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Winning Ways

Winning WaysThis spring, several Tufts athletic teams are making waves in the postseason.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [05.07.09] Classes may be over and finals are wrapping up, but if the members of some Jumbo athletics teams have their way, their seasons are far from over. Several Tufts teams are making waves in NCAA Div. III tournament play, with eyes on the national prize.

The women's softball team, which suffered only one defeat during the regular season, defeated Williams and Wesleyan to win their sixth NESCAC championship and beat Husson 17-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Read more about the softball team's historic season.

The fifth-ranked Tufts team (38-1) entered NCAA regional play as the top-seed in the tournament. They advance to play the winner of the Endicott/Emerson game tomorrow at 2 p.m.

On the lacrosse fields, both the men's and women's team have qualified for the NCAA tournament. On May 6, the eighth-ranked Jumbo women (15-2) won their first-ever NCAA tournament game, 22-15, over Drew University, with the team scoring its highest goal total since 2000. Next up for the women is a matchup against St. John Fisher in the second round of NCAA play at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania.

As for the men, they received a first-round bye in the NCAA tournament and host a second-round game against Western New England on May 9 at 1 p.m. on Bello Field. The Jumbos finished the season 13-4 and as runners-up in the NESCAC. The last time the men made the NCAA tournament was in 2007, when they lost to Gettysburg in the second round.

Jumbos are finding success on the courts as well as on the field. The women's tennis team (9-5) qualified for the NCAAs for the ninth time in program history, receiving an at-large berth and a first-round bye. Regional play opens on Saturday at Amherst against either Bowdoin or UMass-Dartmouth. Winners advance to the NCAA championships, to be held at Collins Hill Athletic Club in Lawrenceville, Ga., May 19-21.

Two members of the women's tennis team, sophomore Julia Browne and junior Meghan McCooey, will also compete in the singles and doubles NCAA Tennis Championships May 22-24, to be held at the same location.

Browne brings a regular season record of 21-2 in singles play into the tournament, where she will compete as an individual as well as in a doubles tandem with McCooey. The two tallied a 23-3 record as a doubles pair during the season.

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