MEDFORD, Mass. – On Friday night at the NCAA Championship banquet at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Tufts senior D.J. Hessler (Monkton, Md.) was named as the recipient of the Elite 88 award for the 2011 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship. Hessler, the 2010 and 2011 NESCAC Player of the Year, is a biomedical engineering major.
BALTIMORE, Md. – The Salisbury University Sea Gulls won their ninth NCAA title with a convincing 19-7 victory over Tufts in the 2011 men's lacrosse final on Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium. Salisbury junior Sam Bradman dominated the game with seven goals, setting a record for the most ever in the Division III final and earning the Most Outstanding Player of the game award.
HADLEY, Mass. – A total of eight men's lacrosse players representing four different NESCAC squads were honored as All-America by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA), it was announced on Tuesday. Of the eight, three individuals were selected to the First Team, including two-time NESCAC Player of the Year DJ Hessler.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Tufts men's lacrosse team outscored host RIT 6-2 in the fourth quarter to take a 16-12 victory over the Tigers in the NCAA semifinals on Sunday afternoon. The win over previously undefeated RIT gives the Jumbos their second straight berth into the NCAA national championship game. In a repeat of last year's final, Tufts will play Salisbury for the NCAA title next Sunday (May 29) at 7 pm at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Despite junior Cole Cherney’s (Chappaqua, NY) team-high four goals, Amherst could not overcome a 5-0 RIT second half run over an 11:17 span in the third and fourth quarters as the Lord Jeffs fell to Rochester Institute of Technology 15-10 in an NCAA Quarterfinal game in Rochester, N.Y.
MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts men's lacrosse team built a 10-4 lead early in the fourth quarter and then withstood a furious Cortland comeback for a 10-9 victory in the NCAA Quarterfinals on a raw Wednesday afternoon at Bello Field. The Jumbos (17-2), defending their 2010 national championship, advance to the NCAA Semifinals and will play at RIT (19-0) on Sunday.
AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men’s lacrosse team got four points from Cole Cherney ’12 and a career-high 25 saves from Sam Jakimo ’12 during its 12-9 win over Middlebury College Saturday afternoon at Gooding Field in the second round of the NCAA Championship. Amherst improves to 15-2 and will take on RIT (18-0) Wednesday in the national quarterfinals.
MEDFORD, Mass. – Junior Sean Kirwan (Boonton Township, NJ) scored two goals with an assist, and freshman goalie Patton Watkins (Chattanooga, TN) made 18 saves as the Tufts men's lacrosse team opened the defense of its 2010 national title with a 6-5 victory over Union College in the NCAA Championship second round on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
AMHERST, Mass. – Junior attack Evan Redwood paced the Amherst offense with a game-high four goals as the Lord Jeffs used a 4-0 fourth quarter run to pull away from visiting Keene State College en route to a 12-8 victory in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Gooding Field in Amherst, MA.
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Middlebury used an 11-goal first half run to pull away from in-state opponent Castleton State en route to a 24-7 NCAA first-round win on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium on Wednesday. The Panthers (13-4) advance to a second-round game, travelling to play Amherst on Saturday, May 14, while the Spartans end their season at 12-7. The 24 goals by Middlebury are the most goals scored since netting 25 back in March of 2004 against NEC.
MEDFORD, Mass. – In a thrilling, back-and-forth NESCAC final, the Tufts University men's lacrosse team won its second straight conference title when junior Sean Kirwan (Boonton Township, N.J.) scored with 1:55 remaining in overtime to give the Jumbos a 13-12 victory over Middlebury College on Sunday afternoon at Bello Field.
MEDFORD, Mass. – In a crazy finish as a thunderstorm loomed overhead, Tufts senior Ryan Molloy (Setauket, N.Y.) scored with 0.4 seconds remaining in regulation to give the Jumbos an 11-10 victory over Bowdoin College in the semi-finals of the NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Championship on Saturday afternoon at Bello Field.
MEDFORD, Mass. – The Middlebury College Panthers outscored Trinity College 5-2 in the fourth quarter to take an 11-10 victory over the Bantams in the semifinals of the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship played at Tufts University’s Bello Field on Saturday afternoon. Middlebury (12-3), the third seed in the NESCAC’s, will play host and top seed Tufts in the 2011 NESCAC final on Sunday at noon. Fourth-seed Trinity (12-4) will keep its hopes up for an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.
