No. 3 Men's Squash Sees Title Defense Fall Short After 5-4 Loss to No. 2 St. Lawrence

No. 3 Men's Squash Sees Title Defense Fall Short After 5-4 Loss to No. 2 St. Lawrence

The middle of Harvard's line up was strong once again in close loss to the Saint's. (Zack Williamson)

HARTFORD, Conn. - No. 3 Harvard men's squash faced off against No. 2 St. Lawrence, Saturday afternoon, in a CSA Men's Team Championship semifinal match. The Crimson fought hard, but eventually fell to the Saints, 5-4.

Sophmore Devin McLaughlin made quick work of his opponent at the No. 6 position winning 3-1 and putting Harvard ahead 1-0. The rest of Harvard's third flight struggled, with Seif Eleinen falling 3-1 at the No. 9 position and Bradley Smith faltering by the same score at the No. 3 position, giving St. Lawrence a 2-1 lead.

The Crimson's second flight suffered similar results going 1-2, pushing the Saints lead to 4-2. At the No. 2 position, Dylan Murray was defeated 3-1. Junior Matt Roberts put up a strong fight at the No. 8 position. After losing the first game, Roberts bounced back, taking the next two for a 2-1 lead. Momentum was not enough for Roberts as he eventually lost 3-2. Bryan Koh struck back for the Crimson, after tallying a gritty 3-2 victory at the No. 5 position, cutting St. Lawrence's advantage to 4-3.

Freshman Madhav Dhingra faced off with the Saint's Amr Khaled Khalifa at the No. 1 position with a spot in the Potter Cup final on the line. Dhingra was strong out of the gate taking the first game 11-9. He would go on to drop the next three to Khalifa though, securing St. Lawrence's victory.
With the match in hand, the Crimson took the final two matches to bring the final score to 5-4. At the No. 4 position, David Ryan earned the only sweep of the night winning 3-0. Senior Tyler Olson closed the night with a Crimson win after fighting off the Saint's Duncan Maxwell at the No. 7 position, 3-2.

Harvard will take on No. 4 Columbia, Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1:30 p.m. in the 2015 CSA Men's Team Championship third-place game.

Complete Results

Harvard 4, St. Lawrence 5

1. Khalifa def. Dhingra - (3-1)
2. Zayas def. Murray - (3-1)
3. Bayoumy def. Smith - (3-1)
4. Ryan def. Khan - (3-0)
5. Koh def. Good - (3-2)
6. McLaughlin def. Elrayes - (3-1)
7. Olson def. Maxwell - (3-2)
8. Munro def. Roberts - (3-2)
9. Riedelsheimer def. Eleinen - (3-1)

Order of Finish: 6, 9, 3, 2, 8, 5, 1, 4, 7