No. 3 Bulldogs’ Run Ends at CSA Semifinals

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

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. —Saturday the No. 3-ranked Yale men's squash team (15-3, 6-1 Ivy) saw their national championship hopes die with an 8-1 loss to No. 2 Trinity. The Bulldogs will compete in the tournament's third-place match Sunday. 

Yale had reached the semifinals of the CSA Team Championships after defeating No. 6 Rochester Friday by a score of 6-3. While the Bulldogs' meetings with the Bantams are always exciting, the result Saturday was much more lopsided than their last matchup, a 5-4 barnburner in New Haven .  

Trinity took control of the match from the get-go Saturday, sweeping sophomore Zachary Leman, freshman Liam McClintock and sophomore Pehlaaj Bajwa at Nos. 3, 6 and 9, respectively, in the first wave. Leman's match, a 3-1 loss to Vrishab Kotian, was particularly close, with the second and fourth games going to Vrishab by scores of 15-13 and 14-12, respectively.  

Yale got its sole win of the day in the No. 5 position, where freshman Kah Wah Cheong defeated Elroy Leong 3-1. Senior Neil Martin also had a close match at No. 1, winning the first game 11-9 but letting the next three go to his opponent, Miled Zarazua.  

At the other end of the tournament bracket, No. 1 Harvard defeated No. 5 Franklin and Marshall 9-0 to advance to the finals. The Bulldogs will face Franklin and Marshall Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in the third-place match. 


Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity