Bulldogs Deny Diplomats

Bulldogs Deny Diplomats

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 5 Franklin & Marshall men's squash team fell to No. 3 Yale by a 7-2 score on Sunday afternoon at the Collegiate Squash Association (CSA) Team Championships Consolation match in Cambridge.

The loss dropped the Diplomats' record to 15-5 on the season but guarantees F&M its highest ranking to finish a season, No. 4, since the 1986-87 team wrapped up its year at the No. 2 spot. It is the third time the Diplomats have finished at No. 4, with the 1987-88 and 1993-1994 squads also accomplishing that feat. The Bulldogs improved to 16-3 with the decision.

The Diplomats opened the tournament with a thrilling 5-4 victory over No. 4 St. Lawrence on Friday evening in the opening round, before falling to No. 1 Harvard by a 9-0 score in yesterday's semifinal match.

Abhishek Pradhan answered the call from the No. 1 position, outdueling his opponent in a 3-2 marathon victory (6-11, 11-4, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6). Ryan Mullaney at No. 7 picked up F&M's other victory on the afternoon with a 3-1 win. Mullaney dropped his opening game at 11-9 but responded with wins in three straight (11-6, 15-13, 11-1).

Despite the outcome of the match, three of the seven losses for the Diplomats went five games. Mauricio Sedano from the No. 3 position gave his opponent all he could handle but eventually fell 3-2 (8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 15-12, 11-5). Pedro Veiga de Almeida (No. 6) and Brian Henry (No. 9) also made Yale battle for their victories, taking both of their opponents to five games.

Several Diplomats will return to action at the CSA Individual Championships on Friday, Feb. 28, hosted by Penn.

#3 Yale 7, #5 Franklin & Marshall 2

1. Abhishek Pradhan (F&M) def. Neil Martin (YALMSQ) 6-11, 11-4, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6

2. Sam Fenwick (YALMSQ) def. Jack Cutler (F&M) 12-10, 11-7, 11-7

3. Zachary Leman (YALMSQ) def. Mauricio Sedano (F&M) 8-11, 8-11, 11-6, 15-12, 11-5

4. Thomas Dembinski (YALMSQ) def. Wesley Osborne (F&M) 11-6, 11-9, 11-3

5. Kah Wah Cheong (YALMSQ) def. Alex Arjoon (F&M) 11-5, 11-7, 11-8

6. Liam McClintock (YALMSQ) def. P. Veiga de Almeida (F&M) 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9

7. Eric Caine (YALMSQ) def. Dylan Cunningham (F&M) 11-7, 11-4, 12-10

8. Ryan Mullaney (F&M) def. Joseph Roberts (YALMSQ) 9-11, 11-6, 15-13, 11-1

9. Pehlaaj Bajwa (YALMSQ) def. Brian Henry (F&M) 11-8, 6-11, 9-11, 13-11, 11-8