NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale men's squash team will kick off its 2018 season with a home match against Drexel this Friday at the Brady Squash Center. The Bulldogs are poised to pick up right where they left off last season, when they finished 10th at the College Squash Association Team Championships. David Talbott, the Brooks G. Ragen Director of Squash at Yale, is entering his 36th season as the Elis' coach and is excited to welcome five first-years to his already well-oiled machine.
The College Squash Association has ranked this season's Yale men's squash team eighth in the country. Drexel is ranked ninth.
In the one meeting between the two teams last year, Yale won the best-of-nine match six games to three.
Drexel, headed by eight-year veteran coach John White, is coming off a 9-11 2017-2018 season. Drexel lost four seniors in the off-season, including 2017 U.S. Open participant Atticus Kelly, but has also added five first-year athletes. Drexel's Lucas Rousselet, a junior who was named second team All-American in the 2017-2018 season, might pose a challenge for the Bulldogs. In three career matches against Yale, Rousselet has yet to lose.
BULLDOGS TO KEEP AN EYE ON
Juniors Spencer Lovejoy and Yohan Pandole, sophomore Harrison Gill and senior captain Jay Losty are all coming off appearances in the College Individual Championships last season. Gill and Lovejoy both competed in the A-division, with Lovejoy winning the consolation bracket. Pandole and Losty were slotted in the B-division tournament, with Pandole advancing to the consolation finals before falling.
Gill and Lovejoy were also named first team All-Ivy for the 2017-2018 season.
The Bulldogs are additionally welcoming exciting talent in their first-year class. As a high school student, Tiber Worth, a first-year from Brooklyn, N.Y., was ranked No. 1 in the country in both the under-17 and under-19 divisions, was crowned the 2017 National Champion and played for the US World Champion team in 2017 and 2018. Not to be outdone, first-year Patrick Feeley of Greenwich, Conn., was a three-time High School National Champion, and first-year Nadav Raziel, from Hod Hasharon, Israel, was the Israeli Junior National Champion and at one point ranked No. 6 in Europe.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Yale has won its opening match every season since 2011-2012, when Harvard defeated the Bulldogs 5-4. And since the 2010-2011 season, when the Elis have won their opening match, they have won decisively by an average of seven points. During the same span of time, the Bulldogs have clashed with Drexel four times, coming out on top twice and falling short twice.
Report by Johnny Gross '21, Yale Sports Publicity