Northampton, MA — Prior to Thanksgiving break, many schools staged upsets this weekend.
Northeastern and Tufts met on Tuesday. In the women’s match, Tufts prevailed, 9-0, but in the men’s match, the Huskies swept positions 4 – 9 to earn a 6-3 victory over higher ranked Tufts.
The Jumbos men continued their midweek match schedule against MIT. The lower ranked Engineers captured the match, 6-3. On Saturday, Bryant beat Tufts, 6-3.
Navy visited New England this weekend. On Friday, they defeated Conn College, 9-0, followed by a 5-4 victory over Brown. On Sunday, they also defeated Wesleyan, 7-2.
On Saturday, Hamilton hosted Middlebury. The Panthers’ men blanked the Continentals. In the women’s match, Hamilton upset Middlebury, 5-4.
In other NESCAC action, Trinity travelled to Maine to face Bates. Both Bantam squads shutout the Bobcats.
Bowdoin met Tufts at MIT. The Polar Bears shutout both Tufts teams. Brown also defeated both Tuft squads, and the Bears’ women beat Mount Holyoke.
The Northeastern men defeated Boston University, 8-1. The Wesleyan men defeated Boston College.
Princeton opened the season in Lancaster against F&M. In the women’s match, Princeton prevailed, 9-0. The men’s match featured a showdown between two top-7 teams. The lower-ranked Diplomats defeated the Tigers, 7-2, in a match that featured seven matches that went four or more games.
Penn shutout the Williams women on Saturday. For the men, the Quakers defeated the higher ranked Ephs, 8-1.
The Stanford and Cornell women met in Philadelphia. In this rivalry match, the Big Red won, 7-2. Cornell also shutout Drexel.
Johns Hopkins women lost to Virginia, 2-7, and Georgetown, 4-5, but defeated Haverford. Virginia defeated Georgetown, 6-3, and Haverford, 9-0. The Johns Hopkins men also defeated Haverford.
In another series of upsets, Drexel beat both Williams squads, each 5-4.
This weekend was the Liberty League Men’s Championship at St. Lawrence. On Saturday, St. Lawrence defeated both Vassar and Hobart. Rochester defeated Bard and Hobart. On Sunday, Rochester defeated Vassar, while St. Lawrence defeated Bard. The championship match featured Rochester, the 5th-ranked team in the nation, and St. Lawrence, the 6th-ranked team. St. Lawrence clinched the Liberty League title after the second round of matches.
The St. Lawrence’s women continued the upset trend by shutting out William Smith.
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 a regular season match to officially count for ranking purposes, each team must have at least seven players. Except for Emerging Teams, matches with less than seven players per team will not count towards the required number of matches for entry into the National Team Championships.