March 16, 2001

Polo Heads To Easterns

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After a month-long hiatus since serious competition, the men’s and women’s polo teams return to the national scene this weekend when they compete in the Eastern Regional Championships.

Easterns began yesterday and will continue through Sunday. They are the Red’s ticket to the National Championships, which will be held at the beginning of next month on East Hill.

Both squads have been dominant heretofore this season — the men are 10-1-1 while the women come in at 14-1-2. And both also are considered serious contenders for the national championship, with the women attempting to defend their crown from last year.

Already this season, the teams have captured a pair of wins each against Virginia, considered by many to be the Red’s most formidable challenger for the national title.

Both team’s last league matches came in mid-February; the men and women both downed Yale. The women smashed the Elis by a score of 31-1; the men won 1-0 when Yale forfeited.

But since then the squads have only participated in exhibition games. Last weekend, they hosted Toronto and both came away with victories. The men also played Gardnertown to an 18-18 tie.

With an opportunity to tangle with national competition and earn a ticket to the big dance, the men and women will undoubtedly hit the ground running and assert themselves to be the front-runners for the Eastern title.

Archived article by Shiva Nagaraj