The matchups are now released for the 2018 College Men’s Team Nationals, to be hosted in Hartford, CT at Trinity College, Wesleyan University, the Loomis Chaffee School, and the Westminster School, February 23-25, 2018.
All draws and live streaming of showcase courts are available on the Men’s Team Nationals page. Follow live scores on Club Locker for every match throughout the weekend by using your US Squash login or creating a free account.
62 teams from around the country will attend the championships and compete across eight divisions: The Potter Cup (teams ranked No. 1-8)—which determines the national team champion; Hoehn Cup (9-16), Summer Cup (17-24); Conroy Cup (25-32); Chaffee Cup (33-40), Serues Cup (41-48), Hawthorn Cup (49-56), and H Division (57-62).
The Potter Cup will showcase exceptional parity, with multiple teams having a legitimate shot at bringing home a national title. Trinity College earned the top seed after an undefeated regular season, and will look to defend its 2017 national championship on home courts. Trinity will face the Princeton men in the quarterfinals, who return to the Potter Cup for the first time since 2013. On the same half of the draw, four seed St. Lawrence will face Dartmouth; St. Lawrence is targeting its fourth-consecutive national semifinal.
Columbia is the two seed in the Potter draw and will face Rochester in the quarterfinals. Columbia has only one loss on the year—to Trinity—and captured its first Ivy League title in program history this season, while Rochester appears to be rounding into form with strong results leading into the weekend. In the other quarterfinal on the bottom half of the draw, No. 3 Harvard takes on Penn. In the regular season match on February 4, the Crimson narrowly edged the Quakers 5-4.
In the Hoehn Division, Yale enters as the top seed, facing a Navy team it defeated 7-2 in the regular season. George Washington, seeded second, will face Cornell in the bottom half of the draw as the Colonials start their bid for a first Hoehn Cup title. The University of Virginia, in its first year as a varsity program, will make its inaugural appearance in the Hoehn Cup.
Dickinson will be top seed in the Summers Cup—its highest-ever ranking leading into the team nationals—and will face Amherst in the quarterfinals. Two seed Bates, the 2016 Summers champion, looks to book its place in the semifinal against NESCAC rival Colby on Friday.
The Conroy Cup features the highest-ranked club program—Stanford—playing top seed Hobart in the first round. Wesleyan will attempt to take advantage of home-court advantage as is faces second-seeded Bowdoin.
Fordham and Bucknell enter the Chaffee Cup as the top-ranked teams; if the squads make the final Fordham will need to flip a regular season 5-4 loss to uphold it’s No. 1 seed.
The Serues Cup is led by No. 1 seed Northwestern, who face Vassar in the quarterfinals. The bottom half of the draw has a distinctly Boston feel, with Boston College facing Babson and Brandeis playing Boston University.
The Hawthorn Cup and H division showcase the college game’s growing geographical diversity, including teams such as North Carolina, University of California-Berkeley, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, and Minnesota.