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The Tufts Daily
Where you read it first | Friday, April 19, 2024

Spencer Rosenbaum


Women’s soccer advances to the NCAA Final Four, continues the Cinderella story

Three weeks ago, when the Tufts women’s soccer team was bounced out of the NESCAC playoffs in the quarterfinals, most people would have told you it was a long-shot for the squad to make the NCAA tournament. Yet, after analyzing the resumés of potential Pool C teams, the selection committee decided to award the Jumbos an at-large bid. Even then, people would have told you that the Jumbos would not be a tournament team for any length of time.


Men’s soccer dances on after thumping Bridgewater State 3–0, outlasting Rochester 2–1

3,470. That is the number of miles Washington and Lee, Ohio Northern and Colorado College will travel in sum to get to Bello Field for their matchups this coming weekend. The Tufts men’s soccer team hosted the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament this past weekend, and with a 3–0 win against Bridgewater State on Saturday and a 2–1 win against Rochester on Sunday, they earned a spot in the Sweet Sixteen. 


No. 20 men’s soccer moves on to NESCAC semifinals with 2–1 victory against Bowdoin

On Oct. 29, 2022, the men’s soccer team had a date with Williams in the NESCAC quarterfinals and held a 1–0 lead in the final 25 seconds of the 90 minutes. Then, on an Ephs long throw-in, the game turned upside down: The referee called a penalty kick on an off-ball push, which was converted into a goal, sending the game into overtime. However, the two full overtimes were not enough to settle it, and the game headed to penalty kicks. The Jumbos ultimately fell to the Ephs in the shootout 4–3. The upsetting final image of the game was one of then-senior outside back and All-American Ian Daly staring in disbelief at the trajectory of his shot, which sailed over the crossbar.


Men’s soccer outlasts Colby, maintains strong conference positioning

A squad as talented as the Tufts men’s soccer team naturally sets out to win its conference at the beginning of the season, and in the NESCAC, the best way to do that is to earn a high seed heading into the postseason. By doing this, a team optimizes its hopes of reaping a home field advantage during the playoffs since quarterfinals matches are hosted by the higher seed in each game and the semifinals and finals are hosted by the highest seed remaining in the tournament. 


Men’s soccer grows hopes for a return to hardware this season

It was a cold November day in Oneonta, New York when SUNY Oneonta halted the 2022 men’s soccer team’s season in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament by a score of 2–0. The Jumbos’ program is renowned for being one of the best in Division III Men’s Soccer, highlighted by four national championships in the last ten years.


Senior Profile: Theo Henry bids basketball adieu

On March 3, the Tufts men’s basketball team faced off against Widener University in Keene, N.H. It was the most significant game of the season to date; the tension was apparent and the Jumbos needed someone to step up. That someone was senior guard and captain Theo “Sarge” Henry. When the squad’s season was on the line, Henry took charge and lived up to his nickname, leading the team to the 78–66 victory with 19 points, including a 12–12 performance from the line. However, this leadership did not magically appear out of nowhere. Instead, it is a trait he has cultivated throughout his basketball career, starting from the very beginning.


No. 1 men’s lacrosse dominates Wesleyan in statement win

There is a common saying in sports that getting to the top is hard, but staying there is harder. The Tufts men's lacrosse team moved up to No. 1 in all three major polls last week despite tight wins against Williams and Connecticut College, and followed that up with a 20–7 victory on April 12 against a Bates side that sits toward the bottom of the NESCAC. Then, on Saturday the squad left Middletown, Conn. with a 25–16 statement win against Wesleyan to defend its rank as the nation’s top Division III side.


Men’s lacrosse holds on to take down Conn. College, moves up to No. 1

Although most teams would be satisfied with a 14–11 victory against Williams, an in-league opponent who sits in the top half of one of the best Division III lacrosse conferences in the country, the No. 1 Tufts men’s lacrosse team is not one of them. After all, the Jumbos have every right not to be, sporting an 11–0 record with an average margin of victory of 10.64 goals against some of the best squads in the nation. They are the only ranked team that is undefeated following previous No. 1 Christopher Newport’s loss to No. 2 Salisbury 16–7 on Saturday. After Wednesday’s Williams contest, the Jumbos faced off against an underappreciated Connecticut College on Saturday, and while the 15–14 victory was again closer than the team might have hoped for, perhaps it was the grit brewing from the discontent with the previous game’s result that allowed it to prevail.

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