NESCAC Men's Squash Championship Preview

The 2019 NESCAC Men's Squash Championship is set for February 1-3 at Middlebury College.
The 2019 NESCAC Men's Squash Championship is set for February 1-3 at Middlebury College.

HADLEY, Mass. – Trinity, which has won all 12 NESCAC Men’s Squash titles, is the top seed for the 2019 NESCAC Men’s Squash Championship for the 13th straight year. The tournament will be played on the campus of Middlebury College, which is hosting the event for the first time. Matches at the Bostwick Family Squash Center begin on Friday, February 1 at 6 p.m. and the championship match is set for 12 p.m. on Sunday, February 3. For the first time since 2007, the men’s and women’s squash championships will be split into two weekends at two different sites.

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The Bantams enter the 2019 championship as the top seed and boast an 11-1 record. Trinity’s lone loss was a 6-3 setback at Rochester on January 15. The Bantams will meet the winner of the first-round match between No. 8 Colby and No. 9 Connecticut College.

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 2019 NESCAC Men's Squash Championship
 Hosted by Middlebury

Friday, February 1 - at Middlebury

First Round Matches

Saturday, February 2 - at Middlebury

Quarterfinal Matches
Semifinal Matches
Consolation Matches

Sunday, February 3 - at Middlebury

Final
Consolation Matches

The Bantams are 3-0 versus Colby in the tournament and last met the Mules in the 2014 quarterfinals. Trinity has faced Connecticut College once in NESCAC Championship action and won the lone meeting in the 2007 quarterfinals.

Colby, which finished fifth in 2018, is the eighth seed for the first time since 2014. The Mules stand at 3-10 under first-year head coach Chris Abplanalp. Colby earned a 9-0 win over Connecticut College in the fourth match of the season on December 2, and is 2-3 against the Camels in the NESCAC Championship. The teams last met in a consolation round robin match in 2013, where the Camels won 6-3. Connecticut College owns a 4-7 record and enters the tournament coming off a 7-2 win over Northeastern on January 26. The Camels are the No. 9 seed for the first time since 2008.

Host Middlebury enters the tournament with a 10-4 record and is the No. 2 seed for the second time in four years and received a first-round bye for the 10th straight year. The Panthers finished third last season and will face the winner of the first-round match between No. 7 Tufts and No. 10 Wesleyan. Middlebury and Tufts have never played each other in the NESCAC Championship, while the Panthers are 4-0 against the Cardinals and last met in the 2015 quarterfinals. Middlebury defeated Tufts, 8-1, and Wesleyan, 9-0, on December 1 and December 8, respectively, during the regular season.

Tufts is the No. 7 seed for the first time since 2010 and enters the tournament with a 5-8 mark. The Jumbos have won three of their last four matches, including an 8-1 victory over Hobart on January 26. Tufts defeated Wesleyan, 8-1, in the season opener on November 17 and is 4-4 against the Cardinals in the NESCAC Championship. The two teams met in last year’s consolation round robin with the Jumbos posting an 8-1 win. Wesleyan is 2-11 on the year and is the No. 10 seed for the first time in championship history.

Williams, the fourth-place finisher in 2018, stands at 10-9 this season and is the No. 3 seed for the third straight season. A nine-time NESCAC Runner-Up, the Ephs will take on the winner of the first-round match between No. 6 Bowdoin and No. 11 Hamilton. In the 2014 quarterfinals against Bowdoin, the only meeting between the two teams in the NESCAC Championship, Williams posted a 7-2 victory. This season, Williams defeated Bowdoin, 9-0, on January 11. The Ephs are 2-0 against the Continentals all-time in the NESCAC Championship and last faced Hamilton in the 2009 quarterfinals. Williams came away with a 9-0 victory over Hamilton on the opening weekend of the 2018-19 season.

Bowdoin is the No. 6 seed for the first time since 2014 and carries a 4-6 record into the tournament. The Continentals are 2-8 and the No. 11 seed for the first time since 2007. The two teams did not play each other during the regular season but did meet in the seventh-place match at last year’s NESCAC Championship, with the Polar Bears prevailing, 9-0, to improve to 5-0 all-time against Hamilton in the tournament.

Amherst and Bates round out the tournament field and will meet in a quarterfinal match. Bates is the No. 4 seed for the first time since 2015, while the Mammoths are the No. 5 seed for the second consecutive season. Bates, which enters the tournament with an 8-6 record, has been the NESCAC Runner-Up three straight years. Amherst is 5-7 overall and suffered a 7-2 loss to the Bobcats on January 27. Bates is 4-0 against the Mammoths in the NESCAC Championship, most recently earning a 9-0 victory in the 2014 quarterfinals.

Results for the NESCAC Men’s Squash Championship will be available at the end of each day at NESCAC.com. Follow the NESCAC on Twitter (@NESCAC) and Instagram (@nescacathletics) for up-to-date scores and results throughout the tournament.