Cambridge, MA — C, D, and H Division play opened the second day of the Men’s National Team Championships.
A Division (Potter Cup): The Potter Cup semifinals are currently underway.
B Division (Hoehn Cup): The Hoehn Cup semifinals are currently underway.
C Division (Summers Cup): Top-seeded Middlebury faced Brown in one C Division semifinal, while Williams and Virginia squared off in the other.
When Middlebury and Brown met in late January, the Panthers posted a 7-2 victory. Thanks to a 6-3 win today, Middlebury will have a shot at winning a sixth Summers Cup tomorrow.
Williams and Virginia had not faced each other this season before this afternoon. Both teams made it to the Summers Cup semifinals last year, but Williams advanced on their side of the draw while Virginia didn’t make it out of the second round. Today’s result was the opposite: Virginia drew on the strength of their deep ladder to sweep the bottom five matches, advancing to the finals with a 5-4 upset victory.
Middlebury and Virginia will play for the Summers Cup tomorrow at 9am at Harvard.
D Division (Conroy Cup): Coming into today’s semifinal, Tufts and Hobart had already outperformed their 2016 National Team Championship performances. The Jumbos are playing up a division this year, having won the 2016 Chaffee Cup, and yesterday top-seeded Hobart bettered last year’s Conroy Cup trip with their first round win over Conn College. Hobart will have a chance to go all the way this year, as the Statesmen held Tufts off 5-4 to advance to the finals.
Bowdoin and Wesleyan’s semifinal contest was the two teams’ third match-up of the season. Bowdoin won 5-4 in early January, but at the NESCAC championships less than a month later, Wesleyan swept the Polar Bears. In today’s match, Bowdoin kept the match much closer, but Wesleyan held on to win 5-4.
Hobart and Wesleyan will play for the Conroy Cup tomorrow at 9 am at Harvard.
In the consolation semifinals, Hamilton defeated Conn College, and Stanford defeated Stanford.
E Division: (Chaffee Cup): The Chaffee Cup semifinals are scheduled for this afternoon.
F Division (Serues Cup): The Serues Cup semifinals are scheduled for this evening.
G Division (Hawthorn Cup): The Hawthorn Cup semifinals are scheduled for this afternoon.
H Division: This year’s H Division is being played as two three-team round robins, with the top teams from each pool competing in tomorrow’s final. Siena, Notre Dame, and North Carolina are competing in Round Robin Pool A, and Minnesota, Brandeis, and Sewanee: University of the South are competing in Round Robin Pool B. This morning, Notre Dame defeated Siena, 8-1, and Minnesota defeated Sewanee, 8-1.