So it’s time for the NCAA spring tournaments. For those who don’t know, NCAA stands for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which is the athletic arm of colleges all over the country. That of course begs the question “Erik, why do I care? Malden doesn’t have a college.” While this is true, Malden does have sons and daughters playing in NCAA tournaments.
First Up: Men’s Lacrosse DIII
Malden has two sons playing in the NCAA Division III tournament:
Dom Roberto, who was the 2010 captain of the Malden Catholic Lancers boy’s lacrosse team and a Boston Globe 2009-2010 Catholic Conference All-Scholastic, will play for his Springfield Pride when they host Western New England at home at Springfield College in Springfield MA on May 7th. Roberto is a Senior Midfielder with 11 goals and 5 assists this season, standing 5’9” and majoring in Sports Management. Springfield is making its sixteenth NCAA tournament appearance after capturing the NEWMAC conference championship on Saturday May 3rd. Springfield was ranked 15th in the country going into the season.
Evan Dolber, who was captain of the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School Eagles lacrosse team under Coach Marty Horkan https://neighborhoodview.org/2014/05/01/put-me-in-coach-with-martin-horkan/ from 2009-2011 and was a 3 time All-Conference player in the Mass-Tech league, will play Attack for the Emmanuel Saints of Boston MA. They take on #2 ranked Tufts at Bello Field in Medford, MA on May 7th. Dolber is a Junior who like Roberto has 11 goals and 5 assists this season, but stands 6’0” and has a dual major of Secondary Education and English. The Saints, in only their 3rd year as a Division III program, are the underdogs of this tournament. Will Hasket of NCAA.com calls this matchup of the best offense (Tufts) and the best defense (Emmanuel) “A must watch 1st round affair.”
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