Men's squash 18th in nation
The Colby men’s squash team traveled to Princeton, N.J. this past weekend and competed in the College Squash Association Team Championship.
The Mules had a big 7-2 win against Amherst College in the opening round on Friday. Colby, ranked 23rd nationally and seventh in the Summers Cup, a tournament for teams ranked 17th to 24th in the country. First position Harry Smith ’12 had an impressive 3-0 victory (11-9, 11-6, 11-7) over Amherst’s Scott Desantis. William Sullivan ’13 went four games to win his 21st match of the season playing at the second position. Helping the Mules to win important 3-2 matches were fifth position player Will Hochman ’14 and eighth position player John Eder ’15. Hochman took a 13-11 win in the fifth game, while Eder came back from a 2-1 game deficit in his match. Pete Gabranski ’13 had a decisive 3-0 win at the sixth spot for the Mules, and Stephen Carroll ’14 and Ben York ’15 both had 3-1 wins in their matches. York won a key 15-13 opening game as well.
The next day, the Mules continued on their winning streak in semifinals of the College Squash Association’s Summers Cup with a huge 5-4 victory over Hamilton College, ranked 22nd in the nation. Hochman had the deciding match, coming up with a very exciting win at fifth position against Edward Black of Hamilton. Hochman won the first two games by 11-7 and 11-8 scores, but 10 lost back-to-back games by 11-4 scores, but came up with a big 20-18 win in the fifth game. Smith had another 3-0 victory over Hamilton’s Cooper Veysey (11-8,11-9,11-4), as did Carroll, who went 3-0 against Ronald German (11-9,11-2,12-10). Eder also went 3-0 against Ted Nehrbras (11-5, 11-4, 11-3), and York went 3-1 against Walker Lourie (11-8, 11-7, 6-11, 13-11).
The Mules finished as the 18th-ranked team in the country after falling in a tough 5-4 match to George Washington University in the title match of the College Squash Association’s Summers Cup on Sunday at Princeton University. George Washington captured the first position matches and also won at six to earn the title, but the Mules fought hard and Hochman, Carroll, Eder and York all came up with wins. Hochman finished a 3-0 weekend in a 3-2 win at the fifth position, while Carroll, Eder and York all finished with 3-0 weekends as well. Smith, Colby’s three-time All-New England Small College Athletic Conference honoree, went 2-1 over the weekend and moved his season record to 18-14.