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2017 Men’s National Team Championships: Day 2 Evening Report

Cambridge, MA —  E, F, G, and H Division play closed out the second day of the Men’s National Team Championships.

A Division (Potter Cup): Trinity will play Harvard for the Potter Cup tomorrow. In the consolation semifinals, Rochester defeated Penn 6-3, and Drexel defeated Yale, 5-4.

B Division (Hoehn Cup):  In the second Hoehn Cup semifinal of the day, second-seeded Princeton took on Cornell, who had upset Navy in the first round. When the two Ivy League teams had met in Ithaca a little over a week ago, Princeton had left with a 6-3 win. Today, the Tigers’ margin of victory was even greater. Princeton opened up a 2-1 lead in the first round and held the advantage until they clinched early in the third round. The final score was Princeton 7, Cornell 2.

In the consolation semifinals, Navy defeated Bates, 7-2.

Princeton will play Dartmouth for the Hoehn Cup tomorrow at 11:30 am at Harvard.

C Division (Summers Cup): Middlebury will play Virginia for the Summers Cup tomorrow.

D Division (Conroy Cup): Hobart will play Wesleyan for the Conroy Cup tomorrow.

E Division: (Chaffee Cup): Haverford’s last match of the regular season was against Boston College, and the Fords swept the Eagles. Meeting a  week later in the Chaffee Cup semifinals, the two teams were much closer, with BC finding wins at the bottom of the ladder. But Haverford retained the advantage  and secured a spot in the final with a 6-3 win.

In the other E Division semifinal, top-seeded Bucknell faced Georgetown, who had advanced into the semis with an upset win over Denison. The Bison and Hoyas had played back in the fall semester, and Bucknell won that match 8-1. Georgetown closed the gap considerably today, sweeping the top four matches. Bucknell’s depth, however, carried them through to the finals, and they took the 5-4 victory.

Haverford and Bucknell will play for the Chaffee Cup tomorrow at 1:30 pm at Harvard.

F Division (Serues Cup): Fordham came into the Men’s National Team Championships fielding a full roster after playing much of the season short-handed. The Rams cruised through the first round into the semifinals, where they faced 43rd-ranked Northeastern, a team they hadn’t played in the regular season. In this evening’s match, Fordham prevailed again, winning 6-3.

Duke had powered through the regular season, not losing a team match until early February. In the Chaffee Cup semifinals, the Blue Devils encountered Richmond, a team that had knocked off top-seeded Boston University 5-4 the night before. Richmond played the spoilers again tonight, notching their second upset of the tournament with a 6-3 win over Duke.

In the consolation semifinals, BU defeated Vassar 8-1 and Johns Hopkins defeated Lehigh 6-3.

Fordham will play Richmond for the Serues Cup at at 11:15 am tomorrow at Harvard.

G Division (Hawthorn Cup): The Hawthorn Cup semifinals featured Colgate versus the University of California Berkeley and Northwestern versus Vanderbilt. Neither pair of teams had faced each other previously this season. That element of uncertainty didn’t have much of an outcome on the results; both top seeds advanced without upset. Top-seeded Northwestern, ranked 49th in the tournament overall, dispatched Vanderbilt 8-1. Colgate, the second seed and the 50th-ranked team, defeated Cal by the same score: 8-1.

Northwestern and Colgate will play for the Hawthorn Cup at 9 am tomorrow at Harvard.

H Division: In the final set of round robin matches, North Carolina defeated Notre Dame 8-1, and Minnesota defeated Brandeis 6-3. Both victors clinched their wins early in the match. Tomorrow’s H Division final will pit North Carolina, the Pool A winner, against Pool B winner Minnesota. The teams will be back on court at 9 am tomorrow at Harvard to play for the H Division crown.