There won’t be a Massachusetts squad in the NCAA Division III lacrosse semifinals on Sunday as Tufts University and Western New England each lost their quarterfinal contests this evening. Below is a summary of each match.
SUNY Cortland 12, WNE 7 –Five third quarter goals sealed the win for the Red Dragons, who’ll meet the Tigers of RIT in the semis.
The Golden Bears, who trailed 3-0 in the first, evened the score with strikes from Adam Knapton, Sean Lawton and Jon Bota before Cortland netted two of the next three goals in the second to secure a 5-4 lead at the break.
Ryan Marcus netted two unassisted strikes in the third, which brought WNE within one, but Cortland’s Cody Consul answered to secure the lead for good.
WNE concludes its season 13-7 overall and this year’s Commonwealth Coast Conference champions.
RIT 14, Tufts 5 –The Tigers jumped out to a 10-3 lead and never looked back as they defeated the Jumbos in Rochester.
Chris Schoenhut, Cole Bailey, Garrett Clarke, Andrew Fiamengo and Peter Bowers each recorded one goal, while Patton Watkins finished with 14 saves between the pipes.
Tufts concludes its campaign 16-5 overall and this year’s New England Small College Athletic Conference champions.
Two local squads will be competing for a spot in the NCAA Division III semifinals today as Tufts University will face-off against RIT for the third straight year at 4:30 p.m., while Western New England battles SUNY Cortland at 6 p.m.
The Jumbos earned a spot in the tournament’s quarterfinals after defeating Norwich University in the first round and Stevens Institute in the second round, while the Golden Bears extended their season with wins against Eastern Connecticut State and Nazareth.
* The winner of today’s matches will meet on Sunday, May 19 for a chance to earn a spot in the championship, which will be played on Sunday, May 26 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, the home of the Eagles.
* With a win against RIT, Tufts would advance to their fourth straight semifinal. The Jumbos are 12-4 overall in the tournament, and won the 2010 championship. They were the national runner-up in 2011 and earned a spot in the semis last year.
* Tufts defeated RIT last season in the quarterfinal round, 15-13.
* After defeating Nazareth in the second round last weekend, Western New England improves to 7-5 overall in the tournament. The Golden Bears have appeared in six tournaments since 2002.