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Weekly sports roundup: Men's basketball shatters Harvard's 20-game winning streak

This weekend, the men's basketball team ended a 20-game home winning streak for Harvard when they defeated the Crimson 74–67. The day before, the Bulldogs beat Dartmouth 67–54, making this weekend the first time since the 2007–08 season that the Bulldogs swept the Dartmouth-Harvard road trip. With eight conference games remaining in the season, the team is tied for first with Harvard in the Ivy standings.

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

The men's squash team completed its Ivy season this weekend, finishing second in the league—up from third place last year. The No. 3 Bulldogs (14–2, 6–1 Ivy) defeated No. 19 Brown and No. 12 Dartmouth, both with scores of 7–2, but the team fell to No. 2 Harvard 6–3

Meanwhile, the women's squash team also finished its regular season, and saw a small improvement from last year's performance. The No. 4 team is third in the Ivy League, having defeated No. 10 Brown 7–2 and No. 8 Dartmouth 9–0 last week. The Bulldogs' third loss of the season came in the game against No. 1 Harvard, which won with a score of 7–2. 

Playing at home this weekend, the men's tennis team made an impressive double victory against Georgetown and Fairfield. No. 65 Yale won 5–2 in the first match and 6–1 in the second. The Bulldogs host Old Dominion this Sunday.

After some tough competition at last weekend's double-dual meets against Harvard and Princeton, the men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated Brown this weekend, in the final dual meet before the Ivy League championships. The men's team won 175–125, while the women's team won 156–144

The men's ice hockey team had another tough week: although the Bulldogs (12–7–4, 7–6–3 ECAC) defeated Rensselaer in a 3–2 overtime victory, they went on to lose to Union 5–3. The loss led to the Bulldogs falling out of the top 16 in USCHO's Men's Division I Pairwise Ranking, which is designed to mirror the selection process for the NCAA tournament. The top 16 schools are likely contenders for at-large bids to the tournament.

When the women's basketball team faced off against Harvard this week, it just barely missed out on a first-place spot in the Ivy standings: the Crimson got away with a 58–57 victory, and Sarah Halejian ’15 scored an amazing 27 points. Earlier in the week, the Bulldogs (10–10, 4–2 Ivy) defeated Dartmouth 86–52

Yale's fencing teams ended their Ivy seasons in disappointment: the women came in seventh in the league after Ivy Championships this weekend, while the men came in sixth. Both teams will return to competition in two weeks for this year's USAG Collegiate Nationals, to be held at Penn on February 23. 

The No. 32 women's tennis team defeated Brown 4–0 and thereby earned themselves a spot in the ECAC Indoor Championship finals, but the team's championship aspirations fell short when No. 51 Columbia staged a major 4–1 upset against Yale. 

At the unscored Giegengack Invitational this weekend, the men's and women's track teams made a number of first-place finishes: seven on the women's side and eight on the men's. This weekend, the Bulldogs must keep up their momentum for the annual Harvard-Yale-Princeton meet, which will take place in Coxe Cage. 

It was a disappointing week for the women's ice hockey team, which fell to Union 3–1 on Friday and had a 2–2 overtime tie with Rensselaer on Saturday. And the team (7–13–5, 5–8–5 ECAC) is up for even bigger competition this week: it travels up to Quinnipiac, ranked eighth in the nation, on Friday.

Although it ultimately lost its meet against New Hampshire, the gymnastics team posted a season-high score of 188.700. New Hampshire scored 195.400 at the meet. Yale's only win of the day went to Morgan Traina ’15, who tied for first on the uneven parallel bars with a 9.775.

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