No. 1 Bulldogs Falter Against No. 3 Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. - The No. 1 Yale men's squash team (11-1) finally met its match Saturday when it fell 8-1 to No. 3 Princeton in Princeton Saturday. The lone Bulldog victor was freshman Joey Roberts at the No. 9 spot, who won in straight games, 11-9, 11-9, 13-11.

Roberts' battle even in a sweep was indicative of the type of day it was for the Bulldogs, who saw none of its top three, juniors Hywel Robinson, Kenneth Chan and Ricky Dodd, win a game. 

Seniors John Roberts and Ryan Dowd dropped hard-fought matches at the No. 4 and No. 5 spots. Roberts pushed his match to four games, winning the second to even things at one-one after dropping the first. But his opponent Kelly Shannon took the next two games 11-5, 11-6 for the four-game win. 

Dowd took things one step further, grinding out a five-game match to the very end. The captain battled back after dropping his first game to win in the second, and did the same in the fourth game after an 11-5 loss in the third. Princeton's Samuel Kang proved too much -- though not by much -- in the decisive fifth, besting Dowd 11-9. 

Another senior, Robby Berner, also fought valiantly in a five-gamer, but like his classmate before him, came up just short. After taking the first two games against the Tigers' Dylan Ward, Berner dropped the third and fourth. Ward's momentum was just enough to carry him through the fifth, which he took 11-8. 

The Bulldogs, previously unscathed, will have to bounce back quickly as they head to Philadelphia for a Superbowl Sunday showdown with the No. 10 Quakers. 

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

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