Pictured: Alexander Ma earned a 3-1 victory at the No. 9
Photo courtesy: Gil Talbot Photography
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- THe fifth-ranked Harvard men's squash team topped sixth-ranked Cornell, 6-3, Saturday afternoon at the Barnaby Courts in the home opener. The Crimson improves to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in the Ivy League with the win while the Big Red falls to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
Harvard jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after J. Reed Enderson quickly handled his opponent, Charlie Wagner, 3-0, at the No. 4 position. Cornell knotted the score as senior co-captain Frank Cohen lost in three games in the sixth spot to Rishi Jalan. William Ahmed lost a five-game battle at the eighth position against Amar Gupta and Richard Hill won a timely four-game match at the two slot against Thomas Spettigue to keep the score tied at two matches apiece.
Freshman Zeke Scherl fell to William Hartigan at the No. 3 spot, 3-1, as the Big Red grabbed a 3-2 lead. Alexander Ma dropped his first game at the No. 9 position to Owen Butler, but rebounded to win the next three games to tie the team score at 3-3. Senior co-captain Colin West notched a 3-0 victory over Alex Domenick at the No. 1 spot to give the home team a 4-3 margin. At the fifth position, rookie Jason Michas lost the first two games of his match against Arjun Gupta, but grabbed wins in the last three games, 11-6, 11-3, 11-9, to take the match and sealed the win for the Crimson. After Michas earned his comeback victory, Alex Lavoie gave Harvard the 6-3 margin by winning in five games against W. McKay Claghorn at the No. 7.
The Crimson returns to action Jan. 23, as it welcomes Rochester
to the Barnaby Courts.
No. 5 Harvard 6, No. 6 Cornell 3
No. 1 Colin West (H) def. Alex Domenick (C) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-0
No. 2 Richard Hill (H) def. Thomas Spettigue (C) 3-1: 10-12, 11-9, 11-3, 11-6
No. 3 William Hartigan (C) def. Zeke Scherl (H) 3-1: 11-1, 6-11, 11-2, 12-10
No. 4 J. Reed Endresen (H) def. Charlie Wagner (C) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-6
No. 5 Jasn Michas (H) def. Arjun Gupta (C) 3-2: 7-11, 12-14, 11-6, 11-3, 11-9
No. 6 Rishi Jalan (C) def. Franklin Cohen (H) 3-0: 11-1, 12-10, 11-7
No. 7 Alex Lavoie (H) def. W. McKay Claghorn (C) 3-2: 12-10, 5-11, 12-10, 5-11, 11-8
No. 8 Amar Gupta (C) def. William Ahmed (H) 3-2: 12-10, 15-17, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5
No. 9 Alexander Ma (H) def. Owen Butler (C) 3-1: 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6
No. 10 Charles Gertler (H) def. Pat Brady (C) 3-0: 11-4, 11-5, 11-8