Bulldogs Look to Make Early Statement
NEW HAVEN, Conn. —After finishing fourth in the country last season, the Yale men's squash team is back in action this weekend as it hosts the annual Ivy Scrimmages in the Brady Squash Center. All eight Ivy League schools will compete in the two-day tournament that features some of the strongest squash programs in the country.
The tournament will provide an early opportunity for Yale to display its talent and see how it measures up against league opponents. Along with returning stars like senior captain Eric Caine and sophomore Sam Fenwick, Yale's roster features four new players, including a New Haven local, freshman Thomas Dembinski, and a walk-on, freshman Derek Lo. Dembinski, who has been attending the Ivy Scrimmages as a spectator for more than 10 years, says "to finally be playing in them is a dream come true."
Joining Dembinski and Lo in making their first appearances for the Bulldogs this weekend are freshmen Kaw Wah Cheong and Liam McClintock. McClintock, who attended Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Mass., is enthusiastic about Yale's preseason preparation and its chances for the season, commenting, "Yale is coming in hot to the Scrimmages, with all players in peak physical condition."
The Ivy Scrimmages have historically served as a good indicator of where each team stands in the league. Yale has faced Harvard in the championship match of the tournament the past three seasons, falling short in 2011 and 2012 but claiming the title in 2010, the same season in which the Bulldogs won their last Ivy League Championship.
Yale kicks off the tournament Saturday at 10:00 a.m. against Columbia.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity