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

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Princeton, NJ — After two competitive semifinals, the C Division finals are set. The play-in matches for the E Division are complete.

A Division (Howe Cup):  The Howe Cup semifinals are scheduled for this afternoon. The consolation  semifinals are currently underway.

B Division (Kurtz Cup): Today’s B Division matches are scheduled for this afternoon.

C Division (Walker Cup): The Walker Cup got off to an early start this morning. The first team to advance to the C Division final was Franklin & Marshall. The Diplomats, who were seeded second in the division coming into the tournament, defeated St. Lawrence 6-3. The other semifinal was even more competitive. A year ago, Bowdoin pulled off a string of 5-4 upsets to win the C title. For a moment, it looked like the Polar Bears were going to recapture last year’s momentum. Bowdoin and top-seeded Amherst were tied 4-all going into the number four match between the Polar Bears’ Alden Drake and the Jeffs’ Tiana Palmer-Poroner. Drake roared out to a 2-0 lead, but Palmer-Poroner battled back to win 11-7 in the fifth. Amherst and F&M will play for the Walker Cup tomorrow. In the consolation semifinals, Wesleyan handed Colby a 0-9 loss.

D Division (Epps Cup):  The Epps Cup matches are being played in the early afternoon.

E Division: The final play-in match was completed this morning. Minnesota opened strong with an 8-1 win over California. Other E Division matches began in the late morning.