For the sixth straight season, the Harvard women’s squash team captured the Ivy League title with an undefeated league record, this time with an emphatic 7-2 win over Yale on Sunday. On the men’s schedule, St. Lawrence and Navy had banner weekends of their own. All of this occurred on a college squash weekend interrupted by a sizable snow storm which battered the Northeast, causing multiple match cancellations.
- Harvard’s two wins over Trinity and Yale this weekend mean the Crimson women have won 93 straight matches, including 45 straight over Ivy League opponents. In the big No. 1-vs.-No. 2 match at Trinity on Friday evening, Harvard showed it’s strength at the top of its lineup, winning the top five positions, including huge 3-2 wins at #4 and #5. The Harvard men went 2-0 on the weekend as well, but they will have to wait to see if No. 1 Penn falters in its remaining matches against Princeton and Cornell before the men’s Ivy champion is decided.
- The St. Lawrence men accomplished a feat this weekend that is not often seen in college squash. The Saints made the treacherous trek up to Maine to face the gauntlet of Bowdoin, Colby, and Bates on consecutive days. Not only did they emerge triumphant with a 3-0 record, but they won each of the three matches by tight 5-4 margins.
- Often such gracious hosts, the Naval Academy was not such a welcoming place for higher-seeded Dickinson and Franklin & Marshall this weekend. A focused and gritty Navy squad dug in to defend their home courts and shocked their two Mid-Atlantic Squash Conference (MASC) rivals on successive days. The Midshipmen will enjoy their upset wins for a short time, but the MASC Championships this coming weekend offers a quick turnaround and a chance for revenge.
- In other contests between tightly-ranked teams, Princeton’s No. 5 men dismantled No. 6 Columbia and No. 7 Cornell, while the No. 5 Lions women stuck with No. 3 Princeton, eventually losing 4-5. The No. 24 Wesleyan women held serve at home against the upstart squad from DC, No. 25 Georgetown.