Northampton, MA — With a blizzard hitting New England, many college squash matches were cancelled or rescheduled. Snow fall totals were very high, with New Haven, CT, getting 38 inches of snow, Northampton, MA, getting 24 inches, and Brunswick, ME, getting 32 inches!
On Tuesday, Cornell hosted Hobart and William Smith. The Big Red prevailed in both matches, 9-0. The Tufts men faced Northeastern. The Jumbos defeated the Huskies, 6-3. Wellesley shutout the Jumbos.
Wednesday was senior night for St. Lawrence. They hosted Middlebury. The Saints shut out the Panthers’ men, while Middlebury women blanked St. Lawrence. Williams travelled to Dartmouth. Both Ephs squads fell 3-6. Yale shutout Brown. Mount Holyoke hosted Amherst in the annual Pioneer Valley showdown. The Jeffs prevailed, 6-3. Both Bates teams defeated Colby. The Harvard women visited Hartford and escaped with a 7-2 victory over Trinity. In the battle of New York City schools, the NYU men defeated Fordham. The Drexel men defeated Haverford, while the Hamilton women defeated William Smith.
Thursday saw Harvard travel to Brown. The match occurred a day earlier than expected due to the pending blizzard. Brown was shutout by the Crimson. Also on Thursday, the Northeastern women snuck by Tufts, 5-4.
On Friday, Dartmouth visited Yale. The Bulldogs proved too much for the Big Green. The George Washington women defeated F&M, but the Diplomat men blanked the Colonials. The Drexel men defeated Colgate. Columbia hosted Penn. The Quaker men fell just short of an upset, falling 4-5. Penn’s women shut out Columbia.
Friday’s surprise came from upstate New York. Princeton’s women took care of Cornell, 8-1. The men’s match, however, was one for the ages. In the long history of the pairing, Cornell had only won once, during the 2004 – 2005 season. Princeton, the reigning Ivy League and National Champion, is the #1 team in the nation. The Big Red were not intimidated and captured the match, 5-4.
On Saturday, Virginia travelled to Philadelphia. The Cavaliers defeated the Haverford women, but lost to the Ford’s men, 7-2. Haverford’s men also defeated Colgate. Drexel defeated both Virginia squads. Cornell defeated F&M. The men’s match was a tight 5-4 victory by the Big Red.
The Haverford women squeaked out a 5-4 win over Bucknell, but lost to Virginia, 2-7. Virginia lost to Bucknell, 3-6.
The Chicago men defeated Washington St. Louis, 5-4.
On Sunday, Princeton hosted Columbia. The Tiger women concluded their Ivy League schedule undefeated and captured the Ivy League Championship. The Princeton men also defeated Columbia, which earns them at least a share of the Ivy League crown.
The Conn College/Bryant match was rescheduled to Sunday. The Camels defeated the Bulldogs, 9-0. Cornell visited Penn. The Big Red men defeated the Quakers, 7-2.
Bard defeated Siena, 7-2.
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.