Last weekend, men’s squash (14-15) finished its season playing in the CSA National Championships at Harvard. Ranked seventh in the ‘B’ division and 15th overall, the men looked to end their season strong. They made it to the consolation finals, where they lost to Bates. Last Wednesday, the men lost to Dartmouth 6-3 after beating Brown 5-4 on Feb. 11.
The men first squared off against No. 2 Western Ontario on Friday, a team they had fallen to in the first match of this season’s campaign. The results proved identical as the Ephs dropped the match 7-2. Notable wins included a 3-0 victory for Galen Squiers ’16 at No. 6 and an incredible 3-2 victory for Nick Greaves-Tunnell ’15 at No. 9.
The men were knocked down to the consolation semifinals following the loss. They faced Drexel on Saturday, another team that had defeated Williams earlier in the season. This time, however, the Ephs reversed the result and defeated the Dragons 6-3. Co-captain Taylor Foehl ’14 led the charge for the men at No. 3, downing his opponent to begin the match. Ryan Eagan ’15 also won his contest in a competitive four games. Jamie Ruggiero ’17 and Varun Sharma ’16 were both victorious in marathon five-game matches at No. 2 and No. 8, respectively, pushing the men closer to redemption. Chris Wilkinson ’15 and Squiers also garnered victories to seal the victory for the Ephs and propel them to the consolation final.
In the consolation final on Sunday, the men fittingly met a Bates squad that they have battled all season long. After nine grueling matches, Bates came out on top to win the ‘B’ consolation final. With the loss, the Ephs took 14th nationally on the season, improving from their initial ranking of 15th.
“Nationals was a strong weekend for us to finish on. We played Western Ontario tight on Friday and then had a great win against Drexel on Saturday,” Foehl said.
Last Wednesday, the men dropped a well-fought match 6-3 to Dartmouth. Foehl led the team with an impressive win at No. 3 and Kevin Chen ’15 took his match in three games at No. 1. On Feb. 11, the men battled in a nail-biting
5-4 victory over Brown, which saw Chen win in five games at No. 1, securing the win for Williams.
As their season comes to a close, the Ephs graduate Foehl and co-captain Andrew Maruca ’14.