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Weekly Sports Roundup (2/24-3/3)

Last week was a busy one for Yale sports: as winter teams faced tight end-of-season competition as spring sports started getting under way. The men's ice hockey team twice gave Yalies cause for celebration this weekend. The No. 14/15 Bulldogs (16–10–3, 12–9–1 ECAC) took advantage of overtime to defeat Colgate 4–3 on Friday, and then returned to the ice the next day to beat Cornell 2–1, earning a bye in the first round of the ECAC Tournament. 

In other sports news this week (information from Yale Sports Publicity):

Men's Tennis

The No. 49 Bulldogs maintained their winning streak from the ECAC Division I Indoor Team Championship this weekend, defeating three different schools on Saturday and Sunday. The men's tennis team defeated Fairleigh Dickinson 6–1 on Saturday and swept both Marist and Stony Brook on Sunday. The team heads down to Wilmington, N.C. to take on Illinois State, UNC Wilmington and Old Dominion on March 13, 14 and 17, respectively.

Women's Basketball

It was a strong week for the women's basketball team (12–14, 7–5 Ivy). The Bulldogs rallied past Columbia on Friday with a final score of 66–49 and then returned to the courts on Saturday to defeat Cornell 71–64. Two games remain for the team this season: Princeton on Friday and Penn on Saturday.

Coed Sailing

The Sharpe Trophy Team Race was the second regatta for the No. 3 Bulldogs this season, and the team did not disappoint: they finished second at the event, which was hosted by Harvard and included seven other teams. The Bulldogs return to their boats this weekend to compete in the St. Mary's Team Race, hosted by St. Mary's College of Maryland, before traveling to Florida.

Women's Sailing

The women's team, meanwhile, finished second in the Charleston Women's Interconference Regatta, which was the team's first time on the water since the Atlantic Coast Championships in November. The No. 2 Bulldogs competed against eight other teams in a "shifty northwesterly of 9-17 knots," according to the official regatta report.

Women's Swimming and Diving

The Bulldogs finished fourth at this year's Ivy League Championships in Princeton. Despite the lackluster results, the team broke five Yale records on day one of the meet, and even more impressive times were yet to come: Alexandra Forrester ’13 broke her own Ivy League record with a time of 51.68 in the 100-yard butterfly—one of the fastest times in the nation, guaranteeing her a spot at the NCAA Championships later this month. The Bulldogs earned a total 1049 points, trailing behind Princeton, Harvard and Columbia, who made 1474.5 points, 1374 points and 1132 points, respectively.

Women's Lacrosse 

It looks like this spring will be a strong season for women's lacrosse. The Bulldogs (1–2, 0–1 Ivy) had their best offensive day in five years last Wednesday, when they scored 19 goals against Quinnipiac, who scored 12 points. But there's still room for improvement: they fell 10–6 to No. 12 Dartmouth later in the week.

Men's Basketball

The Bulldogs (12–17, 6–6 Ivy) saw more mixed results last week. Although they fell to Columbia 59–46 on Friday, they returned to the courts to defeat Cornell 79–70 on Saturday. Matt Townsend ’15 and Brandon Sherrod ’15 both had career nights at the game against Cornell: Townsend was 7-of-10 from the field and scored 19 points, while Sherrod scored 13 points, nine rebounds, and five blocks.

Men's Squash

After the first day of this year's College Squash Association Individual Championships, the results seemed promising for the Bulldogs (12–5, 5–2 Ivy): Sam Fenwick ’16 pulled off a major upset when he defeated Trinity's No. 1 Reinhold Hergeth in four sets. Six squash players made it to the consolation rounds at the end of the championship

Women's Squash

Millie Tomlinson ’14 made it to the semifinals of the College Squash Association Individual Championships for the third consecutive year this weekend, eventually falling to Trinity's Kanzy El Defrawy. 

Men's Track and Field

The Bulldogs pulled off a solid performance at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America Championships (the IC4As), finishing 37th with 4 points — the best place and point total Yale has recorded since 2009. Paul Chandler ’14, Michael Cunetta ’14 and Kevin Dooney ’16 each tied or set personal records at the meet.

Women's Track and Field

The Bulldogs came in tied for 54th place at the ECAC Championships this weekend. The University of Connecticut won the meet after earning 60.50 points in 20 scored events.

Women's Ice Hockey

Although the Bulldogs (5–21–3, 4–15–3 ECAC) were tied 1–1 as they entered the third period of their game against No. 7 Harvard last week, they ended up losing  3–1 to the Crimson. The loss marks the end of the season for the women's ice hockey team, who were just four points in the standings short of making it to the playoffs. 

Men's Fencing

After the Ivy League Championships were delayed for several weeks because of the blizzard in February, the men's fencing team traveled up to Harvard to compete this weekend. Though the Bulldogs went 0–4 at the end of the first day, they managed to snag a 16–11 victory over Brown the next day, earning fifth place at the meet. Harvard took the Ivy title with a clean 5–0 record.

Women's Fencing

After losing four straight matches on the first day of the Ivy League Championships, the women's team lost two more on the second day, and finished seventh in the Ivies. 

Women's Gymnastics

The Bulldogs finished fourth at the New Hampshire Invitational, scoring 190.925 points. The University of New Hampshire came in first with 194.850, followed by Towson with 194.675 points and Brown with 191.850. Up ahead for the team: three away meets during spring break, which begins this Friday.

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