Weekend Recap: Teams Play Last Matches of 2018

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In a weekend with an abbreviated list of matches heading into the end of the fall semester, many of the results stayed true to the rankings.

The only upset of the weekend based on the rankings came in a tightly contested match between the No. 26 Bowdoin College men and No. 23 Tufts University.  Four of the matches went to five games and two more went to four games as Bowdoin pulled out the 5-4 victory.  The Tufts men also lost to No. 22 MIT in the midweek last week, which assures that they will take a step back after their initial jump in the rankings.

As advertised, both George Washington University teams were busy this weekend with three matches a piece.  In their marquee match-up of the three, the No. 14 GW women had their top five players hold strong in a tight 5-4 victory over No. 15 Middlebury College, but their upset bid over No. 11 Brown University feel short by a 6-3 margin.  The No. 14 GW men earned two important victories as they look to build momentum into the break, taking down No. 15 Brown handily 9-0 and outlasting No. 20 Middlebury 7-2.

In other notable women’s action, hosts No. 2 Trinity College and No. 20 Wesleyan University were tested by No. 9 Drexel University and No. 27 Connecticut College, respectively, by identical 6-3 scores.  In midweek action from last week, the No. 1 Harvard and No. 6 Yale women each picked up their first Ivy League victories of the season at home over No. 10 Dartmouth and No. 11 Brown, respectively.

On the men’s side, No. 13 Princeton continued this mid-season turnaround effort by upending No. 9 Drexel at home on Thursday.  Additionally, No. 20 Middlebury and No. 29 Conn College each got by No. 31 Wesleyan, No. 28 Haverford swept No. 33 Bard and No. 45 Chatham, and No. 2 Harvard and No. 8 Yale each picked up their first Ivy League victories as well.

Full list of results: Women and Men