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Field Hockey Team Lands First NESCAC Title

Field Hockey Team Lands First NESCAC TitleWith the win in the conference championship, the No. 4-ranked Jumbos advance to the NCAA Div. III tournament.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [11.09.09] The Jumbo field hockey team defeated Trinity 3-2 on Nov. 8 to win the NESCAC championship for the first time. With the victory, Tufts (16-1) earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

The NCAA tournament berth is the fifth in team history for the Jumbos, currently ranked No. 4 in the nation. Last year, the team made it to the championship game, where they lost to Bowdoin 3-2 in overtime.

With a first-round bye, the Jumbos won't see action until the second round of the tournament. And for the second straight season, Tufts will host the second and third round games in the NCAA tournament, next weekend at Bello Field.

One of the team's leaders this season has been junior forward Tamara Brown, who last week was named NESCAC Player of the Week. Last month, Brown became the all-time leading scorer in Jumbo history when she netted her 98th point in a 7-0 win over Colby. In the championship game, she scored one of Tufts' three goals; junior midfielder Jess Perkins netted the other two scores.

Tufts' only loss of the season came to Trinity on Oct. 17, a 2-1 overtime defeat during Parents Weekend.

In other playoffs news, the top-seeded Tufts volleyball team (28-4) lost the NESCAC championship title match to Williams on Nov. 8, 3-0, but is expected to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA regional tournament.

Tufts will host the NCAA regional tournament Nov. 12-14 at the newly refurbished Cousens Gym.

For updates, visit the Tufts Athletics website.

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