Princeton, NJ — Play in the A, B, and D Divisions began this afternoon, and the C Division action heated up.
A Division (Howe Cup): The first A Division matches of the tournament were rather lopsided. Top-seeded Harvard, the defending national champion, advanced with a 9-0 win over Dartmouth. Trinity, the number two seed and last year’s A Division finalist, swept Stanford 9-0 as well. Penn’s victory over Cornell was almost as decisive; the Quakers advanced to the semifinals with an 8-1 win. Trinity and Penn will play in one semifinal tomorrow, and Harvard will face the winner of the Yale/Princeton match in the other.
B Division (Kurtz Cup): Bates opened strong against Drexel. The Bobcats took down the Dragons with a 7-2 win. The other Kurtz Cup matches were scheduled for late this afternoon.
C Division (Walker Cup): Top-seeded Amherst advanced to the semifinals with a convincing 8-1 victory over Colby. The Jeffs will play Bowdoin in one semifinal, and Franklin & Marshall and St. Lawrence will play in the other. The Polar Bears, Diplomats, and Saints all advanced earlier in the day.
D Division (Epps Cup): Epps Cup has already seen an upset: Boston College, seeded 30th overall, bounced 27th-seeded Connecticut College into the consolation bracket by sweeping the bottom five matches. The Eagles won 5-4 over the Camels. Tufts, the top seed in the division, will play Virginia in the semifinals; the Jumbos defeated Bucknell 7-2, and the Cavaliers beat Georgetown 6-3. William Smith, the defending Epps Cup champions, kept their hopes of defending their D Division title alive by toppling Johns Hopkins 6-3. The Herons will play Boston College tomorrow.
E Division: E Division play was scheduled to begin late this afternoon.