MIT Squash Continues Undefeated Streak with 5-4 win over Boston College

Freshman Nikhil Punwaney

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – At its first home match of the 2013-14 season, the MIT squash team added another win to the schedule when it defeated Boston College by a score of 6-3 on Saturday morning. The Engineers are currently undefeated after defeating Boston University, 5-4, on Thursday night and Northeastern, 5-4, on Friday.

Although he dropped the first game, 11-8, to Milo Watanabe, freshman Tyler Finkelstein (Greenwich, Conn.) turned things around and won the remaining three games easily, 11-1, 11-3, 11-4 at the top spot. Fellow freshman Nikhil Punwaney (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) followed suit with his 11-7, 11-9, 11-4 victory at No. 2 over Josh Ko and junior David Bian (Austin, Texas) added another win at No. 3 when he won against Nick Gadsen, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9.

As she had last night, sophomore Marina Crowe (Wayland, Mass.) had another tough battle at No. 6 against Rob Bohn, ultimately falling in five games. She lost the first two, 12-10, 11-5, before tying up the score with back-to-back wins, 11-5, 12-10. In a very close final game, she narrowly lost, 12-10. Senior Abhi Mitra (Medford, Mass.) dropped his first game to Andrew Labadini, 11-6, but won the remaining three 11-5, 11-2, 11-2 to win at No. 7.

After having played three matches in a row, the Cardinal and Gray will have a break until next weekend, hosting Connecticut College at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. This is just the second of seven consecutive home games to come. Tech will not play another game on the road until it heads to Pennsylvania to face Swarthmore College at the Fairmount Athletic Club (King of Prussia, Pa.) at the end of January.