No. 3 Bulldogs’ Run Ends at CSA Semifinals

Neil Martin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Neil Martin. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. —Saturday the No. 3-ranked Yale men's squash team (15-3, 6-1 Ivy) saw their national championship hopes die with an 8-1 loss to No. 2 Trinity. The Bulldogs will compete in the tournament's third-place match Sunday. 

Yale had reached the semifinals of the CSA Team Championships after defeating No. 6 Rochester Friday by a score of 6-3. While the Bulldogs' meetings with the Bantams are always exciting, the result Saturday was much more lopsided than their last matchup, a 5-4 barnburner in New Haven .  

Trinity took control of the match from the get-go Saturday, sweeping sophomore Zachary Leman, freshman Liam McClintock and sophomore Pehlaaj Bajwa at Nos. 3, 6 and 9, respectively, in the first wave. Leman's match, a 3-1 loss to Vrishab Kotian, was particularly close, with the second and fourth games going to Vrishab by scores of 15-13 and 14-12, respectively.  

Yale got its sole win of the day in the No. 5 position, where freshman Kah Wah Cheong defeated Elroy Leong 3-1. Senior Neil Martin also had a close match at No. 1, winning the first game 11-9 but letting the next three go to his opponent, Miled Zarazua.  

At the other end of the tournament bracket, No. 1 Harvard defeated No. 5 Franklin and Marshall 9-0 to advance to the finals. The Bulldogs will face Franklin and Marshall Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in the third-place match. 


Report by Joe Giammittorio '15, Yale Sports Publicity