2015 Men’s National Team Championships: Day 2 Evening Report


Hartford, CT — Trinity College and St. Lawrence University will play for the national championship.

A Division (Potter Cup): The Trinity College Bantams will play for their 15th national team title tomorrow; their opponents, the Saints of St. Lawrence, will play for their first. Trinity advanced to the finals with a 7-2 win over Columbia University, a up-and-coming team coached by former Trinity standout Jacques Swanepoel. The Lions’ Ramit Tandon and Osama Khalifa won at #1 and #2, and the middle of their order put up a good fight, taking the #4-#7 matches past three games. But ultimately the match was Trinity’s, delighting the fans who packed the stands. For St. Lawrence, advancing to the Potter Cup final meant beating the defending national champions, Harvard, and the Crimson did not go down easily. All but one of the matches went past three games, but St. Lawrence swept the top three matches as well as #8 and #9 to take the match 5-4. In the consolations, Yale defeated Penn, 5-4, and Rochester beat F&M, 6-3.

B Division (Hoehn Cup): Princeton will defend the B Division title against Dartmouth tomorrow. The Tigers held off Drexel, 6-3, while the Big Green upset Cornell in dramatic fashion, going to the last match on court to win 5-4. Bates and George Washington advanced to the  consolation final earlier in the day.

C Division (Summers Cup): Middlebury has won four of the last six Summers Cup finals, and tomorrow they’ll have a shot at a fifth. The Panthers will face Western Ontario tomorrow after defeating Wesleyan 6-3. Western Ontario held off Brown 5-4, thanks in part to three five-game wins from Nick Guest, Eric Mercer, and Kale Wilson. Colby and Bowdoin will play in the consolation final.

D Division (Conroy Cup): Connecticut College and Stanford were tied 3-all going into the final flight of three matches. Conn’s Brian Mullen and Daniel Reisman won at #1 and #7, respectively, to send the Camels to the D Finals. They will face Hamilton, who defeated Tufts 6-3 in the other semifinal. Tomorrow’s final should be a good one: there have already been three Conn-Continentals match-ups this season, and though Hamilton leads the season series 3-0, every match has been close. Two programs on upward trajectories — Virginia and MIT — will play in the consolation finals.

E Division: (Chaffee Cup): Facing NYU, the Georgetown Hoyas were able to collect the five wins they needed to advance to the E finals by the end of the second flight of matches. Denison won the top four matches plus #6 and #9 in their semifinal victory over Johns Hopkins. Denison and Georgetown have not played each other this season, so tomorrow’s final should be interesting. Haverford and Northeastern will play in the consolation finals.

F Division (Serues Cup): Playing in the same city, Boston College’s and Boston University’s paths have crossed more than once in the past few years. At the 2013 Men’s National Team Championships at Yale, the two teams met in the Chaffee Cup final, and BC won that match 6-3. The two squads will again meet in a final tomorrow. BC advanced with a 5-4 win over Colgate, and BU advanced with a 5-4 win over Northwestern. The consolation final will feature Bryant versus Richmond.

G Division (Hawthorn Cup): Earlier in the day, the College of Charleston and Swarthmore advanced to the Hawthorn Cup final. Washington and Minnesota will play in the consolation final.

H Division: Round Robin play continued this evening with Bard versus Vanderbilt and Vassar versus Notre Dame. Earlier in the day, Vanderbilt defeated Oregon, and Ithaca defeated Notre Dame.