Princeton will challenge five-time defending college women’s team national champions Harvard Sunday, February 23, at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
Watch the five divisional finals at women’s team national championship Sunday on csasquash.com. The Howe Cup final will take place at 2:45pm.
A jam-packed Brady Squash Center welcomed the Howe Cup semifinalists on the second day of competition and the players did not disappoint. The marquee match-up was the meeting of longtime rivals, Princeton and Yale, who were seeded second and third, respectively. With the partisan home crowd behind them, Yale jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first wave of matches. When the second group of matches stepped on court, however, the tide changed in Princeton’s favor. The Tigers won the next three matches – and the following two after Yale senior captain Lucy Beecroft tried to the stem the tide with a win of her own – to capture the win 6-3.
Princeton earned the rematch they were looking for, as Harvard took the other semifinal against Trinity, 8-1. Trinity put up a strong fight, sending five different matches to four games, but ultimately, they could not overcome a deep and experienced Harvard squad.
The Howe Division consolation semis produced their fair share of drama as well. Both contests finished with very close 5-4 scorelines, as they did during the regular season. In the end, both Stanford and Columbia reversed their results from the regular season against Drexel and Penn, respectively, and will meet with the fifth place position on the line tomorrow.
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