By Michael T. Bello
Published Feb 26, 2016 at 6:30 PM ET; Updated Feb 26, 2016 at 6:16 PM ET

New Haven, CT — The first afternoon of the College Squash Association National Team Championships featured Potter Cup (A Division) play.

Top-seeded and defending national champion Trinity opened the tournament facing Columbia. During their regular season meeting, the Bantams shutout Columbia. With Trinity’s 4-5 loss to St. Lawrence at the end of the regular season, there is not an undefeated team entering this year’s tournament. In today’s match with Columbia, Trinity won, 8-1.

The 4/5 matchup between Rochester and Penn provided a rematch from the opening weekend of the regular season. The Quakers upset the Yellowjackets, 6-3, in that contest. Penn’s early season success was countered with a three-match losing streak to end the regular season. The Yellowjackets, who are seeking their first Potter Cup, opened the match with four straight wins. In the end, Rochester defeated Penn, 8-1.

St. Lawrence is one of the few schools to have a winning record against Harvard. Entering today’s match, St. Lawrence has a 3-2 record against the Crimson, including a three-match winning streak. In today’s match, St. Lawrence defeated Harvard, 5-4. St. Lawrence clinched the closely contested match with one match left to play. The Saints, who defeated Trinity 5-4 to close the regular season, are looking to claim their first Potter Cup.

Dartmouth surprised many this season with regular season victories over Harvard and Princeton. Today the Big Green made their first Potter Cup appearance since the 2011 – 2012 season. Yale, who defeated Dartmouth, 8-1, during the regular season in New Hampshire, had the home crowd behind them today. The Bulldogs defeated Dartmouth, 8-1.

In tomorrow’s semifinals, Trinity will face Rochester and St. Lawrence will face Yale at 2:30 PM. In the 9:00 AM consolation semifinals, Columbia will meet Penn and Harvard will face Dartmouth.