|Brett Raskopf went to five games in his #6 match this morning|
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Tufts University men's squash team dropped a consolation match 9-0 to Bates College in the Summers Cup division of the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Nationals at Yale on Saturday morning.
Tufts (7-12) will play a second consolation match at the tournament against Bowdoin on Sunday at 8:30 am. The winner of that match will earn the #23 national ranking and the loser will take #24. Bates (9-9) advances to play Amherst in the consolation final also on Sunday at 8:30 am. That will be for the #21 CSA ranking.
Qualifying for the Summers Cup (seeds 17-24 at the CSA Team Nationals) for the first time since 2010, the Jumbos entered the competition as the #24 team and eighth seed in the division. They lost to top Summers seed #17 Williams 9-0 on Friday. Bates is the 21st ranked team nationally and the fifth seed in the Summers Cup draw. The Bobcats lost 6-3 to four-seed #20 MIT on Friday.
The Tufts-Bates match saw six contests determined in three games, two in four games and one in five games. This was the second time the Bobcats defeated the Jumbos including during the regular-season on January 25.
Tufts senior co-captain Brett Raskopf lost the five-game match at #6 today. He led 2-1 before Bates' McLeod Abbott rallied for an 11-4, 10-12, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 win.
In a well-played four-game match at #2, Bates' Mahmoud Yousry defeated Jumbo freshman Marco Rodriguez 17-15, 11-5, 9-11, 11-8. Similarly, the contest between Bates' Benni McComish and Aidan Porges at #7 also went four with game scores of 11-8, 11-9, 9-11 and 11-6 in Bates' favor.
Of the three-game finals, the #3 match between Tufts' Alan Litman and Bates' Omar Attia was the most competitive with the Bobcat winning 11-7, 12-10, 12-10. At #9, Peter Koenigsbauer capped his three-game win over Tufts' Aryaman Pandya with a 13-11 victory.
Bates' Jesper Phillips at #4 and Dylan Muldoon at #8 both allowed just 14 points in their three-game victories.
Bowdoin, Tufts' opponent on Sunday, is the #23 team in the nation who entered the weekend as the seventh Summer Cup seed.