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Weekend Preview: Crucial Top-5 Matches Headline Weekend Lineup

Harvard’s Hana Moataz (right) leads the No. 1-ranked Crimson in massive contests against No. 2 Trinity and No. 4 Yale this weekend (photo by Michael T. Bello)

The best of college squash will be on display throughout this weekend will a full schedule and several mouthwatering matchups up and down the rankings. Top-5 contests headline the weekend, but matches between teams that are adjacent in the rankings, including some club team matchups, will keep college squash fans entertained all weekend long.

  • Harvard Under Siege – Not only is Boston in the crosshairs of a winter storm this weekend, but Harvard’s high rankings and the women’s team’s winning streak will be under the microscope as well. First, the Crimson (No. 1 women/No. 2 men) head to Hartford, CT this evening to battle Trinity (No. 2 women/No.3 men), who will be eager to spring the double upset at home. Then on Sunday, Harvard welcomes Yale (No. 4/No. 4) in another historic contest that could have implications for the Ivy League standings.
  • Ivy Sunday Fun Day – On the other side of the Ivy League ledger, the matches on Sunday provide plenty of intrigue on their own. The No. 8-ranked Cornell women have held firm in the top 8 for most of the season, but they head to Philadelphia to take on No. 9 Penn in a matchup that could decide A Division positioning looking ahead to the National Championships. Columbia (No. 5 women/No. 6 men) will be chasing upsets at Princeton (No. 3/No. 5) on Sunday as well.
  • Eyes Turn Northward… – The weather may be cold in northern New England this weekend, but action on court will be heated. Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, and Middlebury all host matches this weekend against visitors like St. Lawrence, Tufts, Brown, and MIT. The top matches on the list include No. 19 Bowdoin women vs. No. 20 St. Lawrence and No. 19 Tufts men vs. No. 20 Bowdoin.
  • …and to the South, too – Virginia and Navy also have hosting duties this weekend. Dickinson, Chatham, Denison, and Franklin & Marshall all head to their mid-Atlantic foes, with the Navy-Dickinson and Virginia-Chatham men’s matches taking top billing.
  • Haverford, Fordham Host as well – Haverford hosts their first home matches since November with Georgetown and Vassar coming to town. Meantime, the Fordham men’s team gets their first taste of action in 2022 with a busy weekend of four matches in two days. They will be at home on Saturday against club teams from Lehigh and Cornell before heading to Connecticut on Sunday to visit Conn College and Wesleyan.

Spotlight Matches
No. 1 Harvard vs. No. 2 Trinity, No. 4 Yale
No. 8 Cornell vs. No. 9 Penn
No. 19 Bowdoin vs. No. 20 St. Lawrence
No. 12 Amherst vs. No. 13 Dartmouth (Tuesday)

No. 2 Harvard vs. No. 3 Trinity, No. 4 Yale
No. 5 Princeton vs. No. 6 Columbia
No. 9 Virginia vs. No. 13 Chatham
No. 19 Tufts vs. No. 20 Bowdoin

Order of Play
The order of play for this week, Thursday Jan. 27 through Wednesday Feb. 2, is:

  • 3-court system: 1,3,2 / 4,6,5 / 9,7,8
  • 5-court system: 2,1 / 3,4 / 6,5 / 7,8 / 10,9

View the full college schedules here:
College Squash Women’s Schedule
College Squash Men’s Schedule

Live Scoring will be available for many matches during the weekend on Club Locker – Men and Women. Please make sure you check schools’ spectator policies and live streaming options if you plan to tune in to a specific match in the coming days.

Please also follow the CSA on Twitter (@CollegeSquash) and Instagram (@college_squash) for social media updates throughout the weekend.