No. 3 Men’s Squash to Close Ivy Season with Title Hopes Alive

Neil Martin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Neil Martin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After big wins at No. 7 Princeton and No. 10 Penn last weekend, the No. 3-ranked men's squash team will close out its season with an Ivy League title on the line. The Bulldogs are 12-1 (4-0 Ivy), their only loss coming on Jan. 22 against No. 1 Trinity.

Yale's success this season has been driven by strong play at the bottom and middle of the lineup. Freshmen Kah Wah Cheong, Thomas Dembinski and Liam McClintock have made an immediate impact on the team, all three going undefeated in Ivy League play. Clutch performances from sophomore Zachary Leman and senior captain Eric Caine, who had clinching victories against No. 4 St. Lawrence and No. 7 Princeton, have been a boon to the Bulldogs in tight matches.

Yale will start the week Tuesday at No. 19 Brown, the Ivy League's lowest-ranked team. From there, the Bulldogs will return home for a Friday night matchup against No. 2 Harvard. Yale's clash with the undefeated Crimson could very well decide the Ivy League title. While Harvard earned a 6-3 win over the Bulldogs at the Ivy Scrimmages in November, Caine and McClintock were notably absent from the lineup on that day.

Finally, Yale will cap off the season with a Sunday road trip to No. 11 Dartmouth. The Big Green are 0-5 in Ivy play and 2-8 overall but have had few easy matches. 

The action begins Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Brown. Yale's rivalry match against Harvard is slated for 6:00 p.m. in the Brady Squash Center, while the Dartmouth match will take place at 12:00 p.m. 

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity