|Salik Awan had a win in the ninth match for the Jumbos|
STAMFORD, Conn. – Bowdoin College men's squash defeated Tufts University 6-3 in tightly-contested consolation match at the College Squash Association (CSA) Team Nationals on Sunday morning at the Chelsea Piers Connecticut complex.
Playing in the Summers Cup division (seeds 17-24) of the CSA Nationals, both teams had lost their two previous matches earlier in the weekend. They played today for seventh-place in the Cup standings and the #23 ranking nationally.
Bowdoin (7-10) built a 5-1 lead in the match to clinch the victory, but many of contests were very close. Tufts finished its 2018-19 team schedule with a 7-13 record.
Of the nine individual matches, three went five games, four went four games and two were finished in three games.
Bowdoin won two out of three in the first rotation. Polar Bear Tyler Shonrock won the decisive fifth game to take a back-and-forth #6 match over Jumbo Connor Wind 11-5, 7-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-3. Bowdoin also won the #3 match with Gannon Leech breaking a 1-1 tie against Tufts' Alan Litman to win 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 13-11. The Jumbos' only win in the first three matches was at #9 where Salik Awan emerged from a 1-1 stalemate to defeat Ishaan George 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 12-10.
The Polar Bears won the second, fifth and eighth matches in the second rotation to get to five victories and seal the team win. Both the #2 and #5 matches went to five games. At #2, Bowdoin's Satya Butler was down 2-0 before coming back to beat Marco Rodriguez 8-11, 7-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-9. The Polar Bears also came from behind in the fifth match as Adham Sobhy defeated Dillon O'Shea 8-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-8. Drew Clark for Bowdoin posted an 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 win in the eighth match.
Tufts won two of the last three matches. At #4, Will Dewire overcame losing the first game to win 6-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 over Carson Claar. Jumbo senior co-captain Brett Raskopf claimed the seventh match 14-12, 11-6, 10-12, 11-6. Bowdoin's lone victory in the final rotation was at #1 where Ian Squiers was an 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 winner.
The Jumbos, who finish the year ranked #24 by the CSA, played all weekend without their #1 player Raghav Kumar.
The 2019 CSA Individual National Championship in Providence, Rhode Island March 1-3 are all that remain on the schedule for both schools.