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Tufts wins NCAA Division 3 men’s lacrosse title

The best men's lacrosse season in Tufts history came down to a pivotal third quarter Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

The Jumbos dominated the third to break a halftime deadlock, securing the program's second NCAA Division 3 national championship with a 12-9 win over Salisbury.

It was a record-setting day for sixth-seeded Tufts (21-2), which set a program mark for wins, a Division 3 season mark for goals (423), and a tournament mark in assists (45). It was the Jumobs' 14th straight victory.

Junior Cole Bailey scored a goal and had five assists in being named the game's Most Outstanding Player. He did most of his work early for the Jumbos, who were knotted at 5 with the second-seeded Sea Gulls (21-2) after two quarters. Tufts outscored Salisbury, 7-1, in the third quarter. Senior Patton Watkins made eight of his 17 saves in the quarter.


It was just the third meeting between the teams, with Tufts winning in the 2010 title game and Salisbury doing so in 2011.

Women’s lacrosse

Division 1 final — Maryland captured its 11th national title, getting five goals from Beth Glaros in a 15-12 victory over Syracuse. The top-seeded Terrapins (23-1) also won their last title at the same field in Towson, Md., in 2010.

Division 3 final — In the rubber match of the past three national title games, Salisbury held on, 9-6, against Trinity. The Bantams (19-3) scored all their goals in the second half.


Division 3 World Series — In Appleton, Wis., seniors Forrest Chadwick and Matt Verrier each collected four RBIs as Southern Maine beat Baldwin Wallace, 11-5, to advance to a third straight elimination game. The Huskies (37-14) play Monday against Emory.


Division 3 World Series — Cassie Ruscz hit two home runs as Tufts blasted Wisconsin-Whitewater, 8-0, in five innings. The Jumbos (45-3) will begin a best-of-three series against Salisbury (43-3) Monday for the title, with a potential rubber match Tuesday.