By Michael T. Bello
Published Nov 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM ET; Updated Nov 18, 2012 at 6:23 PM ET

College Squash AssociationNorthampton, MA — The 2012 – 2013 college squash season has become very interesting very early.

On Saturday, George Washington’s men and women each beat higher ranked opponents. The GW women upset Bates, the 12th-ranked team in the nation. The match was very tight and featured three five-game matches and two four-game matches. Penn defeated both GW and Bates on Saturday.

Not to be outdone, the George Washington men had an exciting day. They lost a nail biter to Bates, 4-5, but rebounded by defeating 9th-ranked Penn, 5-4. This is arguably the biggest win in GW program history. Penn defeated Bates, 5-4.

Also on Saturday, Drexel continued the upset trend. The 26th-ranked Drexel men shutout Connecticut College, while the Drexel women defeated the 22nd-ranked Camels, 8-1. On Friday, Franklin & Marshall shutout both Drexel teams.

There were still more upsets: St. Lawrence defeated William Smith, 5-4, and Vassar. St. Lawrence and Vassar also both shutout Rochester.

Navy shutout Hamilton and Colgate in upstate New York on Saturday. On Sunday, they hosted Bates. The Bobcats emerged with a 5-4 victory.

Western Ontario visited Cornell. The Big Red earned a 6-3 victory on Friday night. The Mustangs rebounded for a 7-2 victory over Williams. Both Williams squads shutout Hamilton, but lost to Cornell.

The Cornell women faced rival Stanford on Sunday. They won a tight 5-4 match.

The Georgetown women narrowly defeated host Johns Hopkins, 5-4.

MIT hosted a round robin this weekend. The Engineers defeated Vermont, but lost to Middlebury and Colby. BU defeated Northeastern for the second time this season.

The Wesleyan women defeated Wellesley 8-1.

Both Harvard squads defeated Boston College. The Wesleyan teams also defeated BC.  Middlebury shutout Wesleyan’s women.

The defending Men’s National Champions, Princeton, opened the season with a 9-0 victory over Franklin & Marshall.

Vassar hosted the men’s Liberty League Championship this weekend.  They beat Bard, 9-0. St. Lawrence and Rochester each defeated Hobart, Bard, and Vassar. In the finals, Rochester faced St. Lawrence. The Yellowjackets swept the top five positions to earn a 5-4 victory.

Coaches and Team Contacts, please remember to enter your team’s results in the US Squash Scoring System on the day of each match. Each player must be named in the results (“Not on Roster” entries will not be tolerated) or penalties may be applied.

Schools are reminded that to qualify for the National Team Championships, a minimum number of matches must be played at specific periods of the season:

  • Varsity teams are required to play ten (10) matches against other CSA teams to enter team championships. At minimum, each team should have at least 6 different opponents. Varsity teams should play the majority of their matches against other varsity schools.
  • Club teams are required to play eight (8) matches against other CSA teams to enter team championships. In addition, club teams must play at least four (4) matches between January 1st and February 10th. At minimum, each team should have at least five (5) different opponents.

For complete results from all of this weekend’s action, see Women’s Results and Men’s Results.