Nov. 11, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale finished third in this weekend's Ivy Scrimmage held at the Brady Squash Center. The Bulldogs defeated Penn 9-0 on Sunday to finish behind Princeton and Harvard.
On Saturday, the Elis thrashed the Cornell Big Red 9-0 to reach the semifinals against Harvard.
Before the match against the Crimson, with the real Handsome Dan cheering on a 27-6 Bulldog victory over Princeton in football, head coach Dave Talbott trotted out a look-alike onto the Nicholas F. Brady '52 Exhibition Court to kick off yet another showdown between the long-standing rivals.
"This is actually an imposter," said Talbott. "This isn't Handsome Dan. This is Gus. He sometimes gets used when Handsome Dan isn't available."
Gus, however, could not propel the Bulldogs to victory, as they fell to Harvard in the semifinals by a 5-4 score. Princeton went on to beat Harvard in the finals, 8-1.
Despite the loss to Harvard, several Elis enjoyed success over the weekend. Captain Moshe Sarfaty, Aaron Fuchs and William Hatch all won three matches. Talbott also noted that the squad wasn't exactly at full strength, as three of the Yale top 10 did not play against Harvard.
"Even without three of our top 10, that's a match we should have won," he said.
However, he managed to take away a positive from the weekend in the Penn match.
"We feel good about the Penn match, because they beat us in the regular season last year," he said.
With the preseason now out of the way, the Bulldogs will travel to Philadelphia to kick off their regular season against the Penn Quakers on Dec. 1.
Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity