No. 3 Men’s Squash Advances to CSA Team Championship Semifinals

Eric Caine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Eric Caine. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs to Face No. 2 Trinity

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. —Friday the No. 3-ranked Yale men's squash team took down No. 6 Rochester by a score of 5-4 in the first round of the CSA Team Championships. With the win, the Bulldogs advance to the tournament semifinals, where they will face No. 2 Trinity. 

Much like Yale's last meeting with Rochester in January, the Bulldogs ceded the top three slots but sealed the win with strong play at the bottom of the ladder. Freshman Thomas Dembinski, who has gone undefeated this season, earned an impressive 3-0 result over William Mohr at No. 4. The day's closest matches came at the Nos. 5 and 6 positions, where freshmen Kah Wah Cheong and Liam McClintock each battled to five games. Cheong saw his hopes of a win disappear with a 13-11 decision in the fifth game, while McClintock closed out his fifth game 11-9. 

Rounding out the ladder for the Bulldogs were senior captain Eric Caine, junior Joseph Roberts and sophomore Pehlaaj Bajwa, who all won their matches in three games. 

Elsewhere in the tournament, Trinity defeated No. 7 Cornell 6-3 to advance to the semifinals. On the other end of the bracket, No. 1 Harvard and No. 5 Franklin and Marshall survived the first day of play.

Yale's match against Trinity will be played Saturday at 12:00 p.m. 

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity