2014 Women’s National Team Championships: Day 2 Afternoon Report


Princeton, NJ — There will be a rematch of last year’s championship final: Harvard and Trinity advanced to play for the 2014 Howe Cup.

A Division (Howe Cup): Harvard will defend their national title tomorrow. The Crimson’s semifinal match against Yale was close early on. The teams split the first two matches, and the third match in the first flight went to five games. When that match went Harvard’s way, the momentum shifted in the Crimson’s favor. Though Yale stayed in the match as long as possible, the final score was Harvard 6, Yale 3. The other semifinal, which featured Trinity and Penn, was tied 3-all going into the final flight of matches. Trinity swept the last three matches on court, and the Bantams gave themselves another shot at the national title. During the regular season, Harvard defeated Trinity 5-4, so tomorrow’s match could be tight. In the consolation semifinals, Princeton defeated Dartmouth 9-0, and Cornell beat Stanford 6-3.

B Division (Kurtz Cup): The B Division semifinals are on court now.

C Division (Walker Cup): Amherst and Franklin & Marshall advanced to the C Division final earlier in the day. In the consolation semifinals, Mount Holyoke avenged their loss at the Seven Sisters championship to Wellesley by taking down the Blue 7-2.

D Division (Epps Cup):  Last year, the Cavaliers were surprise finalists in the D Division, but they lost to William Smith 6-3 in the title match. Virginia will get a do-over, though they’ll face a different opponent thanks to two surprising semifinal results. In one semifinal, Virginia unseated top-seeded Tufts with a 5-4 win. In the other semifinal, Boston College rolled over the defending D Division champions, William Smith. The Eagles won 8-1.

E Division: It’s been a busy afternoon for the E Division. Three of the four top seeds made it through the quarterfinals. Haverford blanked Minnesota 9-0, Colgate bounced Rochester 7-2, and Northeastern held off Wash U 6-3. New York University pulled off the lone upset of the quarters, sending Smith College to the consolations with a 5-4 win.