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Semester in Review | The fall semester in sports: A look back

Published: Monday, December 10, 2012

Updated: Monday, December 10, 2012 15:12

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Kevin Colton / William Smith College

Head coach Tina McDavitt (center) lifts the trophy in celebration of Tufts’ first women’s NCAA team championship.

In the NESCAC tournament, the Jumbos were rewarded with their first home playoff game since 200 and made the most of the opportunity in taking care of Bowdoin, 3-0, in a game the Jumbos dominated from start to finish. 

With the victory, the Jumbos advanced to the NESCAC semifinals, also for the first time since 2001, but suffered a 4-2 loss on penalty kicks to the Williams Ephs after 110 minutes of scoreless play. 

After that heartbreaking defeat, the Jumbos were rewarded with the program’s first NCAA bid since 1996, crossing a final achievement off of the Jumbos’ preseason checklist. But once again, the Jumbos were dealt a crushing blow and fell to Vassar 1-0 after an overtime penalty kick gave the Brewers the golden-goal victory.

The season ended in frustrating fashion, with the Jumbos so close to monumental achievements, but their successes lay another brick in the foundation for a young and promising team.

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