Yale Faces Cornell in Grudge Match
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This weekend the No. 4-ranked Yale men's squash team will host and compete in college squash's biggest event of the year, the College Squash Association Team Championships. Fifty-seven teams will travel to New Haven to compete in eight separate divisions. The Bulldogs enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed in the top flight, the Potter Cup, where they will face No. 5 Cornell in the first round. The other first round match-ups are as follows: No. 1 Trinity vs. No. 8 St. Lawrence, No. 3 Harvard vs. No. 6 Rochester and No. 2 Princeton vs. No. 7 Franklin & Marshall.
Yale is coming off a strong season of play, boasting 11 wins and a 5-2 record in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs began the season ranked No. 6 nationally but ranked as highly as second before settling back into the fourth position, where they spent much of the season. Seniors Kenneth Chan, Hywel Robinson (the team's captain) and Richard Dodd have established themselves at the top of the order, while freshmen Sam Fenwick and Zachary Leman have made their names known and shown promise for the future. The Bulldogs have big wins this season over then-No. 4 Cornell, then-No. 5 Rochester and then-No. 7 Franklin & Marshall. Their only losses have come against the nation's top three teams: Trinity, Princeton and Harvard.
While the Bulldogs handed the Big Red an 8-1 loss in Ithaca back in January, Cornell is not to be taken lightly. The team finished the season on a four-match winning streak and posted a 5-2 record against Ivy opponents, defeating a previously unbeaten Princeton and tying Yale for third place in the league. Add to that the fact that Cornell upset the Bulldogs in the first round of last year's CSA Team Championships, and Friday's match is sure to be a barnburner.
Should Yale advance, they will likely play the nation's top team, Trinity, on Saturday in the semifinals.
All of the Potter Cup matches will be played in the Brady Squash Center. Yale plays its first round match against Cornell at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.
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Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity