2017 Men’s National Team Championships: Day 1 Evening Report

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Cambridge, MA — The first day of the Men’s National Team Championships has come to a close.

A Division (Potter Cup): Top-ranked Trinity faced Penn to open their title run. As Penn head coach Gilly Lane told the Daily Pennsylvanian, “There is not a lot of room for error when you play these teams, but with the underdog mindset that anything can happen, and a focus on taking it one point at a time, we have a shot.” Despite the effort, the Bantams advanced with a 8-1 victory over Penn.

Harvard and Yale met just last Sunday. In Cambridge, the Crimson won the Ivy League title by defeating Yale, 5-4. Little did they expect to face the Bulldogs again five days later. In the rematch, Harvard defended their home courts with an 8-1 victory.

In tomorrow’s semifinals, Trinity will face St. Lawrence and Harvard will meet Columbia.

B Division (Hoehn Cup): Today’s quarterfinal match between Navy and Cornell was the first meeting between the Midshipmen and the Big Red since 2014. In Cornell head coach David Palmer’s first CSA Team Championship match, Cornell beat Navy, 8-1.

The Princeton and Bates match featured a pair of Bates coaching alums, Princeton head coach Sean Wilkinson and Bates head coach Pat Cosquer. Princeton, who won the Hoehn Cup in 2014 and 2015, advanced with a 5-4 victory over the Bobcats, last season’s Summers Cup (C Division) winner.

In the seminfinals tomorrow, Dartmouth plays George Washington and Princeton plays Cornell.

C Division (Summers Cup) The Summers Cup matches were completed this morning. In the semifinals tomorrow, Middlebury plays Brown and Williams plays Virginia.

D Division (Conroy Cup): In what may be the largest geographic distance between two opponents in this year’s tournament, Bowdoin and Stanford met for the first time since 2013. The Polar Bears defeated Stanford, 7-2.

Wesleyan faced NYU in their opening match of the Conroy Cup. According to the Wesleyan record book, this is the first match up between the Cardinals and NYU. Wesleyan won today’s match, 8-1.

In the seminfinals tomorrow, Hobart plays Tufts and Wesleyan plays Bowdoin.

E Division: (Chaffee Cup): In the late afternoon matches, Boston College met Chicago and Haverford faced Washington. BC beat Chicago, 6-3, and Haverford beat Washington, 7-2. In the seminfinals tomorrow, Bucknell plays Georgetown and Haverford plays Boston College.

F Division (Serues Cup): In the early evening matches, Northeastern defeated Lehigh, 7-2, and Fordham defeated Johns Hopkins, 9-0. Richmond edged Boston University, 5-4, and Duke defeated Vassar, 7-2.

G Division (Hawthorn Cup): The Hawthorn Cup opened with Colgate defeating Lafayette, 9-0, and Northwestern defeated Swarthmore, 8-1. In the second wave of Hawthorn Cup matches, Vanderbilt defeated USC, 7-2, and Cal defeated Bryant, 7-2.

H Division: The first H Division matches are scheduled to begin on Saturday at 9:00 am.