Jumbo Athletes Advance in Postseason Competition

Many Tufts teams and individuals have excelled this semester in postseason action, and a number are still in the running

Tufts athletes have been making a strong showing this spring semester, and a number are still participating in post-season competitions.

The women’s lacrosse team will return to the NCAA championship Final Four for the third season in a row following a 14-9 victory over Franklin & Marshall in the Elite 8 on May 22 at Bello Field. With four goals and two assists, Anna Clarke led the Jumbos in scoring, and she added five draw controls. Margie Carden and Caroline Conaghan had three goals apiece.

Tufts (18-3) will play the College of New Jersey in the semifinals on May 28 in Salem, Virginia. Middlebury and Gettysburg are the other two Final Four teams, and the national championship game is scheduled for May 30.

The men’s lacrosse team advanced to NCAA Final Four before losing to RIT in Rochester on May 22. The Jumbos end their season with a 19-3 record.

The men’s rowing team earned a berth into the first-ever Division III Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) national championship regatta, coming up June 3-4 on Mercer Lake in West Windsor, New Jersey. The IRA national championship is the oldest college rowing championship in the United States, and for the first-time it will include a Division III championship.

The women’s rowing team received an invitation to the 2022 NCAA Division III championships coming up on May 27-28 at the Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida. The Jumbos, who placed second among NESCAC teams at the National Invitational Rowing Championships in early May, earned one of four at-large berths into the NCAA competition.

The coed sailing team finished ninth at the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) national dinghy championship, the best finish by the team since 2015. They also placed 13th in the ICSA team racing national championship.

The women’s sailing team is competing at the ICSA women’s championship Eastern semifinals beginning May 23 in New Orleans. The two-day event will send nine teams to the national finals May 25-26.

The softball team won their NCAA regional over Rowan at home on Spicer Field on May 15, but lost to WPI in the NCAA super regional best two-out-of-three series on May 20-21.

The men’s tennis team won its first-ever NCAA regional title at Johns Hopkins May 14-15. On May 23 they were in Orlando, Florida for the NCAA quarterfinals, playing Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at the U.S. Tennis Association national campus. Also, Josh Belandres, Isaac Gorelik, and Rishabh Sharda qualified for the NCAA singles and doubles championships coming up later this week.

The women’s tennis team reached the NCAA regional final, but fell just short, 5-4 to Amherst. Elle Christensen and Tilly Rigby qualified for the NCAA singles and doubles championships coming up later this week.

Three members of the men’s track and field team will represent Tufts at the 2022 NCAA Division III championships on May 26-28 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Sophomores Luke Botsford and Harry Rienecker-Found, along with junior Drew Svoboda, have qualified.

Indoor national champions Jaidyn Appel and Lia Rotti will lead the women’s track and field team of five Jumbos who are competing at the 2022 NCAA Division III women’s outdoor track and field championships slated for May 26-28 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Jordan Andrew, Sarah Firth, and Hannah Neilon will also make the trip.

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