PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The No. 1 Yale men's squash teamed handed its first taste of defeat Saturday when No. 3 Princeton beat up on the Bulldogs 8-1. But the Elis weren't about to make it back-to-back defeats, and responded Sunday with an emphatic 8-1 victory over No. 10 Penn in Philadelphia.
With junior Hywel Robinson out of the lineup, Sunday's edition of the Yale squad had a very different look than the corps that faced the Tigers Saturday.
Junior Kenneth Chan dropped his match at No. 1, but Yale was perfect the rest of the way. Junior Ricky Dodd took his first game 11-5 before Princeton's Danny Greenberg equalized with an 11-5 win of his own. Dodd took the third 11-5, yet again, before grinding out a 12-10 win in the fourth to grab the match.
Senior John Roberts cruised to an easy 3-0 win at No. 3, while captain Ryan Dowd followed suit at No. 4 with a sweep of his own. Sophomore Neil Martin, and seniors Robby Berner and Sam Clayman, playing the No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7 matches, respectively, also took their matches in the minimum three games.
Freshman Joey Roberts, Yale's lone winner against Princeton Saturday, won again, this time at the No. 8 spot. Like he did Saturday, Roberts needed five to dispose of his opponent, culminating in an 11-5, fifth-game victory.
Rounding out the ladder for the Elis was sophomore Eric Caine, who was also pushed to five games before earning the win.
The Bulldogs will gear up for a Friday night trip to Hanover, N.H. to face Dartmouth before returning to the Brady Squash Center Sunday for a showdown with Harvard.
Report filed by Chelsea Janes '12, Yale Sports Publicity