After several championship trophies were awarded last weekend, the college squash season picks up again this evening. The NESCAC Men’s Championship will kick off the weekend schedule today, and a few other round robins and important matches fill out Saturday and Sunday.
Bowdoin College is the host for the NESCAC Men, and, as in recent years, top seed Trinity College is the heavy favorite to capture the trophy. Similar to last weekend’s NESCAC Women’s Championship, however, a group of teams in the middle of the seedings will need to perform well to solidify their place in the rankings.
In particular, Bates, Amherst, Middlebury, Bowdoin, Colby, and Tufts currently occupy six spots in a row in the college squash rankings. Not far behind them, Conn College, Hamilton, and Wesleyan are closely bunched as well. The NESCAC Championship results may impact all of their final placements.
Other notable match-ups with rankings and championship implications include:
- A huge women’s match in New Jersey between No. 2 Princeton and No. 3 Trinity
- No. 5 Rochester men on the road at No. 4 Princeton and No. 14 George Washington
- Cornell hosting Harvard with outright Ivy League titles on the line for the Crimson, and
- An unofficial championship round robin among Centennial Conference squads Franklin & Marshall, Dickinson, Haverford, and Johns Hopkins
Vassar College and Colgate University will generously host round robin competitions this weekend as well, primarily among club teams eager to gain more match experience prior to the CSA Team Championships.
With additional matches scheduled in places like Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Richmond, it is the final busy weekend of regular season squash before the CSA National Collegiate Women’s Team Championships start on Friday next week.
The order of play for the week from February 13 to February 19 is:
- 3-court system: 3,2,1 / 5,6,4 / 8,7,9
- 5-court system: 1,2 / 4,3 / 5,6 / 7,8 / 10,9