HADLEY, Mass. – For the second consecutive spring, Tufts’ DJ Hessler (Monkton, Md.) has been chosen by the conference coaches as the NESCAC Player of the Year. The senior attacker has been a significant part of arguably the best period in program history for the Jumbos, as his squad won their first-ever NESCAC title along with the school’s first NCAA crown in any sport last spring. Hessler will join his teammates in pursuing a second-straight league title this weekend at home.
HADLEY, Mass. – Defending NESCAC and NCAA champion Tufts University will look to earn its second consecutive conference crown this weekend when the Jumbos host the final rounds of the 2011 NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship at Bello Field in Medford, Mass. The action begins on Saturday when the top-seeded Jumbos host seventh-seeded Bowdoin in the first semifinal at 12:00 p.m., followed by third-seeded Middlebury taking on fourth-seeded Trinity at 3:00 p.m.
MEDFORD, Mass. – The Tufts University men's lacrosse team scored six unanswered goals during the second half to break open a tight game and earn an eventual 12-6 victory over Connecticut College in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Championship on Sunday afternoon at Bello Field. The Jumbos (13-2), seeded No. 1, will host the conference semifinals and final next weekend (May 7-8) at Bello Field.
AMHERST, Mass. – The second-seeded Amherst College men’s lacrosse team fell to seventh-seeded Bowdoin College, 14-9, in a NESCAC Championship quarterfinal matchup this afternoon at Gooding Field. The Polar Bears rattled off seven-straight second half goals, including a 5-1 fourth quarter run, to upset the Lord Jeffs. The loss snaps Amherst’s 13-game win streak and marks only the second defeat of what has been an outstanding season.
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – David Hild’s goal 18 seconds into the second overtime lifted Middlebury past Colby 10-9 in a NESCAC quarterfinal game at Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium on Sunday. The Panthers (11-3) advance to the NESCAC semifinals where they will face Trinity at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Tufts, while the Mules end their season at 9-7.
HARTFORD, Conn. – Nine different players scored and junior goalie Peter Johnson (Riverside, Conn.) had another strong game in net for Trinity in a 10-5 win over Wesleyan in the quarterfinal round of the 2011 NESCAC Men's Lacrosse Championship. Trinity, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, improve to 12-3 overall, while the Cardinals drop to 10-5 on the year.
HADLEY, Mass. – For the first time since 2007, defending NESCAC and NCAA champion Tufts University has earned the top seed in the NESCAC Men’s Lacrosse Championship. The Jumbos are guaranteed home field advantage for as long as they participate in the 2011 edition of the tournament and will host a quarterfinal contest on Sunday, May 1. Also hosting a first round match will be Amherst, Middlebury, and Trinity, and all four games will start at 1:00 p.m.
WATERVILLE, Maine – The Colby College men's lacrosse team continues to raise more money every year for The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation after raising more than $22,000 this year with their “Bench Press for Pulmonary Fibrosis” event at Pulver Pavilion. The Mules raised $10,000 in the first year of the annual event in 2009, totaled $14,000 a year ago, and now break the $20,000 mark.
HARTFORD, Conn. – Trinity College announced the hiring of Michael Higgins (Weston, Mass.) as its new head men’s lacrosse coach on Tuesday. Most recently the head coach at Thayer Academy in Massachusetts, Higgins was also the defensive coordinator for five years at Tufts University and an All-American player Hobart College. Higgins replaces James Finlay, who coached the Bantams for five years before moving on to Harvard as its defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator.
WATERVILLE, Maine Justin Domingos was part of a winner as a player and assistant coach for Gettysburg College and hopes to bring that winning mentality into the job as the new head coach of the Colby College mens lacrosse team. Domingos, who was successful helping to run three programs as a college assistant, will be a head coach for the first time. He will start his new job at Colby in late August and will take the sidelines for the first time as head coach in March.
AMHERST, Mass. Amherst College director of athletics Suzanne Coffey announced today that Jon Thompson has been selected as the head coach of mens lacrosse following a national search. Following a two-year stint as the head coach of the Colby men's lacrosse squad, Thompson brings to Amherst a wealth of coaching knowledge and a passion for the student-athlete experience of balancing academics, athletics and civic responsibility.