Men's Squash Nips Colby 5-4 in 7th-Place Match at NESCAC Championship

Connor Wind's victory in the seventh match clinched Tufts' team win

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Tufts University men's squash team finished its weekend at the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship by winning the seventh-place match against Colby College 5-4 on Sunday morning.

Junior Connor Wind clinched the victory for the Jumbos by winning 11-4, 11-2, 11-4 in the seventh match, which gave Tufts a 5-2 lead at the time. The Jumbos were the seventh seed in the tournament and Colby was eighth.

This was the second win of the season for Tufts (7-10) against Colby (4-13). The Jumbos split four matches at NESCAC's overall including an opening-round win over 10th-seed Wesleyan (9-0) on Friday, a quarterfinal loss to second-seed Middlebury (9-0) on Saturday and a consolation loss to sixth-seed Bowdoin (8-1) on Saturday.

On Sunday, the first two matches finished were Jumbo wins as freshman Dillon O'Shea at #6 and senior co-captain Aidan Porges at #9 were victorious. O'Shea posted 11-5, 11-7, 11-9 scores while Porges won in four games 11-7, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9.

Tufts would maintain its lead throughout the match. After Chase Holding gave Colby its first win at #3 (11-9, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9), the Jumbos got consecutive wins at #8 by senior Brett Raskopf (7-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-5) and at #5 by freshmen Will Dewire.

In his match, Dewire rallied from down 2-0 to defeat Colby's Jason Brodo 7-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9, 12-10. It put Tufts up 4-1 at the time, but in the grand scheme of the match Dewire's comeback victory stands out most in the Jumbos' narrow team win.

Up 4-2 heading into the third rotation of matches, Wind earned the fifth Tufts victory to secure the team win. Colby won the final two matches to come off the courts including at #1 where Elliot Gross defeated Tufts' Raghav Kumar 11-6, 11-9, 11-8.

Tufts entered the weekend at #24 in the College Squash Association national poll and Colby is #26.

The Jumbos will be off for two weeks readying for the College Squash Association Team Championships coming up February 15-17 at Yale.