Cambridge, MA — The snow has started, and the Men’s National Team Championships continue.
A Division (Potter Cup): Earlier this afternoon, Harvard and Trinity advanced to the Potter Cup finals. Cornell prevailed in a tight, tense match against Rochester. The Big Red will play St. Lawrence in the consolation finals.
B Division (Hoehn Cup): Princeton and Columbia will play in the B Division finals tomorrow.
C Division (Summers Cup): Since 2009, Middlebury has won the C Division three times, including last year. The Panthers will have another shot at the Summers Cup tomorrow thanks to their commanding victory over George Washington today. Though Middlebury dominated the lower matches, the top three matches all went to five games, with GW winning both #1 and #2 by a score of 13-11 in the fifth. The final match score was Middlebury 7, George Washington 2. The other C Division semifinal came down to the wire. Brown and Wesleyan were tied 4-all coming into the final match. Brown’s #1 player, senior tri-captain Blake Reinson, won in four games to take the match for the Bears. In the consolation semifinals, Amherst beat Colby 5-4 in a closely contested match. The Jeffs will play Bowdoin in the consolation final tomorrow.
D Division (Conroy Cup): Connecticut College and Hobart advanced to the D Division final earlier today. Johns Hopkins defeated MIT 5-4 in the consolation semis. The Blue Jays will play Georgetown in the consolation final tomorrow.
E Division: (Chaffee Cup): The E Division semifinals couldn’t have been much closer. Northeastern held off Tufts to win 5-4; the Huskies’ wins all came from the bottom of the ladder. Boston College roared out to a 3-0 lead in their match against Denison. The Big Red started to close the gap in the next round, but the Eagles got the win they needed in the final flight to clinch the match 5-4. Northeastern and BC have played twice already this season, and the Huskies have won both times. Will the third time be the charm for the Eagles?
F Division (Serues Cup): Washington University in St. Louis upset the top-seeded team in the division, NYU, in the semifinals. Wash U built up a lead in the first flight of matches and didn’t look back, winning 6-3. Chicago and Charleston traded matches up and down the ladder, but Chicago came out on top and advanced with a 5-4 win. Chicago defeated Wash U 5-4 when the two teams played in late January, so tomorrow’s final should be exciting.
G Division (Hawthorn Cup): Cal and Ithaca had a competitive semifinal match. Almost all of the matches went past three games, and many games went into tie-breakers. However, Cal ultimately had the edge, winning at #1, #2, #5, #6, and #8 to take the match 5-4. The Golden Bears will play Bryant in the final tomorrow.
H Division: Notre Dame is unbeaten in round robin play so far. The Fighting Irish defeated Vanderbilt 6-3 and swept Sewanee 9-0. Minnesota notched a 5-4 win over Sewanee, and Vanderbilt defeated Minnesota 5-4. Minnesota and Notre Dame will play tomorrow, as will Vanderbilt and Sewanee.