Bulldogs Look to Repeat Historic Upset
NEW HAVEN, Conn. —The No. 3-ranked Yale men's squash team has a big week on its plate: the Bulldogs will face the nation's top team, Trinity, Wednesday, before taking on No. 4 St. Lawrence on Friday and then rounding out the week Saturday with matches against No. 9 Western Ontario and No. 14 Navy. All four matches will be played at home in the Brady Squash Center.
The Bulldogs are off to a strong start this season, netting a perfect 7-0 record in their matches so far. Freshmen Thomas Dembinski, Kah Wah Cheong and Liam McClintock have been unbeatable in the Nos. 4-6 positions, and the Bulldogs have shown great depth with consistent points coming from the bottom of the ladder. An upset against Trinity and a clean sweep through the rest of the week would surely place Yale atop of the national standings.
While the Bulldogs faltered in a similar situation last season against a then-No. 2-ranked Trinity team, college squash fans will not soon forget the hospitality the Bantams received in New Haven in 2012. On that day two years ago, the Bulldogs handed the Bantams a devastating 5-4 upset that broke the 13-time defending national champions' 252-match win streak and sent a shock through college squash. Two players from that day's lineup, seniors Neil Martin and Charlie Wyatt, are still on the Yale roster. Up against a Trinity team that looks well on its way to competing for another national championship, the Bulldogs have a chance to make history yet again.
Even after the matchup with the Bantams on Tuesday, the rest of the week will be far from a cakewalk. St. Lawrence, also undefeated with eight wins to its name, boasts the nation's top player, the Egyptian sophomore Amr Khalifa. The Mustangs of Western Ontario, though they have losses against No. 2 Harvard and No. 8 Cornell, are 12-2 with a 9-0 win over No. 17 Brown. Finally, Navy is 10-3 but is coming off a 9-0 win over No. 20 George Washington. The Midshipmen will face No. 19 Middlebury and No. 13 Bates before taking on the Bulldogs Saturday.
This week's action begins Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. with the big matchup against Trinity. Yale will then play St. Lawrence at 6:00 p.m. on Friday before back-to-back matches the next day against Western Ontario at 11:30 a.m. and Navy at 4:30 p.m.
Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity