November 8, 2007

Yale Kicks Off Season With Ivy Scrimmage

Nov. 8, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's squash team will kick off the 2007-2008 season this weekend with the Ivy Scrimmage, held at the Brady Squash Center.

This year's men's squash team is primed for an excellent campaign. Despite coming off their first finish outside the top three in the Ivy League since 1997, the Bulldogs return nine of their top 10 and have four strong freshmen who can all play in the top nine of a veteran line-up.

Three seniors, all three-year letter winners, will anchor the deep Yale squad. Captain Moshe Sarfaty, Max Samuel and Ho Ming Chiu will fill three of the top nine spots and bring three years of experience to the team. Sarfaty, Samuel and Chiu have all played in the top six spots for the first three years of their Yale career, and have been pushing the younger players during preseason toward the team's ultimate goal of an Ivy title.

A strong junior class with four letter winners also returns to help the team's quest for a title. Francis Johnson, Colin Campbell, William Hatch and Ethan Oetter form the core group who will all play in key spots. Johnson finished as a CSA Second Team All-American last season and is the only dual athlete on the team, as he also plays attack for Yale lacrosse.

The sophomore class is comprised of five players, led by Aaron Fuchs and Todd Ruth. These two played in the top six during their freshman year, and have shown improvement heading into their sophomore campaigns. Russell Feldman, Christopher Reid, and Sharyar Aziz will also add depth to the Yale lineup, as all three improved and gained experience last season.

Finally, the members of the freshman class comprise a solid group, all of whom figure to contribute during their first year. John Fulham, who postponed for a year, joins Christopher Plimpton, Naishadh Lalwani, and Michael Maruca to round out a quality group of first year players. In addition to these four, two others postponed for a year to play squash and will begin next fall. Ryan Dowd and Robbie Berner are taking the year off, and will begin Yale in the fall of 2008.

According to Head Coach Dave Talbott, entering his 25th year with the team, Yale's strength this year will be its depth. "Yale has had many deep teams with parity through the line-up but this group may be the deepest in years," he said. "Many of them could play at the top of the line-up or the bottom. It certainly makes for a very competitive environment and brutal challenge matches."

The men are scheduled to play at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday against Cornell, with the winner to play against the winner of Brown and Harvard at 3:45 p.m.

After the Ivy Scrimmage this weekend, Yale will officially open its season on December 1st, when the Bulldogs head to Pennsylvania to play Penn and Franklin & Marshall.

Report filed by David Sherfinski '08, Yale Sports Publicity

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