2013 Men’s National Team Championships: Day 2 Evening Report


New Haven, CT — After a long day of the play, the match-ups for all the division finals are set.

A Division (Potter Cup): Trinity and Harvard will play for the Potter Cup and the 2013 national team title tomorrow. In the late consolation match, Rochester advanced to the consolation final with a 6-3 win over Franklin & Marshall. The Yellowjackets will play St. Lawrence tomorrow in a rematch of the Liberty League tournament championship final, while the Diplomats will face Cornell.

B Division (Hoehn Cup): Both B Division semifinals were closely contested. The first team to move onto the finals was Williams. The Ephs faced Columbia, a team that had pulled the rug out of their finals’ hopes the year before. This time around, Williams leapt out to a 6-3 lead and kept the Lions at arms’ length, winning 6-3. Five of the matches went past three games, and Williams won two of the three five-game matches. The other Hoehn Cup semifinal between Dartmouth and Western Ontario was even closer. In the first flight of matches, Dartmouth won at number 9, and Western won at number 3. The number 6 match between the Big Green’s Michael Mistras and the Mustangs’ Adrian Ostbye went to five, with Mistras winning 11-9 in the fifth. Dartmouth led 2-1 going into the second flight, and Western responded by winning two out of the next three matches, tying the match 3-all. Senior co-captain Chris Hanson gave Dartmouth one more win at number 1, but the victories from Yeshale Chetty at number 4 and Remington Hall at number 7 tipped the match in Western’s favor. The Mustangs advanced to the finals with a 5-4 win.

C Division (Summers Cup): The score of Middlebury’s 8-1 win over Bowdoin belied the competitiveness of the match. Four of the matches went past three games, and the scores of the number 3 match between Middlebury’s William Moore and Bowdoin’s Matthew Cooper bear repeating: 11-9,11-6,15-17,12-14,11-9, with Moore taking the win. Wesleyan had home-court advantage in their semifinal match against George Washington, as the Cardinals are hosting the Summers Cup. The match was incredibly close; only one individual match was decided in three games. Wesleyan won two five-game matches in the final round (Daniel Sneed’s win over Sam Ehrlich at number 4 and Jeff Berman’s win over Browning Platt at number 7) to upend the higher-seeded Colonials. The bad news? The only C Division match not scheduled for Wesleyan is the final, so the Cardinals will have to hit the road on the last day of the tournament. But the good news? The Cardinals now have a shot at the C Division title.

D Division (Conroy Cup): Top-seeded Colby earned a spot in the Conroy Cup final by ousting Georgetown. The Mules won five of their matches in three games. The final score was Colby 8, Georgetown 1. The team the Mules will face in the final, Stanford, advanced with an even more decisive victory. The Cardinal cruised past Bucknell 9-0, dropping only three games during the course of the entire match. The win cemented Stanford’s status as the top club team in the nation this year. Bucknell and Georgetown will play tomorrow for 27th place overall in the tournament.

E Division: (Chaffee Cup): Boston College and Boston University advanced to the Chaffee Cup final earlier in the day.

F Division (Serues Cup): There were four five-game matches in the semifinal between Lehigh and Northwestern. Every time a match went to the fifth game, Northwestern came out on top. That didn’t stop Lehigh, though. The other five matches were all decided in three games, and every three-game match went to the Mountain Hawks. Despite Northwestern’s heroics, Lehigh moved on to the Serues Cup final with the 5-4 win. The team the Mountain Hawks will face in the final is NYU, who advanced earlier in the day with a 5-4 win over Northeastern, setting up a Northeastern-Northwestern face-off in the 43rd-place playoff match.

G Division (Hawthorn Cup): Cal, the top seed in the Hawthorn Cup, was on a roll today. The Golden Bears played the Golden Gophers of Minnesota in the first round this morning and won 8-1. They followed that victory up with a sterling 7-2 win over Bard later in the day. They will play Charleston for the G Division title tomorrow. In the consolation round robin, Notre Dame went undefeated in their first three matches, taking down Illinois Springfield, Vassar, and Siena. Vassar notched two wins against Siena and Minnesota, and Minnesota got on the board by defeating Illinois Springfield.