CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Franklin & Marshall opens play in the Hoehn Cup (B Division) at the 2017 Collegiate Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships, hosted by Harvard this weekend. The Diplomats, who are ranked at No. 16, will square off against the bracket's top seed in No. 9 Dartmouth on Friday at 12:30 p.m.
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A Look at the Bracket
Friday's matchup with No. 9 Dartmouth marks the second occasion of the season these two teams will clash. On Dec. 4, the Big Green rolled to an 8-1 win at home against F&M, with the Diplomats' Shames Abbas (No. 3) registering F&M's lone victory, a 3-0 sweep of Nick Harrington.
The winner advances to face either No. 12 Western Ontario or No. 13 George Washington on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. The Championship match of the eight-team bracket is slated for an 11:30 a.m. start on Sunday.
Hoehn Cup History
F&M returns to the Hoehn Cup, an annual matchup of the nation's No. 9-16 teams, for the second year in a row after a five-year run in the Potter Cup (A Division). Last season, the Diplomats went 2-1 as the tournament's No. 12 seed, taking down No. 14 Navy by a 6-3 score in the Consolation Final.
The Hoehn Cup, which is named in honor of former Dartmouth head coach Edward "Red" Hoehn, dates back to 1989. F&M won twice in its history, earning back-to-back titles in 1995 and 1996.
A Look at F&M
The Diplomats garnered the final seed in the Hoehn Cup bracket after producing a 7-11 regular-season record. F&M fell in its last match on Sunday after being narrowly edged by Navy, the No. 11 seed in the tournament, who downed the Diplomats by a 5-4 score in Annapolis, Md.
Cole Osborne leads the F&M charge with an 8-9 record at the No. 1 spot in the order, followed by Silvio Soom (No. 2) with a 7-10 mark and Shams Abbas (No. 3) with a 5-10 record. Jackson McCord paces the Diplomats in wins with a 9-9 overall record, competing between the No. 5-7 positions on the ladder.