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Weekly sports roundup: Men's tennis extends winning streak to six matches

During the first week of Yale College's spring break, the men's tennis team did anything but rest. The Bulldogs (7–2, 0–0 Ivy) defeated Stony Brook 6–1 on Saturday and then went on to defeat Marist 6–1 and Fairleigh Dickinson 5–1 the next day. The matches stretch the Bulldogs' winning streak to six, all hosted at Yale. Next up for the team: a spring break trip to Wilmington, North Carolina, where the Bulldogs will face UNC Wilmington, Binghamton, and Central Florida. 

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

A year after winning the national championship, the No. 20 men's ice hockey team will likely miss the NCAA tournament altogether this year. The team's hopes of entering the tournament by wining the ECAC postseason title ended this weekend, where they lost a best-of-three quarterfinal matchup. To add insult to injury, Yale fell at the hands of No. 6 Quinnipiac, whom it defeated last year to secure the national title. The Bulldogs (17–11–5, 10–8–4 ECAC) lost 6–2 and 5–3, almost certainly ending their season, as only 16 teams get bids to the NCAA tournament.

With regular season competition behind them, two athletes on the women's swimming and diving team moved on to NCAA competition last week. Danielle DeNunzio ’16 and Lilybet MacRae ’17 each represented their team at the Zone A Diving Championships: although DeNunzio finished in 37th place in the one-meter competition and did not qualify for finals, MacRae finished third in both the 1-meter dive and the 3-meter dive, securing a spot for herself at this week's NCAAs in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

With their spring season just beginning, the No. 1 women's sailing and No. 1 coed sailing teams are off to a good start. The women put forth a strong performance at the St. Mary's Women's Inter-Conference Regatta, winning by 56 points. The coed team placed second at the Graham Hall Team Race hosted by Navy this weekend, and they also placed 14th at the Vietor Trophy hosted by Salve Regina.

Last week, the No. 50 women's tennis team traveled to Arizona to take on No. 28 Arizona State and No. 64 Brigham Young. The Bulldogs (5–6, 0–0 Ivy) lost to their better-ranked Southern competitors with a score of 4–3, but they defeated BYU 6–1. This week, Yale takes on Bryant and St. John's (NY).  

At the Middleburg Bank Intercollegiate, the first meet of the spring season, the women's golf team finished the first day of competition in first place yesterday, 10 strokes clear of second place. The team shot overall rounds of 305 and 311, closing at 616 overall. Second-place Longwood finished the first day at 626 overall.

Six games in just one week: the baseball team went 5–1 in the third week of its spring season. The Bulldogs (5–5, 0–0 Ivy) completed the RussMatt Invitational n Winter Haven, Florida with a 13–5 win against Bucknell and a 5–4 loss against Bowling Green. The team then defeated Ave Maria 3–1 on Wednesday, and went 10–2, 11–1, and 15–4 against Stetson this weekend.  

It was a similarly intense week for the softball team, but the results were significantly more disappointing. The Bulldogs (3–9, 0–0 Ivy) were shut out by  Central Michigan, South Florida, Central Florida, Wisconsin–Green Bay, and Penn State. Although they also fell to Florida Atlantic 10–1 and Central Michigan 6–1, the Bulldogs defeated Butler 4–2 and Seton Hall 5–2 this weekend. 

The gymnastics team came in third at a tri-meet against George Washington and Towson, scoring 191.750. Yale's highest scorer was Camilla Opperman ’16, who took third in the floor exercise with her score of 9.825.

The season's first Ivy League game for the No. 17 men's lacrosse team ended in defeat. The Bulldogs (3–2, 0–1 Ivy) fell to No. 8 Cornell with a tight score of 11–9 this Saturday. Still, the team has something positive to look back on last week: it upset No. 15 Lehigh on Tuesday. The score was 10–2.

The women's lacrosse team, meanwhile earned their first loss of the season and ended their five-game winning streak when they fell to No. 13 Penn 11–9 this weekend. Penn has won or shared the last seven Ivy League titles.


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