Teams return from Thanksgiving break for a busy weekend of competition on the college squash calendar.
George Washington will face Dartmouth on Saturday with a potential place in the top 10 for both teams on the line. The Dartmouth men and women, each ranked No. 10, will aim to hold off the ambitions of George Washington, ranked No. 11 on the men’s side and 12 on the women’s. The Colonials women’s team last played Dartmouth at the 2017 team championships, where they lost a tight 6-3 match in which Dartmouth captured the bottom six positions. Rounding out its opening weekend of play for the season, Dartmouth will also play a men’s match against the Naval Academy on Saturday and face Franklin & Marshall on Sunday.
The University of Pennsylvania will host St. Lawrence in one of the premiere men’s matches through this point in the season. The No. 3-ranked St. Lawrence squad open their weekend against No. 8 Princeton before facing No. 5 Penn on Sunday. The road trip will be a challenging opening season test for a St. Lawrence squad which has made it at least as far as the national semifinals each of the last three seasons.
Yale and Drexel will open the weekend with matches on Friday. Both schools will alternate hoping for an upset, with the No. 9 Drexel women facing the No. 6 Yale squad, followed by the No. 9 Yale men looking to avenge their 5-4 team nationals loss from last season when they play No. 7 Drexel.
Tufts, featuring new head coach Joe Raho, will travel to Wesleyan as part of broader slate of matches between multiple teams at Wesleyan on Saturday. The No. 19-ranked Tufts women will aim to retain their position in matches against No. 20 William Smith and No. 21 Wesleyan.
Also on Saturday, Cornell will host the men’s and women’s teams from Columbia and the University of Virginia for a three-team round robin. It will make the first time Virginia has faced Cornell, a key test for the first-year varsity program. The women’s match between Columbia and Cornell promises to be close, with the teams ranked only one position apart at No. 7 and 8, respectively.
Live Scoring will be available for many matches during the weekend on Club Locker.