Northampton, MA — New England was the center of the college squash world this weekend.
This week, a number of teams played matches on Wednesday. For the women, Tufts defeated Wellesley, 5-4; Penn defeated Drexel, 9-0; and Harvard defeated Dartmouth, 9-0. For the men, Tufts defeated MIT, 5-4; Penn defeated Drexel, 6-3; and Harvard defeated Dartmouth, 9-0.
On Friday night, Navy travelled to Middlebury. The Midshipmen defeated the 13th-ranked Panthers, 8-1. Drexel visited Amherst. The Jeffs women beat Drexel, 6-3, but the men lost to the Dragons 6-3.
Dartmouth hosted the Fall Classic this weekend. On Friday, Dartmouth faced St. Lawrence. The men’s match was a nail biter. Tied at 4-4, the Big Green captured the #1 match to record the 5-4 victory. Navy continued its tour of New England by facing Dartmouth on Saturday morning. The Midshipmen lost 3-6. F&M faced St. Lawrence and Dartmouth. The Diplomats’ men recorded victories against against both the Saints and the Big Green. In the Dartmouth and F&M men’s match, the hype for the match up between the 7th and 8th ranked teams lived up to expectations. F&M preserved their ranking position by recording a 5-4 victory. The Dartmouth women went 3-0 on the weekend with victories over St. Lawrence, Bowdion, and F&M.
Wesleyan hosted a round robin this weekend. The Cardinals went undefeated. The men defeated Colgate and Tufts, while the women defeated Wellesley, Tufts, Smith, Vassar, and William Smith. At the round robin, Mount Holyoke recorded two 5-4 victories in matches with William Smith and Tufts.
There was also a round robin in Boston. MIT lost to Navy and Bates, but defeated Bard and UC Berkeley. The Bates women defeated Tufts. The Bobcat men earned victories over Tufts, BU, MIT, and Bryant. BU defeated BC, 5-4.
Navy also defeated Tufts on Saturday. With this weekend’s three victories (Middlebury, Tufts, and MIT), Craig Dawson earned his 268th victory as the head coach of the Naval Academy to become the Academy’s all-time squash wins leader. He surpassed Hall of Fame coaches Art Potter and Dave Brown, who each recorded 267 victories for the Midshipmen.
Williams hosted Penn on Friday night. The Ephs women lost to Penn, but the men recorded a 5-4 victory over the Quakers. Both Williams squads lost to Trinity, but defeated Drexel.
George Washington went on a New England road trip over the weekend. Both squads defeated Conn, Amherst, and Colby, but lost to Trinity.
On Saturday, Rochester hosted the Harvard men in its home opener. Prior to the match, the Yellowjackets honored the recently deceased Peter Lyman, their former coach. “I can’t recall a match here where Peter wasn’t present, and I know he is here in spirit,” Rochester head coach Martin Heath told UofRAthletics.com. The Crimson escaped with a 5-4 victory.
Columbia hosted Cornell. In the men’s match, Cornell recorded a 5-4 victory, while in the women’s match, the Lions lost 0-9.
Middlebury hosted Drexel on Sunday. The women won 7-2, while the men earned a 5-4 victory.
The Hamilton women defeated Colgate, while the men defeated Hobart.
Coaches and Team Contacts, please remember to enter your team’s results in the US Squash Scoring System on the day of each match. Each player must be named in the results (“Not on Roster” entries will not be tolerated) or penalties may be applied.
Schools are reminded that to qualify for the National Team Championships, a minimum number of matches must be played at specific periods of the season:
- Varsity teams are required to play ten (10) matches against other CSA teams to enter team championships. At minimum, each team should have at least 6 different opponents. Varsity teams should play the majority of their matches against other varsity schools.
- Club teams are required to play eight (8) matches against other CSA teams to enter team championships. In addition, club teams must play at least four (4) matches between January 1st and February 10th. At minimum, each team should have at least five (5) different opponents.