CAMBRIDGE – Freshman William Dewire and senior co-captain Brett Raskopf picked up wins for the No. 24 men's squash team, but it wasn't enough as the Jumbos fell to No. 26 Amherst, 7-2, on Thursday afternoon at Harvard.
|Will Dewire picked up a win in the 6th spot for the Jumbos Thursday|
With the setback the Jumbos are now 2-7 overall this season. Amherst improves to 2-2 with the win.
Dewire took the courts in the sixth position to take on Amherst's Pavan Nagaraj. The Mammoth won the first game, but Dewire came back and won the second. Nagaraj picked up a win in extra points in the third game, but Dewire evened the match again with a win in the fourth game. The Jumbo won a decisive fifth game, 11-9, to pick up the 9-11, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6, 11-9 win.
In the ninth position Raskopf picked up another win for the Jumbos. The senior co-captain took on Reginald Brewster and needed just three games to collect the 11-9, 11-7, 11-4 win.
Junior Raghav Kumar battled with Terrence Wang in the first position. Kumar won the second and third games, but Wang picked up 11-5 and 11-8 wins in games four and five to take a five-game win for the Mammoths (11-8, 7-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8). Freshman Konrad Ladow took Amherst's Charlie Sutherby to four games in the second position. He won the second game, but wasn't able to pull out the win (11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-6). Rookie Marco Rodriguez also played a four-game battle in the third spot, winning the second game. But, he fell in four games to Amherst's Robinson Armour, 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4.
Senior Alan Litman took on Mohammad Harith Khawaja in the fourth position and played two close games, but he wasn't able to pull out a win, falling 11-6, 13-11, 11-9. In the fifth position freshman Dillon O'Shea battled Robert Parker but he also wasn't able to come up with a win, falling 11-3, 11-7, 11-3.
In the seventh position junior Connor Wind took on David Merkel but fell in three games, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8. Rounding out the Jumbos line up was sophomore Salik Awan who battled Christopher Zimmerman in the eighth position. Awan fell to Zimmerman in three games, 11-9, 11-7, 11-4.
The Jumbos are back in action on Sunday when they host Connecticut College for a 5 pm start. Amherst takes the courts again on Friday when they host Middlebury for a 3 pm match.