Ultimate News

Tags

Men's Squash Completes Statement Opening Weekend With Thriller Over George Washington

The depth and talent in college squash had reached unprecedented heights, and Princeton knows that it will take more than talent to break into the top tier of the sport. The Tigers showed a fight that will be necessary moving forward, as they posted a trio of five-game victories to fight off a strong, upset-minded George Washington team Sunday in Washington, D.C.
The depth and talent in college squash had reached unprecedented heights, and Princeton knows that it will take more than talent to break into the top tier of the sport. The Tigers showed a fight that will be necessary moving forward, as they posted a trio of five-game victories to fight off a strong, upset-minded George Washington team Sunday in Washington, D.C.

These were matches that Princeton was unable to pull out over the last few years, and Sean Wilkinson was thrilled to see his team grind out a win against a strong George Washington squad that he believes could make a push the rest of this season.

Playing a three-shift format, Princeton was able to grab a lead due to a valiant performance by freshman Duncan Joyce. Senior captain Abhimanyu Shah got the Tigers on the board with a 3-1 win at 9, while freshman Cole Becker lost to veteran Mahmoud Abdel-Maksoud at 3. Joyce saw a 2-0 lead evaporate, but he won three of the final four points in the fifth to take the 3-2 win.

Returning All-American Adhitya Raghavan was overwhelming at the 2 spot, and freshman Alex Engstrom followed up with a thriller of his own. Trailing 2-1 at the 8 spot, he claimed back-to-back 11-8 wins to give Princeton a 4-1 edge. This wasn't unchartered territory for the Tiger rookie, as he won all three of his matches at the Ivy scrimmages by 3-2 scores.

Junior Clark Doyle had the opportunity to clinch the win during the second shift, but he was also pushed to the distance by Oisin Logan at the 5 spot. Doyle trailed late in the fifth, but he rallied in extra points and assured his team a perfect opening weekend with a 13-11 win in the fifth.

Princeton freshman Youssef Ibrahim added one more win with an 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 victory at the No. 1 spot, which meant that the highly touted Princeton freshman class went 7-1 in their collegiate debut weekend. They will face a new type of test — a Top-5 opponent — in two weeks when they welcome St. Lawrence to the Jadwin Squash Courts during a home doubleheader on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Princeton 6, George Washington 3
1 – Youssef Ibrahim (P) d. Mohammed Al-Terki 7, 7, 7
2 – Adhitya Raghavan (P) d. Salim Khan 5, 9, 4
3 – Mahmoud Abdel-Maksoud (GW) d. Cole Becker 2, (6), 7, 5
4 – Jamie Oakley (GW) d. Cody Cortes 8, (3), 11, (6), 9
5 – Clark Doyle (P) d. Oisin Logan 5, 5, (3), (7), 11
6 – Duncan Joyce (P) d. Inaki DeLarrauri 9, 5, (8), (9), 9
7 – Juan Laguna (GW) d. Komron Shayegan 9, 8, 10
8 – Alex Engstrom (P) d. Billy Berner 9, (5), (8), 8, 8
9 – Abhimanyu Shah (P) d. Lucas Stauffer 10, (9), 1, 8
 

Original Link...


Tags: None
0 comments
Report Print

Read On: