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Around the Courts: College Squash Highlights (2/1/2015)

College Squash AssociationNorthampton, MA — Despite frigid temperatures and snow throughout most of the college squash world, it was a busy week of play.

Monday saw one last match at the Wesleyan Round Robin. Denison defeated Bryant, 8-1. Tuesday also saw a single match. The Haverford men defeated Lehigh.

As New England squads, especially in the Boston area, dealt with the aftermath of winter storm Juno, several squash matches took place on Wednesday. Amherst lost to both Brown teams.  Williams had a successful trip to Middlebury, capturing the men’s match 6-3 and the women’s match 5-4. The Conn College women won a close match against Mount Holyoke, 6-3.

Further south in New Jersey, Princeton hosted Penn. The men’s match was played first. A day after the passing of Bob Callahan, the former men’s coach at Princeton, the teams had a moment of silence to honor the college squash legend. With the Callahan family in attendance, the Tiger men defeated the Quakers, 5-4. In the women’s match, Penn won, 6-3.

On Friday, Bates hosted and defeated both Bowdoin squads. Williams and Brown traded matches. The Williams women defeated the Bears, 7-2, and the Ephs men defeated Brown, 6-3. Also at Brown on Saturday, the Princeton women shut out Stanford. Middlebury defeated the Drexel women, 6-3, while the Middlebury men edged the Dragons, 5-4. In Boston, Colby defeated Wellesley. At Smith College, William Smith defeated both Smith and Conn College.

Middlebury visited Amherst on Saturday. Both Panthers squads defeated Amherst, 7-2. The Bates and Bowdoin men each shut out MIT. Wellesley lost to the Bobcats and the Polar Bears. Brown hosted and lost to both Princeton squads. In addition, the Brown women lost to Stanford, 4-5. The 9th-ranked Columbia women defeated 7th-ranked Dartmouth, 6-3, while the Columbia men defeated the Big Green, 7-2, to remain undefeated in Ivy League play. Hamilton and St. Lawrence traded matches. The Hamilton women defeated the Saints, 7-2, while the St. Lawrence men shut out the Continentals. Drexel and Williams also traded matches. The Drexel men defeated the Ephs, 6-3, while the Williams women defeated the Dragons, 6-3. The Penn women defeated Yale, 6-3, while the Yale men earned a victory over Penn, 7-2. On their trip through upstate New York, Mount Holyoke lost to Hamilton and St. Lawrence.

The 9th-ranked Franklin & Marshall men upset 3rd-ranked Rochester, 5-4. The Harvard men defeated Cornell, 7-2, while the Crimson women swept the Big Red. Harvard also defeated Colby. Haverford hosted and lost to Navy and Bucknell. Navy also defeated Bucknell. The Georgetown women escaped their trip to Haverford with a 5-4 win. The Conn College women defeated both NYU and Dickinson.

Vassar hosted the Hudson Valley Team Invitational on Saturday. Bard and Vassar each defeated the Brandeis men. Bard edged the higher-ranked Vassar team, 5-4, to win the event. The Vassar women defeated Rochester and Fordham to capture the women’s event.

In the Midwest, the Wash U women defeated Minnesota and Northwestern.

In New Haven, the 5th-ranked Princeton women upset 4th-ranked Yale, 5-4. In the men’s match, Yale defeated Princeton, 6-3. In New Hampshire, the Cornell women defeated Dartmouth, 8-1, while the 11th-ranked Dartmouth men upset 7th-ranked Cornell, 5-4. Drexel earned a 7-2 victory over Navy. St. Lawrence visited Franklin & Marshall. The Saints men won 8-1, while the F&M women captured their match. Brown lost to both Penn squads.

The 6th-ranked Harvard men hosted 4th-ranked Columbia. The Crimson emerged with a 6-3 victory over Columbia. In the women’s match, Harvard also defeated Columbia.

On Sunday, Wesleyan University hosted the annual Little Three Championships. In the three-school rivalry event, Williams captured both the men’s and women’s titles. Amherst finished in second place.

At the round robin in Baltimore, Fordham edged Lehigh, 5-4; Ithaca, 9-0; and Siena. Swarthmore defeated Ithaca and Lafayette, but lost to Lehigh, 4-5. The Georgetown men surpassed Johns Hopkins, 6-3. Chicago got by Swarthmore, 7-2.

Stanford hosted the West Coast Round Robin this weekend. Washington defeated Oregon, USC, and Notre Dame. Minnesota defeated Notre Dame, Cal, Oregon, and USC. Match scores from the West Coast round robin are still being reported.

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.