was their fourth in seven postseason meetings with TCNJ. The Lions previously defeated the Jeffs in the second round in 2012.
* Tufts University’s men’s lacrosse team will be making its third appearance in the championship on Sunday when the Jumbos meet Salisbury University at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore Maryland, the home of the Baltimore Ravens.
* Tufts has faced-off against Salisbury twice in the title game with the Jumbos prevailing in 2010, while the Sea Gulls captured the 2011 meeting.
* According to the Tufts Athletics Website, the Jumbos’ 21-11 victory snapped RIT’s 30-game home winning streak (spanned the last three seasons). Also, the last time the Tigers surrendered 20 goals in a game was on March 3, 2010, a 20-10 setback to Stevenson.
* From the Democratic & Chronicle’s coverage of yesterday’s RIT-Tufts semifinal contest: “We know there’s a certain amount of plays in a lacrosse game and we made more of them today than they made. They ended our season last year and we remember that and remember what that felt like. What they’re going through right now, we know hat that feels,” Tufts head coach Mike Daly said.
Both Amherst College and Tufts University punched their tickets to the final weekend of the 2014 college lacrosse season with tournament semifinal and quarterfinal victories this afternoon. The Jeffs rallied to defeat TCNJ, 8-5, while the Jumbos defeated RIT, 21-11.
Below is each contest’s summary.
Amherst 8, TCNJ 5: Trailing the Lions, 5-4, in the second half, the Jeffs rallied with a 4-0 run, sparked by Krista Zsitvay that helped the hosts claim its 22nd NCAA Tournament victory, as well as a trip to next weekend’s semifinal against Salisbury.
Zsitvay led the Purple and White with four markers, Rachel Passarelli recorded four points on three goals and one helper and Alex Philie capped the scoring with one tally at 1:24 in the second session.
Amherst goaltender Christy Forrest turned away six shots and improved to 19-2 overall.
Tufts 21, RIT 11: The Jumbos improved to 3-1 all-time against the Tigers as they overcame a 4-2 deficit in the opening session to go onto win their semifinal matchup in Rochester.
Beau Wood paced the Powder Blue and White with eight points on seven tallies and one helper, while Cole Bailey chipped in five markers and one assist. John Uppgren and Ben Andreycak each recorded hat tricks and goaltender Patton Watkins finished with 20 stops and bumped his record to 19-1.
With the win, Tufts (20-2) advances to next Sunday’s NCAA Division III Championship against the winner of Salisbury-Washington College. This will be the third time Tufts has competed in the finals. They won the championship in 2010 against Salisbury, but lost to them the following season.