Men's Squash Update 1
Photo courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League men’s
squash teams have completed the first semester portions of their
respective schedules, with Princeton and Yale leading the way in
the early stages of the season. The Tigers have posted a 5-0
record, including a 1-0 mark in Ivy play, while Yale is 2-0 on the
year, including one Ivy victory. Cornell and Harvard have also
checked in with two Ivy wins apiece.
On Dec. 9, the College Squash Association (CSA) released its third set of men’s College Squash Team Rankings and six of the Ivy teams cracked the top-10, led by second-ranked Yale and third-ranked Princeton. Also in the top-10 from the Ivy are fifth-ranked Cornell, sixth-ranked Harvard, seventh-ranked Harvard and 10th-ranked Penn.
Complete men’s CSA team rankings
What follows is a team-by-team look at the Ivy League squads as they reach the break and look toward returning to the courts in January.
Brown (2-3, 0-3 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Bears opened their 2010-11 season with a split at Harvard as they downed Tufts, 9-0, but fell to the Crimson, 9-0. Then the Bears split at Princeton, losing to the Tigers, 8-1, before rebounding to beat MIT, 9-0. Against the Tigers, Eamon O’Conner captured Brown’s lone win at the number eight position. Versus MIT, Brad Thompson earned a hard fought victory at the top of the lineup and Brown captured all the matches by a 3-0 margin against the Engineers. Most recently, Brown dropped a 7-2 decision to Penn, with the Bear victories coming from Adrian Leanza at the number two position and Alex Hsu in the seventh spot.
Brown’s Return to the Courts: Jan. 18, 2011 vs. Bowdoin (Providence, R.I.)
Results & Highlights: Columbia is playing as a varsity squad for the first time in 2010-11, but the Lions are not competing in the Ivy Round Robin schedule this season. Columbia opened the University’s varsity men’s squash era with a 7-2 loss at George Washington, but rebounded on the same day, Nov. 20, to record the first win in program history with a 5-4 victory over Georgetown. In the win versus the Hoyas, Graham Miao and Tony Zou, picked up 3-0 wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots to lead the Lions.
Columbia’s Return to the Courts: Jan. 14-16, 2011 at the Pioneer Valley Invitational (Amherst, Mass.)
Cornell (3-1, 2-1 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The fifth-ranked Big Red opened the year with back-to-back 5-4 road wins over Franklin & Marshall and Penn. Thomas Spettigue claimed the clinching victory at the No. 3 position versus Franklin & Marshall. Against the Quakers, Nicholas Sachvie, Alexander Domenick, Thomas Spettigue and Arjun Gupta claimed wins at one through four, respectively, and Rishi Jalan claimed a win at the No. 6 position to secure the win. Cornell then fell at third-ranked Princeton before upsetting then fifth-ranked Harvard, 7-2 (Cornell was ranked sixth at the time). Cornell claimed wins in each of the first three spots en route to claiming the win over the Crimson, led by Sachvie’s win at No. 1.
Cornell’s Return to the Courts: Jan. 15, 2011 vs. Yale (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Dartmouth (3-1, 0-1 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The Big Green opened the 2010-11 season by winning its first three matches over Navy, Bowdoin and Hamilton – all by the score of 9-0. But seventh-ranked Dartmouth then fell at sixth-ranked Harvard, 7-2, to close out its 2010 schedule. Playing at the No. 4 and 5 positions, Michael Lewis has posted a 4-0 record for the Big Green, while Nicholas Sisodia has gone 3-0 at the No. 2 spot.
Dartmouth’s Return to the Courts: Jan. 8, 2011 vs. Yale (New Haven, Conn.)
Harvard (3-2, 2-1 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The sixth-ranked Crimson opened the 2010-11 season with wins over Brown, 9-0, Williams, 8-1, and seventh-ranked Dartmouth, 7-2, before dropping its final two matches of the semester at fifth-ranked Cornell, 7-2, and at fourth-ranked Rochester, 9-0. In the wins over Brown, Williams and Dartmouth Gary Power earned wins at the No. 1 position for the Crimson.
Harvard’s Return To The Courts: Jan. 26, 2011 vs. Trinity (Cambridge, Mass.)
Penn (3-3, 1-2 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The 10th-ranked Quakers opened the 2010-11 season with a narrow 5-4 loss at the hands of fifth-ranked Cornell in one of the first semester’s closest Ivy League matches. The Quakers got four-game victories from Trevor McGuinness (#5), Porter Drake (# 7) and William Browne (#8) in the loss to the Big Red. The Quakers then fell at Franklin & Marshall, 8-1, and at Yale, 9-0, before earning their first win of the season over Bates, 9-0. Penn evened its record to head to the break on a three-game winning streak by defeating Brown, 7-2, and Navy, 9-0.
Penn’s Return To The Courts: Jan. 15, 2011 vs. Williams (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Princeton (5-0, 2-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The third-ranked Tigers have jumped out to a 5-0 mark to start the 2010-11 season, including a 2-0 mark against Ivy League teams. Princeton opened the season with a 8-1 win over Franklin & Marshall and followed with a 6-3 win over fifth-ranked Cornell. In the Cornell match, Peter Sopher and Clay Blackiston won 3-0 matches and Todd Harrity, the top-ranked player in college squash, overcame an opening-game loss to defeat Nicholas Sachvie in four games, while Ash Egan, making his Ivy League debut, clinched the team win with a 3-0 victory at the No. 9 spot. Princeton then closed out its 2010 slate with road wins over Brown, 8-1, Williams, 9-0, and Middlebury, 9-0.
Princeton’s Return To The Courts: Jan. 26, 2011 vs. Penn (Princeton, N.J.)
Yale (2-0, 1-0 Ivy League)
Results & Highlights: The second-ranked Bulldogs have played two matches thus far, downing Ivy foe Penn and Bates by identical scores of 9-0. Led by sophomore Hywel Robinson in the top spot, Yale lost only two games in the win over Penn and did not drop a game against Bates.
Yale’s Return To The Courts: Jan. 7, 2011 at Amherst (Amherst, Mass.) and Williams (Williamstown, Mass.)