February 5, 2013

No. 4 Bulldogs to Close out Ivy Season

Seniors Look to Finish Strong 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The No. 4 Yale men's squash team will wrap up the regular season this week with matches against No. 18 Brown, No. 8 Dartmouth and No. 3 Harvard.

Yale is currently 9-2 with a 3-1 record in the Ivy League, having fallen to the nation's top two teams, Princeton and Trinity. In their most recent match on Feb. 3, the Bulldogs defeated No. 12 Penn by a score of 6-3. Seniors Kenneth Chan, Hywel Robinson (the team's captain) and Richard Dodd led the team to victory, winning their matches at Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively. 

To open the week of competition, the Bulldogs will host Brown on Wednesday. The Bears (7-7, 0-4 Ivy) began the season with wins over No. 20 Wesleyan, No. 33 MIT, No. 24 Colby and No. 25 Connecticut College but have struggled against Ivy League opponents. When Brown hosted Yale last season, the Bulldogs came away with a 9-0 victory.

Following the Brown match, Yale will start the weekend with another home match against Dartmouth. The Big Green is 6-6 on the season and 2-2 in the Ivy League, with wins over No. 12 Penn and No. 11 Columbia. 

Finally, on Sunday the team will travel to Cambridge, Mass., for a high-stakes matchup against No. 3 Harvard. The Crimson boasts the nation's top player, junior Ali Farag of Egypt, who is undefeated through 24 collegiate matches. The team is 13-1 with a 4-1 Ivy record, its only loss this season coming on Jan. 13 to reigning national champion Princeton. The match will be Yale's final opportunity to move up in the national rankings before the CSA Team Championships. 

Wednesday's match against Brown will be played at 6 p.m., while the match against Dartmouth, originally scheduled for noon, is now at 10:00 a.m. Friday. Both matches will be held in the Brady Squash Center.

Yale's match against Harvard has been rescheduled for Feb. 18.

Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity