Men's Squash Blanks Both Amherst & Wesleyan to Win Little Three Title

Will Ruggiero '19
Will Ruggiero '19

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - Men's squash competed in the Little Three Championship against Wesleyan University and Amherst College this Saturday at the Simon Squash Center.

The men started the tournament by playing Wesleyan at 11:00am on a five-court system. The Ephs rested regular starters Wyatt Khosrowshahi '21, Jacob Bassil '22, and Krish Bhavnani '22. The Ephs got off to a 4-0 lead with strong three game victories from Co-Captain Ben Eisenberg '19 (#6), A.J. Solecki '21 (#4), and Carl Shuck '20 (#2). Oscar Merino '19 (#8) dropped the second game but regained form and prevailed in four games. The second round was similar with Anand Butler '19 (#7), David Pincus '20 (#5), and William Means '20 (#3) clinically finishing their opponents in three games. Will Ruggiero '19 (#9) and Co-Captain John Fitzgerald '19 (#1) both got up to 2-0 leads and lost a tie-breaker third game before winning in four games.

The Ephs returned at 3:00pm to the Simon Squash Center to play Amherst for the final of the Little Three Championship. Amherst improved their lineup from last year adding talented recruits. The Ephs continued their momentum and climbed to a 3-0 lead in the opening round with impressive wins from Co-Captain Ben Eisenberg '19 (#9), Krish Bhavnani '22 (#6), and Carl Shuck '20 (#2). Eisenberg and Bhavnani edged out three game victories whiel Carl was in the driver seat up 2-0 before a temporary lapse, regaining focus to pull out a 3-1 victory. David Pincus '20 (#8), Jacob Bassil '22 (#5), and Wyatt Khosrowshahi '21 (#3) played terrific squash, controlling all parts of the court, and earned three game wins. At 6-0 Ephs, A.J. Solecki '21 (#7) showed why he was a force again by blanking his opponent 3-0. Co-Captain John Fitzgerald '19 (#1) did the same giving the Ephs an 8-0 lead. William Means '20 (#4) was the last match to conclude. Down 2-1 to a skilled opponent, Means fought off match balls in teh fourth game to rally to a five game win.

The Ephs will travel to No. 4 Trinity tomorrow for more NESCAC play.