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No. 7 Yale Opens 2019 with No. 26 Amherst, No. 24 Tufts

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Lovejoy back in lineup

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale Men's Squash Team opens play in the new year with a double-header match at the Brady Squash Center Monday. The first match is against No. 26 Amherst at noon, followed by a 4 p.m. contest with No. 24 Tufts.

The Bulldogs have surrendered just two total games and already moved up one spot in the national rankings to No. 7. Should the Elis secure wins against the Mammoths and the Jumbos, they would start the season 4-0 for the second straight year. 

SCOUTING THE MAMMOTHS 

The Mammoths are 1-1 this season, with a 9-0 win over No. 39 Northeastern and an 0-9 loss to No. 12 Western Ontario. Amherst's team is young and strong, having lost only one senior during the offseason. This season its team is made up of four seniors, three juniors, five sophomores, and five new first-years.

SCOUTING THE JUMBOS

The Jumbos already have seven matches under their belts but have won only two of them. They notched victories over No. 31 Wesleyan and over No. 25 Colby, before dropping five straight to formidable opponents: No. 2 Harvard, No. 20 Middlebury, No. 21 Williams, No. 22 MIT and No. 23 Bowdoin. Tufts' team has a good mix of young and veteran talent. They welcomed five first-years, but also have a solid veteran presence.

BULLDOGS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

It's hard to single out any specific Bulldogs, but keep an eye on No. 1 seed Spencer Lovejoy, who missed the last match competing for the US National Team in the Florida Open. Lovejoy made it to the Quarter-finals in the tournament. He is off to a dominant start and is looking to secure his second and third wins of the season. Another match that should be exciting is Yale's No. 5 Tyler Carney vs. Amherst's No. 5 Charlie Sutherby. According to the College Squash Association website, Carney and Sutherby have nearly identical ratings, which should make for a tight match.

To watch both matches online, click here.

 

Report by Johnny Gross '21, Yale Sports Publicity