2022 CSA Men’s Team Championship Day 2 Recap

Harvard’s Ido Burstein (right) was one of seven Crimson players to win relatively comfortable victories over Columbia in their Potter Cup semifinal win on Saturday. (all photos by Michael T. Bello)

Action was intense from dawn to well past dusk in the 2022 CSA National Collegiate Men’s Team Championships at Penn Squash Center on Saturday. Penn and Harvard were both victorious in Potter Cup semifinals to set up a rematch of the National Championship finals from two years ago.

Potter Cup

  • Fourth seeded Yale gave No. 1 seed Penn all it had and put a scare into the hosts by taking the first game in five of the first six matches on court. Penn withstood the test, however, and outlast Yale, 6-3.
  • In the other semifinal, Second seed Harvard prevented any doubt from lingering by jumping out to a strong early lead against 6-seed Columbia that they would not relinquish. Eventually, Harvard cruised to a 7-2 win.
  • In the consolation matches, Trinity and Princeton prevailed in lengthy matches against Virginia and Drexel, respectively. The third court for the Trinity-Virginia stood out, with three five-game battles, two of which going Trinity’s way including the crucial match-winner.
Yale’s Nikhil Ismail (right) vs. Penn’s Dana Santry (left)

Hoehn Cup

  • The top two seeds, Cornell and Rochester, went about their business in a no-nonsense fashion.
  • Cornell took down familiar foe Dartmouth by an 8-1 score, while Rochester gutted its way to a 7-2 victory over Western, including three 3-2 wins in the middle of the order.
  • The Hoehn Cup final will be a rematch of a tight 5-4 Cornell win over Rochester from earlier in the season.
  • The seeds held true into the consolation bracket as well with fifth and sixth seeds Chatham and Williams overcoming tough tests against Franklin & Marshall and MIT, respectively.
Cornell’s Nicholas Goth Errington (right) vs. Dartmouth’s Lucan White (left)
Rochester’s Yash Fadte (right) vs. Western’s Dylan Deverill (left)

Summers Cup

  • If you left the Penn Squash Center early, you missed an incredible set of evening matches between the Summers Cup teams.
  • Finalists Tufts and Navy showed the value of grit, determination, and peaking at the right time, securing upset victories over top-seed St. Lawrence and second-seed Amherst, respectively. Both winners pulled out 5-4 wins in the deciding match.
  • There was almost as much drama in the consolation draw, with 2-seed Brown and No. 8 Middlebury securing close, drawn out victories over Dickinson and Bates.
Tufts’s Konrad LaDow (right) vs. St. Lawrence’s Dean Brooker (left)
Amherst’s Nathaniel Mosse (right) vs. Navy’s Lucas Spiro (left)

Conroy Cup

  • Similar to yesterday, the Conroy Cup followed suit of the Hoehn Cup and stay consistent with seeding.
  • The top two seeds in the division – Colby and Hobart – each captured victories over Hamilton to set the stage for the Division Final to start the day on Sunday.
  • Wesleyan went 2-0 in playoff group play against Haverford and Conn College to secure fourth place in the division.
  • Seventh place is up for grabs tomorrow as well with Denison and Vassar each dispatching Fordham on Saturday.
Hobart’s James Mazzarelli (right) vs. Hamilton’s William Rice (left)
Vassar’s Sameer Mustafa (left) vs. Fordham’s Henry Frawley (right)