BOSTON, Mass. – After claiming their eighth Little East Conference tournament title on Saturday, the Beacons have learned that they will face Tufts University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 12:30 p.m. at the Wildcat Center on the campus of Johnson & Wales University (RI).
Ticket prices for this year's tournament are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for children (12-under) and children under two are free. Ticket sales are cash only and can be purchased the day of the game at the Wildcat Center.
The Beacons will be making their eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament, and will face the Jumbos for the second straight year in the regional. Last season, Tufts defeated the Beacons by the final of 3-1 on their way to winning the 2016 regional tournament.
A three-time NCAA Regional Champion (2010, 2012, 2013), the Beacons will be led by head coach Michael Houlihan, who earned his 100th career win after Saturday's championship victory. During the Little East tournament, UMass Boston knocked-off the fourth-seeded Panthers of Plymouth State University in the semi-final round, 3-1. They then shutout the second-seeded Owls of Keene State College on Saturday.
Senior libero Macayla Chianco (Clearwater, Fla.) was named the Tournament's MVP after registering a combined 50 digs respectively during the conference postseason.
Friday's match will mark the 15th meeting between the Beacons and Jumbos. Earlier this year, Tufts defeated the Beacons 3-0. The Jumbos earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling in their conference championship to Wesleyan University.
Wesleyan will also be in this year's bracket along with Elms College, Wellesley College, MIT, and Maine Maritime Academy. The winner of Friday's match will face the winner of the MIT/Maine Maritime match at 5 p.m. on Saturday. This year's championship match will take place on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the winner earning a bid to the NCAA National Championship Tournament in Grand Rapids, Mich.