MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Top-seeded Trinity and No. 3 Williams will square off for the 2019 NESCAC Men's Squash Championship title at Middlebury College's Bostwick Family Squash Center on Sunday at 12 p.m.
For the fifth year in a row, the top four seeds advanced through to the semifinals of the NESCAC Men's Squash Championship. The top-seeded Bantams dropped one game on the way to a 9-0 victory against No. 8 Colby in the quarterfinals. No. 2 Middlebury swept No. 7 Tufts, 9-0, to advance to the semifinals for the ninth consecutive season and No. 3 Williams dispatched No. 6 Bowdoin, 8-1, to extend its streak of semifinal appearances to 13 straight. No. 4 Bates topped No. 5 Amherst, 6-3, to round out the semifinalists. The Bobcats swept positions 5 through 9 in the victory to advance to the semifinals for the 13th time in a row.
In the semifinal round, the Bantams defeated Bates, 8-1, to improve to 6-0 against the Bobcats in NESCAC Championship matches. Omar Attia earned the lone Bates point with a win at the No. 3 position. The second semifinal match was a marathon battle between Williams and Middlebury with the Ephs rallying from a 4-1 deficit to beat the Panthers, 5-4. Junior Will Means pulled out a 3-2 win at the No. 4 position for the deciding point for the Ephs. Williams advanced to the championship match for the first time since 2015.
In the round-robin consolation matches, No. 10 Wesleyan finished in ninth place behind wins over No. 9 Connecticut College, 5-4, and No. 11 Hamilton, 8-1. Connecticut College finished in 10th place after a 7-2 victory over Hamilton.
After falling to Bates in the quarterfinal round, Amherst bounced back with a 5-4 victory over Colby. The Mules captured wins at the top three spots on the ladder, but the Mammoths won at positions 4 through 8 to secure the win. In the final consolation match of the day, Bowdoin eased to an 8-1 victory over Tufts.
On Sunday, Colby and Tufts will play in the seventh-place match, while Bowdoin and Amherst meet to determine the fifth-place finisher. Both matches are set to begin at 9:30 a.m. Colby is 3-0 all-time against the Jumbos in the tournament all-time however, Tufts defeated Colby, 5-4, in the opening match of the season on November 18. Amherst owns a 7-2 record against the Polar Bears in the NESCAC Championship. The two teams did not play each other this year.
Trinity faces Williams in the championship match, while Bates will meet Middlebury in the third-place match. Both matches are scheduled to start at 12 p.m. Trinity is 10-0 against the Ephs in the tournament and defeated the Williams, 9-0, on January 27. Middlebury is 2-5 against Bates all-time in NESCAC Championship play, but defeated the Bobcats, 8-1, on January 13.
Match 4: No. 4 Bates def. No. 5 Amherst, 6-3 - Results
Match 5: No. 1 Trinity def. No. 8 Colby, 9-0 - Results
Match 6: No. 3 Williams def. No. 6 Bowdoin, 8-1 - Results
Match 7: No. 2 Middlebury def. No. 7 Tufts, 9-0 - Results
Match 8: No. 1 Trinity def. No. 4 Bates, 8-1 - Results
Match 9: No. 3 Williams def. No. 2 Middlebury, 5-4 - Results
Match A: No. 10 Wesleyan def. No. 11 Hamilton, 8-1 - Results
Match B: No. 10 Wesleyan def. No. 9 Connecticut College, 5-4 - Results
Match C: No. 9 Connecticut College def. No. 11 Hamilton, 7-2 - Results
Match D: No. 5 Amherst def. No. 8 Colby, 5-4 - Results
Match E: No. 6 Bowdoin def. No. 7 Tufts, 8-1 - Results
Sunday, February 3
Match F: No. 8 Colby vs. No. 7 Tufts - 9:30 a.m.
Match G: No. 6 Bowdoin vs. No. 5 Amherst - 9:30 a.m.
Third Place Match
Match 10: No. 4 Bates vs. No. 2 Middlebury - 12 p.m.
Match 11: No. 3 Williams vs. No. 1 Trinity - 12 p.m.