Northampton, MA — This week’s college squash events featured the Seven Sisters and NESCAC Tournaments, as well as round robins at Bucknell, Virginia, and Stanford.
With schools back in session, the midweek matches involved teams closer in geography. On Wednesday, St. Lawrence visited Hamilton. The Continental women won 9-0, while the men fell 0-9. Also on Wednesday, the top-ranked Princeton men and women hosted Penn. Both Tigers squads defended their home courts with shutout victories. On the west coast, the Stanford women blanked Cal.
The Boston College women lost to Tufts, 4-5, on Wednesday. On Thursday, Wellesley avenged their opening loss of the season with a 6-3 victory over the Eagles.
George Washington hosted several matches on Friday night. The Colonials defeated the Drexel men, 7-2, and women, 9-0. The Georgetown and Johns Hopkins men faced off with the Hoyas emerging with a 5-4 victory.
Mount Holyoke hosted the Seven Sisters Tournament on Saturday. The Lyons captured their record 7th consecutive Seven Sisters title after a 5-4 victory over runner up Wellesley. Vassar defeated Smith to take 3rd place in the event.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championships were hosted by Trinity and Wesleyan over the weekend. Since the 2006 – 2007 season, the eleven NESCAC schools have gotten together to decide the conference champion.
The NESCAC men’s event kicked off on Friday with the Hamilton men capturing a 5-4 victory over Colby. Conn College’s men also defeated Colby to finish the event in 9th place. Among the other matches of note, Amherst defeated Wesleyan, 5-4, reversing two earlier losses this season. In the finals, Trinity defeated Williams. Bates defeated Middlebury to finish third.
In the women’s NESCAC tournament, the seeding held until late Saturday when Wesleyan defeated Bowdoin, 5-4. In the finals, Trinity defeated Williams. Middlebury finished third after defeating Bates. Hamilton upset Bowdoin, 6-3, in the consolation round.
Stanford hosted the West Coast Round Robin this weekend. USC defeated Norte Dame, 7-2, but lost to Washington, 0-9. Washington also defeated Cal, 8-1. Northwestern lost to Cal.
Virginia hosted a round robin over the weekend. The Georgetown men defeated UVA and Charleston. Charlestown defeated Richmond, while host Virginia defeated Charleston. The UVA women defeated Johns Hopkins, 7-2, and Georgetown, 5-4.
Bucknell hosted a number of teams this weekend. The Bison went 4-0 with victories over Lehigh, Denison, Northeastern, and Fordham.
Haverford defeated Johns Hopkins, 5-4, on Saturday.
Boston College edged MIT, 5-4 on Saturday. On Sunday, the Eagles faced Boston University and defeated their cross-rivals, 7-2.
Also on Saturday, the St. Lawrence men shutout Navy.
The Ivy League season is heating up. Columbia travelled to Boston on Saturday. Harvard defeated the Lions. Dartmouth hosted the Lions on Sunday. The Columbia men fell just short, losing 4-5, while the women also lost, 1-8, to the Big Green.
Penn travelled to Brown. The Quakers defeated their hosts. The Penn women also defeated Stanford, 7-2.
On Saturday, Yale hosted Princeton. The men’s match was 3-3 after the second shift. The Tigers went on to sweep the final round for a 6-3 victory. The women’s match was tight. Yale was up 3-2, but Princeton came back to earn a 5-4 victory.
Both Cornell squads defeated Dartmouth, but lost to Harvard on Sunday.
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.
For complete results from all of this weekend’s action, see Women’s Results and Men’s Results.