Around the Courts: College Squash Highlights (12/8/2013)

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College Squash Association

Northampton, MA — Teams returned from the Thanksgiving break for the final college squash week of the first semester.

On Tuesday, Dartmouth hosted Harvard. Both Crimson squads earned victories over the Big Green. The Princeton men visited Drexel and shutout the Dragons. Also on Tuesday, the Northeastern men beat Boston College, but the BC women defeated the Huskies.

In the sole match on Wednesday, the Princeton women shutout Drexel.

On Thursday, 14th-ranked Navy hosted 13th-ranked Penn. As expected between these two squads, the match was incredibly close, and the Quakers prevailed, 5-4. Dartmouth traveled to Lancaster, PA, to face F&M. In the men’s match, the Diplomats won, 7-2, while the Big Green prevailed in the women’s match, 8-1.

Friday featured many matches. The Yale men and women swung through Western Mass and defeated Amherst and Williams. Brown hosted and was shutout by Western Ontario. Bates visited Bowdoin and both Bobcat squads earned a 7-2 victory. Navy was edged by Dartmouth, 4-5.  The Hamilton men defeated Hobart, 8-1. Both Harvard squads were victorious over Drexel and Boston College.

On Saturday, Bates defeated Tufts. MIT and the Boston College men shutout Bard and defeated Bryant. Harvard shutout Western Ontario.

The Princeton women travelled to Washington, D.C., to defeat the George Washington. The Conn College women defeated Rochester, 7-2.

Rochester hosted the Princeton men. The 5th-ranked Yellowjackets defeated the 7th-ranked Tigers, 7-2. Conn College travelled to Hobart and escaped with a 5-4 victory. Hamilton defeated both Conn College squads. The Continentals also defeated Colgate. The Conn women defeated Rochester and Colgate.

Also in New York state, Cornell and Columbia faced off. In the women’s match, the Big Red won, 7-2. The men’s match was much tighter with Cornell earning a 5-4 victory.

A number of teams were at Brown on Saturday. The Wesleyan men defeated Brown, 5-4, which is the Cardinals’ first victory over the Bears since the 1967-1968 season. The Drexel men also defeated Brown, 5-4, but the Drexel women lost, 2-7. Brown, Drexel, and Wesleyan all defeated Northeastern.

Several teams hosted round robin events this weekend. At the Wesleyan Round Robin, Mount Holyoke defeated William Smith and Wellesley. Wesleyan also defeated Smith. On Sunday, 21st-ranked Mount Holyoke defeated 20th-ranked Wesleyan, 5-4. Also on Sunday, the Wesleyan men defeated Ithaca and Vassar.

There was also a round robin at Middlebury. The host Panthers defeated Bowdoin and Colby. The St. Lawrence men defeated Williams, while the Ephs’ women defeated the Saints. Both Williams teams defeated Colby. On Sunday, the St. Lawrence men blanked Bowdoin, while the St. Lawrence women upset the Polar Bears, 5-4. The Middlebury women escaped with a 5-4 victory over St. Lawrence, while the men lost to the Saints.

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 a regular season match to officially count for ranking purposes, each team must have at least seven players. Except for Emerging Teams, matches with less than seven players per team will not count towards the required number of matches for entry into the National Team Championships.

For complete results from all of this weekend’s action, see Women’s Results and Men’s Results.