Tufts won its third NCAA Division III men's championship in the last five years with a 2-1 win over Calvin in a rematch of the 2016 championship game.
The unbeaten Jumbos (18-0-3) took
the lead on Calvin Aroh
's first goal of the season just 110 seconds into the game. Zach Lane
provided Tufts with a second goal in the 30th minute, and it proved to be decisive when
reduced the lead with a penalty kick for Calvin in the 50th minute. Connor Mieth
made five saves to hold off Calvin, which came into the final four as the
top-ranked scoring team in Division III with a 4.14 goals-per-game average.
Tufts, which also won in 2014 and 2016, is just the fifth program to win three or more Division III titles
after Messiah, UNC Greensboro and UC San Diego and Babson. Calvin has now lost all four championship games in which it has played.