For the men’s squash team, the road to the Ivy League championship begins in Princeton, N.J.

If Yale hopes to capture its first outright Ancient Eight title since 1990, the Bulldogs will have to take down archrival Princeton. The Tigers, ranked No. 2 in the nation, won the league last year and are continuing their strong play in 2008. Princeton took No. 1 Trinity to the brink, losing 6-3 in a closely fought match. The Bantams, who boast the country’s longest collegiate winning streak at 176 games, were able to overcome a 2-0 deficit at the No. 6 spot and were pushed to four games at No. 7.

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In comparison, the Bulldogs fell to Trinity 8-1 as the team combined to win a total of five games. Although the Elis put up a strong fight at a number of spots, the Bantams seemed to get almost every key point as they won six games by two points or less.

Fortunately for the Bulldogs, the Tigers will have less than three days to recover from the match against Trinity before having to defend their home courts against Yale. With five Tigers playing at least four games against the Bantams, the Elis should have a considerable advantage in endurance and stamina.