Weekend Recap: Teams On The Rise Score Upsets

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With action at full tilt in this young season, some teams are already making their mark and putting their future opponents on notice of things to come.

Virginia’s Maria Moya-Lopez (right, in 2020) captured the winning point in the Cavaliers’ 5-4 upset of Columbia on Sunday. (photo: Michael T. Bello)
  • The Drexel women and the Penn men claimed Pennsylvania bragging rights with their respective 4-0 records this weekend, but as suspected, excitement abounded throughout the weekend.
  • The most notable result was the preseason No. 24 Chatham men running through No. 15 Franklin & Marshall by a solid 7-2 margin. This came two days after No. 26 Dickinson almost shocked F&M as well. The Franklin & Marshall women did score their own weekend upset, taking down Dickinson 6-3 on Friday night.
  • Speaking of upsets, The No. 9 Virginia women salvaged the northern roadtrip for the Cavaliers with a monumental 5-4 victory over preseason No. 4 Columbia. If this result is any indication, Top-8 positioning for the women will be a battle all season long, just like two years ago.
  • Congratulations to the Georgetown women, who captured the first two victories in their varsity program’s history with wins over Haverford and Denison at the Navy Round Robin. Navy captured three more wins on the men’s side of the event.
  • The preseason No. 12 Western Ontario men scored a crucial 5-4 victory over an upstart No. 13 MIT squad on Friday evening.
  • St. Lawrence started off their season with strong wins against close rivals Hobart & William Smith, but HWS rebounded with conference victories of their own on Sunday at Vassar.
  • The Harvard men began their title defense with a comfortable 9-0 victory of University of Rochester on Sunday.
  • In club squash action, congratulations are in order for the team from University of Michigan, which captured the eight-team Jesters Cincinnati Round Robin title. Ohio State University, which went 3-0 in pool play, was the runner-up. Many thanks again to the Jesters, Cincinnati Country Club, and Cincinnati Squash Academy for hosting a great event!
  • Other top club winners included the Boston College women over Northeastern and the Georgetown men handing Richmond their first loss of the season.
University of Michigan’s co-ed club team captured the Jesters Cincinnati Round Robin title with a win over rival Ohio State on Sunday. (photo: Nathan Dugan, Cincinnati Country Club)