January 24, 2012

Bulldogs Dominate in Providence

Coming off two 5-4 victories in its last three matches, the No. 2 Yale men's squash team was due for an easier match. They got it Tuesday afternoon, defeating the Brown Bears 9-0 in Providence. 

The Bulldogs, who will in all likelihood become the nation's No. 1 team with the release of this week's Dunlop Men's College Squash Team Rankings after their win over Trinity last week, dominated from top to bottom, needing only two more than the minimum 27 games to grab the victory. 

Junior Kenneth Chan took an easy win at the top spot, 13-11, 11-5, and 11-2. Classmate Hywel Robinson was pushed a bit more at No. 2, dropping his first game 9-11 before running off three straight wins: 11-6, 11-4, and 11-1. Junior Ricky Dodd swept his match at No. 3, and this week's Harrow College Squash Player of the Week John Roberts did the same at No. 4. 

The Elis experienced similar success in the lower half of the ladder. Captain Ryan Dowd took his No. 5 spot match 11-6, 11-6, 11-9, and underclassmen held it down the rest of the way. At No. 6, sophomore Neil Martin won handily, 11-7, 11-9, 11-3, and while his classmate Charlie Wyatt needed four games to grab a win at the No. 7 position, freshman Joseph Roberts and sophomore Eric Caine had no trouble, sweeping at the No. 8 and 9 spots, respectively. 

The win sends the Bulldogs into this weekend's match with Navy at a perfect 10-0 with five regular-season matches to go before the CSA Team Championships Feb. 17-19. 

Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity. 

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