Ephs Finish Season As #21 Ranked Team Nationally

Jamie Havran '18
Jamie Havran '18

HARTFORD, CT - At the 2018 men's squash college nationals held at Trinity College as well as a couple other neighboring high schools and universities, the Ephs fought their way to a #21 ranked finish.

The Ephs competed in the third division of the tournament, which meant they were playing for the #17-24 postions nationally.

The Ephs opened their nationals campaign with a nailbiting loss to Middlebury in a match that for the whole day felt like it could have one either way. After the first two rounds of play, the match was deadlocked at 3-3, with highlights including a strong four game win from senior co-captain Jamie Havran (#9), a really solid 3-0 win from junior John Fitzgerald (#2), and a sensational marathon win from senior co-captain Andrew Litvin (#8), who earned the Ephs another point with a 24-22 triumph in the deciding fifth game. Unfortunately, the Ephs were unable to take any of the matches from the final wave of play, and stumbled to an eventual 6-3 loss.

After heartbreaking defeat to Middlebury on Friday, the Ephs came up against Amherst on Saturday. The Ephs got off to a great start, winning all three of the opening matches in addition to all three of the following ones. Senior co-captains Jamie Havran (#9) and Andrew Litvin (#8) continued their strong play with another pair of wins. Freshman Wyatt Khosrowshahi (#4) dropped the only point of the day in a five game loss en route to an 8-1 victory for the Ephs.

On Sunday, the Ephs took on MIT in the final match of nationals weekend. It was a slow start for the team as they went down 2-1 after the first wave of play, although senior co-captain Jamie Havran (#9) was able to earn yet another point for the Ephs, taking him to 3-0 for the weekend. Fellow senior co-captain Andrew Litvin (#8) also won his third five game match of the weekend, after coming back from 2-0 down to eventually win. Litvin's win, accompanied by two more strong wins from junior John Fitzgerald (#2) and David Pincus (#5), led the Ephs to a sweep of the second wave of play which took the team to a 4-2 lead, in need of just one win from the final wave to bring the Ephs over the finish line. Despite tough five game defeats for freshman Wyatt Khosrowshahi (#4) and Ben Eisenberg (#7), sophomore Carl Shuck (#1) was able to seal the 5-4 win.

  Middlebury College Rating Williams College Rating Winner's Score Winner Status
1S Cembalest, Will 5.29484 Shuck, Carl W. 5.37667 11-8,6-11,6-11,11-8,11-9 Middlebury College C
2S Ellen, Jacob 5.31791 Fitzgerald, John C 5.4948 11-6,11-7,11-7 Williams College C
3S Kagan, Jacob A. 5.38625 Means, William W 5.17222 11-9,11-7,11-8 Middlebury College C
4S Pearson, Henry 5.06727 Khosrowshahi, Wyatt 5.14529 11-5,10-12,11-4,5-11,11-5 Middlebury College C
5S Hinton, Wiatt F. 5.12066 Pincus, David 5.09432 7-11,11-9,6-11,12-10,11-6 Middlebury College C
6S Epley, John C 5.27177 Butler, Anand M. 4.91866 13-11,11-9,11-3 Middlebury College C
7S Merrill, Alexander O. 4.99094 Eisenberg, Ben R. 4.98154 6-11,7-11,11-5,11-9,11-4 Middlebury College C
8S Wolpow, Thomas S 4.93723 Litvin, Andrew N. 4.85297 9-11,11-4,11-1,9-11,24-22 Williams College C
9S Swope, Ryan 4.82885 Havran, Jamie E. 4.92634 11-5,9-11,11-3,11-4 Williams College C
10S Giddins, Samuel L. 4.84637 Ruggiero, Will 4.96156 11-9,14-16,11-9,11-9 Middlebury College C


  Amherst College Rating Williams College Rating Winner's Score Winner Status
1S Wang, Terrence 5.22524 Shuck, Carl W. 5.37667 11-7,5-11,11-6,11-7 Williams College C
2S Parker, Robert C 4.93889 Fitzgerald, John C 5.4948 11-7,11-7,11-6 Williams College C
3S Khawaja, Mohammad Harith 5.07733 Means, William W 5.17222 11-4,12-10,11-5 Williams College C
4S Merkel, David E. 5.0497 Khosrowshahi, Wyatt 5.14529 11-9,11-13,14-12,12-14,11-6 Amherst College C
5S Nagaraj, Pavan 4.78878 Pincus, David 5.09432 11-9,11-8,11-7 Williams College C
6S Brewster, Reginald M. 4.74435 Butler, Anand M. 4.91866 11-6,9-11,11-6,11-5 Williams College C
7S Zimmerman, Christopher 4.75292 Eisenberg, Ben R. 4.98154 11-6,11-6,11-6 Williams College C
8S Mills, Mateen C. 4.7811 Litvin, Andrew N. 4.85297 11-8,11-2,10-12,3-11,11-9 Williams College C
9S Ford, Mitchell 4.5937 Havran, Jamie E. 4.92634 11-3,11-9,11-0 Williams College C
10S Bahadori, Cameron 4.7328 Ruggiero, Will 4.96156 11-5,11-1,11-3 Williams College C


  Williams College Rating MIT Rating Winner's Score Winner Status
1S Shuck, Carl W. 5.37667 O'Connor, Joe C. 5.23255 15-13,12-10,11-8 Williams College C
2S Fitzgerald, John C 5.4948 Kukadia, Vedaant 5.06978 11-2,11-4,11-6 Williams College C
3S Means, William W 5.17222 Martin, Henry 5.3468 14-12,11-8,11-3 MIT C
4S Khosrowshahi, Wyatt 5.14529 Wu, William 5.1984 8-11,8-11,11-2,14-12,11-6 MIT C
5S Pincus, David 5.09432 Hu, Jeffrey 4.95337 11-7,7-11,11-6,11-2 Williams College C
6S Butler, Anand M. 4.91866 Restivo, Justin 4.93064 9-11,11-9,11-9,5-11,11-6 MIT C
7S Eisenberg, Ben R. 4.98154 Levin, Brad A. 5.17797 13-11,11-8,9-11,8-11,11-7 MIT C
8S Litvin, Andrew N. 4.85297 Williamson, Robert 4.8496 11-13,8-11,11-8,11-6,11-4 Williams College C
9S Havran, Jamie E. 4.92634 Das, Neel 4.81918 11-5,7-11,11-7,11-9 Williams College C