PRINCETON, N.J. - Led by top-seeded and defending national champion Harvard, there is a distinct Ivy League flavor in the draws for the CSA Women's Team Championships this coming weekend.
Princeton will serve as the primary host for this year's championships, which gets underway Friday. Along with Harvard, Penn, Yale, Princeton, Cornell and Dartmouth are all in the Howe Cup draw. In all, Ivies occupy eight of the top 10 seeds.
The Ivy League® Digital Network will have live coverage of select matches on all three days.
Top-seeded Harvard (12-0) will face eighth-seeded Dartmouth (5-7) in a quarterfinal on Friday at 12:15 pm. Fourth-seeded Yale (15-3) and fifth-seeded Princeton (9-4) will square off beginning at 2:30 pm. Also at 2:30 pm, third-seeded Penn (10-2) will take on sixth-seeded Cornell (8-5). The fourth quarterfinal in the Howe Cup has second-seeded Trinity facing seventh-seeded Stanford.
Harvard has won three of the last four national titles on the women's side. Last year, the Crimson defeated Trinity, 5-4, to win the crown. In fact, Ivies have won the last 10 national titles. Yale (2004-06, 2011), Princeton (2007-09) and Harvard (2010, 2012-13) have combined to win the 10 titles. Since the championship was established in 1973 on the women's side, Ivy League schools have 39 of the 41 championships.
In the Kurtz Cup, ninth-seeded Columbia faces No. 16 Hamilton and No. 10 Brown takes on No. 15 Williams in the quarterfinal round. Both of those matches begin at 5 pm.