Kevin McCormick scored with three minutes remaining in regulation and sophomore goalie Steven Foglietta stuffed Brandon Misiszek’s last-second shot as Tufts knocked off defending national champion Cortland, 10-9, in the NCAA Division 3 lacrosse semifinals yesterday in Cortland, N.Y.
Tufts, the nation’s sixth-ranked team, improved to 19-1 and advanced to the national championship game Sunday against Salisbury, which beat Stevenson in overtime in the other semifinal.
McCormick and Sean Kerwan each finished with three goals for the Jumbos, who snapped Cortland’s 16-game winning streak. Matt Witko scored twice for Tufts, while D.J. Hessler contributed a goal and two assists, and Alec Bialosky added a goal and an assist. Foglietta had 16 saves.
NCAA Division 1 quarterfinals — Virginia advanced to the semifinals with a 10-9 victory over host Stony Brook (N.Y.). Chris Bocklet and Shamel Bratton each scored three goals to lead the top-ranked Cavaliers, who were playing their second game since senior midfielder George Huguely was charged in the death of Yeardley Love, a fellow student at Virginia and member of the women’s lacrosse team . . . Also in Stony Brook, Cornell beat Army, 14-5, and will play Notre Dame in the other semifinal.
NCAA Division 3 championship — Salisbury captured its first Division 3 national title with a 7-6 victory over Hamilton in Gettysburg, Pa. Hamilton (21-1) had beaten defending champion Franklin & Marshall Saturday to advance, but couldn’t hold a three-goal lead before Aileen McCausland scored the winning goal with 5:30 left.
Rathbun (30-1) came back in the nightcap and went the distance in her team’s 5-2 win over Christopher Newport, which had beaten the Warriors in Friday’s opener. Eastern Connecticut faces Linfield today in the losers’ bracket final.